You’ve all seen Denise Austin’s workout videos and television shows, but did you know she’s also an author? Born on February 13, 1957, in San Pedro, California, her first passion was gymnastics. In fact, gymnastics bought her a scholarship to the University of Arizona, then ultimately to California State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in exercise physiology. She’s served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and has hosted the long-running television shows Getting Fit with Denise Austin, Fit and Lite, and Denise Austin’s Daily Workout, and more recently, she appeared on segments of The Balancing Act.
In addition to being a wife and mom, running her fitness empire, hosting her television shows, serving on the President’s Council, and filming her exercise DVDs and videos, she has authored fourteen books:
▪Jumpstart: The 21 Day Plan to Lose Weight Get Fit and Increase Your Energy and Enthusiasm (1996)
▪Hit the Spot: How to Target, Tone, and Slim Your Problem Areas (1997)
▪Denise Austin’s Ultimate Pregnancy Book (1999)
▪Lose Those Last Ten Pounds: The 28-Day Fool-Proof Plan to a Healthy Body (2000)
▪Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock (2002)
▪Shrink Your Female Fat Zones: Lose Pounds and Inches–Fast! (2003)
▪Pilates for Every Body: Strengthen, Lengthen, and Tone (2003)
▪Sculpt Your Body with Balls and Bands: Shed Pounds and Get Firm in 12 Minutes a Day (2004)
▪Sculpt Your Body with Balls and Bands: Lose Weight and Tone Up in 12 Minutes a Day (2005)
▪Eat Carbs, Lose Weight: Drop All the Pounds You Want without Giving Up the Foods You Love (2005)
▪Tone Your Tummy Type: Flatten Your Belly and Shrink Your Waist in 4 Weeks (2006)
▪Denise’s Daily Dozen: The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose Up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks (2010)
▪Get Energy! Empower Your Body, Love Your Life (2011)
▪Side Effect: Skinny: Denise Austin’s Fat Blast Diet (2012)
Denise’s video segments that I love best are her yoga and kickboxing. I love the way she not only explains what to do, but why you need to do it a certain way. Her books are very similar to her video style in that she explains things in an easy to understand method, and she is very upbeat and positive in her delivery.
Happy 58th Birthday, Mrs. Austin!
Let’s talk: Did you ever watch any of Denise Austin’s television shows or videos? Do you like to kickbox? Have you ever practiced yoga?