Hi, I am

Dena Anne Weiner

Physical Stats

Height:

5'6

Height:

5'6

Hair:

Blonde

Eyes:

Hazel

Stats:

34-25-32

Shoe:

7.5

Location:

Orange County, California

My Story

The beginning

The way my mother tells the story, from the moment I was born in Los Angeles, she knew I was going to be a fierce little competitor.  Put me on the floor with other babies and I could crawl faster, stand up longer and cry louder, alas her dainty little girl was destined to be a “Jock!  By age 4 I was ice skating and skiing; at 7, I was at the YMCA taking gymnastics, my “tomboy years”, included football and soccer with my brother.  It didn’t matter what the sport was – you would always find me in the middle of it, heading for the lead.

At 15, we moved to Orange County where I was on the USA Jr. Elite National Gymnastics Team,  training 4 to 6 hours a day for the ultimate goal of competing at the 1980 Olympics.

Broken Dreams

Unfortunately, President Jimmy Carter boycotted the USA team from participating in the Olympics that year.  Disappointed but undaunted, I moved forward and that very same year, I was thrilled to receive athletic scholarships to numerous colleges around the country.  I opted to attend UCLA for their great gymnastics team and coaches. Nicknamed “Tiger Geiger” by my teammates, I was enjoying gymnastics and everything associated with college life. By my senior year, I had grown 7 inches and blew my knee out while competing.

Marriage and Kids

I transferred to SDSU in San Diego to pursue a Business Degree in Marketing where, at age 19, I fell madly in love with my boyfriend, KR, and we’ve been together ever since!

After graduating college I started my career in the Mortgage Banking Industry while KR headed back East to attend Aviation Officers and Naval Jet Flight Training Schools. After KR graduated he was assigned to fly jets in San Diego. He looked so great in that uniform, I wasn’t about to let him get away!  We were married in July 1988 and over the next 3 ½ years I gave birth to our 3 sons. (We just celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary – still madly in love and going strong!)

In the early 90’s pursuing my version of the American Dream, I decided to stop working for others and started my own company in the Mortgage Industry.

Tiger Geiger's Comeback

Then, in 1994, at age 32, I attended a gymnastics reunion where my old teammates dared “Tiger Geiger” to compete in an upcoming fitness show.  Would I do it?  Could I do it? Here I was in my 30’s with 3 small babies at home (when most people set aside the dreams of their youth to follow more traditional roles).  I have to admit, after giving birth to 3 babies, virtually one right after the other; I was a little out of shape.  This challenge would give me the opportunity to get back in shape and compete again, which I greatly missed.  So, parroting a great line from an old war movie I said, “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!”  I knew I would have to rely on the talent and knowledge I had gained from my previous 14 years of intense gymnastics training and nutritional practices if I was going to be ready to compete in a fitness show.  I thought, it really couldn’t be that different from all the other competitions I participated in – Oh Boy was I wrong!

A Lesson Well Learned

I will never forget that first show - What a humbling experience! The Galaxy Fitness Show was held in Florida, January 1995.  I arrived at the show thinking I was prepared and ready to win.  As soon as I walked through the door, I knew I was in trouble.  Although it was the middle of winter, beautiful women with impeccable make-up and great tans, were wearing custom bathing suits that highlighted every curve of their body and extremely high heals that accentuated and elongated their legs providing each woman with a leaner, toned on-stage presentation.  I stood beside them, white as a ghost (Tanning products - Never heard of them!)  At 5’6 in flat shoes with my hair in a ponytail and absolutely no make-up on, I must have looked like a little girl.  Adding insult to injury, I was wearing my favorite bathing suit, one that made me look really HOT – or so I thought!  Yikes, I just had a crash course in “Preparation PLUS Presentation make a Lasting Impression on Stage” A Lesson WELL Learned!

To the Present

Fast forward 16 years.  As of today I have competed in 85 fitness and figure shows worldwide under 14 different affiliations and the majority of my National and International Titles were won in my 40’s!  In November 2005, at age 43, I was the oldest woman to ever win the Fitness America Pageant. Another fitness affiliation I participate in,   Ms Fitness recommended me to the producers of an ABC reality TV show called “Wife Swap” I found this experience to be extremely rewarding.  Through the implementation of health, fitness and nutritional programs, combined with positive attitude and mental toughness I was able to help transform an entire family’s lifestyle.  Since the show first aired and even today as it is seen in reruns around the world, I continue to receive letters from viewers asking for advice and assistance in creating a healthier lifestyle for their families.    

Throughout my experiences I’ve learned that “you’re never too old AND it’s never too late to achieve the Ultimate Fit Life!

Education

Education Level / Academic Achievments

Graduated from Mission Viejo High School top 10 in my class. GPA 3.76. I was awarded an athletic scholarship to UCLA for gymnastics. I then transferred to SDSU to pursue my Business Marketing degree. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration Marketing.

Mortgage and Fitness

I have owned my own Mortgage Banking Corporation since 1991. I hold a California Real Estate License and a NMLS Morgage banking lic.ense. I am a Loan officer and processing consultant.

I have finished and received my personal training certification: FITA Fitness, INC. 500 hours of Fitness Certifications: personal Training, Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology and Practical Application Academy.

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal training program.

Website:

Email:

Training History

years in training

All my life in sports.

years competing

1995 to Current:
85 fitness shows and figure shows.
Competitions and Guest appearances.

why did i start training

I have been a competitive athlete all my life. It is a way of life, a life style for my entire family. I am a role model for my children. Stay active and stay healthy, no matter what age you are. I motivate and encourage people that I come in contact with about the importance of being healthy and fit in body, mind and spirit!!!

Accolades

1976

National ranked gymnast
1976 to 1979

1977

USA Gymnastics Jr. Elite Nat. Team
Member.(Till 1979)

California state gymnastics champion

USA Gymnastics Jr. Elite national Team member

1978

USA Gymnastics Jr. Elite national Team member

2nd Place Jr. Elite USA Gymnastics Nationals.

1980

1980 to 1985 Gymnastics athletic
scholarship to UCLA  and
San Diego State University.

1995

1st place Ms. Fitness California

1996

1st place Ms. Fitness Pacific Coast

1st place Ms. Fitness Grand Prix

ESPN 11 Fitness America Series (96, 97, 98, 00 and 02)

Ms. Fitness USA Finals
(96, 98, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08)

1st place Ms. Fitness West Coast

Ms. Galaxy Obstacle Course competition
(96, 97 & 98)

Fitness America Pageants
(96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 02, 04, 05)

1998

8th Place Ms. Fitness USA Finals

2nd place Ms. Fitness National

1999

6th place NPC Fitness USA

3rd place Natural Olympia

4th place NPC Fitness Nationals

2002

1st place Ms. Fitness Universe

2003

1st place Ms. Fitness San Diego

11th place Ms. Fitness World Championships

1st Place Natural Fitness Olympia in New Zealand

6th place Ms. Fitness USA Finals

1st Place Ms. Figure at World Cup in Australia

3rd place Natural Figure Olympia in New Zealand

2004

1st place Ms. Fitness San Diego

1st Place Fitness routine round
Ms. Fitness USA

1st Place Natural Fitness Olympia

9th place Fitness America Pageant

11th place Ms. Fitness USA Finals

1st place Super Bowl of Figure

1st place Natural Fitness Universe

2005

14th place Ms. Fitness USA Finals

Fitness America Pageant 2005:

1st Place Winner!!!

1st place Ms. Fitness Nevada

3rd place Ms. Fitness Universe

Excalibur NPC open 2005:

3rd Place Open Figure Tall

2006

OCB Pro-Amateur Spring Nationals 2006:

1st place Masters Figure /
2nd place open figure

Muscle Beach Classic 2006:

1st place Master's Figure /
2nd place Open Figure Muscle

Team USA 2006:

1st place Open Figure /
Guest appearance Paris Fitness

Natural Universe 2006:

1st place Master's Figure /
2nd place Open Figure Over all

Musclemania 2006:

Opening number, guest appearance /
2nd place figure tall

NPC California 2006:

5th place Open Figure - Tall Class

San Diego Natural Classic 2006:

1st place Open Figure

OCB Yorkton Cup 111 Nationals 2006:

3rd place Master's and Open Figure

Classic Bikini America 2006:

5th place

2007

Ironman NPC Fittest Couple 2007

2nd place with pairs fitness partner
Rado Pagacs

Muscle Beach Int. Classic Memorial Day 2007

1st place Master's Figure /
2nd place Medium Class

NPC-NPC Masters Nationals 2007

10th place 45 and over Figure Class

Triple A Aerobics and Fitness Championships

1st place Pairs Fitness

Team USA 2007

1st place Gold Medal in Fitness

Triple A Aerobics and Fitness Universe

1st place Open Figure

Classic Bikini America 2007

3rd place Open Figure

Natural Universe 2007

1st place over all
Pairs - Fitness / Bodybuilding with
Rado Pagacs

Fas Net Barton's Show 2007

1st Place overall figure / guest appearance Pairs Fitness

Muscle Beach 4th of July 2007

1st Place in Masters Figure / 1
1st Place in Medium Open figure

Muscle Beach Classic Labor Day 2007

1st Place Pairs Bodybuilding /
2nd place in Masters and Open Figure

Titas FAME Hollywood Show

Guest appearance in Pairs Fitness /
1st place in Fitness

Natural Universe 2007

2nd place Open Figure &
2nd place Open Physique

Classic Bikini America 2007:

5th place

2008

Clash of the Female Titan

Overall winner - figure and model

FAME World Championships in Toronto, Canada

4th place in PRO Fitness & PRO Figure

Muscle Mania Championship 2008/11

Guest appearance - Open number for Paris fitness routine

INBA/NBA Fitness & Bodybuilding Hall of Fame 2008/11

Inducted to Hall of Fame

Natural Olympia in Thessaloniki, Greece

1st place

NPC National Qualifier 2008/10

Guest appearance with Rado - Pairs Fitness

LA Fitexpo, Fittest Couple Contest

1st place, cash prize, and interview

Clark Barton's Fas Net Fitness and Model Show

1st Place overall Fitness winner

Ms. Fitness USA 2008/9

Finals 12th place Open - Reno, Nevada

Masters Bikini American 2008/11

1st place

INBA Natural Olympia 2008/11

2nd place Figure

Natural Olympia in Thessaloniki, Greece

1st place pairs bodybuilding / fitness

2009

Toronto Canada for Neutron Pro/Am International for Fitness October

PRO AM International in Toronto, Canada

1st place winner!!!

Classic Fitness America

2nd place Masters Figure

Labor Day Muscle Beach Classic 2009

1st place pairs fitness with Rado

Classic Fitness America Las Vegas, Nevada

4th place Classic Fitness America

Toronto Canada/America Nuetron Show

1st place International Fitness

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