LIVINGSTON, NJ — Members, friends, family, Livingston Town Council members and members of the Business Improvement District gathered at Mission Fitness, a CrossFit-based facility located at 70 Okner Pkwy in Livingston, to celebrate its one-year anniversary Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Immediately following a 9 a.m. class at the state-of-the-art fitness facility, Mayor Michael Silverman, Deputy Mayor Al Anthony and Councilman Edward Meinhardt joined dozens of Mission Fitness regulars, owners Joe Romano and Jonathan Shankman and many other community members for refreshments and festivities.

“It was a pleasure to be with the owners of Mission Fitness, we wish them all the best,” said Silverman. “The place looks great and wee wish everybody that comes here good health both physically and spiritually.”

Although the official one-year anniversary was on June 28, the official celebration took place on site on Sept. 12 in order to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend. Co-owner Joe Romano was thrilled with the progress the facility has seen in the past year and excited to share the one-year milestone with the community.

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“It’s been a great steady growth over the course of this first year,” said Romano. “What we’re probably most proud of is our membership base—the membership base is what creates a community within the gym.”

Romano also said the gym’s success is an extension of the membership growth seen in the past year. According to its mission, the CrossFit-based facility thrives on the progression of its members.

Romano said that the more people who join, the more motivational the atmosphere at the facility becomes and ultimately inspires members to achieve their fitness goals.

“We provide the health and fitness, but the atmosphere within the gym comes from the membership,” said Romano. “[Mission Fitness] is unintimidating when new members come in, it’s very welcoming, and it’s for all ages and all abilities

Romano and Shankman took Saturday’s event as an opportunity to get information out about the gym and what it does for its members. Romano explained that Mission Fitness offers a free week for people to come in and experience the many things that the facility has to offer, and to prove to them why this particular type of training is so beneficial and how it produces results.

CrossFit training combines various modalities of training like weightlifting, basic balance and coordination skills, kettlebells, medicine balls, and other methods that have shown proven results. According to Mission Fitness, group exercise classes maximize results because they produce a high level of personal attention with the addition of camaraderie, competition and fun all in one.

“Achieving your fitness and nutritional goals should not be a chore,” Mission CrossFit tells its member. “Class at Mission Fitness is something our athletes look forward to everyday. We plan on giving you the best possible experience everyday that will make you like coming to the gym.”

To meet the coaces and find more information, visit or call Joe Romano at (973) 943-0677.