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I re­cently met Bro­gan

Gra­ham, the co­founder of the fit­ness move­ment Novem­ber Pro­ject, which be­gan in Bos­ton, US, in 2011. At first, th­ese 6:30am work­outs were just a way for him and col­lege friend Bo­jan Man­daric to mo­ti­vate each other to stay in shape through win­ter. But once they start­ing post­ing their work­outs on so­cial me­dia and invit­ing oth­ers to join in for free, things grew quickly. To­day, there are NP ‘tribes’ in mul­ti­ple cities in the US and Canada, and Bro­gan was in the UK to mark the move­ment’s ar­rival in Lon­don. (You can read our fea­ture on NP on page 66.)

When he came to the RW of­fice he dodged a hand­shake, in­stead giv­ing me a big bear hug. We then went for a run to Prim­rose Hill. On the way back he set him­self a chal­lenge – to col­lect 10 high fives from strangers be­fore we reached the of­fice. He wasn’t at all dis­cour­aged by the peo­ple who ig­nored him or looked at him like he was crazy. Run­ners were well up for it; men in suits were more of a chal­lenge. But he col­lected the 10th high five well be­fore the fin­ish. My Bri­tish re­serve, which had been dis­lodged by the hug, had fallen away by this point, and I fin­ished the run with a big smile on my face. It was a glimpse into the phi­los­o­phy that in­forms NP – fit­ness should be fun and free, peo­ple work­ing out to­gether can push them­selves to do more than they’d do alone, and hug­ging is en­cour­aged. What­ever your view on high-fiv­ing, there’s a lot to like about that out­look.

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