August 2017 Member of the Month Josh Kosmala

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August 2017 Member of the Month Josh Kosmala

Each month, we like to recognize one member who either demonstrated and held true to our core values; who achieved a personal goal, or; someone who is an inspiration to others in the box.

This is no easy decision… We know everyone brings something amazing to the class, each, and every day. We as coaches’ love seeing this! In fact, this is why we get up at 4:30am every morning! It’s almost impossible for us to decide among everyone!

With that said, to become recognized as a Member of the Month, we look for a few characteristics. Each member who makes this prestigious list, all have something in common – 1) an ambassador to the Harbor Park CrossFit philosophy; always helping others and never allowing a member to be left behind and; 2) an inspiration to others in the box community as well as someone who holds true to our Core Values:

  1. Build positive and lifelong relationships.
  2. Never settle and always strive to be better.
  3. Overcome self-doubt and surprise yourself daily.
  4. Empower people to be a positive change inside and outside of the gym.
  5. Change the stigma of exercising from “its work” to “its fun”.
  6. Create a fun yet driven class atmosphere.
  7. Lead by example.
  8. Do more and think less.
  9. Remember why you started.
  10. Be stronger than your strongest excuse.

And our Mission Mantra:

Our purpose is to be a place where we create a positive change in the daily lives of our community. We are our members’ “third place” – the community outside of home and work that they choose to spend their time with.

We do what we do in order to give people a purpose and to help them find themselves. We do what we do to show people they can overcome negative self-doubt and prove negative social influences wrong.

This month, we chose Josh Kosmala!

 

Here’s Some info about Josh –

NAME: Josh Kosmala

 

Age: 33

 

Hometown: Racine

 

Occupation:  Director of Operations

 

Favorite WOD/Metcon:  I enjoy workouts that build in Olympic lifts with aggressive cardio

 

Favorite Lift:  Front Squat

 

Favorite Cheat Meal:  Pizza

 

Athletic Background:  Football, basketball, baseball, track, lifting

 

Hobbies/Interests outside of the gym:  Home projects, outdoor activities, riding my Harley

 

How long have you been CrossFitting?: 9 months

 

How long have you be a Harbor Park CrossFit Member? 9 months

 

How did you find CrossFit?  I have been a fan of the games on ESPN and always wanted to find a way to get involved.  Drove past the gym in Racine and decided to jump in.

 

How has CrossFit changed your Life?  Fitness has always been a part of my life so to say life changing would not be fair but it has allowed me to learn new ways to challenge myself

 

What is your biggest achievement so far, and what is your next big goal?

Learning all the Olympic lifts.  I have done some form or fashion of them but to truly understand the importance of form and progression has been a key driver to the gains I have made.  My next big goal really is to focus on my eating habits and mobility.

 

What is your favorite thing about Harbor Park CrossFit?

The overall atmosphere.  Very supportive and welcoming

 

Have any advice for new members?

Don’t be afraid of the work.  Focus on what you can do and what you can do to be better.  There are no ego’s when it comes to lifting everyone has to start from the ground and build up.

Watch Josh’s video interview here!