What would get me out of bed at 5am, and down to Piccadilly Circus by 6:30? Something lazy, relaxing and gentle to start the day? Of course not: a bright, wide-awake workout from the lovely people at Project Awesome. I’m soon alternately crawling under legs and leap-frogging, or chasing a partner around the Eros statue. We’re shouting and cheering and hugging. Lots of hugging.

This is Monday-morning brought to you by positive energy, unicorns and pixie dust!

Project Awesome has a set home on Wednesdays and Fridays (The Scoop, by City Hall in London Bridge, and Primrose Hill / Regents Park running track, respectively, since you ask). But on Mondays it moves around, and Piccadilly Circus happens to be convenient for me. That’s right, 6:30am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, without fail, a bunch of crazy-happy (and crazy, happy) people descend upon various London locations to push themselves and encourage each other.

It’s a workout, but it’s certainly also play.

The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ease of play: 5/10 

Resemblance to play: 8/10 

Aggression: High

Speed: High

Enjoyability: Medium (with a side of ‘ouch’)

Potential frequency of play: High

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