Ali Deraney

Ali Deraney


I have always been involved in sports and keeping physically active.  I began learning more about health and fitness when I turned 14 when my mom, who is also a personal trainer, started taking me to the gym with her. I would follow her around like a puppy dog doing everything she did.  We would make working out a little competition to further push each other to lift heavier weights and squeak out those last few reps. This resulted in a love for going to the gym and fully immersing myself in all aspects of health and fitness, from my lifestyle to my formal education. Health and fitness has molded my mindset to have the ability to accomplish anything I set my mind to. This outlook is another reason for the development of my passion for fitness.


My goal as a personal trainer is to use my knowledge to help people successfully achieve and sustain their fitness, weight loss or overall health and wellness goals. My philosophy is to accomplish this through teaching and coaching my clients on the necessary skills to be successful. Health and fitness should be looked at holistically as the body and mind work in tandem; therefore, having a strong and clear mindset will lead to goal achievement pertaining to fitness and in other aspects of life.


Aside from the knowledge I have gained through my own extracurricular research, I am a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. Additionally, I am a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and will graduate with a bachelor’s of science in Kinesiology in May, with future plans of attending medical school. In addition to working as a personal trainer, I also work as a medical scribe in the emergency department and I am a human physiology lab teaching assistant at the U of M. With my interest and involvement in science, I apply scientific concepts to my training style and philosophy for ultimate optimization.

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Favorite dessert? Mint chocolate chip ice cream

Exercise? Barbell front squats

Meal? Steak, sweet potato, & brussel sprouts

Place? San Diego, CA

Free time activities? Hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, walking her dog, going to her cabin, cooking healthy meals, & hanging out with friends and family



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When I was 16, I was involved in a car accident with a drunk driver which left me with a fractured spine. Just two years later, a second accident left me with a left shoulder injury and chronic back pain. I attended countless appointments with physical therapists and did months of chiropractic and massage work, only to be told that I would have to learn to live with my chronic pain. My work capacity, social life, and personal relationships all suffered. I became depressed, sedentary, and began to withdraw from others. To make matters worse, the rest of my body became stiff and weak, and I finally began to see a connection between my inactive lifestyle and well-being. I decided it was time to get moving. 

From the very first time I picked up a set of weights, I recognized that there was something special about the process. After only a few months of regular resistance training and decent nutrition, my chronic pain had almost completely resolved. What I was left with was a healthier body, mind, and mentality with which I have chosen to use to help others find their driving force for a healthier lifestyle. I earned my personal training certification in 2013 while studying pre-med at the University of Minnesota and have been helping individuals reach their fitness goals ever since.


Getting you results isn't complicated. We're going back to the basics of eating real food, staying accountable, and working hard in the gym. We're going to push through barriers and learn how to stay dedicated to the process outside of the gym. Working out should be challenging, fun, and pain-free, and we'll work around any special circumstances or injuries you come in with to get you there. If you let me hold you accountable, you're going to achieve exceptional results.


After graduating with a degree in psychology and pre-medicine in 2013, I began pursuing my dream of becoming a physician assistant. While preparing to apply to graduate school, I earned my personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise and began training at a private fitness studio doing 1-1 training and group classes. During that time, I was also working in the emergency room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in an effort to earn experience hours for graduate school. After working months in the ER, I had the realization that the effect I was having on peoples' lives in the gym as a trainer, coach, and motivator far surpassed what I would ever have in the medical field. I decided it was time to become an independent trainer in 2015, and I haven't looked back since. 


Favorite food? French toast. No doubt. 

Exercise? Deadlifts 100%.

Vacation spot? Probably somewhere in California. 

Free time? Watching movies (Jurassic Park is the best), going out to eat, doing anything on two wheels, and playing with the doggo.