Derek Alessi, PhD (Dr. Derek™) entered the field of fitness training at an early age when he realized other gym members, young and old, began asking for his advice about fitness and nutritional matters. At the age of 18, Derek passed a national fitness certification exam and began his career in personal fitness training. Later that same year, he entered his first and only body building contest. Disenchanted with the way body building tends to minimizes health and well-being in order to encourage raw size, he left that arena and dedicated his career to helping individuals achieve better health and wellness through a program of planned exercise and practical nutrition. As America’s Premier Health Advocate Dr. Derek’s core belief is that health and fitness are not a result of gimmicks, hype or the latest butt buster. Instead they are achieved by understanding the physiological complexities of the body and the synergistic role that the right kinds of exercise along with supportive nutrition can play in unlocking the healthy body that is inside every one of us.
Concerned with the shape of today’s youth, Dr. Derek is now conducting seminars for concerned parents who would like to know more about the complexities of helping their children lead a healthy life in today’s challenging environment.
Dr. Derek is the author of The Bermuda Triangle Diet (September, 2009 Strategic Publishing), Lose Fat Forever (2003), and The Promise Health and Fitness System (2002). He has earned a doctorate degree in health and physical education and a master’s degree in nutrition. He is also a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) trainer. He owns and operates a private practice, a personal training facility for adults and a facility for children in East Amherst New York. He has appeared on over 125-TV and 300-radio programs throughout the country and has been featured in national print media including Maxim, Burn Fitness for Women and Iron-Man Magazines.
Dr. Derek is also the host of weekly TV segment on WGRZ TV Ch2 in Buffalo, New York called Dr. Fitness. He also partners with local food banks and Feeding America to raise money and awareness for national hunger issues. In addition, he also conducts health and fitness seminars for The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association, NY State Public Schools, The US Army, Adidas, York Barbell Company, Spectrum Nutritional, MD Labs and other Fortune 1000 companies, small businesses and other groups where he combines his unique brand of humor, empathy and knowledge to communicate his positive, affirming message: Make the Most of Your Life… Live It Fit!™