Shaun Jenkins has learned a thing or two over the past 10 years in the fitness industry. Now the senior training manager at Tone House, the Brooklyn native focuses his energy on three things regularly: his jewelry line debuting next month, working on his non-profit No Bull Sports, and being the best, fittest man he can be. And at 41 years old, he shows no sign of slowing down.
We caught up with this 24-7 hustler and Revere ambassador recently to learn more about his why. Jenkins offers up essential fitness advice for beginners and veterans alike as well as a Revere protein shake hack that will forever change the way you look at your morning coffee.
Revere: Talk to us about your average morning.
Shaun Jenkins: A typical morning is very early. I’m up around 5:00 a.m. to walk my puppy, a brand new English bulldog. I love coffee. So after that I’m usually drinking that and I'm watching ESPN or some level of news. I get in a killer workout, and then heading into the office for Tone House. Maybe it's a couple of classes and then having some meetings throughout the day.
OK, so you’re a coffee guy. What else do you have in the morning before you get after it?
I’ve figured out how to maximize my caffeine and protein intake. I now am a big fan of doing Revere protein with my coffee, it’s my crutch. So I blend them together, and then I’m on the move.
Like, in a Magic Bullet?
Exactly. The chocolate Revere post-workout, and if I need a little extra fat I’ll put some MCT oil in there. I’m telling you, it’s amazing.
What about the rest of your day? Talk to us about what your diet looks like.
I came to this realization about three months ago that I had a lot of muscle mass and size. Being 41 years old, I was really feeling the weight on my joints. It feels great to be a strong guy, but I wasn't feeling amazing in my movement patterns. So I began to scale back my intake on food and clean up my diet. It’s a lot of chicken and avocados and sweet potatoes. But I still have my burgers and fries on the weekends. I still have my scotch and cigars.
Break it down by meal, yeah?
I’ll start out with three hard-boiled eggs and an avocado as my breakfast Monday through Friday. For lunch, it’s some sort of chicken with a vegetable. Moving to maybe a snack, another one or two hard boiled eggs with another avocado. Then dinner. The goal is just meat and vegetables. I make an effort to limit my carbohydrates. And this is just Monday through Friday. On the weekend, I just like to have a good time.
What kind of advice would you offer someone who feels that they can't build that kind of diligence into their schedule?
Set a goal. Either you want to be able to run a mile or maybe you’re training for a specific lift or exercise. You need a diet that fits that particular goal. Simply put, you’ll need to plan ahead and meal prep. I do a lot of my this on Sundays, and probably boil about 8 to 10 eggs at a time. I put them in the fridge, and then make chicken, and just portion it throughout the week. But what you need to remember is that it takes time for everything to work. Your body needs a while for it to re-acclimate and re-adjust to the new goals that you've set in place. Give or take three to four weeks.
What was your diet like before you rejiggered it to where it is now?
All over the place. I wasn't really thinking about what I was eating. It was just more about the level of food in.
What kind of hydration are you talking about on the regular?
I'm a huge fan of sparkling water. I probably get close to a gallon a day. It’s hard to stay on top of it, you know. There are days when I realize that I’ve had no water. Especially on Monday meeting days, because I don’t want to be continuously in and out of the bathroom. But by the end of the day, I try to catch back up to where I should be.
Obviously your motivation is on point to take care of your body. Talk to me about what gets you motivated when it comes to working out.
My biggest motivation is that I'm surrounded by younger guys, constantly. All of my employees are about 15 to 20 years younger than me. It keeps me young and energetic, because mentally I'm going, okay I want to be my best self. That doesn't mean I can compete at their level. But it does mean that I can maintain my body and have a business and thrive. My environment is my motivation.
What are your goals personally going forward?
I want to take this 41-year-old body into my seventies. I’m trying to maintain this level activity. No, I won't be as strong as I am now, but just maintaining the physical aesthetic and ability to just work out efficiently. That's really my goal. I want to rob the fountain. I'm going to be the fountain of youth, a Benjamin Button.
For someone who sees you and wants to achieve that level of fitness, but is at square one, what would you say to them?
Start simple. Rome wasn't built in a day. Start out with basic fundamentals. Maybe you do a little bit of running, some sprinting, and then build on that. You don’t have to automatically jump into lifting heavy. I always tell people, do some push-ups, do some pull-ups. Make a solid foundation. You can develop an amazing body, you just have to be patient and diligent. Start simple, and be open to new ideas.