Starting this week, The North Face is bringing free Mountain Athletics workouts to five cities across the country, helping you to get outside and get training. Twice a week, strength and conditioning workouts will take place in various Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston locations.
For these workouts, The North Face teamed up with the November Project. You may have read about this flash mob style workout group in the New York Times last week. Started by Paul Leak and John Honerkamp, this “hugs only” grassroots fitness group began in Boston in 2011 and has since spread to 19 cities in the United States and Canada. Part CrossFit, part obstacle course, the hour long workouts utilize public spaces and are never cancelled regardless of weather.
Boot camp style workouts are a great way to shake up your normal fitness or training routine. Not only do you get a whole-body workout that builds strength and endurance for any sport, but you are saved from boredom via a more challenging and varied workout. Most exercises utilize obstacles and equipments available in the public space and rely on your own body weight to build strength. And don’t forget the camaraderie and sense of accountability that comes from joining a group workout. You will never have more fun getting fit.
The Mountain Athletics training events will be hosted Tuesdays and Thursdays in each city at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine (the start time is a real bonus for those of you who may not be a morning person–the November Project workouts start at 6:30 a.m.). You can sign up for events online or through the Mountain Athletics app for iOS. Custom sport-specific training programs are also available online and through the app, where you can share goals, watch athlete exercise tutorials, track your progress, and earn badges.
So who’s going?