CROM Physical Culture is the most complete fitness, health & wellness center in New York featuring expert instruction in Muay Thai kickboxing, Boxing, BJJ, SHRED! and CrossFit training. The facility is owned and operated by former Muay Thai champion and strength and conditioning Coach Chris Romulo alongside his wife, Sarah Romulo. CROM is a full service gym taking priority in all members no matter the level, in a friendly community and family driven environment. CROM’s mission is to help members meet their goals in a fun and creative atmosphere that will help them get into superior shape, learning various fitness techniques, or taking one’s practice to its highest level. The facility boasts a well rounded fitness program consisting of SHREDbyCROM and CrossFit classes, alongside combat arts training programs kids, teens and adults!
The training and atmosphere in the gym is just great because the teachers and students respect each other regardless if you’ve been training for a while or just starting. I have only been training since December but I have enjoyed every single training session i have had. Chris and Sarah are very nice people and some of the best trainers me and my wife have had in the martial arts world.
When regular old weight lifting got boring, I decided to give CrossFit a shot and I chose the right place. You will always feel challenged with the Workout of the Day. You don’t realize how out of shape you really are until you do your first WOD. The coaches here are extremely motivating and all of the staff treat you like family! Big thanks to Chris Romulo and Sarah Romulo for the support in the Rockaway Beach community! “All it takes is heart”
At 47 years old and a lifelong athlete, I have tried just about every workout and physical activity that you can imagine. Along the way I have learned a lot of valuable information, and picked up a few injuries, as well. As a Professor of Anatomy and Physiology, I sometimes know too well both the capabilities and the limits of the human body. When I first heard about CrossFit, I let my misconceptions influence my judgement. I thought, “who needs to do 100 reps of anything? Sounds like a guaranteed injury.” Then, I saw an offer for a free first class at CrossFit Rockaway Beach and figured I literally had nothing to lose. The rest, as they say, is history – including the 18 pounds I have lost since joining! The workouts are well thought out and quite sound. There is always a skill of the day that is honed in addition to the workout. The coaches are knowledgeable and caring, and the fellow CrossFitters are an amazingly encouraging group. We are all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Contrary to what a lot of people think, WODs can be scaled so that EVERYONE is challenged, buff and mere mortal alike. I highly recommend this as an addition to your current routine, or as your first foray into fitness. I promise you will not be disappointed.
When CrossFit was first presented to me, I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant to try. Images of chiseled, highly competitive gym rats entered my mind and it completely turned me off. But after hearing about the friendly staff and CrossFit patrons at Crom, I gave it a try. At first I was unsure if I could perform the workouts; I was so self-critical and doubtful of my abilities – especially after watching Vince effortlessly hurl himself over the pull-up bar like an acrobat! But the vibe of this place is so positive and the instructors and fellow CrossFitters are so encouraging that it is difficult not to believe in yourself and give it your best. Everyone at Crom has been so welcoming and gracious that I can’t help but want to push myself for higher goals (mine is to finally do a pull-up). I am extremely thankful for the 5:30am classes – Thanks Vince and Chris for waking up early for us! I look forward to working with everyone in the future and for many fat cells to be burned. Thank you all!
About a year and half ago my husband and I signed our seven year old son up for Muay Thai at Crom MT. He had just gotten a cast off of his leg from a previous injury and our intentions were to find a place for him to build back his strength and endurance. Little did we know he would fall in love with the gym within the first month. The atmosphere, classes, fellow members and most of all his instructors have made him feel like Crom MT is his second home. He has become more disciplined, respectful, and mentally and physically stronger. I absolutely feel we made the right choice by bringing him to Crom MT and look forward to watching our son advance in the art of Muay Thai under the supervision of incredible instructors, at an amazing gym. All it takes is heart!
CROM stands for Chris Romulo. However, to all who know Sarah and Chris, CROM is becoming to mean a physical culture and a family spirit. I have rarely seen a business that truly understands their contribution from both a business and community standpoint and puts their heart into each aspect. Since joining CROM, I am not only in the best shape of my life, but my children have joined the Muay Thai program and they couldn’t be happier. They truly enjoy the training, but it’s the friendship and sense of community they talk about. When I look around at any time of day, I see young and old, the physically fit and those who have just started their journey. As they say, all it takes is heart….
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