Sorry guys. I'm jumping on the "Goodbye, Armen" train too. Armen is a big part of why I am the athlete and the coach I am today.
"Trust the process." You've probably all heard that at some point or another from Armen. The first time I heard it, I walked away frustrated and not trusting the process one ounce. This came after I had decided I wanted to try competing in a local competition and was struggling to get stronger and cursing whoever decided double unders were a good idea. A week out from the competition, I nailed a huge PR on my clean and thought, "maybe there's something to this so-called process..." On competition day, I was able to string together sets of 30+ double unders fairly easily and knew the process definitely needed to be trusted. Every time I have been frustrated in my training and I've gone to Armen, his response has usually been to keep trusting the process. Sure enough a week or so later, the process has proved to be successful yet again.
I've been able to take that advice and carry it over into my daily life and work life. I'm not a very patient person. I like things to move at a certain pace and when they don't or things get derailed, I can get pretty upset by it. But trusting the process, is essentially just another way of saying, "be patient." In my day-to-day life, that means not everything is going to go my way or at my speed so be patient and ultimately everything will work out the way it's supposed to. In my work, it's been a long journey to get to where I'm at now.
The amount of time both Armen and Z took into developing me as a coach is very unique to CrossFit 818. When I shadowed for Armen, he would check-in with me throughout the workout and ask me "what do you see?" Shadowing wasn't just writing names up on the board, and recording times and scores. It was my job to actively pay attention to the class, point out the things I was seeing and then explain why I was seeing those things happen. As I learned more about movement and the human body, Armen would then follow up with "how would you fix it?" We would meet after classes were done and break down each class and talk about everything in more detail than we could during the class time. Armen had me program workouts and we would talk about what was good, what could be better, and how to make it better.
More than 2 years after I started interning for 818, I finally got the opportunity I had been waiting for, I was asked to be a coach. Although I questioned the process on more than one occasion, Z and Armen made sure that I was equipped with all the right tools to coach before I was brought on to the team. Even though I'm a coach now, Armen has always been my sounding board for workouts, class management, coaching style, etc. So when I found out that Armen was moving to Austin, I was a bit shell shocked. Armen is such a big part of CrossFit 818 I couldn't imagine one without the other. Not that I can really imagine it now, but I came to realize that this too is part of the process. It's part of my process of developing as a coach, and a part of everyone's process as an athlete. Circumstances in life sometimes lead to big changes. You may move out of the area and be in need of a new gym, or new and exciting opportunities may be in store for any member of 818 team like they are now for Armen. It's all a part of the big process of life. Luckily the gym is still here, and Geoff, Z, and I are still coaching. It won't be the same without Armen, but don't give up on the process.
Armen was very excited for Sally during the Open
10 sandbag lunges
20 sit ups
30 double unders
Posted by Megan