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Novem Barbell Club’s Athlete of the Month: Ryan Basa

Behind the scenes with our Barbell Athlete of the Month, Ryan Basa

How or when did your focus shift to concentrating on Novem’s Barbell Club programming?
I started at Novem/Novem Barbell August 2017. Started crossfit summer of 2012 at Crossfit Center City. The coaches there persuaded me to do Weightlifting by saying I might be able to compete nationally training 3-5xs /week. I eventually competed at the American Open 2012.

Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
I like to collect shoes. I’ve owned as many as 120+, I probably currently have 90+. It started with Nike SB’s and Jordan’s during college when I would buy/sell/trade through eBay and other sneaker forums. It has evolved into buying more leather shoes and boots.

What is your Athletic background?
Skateboarding is my 1st love circa 1997. I played a lil’ baseball and golf growing up but if there’s any athleticism in me, I would attribute it to skateboarding.

What is your favorite of the two competition lifts and why?
Cleans with no Jerk. Cleans have a larger margin of error even when you get to heavier weights. Jerks are too scary, especially after standing up from a heavy clean. Snatches require too much balance and upper back stability (which is why I probably train this lift about 70% of the time)

What do you find most rewarding with the competition style of lifting?
Each lift always feel different, good or bad; there is always room for improvement and growth. It is also fun to work individually and with a team (ironic) for weeks-months towards a certain goal/competition and having it come full circle on a platform for a total of about 6-10 minutes. I also like to sit down during my workouts.

Do you have any goals or aspirations to compete?
I do, the hard part is getting down to competition weight or getting stronger at my current weight to be nationally competitive. Regardless, local meets are a definite. I can’t wait to be a Master weightlifter and become national.

How has Novem Barbell Club impacted your training and your life?
Novem has impacted my training and my life very positively. I’m lucky to be able to train at various times of the day with my awkward work schedule. The programming is awesome in that it is challenging with percentages listed, specific with how much time should be required for some workouts, and that the full workouts range from 1-1.5 hours. I think I PR’d my snatch within 2 months of starting at Novem (Last PR was probably 2+ years prior). It is also very motivating to be able to train alongside the coaches and barbell members who you see work so hard and keep the competitive spirit alive.

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