Saturday, January 28, 2012

Denise Austin Black Stripes & Blue

Denise Austin Black Stripes & Blue Part1/2 - YouTube
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Japan Edition "Denise's Aerobics"

Denise Austin Black Stripes & Blue Part2/2 - YouTube
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Japan Edition "Denise's Aerobics"

Denise Austin White & Blue Pants

Denise Austin White & Blue Pants Part1/2 - YouTube
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Japan Edition "Denise's Aerobics"

Denise Austin White & Blue Pants Part2/2 - YouTube
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Japan Edition "Denise's Aerobics"

Monday, January 23, 2012

Denise Austin B/W with Color

Denise Austin B/W with Color Part1/2 - YouTube
Uploaded by suteaka1201 on Jan 23, 2012

Japan Edition "Denise's Aerobics"

Denise Austin B/W with Color Part2/2 - YouTube
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Japan Edition "Denise's Aerobics"

Friday, January 20, 2012

Denise Austin Pink

Denise Austin Pink Part1/2 - YouTube
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Japan Edition "Denise's Aerobics"

Denise Austin Pink Part2/2 - YouTube
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Japan Edition "Denise's Aerobics"

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Exercising at home? Get motivated with DVDs for all levels

By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Many people walk for exercise. Others run or go to the gym. But for those who want to work out in the comfort of their living rooms, there are hundreds of exercise DVDs (often just $10 to $15) that feature aerobic workouts, strength-training programs, yoga and Pilates-inspired workouts.

You should find a few exercise DVDs you'll really enjoy that are led by someone you identify with, says Jennifer Cassetty, a personal trainer and exercise physiologist in New York. She recommends renting a few before making a purchase.

Jill Ross, co-owner of Collage Video in Minneapolis (, identifies popular exercise DVDs whose workouts have been reviewed by the company's certified fitness instructors and categorized for beginner, intermediate and advanced exercisers:


Denise Austin Shape Up & Shed Pounds features a low-impact cardio workout with simple choreography and a toning segment with a flowing sequence of body-sculpting classics such as planks, lunges and push-ups.

Jane Fonda Prime Time Firm & Burn has easy-to-follow aerobic workouts plus a relaxing meditation segment. The cardio portions use simplified dance steps such as jazz squares, mambos, cha-cha and grapevines.

10 Minute Solution: Pilates for Beginners is an introduction to Pilates with classic exercises designed to tone your core, lower body and upper body and total body. You can customize the workout to play any segment in any order.


Ellen Barrett Live: Grace + Gusto blends the power and control of Pilates with the elegance and fluidity of ballet, plus yoga. The moves are deliberate and graceful but deceptively challenging.

Sexy Abs With Kelly Rowland and Hollywood Trainer Jeanette Jenkins is a well-sequenced series of traditional ab-focused exercises including curls and crunches. It's filmed in black and white.

Full Body Stretch by Karen Voight is a solid flexibility program that is mostly an athletic-style workout with a few yoga and Pilates elements. It has soothing music, an outdoor setting and calm instruction.

Yoga-Tai Chi by Scott Cole is a relaxing blend of yoga and tai chi with gentle smoothly-transitioned motions. It includes classic poses as well as some playful variations on the classics.


Walk It Off & Tone It Up by Leslie Sansone is 60 solid minutes of high-energy, indoor walking. The steps are basic, including kicks, sidesteps and simple dance moves.

Kathy Smith's Kettlebell Solution is an easy-to-follow workout that helps shape the upper and lower body and abs, as well as providing an aerobic workout. It requires a kettlebell. Smith uses two — one light, one heavy.

10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates features 10-minute segments that each target a specific area: buns/thighs, arms/shoulders, abs, total body and stretch.


Supreme 90 Day System offers 10 no-nonsense workouts led by instructor Tom Holland and designed to reshape your body in 90 days. The toning movements include classic squats and bicep curls. The aerobic intervals are short but intense.

Jari Love's Get Extremely Ripped! features simple moves with multiple repetitions. The steps aren't complex or tricky.

This article also appeared on the Tucson Citizen under the headline "Exercising at home? Get motivated with DVDs," and The Province (1/16/12) under the headline "Get motivated to exercise with DVDs for every fitness level,".

The skinny on new home workout DVDs from Denise Austin and celebrity body sculptor Jackie Warner

Friday, January 13, 2012
The Record

Home workout videos to help keep you fit this winter:

"Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start" ($15, Anchor Bay) — Celebrity body sculptor Jackie Warner's technique for breaking through plateaus is "power pyramid training."

She pairs two exercises (such as push ups and hammer curls) and forces you to do one of each, then two of each, and so on until you reach 10 reps. That's 55 altogether.

Choose between the upper-body routine and the lower-body (and abs) routine, or do both, which takes about 50 minutes — and every ounce of your strength.

"Sculpt & Burn Body Blitz" ($15, Lionsgate) — Short on time? You need only 10 minutes for each of these four workouts with Denise Austin, a former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. (The warm up and cool-down add 10 minutes.)

Austin pep-talks you through mixed martial arts (kicking drills), athletic conditioning (jump like a basketball player!), kettlebell-inspired moves (swing a dumbbell) and cardio sculpt exercises (effective combos that target two muscle groups at once).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Love Letter to Denise Austin

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Monday, April 25, 2011

A Love Letter to Denise Austin

 I have an embarrassing confession....I am completely obsessed with Denise Austin. For those of you who don't know who Denise Austin is, let me introduce you....
Denise Austin

 Since the 80's, Denise has been making workout videos and appearing on TV as a fitness expert.
I first became aware of her glorious presence on planet earth when I accidentally borrowed one of her DVDs from the library. The DVD was Burn Fat Fast Cardio Blast and it changed my life forever.

I don't normally do workout DVDs, but something told me this one would be different.
At first I hated Denise......she teaches aerobics like a coked up cheerleader, constantly shouting out stupid shit like "YOU'LL LOOK GREAT IN A BIKINI!" and "STRONG BODIES!"at the most annoying moments.

I only planned on doing the workout DVD once, but for some reason it kept calling to me and I ended up using it nearly every day for two straight weeks! The DVD features a five minute warm-up, four ten minute cardio workouts (kickboxing, interval training, retro aerobics and latin dance) and a five minute cool-down and stretch. I would tell myself that I would only do one ten minute workout but usually ended up doing three or four - she is that awesome! The workouts are varied, easy to follow and fun and Denise shouts things at you the whole time, like "squeeze that rear end! If you don't, no one else will!" and "c'mon! Get in the BEST shape of yoooour life!"

In fact, Denise never shuts up. Many people find this irritating, as I was horrified to discover when I read some of her DVD reviews on Amazon. I too found this annoying at first, but she grew on me and I found myself looking forward each day to the time that Denise and I would spend together. In no time I was even mumbling some of Denise's favorite lines like "you've burned fat! you've burned calories!" while I prepared myself a post-workout sandwich.

It wasn't long before I developed an unhealthy curiosity about Denise and I ventured onto YouTube in search of more information. I found many videos of her from the early 80's and was confused by the fact that she appeared to be the same age then as she is now. I was even more shocked to find out that she is in her mid 50's, when I had guessed her to be around 30. But the most shocking part of it all was the discovery that I was not alone in my Denise Austin obsession - there were countless others out there, too, most of them with YouTube channels dedicated solely to posting videos of Denise, some in slow motion set to masturbation music. For every Denise Austin video on YouTube, there are endless perverted comments from sad, horny men, which I read with abject horror and disgust. Here is an offensive sampling of the typical comments:

mmmmhmmmm, oh yeah, work it. work it. I'm getting sweaty all over. my inner thigh is so toned now. and so is my forearm.

I'd do things to her I wouldnt do to a farm animal.

I'd love to sniff her feet after they're all sweaty and been in socks all day!!

Oh my God those thighs in high quality make me hard enough to cut diamonds.

Those tips really help me "excercise". ;) 

to see the power in those sexy thighs as she is thrusting her hips i can't do any thing but have an explosion so intense i get a little dizzy sometimes 

denise was responsible for a 10% spike in tissue sales all over the country..

Anyhow, you get the idea. This is what 98% of the comments are like on any Denise video. Just go on YouTube and look if you don't believe me. Some of the comments are valid, particularly for the 80's videos where Denise is clad in a bikini and repeatedly spreading her legs, but the leering comments are also present on many of the more recent videos which have absolutely nothing remotely sexual about them. I tried to find a Denise Austin YouTube video that had at least one normal, non-pervo comment and it was hopeless! I was baffled by this, yet felt a strange sympathy for these creepers since I, too, was inexplicably drawn to Denise, although for different reasons....

Next, I ordered Denise's book "Get Energy" from the Library and read it cover to cover like a twelve year old reads a Tiger Beat magazine. She gives some good snack suggestions, like rice cakes with peanut butter and sliced bananas or Ryvita crackers with cottage cheese and tomatoes. I tried both these snacks and found them to be quick and satisfying. I also liked that she advocated taking small stretch and breathing breaks throughout the day. Her book includes pictures of her doing various stretches in what is presumably her living room, revealing that she has horrid taste in furniture and decor - its all very floral and busy.

"I'm not f*&king around here!"
What I like about Denise is that she is completely different from all those other fitness wack jobs out there, such as Jillian Micheals, who has the persona of a super-serious corpse. Denise is bubbly in a refreshing, authentic way because unlike all the other fitness nitwits on TV, she knows that exercise was not meant to be serious. Colon cancer is serious, exercise should be light and fun. Denise tells me that an effective 20 minute a day exercise routine is all I need to stay fit and that calorie counting is for losers. I like that. I like it so much that I bought seven of Denise's DVDs.
Here are my top three:

Quick Burn Cardio is by far the most challenging of all my Denise DVDs. Each workout is only 20 minutes, yet it is intense enough that you really feel like you've done your exercise for the day. It is heavy on the lunges and squats and there seems to be alot of jumping and bouncing around, so perhaps not great if you have any knee problems.But otherwise a great workout!
Denise shouts out "BLAST THAT FAT! BURN THOSE CALORIES! YOU CAN DO IT!" and it makes me feel like a real winner once I'm done.

Get Fit Daily Dozen is another good one. This DVD consists of five 12 minute workouts (two cardio, upper body strength, lower body strength and stretching).
You can mix and match or just do one of the workouts if your short on time.
This is perfect if you only have 12-15 minutes in the morning before work or if you are tired after a long day but still want to squeeze a quick workout in while the dinner is in the oven. These workouts are energizing and fun and Denise will tell you repeatedly to "burn that butter" and that "you are worth it!"

Boot Camp Total Body Blast is another challenging DVD with two fun workouts. At first I was really scared to do this one since its called "Boot Camp" and Denise is looking pretty tough on the cover, but really it is easier than Quick Burn Cardio. There is a bit of jumping in this one as well, and I am always expecting the people who live below me to come up and murder me when I am doing this one, but it hasn't happened yet.
Perv alert! There is a ten minute stretching segment at the end, where Denise says things like "OOOAAAHH! FEELS SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!" during every stretch.

 Here is a sample Denise workout video that I did this morning.

 So to sum things up, Denise is like a wonderful, magnificent ray of sunshine at the beginning of my day. I never thought I was the kind of person who likes to be told I'm "worth it" and to just "do the best that you can do!" while I am working out, but I guess I am.
I am proud to say I am a big fan of  Denise Austin and I highly recommend her DVDs and books. As Denise would say......ITS WORTH IT!!!!!!

To finish things off, here are my two favourite retro Denise vids, enjoy!:

Posted by Kate at 8:32 PM

Update: Saturday, August 4, 2012

New link:

Title of blog site was changed to The Bitchy Girl Diaries: Shitting all over pop culture since 2010.

-End of update-

This blog also appeared on Zimbio

Monday, January 2, 2012

Denise Austin Shares her 2012 Resolutions

Celebrity Diet and Fitness New Year's Resolution for 2012 - Page 9

Diet and Fitness Celebrities Share Their 2012 Resolutions

“My personal New Year’s resolution is to make sure I take my Nature Made vitamins each day, and to drink a cup of warm water with lemon each morning, before I eat or drink anything else, which is great for the digestive system and can also help reduce bloating. Of course, my wish for others is that they commit to exercise each day, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. It’s not about how long you exercise; it’s about forming the habit and getting into a new, healthy routine. You’ll improve your lifestyle and start believing that you are worth it!”

January 2nd, 2012

Home workout: 'Shape Up & Shed Pounds' from Denise Austin

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Posted Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

It's hard to believe that America's queen of home workouts, Denise Austin, would have any new fitness ground to tread, but alas, she keeps coming up with new ways to get viewers off the couch and onto their exercise mats.

Her latest is Shape Up & Shed Pounds (Lions Gate, $14.98). Subtitled "Kick-Start Weight Loss!" and labeled "Perfect for beginners!" it's delivered just in time for New Year's resolutions made by anyone who kinda sorta didn't get around to working out last year.

It is a beginner's workout; advanced exercisers will get bored early and want to move out of the room, onto something more heart-pounding. The DVD includes two routines: a 30-minute low-impact cardio workout that incorporates power-walking and dance moves such as the mambo, and a 20-minute stretch-and-tone segment that borrows moves from yoga, Pilates and traditional core and ab exercises. Do them together for a complete workout, or alternate on different days if you're short on time.

This is a low-key DVD for which you need no additional equipment. It's low-impact, so it's easy on the knees and joints.And it's also low-stress. If you are a beginner, you want Austin to be your workout buddy before you graduate to someone less nice, like Jillian Michaels.

-- Stephanie Allmon