Birthday: June 5, 1981
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 240 lbs.
(shape maintained year-round)
Chest: 54 inches
Arms: 22 inches
Calves: 20 inches
Thighs: 29 inches
Waist: 32 inches
Home: Long Island, New York
DEREK ANTHONY'S BIOGRAPHY
The thrill of competition and the hard work and desire to constantly improve myself, mind, body and soul, has long been the focus that guides my life.
For as long as I can remember, my ambition to be the very best at whatever I attempted has always been ingrained in my being. Like many other boys growing up on Long Island, New York, my first goal, was to be the most outstanding baseball player in every league that I competed and to eventually become the most valuable player on the field of a professional baseball team.
This vision which I worked long and hard to obtain, started in little league at the age of six, and continued into my junior year in high school. That summer, I suffered an ankle injury which threatened my baseball career, however, I was determined to rehabilitate the ankle and get back on the field as my senior season approached. As the ole saying goes, "everything happens for a reason.” At the time, little did I know that this injury was a foreshadowing sign, one which drove me to the gym for extensive rehabilitation workouts. The entire summer I was in the gym working out, not only the ankle injury but to strengthen my over-all body in general. As the long hours in the gym wore on, I noticed that my size and strength began to increase. At 17 years old the results were becoming more evident day by day. My love for the game of baseball began to drift as the love of the art of bodybuilding began to alter my dreams and give me a new goal in life..... To become a bodybuilder!
Bodybuilding fascinated me from the beginning. Watching and analyzing the muscles progress through the rigors of hard work, exercise, diet and recovery. The challenges of adding weight after weight to become, not only bigger, but proportionately defined and cut, increased my desire to become the best.
During the past three years, bodybuilding has become my central focus; eating, sleeping and dreaming of the art of bodybuilding with the ultimate dream of attaining my pro card. Now at 26 years old, I can see my potential, but I also realize that I have a lot to learn. But with more a focused attitude and more hard work and discipline, I know the possibilities are endless.
Teaching has always interested me; sharing what I have learned with others. So this may be my ultimate destination. I have acquired three certificates in Personal Training and a four-year degree in Anatomy and Physiology with a minor in Health.
My love and desire for bodybuilding has completely engrossed my life. The long hours that I put into training have reaped its benefits and totally been worth the struggles and effort.
I would like to thank everyone who has given me their support and guidance helping me to obtain my website. My mother and father (who I love and respect more than anything), my brothers, Dennis and Ryan, my sister-in-law Tracey, my goddaughter, the beautiful Alex, and my very good friends Michael LiPuma, Mark Mueller, Charles Moser CEO OF GAT, Dave Palumbo and Colette Nelson. And I would like to dedicate this website in loving memory of my idol and friend, my grandfather, Tony Letterel.
The art of bodybuilding evolves everyday. Unfortunately, the world of
bodybuilding has still not yet reached the masses. I want to help anyone that has a dream; whether it is a dream like mine or one on a different scale. Bodybuilding is what you make it. You will only get out of it what you put into it. As I said, the sport is evolving and growing rapidly, as the amount of people in the world, striving each day to improve their health by exercising, increases.
I am currently 26 years of age with 7% body fat while maintaining a year round weight of 240 lbs. I have combined my skills and knowledge as a personal trainer, a dietitian, supplement guru and competitive boxer, with the hope that these pieces will lend themselves to the complete puzzle.
Over the years I have cultivated my idols; such as Jay Cutler, Dave Palumbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger. These individuals are the ultimate specimens that define bodybuilding as a way of life and I sincerely admire them.
Well I hope this brief introduction has given you some insight into my life. Basically, my philosophy about the sport can be summed up in following statements – Everybody is different. No two people are the same. It’s all in the eyes of the beholder…and the Art of Bodybuilding.