Name: Michal Cimoszko (pronounced See Mo Shko)
Occupation outside of being a crossfit champ:
Social Work/ Gloucester Reserve Police Officer
Hometown: Szczecin, Poland
Favorite workout: By far filthy fifty, we should make it a filthy Benjamin!
I enjoy the Clean and Push Jerk, at first it is little complicated and tough, but if you pay the attention to it’s mechanics and proper form, it is a very rewarding lift.
Which class do you usually attend?
Honestly, I’m all over the schedule, but I enjoy the noon and 5:30pm class.
How did you find out about crossfit?
I found out about CF when I drove by the old gym and was interested what the place with the fish and bones was all about. I came home and googled what Cross Fit was all about. The funny story is that I ran from my home for the intro session and found out that the gym has moved from the Fish Pier to Sargent St… giving me a few extra miles to run so I got an extra warm up :D
Did you play sports back in the day? Or was it all smoking butts under the bleachers?
As you all already know I stink at basketball, but I did play football or soccer as it is known around here.
How has Crossfit changed your life outside of the gym?
CF made me much more confident in my physical abilities, I am no longer hesitant to try new things and face new challenges. Cape Ann CF also introduced me to a great community through which I met a lot of new faces that I am happy to call my friends.
What and/or who motivates/inspires you?
What motivates me the most are everyday people who are around us, individuals who are diligent, who face their failures and use them for self-improvement. If we don’t try to better our life and those around us, then our life is fruitless. When it is cold out, or rainy, or for whatever reason I do not feel like running I think to myself that somewhere out there, there is another runner who would like to see that he is not the only crazy person out there, so I put my shoes on and go for a run.
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the gains made through Crossfit?
You have to go for the gold! I did 26.2 now its time for a filthy 100 Miler :D
What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
Out side of CF and my little running world I enjoy to spend time with Meghan and our two dogs Chocko and Tina. Nice walks on the trail are always fun, but if we are time constrained we use our beautiful surroundings and go to the beach.
What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA?
My favorite aspect of CF is by far all of the members and people who are associated with CFCA. I cant express enough how thankful I am for your friendship and positive attitude that is such an inspiration.
Any tips for the new members?
My advice for new members and those who think about joining CFCA would be to take it slow, pay attention to form over speed and weight. Once you create a good habit of proper form, everything else will follow. Stay consistent and diligent, and if you ever need a running buddy to build up your cardio, don’t be hesitant to ask.
From the perspective of the coaches, you are one of the most self motivated members at CFCA. What is your secret?
The secret its simple, if you are still standing and breathing there is no reason that you should stop going. Start by setting yourself a few simple goals each day, once you feel comfortable move on, comfort is not an option, it stops improvement, always try to better yourself and those around you.
You ran the Bay State Marathon last year in a very impressive 3:04. How much running do you do outside of the gym?
I used to hate running three years ago, but I got hired as a Gloucester Reserve Officer and I had no choice but to put those running shoes and hit the roads. It started with barely a mile, now I’m up to 40 miles a week in the winter and 60 in the summer. Trails are my favorite spot and we are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful places to run.
Any insight in to the tattoos you have?
Sure, some of them represent my origins such as the Crest of Poland on my left arm and the Crest of my home town city on my chest. My back shows my spiritual side; I am a strong believer that we all have a choice in life to either do good or evil. My back represents the Tree from the Garden of Eden and the Forbidden Fruit of Sin. The choice is ours.
Last question…what are you going to do once you catch Ricky Bozone?
Well that is simple, I will try to catch up with you Boss!