At the age of 22 Kelli had completed 3 Science degrees including an Associates in Biology, a Bachelors with High Honors in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Science. Since 1987, Kelli has also acquired twenty fitness and nutrition-related certifications allowing her to prescribe exercise programs for healthy adults as well as children, athletes and those with special needs and health conditions. She is certified to instruct kick boxing, SPIN, Pilates, PACE, strength training and more.
Calabrese's fitness career began in a local health club in New Jersey where she worked her way from fitness trainer and aerobic instructor, to personal trainer, director, club manager, and partner of a four-club chain. Some of her corporate fitness clients included Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Beneficial Insurance, Nabisco, Gill St. Bernards School, and The Pingry School.
Seeing a need for more qualified fitness professionals, Calabrese then opened the first school for preparing candidates for the American Council on Exercise's Personal Training exams. In 9 years, her school prepared over 3,000 students with a 90% passing rate, to become Group Fitness Instructors, Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultants, Clinical Exercise Specialists, and Personal Trainers.
To deliver the fitness and weight loss message to more people, Calabrese decided her consulting company would focus on reaching people online and through magazines, TV, radio, audio programs, books and live seminars. Through her website, Calabrese was able to combine her passion for helping others with her quest to train professionals. In addition to receiving fitness advice, clients can register for online personal training and coaching. Fitness professionals can use the site Calabrese Consulting to learn about growing their business through Calabrese's published articles and Coaching Services.
From 2000 - 2003 Kelli was the Lead Fitness Expert for eDiets.com; the leading weight loss destination, and was the lead expert responsible for the launch of eFitness.com.
Calabrese is the co-author of "Feminine, Firm, and Fit", a twelve-week fitness makeover program for women. She has been spoken internationally on fitness-related topics, and is published in hundreds of magazines and professional journals. She is the editor of “Personal Fitness Professional” and “Wellness and Fitness Entrepreneur” magazines. For the book "The Power of Champions", Calabrese assisted in hand picking fifty four of the world's top trainers and invited them each to contribute a chapter to the book.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Personal Trainer Business Alliance and is an Expert Fellow and Advisor for the National Board of Fitness Examiners. She is a Fitness Expert for iParenting.com and Family Energy Magazine. Kelli is the 2004 Personal Trainer of the Year for Online Trainer and is the Lead Exercise Physiologist and Advisor to NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Training Association). Calabrese is a former spokesperson for The American Council on Exercise.
Kelli’s personal mission is to provide individuals with the tools to make health and fitness a permanent part of their lives through teaching methods to improve behaviors, make wholesome and nutritious food choices, incorporate a regular commitment to exercise and to practice recovery.
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