As an elite personal trainer and creator of the hugely popular Insanity program, Shaun T knows fitness. Now he’s hosting ABC’s new weight loss competition My Diet Is Better Than Yours – where five average Americans are paired with a celebrity trainer to help them shed pounds. The winning team will be featured in PEOPLE. Shaun T will be blogging exclusively about what really went down after every episode – check back each week and follow him on Twitter @shauntfitness.
You might find this kind of vain but hear me out: the saying goes, “the camera adds 10 lbs.” So I have to give some major love to my makeup artist, Zoe Simone, and my wardrobe stylist, Brandon Barker! Because of the hard work they do, I look at the screen and say, “Damn, that’s me? Shaun T is fiiiine.” Haha!
Although to enhance my look and make sure I didn’t gain 10 lbs, I did get up and run a 5k almost everyday while filming in Atlanta. Honesty moment #1: I HATE seeing myself on camera if I haven’t worked out. When I’m watching myself, I pick at all the things I need to work on or maybe the things I don’t like. Then again, normally when I’m on TV I’m not looking at myself because I’m usually in push-up position dying in a pool of sweat or too busy cursing myself out waiting for the next break. Don’t we all look at ourselves and want to be better though? Every one of us has a goal and that’s what this show is about.
Goals are huge if you want to succeed. But wait, did you see Carolyn try to fit La’Tasha into her wedding dress? At first I was like “Oh my god, please don’t make her do that. We know she can’t fit it!” I cringed! When they walked into my gym at the weigh-in that week I could feel the tension in the room. It’s a good thing I’m not afraid of confrontation because sometimes it gets ugly at the scale—between Jeff and Jay, La’Tasha and Carolyn, and last week’s switch with Taj and Jovanka. I sleep very well at night because I always speak my mind. But the reality is, these people are showing America how hard it is to deal with the stress of finding the right plan for them. Eating is tough, but fitness is a whole different world.
I’ve been in the fitness industry for almost 18 years. I’m not gonna lie, because I am the creator of INSANITY, when I saw this week’s first milestone challenge (the stairs), I thought to myself, this is way too easy. I like when workouts are hard—hard in body and hard in mind. When I walked into the stadium, the stairs were so far away and they looked small. When I got closer to them and I saw how steep they were, I was like “Oh, somebody is going down in flames today!” (That’s my slang for saying, “toughness will ensue.”)
How many of you have tried to climb 250 stairs as fast as you can while not being at your fittest? It’s tough! And Anna and I were really rooting for the contestants. I will say this, it’s hard for me to sit back during the Milestone Challenges and let the experts do most of the work because that’s the space I love to be in: motivating people through toughness. I have to remind myself, “Shaun, you are not the trainer so mind!” I do get to motivate them along the way but it’s really tough not to take control.
Speaking of control, Jennifer came on the show with that Martial Arts training and self defense expertise and has really dug into Taj! She brought the words strong, safe and sexy to a whole new level. I bet you there will be no more #cookiegate on this show. I still can’t get over that damn cookie!
Another thing that was hard for me to get over was Jeff’s negative attitude at the second milestone challenge. I really love the guy and didn’t take anything personal, but I was frustrated because I saw his strength and saw that he didn’t really believe how strong he was.
I really enjoyed going to his house and what you didn’t hear is how upset he was with me because he thought I was calling him a quitter. I wasn’t. I was clearly stating that negative attitudes automatically make you fail. That’s when he realized he was his own barrier and he was causing his own issues internally and hindering his progress/journey. I do know that Jay’s, “The No Diet Plan” works wonders for your mind even though he likes to camp out in front of people’s homes. Maybe sleeping outside of my house wouldn’t be so bad. In all seriousness, when it comes to Jeff’s house, what I thought was really cool about this experience is that I was able to meet his son. For me, that made it so much more special. He was the only contestant that I was able to relate to on that level so hopefully it’s a bond we will always share.
When it comes to sharing, the experts are sharing their most important tips for you (the viewers) and their contestants to get results. Even I find the tips to be informative and interesting—so much so that I’m on a quest to try some of the tips and incorporate them into my life.
The first tip I tried was grass fed butter in my organic coffee. Check out my video with Abel James (The Wild Diet) on Facebook. Oh yeah, I literally called Abel on the phone and had him drop the science behind it all. Next, I want to get naked with Jovanka (The Superfood Swap Diet) to do an oil massage! If you want to see that, comment below.