I have been working out with Denise Austin since I was a kid.  I actively remember doing her VHS tapes with my mom in our living room.  I was very excited to talk to her about her new release “Sculpt and Burn.”  “Sculpt and Burn” features four 10-minute workouts you can customize however you want.  If you have the time, you can do a full 60-minute workout, or you can break it up into smaller workouts.  I tried it out, and since I’m currently training for a 5k, I found it to be a great cross-training complement to running. It was a really intense workout.

I talked to Denise about her almost 30 years in the exercise industry and how her fitness philosophy has evolved in that time. She said her fitness philosophy has stayed the same during her three-decade career.  “Toning is important, cardio is important,” she said.  Denise talked about how in the beginning, her workouts were all high energy aerobics with step and cardio kick boxing, whereas now she focuses on Pilates and yoga. Her newest workout, “Sculpt and Burn,” is a complete workout that works every muscle.

We discussed how DVDs are great workout options for moms.  When you can’t get a babysitter, or when your kid is sick and you can’t go the gym, or you just can’t face “putting on the cute workout clothes,” she giggled, “the DVD is right there.”

I asked Denise about her diet and weight-loss plans, and she said that she believes strongly in balance.  She does not believe in fad diets or starving yourself, and that she has a diet and menu-planning program on DeniseAustin.com.  She herself will be very strict during the week but will loosen up on the weekends. Glad it’s not just me!

One thing I didn’t know is that Denise has ties to the D.C. area.  I talked to her about her favorite things to do for fitness in D.C.  She said she loves to take long walks with girlfriends, especially in Pacific Palisades and the heart of Georgetown,. Her new favorite walking location? Arlington Cemetery!

I really enjoyed talking to Denise, and I’m sure I will go back to “Sculpt and Burn” when it gets too cold to go out and run.

Jodi blogs at Jodifur about life, motherhood, working, and shoes. Mostly shoes.

*I was provided with a complimentary review copy of the DVD.  I was not compensated for this post.