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Meet Abe Al-baba of 3 in 1 Elite in Point Loma

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

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
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.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
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.

Please tell us about 3 in 1 Elite.
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.

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, I was helping a man with substantial hearing loss in his left ear. He couldn’t hear a thing without his hearing aid. I worked with him for 10 minutes with some very specific exercises and drills and he has not used a hearing aid at all since. 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 integrate traditional strength and conditioning with neurological drills to maximize efforts. We specialize in unlocking our client’s full potential, whatever their goal may be. There are only 500 people in the entire world who have obtained all the same certifications, and we are one of the first to apply these methods to athletes on a larger scale.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Even though the path I traveled to get here was tough, I would have not change anything about it; not one bit. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason and our struggles make us who we are. I am thankful that I have persevered and will strive to be the best version of myself. I continue to learn that I should continue to learn, implement and experience all this life can offer. One of the best shortcuts to success is to learn from others mistakes and educate myself from others’ experiences.

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