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Insanity’s Shaun T Has ZERO Excuses

Shaun T didn't mind our sweat and posed with us after the workout. (Photo courtesy of Jackie Lebowitz)

You’ve probably seen this guy before, kicking major butt in infomercials and on daytime talk shows (he’s Dr. Oz-approved!)—or maybe you’ve cleared your living room furniture out of the way to workout with the fitness legend, himself. Regardless, one thing is for sure: Shaun T is insane. In an amazing, fat-blasting way.

We felt the Insanity burn first-hand, thanks to Shaun T’s Max Interval Training techniques, at a recent POWERADE ZERO Excuses event. Power Jumps, sprints and a glimpse of Shaun T’s glistening 6-pack had us echoing the lyrics of one of the Rihanna workout tracks, “Where have you been all my life?” After toweling off our sweat, we sat down with Shaun T to talk about fitness fuel, recovery and his gym bag essentials. Here’s what we learned from the personal trainer/choreographer:

It’s all about the finish. Any Insanity or Asylum fan will tell you that Shaun T’s Beachbody workouts are tough. Instead of giving in to those aching muscles, focus on ending your workout on a high note. “How you finish your workout is how you’ll start the next one,” Shaun T reminded us throughout the class. “All you have to say is I can do this.” Fight through that last set for future fab results!

Work out when it works for you. “For me, I always find it better to work out when I’m most motivated,” said Shaun T. “Working out in the morning feels great because it starts me off on the right track.” Find your best performance time, schedule exercise accordingly and stick with it! After completing his 60-day challenge, Shaun T suggests taking about two weeks of recovery for ultimate toning.

Boost your energy. To give yourself the most fit advantage, Shaun T suggests fueling up with five meals a day, especially when increasing your training. The more fit you are, the more energy your body needs! Shaun T enjoys granola and peanut butter or cinnamon oatmeal in the morning, 30-45 minutes before exercising.

Gym bag must-haves. Shaun T needs more than the typical towel, water and sports drink for a successful sweat sesh. Wrist sweatbands, Energy and Endurance Formula, ChapStick, two extra shirts and a computer—to follow and log workouts—are all considered his essentials. His most random but necessary item? Mints! “People always want to talk up close after I workout,” Shaun T joked.

Training with the stars. It seems like Shaun T has done it all – theater, television the big screen, shaping up our favorite celebs. The list goes on and on so what’s next? “In my 20s I did a lot of the races. I did marathons, I did half marathons,” he said. “As I get older, it’s about just really concentrating on being functional and making sure the form is good…to get the best results for my muscles.” With that being said, he is always willing to try something different like, most recently, tennis. “I’m never starstruck because like, it’s just not my personality. But Serena Williams, oh my God! I would love to work with her.”

Now tell us: Have you tried Insanity?

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