A Brief History of RFS

Welcome to Roman Fitness Systems, online home of the company of the same name, and the fitness blog of its founder, John Romaniello.

RFS originally began as a personal training company servicing the NYC Metro area back in 2003. Through that company, founder of the site John Romaniello coached everyone from professional athletes to actors to regular folks.

In 2009, John Romaniello started Roman Fitness Systems1 as his personal fitness blog. While it was “just a blog” at first, it quickly became a full-fledged online fitness company, one of the first of its kind.

In 2015, Roman shifted his attention away from the fitness industry, and in doing so evolved Roman Fitness Systems into a fitness publication, featuring writing from dozens of the industry’s top professionals on all topics related to fitness, personal development, and nerd shit while growing it to a company.

Since 2019, Roman has stepped down completely from running Roman Fitness Systems, and handed both the reins and ownership to David Rosales, and Peter Tzemis.

These days, we’re operating as Roman Fitness Systems, Inc. — no longer a single guy with a blog.

Despite the rapid growth over the past several years, one thing hasn’t changed: RFS continues to be one of the most respected sites for high-quality fitness and lifestyle information around. It’s our goal to make sure that never changes.

As things have continued to evolve, we no longer exclusively focus on fitness content, and actively seek content in all arenas of personal and business development.

So, if you’re new here: welcome, and thanks for stopping by. We’ve got some awesome stuff for you, and we want to make sure you don’t leave without it.

If you want to lose fat, we highly recommend you grab The 5 Principles of Radical Fat Loss – it’s full of strategies, guidelines and even workouts, outlining exactly what you need to do to make the fastest fat loss progress possible. You can grab that one here.

For those looking to pick up some quality muscle, you need to check out our guide, How to Look Fucking Awesome – which is exactly what it’ll teach you to do. There’s a 30-day training program attached to it, which is also rad. You can snag those by heading to this page.

If you’re looking for some amazing programs to help you meet your goals, take a peek at those we’ve published over the past few years.

First and foremost among these is the New York Times bestselling book, Engineering the AlphaIn addition, we’ve got several amazing programs for goals ranging from losing the last few pounds to surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. All of them are listed in the footer, so check’em out.

Of course, if you want the best results possible, you’ll want to check out our highest-level offering: RFS Online Fitness Coaching, a program during which you’ll get training and nutrition protocols customized completely for you, and designed by none other than our fearless leader, Roman.

Finally, make sure you check out the Archives. With over twelve years’ worth of articles, there’s bound to be a lot to help you.

There’s too much to list here, but you should definitely check out our stuff on Landmine Exercises, Training Superheroes, and Back Training; those are some of our most popular articles.

(If you’re looking for something specific, you can always use the search bar at the bottom of the site.)

That about covers it! Again, if you’re new here: welcome to RFS—we think you’ll love it here, and we can’t wait to help you crush life.

For those of you who’ve been around for a while, let us extend a heartfelt thanks for being part of the Roman Fitness Empire; we wouldn’t be here without you.

  1. You can read more about that jackass here, if you’re interested.