LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s full-service Cross Fit gym Mission Fitness hosted the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce’s (LACC) monthly resource breakfast on Thursday and offered all in attendance a 30-day free trial of its program.

After having both members and non-members introduce themselves and how they are involved in Livingston’s business community, new LACC president Ira Drucks encouraged attendees to participate in the Mission Fitness demos and exchange business cards over breakfast and refreshments.

“We have these meetings to give everybody an opportunity to know what the other members are doing,” said Drucks. “Hopefully we can support one another as chamber members.” 

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Mission Fitness co-owners Joe Romano and Jonathan Shankman, 57 and 25, respectively, attested to how age and ability is not a factor in achieving health and fitness goals. According to Romano, the combination of cardio, weight lifting and nutrition provided at Mission Fitness is proven to help achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In fact, since the gym opened nearly two-and-a-half years ago, a handful of LACC members have joined Mission Fitness, including councilman Al Anthony, past LACC president Monte Ehrenkranz and local volunteer Martha Ackermann and have each verified the success of the program.

During the LACC event, Shankman referenced Ehrenkranz as an example of someone who coupled the nutrition plan with the training and successfully lost 15 pounds. Additionally, Anthony announced during the event that he had just come from the doctor, who he said was enthusiastic about Anthony’s blood-pressure levels.

Ackermann encouraged her fellow LACC members to reach out if they need a friend to motivate them to try Mission Fitness.

“I came by myself because I didn’t know anybody that was coming at the times that I wanted and it’s really a family here,” said Ackermann. “I feel like we all know each other now and I have that support.”

Ehrenkranz echoed Ackermann, stating that it was the people who brought him back even more so than the workouts. Romano said this is because regardless of their ages, genders and abilities, members typically feed off each other’s energies and help motivate each other to do more.

“It’s not about the amount of weight you’re moving, it’s about movement,” said Romano. “Most people after they come in and try it say, ‘I wish I would’ve started this a long time ago.”

Although keeping members safe is his first priority, Romano said he is most passionate about helping people accomplish their goals. In order to achieve this, the Mission Fitness team is made up of trainers who come from an extensive training background—some of whom are competitive athletes—and who are determined to have a positive impact on their clients.

“Anyone can get a certification for personal training—we live it a breathe it every day,” said Romano. “We take all of our experience in competing and training and funnel that into you guys.”

All in attendance were encouraged to take advantage of the free 30-day trial.

“In a month, it’ll really give you a great idea of how we can work with anybody at any age and any ability,” said Romano. “It’ll give you an opportunity to see your energy-level change and once you get there, believe me, you won’t want to go back.”

The next LACC resource breakfast will be a “Coffee with the Cops” event on March 9 at the Livingston Police Department. The LACC invites both members and non-members to come out and meet the members of the local police department over breakfast and refreshments.

Click HERE to read TAPinto Livingston’s Chamber Spotlight on Mission Fitness, which features an interview with owner Joe Romano.