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Farewell Joel!

Tomorrow is a sad day. A day that I personally have been dreading for months. I know many of you also feel this way. And will be even more saddened in a few weeks when we have to say goodbye to Yoonmee.

Tomorrow is our send off for Coach Joel. He is going to be deploying to Central America for the better part of this year. And even though we offered to let Yoonmee live in the gym for free - she is leaving at the end of the month to be close to family while Joel is away.

Joel and Yoonmee have been integral to the gym the last two years. Before they started coaching for us they met and fell in love at CrossFit HAF (formerly owned by our Coach Wes, things come full circle). When Wes no longer owned that gym, Joel and Yoonmee were not feeling fulfilled where they were coaching, and were open to come coach for us. When I first approached them, I was very pregnant with Maisie and Jared and I were still coaching a majority of the classes. We were reaching the limit to our abilities as coaches, as well as my due date. Luckily the timing was right and they came to the gym to cover classes for us while we were on maternity/paternity leave, and stayed on with us since then.

Joel and Yoonmee are passionate about what they do. They care deeply about each individual athlete and seeing each athlete progress and succeed in the gym. We are so extremely grateful for them for coming to us when they did.

To focus solely on Joel (since he's the first to leave and I can only contain so much emotion);From coaching our CrossFit and Barbell Club classes, to writing our class programming, to guiding many new athletes through Fundamentals, Joel brings his A game to all of it. He is an extremely dedicated head coach who continuously pushes us to be better coaches, athletes, and human beings. I love that while he takes what he does very seriously, he is always positive, upbeat, and funny.

In summary, the gym would not be where it is today had it not been for all of the hard work Joel has invested into it.

We wish Joel the best of luck, safe travels, and that we will see him again back at the gym!

Please come by the gym tomorrow to participate in our going way WOD for Coach Joel, and join us in drowning our sorrows at Hula Bay at 7:30 tomorrow night.

Friday's Training:

"Farewell Joel"

RX:

2 rounds for time of:

•100 double-unders

•20 overhead squats

•100 double-unders

•12 ring muscle-ups

•100 double-unders

•20 dumbbell snatches

•100 double-unders

•12 bar muscle-ups

Men perform 115-lb. OHS, 50-lb. DB snatches

Women perform 80-lb. OHS, 35-lb. DB snatches

SCALED:

2 rounds for time of:

100 single-unders

20 overhead squats

100 single-unders

12 chin-over-bar pull-ups

100 single-unders

20 dumbbell snatches

100 single-unders

12 chin-over-bar pull-ups

Men perform 45-lb. OHS, 35-lb. DB snatches

Women perform 35-lb. OHS, 20-lb. DB snatches

14 min timecap

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