Denise Austin

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Denise Austin
Denise Katnich

(1957-02-13) February 13, 1957 (age 67)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Long Beach
Occupation(s)Personal trainer, group fitness instructor, entrepreneur
Years active1980–present
Political partyRepublican
(m. 1983)

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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Austin was born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. She started gymnastics at the age of 12, which led to an athletic scholarship at the University of Arizona.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[3] In 2018, the Austins moved to Hermosa Beach, California.[4]

Fitness career[edit]

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.[1][5][6]

Austin at The Heart Truth Fashion Show, 2008

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.[1][7]

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.[8] "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.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12] It was in the planning stages for 2010.[13][14]

According to The Washington Post, Austin was headed back to Lifetime in January 2011.[15] She is on the morning program The Balancing Act.[16][17] Austin before had said on her website that she was getting a new show ready for debut in the fall of 2008,[18] 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.[19] 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.[20][21][22] Austin said that she was totally unaware.[20] She also reportedly said, with a giggle, that she was worried about it.[20]

Austin also made a cameo in the beginning of the movie Step Brothers (2008).[23] She was sent a copy of the script and approved the scene.[24][25]

List of workout videos[edit]

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 Fast-Blasting Yoga Yoga
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


  1. ^ a b c 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.
  2. ^ "Online bio corrected; fitness guru Austin isn't a UA graduate". Arizona Daily Star. January 7, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2023.
  3. ^ Steven Petrow (December 14, 2012). "Denise and Jeff Austin, Blessed With Enthusiasm". The New York Times. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  4. ^ Lerner, Michelle (June 11, 2018). "Jeff and Denise Austin are selling their Alexandria condo". Washington Post. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Denise Austin. "Denise's Bio". Denise Austin. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
  6. ^ "Denise Austin Bio". Retrieved September 7, 2007.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Scottie Beam (June 18, 2018). "Flipping the Game" (Podcast). Reebok Classic and Gimlet Creative. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Denise Austin on Facebook
  10. ^ "Today". Getty Images. NBCUniversal. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  11. ^ Mike Falcon and Stephen A. Shoop, M.D. (January 13, 2003). "Denise Austin attacks women's fitness problems". USA Today. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
  12. ^ Amy Brightfield (October 29, 2008). "Make Fitness Fun with Denise Austin". Radio WD. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Lori Kozlowski (September 6, 2009). "Fitness fitted to real life? Just ask Denise Austin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Denise Austin (April 1, 2008). "Denise Austin". Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  19. ^ Erin Whitehead (February 25, 2009). "FitStars: Denise Austin". Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  20. ^ a b c Dave McKenna (April 20, 2007). "Stretch Comedy: Exercise guru gets indecent exposure". Washington City Paper. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  21. ^ "Washington City Paper: Contents for Apr. 20 - 26, 2007". Washington City Paper. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  22. ^ Mike DeBonis (April 18, 2007). "Pick Up a Paper". Washington City Paper. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  23. ^ "Step Brothers (2008) - Denise Austin as Self". IMDb. Retrieved 26 December 2023.
  24. ^ "Denise Austin Interview - Step Brothers Workout Clip". YouTube. Retrieved 26 December 2023.
  25. ^ "Denise Austin In 'Step Brothers'". Denise Austin Fan. Blogger. Retrieved 26 December 2023.

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