And with this morning at 6:40am, Plymouth Movez’s last workout, this amazing community can live in on your hearts, but the workouts are done. We really enjoyed every workout from designing new workouts, coming up with the PR Day workout and the winter variations. We wanted to be proud of every workout and to create a fun, hard workouts that were welcoming and highly positive. We got to see the community grow from just two of us to regularly getting around 50 people in the summer. We got to show you that when we said with more people, we can create better workouts. It was truly something that energized us every week and that was what kept us going.
We met amazing people in this group, and there was an amazing core group of people who truly got what it was to be #Weatherproof and showed up no matter what. You know we owe the greatest thanks to each of you for making it a priority, it is because of each of you that we could keep it going for so long. There really weren’t many really bad weather days, and those we did get were extra memorable. Bear crawls burpees in the snow just feel like you’re a little kid during recess.
And even when the weather was intense enough for us to have to scrap our original plans, we always had backup plans for those days and we ensured people had a safe hard workout waiting for them.
We had challenges as not everyone got what we were doing and that it was completely free. We had the cigar smoking man who loved to come out and complain and blow smoke around people working out. We aimed to be kind and respectful and the last time we saw him was when we explained we were not running a business, we did this for free and if anything at a loss. I like to think he respected us for that.
Unfortunately we can’t win everyone over, the town groundskeeper, we’ll call him Weedy, acted like our cones were trash and took them once. We had to sweet talk him to return them. We do believe in the summer Weedy tried to time the sprinklers to throw a wrench into our workouts, but if anything we enjoyed the cool water on a hot day. We liked to tell the group that we arranged to have the sprinklers on purpose as part of the workout.
Most recently Weedy took a very adversarial stance that we were not allowed to use burial hill at all and didn’t want to discuss anything and instead liked to threaten that groups like us needed a permit. The Coronavirus hit around that time and we went virtual. We would have come up with a workaround. We were in a public space making no profit and we aimed to be respectful, but in life you can’t always get people to see that. I like to think that he’s just a little more bored these days, but even now I wish Weedy well and that maybe something good happens in his life to help him smile and laugh a little more with the people around him.
We had Beth join us as a co-leader last summer and she really helped round us out. She had amazing energy and was a great athlete. We will always be thankful for her help as it made it feel like we had more wiggle room to keep things going. She had to leave being a co-leader last month to handle some things in the home and to take on more training. We were thankful but respected that this was not a paying job and we were lucky to have her.
Our purpose was to create a group that was welcoming, safe, challenging, and above all–FUN. I think we managed to do all of that, if not every week, for a large portion of those two-plus years. The love and respect that was felt every Wednesday is not easily replicated, and for that we could not be more grateful.
It’s not a time to be sad; it’s a time to look back and smile at all the great things we did TOGETHER as a group, every damn Wednesday — no matter what.
All in all we met amazing people and made some connections we hope to keep in touch. We love you and wish you all the best.
Matt and Elin