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Shaun T. Fitness
|Other names||Shaun T|
|Alma mater||Rowan University (B.S.)|
|Occupation||Physical Fitness Expert, Presenter|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Scott Blokker (m. 2012–present)|
Shaun T (born May 2, 1978), is an American motivational speaker, fitness trainer, fitness motivator, businessman, television personality and choreographer. He is best known for his home fitness programs for adults and children which include T25, Insanity and Hip-Hop Abs.
Life and career
Shaun T was raised in Deptford, New Jersey. He grew up playing football, baseball and running track. He attended Rowan University where he received his bachelor's degree in Sports Science and minored in Theater/Dance. While there, he was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. After gaining 50 pounds in his freshman year of college, Shaun T became interested in fitness and changed his course of study. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
His career began as a health and fitness specialist. He also became a personal trainer and health program manager at Wyeth and also worked at a number of fitness chains, including Equinox Fitness. Shaun T began dancing in college, at 21 years old. He was required to teach an aerobics class which was part of his Sports Science degree and then became an aerobics instructor. After graduating from Rowan University, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a choreographer, dancer and trainer. His first professional work as a dancer was for Mariah Carey. Shaun T was teaching a fitness class at Equinox Fitness where he was approached by representatives of Beachbody and asked him to submit a demo for a workout video.
Home fitness programs
Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon launched the Beachbody fitness company in 1998. They were looking for new fitness workout home videos. They approached Shaun T who submitted a demo which would later be called "Insanity", released in 2009. It was termed "the hardest workout put on DVD". It was sold through TV ads. Because of the difficulty of the workout and its popularity, Shaun T has been a guest on the The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Doctors and the Dr. Oz Show.
Shaun T's first work for Beachbody, Hip Hop Abs was released in 2003. In 2007, it was the top selling workout video in the United States.
- 2019: Transform :20
- 2017: Shaun Week
- 2015: Cize (Exercise video series, tagline "The end of exercise")
- 2014: Insanity Max 30 (Exercise video series)
- 2013: Focus T25 (Exercise video series)
- 2012: Insanity: The Asylum Vol. 2 - Elite Training Series (Exercise video series)
- 2011: Insanity: The Asylum (Exercise video series)
- 2009: Insanity (Exercise video series)
- 2008: Rockin' Body (Exercise video series)
- 2008: Shaun T's Fit Kids Club (Exercise video for ages 7 and up)
- 2008: Get Real with Shaun T (Exercise video for pre-teens)
- 2007: Hip Hop Abs (Exercise video series)
- "Shaun T biography and description". People.com. https://people.com/bodies/shaun-t-responds-to-body-shamers-who-called-him-too-skinny/. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
- Shaun T Biography from www.shauntfitness.com
- Coach Wayne, Interview for Team Ripped
- IMDB biography
- Juzwiak, Rich (2012-10-15). Insanity Creator Shaun T Comes Out via Retweet. Gawker/. http://gawker.com/5951917/insanity-creator-shaun-t-comes-out-via-retweet. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
Twitter items referred to by Gawker (may require registration to view):
- Coloreo, Alex (2012-10-14). "The two most amazing people in the entire world". twitter. https://twitter.com/alex0reo/statuses/257270542552424448. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
- Cuff, Marcia (2012-10-14). "What an amazing journey". twitter. https://twitter.com/PlainCrepes/statuses/257555252595806208. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
- Shaun T (2012-10-14). "the hubby and the BFF!". twitter. https://twitter.com/PlainCrepes/statuses/257555252595806208. Retrieved 2012-10-16. — With "the homie", Shaun T is referring to Scott Blokker, while Marcia Cuff is "the BFF".
- "Insanity Workout - Extreme Home Workout DVD - Insanity Workout Reviews". beachbody.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110209230919/http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/insanity.do. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
- 11/08/2010. "Shaun T's Insanity Fitness - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/video/shaun-insanity-fitness-workout-routine-build-muscle-lose-weight-12089954. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
- "Fitness Review: Beach Body Insanity DVD Workout Program". Webmd.com. http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/fitness-review-beach-body-insanity-program. Retrieved 2011-02-14.