Denise Austin: Shrink Belly Fat DVD Review

Denise Austin Shrink Belly FatTitle: Denise Austin: Shrink Belly Fat

My Review:

Over the past year, I participated in the Nutrisystem #NSNation bloggers weight loss program and lost a total of 12 lbs. At my greatest loss while using the Nutrisystem meal plan, I lost a total of 17 lbs. I did all of this without working out, however. I have never enjoyed working out. Many of the at-home DVD programs that I have tried involve far too much fancy footwork for this clumsy girl. My other downfall along with not getting enough exercise is eating out and choosing the wrong types of food to eat. We have gone out a total of 4 times in the past week. At first I didn’t notice much of a difference in my weight or the way I felt, but today I woke up and saw a rounder belly that stuck out a bit too far for my liking. I always gain the first weight around my tummy area, although other parts of me look more slim. I spent the last 12 months going through a very hard journey, trying to learn how to eat better foods and taking care of myself physically.

I have had Denise Austin’s Shrink Belly Fat workout DVD in my house for weeks, but I could not find the motivation to start working out and keeping it up daily. It turns out that fear is a great motivator; I’ve bought a lot of new outfits to flatter my slimmer figure and I still want to look great in them. There are two things I need to do to make this happen: keep eating healthy foods and work out a little bit every day.

I chose to try Denise Austin’s Shrink Belly Fat DVD because I have an easier time working out when I have someone guiding me along in the process. Years ago, I had a personal trainer to help me get in shape. It’s more expensive to have a personal trainer than the cost of one DVD that I can use over and over for a flat price, so I wanted to make this work. This DVD in particular appealed to me because it promises “leaner abs in 15 minutes a day”. I know what I am telling myself, and what some of you are probably telling yourself; you don’t have 15 minutes a day to work out. Yes, both you and I do. Stop playing games on Facebook. Log off of your IM. TiVo your favorite 30-minute sitcom.

You may need the following items to begin your workout:

  • 1 hand weight (I began with a 5 lb. weight because I have a weak back)
  • Mat (I did not use one; our living room is carpeted and I had no problems whatsoever)

The next step is to choose your workout. You have three 15-minute workouts to choose from:

  • Cardio Abs
  • Athletic Abs
  • Classic Abs

You are given the option to work out with Denise Austin’s instructions, or to work out with music only. If you choose the music only option, you will still see Denise Austin and her workout crew doing all of the motions. This would be a great option to use when you are familiar with each of the workouts.

Cardio Abs

It had probably been nearly two weeks since the last time I’d popped in any sort of workout DVD when I decided to start with Denise Austin’s Cardio Abs. I wanted to start with this workout because I felt as if I’d gained several pounds in a single week, and this workout targets belly fat while burning calories.

This is a complete workout, beginning with a warm-up and then slowly picking up speed as the workout progresses. The routine includes twists, breathing exercises, side bends, punches, sidekicks, spider walk, lunges paired with twists and reaches, and so much more.

As a beginner, I found this to be a pretty challenging workout. There were a few moves I was unfamiliar with, such as the spider walk. That move really frustrated me, and I had to pause the DVD and rewind to try to keep up with them. It takes a lot of focus to be able to make it through this workout because so many things are happening. Not only did I get an ab workout, but I felt the burn in my arms, legs, and back as well. My recommendation is to watch this through workout once or twice before trying it out so you know what’s coming next.

Athletic Abs

If, like me, you are not very coordinated, I suggest watching this workout at least once (though maybe two or three times) before you get on the floor and try it out. Since I felt I did all right keeping up with the Cardio Abs portion of the DVD, I decided to jump right in with Athletic Abs.

The workout starts out simple enough with breathing and stretching techniques, and easing you into something she calls a Camel. As the workout progresses, the routine gets a little more complicated when there are at least three different moves to do during one exercise.

In order to make it through this workout, you’ll need to have good balance paired with arm and leg strength or you will find yourself toppling over more than once. I became so frustrated with some of the moves, especially the side crunches paired with pulling my leg in. Luckily, some of the moves are for more advanced users, so you can work your way up to accomplishing them.

The Athletic Abs workout will be a challenge to beginners; I was winded, sweaty, and thirsty not even five minutes through the workout.

Classic Abs

This workout contained all sorts of moves that I was already familiar with, making the easiest of the three 15-minute circuits on this DVD for me to get through. I felt it was the least physically demanding of the three workouts; you’re not required to do as much motion with your arms and legs in these classic moves. You also will not need weights for this circuit.

I was happy to see some familiar moves, such as the Bicycle, various crunches, and a variation on one of my most hated moves, the Plank. You’ll actually be asked to do two different Plank movements, and I had a difficult time making it through the Plank which required you to “walk” while holding the position.

Of the three workouts offered on this DVD, I recommend beginners start with Classic Abs and then as they become familiar with the requirements, move on to the other sections of the DVD.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


  1. Aimee C says

    This cracked me up, you sound just like me! My sick philosophy on eating out, and I am talking McDonalds and Taco Bell…is that if I do it I dont eat anything else all day. I know, not healthy. But the whole shebang isnt right? My biggest downfall is coca cola, I stopped for a long time but its like crack, I keep going back! :) I did lose over 30 pounds in course of year though on a serious note by taking walks on the beach at least 3 times a week and cutting out soda. :)

    • says

      I can’t remember the last time I ate Taco Bell…but I have a weak spot for McDonald’s every now and then. We have one up the street from us. When the weather is nicer (and who am I kidding? Even when it’s not!!) I occasionally walk up there. My downfall is the hash browns and the breakfast sandwiches, but I’m not a morning person so I never get there on time.

      We don’t keep soda at home anymore! That’s helped a LOT. But I do tend to order one when we go out to eat sometimes. I was good yesterday and drank diet, but then I ordered a regular one. D’oh!! I seriously need to put in this DVD, like NOW!

      Glad you can relate to this review. :-)

  2. Gina Brickell says

    I’m way too much like you.. I have a really hard time getting motivated to work out.. I would much rather watch what I eat and hope the pounds come off.. I know it’s not that easy, but I dread having to work out! I bought an elliptical so I could use it every morning and that didn’t last long. I really need to dedicate myself and get back into it. Maybe reading what all the bloggers are doing will give me motivation to do something..

  3. Julie Wood says

    I exercise 30 minutes a day by walking , and I do have some Denise Austin Tapes that I do! She really helps a person tone up and get into great shape!

  4. rebeka deleon says

    i want to get in shape after having my baby so i will def. look into getting an exercise video to help me out

  5. Jo Ann Moffatt says

    I have fibromyalgia and am on medication that has put about 20 pounds on me, mostly around my waist. With this medication most people gain at least 20 pounds. I wonder if this would be appropriate to use to try and get back my waist.

  6. Erika Birrell says

    Definitely can relate to this! I don’t know how many at home DVDs I’ve tried! I decided to stick with more sports like video games to help me stay in shape. This made my day!

  7. ANN*H says

    Thanks for the review on Denises’ DVD on losing weight. I lost 40 lbs at one time just by really watching every thing I ate I wrote it down if it was more than X amount of calories I would not eat it.BUT I entered a frame of mind that i wouldnt eat chocolate and donuts etc. I need to lose that weight again but im in a cant get away from snacks frame of mine and Im getting to old to alot of exercising. So Im all for these tips and suggestions.

  8. Melissa Simon says

    I definetly think I will try this. I have been to the gym and lost about 25 pounds but have plateaued from there. I’m bored of the gym and have tried Jillian Michaels at home, which is great, but my belly (and mid section period) is a problem area. I think this will be a help. Thank you for the review on it! :)

  9. Priscilla Benavides says

    Belly fat is the hardest place to burn fat and after having baby #4 in April I am planning on finally starting a plan to lose weight especially in that area! This DVD looks like it would help me get the job done, as well as good eating habits offcourse!

  10. Gayle Watkins says

    Thanks for this info. I was curious if this was just targeting the abs, and I see that it works out the whole body. My middle area is the one that needs most work, but it would be good to tone up other areas as well. Like you say, I always say I don’t have the time. I leave for work when it’s still dark, and when I get home, I don’t feel like doing anything. I need to find a time to work in some exercise.

  11. natasha brodsky says

    It doesn’t sound like you need much to get started with this and like it will work pretty well. :) I may just give this a shot!

  12. Kristy Miller says

    We are very similar. I am able to watch what I eat much easier than getting motivated to work out. It is something I need to improve on this year

  13. Anika Hughes says

    I would like to try this. I have been going through so many videos trying to find something to help me. My belly has gotten way too big from my 2 pregnancies. My youngest daughter is 10 months old now and my belly is still here. I’ll have to check this out. I love that Denise is so spunky lol.

  14. Lisa Burke Cook says

    I love Denise Austin I have several of her work out videos and they are so easy to follow as I am clumsy just like you! Thanks on this review I need to go get this to add to my work out video libary!

  15. Deb Dorrington says

    I have owned the Denise Austin Shrink Belly Fat DVD for a few months now and I am ashamed to say that I have never tried it. I did Weight Watchers during 2012 and lost 30 lbs. but I still have a bit of a tummy that I need to lose. I hate exercising, I swear I would rather be beat then After reading your posting I am going to give the DVD a shot.

  16. Cheyenne P says

    I’m so horrible when it comes to working out via DVD :( I always tend to find excuses not to do it if I’m within the comfy confines of my home. However I have plenty of friends and family that are way better at the necessary self control to do something like this on a regular basis. I’ll pass this info on to them :)

  17. Roberta Hornbeck says

    I used a Denise Austin workout video years ago and found it to be boring and didn’t give me any reason to try it again. Thanks for pointing out that some of her moves in this one are difficult.

  18. Lisa R says

    honestly there is something about her that bothers me. I’ve seen her workouts, maybe she seems too calm for me

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  19. Eva Mitton Urban says

    It is the hardest area, the muffin top, to lose. I have continued my weight loss regiment since February – lost 37 pounds – have hit a brick wall or plateau. Seemed to have lost weight on all parts except – belly. Will take all the tips and reviews of good workout videos to tame the bulge. Thanks.

  20. Donna Martin says

    i definitely need any kind of DVD workout because It help when I have someone guiding me along in the process.

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