In 1974, there was one class in school I couldn’t wait to take and that was P.E. My 5th grade gym teacher Miss Bobbie Reider, was fit, smart, and motivating. My dream was to one day become a P.E. teacher just like her.
In 1985, I graduated from Hope College – a small, liberal arts school in Holland, Michigan with a BS in Exercise Science and Dance Education. Instead of teaching after graduation, I won an internship at Coors Wellness Center in Golden, Colorado. The hands-on experience with one-on-one training was more than anyone could ask for when going into the field of exercise, personal training and healthy living. Without ever taking a paycheck what I gained at Coors was priceless.
In 1989, I landed an interview with Jane Fonda for a job in Santa Barbara, California. With sweaty hands and nerves that shook like leaves, I met the pioneer of aerobics in the front-yard of her cottage at Laurel Springs. Her ranch – high above the city of Santa Barbara – became my new home, as I got the job and started as a personal trainer for guests at her spa retreat. Between Melanie Griffith, Ally Sheedy, and numerous others, I realized training Hollywood celebrities was what I wanted to do. Jane’s ranch was short lived as her life headed to Atlanta, Georgia. So… I headed to Hollywood.
In 1992 and for the next thirteen years, I appeared as the Fitness Expert on the NBC Today Show with Katie Couric. I also trained numerous A-listers including Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Denise Richards, Claudia Schiffer, and Kim Basinger.
In 2009, I created a workout dvd for Kim Kardashian, “Kim Kardashian’s Body Beautiful”, which diverted the attention from her more “suggestive” video. The workout DVD created a guest appearance on the now infamous “Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s” show.
In 2011 I wrote my eighth book “MomEnergy” with Cindy Crawford’s accolades on the cover. All my books spread the message of healthy living.
My passion is educating people about healthy living and being a spokesperson allows for that. I only choose quality brands like American Lamb Board, USANA, Boniva, Pretzel Crisps, HealthyOnes, Hanes, Propel, Vaseline, Nasonex, Ragu, the Milk Board, Chilean Fruit, Mio Watches, Walkmill, Serta, and Enell.
And 2020, I still work tirelessly finding new ways to stay fit and healthy and adding new things to the mix. Introducing my new passion…acting. I’m “Denise King” in a new show called Rusty Camel on BTV. I can’t wait for you to check it out.