More than six years ago, Armen and I set out to pursue a dream of opening a school of fitness in Glendale. CrossFit had irrevocably changed our lives for the better, and so we knew that it was through CrossFit's methodology that we were going to have the best opportunity to positively impact others' lives. Our vision was of a place in which the focus on the individual athlete was paramount and that each person's goals could be met by providing a place where coaching, nutrition, motivation, and community intersect.
I can say, with utmost confidence, we achieved our goal of building a fantastically vibrant community of like-minded individuals focused on making themselves better and helping their fellow members do the same.
Building and serving that community had the unexpected, yet tremendously powerful effect of helping both Armen and I improve ourselves, as well. We both grew in myriad facets of life, and through that growth became better human beings. Armen's growth led him, 18 months ago, to move to Austin and begin a new journey in his life away from the community he had been instrumental in creating. Our community's continued growth and vitality is a testament to the strength of the construct to which he had applied his considerable talents.
Over those same periods of time (both the past six years and the past 18 months), I have enjoyed the fruits of that powerful effect in my own life while still working to be the steward of our community. One of the greatest lessons and skills this community has taught me is how to compartmentalize and live in the moment. Whether I am coaching, or with my family, or working behind the scenes on the business aspects of the gym, I have learned the importance of giving my all to each of those endeavors, while attempting to ensure that one does not unduly affect the other.
The truth is our incredible CrossFit 818 community, of which I am so proud, remains tied to a business and a physical location. I have struggled, quietly and unobtrusively in regards to the day-to-day operation of CrossFit 818, with the business realities of owning a gym. Reconciling what's good for the community versus what's good for the business and ultimately the needs of my family has been one of the most challenging periods of my life. I have made sacrifices, as we all do in our lives, for something that I love.
When it became a certainty that I would have to move the gym due to ongoing issues with my landlord, I worked even harder to find a solution which served both the community and my needs. But after hundreds of hours of due diligence, meetings, conversations, negotiations, and terribly difficult deliberations, I have decided to close CrossFit 818. January 15th, 2017 will be CrossFit 818's final day of business.
I imagine there are a lot of conflicting emotions, and at the same time a lot of questions. There will be more communications over the next several days regarding the logistics and the particulars, but classes will generally continue as scheduled until 1/15/17. As always, I am available to answer any and all of your questions to the best of my abilities.
Finally, I want to thank all of you who comprise the CrossFit 818 community for what you have contributed to this place and its continued existence. While the business and the location are coming to a close, I am certain that even without me, the business, and the location, the community will continue to survive in some form because I have experienced and witnessed the power of what each and every one of you offer on a daily basis for the past six years.
I wish you all the best in your own new beginnings and thank you for being such an important part of my life over the past six years.
Zareh Amirian, Owner/Founder