Max Effort is a consulting company in NYC
that unites fitness aficionados and everyday
movers with fresh, innovative ideas.
If you don't
go hard for yourself,
who will?
Whether you are looking to integrate wellness as a new offering, or simply get yourself and community moving better, Max Effort pairs principles of brand design with an innate understanding of the wellness industry for impactful, organic, and culturally-relevant solutions.

We have a proven track record of building momentum and fostering change. In less than one year we turned a fitness studio into a community hub for wellness, accountability, and infinite progression. We took the commonly-used transactional model and turned it on its head by focusing on growing a community and third space instead.

Session

Brand Identity Development, Creative Direction, Seasonal Marketing Strategy, Graphic Direction, and Community Stewardship.
Session was looking to be a wellness destination that paired circuit & strength training with a community for a holistic approach to living your best life. We worked with SESSION to develop the brand, voice, visual identity, in-studio experience, marketing, seasonal merchandise, & community development. Graphic design work was done in collaboration with Natalie Shields and Naomi Otsu.

Session Apparel

Apparel Collections Development
Seasonal merchandise development for Session including collections for Autumn Winter 2019, Spring Summer 2019, and Fall Winter 2020. Graphic design work was done in collaboration with Natalie Shields (AW2019) and Nadia Lung (SS2019 - FW 2020).

A weekend retreat

Production, Partnership Development, Event Curation, Wellness Retreat, Personal Training
A gathering of like minds, from all walks of life, meeting to recharge and reset over two days and nights filled with health-focused programming. The weekend included a hike through the Poconos, breath workshop, & guests’ choice of either a total-body circuit workout or running program each morning. Fuel provided by Splendid Spoon, Hungry Root, & Core.

Essential Travel Kit

Strategy, Production, Partnership Development, Event Curation, Personal Training
SESSION & TRUSS partnered to create the ultimate travel kit, a carry-on friendly pack filled with all the fitness, wellness, & beauty items you need to keep you looking, glow-ing, and feeling your best over the holiday season. The kit included a TRUSS workout pouch, SESSION water bottle, resistance bands, jump rope, Hudson Greens CBD oils, The Wing’s No Man’s Land, Golde superfood, & more. Images by Anna Sian.

Victory Journal

Production, Partnership Development, Event Curation, Music programming
Sports & Culture magazine, Victory Journal celebrated the release of a new issue twice annually. We worked with Victory Journal to produce the launch of issues 6 - 13 including event production, creative strategy, & partnerships. For the release of issue 11, we celebrated the women who work in sports & culture by developing a private reception that brought together filmmakers, photographers, editors, stylists, & many more.

Nike NYC Boxtruck

Production, Social Strategy, Artist Management, Post Production
Nike tapped Doubleday & Cartwright to devise a NY-specific broadcast that would honor the subway trains that housed graffiti culture in the 80’s. D&C devised a five-part video & photo series with local graffiti artists. We led project management, strategy, production, & social media rollout that highlighted the art of Wane COD, Rime & Toper, Chino BYI, Micah, & Smart Crew. The boxtruck traversed through New York's most iconic neighborhoods over 5 months.

The TSQ Newsstand

Executive Production, Strategy, Artist/Talent Management, Magazine Development
The TSQ Newsstand was a recreation of the iconic NYC newsstand by Kimou Meyer, aka Grotesk. We worked with Doubleday & Cartwright to place the newsstand in Times Square for 10 days. We led production, artist management, social strategy, publication production, & press. The newsstand hosted an incredible roster of photographers & artists who sold limited pieces & contributed to a limited edition zine. Contributors included Jean Jullien, Barbara Kruger, Cheryl Dunn, Daniel Arnold, Chris Anderson, ONLY NY, and many more.

RCA x Jean Jullien

Strategy, Production
RCA Records created a new program, RCA Collective, that connects visual artists with musicians, fans, and cultural enthusiasts. For their kick-off capsule collection, we worked in partnership with art superstar, Jean Jullien.

About Thea.

Combining her pulse on what’s ahead, athleticism, and a keen sense of cultural context and brand architecture, Thea Hughes created MAXeffort. Doubling as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Thea coaches at SESSION with a focus on functional movements, strength programming, and Pre/Postnal.

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