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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.

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.

    Ep 42- Life is Perfect

    Ep 42- Life is Perfect

    𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘥𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘜𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘥𝘦, 𝘛𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘴. 𝘈𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭. 𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘶𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺, 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮.⁣⁣
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    Today we talk about the perfection of life when you can wake-up, put your feet on the ground and make one more attempt at experiencing life to its utmost. ⁣⁣
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    The perfection is in the journey not the destination of where you want to be. Barring unnatural circumstances, the journey of life is perfect because there is nothing to compare it to.⁣
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    It's your journey and you don't get another chance to fix your "mistakes". Live and strive to be the best expression of who you are. ⁣⁣
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    The misconception of perfection is that it is some far off distant place or state of being that you want to strive for. ⁣⁣
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    We’ve all heard the saying that there is no such thing as perfection. In reality perfection is already where you are. Perfection is in the journey.⁣⁣
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    Champ Up⁣⁣
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    Sarah & Chris

    • 32 min
    Ep 41- You are Your Values

    Ep 41- You are Your Values

    "If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."- Malcom X This week, Sarah and I discuss the importance of having core values. This concept seems pretty well-known in the workplace but having personal core values are just as important. I was having a conversation with a coach friend of mine who helped me become aware that I have not established a set of personal core values. The realization I had was that most of the decisions I hesitate to make are based off of the lack of my own personal values. 
    During our gym days, we empahasized the Bushido code with our young students to provide them with a set of basic ethics to approach life. Codes that I've embraced as a martial artist for years to the best of my ability.
    But what tends to happen is that we get lost in the storm of life. Your codes, values or beliefs become blurry or misaligned. So it was crucial to takes some time to write down and reconnect with some important values to strengthen the mind and spirit for the fight. 
    It is our sincere intention that we've brought awareness to this champion level exercise.  We challenge you to take a moment to reconnect or establish your own code of ethics, so that they can become a beacon light for the next storm that will arise. 
    Champ Up
    Chris and Sarah
     

    • 34 min
    Ep 40- Love and Pain

    Ep 40- Love and Pain

    Experiencing love, or having love for someone or something, leads us to believe that the experience will be perpetually, as Rocky put it, "all sunshine and rainbows". When we don't acknowledge the duality of love, we tend to be crushed when plans don't work out, when people exit our lives and when dreams get put on hold.
    "Pain in life is inevitable but suffering is not. Pain is what the world does to you, suffering is what you do to yourself [by the way you think about the 'pain' you receive]. Pain is certain, suffering is optional." -Buddha
    So when it comes to your own health and well-being, you are doing it because you love improving the quality of your life. With that said, you are expressing what is known as self-love. Taking care of “you” so that you can take care of loved ones. On this journey, you will face set-backs, obstacles and re-routing. It will be painful at times. You will feel like quitting. 
    We'll leave you with this thought inspired by Buddhists philosophy:
    Love is an ocean, it can be still like a lake or it can destroy everything it touches.
    Love is like a fight, you can walk away unscathed and fresh or hobble away battered and bruised.
    Love is dichotomy of joy and pain. But remember...pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
    Champ Up
     
     
     
     

    • 29 min
    Ep 39- The Golden Buddha

    Ep 39- The Golden Buddha

    “You are more than you think you are. There are dimensions of your being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in your concept of yourself. Your life is much deeper and broader than you conceive it to be here. What you are living is but a fractional inkling of what is really within you, what gives you life breadth. And depth.”
    -Joseph Campbell
    We are back! 
    Took a week off since we were in PR, on a mission for some R&R, but also a mission of sharing Muay Thai with our peeps on  “Isla De Encanto”.
    Being there not only gave us time to reconnect with friends and folks that love Muay Thai, it also blessed us with time to reconnect with ourselves, reminding us of why we started the Champ Up Chat in the first place. 
    Listen in as we talk about the internal conflicts that we all face on a daily basis. We are all champions in this journey called life, but we sometimes let theses struggle cover up our true essence. We let the “7 Dictators” rule our lives.
    When it comes to getting unstuck and back in the fight, it’s not just about “sucking it up” or accepting the cards we are dealt, then settling for less and lowering your standards. It’s about agreeing to find another way, focusing on the tools to guide you through the battle. Then after finding the another way, being aware that down the road, you will do it all over again.
    That is the cycle of Champions Uprising. 
    Don’t just accept or acknowledge your disappointments and hardships, agree to find a way to grow through what you go through.
    Champ Up!!
    Chris and Sarah

    • 26 min
    Ep 38- You don't "have to" do anything

    Ep 38- You don't "have to" do anything

    We've been conditioned, from a early age, to do things on a "have to" basis. "You have to make you bed or else..."
    "You have to do your homework or else..."
    "You have to eat your veggies or else..."
    We've heard it thousands of times.
    Now  as adults, whether it's going to the gym or taking out the trash, we do things because we tell ourselves that we "have to", or else...
    It's become so ingrained, we are not even aware that it is how we talk to ourselves and others around us.
    It's in our nature to push back when we feel coerced. Even when it's self inflicted.
    "I have to get back in shape!" 
    "I have to start eating better."
    I have to go to the doctor."
    The reality is, we don't have to do anything. As humans, we are blessed with the freedom of choice, at all times and with all situations. The beauty is that there is another way. Shift your self-talk.
    Instead of saying, "I have to..." or "I need to...", reframe and  say "I want to..." or "I get to...".
    This shift will alleviate the resistance that holds us back from being proactive with any goal in our life, especially our health and well-being. 
    So the next time you feel like you are forcing yourself to do a task or chore, ask yourself a couple questions...
    "Which consequence am I willing to face depending on the choice I make?" 
    "Do I really have to or is this something I want to do?"
    Thanks for listening! 
    Champ Up
     
     

    • 19 min
    Ep. 37- It's all about "WHO"

    Ep. 37- It's all about "WHO"

    Today Sarah and chat about how as human beings, it's easier to focus on the "things" outside of us to define our success or blame when things don't go our way. Aka the HOW and WHAT of the matter. "What is the best diet for my training goals?"
    "How long does it take to see results?"
    "How often should I train a week?
    "What is the best technique for...?"
    These are very common questions that people ask when it comes to health, well-being, quality of life and martial arts. While these are absolutely valid questions, there is a more important question to ask before you concerning yourself with the "stuff" you need to do.
    Ask yourself, "WHO do I want to be in order to reach my goals?"
    The "WHO" involves embracing character traits. These traits will determine "WHO" you are.
    Embodying traits like:
    DISCIPLINE PASSION HUMILITY CONFIDENCE PATIENCE VERSATILITY GROWTH MINDED GOAL ORIENTED No matter whether you are on a fitness journey or martial arts path, decide "who" you are going to show up as on a daily basis to attain the "how" and the "what".
    Thanks for tuning in and supporting!
    Chris and Sarah
    www.crompc.com

    • 21 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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