Two years ago, Armen and our friends Sam, Logan, and Danny did the first CrossFit 818 (mini) WoD!
March marks the two year anniversary of the realized dream that is CrossFit 818. I wanted to open a place where everyone could have the opportunity to make fitness a part of their every day lives, work on goals that were important to them in a supportive, positive environment, and receive personalized, spectacular coaching. I want to thank you all for being a part of our incredible community and promise you that our continuing mission is to provide you with the best environment for fitness anywhere!
To that end, I'd also like to introduce Tyler Selvage as our new Assistant Coach. Tyler has come a long way since he first walked through our doors two years ago, and he's developing into a good strength and conditioning coach in his own right. As an Assistant Coach, Tyler will be on hand to help us help you reach all of your goals. Please join me in welcoming him to the team!
When did you first start CrossFitting?:
My first cross fit experience was the baseline test at CF 818 about a week before the official opening. I finished in 6:13, but it took me about 2 minutes to do 10 pull-ups.
When did you first start training at CF 818?:
I attended the first class at CF 818. I’m an OG 818 patron. The first workout was the broomstick half mile.
Tell us about your sports and fitness background:
I played some sports in high school, but I unfortunately never took it very seriously. I wish I had the knowledge base for strength and conditioning that I do now. I actually weighed about the same in high school as I do now, but with a very different body composition. I got pretty hefty in college due mostly to Natural Light, McDoubles, and Jeno’s Pizzas. My senior year I started lifting weights 5 days a week and saw serious gains in my strength and overall fitness. I consistently lifted weights for about 7 years before discovering Crossfit. In that time, I fell into sort of a yo-yo pattern. I was constantly gaining and losing weight and my strength gains had basically stopped.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD...what was it, and how did it feel?
The Friday before classes began I came in to sign up officially, and I was exposed to what I consider my first WOD. It was 21-15-9 Snatches and Pull-Ups at 95 pounds. It was absolutely brutal! My back kept tightening up from my terrible snatch form and I had to increasingly scale the pull-ups. It was a very humbling experience.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?:
During my time at CF818 I have seen serious changes in my fitness, strength, and life. When I first started I was only on two days a week and I was still going to the “globo gym“. I started experimenting with different training programs I heard about by paying attention to the coaches. I did Wendler, German-Volume Training, and a few other power lifting programs. Then I began interning and was only doing cross fit workouts 5 days a weeks for about 8 months. I got as lean as I’ve ever been, and I was very functionally fit, but I lost some strength. I was in the middle of concocting my own secret squirrel program when Z stopped me and told me about Crossfit Football. He said, “Someone smarter than you is already writing the program you’re looking for.” Since November 2011, I have been following that program and I’ve seen huge gains in my strength and muscle mass. Recently, I’ve been moving back towards normal Crossfit workouts. I’m trying to find a happy medium.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I really didn’t expect Crossfit to become a huge part of my life. When I first signed up, I didn’t plan on extending my contract past the initial 3 months. I planned to take what I’d learned and apply it on my own program. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Like most people, I got hooked, I loved the intensity and knew it couldn’t be replicated outside of a Crossfit community. On a sentimental note, I never expected to build such close friendships with everyone. I moved out here 6 years ago from Kansas, totally on my own, I finally have a group of friends I can rely on. Plus, I think I found my calling, I love coaching, there is something very gratifying about helping people do things they don’t think they can do. The best part of my day, besides being at home with Mariam (Lil C), my amazing wife, is spent at Crossfit 818.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF 818 moments:
Wow… There’s quite a few of these. The parties are awesome, it’s always fun to hang out with everyone. I’ve hit a ton of PR’s, that always feels great. My 500 pounds squat and the Occupy Strength event are up there among my favorite personal goals attained. Watching Mariam win the last Paleo Challenge was incredible. She worked so hard, I was very proud of her. Fight Gone Bad at Sony was a great introduction to the Crossfit world outside of 818. It’s also the little things. Everyday I see someone squat better, move more efficiently, and pick things up they didn’t think they could. It makes me feel good knowing I had a small part in that.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Do your best to learn outside of the gym. When you start to understand the “why“, setting your goals and achieving them gets easier. There is a reason that movements in class are shown the way they are. One of the things that separate Z and Armen as great coaches is they understand human movement. Also, you have to want it for yourself. No one can make you stick with it, find the reason that you want to change and go all in.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I’m an avid reader. I usually read several books a month. I can’t get enough crime/mystery novels where a lead character is developed over a series. I also really like cooking, I’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen lately experimenting. BBQ is my favorite type of food, I could eat it everyday. Talents… I’ve always been good with my hands. My dad used to drag me around on construction side projects, I picked up his ability to figure things out.
I am very thankful for the opportunities I’ve been give at Cross fit 818. I look forward to progressing and being the best coach I can be. I hope to make a positive impact on peoples lives. I believe that when someone takes their health seriously the benefits in everyday life can be limitless.
Today's WorkoutA. EMOTM for 10 minutes
3 strict press
*increase weight every 2 rounds
B. For time:
21 deadlifts (135/95)
21 push jerk (135/95)
15 push press
Posted by Zareh.