Q&A: Shaun T. on Sweat AC Festival

Michelle Mass | September 18, 2013 | The Latest Atlantic City Confidential Latest

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Shaun T. brings his high-powered Insanity workout to Atlantic City this weekend.

Sweat AC, the second-annual health and fitness event that features classes by top-notch celebrity trainers, comes to Caesars Atlantic City this weekend, September 21-22. We sat down with famed choreographer Shaun T., the creator of home fitness programs like Hip Hop Abs and Insanity, to discuss this year’s festival and staying fit when cold weather hits.

What are you most looking forward to with the Sweat AC festival?
SHAUN T.: Working out with my fans. I love being in a room with people who inspire me to dig deep in my workouts and in life.

What can attendees expect from your program this year?
ST: To be pushed to their ultimate fitness limits. Whether they do 50 pushups, or one modified pushup, I want them to do the best that they can do. Hopefully, it will leave them trusting and believing in themselves.

You’re well known for creating Insanity. Did you expect the response to be as widespread as it is?
ST: No! In fact, while shooting the first infomercial for Insanity, I told the producers that I wanted to say that Insanity is the ‘hardest workout ever put on DVD.’ They were afraid that my honesty would scare people away. I think my honesty challenged and motivated people to take the Insanity challenge. When people saw how great the results were, other people joined in.

Where did the idea for Insanity come from?
ST: My first day of high school track and field practice. It was from that training that I learned the essence of Insanity. After 60 days I was in the best shape of my life and I wanted people to feel that fit. I knew if I could get people to feel that way, [my] program would be successful.

What are your tips for staying in shape during the upcoming holidays, and what are some of your favorite forms of exercise besides Insanity?
ST: Find an exercise routine or workout that you love and commit to it. I am a tennis fanatic. I usually do one of my workouts in the morning and then play tennis with my husband Scott for about two hours in the afternoon. As for nutrition, try making 80% of your meals healthy and the rest of your meals the ‘fun foods’ that you love. And remember to always drink plenty of water.

Get tickets and see the full schedule for Sweat AC at sweatac.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY SHAUN T.’S MANAGEMENT TEAM

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