It’s New Year and I think we can all agree that we overindulged over the Christmas and New Years’ break – we did things we’ve all regretted, for instance, that Terry’s Chocolate Orange, it wasn’t supposed to be eaten in one sitting. Infinite leftover turkey and cranberry sandwiches just because of your strong moral highground about food waste? Or what about taking the dog out for a walk, while you sit in the car with the heating cranked up high? Over-consumption, under-exercising
and spending too much time with parents are all accountable for hitting an all time low come the 1st of January. As such, I’ve decided to run an ongoing feature called DIY Fitness which aims to inspire and engage you, my beloved readers, with getting out and about and ultimately shaking up your routine by trying something different.
DIY Fitness is all about getting your exercise fix from anywhere but the gym. Yes, I’m encouraging you to get out there and do something different, an outdoor bootcamp class, a collective bike ride on a Saturday morning or a volunteer running club going 0ff to do good deeds in places that need it the most. Cue the drumroll, the first DIY Fitness case study of the series begins with… Project Awesome!
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Project Awesome is a free outdoor fitness class set up by the all-inspiring Danny Bent. One of Danny’s most praise-worthy accolades was a sponsored bike ride to India from London, I also have to mention the One Run for Boston which was a relay race spanning 3328 miles across the US – the whole event raised half a million dollars for those affected by the Boston bombings. It was there in Boston where the November Project inspired Project Awesome – I love the fact that the Brit equivalent sounds more American than our friends from across the pond! Project Awesome is a great example of DIY Fitness, take a pinchful of inspiration and a helluva lot of dedication to a cause and you can reep some great rewards. Project Awesome now happens on a weekly basis in London and Bristol, it’s free and open to anyone.
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Project Awesome is founded on some simple and honest principles..
“The movement uses a simple sense of accountability (verbal*) to motivate and encourage people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get outside, sweating and smiling.”
Project Awesome welcomes all walks of life, regardless of ability, love or hatred of fitness – as a lover, I’d thought I’d go along for the Christmas special in December 2015 and…wow! The class started at 6:30am which was positively mortifying for someone who regards a 7:30am circuits class as an early start. You will be relieved to know that all mortification had disappeared by the time I arrived, I was welcomed with open arms (quite literally, a hug!) by Lucy Mills and cheered in by Scott Seefelt. It was epic!
The class consisted of alot of high-fives and hugs weaved in throughout squats, sit ups and laps around College Green. At times, you’d be stuttering over your words due to being so out of breath and then suddenly you hear this massive cheer – only to realise that it’s your own voice participating in a massive Mexican wave and cheer. (Okay, there might not have been a Mexican wave when I was there but it’s something I would completely expect to see at Project Awesome.)
I came home from Project Awesome with a stride in my step, I got back by 7:40am ready to shower and get back into town for a day’s work. There were a good few people hopping onto a nearby cafe for a coffee so the social element doesn’t have to consist just during squats and sprints.
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When? Most Wednesdays @ 6:30am, double check the Facebook group for confirmation
When? Mondays or Wednesdays from week to week.
Where? Primrose Hill, Battersea Park, Hyde Park…there are numerous locations for Project Awesome, but again check the Facebook group for confirmation.
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I’m on a new DIY adventure and it involves packing all things waterproof and driving up to the Brecon Beacons for a weekend of walks, waterfalls and wine..