CrossFit 818 is a special place. A home away from home, if you will. I like to think of it as a place where people from all walks of life can get together and blow off stress a few times a week. The friendships and upbeat environment only serve to bolster what is already an amazing community.
Almost five years ago, Zareh and Armen opened CrossFit 818 and grew the community member by member. I came along sometime in the spring of 2011 and, I'll be honest, I was very skeptical of the whole group fitness thing. I didn't see the point of it, nor did I think that I needed to be coached. After all, I knew how to quarter squat a ton of weight and I thought my power clean technique (that looked like a jumping jack) was efficient enough. After repeated servings of humble pie during class, I realized that I had a lot to learn.
My interest in CrossFit grew when I found that the community is integral to self improvement. This became very apparent to me when, during my second or third week, I finished dead last in a workout and the entire class encouraged me all the way through to the end. I didn't even know most of their names, but there they were pushing me along. I probably don't have to enumerate this, but what happens inside a CrossFit gym is a special thing.
A few years ago, I crossed the line from member to coach. It was not an easy transition, but the Saturday morning CDP sessions and countless hours of shadowing were worth it. Being a coach is not so much a job as it is a vocation. It is an opportunity to help others become better versions of themselves. It is a privilege to see the look on someone's face after they PR or reach a milestone. You cannot fake the excitement and the emotion when a tangible result validates months, or even years of dedication.
You're probably wondering what the point of this blog is. Why am I giving you a brief history of 818 and my reasons for coaching? Well, this is meant to be a reminder that CrossFit 818 is the sum of its parts. The interactions within class and the friendships that carry on outside of it all play into you leading a better, healthier life. You get what you give, so be a part of the collective solution.
Each of us has great capacity to effect positive and negative change in the people we meet. I am a firm believer that we should use our power for good. My belief is substantiated with every class that I coach. We are blessed to be a part of this incredible community. Make sure to treat it with the respect it deserves and seek to elevate the world around you.
tl;dr - be positive, emit good vibes, have fun!
Some of the sum at last weekend's Combine!
A. 4x3 tempo back squats
B. For Time:
*[tempo is 4 counts down, 2 count pause, explosive up, 2 count at top]
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