February 13, 1957
|Alma mater||California State University, Long Beach|
|Occupation||Personal trainer, group fitness instructor, entrepreneur|
Denise Austin (née Katnich; born February 13, 1957) is an American fitness instructor, author, and columnist, and a former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Denise is married to sports agent and former tennis player Jeff Austin, brother of US Open champion Tracy Austin. They have been married since April 30, 1983, and have two daughters, Kelly (b. 1990) and Katie (b. 1993). Katie is a fitness instructor like her mother and has her own YouTube channel. As of 2012, the Austins resided in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2018, the Austins moved to Hermosa Beach, California.
Austin initially attended the University of Arizona on a gymnastics scholarship, reaching the rank of number 9 in the NCAA on balance beam. She later transferred to California State University, Long Beach, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education, and a minor in exercise physiology.
Since then, she has been teaching classes, producing fitness shows, creating exercise video tapes, and writing books and columns on exercise and staying fit. Examples include Shrink Your Female Fat Zones, Pilates for Every Body, and Eat Carbs, Lose Weight. In 2002, president George W. Bush named Austin as a member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and began her second term in 2006.
Austin promoted the Reebok Freestyle sneaker, which was the first athletic shoe designed for women, making it an instant hit in the gym in the 1980s. "I absolutely loved this time in my career, I was the first spokesperson for the very first aerobic shoe," Austin said in a November, 22, 2019 Facebook post.
Austin is known for her emphasis on staying fit naturally, emphasizing that she herself exercises only about 30 minutes a day and does not skip meals. She also prefers the use of sugar and butter over artificial sweeteners and margarine, though she does emphasize portion control, proper nutrient balance, and exercise. Austin supports a balanced program of exercise and proper diet, and encourages people to stay away from fad diets or "crazy claims" for quick fixes. Her exercise programs often integrate a variety of methods including yoga, pilates, cross training, and aerobic exercise.
Austin had a long-running exercise television program Getting Fit with Denise Austin on ESPN2, reruns of which can currently be seen on ESPN Classic and Altitude Sports and Entertainment. The show moved to weekday mornings on Lifetime Television, where it was renamed Fit and Lite and Denise Austin's Daily Workout. Austin produced these shows each fall, spending four months on location in resorts in the Caribbean and Arizona. Lifetime cancelled the shows in April 2008. Austin said she was developing a new TV show later that year. It was in the planning stages for 2010. According to The Washington Post, Austin was headed back to Lifetime in January 2011. She is on the morning program The Balancing Act. Austin before had said on her website that she was getting a new show ready for debut in the fall of 2008, though the show did not debut. When she was interviewed by Erin Whitehead in 2009, it was reported her new show would be back on in the fall of that year. In April 2007 a Washington, DC alternative weekly newspaper called the Washington City Paper featured an article on Austin under their "Cheap Seats" column, where she was questioned about how some of her exercise shows on YouTube are like pornography to some people. Austin said that she was totally unaware. She also reportedly said, with a giggle, that she was worried about it.
List of workout videos
|Year Released||DVD title||Fitness focus|
|2014||Yoga Booty Lift|
|2013||Burn Fat Fast Latin Dance|
|2013||Burn Fat Walk||Cardio|
|2012||Shrink Belly Fat||Core|
|2012||Burn Fat Fast Latin Dance||Cardio|
|2012||Fit in a Flash||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2012||Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones||Total body cardio|
|2011||Shape Up and Shed Pounds||Cardio|
|2011||Sculpt and Burn Body Blitz||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2010||Quick Burn Cardio||Cardio|
|2010||Shrink Your Fat Zones Pilates||Pilates—total body sculpt|
|2010||Hot Body Yoga||Yoga|
|2009||3 Week Boot Camp||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2009||Body Makeover Mix||Total body sculpt|
|2009||Best Bun & Leg Shapers||Lower body sculpt|
|2008||Denise's Daily Dozen||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2008||Best Belly Fat-Blasters||Core and cardio|
|2008||Body Burn With Dance & Pilates||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2007||Hit the Spot||Total body sculpt|
|2007||Yoga Body Burn||Yoga - sculpt|
|2006||Boot Camp - Total Body Blast||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2006||Fat Burning Dance Mix||Dance - cardio|
|2006||Fat Burning Dance Mix||Dance - cardio|
|2006||Hit the Spot - Core Complete||Core|
|2005||Burn Fat Fast - Cardio Dance & Sculpt||Dance - total body sculpt and cardio|
|2005||Blast Away the Pounds - Indoor Walk||Walk - cardio|
|2005||Blast Away 10 Lbs||Cardio|
|2005||Hit the Spot - Pilates||Pilates - total body sculpt|
|2005||Get Fit Fast All in One Trainer||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2005||Bounce Back After Baby Workout||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2004||Personal Training System||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2003||Shrink Your Female Fat Zones||Total body sculpt|
|2003||Power Zone: Mind, Body, Soul||Yoga|
|2002||Pilates for Every Body||Pilates - total body sculpt|
|2002||Yoga Buns: The Complete Workout to Strengthen, Lengthen and Tone Your Body||Yoga - lower body|
|2002||Shape Stretch and Tone|
|2001||Ultimate Fat Burner||Total body sculpt and cardio|
|2000||Mat Workout Based on the Work of J.H. Pilates||Pilates - core|
|1999||Hit the Spot: Tone & Tighten - Abs, Buns & Thighs||Core and lower body sculpt|
|1999||Hit the Spot: Totally Toned Trio|
|1999||30 Minute Low Impact Fat Burning Workout||Cardio|
|1999||Stretch & Flex|
|1998||Hips Thighs & Buttocks||Lower sculpt|
|1998||The Complete Workout||Total body|
|1997||Xtralite: Beginner's Aerobics||Cardio|
|1997||Xtralite: Beginner's Tone Up!|
|1997||Hit the Spot Gold: Totally Firm||Total body|
|1996||Hit the Spot: Fat Burning Blast||Cardio|
|1996||Hit the Spot: Rock Hard Abs||Core|
|1995||Hit the Spot: Abs||Core|
|1995||Hit the Spot: Thighs||Lower body|
|1995||Hit the Spot: Buns||Lower body|
|1992||Swingin' to the Big Bands||Cardio|
|1991||Step Workout featuring the Reebok Step||Cardio|
|1988||Non-Aerobic Trim & Tone Workout|
- President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (2005). "Council Members' Biographies - Denise Austin". President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- Steven Petrow (December 14, 2012). "Denise and Jeff Austin, Blessed With Enthusiasm". The New York Times. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
- Lerner, Michelle (June 11, 2018). "Jeff and Denise Austin are selling their Alexandria condo". Washington Post. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
- Denise Austin. "Denise's Bio". Denise Austin. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- "Denise Austin Bio". Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- "Fitness Expert Denise Austin Begins Second Term on President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports". United States Department of Health and Human Services. 2006. Archived from the original on April 2, 2007. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- Scottie Beam (June 18, 2018). "Flipping the Game" (Podcast). Reebok Classic and Gimlet Creative. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- Denise Austin on Facebook
- "Today". Getty Images. NBCUniversal. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
- Mike Falcon and Stephen A. Shoop, M.D. (January 13, 2003). "Denise Austin attacks women's fitness problems". USA Today. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- Amy Brightfield (October 29, 2008). "Make Fitness Fun with Denise Austin". Radio WD. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
- Lori Kozlowski (August 17, 2009). "Denise Austin: Q & A with a fitness guru". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
- Lori Kozlowski (September 6, 2009). "Fitness fitted to real life? Just ask Denise Austin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
- Avis-Thomas Lester (August 16, 2010). "What It Takes: Denise Austin build empire by getting in early on fitness craze". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- O2 Media Inc. (October 4, 2010). "O2 Media Welcomes Denise Austin to Hit TV Show 'The Balancing Act' Airing on Lifetime Television". PR Log Press Release. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
- Nick Sortal (January 1, 2011). "Q&A: Denise Austin talks about new fitness segments she's taping in Pompano: Fitness expert to appear daily on Lifetime Channel". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
- Denise Austin (April 1, 2008). "Denise Austin". DeniseAustin.com. Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
- Erin Whitehead (February 25, 2009). "FitStars: Denise Austin". fitbottomedgirls.com. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
- Dave McKenna (April 20, 2007). "Stretch Comedy: Exercise guru gets indecent exposure". Washington City Paper. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- "Washington City Paper: Contents for Apr. 20 - 26, 2007". Washington City Paper. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- Mike DeBonis (April 18, 2007). "Pick Up a Paper". Washington City Paper. Retrieved December 26, 2014.