Denise Austin’s SI Swimsuit Model Daughter Says Her 66-Year-Old Mom Is “All Natural”
Katie Austin gets it from her mom.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and health coach caused a stir in 2022 when she and her mom, fitness icon Denise Austin, walked the runway in bikinis during Miami Swim Week.
The fitness trainer, who followed in the famous matriarch’s footsteps, is featured in issue 2023, available on newsstands now.
“She will always remember it – me too,” the 29-year-old told Fox News Digital. “It was just amazing because Sports Illustrated Swimsuit really wanted to showcase walking the runway with someone who had your back on day one. And for me, that’s my mom…She was a trailblazer in the fitness industry… It’s just cool to follow in her footsteps and have her as a mentor. But then, for me, to have her walk that track, it was almost like she immersed herself in my world. , which is so different. Usually, I’m immersed in her world of fitness, and she shows me the ropes.”
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“But (this time) I was showing him the ropes,” Austin explained. “It was such a special moment that we will always treasure, walking the track together. We did a little squat at the end to show off our muscles, and it’s my mom’s signature move.”
Denise, 66, has sold more than 24 million exercise videos and DVDs, and is the author of more than 12 fitness books. She has been married to Jeff Austin, a sports lawyer and brother of tennis champion Tracy Austin, for 40 years. They share two daughters.
Austin said his mother continues to be dedicated to fitness. Denise is known for her 30 minute workouts.
“I think (our appearance) was very well received because my mom is now 66 and she hasn’t worked,” Austin explained. “She’s all natural and…she practices what she preaches. And so it shows all demographics and all women of all ages that they can do it. They can have kids and they can walk on this track at 66. I think it was really, really powerful to have that mother-daughter duo do that.”
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“She was born with a lot of energy,” Austin explained. “I personally think because this woman wakes up at 5 a.m. just ready to go. But I really think she’s enjoying life…She has so much gratitude. She wakes up and chooses to be positive , which is really important. And then coming back to training, she trains every day for 30 minutes. I think the training helps her improve her mental health and makes sure that she stays happy…She thinks health is wealth.If you don’t have health, you have nothing in life.She makes sure she is active every day…People meet me, and they see me. say, ‘Oh my God, you have so much energy.’ I’m like, ‘No, no, no – wait until you meet my mom. She’s just outstanding with her energy.’
“She takes her cups of coffee in the morning, but (that energy) is natural,” Austin added.
Austin has made his mark in the field of fitness. The former USC Division I lacrosse player has more than 2 million social media followers. She also has her own app, which highlights over 230 workout classes and over 150 recipes.
In 2021, Austin was named co-winner of Swim Search, the magazine’s annual casting call. She was named co-rookie of the year with Christen Harper for her appearance in issue 2022.
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Austin said when it comes to launching a healthy lifestyle, timing is everything.
“Some people try to do a 45-minute to an hour workout,” she said. “They think they need to push their body. To me, low impact or low intensity doesn’t mean it’s not going to be an effective workout. I’ve always preached (that) a 25-minute workout is everything you need. A lot of people don’t have time for 45 minute workouts. And really, less than 30 minutes is all you need to feel your best.
The model, who said she has “a consistent routine”, added a 20-minute walk on top of her 25-minute daily workout to prepare for her photoshoot with SI.
“I added this walk for two different reasons,” she explained. “Sure, it’s great for your fitness goals, but a walk helped clear my mind. It was great for my mental health to get out there, clear my mind, and decompress after a long day at work. I think the only thing I really changed before my shoot was practicing my mental health routine more. I tried to make sure that I was going not only feeling better with my body, but also mentally.
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Austin noted that discipline is key to staying consistent with any workout routine, especially when trying it for the first time. She said fitness apps and YouTube videos have made it easier than ever to sweat it out at home if you can’t get to a gym. Austin also recommends having five-pound weights and a resistance band.
“You’re not going to have motivation every day,” she warned. “The first step is to make sure you’re consistent. I think knowing how good you feel after a workout is so important because if you wake up and you have no motivation, you’re going to just go on with your day, and you’ll skip it for that day. But if you realize, “I’m going to feel so much better after this. I’ll just do 10 minutes, “you’ll feel more productive. It comes down to discipline and making sure you’re in the habit of working out.”
“What happens afterwards? You gain a lot of energy, you become more productive and you feel so much better about yourself,” she explained. “I think changing the word ‘motivation’ to ‘discipline’ is so important to being consistent.”
Austin noted that being mindful of your eating habits is just as important. She encourages people to replace processed foods with a mix of fruits and vegetables.
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“I try to show women and girls in particular that carbs are not your enemy,” she said. “I eat a piece of sourdough toast every morning…And I’m a heavy consumer of butter. If you follow me anywhere…you know I use a lot of butter and a lot of olive oil. I love avocados I think my favorite vegetable is zucchini I like lots of good lean proteins like ground turkey and chicken I have fruits like raspberries, strawberries, bananas – whole foods in my my refrigerator. You will rarely find many processed snacks in my pantry. I will say when I am going to make myself a snack, it usually takes me about five minutes to make this snack… You can always prepare the meals in advance. My favorite snack right now is ranch dip and cucumbers.
Austin hopes her photos in SI Swimsuit will inspire other women to “feel their best.”
“That’s really what Sports Illustrated Swimsuit stands for,” she said. “They want everyone to feel their best, to feel authentically themselves and not change who they are. They feature such a breadth of different women, which is so powerful because not many posts have such a variety of women. ….Each girl has a different mission.Mine is to empower girls and women to feel their best through health and fitness, which is what I am currently doing.