Bodybuilder places in regional championships
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.”
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.