Happy Friday! A handful of your fellow 818ers jotted down some of their favorite memories of Armen to be entered into our public blog record. Feel free to add a note to the comments if you'd like to chime in!
P.S. a couple of scheduling notes for Memorial Day Weekend:
- The gym will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, but the competition team will still meet and train Sunday morning at 8:00 AM.
- On Memorial Day, the gym will open at 8:45 AM and two heats will be held for the Murph workout at 9:00 AM and 10:00.
- Stick around after the workout to hang out with friends and enjoy some delicious tacos! (and BYOB!)
A while ago I decided to try out CrossFit & I landed at CrossFit818. I didn’t realize at the time what a wild ride it would be or how fortunate I was to have found Z & Armen as coaches. A few years have passed and well, I’m still sore almost everyday. But it has been a wonderful adventure. I am always challenged & always changing. And now one of my favorite coaches at the gym is flying the coop. He is spreading those wings & flying high!! I feel very lucky to have had Armen as my coach. He understood my sense of humor (I think) and was always up to share a good story & listen to one. He was patient (mostly) and occasionally grumpy, which was still funny. He pushed me hard & we sometimes disagreed on how heavy heavy really is and we always disagreed about running and I’ll miss that, (I’m still not taking up running). I have gotten stronger & I can do things that I always wanted to do. I got there because of Armen’s commitment to us all at the gym. Always pushing all of us to do more. And when I did more, my wins were his wins & he was always SO stoked when any one of us achieved something, whether it was a 1RM PR or our first Pull Up. I have benefited greatly from Armen’s encouragement, from his knowledge & his dedication to fitness & sports. But most of all I have to thank Armen for helping realize a childhood dream, and for that matter Z as well.
My first and final Wod at CF818 were taught by coach Armen and my perspective of him changed dramatically. I honestly thought my initial day of CrossFit would be my last. Making the long journey from being overweight was slowly progressing and adding daily WODs seemed appropriate. The cocky bearded bastard coach getting in my face however made my blood boil. It took all my will power to not ring his neckbeard. Realizing later that the swagger and attitude were just his genuine personality. Now his transparency and brutal honesty are the reasons I go to him for guidance. Armen's energy and enthusiasm for his passion of fitness is what makes him special. He's never satisfied with himself and damn sure won't let others rest on their laurels. Personally, he has pushed my physical abilities farther than I could have ever imagined. His encouragement will stick with me for many years to come and I will try to emulate his intensity in more facets of my health progression. His ability to see ones potential versus their own underwhelming perception paired with his knowledge and desire to help others achieve good health is a lethal combo. I have no doubt with his unrelenting drive the Hammer will conquer all in his new field. I wish him nothing but the best and truly grateful to call him coach and friend.
If you’re anything like me, the people who have been influential in my life tend to become little voices in my head that chime in from time to time with a pep talk, some encouragement or accountability (read: REAL TALK). Armen has certainly become one of those voices.
It goes without saying that your presence at the gym has been enormous and that your absence will felt. You’re guidance has been incredible and we all thank you immensely. Personally, I’d like to thank you for bringing together such a great community of people and introducing me to a sport and friends I hope to cherish forever.
Armen was initially a tough nut to crack. I have known Armen for 3 years. He would come into the first class of the day - whether at 5:30, or now 5:00 - and we would get Grumpy Armen. Usually a grunt or two... And I thought that was just him until I came to my first evening class and felt I had to reintroduce myself because it was a different Armen. While the Grumpy Armen has not changed too much at the 5:00 AM class, he has turned out to be like no other coach I have ever had (and I have had plenty either through swim team or running clubs)... Armen always gave the appearance that this was more than just a job for him. He showed genuine interest in our successes and failures. Armen sacrificed his time and energy for our out-of-gym events, competitions, and many other things. With no offense to others, Armen has been the heart and soul of CF818, and I for one, will truly miss him. Armen - a BIG THANK YOU from me and the other 5:00 AM class members (even Harout).
Flashback Friday: Armen's shoe headphones!
A. Every 2 minutes for 4 rounds:
30 seconds on leg/one arm plank
30 seconds superman hold
B. For time:
40 deadlifts (155/103)
40 wall ball
40 hand release push-ups
*18 minute cap
Posted by Commish