Derek Alessi, PhD (Dr. Derek™) became interested in the field of fitness training at an early age when he was an obese teenager. Determined to change his health, body and ultimately his future, he began strength training and developed a system to modify his nutrition. Derek dropped over 80-pounds in one year and later that same year, he entered his first and only body building contest. Disenchanted with the way body building tends to minimize 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. At the age of 19, Derek passed a national fitness certification exam and began his career in personal fitness training. He furthered his quest for more information through education and received post-graduate degrees in health and physical education as well as a master’s degree in 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.
Dr. Derek is passionate about body fat reduction, medication reduction and help individuals improve the quality of their lives. His practices incorporates: glucose, ketone, body fat and deep sleep tracking along with the right kind of diet and intelligent exercise to extend life and improve lifestyle.
Dr. Derek is the author of The Bermuda Triangle Diet (October, 2009 Strategic Publishing), Lose Fat Forever (2003), and The Promise Health and Fitness System (2002 ). Derek 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 Dr. Derek Health & Fitness, a private practice, a personal training facility for adults and a facility for children in East Amherst New York. He has appeared on over 2100-TV and 400-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 a health, fitness and lifestyle contributor for the USA Today and the host of weekly TV show on NBC Cleveland & NBC in Buffalo, New York called Live It Fit Now! In addition, Dr. Derek conducts regular health and fitness seminars for the health care industry, Fortune 1000 companies, and small businesses 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!™
My coaching stages
For 27-years I have helped people lose weight, drop body fat, reduce or eliminate medications and be consistent with their diet and exercise.
In the first part of my career, it was mostly about helping people with weight loss, building lean muscle and getting fit.
The second part of my career was with helping individuals with injuries (knees, back, shoulders) develop the right kind of exercise program.
At the same time, helping people to reduce or eliminate medications with conditions such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroid, high cholesterol, heart disease and cancer.
Now I am in the third stage:
In this stage, it includes everything from stages one and two of my career, plus immune system and living your optimal healthy life.
On the heels of Covid-19, adults are even more concerned than ever about the integrity of their immune system. People don’t need another Fit-bit, starvation diet or home exercise equipment. What they need is a plan that follows proven principles that is followed with consistency and accountability.
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