Monday, December 7, 2015

Denise Austin: Yoga Booty & Legs Workout- Floor Series

Published on Dec 1, 2015 by BeFiT

Denise Austin: Yoga Booty & Legs Workout- Floor Series is a 10- min, lower body-sculpting routine for the hips, thighs, buns and legs that adds employs low-impact Yoga floor exercises combined with basic stretching variations to activate the core, re-define the buns and firm problem areas to reveal lean and sexy lines fast. Elongate the spine and release tension as you challenge multiple muscle groups simultaneously with America’s Favorite Fitness Expert, Denise Austin in this booty-boosting workout from her popular “Yoga Booty Lift” Fitness DVD. Burn calories, shrink the waistline and engage the abdominals and you alleviate anxiety and uncover a leaner and healthier new you with effective, result-driven moves like clam shells, side plank leg lifts, rainbows, bridges, isometric holds, rocking bridges, bridge extension to wheels, eagle pose, eagle crunches, boat pose, reverse planks, lumbar stretches, pigeon pose, triangle pose, warrior 1 poses, low lunges and more that will re-shape the body and tone the thighs, calves, abs, buttocks, back, arms, chest, obliques and back. Say goodbye to saddle bags with this low intensity Yoga hybrid routine that you can take with you anywhere. This workout can be modified to fit all skill levels by adjusting depth of motion, reps and rest periods. You will need a towel, a Yoga mat and a bottle of water to complete this workout. Join Denise Austin for a zen-sational workout created to contour, trim and lift the booty like never before! This 30-minute program features specialized yoga poses and barre moves that first target the legs, then the butt and, lastly, the butt and core together to reshape your bottom half into your better half. And with a bonus Yoga Arms workout that tones multiple muscles at once, you’ll achieve a sexy, sculpted look from head to toe! Standing Legs: Boost your body burn with thigh-trimming yoga poses then use the back of a chair for a series of barre pliés and lifts that tone your thighs and calves. Standing Butt: Reshape your rear with a barre leg-lift sequence and single-leg yoga moves that guarantee you’ll leave a lasting impression as you leave any room! Floor Butt & Core: Trim your hips, transform your tush and flatten your belly with floor exercises like side-lying legs, rainbow raises, bridge lifts, and yoga boats.

Denise Austin, Katie Austin On The Doctors - 12/2/2015

Originally aired on December 02, 2015

Skinny Snack Swaps

Skinny Snack Swaps

Fitness guru and author Denise Austin joins The Doctors, along with her daughter, Katie, to share simple snack swaps to help you curb cravings and lose weight. Click here to get the full recipes! Get more of Denise’s tips in her book, “Side Effect: Skinny.”

Fitness guru Denise Austin shares three easy and delicious snack swaps to satisfy your cravings without ruining your diet.

Skinny Snack Swap #1

Unhealthy choice: Trail Mix
¼ cup = 150 calories and 9g of fat

Healthy choice: Rosemary Popcorn
1 cup popped: 20 calories

  • White popcorn kernels popped in a saucepan on the stove
  • Use olive oil (add vanilla extract oil for kettle corn)

  • In a small bowl, drizzle popcorn with 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
  • Add 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • Toss well and add black pepper to taste

Skinny Snack Swap #2

Unhealthy choice: BBQ Chips
15 chips: 150 calories and 9g of fat

Healthy choice: Teriyaki Edamame
1 cup: 120 calories and 2.5g of fat

  • Steam, boil, or microwave edamame beans
  • Let cool and sprinkle with teriyaki sauce, pressed garlic and  lemon juice.
  • Keep refrigerated for a ready-to-go snack

Skinny Snack Swap #3

Unhealthy choice: Energy/Protein Bar
1 bar: 250 calories and 22g of sugar

Healthy choice: Denise Austin No Bake Bar
1 bar: 194 calories and 6g sugar

  • 1.5 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (Any nut butter will work)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 dollops apple butter
  • Sprinkle sea salt

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until well mixed. Use wax paper to mold mixture into bars. 
Source: Denise Austin

Get more diet and fitness tips in Denise's book, "Side Effect: Skinny, Denise Austin's Fat Blast Diet"! Click here for more details.

"Side Effect: Skinny" is published by Bird Street Books, Inc., which is owned by "The Doctors"' executive producer.

Denise Austin & Her Daughter Katie Featured In Southbay Magazine

Photographed by Jeff Berting

Dynamic Duo

Mother and daughter fitness experts join forces to help expand each other’s vision.

Written by Amber Klinck

Katie Austin opens the door to her family’s gorgeous Hermosa Beach residence with a smile—her mother, health and fitness guru Denise Austin, standing by her side. Bubbling over with an enthusiastic and vivacious energy, the ladies are both incredibly fit and super-friendly. It’s easy to see how this pair has resonated so well with their multitude of fans.

With 30 years of experience and a level of success that includes starring in her own television show, authoring 12 books and selling more than 24 million exercise videos and DVDs, Denise has become a staple in America’s fitness industry. And now her daughter Katie is looking to follow in her footsteps.
“Being that I did television all those years, I would bring my daughters to film on location, and Katie always gravitated to being on with me,” Denise says.

But Katie also gravitated to sports, landing a spot on USC’s Division I women’s lacrosse team. While on Trojan Vision, however, Katie found herself once again drawn to television and decided to make a change.

“While I was a Division I athlete, it was almost impossible to think about anything else. So my sophomore year, I quit lacrosse and decided to get started on what I wanted to do for my career,” Katie explains.

Since then, she started her own website,, and has worked on group projects with her mother and mentor. “We’re building our career together, but she also has her own vision, which is cool because [the industry] is so different now from when I started,” Denise says. “It used to be all about television, video and DVDs, and now the world has changed to online. She understands that area.”

With virtually her entire career’s work accessible on her site,, Denise has transitioned her outreach from television to online. “My mom teaches me everything I’d ever need to know about fitness, and I teach her about the digital world,” Katie explains.

Through their own individual platforms, the ladies target their correlating markets. “I focus on teen girls and college girls,” says Katie. “I’m all about self love and confidence. I also focus a lot on bullying and online bullying. It goes beyond fitness as well, because teens struggle with so much.”

Denise, on the other hand, focuses on women 40 and over. “They grew up with me,” she says with a smile.

But it’s the mother/daughter workouts that people seem to gravitate to the most. “We’ve done the Today show and The Doctors, and people love it,” says Denise.

With family so clearly at the epicenter of the Austin household, the holidays (and all of the indulgences that come with them) may seem counterproductive to maintaining an inspirationally toned physique. But the ladies take these celebratory months in stride.

“We have a big family, and I love to cook. I just try to make sure I’m getting a well-balanced amount of veggies and good healthy foods in,” Denise explains.

Part of that includes utilizing a trick from her book Side Effect: Skinny. “I make skinny mashed potatoes. Instead of sour cream and high-fat milk, I use a little non-fat milk with a touch of chicken stock for flavor.”

At holiday parties, Denise suggests “having water in between your drinks. [Katie says this goes for college girls too.] And don’t stand near the appetizers; you don’t realize how much you’re eating.”

For Katie, it’s all about moderation. “The holidays only come once a year. If you indulge, just make sure you’re back on track the next day and that you’re working out hard leading up.”

This article appears in the Holiday 2015 issue of Our South Bay

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Denise Austin: Yoga Arm Toner Workout for the Upper Body

Published on Nov 24, 2015 by BeFiT

Denise Austin: Yoga Arm Toner Workout from Yoga Booty Lift is a 10- minute, target-toning routine for the arms and upper body that adds hand weights to classic Yoga poses, blending Yoga and weight training exercises to burn fat, lift and firm problem areas and sculpt lean muscle from head to toe. Activate the core, re-align the spine and release tension as you challenge multiple muscle groups simultaneously with America’s Favorite Fitness Expert, Denise Austin in this strength-building workout from her popular “Yoga Booty Lift” Fitness DVD. Re-shape your body, improve posture, alleviate anxiety and uncover a leaner and healthier new you with specially-formulated, result-driven moves like twisting chair poses, squatting bent-over rows, warrior 2 bicep curls, side angle dumbbell snatches, lunging tricep extensions, chair pose dumbbell lifts, twisting reverse chest fly’s, tree pose butterflies, planks, cat cow leg extensions push-ups, reverse warriors, triangle poses and more that will are sure to have you seeing results fast! Firm the booty and challenge the abs as you tone the arms, biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, thighs, back and obliques with this effective, low intensity Yoga hybrid routine. This workout can be modified to fit all skill levels by adjusting depth of motion, weight, reps and rest periods. You will need a towel, a light set of dumbbells, a Yoga mat and a bottle of water to complete this workout that can be taken with you anywhere for a full tone-up. Join Denise Austin for a zen-sational workout created to contour, trim and lift the booty like never before! This 30-minute program features specialized yoga poses and barre moves that first target the legs, then the butt and, lastly, the butt and core together to reshape your bottom half into your better half. And with a bonus Yoga Arms workout that tones multiple muscles at once, you’ll achieve a sexy, sculpted look from head to toe! Standing Legs: Boost your body burn with thigh-trimming yoga poses then use the back of a chair for a series of barre pliés and lifts that tone your thighs and calves. Standing Butt: Reshape your rear with a barre leg-lift sequence and single-leg yoga moves that guarantee you’ll leave a lasting impression as you leave any room! Floor Butt & Core: Trim your hips, transform your tush and flatten your belly with floor exercises like side-lying legs, rainbow raises, bridge lifts, and yoga boats.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Denise Austin - Burn Fat Fast: Latin Dance Cardio Strength Workout Level 4

Burn Fat Fast: Latin Dance Cardio Strength Workout Level 4- Denise Austin - YouTube

Published on Nov 17, 2015 by BeFiT

Burn Fat Fast: Latin Dance Cardio Strength Workout Level 4 with Denise Austin is an electrifying 5 minute fat-burning dance routine followed by a soothing dancer’s stretch cool down that is designed to melt away calories, shrink the waistline, boost energy, increase flexibility and tone the entire body from top to bottom This fun and electric dance party features easy-to-follow Latin dance steps that will fire up the metabolism and activate the core as you kick start your weight loss potential with America’s Favorite Fitness Expert, Denise Austin in this effective segment from the Popular “Burn Fat Fast Latin Dance” Fitness DVD! Tone up and feel the burn on the dance floor as you uncover lean definition and re-shape the hips, arms, legs, booty, chest, abs, obliques and shoulders with result driven moves that are inspired by the Mambo, Cha-Cha, Samba, and Salsa dance styles. With every hop, pop, shimmy, and shake you’ll lift and firm the body and uncover lean muscle. Shape a slimmer and sexier new you with one of the best trainers in the business right from your very own living room. You will need a towel and a bottle of water to complete this exercise that is great for all skill levels.

Denise Austin - Pregnancy Plus Workout

denise austin after baby shape up (1990) - YouTube

Published on Nov 22, 2015 by Uziel Martinez

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Denise Austin Appears On WUSA 9 - Vid

Denise Austin’s Fall Fitness Freebies

Markette Sheppard and Chris Leary learn about Denise Austin’s new Fall Freebies, a series of online workouts, from the fitness legend herself.

Skechers raises more than $1.4 million from Friendship Walk in Manhattan Beach

  • by Alana Garrigues
  • Oct 29, 2015

The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, a favorite among South Bay residents, continued its success by raising $1,404,930 in its seventh year in Manhattan Beach with help from the Mira Costa Marching Band and a long list of celebrities including actress Brooke Burke-Charvet, fitness guru Denise Austin, L.A. Dodgers Adviser Tommy Lasorda and legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

But the most important aspect to Skechers CEO Michael Greenberg, who co-founded the walk, is the money it raises for children’s charities.

Before handing the microphone to celebrities during the opening ceremony, he passed it on to Sofia Duran, a young woman with special needs and a participant in the Friendship Circle – a nonprofit that brings kid volunteers and children with special needs together – to get the crowd riled up.

Mic in hand, she enthusiastically shouted words that only she knew the true meaning of. She raised her fist in the air, gave the audience a power-to-the-people virtual fist bump and waited for the cheers. She did it several times, and each time, the audience’s response was louder and more encouraging. It was clear that she loved every minute of it.

That’s precisely the focus that Greenberg wants to keep for the walk. It’s a fun morning, an opportunity for neighbors to reconnect and start the day off with a bit of fitness and a chance for kids to see some of their favorite Disney, ABC and Nickelodeon TV stars along with sports celebrities. Star Wars characters and Sponge Bob Square Pants even joined in for photos this year.

Greenberg said that it’s the focus on the cause and the children that makes the day so successful every year.

“What more do you want to be attached to than being attached to children, whether it be education or helping lifelong bonds with children with special needs that don’t really have the opportunity to engage the same way that mainstream kids do?” said Greenberg. “There are kids that actually do not have friends, and friends are new to them and you see the smiles that these friendships, that these teenage volunteers are so selfless. They give themselves. They give their time. And they put in their hours and energy and love and support and devotion to these kids with special needs and it’s just beautiful. That touches the heart of everyone.”

The more than $1.4 million goes to Friendship Circle and South Bay education foundations. That’s up by more than $200,000 compared to last year, and Greenberg expects the number will continue to grow in the future.

Half of the money comes from the walkers’ registrations. There were 12,757 of them this year. The other half, Greenberg said, comes from business sponsors and private individuals who contribute every year.

One of those donors is Steel Partners CEO Warren Lichtenstein. He met Greenberg after he moved to the South Bay six years ago. His rabbi in Aspen has a brother – Rabbi Yossi Mintz, Executive Director of the Friendship Circle. Lichtenstein was told to connected with Mintz upon his arrival in L.A. Through Mintz, he learned about the organization and connected with Greenberg. He knew he wanted to do something.

So last year, in addition to making his regular donation, which he has done since the second year of the walk, he started a challenge to raise awareness and get people interacting and posting about the event on social media.

“We wanted to figure out a way that people could participate more,” said Lichtenstein.

The challenge was to take a selfie and post it, with the hashtag #P2PSteelSports. He’d donate an extra $5 per selfie with the hashtag, posted within 24 hours of the walk.

This year, 609 posts with the hashtag went up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, resulting in an additional $3,045 in donations.

Greenberg said it’s that type of dedication and generosity from business leaders that is necessary to make the world a better place.

“All corporations have an obligation to support good causes and to give back to the communities, not just where they operate, but on a global level,” said Greenberg.

In the walk’s first year, seven years ago, Greenberg recalled that he was nervous whether anyone would show up. That first year, he raised just over $200,000 and was happy with a great start. It’s grown by leaps and bounds since—Greenberg estimates between 15 to 20 percent growth each year in both money raised and participation. He doesn’t have a specific goal in mind for the future. As long as the walk thrives, he’s happy.

He said the partnership with local education foundations has been one major reason for the walk’s success.

“Their influence in rallying the students to sign up for the walk is imperative,” said Greenberg. “We can’t do it without them. The different districts and how they support and promote the walk, it’s just incredible.”

This year, the education foundations were out in full force, with men and woman holding signs along the walk indicating which school they represented. Most people wore the Pier to Pier T-shirts, but some folks designed their own team logos or sayings, supporting their school or supporting a friendship that grew out of the Friendship Circle.

Along the walk, there was a homecoming feel, with cheerleaders from all the local high schools—each one in a brand new pair of bright white Skechers shoes—shook pom-poms and chanted encouraging words for the walkers, “Keep it up!” and “You can do it!”

That’s perhaps what makes the day so special. Through the atmosphere and the tone that Greenberg and his team set, it makes people feel good about giving.

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Raises over $1.4 Million for Kids

Sugar Ray Leonard, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Tommy Lasorda and Denise Austin joined presenting sponsor Nickelodeon to support the record-breaking event

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The SKECHERS Foundation today announced that it has reached a new donation record for the 2015 SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk – surpassing this year’s $1.2 million goal to raise more than $1.4 million for children with special needs and education. Co-sponsored by Nickelodeon and elevated by the support of generous sponsor events like Steel Partners’ #P2PSteelSports Selfie Challenge donation pledge, the Walk drew more than 12,000 participants, and continues to reach new attendance and donation highs annually since its 2009 launch.

“The wave of support that climbs year after year in honor of our kids is incredible,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “When we started the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk seven years ago, 1,800 of us hit the beach to raise $220,000 – and since then, our walkers have grown six-fold – with more than $5.5 million donated over the years, all dedicated to enrich and inspire our children.”

Many celebrities turned out to support the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, including boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in his first appearance at the event, as well as TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet, fitness expert Denise Austin, and Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, who have all made multiple appearances throughout its history.

Sharing his thoughts on the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, Sugar Ray Leonard said, “When you say kids to me, I’m there. This is my first, but believe me – this will not be my last.” Added Brooke Burke-Charvet: “The SKECHERS family has had a vision, and it keeps growing. It is so amazing to see everyone come out. Together, we make a difference and we increase the power of community.”

“I have a deep appreciation for our volunteers, our celebs, our community, and our incredible sponsors like Nickelodeon, Steel Sports and so many amazing corporations with a conscience who come together year after year to make the world a better place for our children,” added Greenberg. “This event means that kids with special needs and students from kindergarten to high school are getting the care, support and nurturing they need to grow into inspired, enlightened, confident adults – and over seven years, we’re already seeing its long-term effects: from the lessons our kids have learned in classes that would have been shelved, to friendships that will last a lifetime. This Walk and everything that it gives is a wonderful legacy – one we will share for years to come.”

Now one of the largest events in Southern California supporting children with special needs and education, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk supports The Friendship Circle, an organization that assists children with special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational programming – as well as funding education foundations to retain vital academic programs, maintain smaller class sizes, improve libraries, and upgrade school technology.

The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk thanks presenting sponsor Nickelodeon and many generous sponsors including Wells Fargo, Steel Sports, South Bay Vein and Laser Group, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett Care Foundation, Ross,, Tour de Pier, DIRECTV, United Legwear & Underwear Co., Body Glove, Kids Foot Locker, United Legwear, JAKKS Pacific, Marshalls, Cushman & Wakefield, Caskey & Caskey, Siltanen & Partners Advertising, Continental Development, Northrop Grumman, Equinox, Chevron, and many others who have provided funds and support to provide a better future for children. To learn more about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, please visit or

The SKECHERS Foundation was established to provide families around the world with the necessities and skills to succeed in life. In addition to organizing the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, the SKECHERS Foundation funds tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide education and job training, shoes, clothing, fitness and nutrition guidance to communities in need.

ABOUT The Friendship Circle
The Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that assists children with special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational programming (

SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 120 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,210 SKECHERS retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce website. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 13 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Latin America and throughout Europe. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s future growth, financial results and operations, its development of new products, future demand for its products and growth across the Company’s three main business channels and globally, its planned expansion and opening of new stores, advertising and marketing initiatives, and the expansion plans for the Company’s European Distribution Center. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking language such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will result,” “could,” “may,” “might,” or any variations of such words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include international economic, political and market conditions including the uncertainty of sustained recovery in Europe; entry into the highly competitive performance footwear market; sustaining, managing and forecasting costs and proper inventory levels; losing any significant customers; decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments due to the lack of popularity of particular designs and/or categories of products; maintaining brand image and intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers; anticipating, identifying, interpreting or forecasting changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for the products and the various market factors described above; sales levels during the spring, back-to-school and holiday selling seasons; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2015. The risks included here are not exhaustive. The Company operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and the companies cannot predict all such risk factors, nor can the companies assess the impact of all such risk factors on their respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Moreover, reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.


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KECHERS CEO Robert Greenberg, Sugar Ray Leonard, Denise Austin, Tommy Lasorda, Brooke Burke-Charvet and SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. (Photo: Business Wire)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Denise Austin To Attend 2015 Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

Skechers beach cities pier-to-pier walk Sunday biggest charity event in California

By Staff reports

Posted: 10/22/15, 8:21 PM PDT | Updated: 10/23/2015

California’s largest charity event kicks off Sunday at the Manhattan Beach Pier for the seventh annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. More than 12,000 people will unite to support education and children with special needs.

Before the walk starts at 9 a.m., a special performance will take place by the Los Angeles Clippers Dance Team. Participants at the annual event walk south to the Hermosa Beach Pier, then return to the Manhattan Beach Pier. The total duration of the walk is about 3.5 miles.

Various celebrities plan to attend, including Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sugar Ray Leonard, Denise Austin and stars from Nickelodeon, Disney and ABC.

Since its inception in 2009, more than $4 million has been raised for The Friendship Circle, a nonprofit that assists children with special needs and their families, as well as local education foundations. The funds raised have been used to implement free programs at The Friendship Circle and helped save teachers’ jobs, preserve academic programs, and enhance libraries and school technology. This year the event is on track to raise $1.2 million.

For details about registration and fees, visit For more information about The Friendship Circle, visit

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Denise Austin Featured On VIVA GLAM Magazine

Fitness Tips

Fitness Legend Denise Austin on her 10 Week 360° Plan, Her Daughter, and How It All Started

By Brianne Nemiroff |  September 14, 2015

If you consider yourself to be a fitness enthusiast, then you’ve come across the name Denise Austin at least once in your life. Maybe you own a dozen or two of her 100-plus videos and DVDs as she’s sold over 24 million copies over the last 30 years. Maybe you’ve come across one of her 12 fitness books. No matter how you found her, be happy you did as Denise Austin is the epitome of class and the best workout buddy you could ever hope to have.

After hosting fitness shows on ESPN and Lifetime for 24 years, Austin has made the move to digital by creating her 10 Week, 360° Plan, now offered on her website. With this plan, Austin will provide you with a curated meal plan as well as workout options for every day of the week. The best part is that you can do this program at any level of fitness from beginner to professional. She offers three different levels and allows you to switch between workout styles such as barre or yoga. The plan is really flexible while still being regimented. So far, I love it. Yes, I’m trying it out for you all!

Before I started my journey on her 10 Week, 360° Plan, I got to talk with the energetic and bubbly fitness legend about the plan, how fitness has changed over the years, working with her daughter Katie, and how to counteract the damage for all of us who are chronic sitters.

Q&A with Denise Austin

efore you started your fitness empire, what drew you to fitness in the beginning?

When I was young, I traveled all over as a gymnast. I got a full athletic scholarship to college. When I was at the University of Arizona competing in gymnastics, they did body fat testing on all of our gymnasts. I thought
Oh my God, this is so interesting. I got into exercise physiology and [figured out] that’s what I wanted to do: find out more information about the body. I got my degree specializing in Exercise Physiology. When I graduated college, I started teaching aerobics in the early 80s and that’s when it was all just starting. It was really great! I got to meet Jack Lalanne, who had his own show; he gave me my first start on TV and he was my mentor. I stayed great friends with him until the day he passed away at 96[-years-old]. I gave a speech at his funeral and I was so honored.

As body preferences change with pop culture, how do you adapt to what America sees as the perfect body?

Through the years, fitness was just getting started. It’s really picked up now. Now with Instagram and social media, things have changed a lot. Everybody is photoshopped. Everybody looks like they’re having a great time. I feel so sorry for the young people. Not everybody truly looks like that. Let’s just be the best that we can be.

One of my daughters is following in my footsteps, [which] is really cool. My daughter keeps me relevant in the social media world and [helps] me understand all of the different avenues so it’s been really fun this summer to work with her. We’ve had a great time teaching each other things.

There are now more ways than ever to workout: working out to DVDs, going to the gym, streaming or watching later due to DVR, etc. Do you think by having more options we end up creating more excuses or is the flexibility helping us no longer have excuses?

I think the more we have the better! This is the opportunity for everybody to find their niche, find what they enjoy, and find a friend to do it with. There are truly no excuses. For me, I have my website. I’ve had every video workout that I’ve done. I’ve done all new ones, too. People are loving the barre workout, the yoga on the beach. We want to give them a variety. It gives them a chance to mix it up during the week. That’s how I work out. But these are just a lot of different ways to help people say, ‘Oh I like that! I could do that’. The more the merrier, the more ideas, we can get America in shape! That’s been my mission in life.

Now that your daughter is following in your footsteps, what advice did you give her before she started her own brand? Is she taking your advice?

I had a TV show for 24 years so she was born and raised into it. When I filmed my TV show, both of my daughters would come with me when I filmed. It comes very naturally to Katie. It’s almost second-nature to enjoy it and she’s great at it. I don’t give her a lot of advice but I give her tidbits to get her on the right track.

She has really good ideas for her market, young teenagers and college girls. She knows what they need and what they want because she’s more their peer. I love it. She’s 21 and a senior at USC. She [created] a College Girl’s Guide to Fitness and takes pictures for my Instagram, too. She came to USC on a scholarship for Women’s Lacrosse and then she got her own fitness show. She knows what it’s like to be an athlete but also knows what to do on her own. She also knows how to help girls who used to be athletes in high school but have to [transition] to college life.

What made you want to create the 10 Week, 360° Plan? How long has this been in the making?

It took me two years to put this together because I wanted to make them all new workouts and have them progress throughout the 10 weeks. I did three different levels of fitness and you can go in and out from one to three. The average woman loses [around] 22 pounds in the 10-week period. I also give motivational videos every Sunday. Every week I give you a different task, a different attitude. Changing habits is what it’s all about. 30 minutes [of exercise] mostly every day. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday is cardio. Tuesday and Thursday you’re getting cardio, toning, and stretching. You also have a lot to choose from [in the meal plan whether you have] to eat gluten-free, vegetarian, heart-healthy, or [want to eat] just the food that I eat! People really wanted to know what I eat and how I exercise. This was the opportunity and the beautiful part about the website. I take them through what I do on a daily basis.

One of the best parts about your program is that it comes with a community, with a motivational section. Why did you feel that was an essential part of the 10 Week, 360° Plan?

The community part is so wonderful. I get a chance to talk to people. Everyone starts on a Monday but you might be on week four or week eight. It’s a matter of encouraging each other. It’s been really great. A lot of people have made friendships, share their favorite recipes. Being on TV all of those years, I would get letters. [If they] asked for new workouts, it wouldn’t happen for another few months. This is instant, which I love. If someone says they want more ab workouts, I have more [options now].

People are now saying “sitting is the new smoking” as America is sitting more than ever. What advice do you have for women who have no choice but to sit all day at their day jobs?

The number one thing all of us need to do is get up throughout the day, take breaks [because] that gets oxygen through the body. When your muscles are moving, it gets the blood circulating. Every hour on the hour, just stand up for a minute or two so you feel better and you’re not tired from slouching.

You need to do three things everyday to almost counterbalance the sitting situation. The first thing to do is open up the chest, lifting your arms over your head, almost like a slight arch. Anytime you open up the chest area, it really helps you breathe better, the better capacity to get deeper breaths, the more oxygen and energy you’ll have, the more your muscles feel better.

Next, stretch out the hip flexors. When you sit, they get really tight and you get lower back pain. [Try a] lunge or runner’s stretch, a crescent pose, a warrior pose to open up the hip flexors. And anything for the back. Twist side to side and always keep good posture. Tighten your abs for five seconds. One “tighten” equals one sit-up. They really work!

I just bought my oldest daughter a stand-up desk. I think that will really help people if they know they can stand for a few hours working on their computer; it would really make a difference.

When you are even too busy to get in a 30-minute-plus workout, what are your go-to moves get you moving in only a few minutes?

I always try to do ab exercises. I do three minutes every single day. Everyone feels my tummy because in the beginning of my career, I would always say ‘Feel my tummy!’ Even if I get on a plane, I do it every morning because it keeps my core strong. It makes you think twice about good posture. Tighten up your abs, [do] planks, or bicycle. I try to get in steps if I’m walking. I walk with my luggage on a pushcart instead of sitting at the gate.

You have 640 muscles in your body and your muscles don’t know if you’re at a fancy gym or in your kitchen so use your time wisely. It’s all about toning muscles throughout the day. You can add up to a 10-minute workout just by toning up here and there. Anytime anywhere fitness. I tone my triceps with my three-pound dumbbells when I talk on the phone.

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Brianne Nemiroff
Brianne is the Online Managing Editor for Viva Glam Magazine. She loves to interview musicians, actors, and comedians. She also plays four instruments, loves hip-hop dance, and is an avid softball player.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Flashback Friday: Denise Austin - 18 Minutes to Rock Aerobics

Denise Austin's - Rock Aerobics - YouTube

Published on Jun 16, 2015 by MAKE YOUR BODY WITH FITNESS AND YOGA

Denise Austin and class participants get down on the mat to tone the hips, thighs, and abdomen. Some of the exercises are very effective, such as the varied series for the abs. Some are outdated, such as pelvic tilts for the buttocks (squats and lunges are much more effective). Most are traditional floor work for the lower body, such as a variety of side-lying leg lifts that target the inner and outer thighs.

#FlashbackFriday WOW! I was going through some things at my house and came across this gem! ROCK AEROBICS anyone?!? LOL. I haven't seen this in years! This brings back so many memories!
Posted by Denise Austin on Friday, September 4, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Denise Austin On VH1's List Of 'Worst Dressed People At The 2015 ESPYS'

The Worst Dressed People at the 2015 ESPYS

Their fashion game is not a slam dunk. (Eh?!)

by Christopher Rosa 7/15/2015

The 2015 ESPYs aired Wednesday night and, even with the fashionable presence of Caitlyn Jenner, bad outfits still ran rampant. Here are the

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Denise Austin

We understand she’s a fitness instructor, but did Denise have to channel her love for Spandex on the red carpet?

Denise Austin Old Pictures

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Denise Austin On CW11 WPIX

Fitness expert, Denise Austin discusses staying healthy

Posted 10:15 AM, July 31, 2015, by PIX11 Report, Updated at 05:51pm, July 31, 2015

Denise Austin is a pioneer in the fitness industry that has sold more than 24 million exercise videos, written 12 books and inspired generations.
She stopped by to tell us the secret to her success and about her new program that will help you get in shape in ten weeks.  To learn about her ’10 Week, 360 Plan,’ go to

Friday, July 31, 2015

Denise And Katie Austin On The Today Show

Denise and Katie Austin's mother-daughter workouts

July 31st, 2015

Fitness icon Denise Austin and her daughter Katie show Kathie Lee, Hoda and their "adopted daughters" from the plaza how to trim and sculpt their waistlines, while also spending quality time with each other.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Denise Austin And Her Daughter Katie On FOX 11 LA KTTV

Sweat It Out: Denise Austin's Killer At-Home Workout

Posted: Jul 20, 2015 9:08 AM PSTUpdated: Jul 20, 2015 9:59 AM PST

Posted by: Kelly Taylor, Digital Producer

FOX 11 Los Angeles KTTV

Denise Austin's Killer At-Home Workout - YouTube

(FOX 11) Forget the gym, working out at home is FREE and convenient.

Denise Austin has helped thousands of people to get in shape with at-home workout videos, long-running television programs, social media motivation and more.

She and her daughter Katie joined us on Good Day LA Monday morning to demo a workout anyone can do at home!

The fitness guru has a new 10-week program called the 360° Plan that combines everything Austin knows about exercise, nutrition and motivation in one place for all-new video content. Tap here to read more.

Austin is a pioneer in the fitness industry who has sold more than 24 million exercise videos and DVDs, authored 12 books on fitness and starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television.

During more than 30 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 100 workout videos.
In addition, Katie is following in her mother’s footsteps and is being poised to take over the fitness dynasty. Katie has just released a new fitness E Book "Love Your Body, Love Life," geared for the teen and college demographic.

Denise and Katie teach classes and seminars together and have collaborated on workout DVDs.

Connect on Twitter @DeniseAustin + @KaydayAy

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