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If you aren’t from Boston, The November Project may sound like a Thanksgiving food drive to you. But for locals of this wonderful city, it represents a free, grassroots fitness movement, over a year old and still going strong. Some may describe it as a fitness flash mob fueled by hashtags and hugs.

The November Project was sprung from the idea that staying fit during the cold, long winter months can be difficult. With little to no motivation to wake up in the dark to exercise and no money to afford a gym membership, one group of people decided it was time to make a change.

The founding pack started scheduling group workouts based on little more than collective guilt and a will to get in shape. The motivation to show up came from knowing that if you didn’t, you’d be leaving the group hanging. No one wants to be that guy.

There are no requirements to join, no fees, just a close community group and a strong will to get fit. The massive group meets up a couple of times a week at different locations, and types of exercise include push-ups, sit-ups, sprints, lengthy runs and more. The pressure and also camaraderie of working out in such a large group makes getting fit all the more motivating to members. All that’s on you is showing up!

Live in Boston and want to get involved? Follow @Nov_Project to find out future meet up times and dates.  Similar groups are springing up across the country, too – so stay tuned!