Since his time at CrossFit 818 will soon come to a close, I wanted to take a moment to share a brief note with the collective group about our friend and coach, Armen.
When I heard the words new job, Austin, and, Texas in the same sentence, I was struck with a very strong mix of emotions. I was sad that Armen would not only be leaving the gym, but also moving a couple time zones away. At the same time, I was inspired and happy because the new gig is a testament to the hard work he has put in at the gym and on the podcast. The fact that he will be doing something that he loves and excels at, in my opinion, is icing on the cake.
I've known Armen now for almost 5 years and, instead of saying farewell, I want to extend my personal gratitude for all that he has done for me. The reason, I'm writing this on the blog and not in a goodbye card drenched with tears (just kidding about the salt water!) is because I know that my thanks is not unique, that his positive personality and tenacious effort have touched all of us in some special way during the time we've spent together. You see, the thing I've noticed about Armen is that he truly loves aiding in someone's success. There is a fire that burns bright in his eyes when he sees someone get that first pull-up or hit that big lift. That is a very special gift to give.
So, Armen, thank you for the good times, the encouragement, the guidance, and most of all, the sacrifices you made to help us along with our fitness and coaching goals. Godspeed as you embark on this exciting journey. I know you will kick major ass in your new Tony Lama boots - you were planning on getting a pair of those, right?
Armen Hammer, friend, coach and ukelele player extraordinaire!
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