My First November Project Workout


So remember when I said I was sweating all over Pacific Beach yesterday morning? I was. Courtesy of this craziness:



Heck ya.

Ever heard of the November Project?

I had heard some rumblings, but it was recent posts by Ali about her experience with the NYC chapter that made me serious about wanting to give the San Diego chapter a try.

From what I’d gathered (like through all my stalking of their Facebook Page), it seemed like a typical November Project workout involved high intensity exercises and sprints…. think running up and down a flight of stairs and a million planks and burpees. As a result, I was a teensy bit nervous to dip my toes into the NP water.

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not generally a huge HIIT/boot camp fan, and tend to lean toward slow, steady state cardio and strength classes like Body Pump. I mean, that Orangetheory class a few weeks ago was my first real attempt at enjoying a workout like that (which I totally did – you can read that recap here). But confession: those bootcamp style workouts make me uncomfortable to the point that I sort of WANT to do more of them and improve. Type A personality, at your service.

Soooo, I thought I’d drink the Kool-Aide and #justshowup, as is the NP slogan.


I mean, they all love neon. How scary could it be?

And like the great human being I am, I recruited two of my friends to sweat their faces off along with me. At 6:29am. Nice, right?

It was quite the adventure. Think an outdoor boot camp class meets your elementary school P.E. class meets hippie love fest…. well, with a lot of sweat.

We started with an order from the chapter lead to hug three complete strangers. Okay, sure. I’m friendly – l can hug it out with the best of them.

Our warm-up was a rousing game of sharks and minnows. Yes, the one you played in 4th grade where the sharks have to eat (aka tag) the minnows who are sprinting toward them.

The workout itself was about 30 minutes total, and a mix of  strength and endurance exercises. Yesterday’s theme was tabatas (I guess each class has a theme? I don’t know…), which ended up equalling a lot of quick intervals.

There were bear crawls. Planks. Jumping. Indian runs (that’s what they called it, although probably there’s a more politically correct name for it). Burpees. Squats. And a lot of other things that would make you probably want to curse and sweat fantastic amounts. I was covered in damp grass by the end of it all.


It’s cool – apparently NP loves the F word. <– This is a PG-13 blog, but you can use your imagination. 😉

I actually loved it all, with the exception of sprinting up the hill that makes up one side of Kate Sessions Park, where the Wednesday workout meets each week. To recap, that’s sprinting…. uphill.

I sort of died.

I haven’t run many hills in recent months, and I’d run four miles the night before AND had not had breakfast (<–excuses). Needless to say, this was not my finest run. My head was shouting, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING? And you’re training for a half marathon?  Ha – please.”

Which I could hear quite clearly because I was running without any music, a personal rarity.

But I’m pretty sure that just means I need to add hills into my half marathon training. Right?

Bottom line, this was a great workout, and I am already sore. Actually, I was sore about one hour after the workout ended. I’m not ready to commit to going every week quite yet, but I definitely enjoyed their intensity and aggressive positivity! And it’s always good to have people push you out of your comfort zone.

Time to get to work (and hopefully get my legs to run again tonight). Happy Thursday!


Ever tried a November Project workout, and if so, what’d you think?  If you haven’t, would you ever want to try a workout like that?

2 Comments on My First November Project Workout

  1. Ali
    August 14, 2014 at 6:51 AM (3 years ago)

    I’m so glad you tried it out! I love that you guys did sharks and minnows as a warm-up. So fun. Sounds like the workout was super tough — I’m impressed! And so happy you went <3 When am I coming to visit so we can go together? OK I WILL JUST GO AHEAD AND BOOK MY FLIGHT RIGHT NOW, THANKS.

    • joelle
      August 14, 2014 at 6:36 PM (3 years ago)

      YES! I’ll see you at the airport in like an hour? Don’t worry, I have PLENTY of pancake mix. Mmmmmk great! p.s. I was totally thinking of you saying to keep in mind you’ll never be the slowest one at an NP workout as I was running and panting uphill yesterday during the sprint.


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