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Community Highlights: Meet Abe Al-Baba of 3 In 1 Elite

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abe Al-Baba.

Hi Abe, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Looking back, I’ve always kind of had a trainer mentality. When I was a kid, my neighbor’s asked me to watch over their overweight dog, Hootie, for a weekend. I made Hootie run with me everyday. When the family returned, they mentioned how happy the dog looked and how he had lost weight.

I’ve always been active and was a multi-sport athlete including: football, wrestling, lacrosse and kickboxing. This indirectly lead me to study Exercise Physiology. While in school, I interned with the strength and conditioning program at UNC Charlotte for two years and fell in love with training. It was my passion. After graduating, I began a short journey at Velocity Sports Performance and Sports & Fitness, there I launched my company, 3 in 1 Elite.

I really wanted to learn from the best and decided to move out here to San Diego where I shadowed Chad Macias at the Institute for Human Kinetics; he is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met. I implemented these new methods on UFC/MMA, Rugby and NFL athletes with quick success. I’d eventually move on to one of the best gyms in San Diego, Fit Athletic Club where I saw a coworker doing vision drills with clients. Had no idea what he was doing, but it was different, unique and I was curious. That led me to the pursuit of a new Master’s program in Neuro Sports Performance by Z-health Performance. I quickly received seven certifications within the curriculum, rapidly healing pain and enhancing performance within one or a few sessions. Within a year and a half, I was named one of the top trainers by Discover SD Magazine.

I wanted to grow my brand and business which led me to directing the sports performance program at Point Loma Sports Club through 3 in 1 Elite launching our Transform Your Performance program.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
No, not one bit. We all go through hard times. My family claimed bankruptcy when I was 15 and I had many friends and family members pass away when I was 20. Nevertheless, I always stayed positive.

In Charlotte, where I’m from, I knew everyone. It was a smaller city and it helped that I was born, raised and went to college there. I already had a reputation and was successful. In San Diego, I only knew my brother and a few others. I had to build a reputation and network from the ground up. I interviewed at some of the top training facilities with seven-step interview processes and every time would be told how well I was doing along the way, make it to the last step and never hear back! I was extremely frustrated.

So I trained at studios, parks, the beach, wherever I could to make ends meet. I had mastered what I call “balling on a budget”. I grew obsessed with making things happen and didn’t make time to build close relationships like I did back home. I definitely didn’t have as many friends and the strong network I had before.

I was so appreciative to live in such a beautiful city with so many free things in nature to enjoy. It kept me humbled and I trusted the process. Even when I began to make some money, I found myself struggling because I was spending $2500 on certifications, carpooling, picking up strangers, staying at frat houses, anything I could do to cut down costs when attending the courses. I knew it would all be worth it in the end. I knew what I was learning was priceless and here I am.

We’ve been impressed with 3 In 1 Elite, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am most proud of being named one of the top trainers in San Diego and being able to achieve a higher education in science, which has been my weakest subject all my life. I think that’s due to my commitment to my clients, my method of training and work ethic. 3 in 1 Elite trains smarter. Period. Which is how we can reduce pain rapidly, increase athleticism instantly and cut traditional rehab time in half.

At 3 in 1 Elite, we train smarter by taking a three systems one athlete approach. Every athlete has three main input systems the brain communicates with at all times. Based on these unique inputs, people produce output. Outputs can be our physical performance like our speed, strength, or conditioning. It can also be our mental performance like having an A+ day at work where we’re full of energy, have full brainpower, and feel our best. If we improve our input of moving, seeing (and balancing), and ultimately feeling well, we can unlock our full output potential. This is what sets us apart from others in the industry. It’s ultimately how we can reduce pain rapidly, increase athleticism instantly, and cut traditional rehab time in half.

It’s indescribable, the feeling that I get knowing that I’m able to help people regain control of their lives after a traumatic event or injury. For example, a client came to me after experiencing a blood clot in her left eye and went blind. Every single doctor she saw said that the clot would damage her sight forever. Doctors gave her no hope. Well, by our second session, she was reading and seeing! Fast-forward a few weeks and now she’s sleeping better than ever, feeling grounded, more balanced, getting on cars/trains without dizziness, nausea, etc. Miraculously, you can see the phenomenal improvements on her x-ray as the imaging shows more light coming into her eye, she’s no longer colorblind, and what was total blackness is now shadows.

Even having a women be able to flex and bend her foot in 10 minutes after not being able to for 15 years from being crushed during an avalanche or significantly increasing an athlete’s speed in minutes on a 40-yard sprint.

We are very unique because we take the neurological approach and see everything through a neural lens. We use a brain-based method that integrates traditional strength and conditioning with neurological drills. We specialize in unlocking our client’s full potential, whatever their goal may be.

In February of 2020, I released my book, Fuel Your Performance. My vision and reasoning behind why I wrote my book was to share my knowledge, which I feel has great power globally. As previously mentioned, my journey has not been easy and the most valuable lesson I had to learn was that no one will ever care about your brand and business more than yourself. Accepting this truth and instilling my core values of education, application, and customer service are key in sustaining 3 in 1 Elite’s success.

I am also releasing the 3 in 1 Elite Fitness App on November 20, 2021! This app is a one-of-a-kind app that delivers traditional fitness with applied neuroscience. It doesn’t matter your age, your level of fitness, whether you’re a pro or a beginner, this app is accessible to anyone and we are here to guide you. This app will include demo videos, exercises you’ve never seen or heard of before, full equipment, no equipment, proven methods that drive guaranteed results with assessments to prove it, you’ll be able to upload measurements and progress photos, variety in movements that keep you injury-free, and so much more! Another factor that sets this app apart from other fitness apps are the neural warm-ups and assessments. Aside from the traditional body fat, progress photos, strength, etc., I included neurological performance tests such as: how you’re feeling, coordination, cognition, memory, vision, and balance. If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing and I want to ensure that you’re indeed improving mentally and physically!

You can learn more about the 3 In 1 Elite Fitness App on my website at wwww.3in1elite.com/app.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I have been working and in many ways supporting myself financially since the age of 15. Growing up, my parents owned a car dealership and we switched cars all the time. Throughout high school and college, I fortunately got to drive 14 different Mustang GT’s weeks to months at a time. It looked cool to an outsider, but little did people know that I had to drive the dealer cars because my family could not afford to buy a car. In addition to the dealership, my parents decided to open up a gas station right before the events of 9/11. Within a year or so, us along with 100 other businesses went under and we had to claim bankruptcy when I was 15. I have been supporting myself ever since.

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