If you Google the definition for “Awesome” you get this: extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear. At American MMA (AMMA), when we think of defining the same word we think of Albert “The Flying Squirrel” Leavitt! Here’s why…
Albert joined our fitness program back in 2013 upon its launch with his wife, Kim. His kiddos were already in the MMA program. Albert began doing the Fighter Fitness Kickboxing classes and Strength & Conditioning. He was addicted from the start. His goal: to lose weight and get healthier. He was well on his way.
After about 6 months, Albert set his sights on some big challenges. First was the Paleo Challenge. This challenge was 30 days eliminating grains, dairy, and refined sugar. The first panic came when he had to slowly begin to wean off his Diet Coke. You’re thinking no big deal. But did you know that Albert used to consume a 12-pack of Diet Coke in the day and atleast 2 liters at night? Now that’s quite an addiction. But if you want to know, YES, he did wean off. 100%. He’s now made water a habit (and an occasional Sweet Tea).
Next, Albert became an avid “mud runner” with other members of the AMMA crew. Rugged Maniac, Tough Mudder…no challenge was too big for this guy. Maybe it’s the fact that he loves to run…or just because he’s awesome, but Albert is now always up for a good race. And if you ask him, Albert will tell you that his classes at AMMA make the runs seem easy.
Ok…so he’s pretty cool. But he really turned into a rockstar when he took on his biggest test, The 6-Week Challenge. When I decided that I wanted to unleash my high-intensity training program geared to burn the maximum amount of calories possible in 60 minutes, I had a few brave souls that joined in on the fun. Albert was one of them.
And so it began. Along the way I had to fix his squat (quite a few times). He HATES sit ups. He was my first pull up champ. He sweats (a lot). And whines (only here and there)…but one thing is for sure…HE ALWAYS SMILES, no matter how hard the workout. It doesn’t matter if his legs have given out or if I’ve asked him to do 5 minutes of burpees, he is smiling. And that makes any instructor want to come back and teach again. He may not realize it, but that smile has helped several people finish their workout. It is simply contagious!
Over 2 years of later, and approximately 208+ eFIT WOD classes, Albert is one awesome dude! He is in great shape. He looks great. But get this: He’s been able to stop his injections for Arthritis, which he had previously had every 8 weeks prior to joining the eFIT program. WOW! Albert is quite an example to those watching (both young and old). He was named “The Flying Squirrel” because of the intense air he gets while doing burpees, one of his favorite exercises.
When he’s not with his AMMA family, he’s with his actual family, his wife and two daughters. Family time, camping and fishing making the top of Albert’s favorites list.
When asked what his favorite thing about classes was he responded by saying,
“The group I workout with, challenge of the WODs, and the trainer.”
When you ask his two girls why they think their dad is awesome, here’s what they had to say:
“My dad is so patient with me when I am doing math. And math is hard. Besides that, he’s just AWESOME.” ~Kristina
“When I get in trouble, my dad ALWAYS helps me get out of it. And that’s why he’s AWESOME.” ~MacKenzie
You will see Albert “The Flying Squirrel” Leavitt working out on the WOD floor most every night. And when you do, he will be looking AWESOME, as usual!