Shaun T. was born on May 2, 1978 and is an American fitness trainer and choreographer best known for his Insanity and Hip-Hop Abs home fitness programs for adults and children. Shaun is 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) tall and weighs 175 pounds (79 kg).
Shaun T. was raised in Camden, New Jersey and grew up playing football and baseball and running track. He attended Rowan University, where he received his BS in Sports Science and minored in Theater/Dance. While there he was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. After gaining 50 pounds in his freshman year of college, Shaun changed his course of study and became interested in fitness. He now lives in New York City.
Shaun T's career began as a health and fitness specialist/personal trainer and health program manager at Wyeth, a multi-national pharmaceutical company. He also worked at a number of fitness chains, including Equinox Fitness. Shaun began dancing in college, when, at 21, he was required to teach an aerobics class as a part of his Sports Science degree and became an aerobics instructor. After graduating from Rowan University, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a choreographer, dancer and trainer. His first professional work as a dancer was for Mariah Carey. While Thompson was teaching a popular fitness class at Equinox Fitness, he was approached by representatives of Beachbody, LLC. and asked to submit a demo for a workout video.
Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon launched the Beachbody fitness company in 1998, and had early success in 2001 with Power 90, an in-home boot camp-style program and later with P90X, hosted by fitness guru Tony Horton. Beachbody was looking to augment their line of fitness DVDs with an intense workout, and Thompson answered the call with what would become the "Insanity" series, which was released in 2009. It was dubbed 'the hardest workout put on DVD' and sold via infomercials. Insanity is a workout regimen similar to P90X in that it claims to improve fitness through strenuous stamina, but is meant to be tougher than P90X in that it delivers results in only 60 days (as opposed to the 90-day regimen in P90X). Insanity's advertising emphasizes "max interval training", a method of exercising during which one works out strenuously for 3–4 minutes and then rests or "cools down" for approximately 30 seconds before starting the whole process over again. This is essentially a reversal of traditional interval training, during which participants exercise vigorously for 30 seconds and then cool down for 3-4 minutes.