After acquiring specific education and working in the field of industrial design, in 1983 he founded Technogym and has guided its development for the next 30 years until today.
After about twenty years of experience in the fields of fitness and wellness, in 2002 Nerio Alessandri created the Wellness Foundation, a non -profit organisation active in the promotion of wellness as a social opportunity for governments, businesses and citizens; one of the Foundation key projects is the Wellness Valley, intended to make of the Italian region of Romagna a major pole of quality of life, wellbeing and health skills. The Faculty of Motor Sciences of the University of Urbino awarded him, in April 2004, a degree honoris causa, followed by another Honorary Degree in Biomedical Engineering granted to him by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna. Finally, in February 2014, he received from the CUOA Foundation a honoris causa Masters Degree in Business Administration. His abilities as an entrepreneur were also acknowledged with several awards and honours at both national and international level, including, for example, the "Cavaliere del Lavoro" honour in 2001, the "Premio Leonardo Qualità Italia" award in 2004 and, in 2010, the "Premio Guido Carli" in the field of corporate social responsibility. In November 2007 the United States Chamber of Commerce appointed Nerio Alessandri Entrepreneur of the Year in the business category.