Happy Friday! Yvette wrote today's guest blog as a farewell for Armen as he embarks on his next journey. Check it out!
I was asked by Coach Geoff to write a blog remembering some of the moments and experiences I had with Coach Armen. As I started writing I realized that it was very difficult to take three years and put it down in a few paragraphs, especially when it is Armen were talking about. Anyhow here it goes.
I remember going to a 5:00 am class on a Tuesday morning in late July of 2012. That was the first time I met Coach Armen. He came across as a very serious and tad bit of a grumpy person. I was somewhat intimidated by him and somewhat afraid- I didn’t know what to expect from him. But over the course of months and years I got to know Coach Armen more and more. And behind that serious exterior is a kind, intelligent person who thrives on seeing people get better on their workouts, set new PRs and accomplish their goals because all he wants is the best for us all- a true example of a great Coach.
We have been fortunate to have him coach us through various competitions. He has taught us to stop taking everything so seriously and to just have fun. One thing that I will forever remember is him saying “Yvette just do your best and enjoy the journey”. At the same time I have learned from him that it’s ok to get out of my comfort zone once in a while in order to achieve my PRs and goals.
One particular moment that stands out for me is when last year we were doing 1RM clean and jerk. I PR’d on the clean and got so excited that I dropped the bar before doing the jerk. The look on Armen’s face was classic, he got so mad that I didn’t do the jerk and of course he yelled at me for not completing the movement. These are the memories that I will not forget. I am so grateful to have him as a coach, mentor and most of all a friend. I will miss all the laughs, disagreements as well as him making fun of my accent, which I still don’t think I have one.
So Armen my friend, time has come for you to move on to the next chapter in your life. You will forever be our coach and a friend. The lessons we have learned from you will never be forgotten. Good luck on your journey and see you later.
P.S I didn’t cry while writing this- okay maybe a little.
5 rounds of:
AMRAP 3 minutes -
40' sandbag carry
4 sandbag flips
rest 3 minutes after each round
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