Get it Done with Shaun T


He pushed you past your limits. Challenged you to dig deeper than you thought possible. Made your abs beg for mercy. We sat down with fitness innovator and renowned trainer Shaun T to chat about all things FOCUS T25™  in this exclusive interview.

It’s a fact; Shaun T has brought you some of the hardest fitness programs on the planet. But that’s Shaun T, the fearless leader you know and love on the screen. What about Shaun T, the man?

His approach is the same with everything he does: no nonsense.

From his thoughts on Summit 2013 to tips on how to introduce his new program, FOCUS T25, now it’s our turn to dig deep into the mind of this elite fitness trainer.

What’s the ONE thing that sets FOCUS T25 apart, Shaun?

This 25-minute workout is jam-packed with everything you need to get an amazing workout with minimum equipment. It’s not overwhelming.

A lot of people think because it’s me it’s going be like INSANITY®, high intensity interval training—but really, it’s “progressive training.” Just when you think your body can’t take it anymore, I drop down the intensity level, but still focus on the muscle group we’re working on. No nonsense. No rest. Just results. 

Does FOCUS T25 have a modification option?

Yes. A lot people have said “I love working out with you, but I wish I had a modifier.” I made sure this workout has one: Tania. She’s very popular in the Insanity world. She just had a baby, and lost the baby weight with FOCUS T25. She’s someone that people can follow if they’re new to working out, and still get amazing results. 

How would you pitch this workout to a stranger on an elevator?

It’s the best 25 minutes of your life. Really, it’s the best 25 minutes of time you will spend in a day. If you want to work out and not waste time, this is the program for you.

Why do you think FOCUS T25 is the perfect fitness program for summer?

Beyond the whole 6-pack thing for the summer, a lot of people wish that working out didn’t take so long. FOCUS T25 doesn’t. 25 minutes is all you need to get results. I’m not going to waste your time.    

Coach Summit is here again. What’s your favorite part of the event?

My favorite part of Summit is the “Celebration” Show at the end. When you see peoples’ journeys and commitment, that’s what propels the Coaches for the next year—those stories. It’s the most touching part of the event. The working out, the signings, the parties, all that’s great fun, but to me the really important part is celebrating the success of the Coaches. It’s so inspirational.

The theme for Summit is “Dream Big.” What does that mean to you?

I want people to succeed at their individual goals. Whether it’s for their business or with their health, or both. I want people to really appreciate and love themselves for who they are. That’s the best feeling you can ever have.

Are you planning any big dance numbers like last year’s Celebration performance?

If I was I’m not telling. (Laughs).

Who inspires you?

My grandparents! They were the most giving, amazing people I’ve ever known. At age 70, my grandfather would take me on hikes because he loved to work out and keep healthy. He was also a pastor, and we would go to the Farmer’s Market and load up the station wagon with fruits and vegetables. Then, we would hand them out to the poorer neighborhoods in the community.  I was so inspired by that.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

My 1st grade teacher had a scroll of the Golden Rule in her classroom: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” As a child that simple idea blew my mind. It’s still the best piece of advice I’ve ever received and that’s how I live my life. I try to be as good as I can to people, and always try to pay it forward.

Extras: Quick Fire Round

What songs are currently on your ipod playlist?

The new Rihanna album. Hands in the Air from the Step Up revolution soundtrack. Anything Maroon 5. Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake. Even old school Dru Hill and Brandy. LOVE Brandy. The album Aphrodisiac—I can’t even tell you! 

If you hadn’t become a renowned fitness trainer, what would you be doing? Honestly, I would be doing the same exact thing I’m doing now—just on a much smaller scale. I would be happy teaching ten classes a week at the gym, because I know my classes would be full. I REALLY love what I do. Helping others, training people, dancing and working out. I would still be able to help people change their lives, and I would go home happy.