Day 1: Bea Evenson Fountain
Background: November Project is FREE fitness group that started in Boston as a way to stay active in the winter. Since then, it has grown to become an international movement spanning 49 cities. Whether you are an elite athlete or new exerciser, this community wants you. It is 100% free forever and stationed at outdoor locations throughout San Diego. Follow this link to see when and where you can workout with November Project.
5:44 AM: All is quiet at Vizer HQ.
5:45 AM: I’m hopping on my right leg while rushing to get my compression shorts on — I fall flat on my face.
Great start to 100 Days of Fitness.
Sam and I hurry to meet what we expect to be 10–20 people getting ready for a relaxing 6:30 AM jog through Balboa Park, but as we pulled up to the Natural History Museum we discovered just how wrong we were.
The place was electric. Our two group leaders, Eugene and Shira, began hyping up the crowd of the 100 seemingly-crazed workout participants. We jumped up and down while staring deeply into one another’s eyes screaming things like, “FUCK YEAH” and “PUMPKIN SPICES ARE THE NICEST.” I was ready to run through a brick wall for these people (side note: dogs and babies workout too).
This isn’t like any other fitness class or experience out there; you can’t just sit in the back and hope to go unnoticed. New members raise their hand and are then bombarded by hugs welcoming them to the family.
This is the November Project.
Now I like to think of myself as an athlete, so I came into this workout a little cocky, and I got absolutely crushed. We ran up and down what’s known as “PR Hill” only to be thrust right into a circuit workout. This went on for the next 45 minutes.
This may sound like a nightmare, but it’s actually quite lovely. There’s not one moment of silence: words of encouragement and endearment fill the air along with the occasional high five and “FUCK YEAH!”
Finally the running and circuit ended, and we grouped together with our 100 new friends to complete an intense ab workout. The class culminated in a dance off between the members who had forgotten their gear at previous workouts — it’s just all around a great time. Everyone’s happy, hardworking, supportive, and everything else you need in a tight knit community.
After our group class photo, a bunch of us ventured across the street to Better Buzz (Hillcrest) to learn more about each other’s passions and personal lives. It really is a family.
You better believe we’ll be back to attend more NP workouts.
Meet the Instructors
Shira Klane: @sharingkale
Eugene Kim: @hi_im_euge
Where did your journey with fitness start?
Shira: I have been involved in sports and activities since I was little. I played Ultimate Frisbee in college and also competitively out of college. In addition to November project, I do and teach yoga — the fitness community is so interconnected, you are bound to hear about everything!
Eugene: I was a college rower, very competitively. But I gave up fitness after I graduated like most twenty-somethings out of college. I have really picked it back up since doing November Project, which I started about 5 years ago. I’ve been running trail races, ultras, and doing all kinds of stuff ever since.
What’s your favorite thing about being a leader for November Project?
Shira: The community and relationships that are built off of our fitness hours together. Even though we call them workouts, it is really the connections and inspiration that I derive from everyone that make it so impactful and powerful.
Eugene: All of that — I think it is awesome how it genuinely changes people’s lives. They go into the world spreading more positivity and bringing that energy into what they are doing every day. It just leaves a better mark on the community by getting people out a couple times a week to sweat, meet each other, and get a little uncomfortable.
What’s your favorite pump up workout song?
Shira: Definitely the Middle! I don’t know who sings it but it’s like “BABY — why won’t you just meet me in the middle!” *Eugene and Shira break into a clapping, jumping, singing routine*
Eugene: I’ve been listening to a ton of Metallica lately!
Share your experience with the hashtag #100VizerDays or meet us at the studio to join in on the fun! Up next is Pure Indoor Cycling in Downtown San Diego!