FROM THE EDITOR
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.