Working Out With Shaun T - (Stacia Naquin)

By: Stacia Naquin
By: Stacia Naquin

Sure, he's whipped you into shape in your living room. But here's what it's REALLY like to workout with the one-and-only Shaun T in person.


Our last blog post featured our KKTV interview with fitness guru and Insanity-creator Shaun T. But what we didn’t get to focus on was what happened AFTER the interview... the workout... LIVE and in person with Shaun T. I mean – this guy has whipped us into shape in our living rooms. But in person?! It was a TOTALLY different experience. So I grabbed a couple of my workout buddies who were there to help me explain what it was like to workout with – the one and only – Shaun T!!! Welcome my guest fit bloggers... (from L to R with me) Maida, Susan and Torie!
You could call this our “BEFORE” picture.
Stacia: So what were you all thinking about going into the workout? Were you nervous? Excited? Cause I was terrified! Haha Insanity is HARD!!! And with Shaun T there in front of me? I knew there was no way I could slack off.
Susan:  I was so excited!!!  I was also very nervous.  I love doing the workout, but I was scared my form might be wrong and I didn't want to mess up in front of Shaun T.  I was actually scared I would disappoint him.
Torie: I was so nervous! Even though I had done the whole program before and felt completely strong at the end, I hadn’t done it about 2 months! I was nervous I was going to throw up with Shaun T right in front of me!!!
Stacia: hahaha well Maida was SUPER brave. She had never even done one of these workouts!
Maida: I had always wanted to try Insanity. When Stacia posted it on Twitter, it seemed like a chance of a lifetime to actually do it for the first time with Shaun T. 
Stacia: So what did you think when you saw Shaun T for the first time in person?
Torie: SO SURREAL!! I mean I worked out with him with me for 60 days on my TV... and now he is here, standing in front of me! He was so down-to-earth and genuine…..and HUGE!!!
Maida: He was HUGE!  His abs, of course, were incredible, but his TRICEPS were insane.  I also liked that he was just smiling all the time.
Stacia: And Susan you had a close encounter before the workout even started!
Susan:  He walked out of a door right in front of me and I was like "Wow!  Shaun T. is right there!!!!"  I've been doing Insanity for 3 months, so you almost feel like you know Shaun T and the rest of the Insanity crew on the videos.  It's almost like your friends.  It was super exciting to see him, but you still feel comfortable around him because you see him daily during your workout.  
Stacia: I definitely thought the ENTIRE workout was tough. But what did you think was the toughest part in particular?
Susan:  Yeah, the whole workout was tough.  I wanted to do awesome, so I was really pushing myself on every exercise.  I could not give up with Shaun T. right there!
Maida: Those mountain climbers were exhausting, but the move that I struggled with was the one where you touch each knee then touch each heel. I kept laughing at myself because I just could not get that move down. I felt totally uncoordinated. LOL!
Stacia: haha we’ve ALL had those moments. And I think he called us each out at some point during the workout – to work that much harder. But it’s Shaun T. So, ya gotta DIG Deeper!!! Especially when he's looking at ya haha
Torie: Well, I thought I was about to DIE just during the warm-up! So quickly I got out of shape! But I kept trucking and digging deep! But the hardest part for me during the whole thing was the mountain climbers! He came right in front of me as I was doing them, put his arm up to the height of my knees and said if I stopped EVERYONE would have 30 seconds more of mountain climbers! Heck no I wasn’t stoppin’!! Just as the minute was dragging on, he said, “if her knees don’t touch my hand each time, then I’m adding 30 more seconds for EVERYONE!” Y’all, I was dying!!!!
Stacia: haha you did great! And I've got the pic to prove it!! We were all screaming for you!!
Stacia: So what did you all get out of working out with Shaun T in person?
Susan:  He is a genuine person.  He is super nice and very motivating.  He is not playing a part.  He truly loves working out and helping people get fit and healthy.  He had to be super tired after already leading an 8 hour STRIDE workshop, but he still took the time to meet each of us.  I'm even a bigger fan of him now! ((Here is Susan with Shaun T after the workout))
Maida: As exhausted as he was, he was still so genuine and so gracious. I thought that spoke volumes. And watching people who have done the whole Insanity program telling him that he changed their lives was so inspiring. Also, I got a great photo with him showing off our big guns!
Torie: It totally got me re-energized to get started back up on a fitness routine, not just run a couple miles here and there, but really push myself again to make time for and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Stacia: I walked away re-inspired too. I've got to make fitness a priority in my schedule! When he led this class, he had been up for almost 24 hours!! And here HE was, pushing through this crazy-tough workout. The way I figure it… if Shaun T can fit a workout into his schedule… so can I. Especially if I've got my girls with me!!! (and of course, Shaun T)
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