Brooke Basaran

Brooke Basaran

Coach

Can flip a 450lb tire

can pistol squat with my dog attached to me

can do 100 unbroken double unders

can deadlift 2x body weight

can bike 20 calories in 30 seconds.

Qualifications

USAW L1 Certification

CrossFit L1 Certification

About Coach

Growing up I was always into sports because I’m competitive to a fault. I grew up playing soccer and was the only girl on our men’s travel soccer team until high school when I joined the varsity women’s team as a left outside midfielder. I ran track in high school and went to state for the 200m dash, high jump, and 4x100m relay. When I wasn’t playing sports, I was training as a dancer. I loved to tap dance! In college, I set sports behind me and began a career as a professional burlesque performer. Performance art is still incredibly taxing on your body, so I found CrossFit as a way to train. I fell in love with the way lifting weights made me feel! From that moment on, I’ve made sure to keep fitness at the center of all my days. It keeps me grounded, reminds me of my strength, and gives me an hour each day uninterrupted to listen to my body and what it needs. When I moved to Nashville, I started coaching CrossFit as a way to share my passion for fitness. I pursued my USAW L1 so that I could teach people newer on their fitness journey how to Olympic lift. After 10+ years of fitness, I’ve learned the most important thing is to love the process.

Turning Point

I’ll never forget the loneliness I felt in the depths of my own depression. I was in a failing relationship, work felt impossible and the gym was just another thing on my to-do list. I was in chronic pain due to my endometriosis, unable to ask for help when I needed it and putting a smile on my face so no one thought anything was wrong. I’ve battled this depression the better part of my adult life; my own voice telling me I was better off dead. That no one would miss me or it’d never get any better. That I was undeserving of happiness and love. One cold January night, I almost did take my life but I’m stronger than that voice in my head. I chose life that day! I chose to fight for the little girl that played on an all boys soccer team because she knew she was good enough. I fought for the teenager that won blue ribbons in track, and the adult me that wanted nothing more than to save all the animals on this planet. I fought for her those grueling nights. I showed up for her in the dark by whispering kind words quietly. I showed up for her by being honest with my family, friends and myself. I showed up for her by reminding her what she’s capable of and talking to a therapist. I got to the gym and lifted heavy things, surrounded myself with love, and unapologetically chased happiness for the first time in my adult life. I even competed in my first Olympic lifting competition and I placed! I am deserving of happiness and love. I am capable of anything I set my mind to and so are you.

Motivation & Passion

I love helping people find themselves in the gym. Building confidence in my athletes is one of my favorite things to do as a coach. Teaching someone who was previously scared to pick up a barbell be able to complete a technical lift is such a joy! There is truly nothing better than seeing a smile on the face of someone who just did something they never thought they could do!

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