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Formerly known as The Eight Count, Champ Up Chat is hosted by Chris “Mr. Classic” Romulo and his wife, Sarah Romulo aka The H.O.G. Chris is a life-long martial artist, retired six-time Muay Thai champion, health and wellness coach and podcaster. Ever since they met in a gritty boxing gym in lower Manhattan they’ve been a journey of sharing their love for physical culture and the combat arts. Though the pandemic of 2020 drastically shifted their lives they are still on the mission, through the Champ Up Chat podcast, to explore and share valuable information on the the habits, lifestyle and mindset that is crucial to championing health and well-being…for yourself and your loved ones. If you are interested in laying a solid foundation for “health-wealth”, Champ Up Chat is where it’s at.

Being a champion isn't for the chosen few. Being a champion is for the few that choose.

Champ Up Chat Chris Romulo

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 102 Ratings

Formerly known as The Eight Count, Champ Up Chat is hosted by Chris “Mr. Classic” Romulo and his wife, Sarah Romulo aka The H.O.G. Chris is a life-long martial artist, retired six-time Muay Thai champion, health and wellness coach and podcaster. Ever since they met in a gritty boxing gym in lower Manhattan they’ve been a journey of sharing their love for physical culture and the combat arts. Though the pandemic of 2020 drastically shifted their lives they are still on the mission, through the Champ Up Chat podcast, to explore and share valuable information on the the habits, lifestyle and mindset that is crucial to championing health and well-being…for yourself and your loved ones. If you are interested in laying a solid foundation for “health-wealth”, Champ Up Chat is where it’s at.

Being a champion isn't for the chosen few. Being a champion is for the few that choose.

    Ep 56- The Journey of Father Trauma

    Ep 56- The Journey of Father Trauma

    “It is such an odd thing to see your father and a stranger wrapped up into one person.”
    -unknown
    In this week’s episode of Champ Up Chat, we delve into the complex topic of father trauma. Chris shares his personal experience growing up with a physically present but emotionally absent father.
    Throughout the conversation, he discusses how his father's behavior affected him and his transformative journey to break the cycle, ultimately becoming a present and involved father myself. Therapy and self-reflection played pivotal roles in his healing process, especially when it came to forgiveness. Being vulnerable and seeking help along the healing path is crucial.
    Father trauma comes in many forms and can leave long-lasting effects on individuals, including self-doubt, fear, and low self-esteem. We shed light on the startling rate of children living in single-parent households in the US and delve into global statistics on father absenteeism.
    Drawing from Chris’s own journey, he emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and understanding the impact of past trauma, highlighting the need for open conversations on this often-overlooked topic. Chris and Sarah also explore the connection between trauma and addiction, particularly within high-impact sports like fighting.
    Chris shares his personal story of how he immersed myself in the world of fighting, initially using it as a means to further suppress his pain. Fighting changed his life for the better; however, he had to confront those suppressed feelings when he retired, ultimately discovering the significance of not allowing trauma to define one's identity.
    Additionally, Chris and Sarah discuss the current role many of us face in helping our aging parents, a responsibility that can bring up unresolved emotions from our past.
    So, join us in this episode of Champ Up Chat as we delve into the depths of father trauma, exploring its impact and embarking on a journey of healing and understanding. Get ready for an honest and insightful conversation that sheds light on this important issue.
    If you grew up in a alcoholic or dyfunctional family and and you've been looking to find a way out of the dark: https://adultchildren.org/
    Send in any questions that you might have for our next Q&A episode!!
    Hit us up at: @alignwithsarah @chris.romulo.crom 
    or email: chris@chrisromulo.com
    Thanks for listening...Champ Up

    • 29 min
    Ep 55- Pet Peeves, Being In "Fight" Shape and Cringe-talk at the Gym

    Ep 55- Pet Peeves, Being In "Fight" Shape and Cringe-talk at the Gym

    Welcome to another exciting episode of Champ Up Chat! In today's installment, we delve into an unexpected aspect of Muay Thai as we explore Chris's greatest frustrations as a competitor, referee, and coach. Brace yourself, because it might not be what you're anticipating!
    Prepare for some cringe-worthy moments as we, as fitness pros and entrepreneurs, open up about our most embarrassing blunders. It takes courage to acknowledge our mistakes, but hey…it's a crucial part of our personal AND professional growth journey.
    Weight management and the practice of weight cutting for the ring are on the menu today. We shed light on the lesser-known reality that being an athlete doesn't always result in a healthy relationship with food.
    We also dive deep into the questions you've submitted, providing us with some thought-provoking discussions and uncovering hidden gems of goodness..Keep em coming, folks!
    Don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with your friends and family who crave authentic conversations about mindset, personal growth, wellness, and, of course, the inevitable failures we encounter along the way. Because that's what the Champ Up way is all about!
    Send us any of your burning questions to: @chris.romulo.crom or @alignwithsarah

    • 26 min
    Ep 54- Q&A: Imposter Syndrome, Having "Heart" & Emotional Mastery

    Ep 54- Q&A: Imposter Syndrome, Having "Heart" & Emotional Mastery

    Episode 54
    Sarah and I are back on today with our new Champ Up Chat Q&A session. We took a few questions from you guys and gave our best thoughts and insights on how to address whatever challenges that you might be facing.  We dive into putting our peers on pedestals, pre-fight tactics, confidence through competence, and listening to our bodies especially when it comes to nutrition and sleep.
    We are decdicated to sharing our fight tips, mindset strategies and health and wellness tactics that will keep you on your champion lifestyle mission. 
    Send us your burning Q's for our next Q&A sesh:
    https://www.instagram.com/alignwithsarah/
    https://www.instagram.com/chris.romulo.crom/
    Download Sarah's FREE playbook and get ready to create more energy and better health with less overwhelm and confusion: https://www.sarahromulo.com/playbook
     
     

    • 41 min
    Ep 53- Unwavering Fatih- Eddie "Silky Smooth" Abasolo

    Ep 53- Unwavering Fatih- Eddie "Silky Smooth" Abasolo

    Episode 53
    Today, our guest is Eddie "Silky Smooth" Abasolo, a passionate fighter who has been through it all and truly emodoies the Fall 7 times, Stand up 8 philosophy. Eddie shares his unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in the fight game, covering everything from perseverance to sacrifice. 
    Amateur record: 12-1
    IKF World Championship
    IKF West Coast Classic
    IKF US Champion
    CA Champion
    IKF West Coast Champion
    WCK/IAMTF Champion
     
    PROFESSIONAL RECORD: 14-4
    WBC Intercontinental Champion
    MTG Champion
    Triumphant World Champion
    WMC Champion
    WBC Nai Khanom Tom
     
    Throughout this episode, we dive into Eddie's life and hear about his experiences with fighting, his quest for success, and his mindset as a fighter. We talk about his first time stepping over the top ropes and being abandoned by his team. Eddie persevered through it all and learned lessons that helped him grow as a fighter, a person and a family man. He also emphasizes the importance of having a strong support system, in order to achieve success in the fight game and beyond.
    Eddie's story is a testament to the power of hard work, determination, and heart.
    By sharing his experiences on Champ Up Chat, our goal is to inspire you and others who are on their own journey to success, while exhibiting the grit and perseverance that true champions possess.
    Tune in to hear more about Eddie's incredible journey and what it takes to become a champion in the world of Muay Thai and life, on Champ Up Chat with Eddie "Silky Smooth" Abasolo.
    Give him a follow @eddie_abasolo_show
    We will be starting a Q&A episode, so please send us any questioms to:
    @chris.romulo.crom or @alignwithsarah
    We will answer and share any questions anonomusly or not, let us know what you prefer.
    Living as a champion isn't for the chosen few. Living as a champion is for the few that choose.
    Champ Up

    • 44 min
    Ep 52: How To Smile, No Matter What...John Esposito Jr.

    Ep 52: How To Smile, No Matter What...John Esposito Jr.

    Ep 52- How To Smile No Matter What
    Sarah took the day off so that I could chat with an individual who is the epitome of what it means to live as a champion, John Esposito Jr.
     
    On December 20th, 2021, John met his fate in an accident at work that changed his life forever.
     
    So on today’s episode of Champ Up Chat, John shares his near-death experience and how he navigates everyday to keep taking steps toward recovery.
     
    We talk about the importance of finding positives and moving forward, no matter how many times life tries to knock us out. 
     
    Stay tuned as John shares his advice for his high school self with the current experiences and knowledge he has on what it takes to live each day as a champion. 
     
    Please share this episode to anyone that might need some powerful word to keep moving forward in their life and to reach out to John to send some love:
     
    @jespo625

    • 55 min
    Ep 51- The Energy Never Died

    Ep 51- The Energy Never Died

    We took almost a year off and completely missed sitting in the dungeon and sharing the Champ Up word!
     
    We share what it's like to shadowbox on the altar, breakdance with a bunch of 5th graders, and eat like ya mean it, amongst lots of other cool stuff. 
     
    Listen in and hit us up to let us know who you want to see us interivew in this upcoming season of Champ Up Chat at:
     
    @alignwithsarah
    @chris.romulo.crom

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

RyanSirg ,

CROM & The Hog!

Really enjoy this podcast with Chris and Sarah. Great to hear stories of successes and overcoming failures and learning to grow from mistakes. I’m also part of the Champ Up Facebook group with a lot of great info!

sptout ,

Grit

5 stars TY Chris and Sarah. At 67 after a 3 year battle with medical issues I (believed) I would never get my strength back. WRONG. Chris and Sarah taught me by sincerity and modeling that was a mindset .When that mindset changes so will I . Yes RIGHT They Know Their Stuff . The suggestions sound simple enough, just don’t mistake them for an easy out . I got my strength back over a period of time . Now I feel like I CAN DO WHATEVER! Walk ,run floor work and weights again. CHAMP UP !

CynW9 ,

Be brave, take the hill!

Life is hard, and there are many variations of hardships in life. But choose your hard, make mistakes and grow from them. Chris has a way of capturing your attention with the reality and rawness of life and the challenges we can and will be faced with. What’s important is how you rise from the ashes. Be the best version of you both mind and body.

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