Ryan Basa


Ryan Basa comes to CrossFit Center City from a very diverse background. As a kid, he pretty much played around on skateboards. As a pharmacy student, he has picked up Olympic Weightlifting as a sport and has risen to become one of the best weightlifters in his weight class in the country. Ryan holds PA state records, some mad dance moves, and a sincere desire to impart his love of Olympic Weightlifting upon anyone who has the time.

Ryan began his time at CFCC as an athlete but was eventually approached by Erin to be part of Liberty Barbell Club’s Coaching Apprenticeship Program. Along with his cohort Mike Zoda, he took 6 months to hone his skills, shadow classes, and be a part of the proactive development of Liberty Barbell Club as you see it today. He has also spent time training as an athlete under Bob Takano of Takano Athletics. As an Assistant Coach Ryan Basa has been an instrumental part of the growth of many of our current athletes in achieving qualification for many National level competitive events.

He is a remarkably positive and present Coach. Coach Basa’s goal is to be a part of bringing the fun and the art of Weightlifting to the masses. We are so proud to have him here as part of our team – and we look forward to his forthcoming achievements as an athlete and as a Coach!

What is your athletic/professional background? Skateboarding/snowboarding. Baseball, Basketball, Golf. 

List any notable athletic achievements: 

2012 Weightlifting University Nationals Gold in Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Total.

2013 Weightlifting Senior Nationals Silver place in Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Total

2014 American Open Bronze in Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Total

What are your goals as a Coach. Where do you feel your strengths lie? Goal: To coach an athlete during a meet to qualify for a national level. competition, then coach he/she in that said competition. Strength: Connecting with athletes and being creative to think of a cue that works for a particular athlete. I also think I have a good eye and am able to mimic what I see (an unwanted movement) and what I want to see (wanted movement).

What is CrossFit to you (or weightlifting)? Something that allows me to eat more. It is also fun to work towards a goal with other people.

What is your most memorable CrossFit/weightlifting moment? Going 6/6 at the 2014 American Open being coached by Zoda and Voz with my teammates backing me up. That is still currently my highest total. 

What are your goals as an athlete? To continue going to National meets. Eventually hit a 200# Snatch.. then possibly a 100kg Snatch.

What are your hobbies outside of training? Snowboarding, Biking, Cooking, Eating, Traveling.

What is your favorite Philly restaurant? Dutch Eating Place


  • USAW Level 1 Certification
  • University of California, Irvine – B.S. Biology & B.A. Psychology – Courses such as Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Sports Psychology, and Mechanical Physiology
  • Currently enrolled at Temple University School of Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy Program)
  • Gold Medalist at 2013 Weightlifting University Nationals (56 kg)
  • Silver Medalist at 2013 Weightlifting Senior Nationals (56kg)
  • 2012 Philadelphia Marathon Completion
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Trained under Coach Bob Takano (who is in the USAW Hall of Fame) for some time
  • Diane Fu Level 2 Weightlifting Seminar

Basa currently coaches:

Olympic Lifting

Personal Training with Basa:

$75/hour – please inquire about availability by emailing info@crossfitcc.com.

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