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our story

May 2020 marks 4 years of our ownership of CrossFit Mahwah. This is a big milestone for us and the community. We celebrate this anniversary, and the man who made it possible, by sharing our “Why” with all of you. Dee’s father, Joe Miccoli gave us the tools to move forward with the gym just days before he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Papa (that’s what Dee called him) loved life and helping others. He believed in us and our desire to make an impact! This is his legacy!

We have had a passion for helping people and changing lives for the better part of our adult lives. If you have not read our journey, please take a moment to do so. Collectively, Denise and I have been helping people like you for 40 plus years!

Along our fitness journey, we have seen many changes including the gimmicks, fads and quick fixes. We remain wary of those based on the knowledge and understanding that results can diminish as quickly as they are attained. Overall, fitness has evolved, technology has improved, methods have changed, but one thing remains constant; consistent effort, balance and a willingness to learn is necessary for permanent positive change. Sticking to what works, what makes sense, while creating habits that can be maintained and improved over a lifetime has been our focus. We will not sell-out. 

“Sticking to what works,
what makes sense…”
Through all we’ve seen, the CrossFit methodology has proven to be one of the most well rounded, fun, balanced, consistent, results and evidence-based programs. It also has evolved, only getting better with time.

“Help First”
“Help First”, is how we begin and end each day. Every decision we make revolves around this mindset. We notice the little things, and relentlessly focus to provide the best experience and long term results. This is our life, our lifestyle, our passion!

“Butter-Fly Effect”
We are fortunate to do what we love and we give it 110% with the understanding that our desire to help people become the best version of themselves can potentially be life-changing within the walls of the gym and beyond. This falls in line with the “Butter-Fly Effect” the phenomenon whereby a minute localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. It is an amazing, and true principal. A small daily change in habits, thinking and energy can have a profound and limitless effect in your world, and into the “world” of those around you.

The business of health, fitness, and wellness does not come easy. There are unforeseen challenges in an ever-changing marketplace and unlimited options for people to choose from. This creates a new and unique level of pressure to provide the best possible prescription for each and every member that walks through the doors of CrossFit Mahwah. Regardless of the challenges, we will not falter from our mission. We have a legacy to carry on! Challenge yourself to become the best version of you. We provide the tools, experience, and opportunity. We are the catalyst to change. Bring your energy and desire to achieve your greatest potential and we will provide the prescription.

Steve & Dee

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Denise Miccoli & Steve Grant | OWNERs

meet your support team

Denise niccoli

Owner, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach

Mom, Wife, Coach, Business Owner….Denise is a champion for fitness, an advocate for healthy living and has been personal training for more than 13 years before starting CrossFit. She loves helping people in many ways, she has found the positive impact that she can make through fitness can touch peoples lives in so many ways. She loves the community that CrossFit creates, a sense of belonging for many. Seeing her members succeed is what drives her to become the best Owner, Coach and Mom and Wife she can be. She loves her #CommunityWithHeart
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steve grant

Owner/CrossFit Level 2 Trainer 


Steven has been part of the fitness community for over 25 years. He started lifting weights and became interested in body building when he was 19 years old. He started personal training clients when he was 23 and continued to learn, grow and help people in health and wellness. He is a certified BioResonance Therapist, Lifestyle Educator through Metagenics. He has been personal training clients for more than 20 years. His CrossFit journey began 3 years ago and has never looked back. At 44 years young, he is in the best shape of his life and wants to continue to share this amazing experience with others. Now Coaching CrossFit, he feels he can have a bigger impact on many more lives than just one on one training. He and his wife Denise love the CrossFit Mahwah community and work tirelessly to keep improving themselves for that community.
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bob pelletier

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Bob loves helping people achieve things they thought they couldn’t. He is a hard work Husband, and Father of 2. His love for fitness extends to his family and friends, always looking for ways to improve and excel in all areas of life.
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joe hilado

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

As a physical therapy practitioner, I always look for ways to improve fitness and wellness as well as overall function. This is one of the biggest reasons I CrossFit I started CrossFit around 2013 with a few friends. Before that, I went to a gym to work on specific body parts and was not really focused on overall fitness. One of my friends stumbled upon an online deal for CrossFit. We went through the training process and I was immediately hooked. The whole concept CrossFit definitely aligns with not only physical fitness, but also overall wellness, which I believe should be incorporated in physical rehabilitation. 
Now that I’ve been doing CrossFit for a few years, I always try to incorporate what I know from physical therapy as well as vice versa. I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.
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Mollie kearns

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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Fitness and being physically active has always been something I am extremely interested in. I’ve always had a love for fitness and played every sport growing up from ice hockey, football, soccer, basketball, softball, you name it. I played field hockey and basketball at William Paterson University and shortly after my career there had ended, I found CrossFit. It began to give me something to challenge myself in again. It has introduced me to some of my best friends and taught me and my family how to live a healthy lifestyle. Bringing that knowledge through coaching to share with other people has been something I have grown very passionate about as well. I have been coaching CrossFit for two years, personal training for four years, and currently coaching basketball at William Paterson University.
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DAN GLADSTON

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Brand X Training

I've always loved moving and staying active.  Whether it was playing sports or just biking around town with friends, you could probably find me outside.  I found it difficult to stick to one sport in high school because I wanted a taste of everything, but I knew I had to stay active throughout my college years.  During the summer before starting college, however, I got lazy and barely did anything physical besides an occasional bike ride or some recreational tennis.  I also developed terrible eating habits, and while I didn't gain any serious weight (thanks overactive metabolism), my body composition changed significantly and I was slowly losing athleticism and motivation to exercise.  I decided to take action and enrolled myself in a fitness class that semester. As the months rolled by I was growing tired of the monotonous routine and knew that I was on the road to burning out. I started doing workouts from a video program with my mom that used elements of CrossFit so I decided to investigate.
The rest is, as cliché as it may sound, history.  I've been a "CrossFitter" for just over two years now and it has become a passion I never knew I had.  CrossFit is not only the sport of fitness, it's a lifestyle that has positively impacted the lives of so many around the world.  I became a coach to spread my love of health and fitness and to be there to celebrate each victory, no matter how small. The best part of CrossFit is that the learning process is never over, nothing is ever easy, and the community is full of amazing people.
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