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Denise Austin

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Fitness instructor Denise Austin joins Gus in the huddle! Gus and Denise talk about her passion for fitness and why she fell in love with the sports world. Furthermore, she talks about her time spent working with President Bush in on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The two also discuss her famous TV career. Tune in for a work out and join Gus and Denise in the huddle by listening to this week's episode! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Hey everyone, we appreciate you joining us in the huddle. I'm your host fifteen year NFL quarterback guests rod, alongside my longtime friend and Co host Dave Hagar, where we talked to guests about how sports shape their life. Be sure to check us out on our website, iw up with Gustscom, where you can listen to more episodes just like this. Now let's join the huddle. Hello everyone, welcome to another episode of puddle up with Gusts. I'm your host gusts, for our fifteen your NFL veteran. I'm usually joined by my longtime friend and Co host Dave Hagar, but Dave is is out on the Simons. You say you got a new job and I bring them in when you can come in, but you can find us every when you wherever you listen your favorite podcast on RADIOCOM. We are an original RADIOCOM podcast, and also on Amtba, mptvcom. Today's guest is, I think it's as a wonderful guest. Dave is really sad he cannot be here. Dave went to Arizona, so he has he's big and it's a big fan of bearing down. So I have to hear a lot about Arizona and we watch a lot of Arizona basketball around here. So, but today is guest Denie Austin. You may know her from one of the many, many videos that she's created on health and wellness and exercise. She's also been a two term person on the President's Council on physical fitness and also she is the ambassador for fitness with a ARP. She has done so many things and now her children are even getting into the business and it's great to have her as a guest on our show. Denise, how are you doing? Oh, great, guys, I'm so happy to be here with you. I know I wish I had your energy moving around, but it's Pittsburgh gets raining today. I'm not in the same mood as usually. You know, when that rain comes at Pittsburg you get a little down. So how is California? Oh, it's a little cloudy where by the beach. So it's that morning fog, but that's okay. Yeah, long is everyone's healthy nowadays. That's all that matters. It's true. That is so true. So, Denise, our shows very simple. We go back to when you were little and what was your first memory of sports like. What was do you have like did you have an idol? I know you were a gymnast. So what was that first time that you fell in love with sports? Well, I'm one to five kids and my dad played professional baseball on the St Louis Brown's, by the way. Wow, Tis some forty seven. But so we grew up, you know, playing sports. But I first started out swimming and as a like six year old on a swim team, and then I saw gymnasts in the background when I was around eleven and I said, mom, I rather do that, just try that instead. So I kind of had a first a gymnastics lesson. I fell in love with it and I realized that that's my passion when I was eleven and then got a full athletic scholarship to college at the University of Arizona. Day, Dave, go dave. That's and so I practice so hard. It was my dream to, you know, go to college and that really gave me the opportunity to go to college. And I was never good enough for trying out for the Olympics or anything like that. I was good enough for a gymnastic college career and which got me into exercise physiology, which was awesome. You know, honest truth was going to the King's hockey game with my dad or going to the dodgers games, you know, more just as a spectator. Yeah, so your dad kind of got you into sports and then you kind of did all the you know, we've interviewed I've interviewed a gold medal swimmers on here and and everybody and everybody has a different story, but you know, it seems like sports kind of bonds us all together one way or another. And and I don't know, sometimes I feel like our parents were just trying to get rid of us when I threw us into sports. You know, like yeah, I only have to mom. Yeah, no, I hear you. You know, it's like my parents were like go outside, do whatever you got to do, go play, be back by the whistle. That was that was all growing up in Pennsylvania. Definitely, that was that's growing up here in California, playing in the in the streets with our neighbors. But I was very serious. At Age twelve, I went every day to practice for four hours a day. The second I loved it, I knew that I wanted to be, you know, a serious gymnast at the time, though. I really did learn fast and because most gymnast start when they're six, right, best ones, and eleven, I was almost twelve, was kind of late...

...in the game, right. I caught up kind of, did you? Because so my wife was a gymnast when she was in high school as well, and then she was a high school cheerleader. Did you? Were you into cheerleading as well, like, because that's a lot of the same moves that you do when you're in cheerly on a club team. In gymnastics. That was very serious. Our coach went, let us do that. Nice School, but they my I school went a big Catholic High School, yeah, Bishop, and they let me be the mascot of the football tea. Really, I started off every football game do back hand springs all the way across field. I like, what was the mascot? What was the mascot of your football team the nights? But I didn't have to wear anything because I just would like you know. Okay, now, did he's will be doing her that. You got everybody fire it up. That's what it's all about, right. I kicked up every football, high school football game on Friday night, screen back Handsford, so what was your favorite? Like, my wife used to tell me stories about gymnastics. The training is tough, the you know, you get the callous has the callous has rip off and you're doing the bars and and you know now she has some like knee troubles, because it is tough. It is a very difficult sport. I mean it's a lot of training, stretching, very tough on your body, yes, but I honestly found it as a foundation for my career because, I mean a Kip is, you know, like a V and Pilate's most all the exercises that I get got is a foundation when I was young. I still kind of use and thank God, and knock on wood, that I've stayed healthy all these years and I think it's because I've kind of done the balance a fitness not overdoing one thing I was never really good at, just being very flexible. You know, the backhands, right, because I still had the muscles to hold it in, but I also worked on flexibility. That wasn't my my forte, right, you know, for exercise and you know, given it my alls, right. So when you were in Ay, all right, it has, and so when you were in high school and you're in gymnastics. Were there other schools that were interested in you besides Arizon Wan to? Yes, I had the option of UCLA OR USC or Cornell was starting a new program. This was in one thousand nine hundred and seventy five, mind you, when it was a kind of the first year women were offered full rise because of title nine. Right. Lucky to be at the right place at the right time during that year. Right O ship offers because they were all stop starting women's gymnastics team. So many SIU as big. So but I chose University of Arizona because I kind of want to go go to wait to college and not too far, and that I was born and raised in Palis Burns, California. So USC and UCLA were kind of too local for me at the time. Right Ucla was always a powerhouse and they still are today the best, but Arizona at the time was ninth in the nation. So I felt like I couldn't compete there because I wasn't always the best, but I was always around. They are so right start right away. So that gave me a lot of joy. Hey, listeners, thanks for joining David I in the huddle. We invite you to join our ecus of huddle. Through Patreon, we can get access to content made just for VIPs like yourself. Head to our website, huddle up with gustcom and hit support our podcast on the pop up ad once again. That's huddle up with gustcom. Now let's get back in the huddle. So when you first went and had a and then all of a sudden, because you know, high school is one thing, you're with the small group people all the time, and then you go to college, like when I went to college, it was a big deal because all of a sudden there are athletes there that from other states that I had to compete against. How did you feel when you first went there and had a compete against other gymnas from other places? Yeah, that was interesting, but gymnastics at that level you knew who you were going to compete with. We're all the same age and we known each other since we were a little and well, eleven or twelve, and so I kind of knew those girls are. We all each had a better like apparatus. I was better at Flor exercise. One girls better at bar so the coach honestly pick the right group of girls because we all had a specialty. But then the top two girls and as one of them, if you got a full athletic scholarship, you had to do all around all events. Yeah, you know, pointed, point average. So that was more...

...my forte I was a little more steady than I was great, you know, yeah, yeah, no, no, that's good. And so then how? Because I think you transferred right in college, after two years, and I went to cal State Long Beach because I wanted it. The only thing at the time that was, you know, exercise busiology was to teach he eat. So they said, if you want to go to the state of California because that's where you're going to teach, you can get it now for the teaching credential, while the last two years of college. So I got Oh, then I save a whole year and I get to work right Bransford and start work the day after I graduate from college, which was great for me because I wanted to work. But then I realized pe was it. Aerobics was just starting eighty and I just felt like, Oh Gosh, I love all this aerobics. I could start my own aerobics business. And I met Jack Levane. Oh Wow, all of you gave me my first start on TV in nineteen eighty one. I was on his TV show and still to the day he died, we stayed great friends. He was my mentor and he I credit him for giving me the Opportunity Start TV. So is he kind of like the the godfather of all kind of how it all started? Yes, he was, because he was on television and he did fitness for years and he used to, you know, even have nineteen thirty sixty designed the first leg press. So he even thought of weight training. But way before, you know, people were really doing it. And guess what, elps US. He used to juice in nineteen eighty one. You know, I used to Whoa, but he's putting vegetables right, and so I remember staying the kitchen with him doing is, you know, Morny juicing for TV. And that was before his time. I mean now it's all about you see, you know. Yeah, I mean he's kind of set the curve for how everything was going to be. With such a forward thinker. I think that you were. You you got really lucky to meet somebody like that to really kind of hey, it's okay that you know nobody else is really understanding what I'm doing, but I know this is the way to do it. Yes, and he lived in ninety six and he really wanted to live to a hundred. He got pneumonia and that was he in but I was honored to speak at his celebration of life. First was our fore you spoke for the Louver ig no and then be wow, well, those guys are just a built a little bit different than you. I would say. Right, you're close, though. So you know, my wife talks about like when she was a little girl and her mom would come in and she'd make all because she was one of three and her sisters and her mom would put on Jane Fonda and do those workouts all the time on videotape, like you know. This was in like the late S, and so was you know, I think back to that like that was like there were like just a few people that were doing what you started. Oh yes, all right, did a vhs in one thousand nine hundred and eighty two, and Jane Ondo was awesome because she would was a movie start and he or she does a VHS. So what was great about that? It became a little more mainstream because she's so popular right, like I was the last the girl on the bottom, you know, stool, you know going up there. So she kind of opened up the eyes that you could work out at home and you put this little VHS copy in your vhs player and there you got to work out. So she kind of paved the way in the in a certain way, in exercise and aerobics for a couple of US women. And you know, at the time there are only a few of us and now, oh my gosh, every instagram girl just well, yeah, you know, it's funny, though. They think about all the transitions you've had to make in that industry from going from like before vhs to VHS to, you know, all the other things in between. There's been blu ray disc and all these other things, you know, and in the NFL we've had all that. was trying to watch, you know, we went from, you know, eight millimeter to VHS to they've had all kind of crazy contraptions. Now it's just delivered you on your ipad right, being as now, right, I know. Isn't that crazy? I've been it now, celebrating forty years in the fitness and health business. So I love what I do and it really it's the same message. Just get out there do something right. You have gone through, you know, high energy robics and stuff arobics, and you know from Yoga to Vlati's to a boxing you name it. I I've hit every single form of fitness you can. So I love now that...

...my daughter's following my bitness footsteps. I stay so relevant because she helps me right. He films made, she knows how to do all this. So we really are good team mother daughter fitness routine because she can do the filming and the editing and I kind of help her with the moves and things like that. Isn't amazing how the kids today are just like they're so in tune to technology and the computers and how everything works. Like I have to ask my kids so many questions about instagram and Linkedin and how do I do this, and they just they just get it. They just get it quickly. They love it too. But the key was for me was both of my daughters also played sports in college, which is Great Athletic Scholarships. My husband played professional tennis, so he played also at Ucla in tennis for four years. Jeff Austin Right, Mr Austin. A lot of you might remember she was number one in the world. Right, YEP, US soapen. She won twice the US Open Sixteen years old. Can you believe, winning the youth beating Martine and Chrissy Everett in the US Open. Yeah, age and she still to this day holds the record of being the youngest ever to win the US soap in at sixteen. Go, go, was going to get it up. Yeah, I thought she was. She was. Yeah, love her. She's so cute. She's OK. So how did you and your husband meet? Well, we've been married thirty five years and we met years ago. I was setting up in a ERBIC studio inside a tennis club and in one thousand nine hundred and eighty two, and eighty two, eighty two actually, and so when we met he was warming up Tracy on Center Court at the Weston Tennis Club in Torrance, California, and eating the owner to see what room I could teach a robots, because back in the day and that time, in the early S, there weren't these beautiful gym's. No, had to use racquetball courts to teach a robics. I had to find space, you know, any extra state at room. I took it for a robe. So I was there meeting with the tennis club owner and there was jeff playing tennis with Tracy as a damn, they're good, right, and they's Jeff Boso dress. I went, oh, of course I know treacy's from. Of course she's Faymous. So so then afterwards they came in where I was meeting with the owner about like what room I get? How much, you know, one dollar per person. That shows up to my robot right right, and he was giving me a contracted incomes. Jeff the dracy and you know, owners is, Oh, I like you can meet Tracy and here's Jeff and Jeff's the lawyer in the awsome family said, Oh, do you want to read this? And and then we laughed and that was it. In the next day called mask me out. Wow, burned. They weren't going to give it to him and then they did so and then we got married and then we moved to Washington DC for his job at octagon to be first of all, he started as a Dennis agent, like sports attorney, right, or the connors, his sister Michael Chang. Oh Gosh, so many players. Then he moved on to basketball and his first player was the admiral David Robinson, who we adore. Oh Wow, that yeah, he was a great player of the used to love watching him. Where did you guys live in DC? We lived in Alexandria, Virginia, in Old Town. And then when our girls were little, their school they went to were fantastic at Lacrosse. Girls Lacrosse. They were all talk, three in the nation. So our girls, you know, have great eye hand coordination because of, you know, just tennis and and Athleack, and so they both played in club since they were five years old. My oldest went to University of Virginia for Lacrosse and my youngest went to USC to start the new woman's program for USC. Oh, that's awesome. Both plaiting college to so we are a family of for that all Woy to college at some point our life. No, that is awesome. That is awesome. Yeah, La Cry Love Lacrosse. My daughter was. She was a goalie in high school and then ch and in field hockey and then in college she was a goalie and field hockey. What she went to have AFORD outside of Philadelphia. Oh yeah, yeah, downy town for all the tournament right? Oh Man, is it big up there. We've traveled all over for Lacrosse tournaments. We've done it. My boys played Lacrosse as well and football. I love Lacrosse. That's with our whole we up in Haverford. There's a lot of you got to make a lot of trips in Lacrosse. Well, we did. Yeah, I can imagine it's really good. Yeah, and...

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I work with top doctors and Washington DC. So I did it while I was eight months pregnant and then I did a one month afterwards how to shape up after pregnancy. And you want to hear cute little story? Sure, those were in the background of one of them was Sonia Curry, who is step and curry's mom. Right, that's the second son. So we were pregnant together. So my husband represented Dell at the time. Yeah, they both went to Virginia Tech, so we knew them, you know, after college. So so she said I'll do it. We were do the same day, so it was perfect. We could like measure each other right, right. Well, yeah, because that was like, I wouldn't say it was a taboo thing, but like you never saw people that were pregning on TV and things like that. It was just wasn't out there and you kind of kind of broke that mold that it's okay to exercise and do all these things order and make sure you're okay and keep going. How many emails and letters did you get about that? Oh my gosh, my I was on ESPN at the time. So can you imagine having to fly to Priss Bristol, Connecticut and tell the big wigs that only in cards without tights? They ever said that much today? Not Right, you know, kind of Texas at all. And they were so happy for me. I was so nervous to dull and I said I'll do all my videos, note problem. All the shows will be delivered on time. No, Bro I. my raids were skyrocketed when I was pregnant and the biggest time I ever had the biggest ratings with right when I came back after a baby, because we was see what the Heck I look like right. It really helped. So it was kind of a good sign. Well, you got to assume that at that point the only real information that women were getting was from their doctors. Right after, after you have a baby, you know, go home, rest, here's some things you can do and and then all of a sudden here's somebody who's had their baby and put it all out there and and you're showing like you can exercise and it. I can assume how good it is for women's mental health. That's what my wife does now. She's a therapist in women's behavioral health and you yeah, and she you know, there's there's a lot of people that you know that there's so many hormones and everything going on. I can't imagine how many women you helped with that. Well, I still to this day get letters saying I first started on my first baby exercise with you in your pregnancy video. That video became kind of like the entry to Denise Austin to a lot of people because it was a first time they started exercising their or the first time they bought a vhs because they were pregnant, or the after bag shape do so it was kind of you know, and then they stuck with me to do the other workout, so you know, when they were ready. So really it was we sold over a million copies of that. Can you imagine? That's so it. But it really a great time and you know, it's very important to check with their doctor of course, before beginning any exercise program especially when you're pregnant right now. I can't imagine that. So then you go through and you have you have your your two girls. Correct, do girls? Yes, and so then I waited three years and I didn't my second one, my oldest is Kellie, and then I'd Katie and I did another workout video when I was pregnant with Katie to and then and everything it was buying it. Actually it shows that you can work as a mom take, you know, some time off to be a mom, but also you can't have it all all the time. You can, throughout your career, in your time, Start Your Day sunny side up at the Weston Bonaventure Hotel and sweets and enjoy breakfast for two on us. No matter how you plan to spend your trip to Los Angeles, start every day with a hearty meal to kick start your morning. Enjoy breakfast for two on US each day you stay. For reservations, be sure that Promo Code S for B appears in the Promo codebox when making your online reservation at Marriottcom. BACKSLASH LAX BW or call one eight hundred two, two eight one thousand two hundred and ninety and ask for a promotional code. As for B Yeah, no, I love it. And you know, one of the biggest things that I think that, I mean with you being in the industry for so long, you have to kind of almost reinvent yourself as you go right, because people don't want to see you do the same exercise as all the time. So tell me some of the things that you kind of figured out how to reinvent yourself as you were going along through this,...

...well, throughout the years. It was it came instinctive in a way, and I listen to the people who would write me like, Oh, I love when you did that Yoga. So we on TV. It was almost like the opening to see what DVD's I should film next. Like I'd show a little touch of pilates then I know own people love that. bladies. It was easy for them to work on their ABS that way. And Yeah, introduced yoga to them and then do a yoga video. So I learned and I listened as I went along to you know, my followers really because I care about them. They so many still are with me right now instagram finding me again. So it's so much fun and also it's fun to stay relevant because of my daughter, who just started a few years ago in the fitness business. So she's all katious and, you know, she does her own app she does her own Instagram, but then we do some mother daughter things together too. So she's kind of already up, you know, on her own and a way, and I love that. But at the same time we do mother daughter right. Yeah, the other work out. So when she said Hey, mom, I'm going to start my own youtube channel, what were you like? Okay, what does that mean? You too? She got my instagram for me, Bob, because being that she was an athlete, she has so much to offer and at the same time she has a lot. There's so many young girls that are young that needs self worth and selfcare and she's a perfect image for that because she she cares about them, their mental self being and they you know, knowing about instagram social media, this is so prevalent right now with young girls having body, you know, like they look at perfect girls. So she's a really good voice for the young people because there's really no one out there for high school girls right now, college girls. So she's focused on that demographic to really help them and build their self esteem really, because a lot of them need it at through exercise and eating better. And she's doing it. Yeah, and I mean I think people, I'm sure that girls, think they have to starve themselves, you know, because you know, so she's being an athlete. Knows you have to eat, yeah, ortant to have energy and you have to eat well balanced meals. And she's smart that way. So she's not the one to say drink this skinny PA and looking right, right though, the role model for young girls who are needing fitness, because now high schools are not there and where do you go for actorstise, and she did have taught a little trouble after college thinking now what do I do? You know, she was under such regiment from college, like this is how many weights to do, this is what you do. Right with that, she did say, Oh my Gosh, I'm on my own now, I have no teammates or coaches to tell me what to do, because she was like that since they were a little with right those she has that understanding to and you know, it's kind of fun to watch your grow and the her her where she's developing, and it's to help a younger girls, which is so cool. Yeah, and she's had a great role model. Well, I hope so. Yeah, well, I think. I mean I'm all or too much, though, as a mom. Yeah, well, that, you know, you don't want to coach of too much, because they never want to listen to you when you're coaching them, right, like my boys when they played football or we go golfing, they're like dad, key, just stop, we'll figure it out. I'm like, okay. You know, it's hard, though, as a parent, is I want the hop her, but they do so different. You know, the Graham and stuff. She's it's all. It's all out there. It is all out there and it's instant and it's instant feedback, right, you know, which you know I love it. I love it now, I love facebook. I have my own website. I do new workouts, mainly for women now over. So these are my focuses. What I've changed it soon as I hit fifty is, you know, eating more omega, three bodes, like you know, from filthy fats, with Avocados and olive oil and Sam in and flax seed. So those are the changes that I've made, as well as a couple. I stretch a little more after my work out when my muscles are nice and warmed and I work out thirty minutes. But I'm very consistent. I do it most every day and I have new routines for people over fifty, easier on your joints. Right, keep going, because we all need to keep moving, because moving is what heals your body and keeps you going. So, no matter what your ailment is, you got to do something right now and and I think it's exactly right. Like I think I...

...saw a quote on your site says if you if you don't use it, you lose it, right right, that that goes for everyone. You know, after fifteen years in the NFL and then five years in college and then playing High School Ball, I've had major injuries. I've broken my back and broken my hip, I broke my neck, I've done all these things. So when I quit, when I write, when I when I was done, I was like, I'm done, I just want to relax. And you know, because every time I would live, you have to lift to to kind of stay in the game, to build that muscle and to try and prevent injury. But then when I was done, I was like okay, this every time I lift as hurts. So I had to do other things. You know, you kind of do some yoga and Plotti's of things that that feel better. My you've got to modify. So you know, being in DC I was a red skin. I was drafted by the redskins. You lived in DC. Sorry, you do my screen up here. You lived in DC. Tell me a little bit about when you got the call to be on. You know this this countless president's counsel for physical fitness. Yes, oh my gosh, this was the biggest honor of my life for George W Bush and George as the old forty one is the first one. I was all right. So yes, and he was a bitness. Not I mean my husband at art. I've know I had known him because he played tennis with my husband. Right. The love of tennis was there. When we first moved to Washington DC, we met Marvin Bush, one of the sun and became good friends with Margaret Bush and his wife Margaret, and so tennis was the connection. And then, you know, I would walk with Barbara Bush and at when they were Vice President and in the beautiful Vice President Soul House. And so it was just the biggest honor because they believed it fitness so much. Their entire family played sports. So they truly was really involved, you know. Yeah, our damn every day. So they preached the right, the walk, the talk or whatever. Yeah, so to be under a president who really cared, he loved the baseball players, he brought it. I mean he loved everything, every aspect about sport and about health and wellness and fitness. So that was really cool. So being there, I never missed a chance to do anything to help the kids too, because they would take us and we would go to different schools all over the country to lead them in exercise and try to get the governor's to get involved in the Governor Council to eight mandate that each state was in charge of how much pe their state will receive at a week, how many days a week for different age groups. So we were there to kind of just promote that. We're lobbyists for bitness. So when you were sitting in the first time, you get to meet everybody else. I'm assuming there were other people in this council all the where did you guys meet and who else was in there? Gosh, the first one was I don't remember as this this terrible gust I will ar a many of the talk up doctors in the field. You know Dr Cooper, who did the aerobics clinic, many of the Mayo Clinic doctors you know. The second one was Eli Manning, was awesome, and a lot doct Richardson, a great softball player. Oh Gosh, it continues and I can't remember all their names. I shouldn't, but everyone was amazing and everyone brought something to the table and everyone really worked hard. Lynn Swan was one of them. Probably know him. So there were just so many amazing people that were part of it. Mary Lourettin. So when you got together with them it was all business real yeah, allocated who needed to do what and so. But it was really cool to work under Arnold because he was so smart and knew how to organize everyone. We had the first rate American work out on the White House lawn. President game do an announced it and that was a really big deal. May was national fitness month and so it gave it a lot of you know, awareness of fitness is so important for all America, matter how old you are. Hey listeners, thanks for joining David I in the huddle. We invite you to join our excuse of huddle through Patreon, where you can get access to content made just for VIPs like yourself. Head to our website, Hullo up with gustcom and hit support our podcast on the pop up ad. Once again. That's huddle...

...up with gustcom. Now let's get back in the huddle. What do you think are some of the issues that are kind of plaguing our children today? You know, because you see, like we talked a lot about obesity in school lunches and, like you know, the OBAMAS really try to help change the school lunch programs and it's it's hard, you know, be because it's expensive now to eat good, to eat very good food and healthy food. Yes, and also, I always used to just get the kids active. I always felt that that's the first job is a mom or a parent is to get him in sports, get him where their friends are, signing up early for all the different sports, see what they like. You know, our girls started doing everything when they were young, from, you know, soft bule of soccer to made him even do ballet, I mean race just a like. So I think it's really important for them to have friends that do the same things, and that's what was really helpful. Like I would call up the MOM, well, I'm signing all that, my daughter's up for this and soccer at this time. And so it became it word of your life and I think that's an important part of as a parent. And the second thing was booed. You know, I always had sit down dinners for our family because then I knew what they were eating. I didn't really, you know, worry. I was never like you can't have sugar, you can't have this, can at that. I was pretty balanced in they're eating. So they would go haywire when they went somewhere else. Well, yeah, we oh, we've done it. We still do that to this day and I think our kids really enjoy sitting at the table and eating a meal. You know. And through this covid thing you've kind of really had to kind of be at home and cook. Yeah, and and my wife was always cooking though she stayed at home. I we were lucky enough that she could stay at home and raise our kids, but she loves to cook and she always had homemade meals and everything. Now she kind of got back and has her second career going, but my daughter loves to cook. She's in vet school and now a pain and and she loves to like she comes home and we're like, oh, we could take a break, Abby's got to cook. So but eighty when she's at our house. She she used to cook when I'd be on the road and Cook for Jeff and our other daughter when she was in like bit great. So she became kind of the cook when I was traveling to fill my TV shows when they could come with me. Right. But the other things, like what we talked about was we didn't really worry about, like we try to be healthy, but you know, they're like, oh, mom, we're still eating Mac and cheese, but she's like no, but it's homemade, like we made it here from scratch, Rockli pieces to yeah, well, there's why. There's like a cauliflower one that she used to make that the kids would eat, like we always try to sneak vegetables in when they didn't know it. Right, there's so many new vegetables and you know, years ago I didn't know what Kao was. So now we can really eat healthy if you, you know, really know how to make it. So that's right. Other I do everything in sprinkle with a little olive oil and little Kosh your salt and put in the oven. I call Veggie Bakes, and right everything out there, from aspergus to every vegetable you could think of. It taste so good. It's crispy, it is, it is, is really good. And so, going back to the kids, I think that our schools aren't doing enough for them, you know, like, especially like public schools, these kids really don't. You know, I wish there were still like homec that the kids could learn so much. Like they don't learn these these things that you go out in the real world you need to know right skills, the skills. and well, like one of our daughters, you know, graduate come Lotti from you USC and I'm like, she didn't even how to write a check book. Other what little learn this, the littlest things. You got it like get a check book and got a right here. You know, it's like Whoa, yeah, I got to do that. Now my my daughter said, Hey, dad, my car keeps telling me I have to put winter washer fluid in. How do I do that? And I'm like banded, I fail, and so we facetime that I walked her through doing it. That's good. Yeah, you have to do some of that stuff. So now you you've kind of been able to do so many things in your career and you've kept it going. Like I said, you've been you've done such a great job of reinventing yourself through all this time period, because a lot of people don't do that, they don't stay relevant, and I think it goes back to maybe jack the lane and what a good teacher you had in the beginning. Oh he was, and I all honestly think it's kind of in they to want to help others more and more, because I get so many beautiful letters and if I don't do something, I feel like...

I'm you know, it's not right for me to just like, especially women who are now going through menopause, to not say what I do, what I'm doing, and so I feel like it's kind of my mission in life is to help people. You know, as we age there's different, you know, facets of stages of life that we need. Okay, now I want to start to do, you know, more stretches for my back, and now it's done. So it all different stages. I feel like help mainly been inside. That's but you know, I'm for everyone, but mostly I have no it really it yes, end right. Well, you've been on everything. I get's amazing when you start looking at your career and how you've done that and now you've carried it on that tradition to your daughter. I was going to ask you, like you mentioned that people you to write you letters. Yeah, and I'm assuming your daughter probably has never had a letter written to her, like like from a fan, like they're all emails. Are, you know, all through social media. Now instagram is how she gets her feelings or DMS. But no, she when we've done last year we got to do a mother daughter workout to her. It was free and mother daughters came. We did Boston, we did Austin, we did Denver and we went to about six cities and it was really fun because they did leave us a note like your mom helped me through this or you're you know, I'm following you because I did. My mom used to do your workouts and now I'd love your you know, true mother daughter bonds have come to us, which has been kind of remarkable because when you're young, a lot of these girls who are Katies, AH, she's twenty six now, did watch me exercise in their homes. Maybe their mom were doing it or they did it before school. So kind of is kind of coming full circles. So she's gotten many of those kind of letters when we were there personally in front of people, which has been nice eye open her for her right right. So tell us a little bit it right now, like what your what do you foresee in your next because I have a feeling that you're not going to stop anytime soon. I don't want to stop because I'm really fun. Now I have a new magazine that comes out four times a year and and it's called fit over. It deep. I don't know if you gets Nice. It's great. Ages, are food, fitness, how to stay young, are exercises. So I'm really working on the September issue. So I've been focused a lot of writing and organizing those kind of things and I just love that. I love my website because I'm members that get a workout every single day. So I'm trying to do all new workouts. I have my old TV shows that I bought back that are on my website and I got new workout. So archives right. Yeah, it's underd I know. Do you ever? Do you ever go back and watch one? You're just like, oh, man like what was I thinking and what I was wearing and my big hair and my daughter's laugh. They always want me to put it on a flashback Friday and I'm going I could be doing those every time. That's perfect for throwback Thursday, or whatever they call it now, right, like throwback Thursday, you could just put all your old school stuff out lots. So how many times is jeff been in a video with you? Oh, he is so behind the scenes, gust he doesn't like pictures, he doesn't let I my oldest daughter's just like him. So you rarely see Kelly and any of the potus and he they're very similar and I'm as more similar to me, like we like to, you know, enjoy it. So He's you see him too. How did you find that out, because I'm assuming at some point you were like Jeff, come on and he was like yeah, Oh, right away, right away. Yeah, that's funny here, you know, he was very nonchalant. It's all about her, you know. So I kind of knew that going in and it's Nice, you know, just because he helps us in other ways. He's the rock of our families. So He's very smart. That's good. Yeah, that's that's my wife. She's the smart one, that's for sure. I just, I just she just tells me what to do. My friend calls me the mule because I get my honey do list and that's what I get to go do. Well, there's some joy in that too. Oh Yeah, I love working in my yard. So I love it. So last thing we do on the show is we call it the two minute or no huddle drill. Oh, it's yeah. So we asked them. We asked some fun questions. So first one is, what was your favorite restaurant to eat at in Washington DC? Well, it's an old town Alexander. It's called...

Landini brothers. It's a great Italian restaurant, because I love Italian for yeah, I did. Have you ever been to a Reeki in? Oh, of course, Christ see. Oh, yeah, Christine was great. It was so good. Yeah, yeah, I live. We lived in great falls and we lived right by, say, Francois, which was the French restaurant. Yes, and that was very special. Yeah, that's like once a year. So they had it. Yeah, it was very nice. Is My birthdays of February and my husband took me and it was snowing. We thought Oh, we can still do it. We get in there, it's all cozy. We get out, Oh my God, Oh, it's so hard at home that night. Yeah, yeah, those roads and great falls, aren't aren't the greatest Walker Road? And then you turn right. Exactly, exactly. Okay. So what's your biggest pet peeve? People who are late. Oh that's the worst, isn't it? I just can't believe it. I'm like, my dad was such an untime person. Oh my God, we were the first ones in church. All Wind Up. Oh, yeah, I can't. My Dad like every morning wake me up. I'm like Dad, schools, not for an hour. He's I gotta get up, get ready. That was always it. That's how you do it. Yeah, all right. So if you could go back and give some advice to a young denise, what would that advice be? Everything's going to work out fine, take it easy, enjoy the moment. Right, it will. It does, you know, work itself out, because I wanted, wanted to do so much. You know, I dreft big and that was great and I think I want to keep that part of me. But I worked really hard. I probably could have taken off a little more right, but I think that's important too, is for our guests. Is One of the biggest things we always talked about. You made transition in life and you don't know what's coming next, but as all as you work hard, things will work out. I think. Yes, yeah, and and dad used to say, you know, the harder you work, the luckier you get, and I kind of always believe that. So you know, and it did. Did It really did? Okay. What's your favorite cheat food? Oh, Gosh, I like so many Lackamoli and chips. I like. That's not really a cheat, though. Come on, it often cheap food. Probably better. Chiniol Fredo, I know. That's a good one on a food. What is your favorite movie? Old School, old school, I love it. They're all in that all you was so funny, frank to tank. That's there. Oh, yeah, they're all fall on me. Yeah, yeah, that's the best movie. That's it's a really good one. Know that, Guss? What's that? What I was in step brothers? In the first couple minutes of step brothers he was watching one of my videos, you know, doing something in a little lucid but in the whole that's right. I do remember that. Now was what worked out the had to get approval. You know, they set me the script. So you even see the script while they're watching you, what they say about you. You know, to get approval and and it's my kids favorite thing, but it's so you know what I did. I I was on the President's Council at the time. I get the script and it's kind of a little nasty. You know what he's doing while he's watching me on TV, right, but you don't see anything. And so I did go up my friend Marvin Bush, it's brother the president, and I said, Oh my God, I have this opportunity to have a clip in the Oh my God, that's hilarious. Oh my God, that's so funny. Just do it. Yeah, you got, you got to do that. When you got to do that one? All right. So, if you could go back in time or any time in history and change places with one person for a day, who would that person be? Oh Wow, Oprah Winfrey prouder winfrey. Pretty cool. Yeah, that would be pretty cool. And how she interacted that, because you guys were you're very similar, though, you and Oprah. Yeah, I've never met her really. Yeah, she's the one person I've never met or been on her show. But you, you guys were both so groundbreaking and what you've done like different areas, but I feel like you both kind of shook the world a little bit and what you were doing very similar. In Age too. I think I'm a year up younger or something like that. But yeah, awesome. So what do you think the most significant change has been in the exercise industry in the last thirty, forty years? Oh, significant, oh my gosh, there's been so many...

...little things, but I think youtube, probably now, because there's so much out there to maybe one person clicks to one person or the whole they like jump rope or they like probably Youtube, I would say. Yeah, because there's just like instant videos. It like millions of videos out there. So are all your videos on Youtube? You know, I just started a youtube channel myself. I used to be with a company that had all my exercise workout videos and DVDs. So they website. That's there. That's something I don't even own. I don't even have anymore my old workout videos different than my TV show. I have all my TV shows. So now I start my own denise flusted Youtube Channel. So I'm practice staying busy. Yeah, we love it all right. Last one. Where is your favorite favorite place to vacation? Oh, Positano. I loved it. Li Positano really. Oh, yeah, it's that southern Italy. Yes, yeah, it's by yeah, on the way to Capri. Capri. Yeah, there. You take a boat every day out and stopped at different places. Yeah, tell me about the food they're oh, now we're talking good food and good one. It's like an that's like an hour and a half lunch, two hours, two our lunches, and that was fun. So it was all about the lunches there instead of the late dinners. Yeah, maybe a little lemon cello with that, huh? Yes, in the end of the evening. It was fun. That was awesome. So, just before we go, please tell everybody how they can find you where they were. I mean you. We've talked about a little bit on the show, but just give us a last one. So and we'll put it out in our social media. Well, I would love you to all follow me on my facebook, Denis Austin, or Instagram, and I have my website, denise auceincom. That has lots of videos, free ones. You could be a member whatever you want, with a bunch of different new recipes to so I kind of take you full circle from how to have, you know, good eating habits, how to move more and how to think more positively too. So it's all in there. That is awesome. Well, it was a pleasure to meet you and sit down and talk with you about your career and I'm so excited to see you know the the next episode and Denise Austin, where you're going, because with technology changing and never know what it's going to be next, so I'm assuming there's going to be a Hologram of you and some mall somewhere I'm going to be able to watch you exercise. I will. I will thank you and thank you so much for joining us on huddle off with death. Have a great day. Okay, bye. Thank you. Thank you for joining gave and I in the huddle. We hope you enjoyed our podcast. If you'd like to hear more podcast just like this, go to huddle up with Gustcom, where you can find our social channels, subscribe to hear more by our merchandise and join our excusive huddle through patreon. Please join us next week when we talked to more guests about how sports shape their life,.

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