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!!


Denise has been truly invaluable on my journey to a healthier mind and body.  I was not looking for a quick fix for anything - I was looking for changes that would support a more focused, empowered, balanced approach in my life.  Her compassionate understanding, constructive advice and encouragement helped me now live in a way that I wasn't sure was even possible for me. Denise is, by far, one of the best listeners I have ever experienced.  Her entire focus during the session is on you - understanding completely what you are feeling and saying.  She takes incredible notes, and uses them to recommend imaginative, academically researched food and exercise solutions.   Her journaling suggestions also helped me uncover a long buried enjoyment of creative writing. 

I now have a food relationship that is whole, healthy and colorful.  I have exercise and body movement sessions that I look forward to doing as much as the strength and energy I feel for having done them.  My heart has a more direct conduit to my mind through writing. I feel more intentionally centered than I can recall ever having felt.

Denise has been huge in my ability to take what is so great about the wisdom from experience that being in your 40's has to offer, and fuel it with nutrition, exercise and emotional balancing practices that will serve me as I look forward to the next chapter of my life.  All of my relationships - personal and professional - are benefiting from partnering with Denise for the past 6 months to set this foundation of balance of health.  Thank you, thank you for taking this journey with me, Denise.  I simply cannot recommend your coaching enough!!