Born as Shaun Thompson in Camden, New Jersey, he grew up in Philadelphia and was raised by his grandparents in Deptford Township, New Jersey, where he enjoyed football, baseball and running track as a student at Deptford Township High School. He received a bachelor's degree in sports science from Rowan University where he also minored in theatre and dance. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. After gaining 50 pounds in his freshman year of college, Thompson became interested in fitness and changed his course of study. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.