Denise Graef Fitness
Denise Graef Fitness
Certified Personal Training and Health Coaching

Stronger than you think

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Hi. I'm Denise...

Life is a journey.

Sometimes long. Sometimes hard. Sometimes it's a fight.

My desire is to help you in your journey. To help you improve your life through mental and physical fitness.

I've had RA (rheumatoid arthritis) most of my life. 

At one point, "the Doc" said I wouldn't make it past age 35.

But guess what? I'm a determined gal, and I don't give up.

So here I am (just a few years past 35 - wink wink)

For many years, my fitness journey (mental and physical) was a grind. A constant battle. It looked bleak in every way. Yet, I prevailed. And I believe you can too.

Join me on the fitness journey. 

I hope this helps or inspires you.



See what others are saying...


Denise Graef is an extraordinary personal trainer with tremendous versatility, knowledge and discipline -- and she is a lot of fun too!  I came to Denise in the worst shape of my life.  I was finally recovered from 3 major surgeries in 2 years, and she was just what I needed.   My overall strength and fitness has improved so much in such a short amount of time.   Her knowledge and versatility have been irreplaceable.

I HIGHLY recommend Denise as a personal trainer to anyone interested in increasing his or her physical conditioning.


My coach, Denise Graef, has helped me discover my inner athlete!! When I started Aqua Boot Camp and AquaStrength my body started to come alive.  I was able to do things in the water that were very hard or impossible for me on land. My balance, endurance and muscle tone improved and translated into my movement on land.  I am stronger, healthier and more confident in the physical realm.  Denise teaches and encourages in a positive, judgment-free environment. Her depth of knowledge helps her individualize for each person as she teachers and observes. Her sense of Fun makes effort a joy!  I value her knowledge, humor and inner strength to the moon and back!!


I began Aquastrength in February 2017.  I quickly learned how out of shape I was and in fact I was going to drop out of it but Denise talked with me and encouraged me to keep working, which challenged me a lot.  But after boot camp and Aquastrength for a year I am stronger than I ever could imagine.  Denise makes working out fun and I truly appreciate her energy and drive.