Welcome to CROM Physical Culture
All It Takes Is Heart...............
NY's Superior Kids' & Teens' Muay Thai Program
Get Fit & Join A Family
Personalized 1 on 1 Coaching
Anthony Melchiorri
Host and Creator of "Hotel Impossible"




Physical culture is a concept which is born when a community joins together to establish a philosophy, regimen, or lifestyle seeking maximum physical, mental, spiritual, and social development through methods such as fitness, nutrition, athletics, martial arts, and mental discipline.

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. While CROM is a full service gym taking priority in all members no matter the level, in a friendly community and family driven environment, it is hands down the place to go for high level fight-prep training. 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 arts for the first time, or taking one’s practice to its highest level. The facility boasts a well rounded combat arts training program, dedicated instructors, bootcamp & cross training programs, as well as fun and challenging programs for kids and teens!

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  • 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….

    Anthony MelchiorriHost and Creator of Hotel Impossible
  • I currently take the ladies boxing classes- and they have since added 3 classes (one intermediate) to the weekly schedule..The other classes are muay thai classes that I have yet to try- maybe soon! Sarah and Chris (the owners/instructors) are warm, motivational and encouraging! This is a great addition to Rockaway and I am learning a lot while burning calories in a fun, fast-paced class! I give 5 stars for the location, the people and the general feeling or well being in the Crom MT gym. Everyone is helpful, even the students. I am v. happy they set up shop here! I give 5 stars for the location, the people and the general feeling

    Jessica W.
  • I have joined EVERY gym (yes every single one), but I have never, ever felt as comfortable nor at ease as at Crom Martial Training. This family owned business is a great asset to all it’s members and the community that it serves. I started with CROM when it was based in Manhattan. I’ve recently returned to their Queens location and took a ladies boxing class. I asked myself all throughout the class why I had left! Sarah, is an exceptional teacher for the ladies boxing class. She is patient, yet pushes you to give it your all. The ladies in the class were all returning students who had a wonderful energy as well. Chris is equally dedicated & also an excellent instructor. He brings an expertise that is unparalleled. CROM Martial Training is THE place to come to get in shape & stay in shape! It is good for all ages, shapes, & sizes! THE place to come to get in shape & stay in shape!

    Courtney W.
  • This place has changed my life in so many ways. I started training with the team at CMT over a year ago at almost 230 pounds and couldn’t walk up the stairs without almost catching an asthma attack.. I now walk around at 162-165 pounds of lean muscle. Chris the owner has a saying, you don’t have to be a fighter to train like one. When I walked in the door I was by NO means a fighter. With the quality of skill training you get while getting in shape I was able to compete and win for CMT. So if you want to lose weight this is the place for you. If you are a fighter this is the place for you.. If you think you want to fight this is the place for you….young or old this place can make you into a lean TECHNICAL scrapper.

    David S.
  • Extremely knowledgeable in Muay Thai, Chris Romulo is a gifted and passionate trainer. He is also an amazing and inspiring fighter. Chris is patient and motivating and his classes are always full of positive energy. His teaching style is that which anyone can learn from. The gym offers a range of different classes, from beginner to advanced, so there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking to change up your exercise routine, tone up, lose weight, or perhaps you would like step into the ring one day, Chris and Sarah can gear you towards reaching your specific goal. I recently took their strength and conditioning class and it was crazy! I plan to take it every Tue

    Heather M.
  • 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”

    Anthony C.
  • 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.

    Mary Beth D.
  • 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,

    Julie S.
  • 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!

    Kerry Grosseto