Body­builder places in re­gional cham­pi­onships

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie

A lo­cal body­builder is mak­ing a name for her­self in the prov­ince af­ter plac­ing in a south­ern Al­berta com­pe­ti­tion and com­pet­ing on the pro­vin­cial stage in the last month.

Am­ber Leav­itt, 35, a mother of three, and pro­gram spe­cial­ist at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity, placed fifth in the Al­berta Body­build- ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s South­ern Al­berta Cham­pi­onships on June 11 in Red Deer, and com­peted in the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships this past week­end in Edmonton.

Leav­itt’s, who has com­peted in re­gion­als the last four years, fifth place show­ing in the Fig­ure D Open class at re­gional’s qual­i­fied her for provin­cials where she shared the stage with the prov­inces best bod­ies.

“It was stiff com­pe­ti­tion this year com­pared to other years, but I was very pleased with my achieve­ments,” Leav­itt said.

“I put on more mus­cle this year than I had in pre­vi­ous years. I’m pleased over­all with the changes I’ve done to my­self and that’s my goal ev­ery year – to be bet­ter than the me that was on stage last year.”

Leav­itt be­gan train­ing in 2012 and com­peted for the first time in 2013. She says she hasn’t al­ways been into fit­ness. She de­cided she needed to get her “butt off the couch and start be­ing more ac­tive,” be­gin­ning with car­dio but found weightlift­ing more ap­peal­ing.

“I shifted gears and started weightlift­ing and body weight ex­er­cises and once I saw the changes weightlift­ing did for my body and physique I just kept go­ing. It was ad­dic­tive and I wanted to see what else my body could do,” she said.

The an­nual re­gional com­pe­ti­tions pro­vided her with the all-so-nec­es­sary mo­ti­va­tion to con­tinue work­ing on her body.

“Lots of peo­ple will stop do­ing some­thing that’s ben­e­fi­cial for their health be­cause they don’t have a goal to achieve ev­ery year. The com­pe­ti­tion is my ‘ some­thing’ to work to­ward ev­ery year. I like be­ing on that stage,” she said.

Al­though she placed in fourth at the 2015 com­pe­ti­tion, one spot higher than this year’s fifth place fin­ish, she says it’s not about place­ment as long as she con­tin­ues to see her body grow.

Her place­ment in re­gional’s qual­i­fied her for the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion, a first for her. Plac­ing at provin­cials is her next goal.

“It was very in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing to be on stage with those women this week­end. It takes a long time to get to where those women are… It’s slow but steady work but you just keep on go­ing. It was mo­ti­vat­ing to see that some­day I will be there if I keep work­ing.”

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Lo­cal body­builder Am­ber Leav­itt placed fifth at the Al­berta Body­build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s Souther Al­berta Cham­pi­onships in early June, and com­peted at the pro­vin­cial level this past week­end.

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