Shaun T is a fitness motivator, trainer, choreographer, Motivational speaker, entrepreneur and a TV personality. Over the years, Shaun T has succeeded in making a name for himself in the fitness industry by developing Hip-Hop Abs, T25, and Insanity – home fitness programs for both adults and children.
Here is all you need to know about the fitness trainer whose successes in this field has brought him on high-profile talk shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, Doctors, The Tyra Banks Show, and even on health shows like the Dr. Oz Show.
Shaun T Bio
His full name is Shaun Thompson and he was born on the 2nd of May 1978, in Deptford, New Jersey. His love for fitness and staying healthy began when he choose to study Sports Science at the Rowan University. As a teen and young adult, Shaun T played not just football but also baseball and participated in track events during his high school days.
Shaun began dancing at Rowan as he had to minor in Theater/Dance, he also began teaching aerobics which was a part of his degree requirement. He subsequently, became an aerobics instructor. With a B.A in Sports Science and a minor in Theater/Dance, the now fitness expert moved to L.A ready to go all the way in the fitness and wellness industry.
In Los Angeles, he kicked off his career as a dancer, choreographer, and trainer and his first professional job was with singer Mariah Carey. Subsequently, he worked at Wyeth as both a personal trainer and a health program manager. He also worked in a couple of other fitness outlets including Equinox Fitness.
It was during his time at Equinox Fitness that a representative from Beachbody approached him to submit a demo for a workout video. This gave birth to his first video work-out program Hip-Hop Abs in 2003. The video did so well that it became the top-selling workout program in the country by 2007.
In 2009, he came up with another program, Rockin’ Body. In that same year, Shaun T in collaboration with Beachbody launched another workout program – Insanity. Insanity is a 60-day intense total body conditioning workout program, which became known as the hardest workout on DVD and was sold through TV ads.
Due to the toughness of the workout, Shaun T was invited on several high-profile talk shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, Doctors, The Tyra Banks Show, and Dr. Oz Show. Following the huge success recorded with Insanity, Shaun launched with other programs: Insanity: The Asylum, and Insanity: The Asylum Vol.2, both workouts were based on exercise drills used by professional athletes.
These were followed up by Insanity Max 30, Cize and Focus T25. His other work out videos includes Get Real with Shaun T (Exercise video for pre-teens), Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club (Exercise video for ages 7 and up) and the most recent SHAUN week. He has also worked with Boost Athletic Shoes, Nike, Radio Shack, LA Lakers, and has appeared on The Late Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, CNN, HBO’s Six Feet Under and, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
At the end of 2017, Shaun T began an experiment to find out how much his intake of alcohol has affected and is affecting his workout routine. After a bad hangover, the fitness expert who has not particularly been a terrible drinker decided to quit drinking until his 40th birthday in May 2018, but he is currently considering quitting drinking forever.
His Net Worth
The fitness guru is currently worth $10 million. His earnings are majorly from his workout videos. From the beginning of his career up until now, Shaun T has released eleven exercise video series. The most recent is SHAUN Week which was released in 2018.
Is He Gay, Who Is His Husband?
After several years of hiding, Shaun T has finally came out as gay in October 2012, introducing his partner Scott Blokker to the world. A few months later, the couple made their union legal.
Scott would later reveal how T had struggled with his sexual orientation for so many years and how he hated himself for being gay. He added that Shaun gathered the courage to come out of the closet, thanks to his workout partner who gave him the push he needed.
Like his partner, Scott Blokker also has a background in athletics: he played professional soccer for six years before quitting to run the family business.
The couple welcomed their first children – a set of twins Sander Vaughn and Silas Rhys on November 17, 2017, via a surrogate.
Shaun stands at the height of 6″0 inches (183 cm) and weighs 190 pounds (86 kg). His other body measurements are not known.
He has a brother named Ennis Thompson. Shaun T revealed in his memoir T Is for Transformation, that he was sexually abused from age eight to twelve.
His favorite food is French fries and rest motivates him. The talent he would love to have is acting, unfortunately, that is what he is worst at doing.