Cresencia or “Crissy” Chromek got into fitness like most people do nowadays—it was a way to spend time with someone she cared about, specifically her now husband, fellow competitor, and Rule One Protein’s VP of marketing, Chris.

“When we started dating, we both had very busy lives, and I would come to the gym to train with him and to spend time together.” Chris was making his mark onstage, and that challenge was something that she decided she wanted to take on as well. “Many times he was prepping for a show, which involved longer cardio and limited restaurant eating. I decided I should prep for a show since I was doing the same training routine and cardio.”

While Chromek embraced the challenge of stepping on a stage for the first time, she wasn’t sure about it being a long-term pursuit. “Initially, I didn’t think I would be doing multiple shows, traveling, working, and meeting so many people through bodybuilding. I
now feel like I’m part of the bodybuilding community—a dedicated group of people with a common interest to improve.”

While the bikini competitor has dedicated herself to being a serious NPC athlete, Chromek, who also works as a registered full-time nurse, never forgets that there is more to life than standing on a contest stage. “Understand the reason for everything in your competition plan. Even if you have a coach, make sure to ask questions and take responsibility for yourself.”

Both Chromeks competed in last November’s NPC National Championships. So what’s it like prepping for the same show? “My husband brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to supplements and body kinetics. As a registered nurse, my main concern is health. Fitness and health aren’t always intertwined, so we balance each other out.”


  • BIRTH DATE: April 14, 1990 
  • HEIGHT: 5’2″
  • CONTEST WEIGHT: 105 lbs 
  • RESIDENCE: Chicago, IL 
  • INSTAGRAM: @cresencia_xo


  • Wide-Grip Pulldown | SETS: 4 | REPS: 16
  • Close-Grip Pulldown | SETS: 4 | REPS: 16
  • Close-Grip Seated Row | SETS: 4 | REPS: 20
  • Back Extension | SETS: 4 | REPS: 20
  • Bentover Row | SETS: 4 | REPS: 12
  • One-Arm Row | SETS: 4 | REPS: 16
  • Deadlift | SETS: 3 | REPS: 12

NOTE: Rest 60 seconds between sets.