Denise Austin
Year Released: 1997

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Total Body Workouts

I've been on, of all things, a Denise Austin kick lately. I'm advanced overall but due to busy schedules, hot weather and burnout I have been gravitating toward intermediate-level, get-it-done-in-45-minutes workouts. Denise's workouts, including Ultimate Fat Burner, Get Fit Fast, and Sizzler all do the job of getting me decent toning (for maintenance, not for muscle building) and decent cardio.

In Sizzler, she and a man and woman work out on a platform in a sunny cove by the beach--it clouds over at times. Five 3-minute aerobic routines consisting of grapevines, mambos, knee raises, even some cross country skis are interspersed with simple weight work like supersets of shoulder raises, tricep kickbacks, lunges with bicep curls, military press, and standing chest weight work. A brief leg segment of outer thigh leg lifts, inner thigh sweeps and squats are followed by a very competent ab workout of oblique side crunches, lower ab pelvic lifts, double crunches and a few others.

Overall this is an extremely serviceable cardio/weight circuit workout at intermediate level. It's perfect for days when I don't want to go all out either cardio-wise or weight-wise but don't want to take it totally easy, either.

Instructor Comments:
I used to think I couldn't stand Denise. But now I really like her. Yes, she has her oft-repeated mottos and statements, but it's all in a spirit of motivation. Her perkiness seems genuine--she really seems to enjoy what she's doing and that comes across and makes me enjoy exercising too, even as an advanced home exerciser already. Her cuing can be sometimes nonexistent but it does not matter with such simple routines. She's actually kind of endearing when she lets loose a spontaneous whoop during the moves.