About Coach Jimmy


Coach Jimmy, aka Jimmy Hays Nelson, was overweight from early childhood through his college years. Playing the ‘funny fat guy role’ Jimmy always surrounded himself with people in an attempt to compensate for the isolation he felt inside do to his weight. Many attempts were made during high school to drop the weight. Most started out promising, only to hit a snag or a relapse and result in more weight being put on than seeing any drop off.

After quitting college (for the 2nd time), he had given up on his dream of becoming a professional actor and found himself in his mid 20’s living in his parents house working at a local bar with very little ambition or direction.Little did he know working at that bar would ultimately change his life.One of Jimmy’s co-workers has having amazing success losing weight, and shared that he had been doing a DVD workout program from Beachbody called Power 90.After some skepticisim about working out to a DVD, Jimmy finally purchased the program and his life was never the same.He saw immediate results, found an amazing online support community, and never looked back.Success with Power 90 led to being one of the first people to do P90X when it was first released in 2003.His amazing results with P90X resulted in making the choice to help others as a Beachbody Coach.Because of that choice he had opportunities to go to live events where he became personal friends with Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler and P90X Creator Tony Horton.Tony & Jimmy hit it off immediately and has led to many personal workout session and Jimmy making guest appearances with Tony on QVC to promote P90X. Eventually those relationships led him to have the opportunity to audition and be cast in Shaun T’s revolutionary workout program INSANITY®.

Now, instead of being a struggling actor who had to take every miserable side job just to make ends meet, he is a stay at home dad and co-founded NELSONGY FITNESS, and now THECOACHJIMMY.com, with his wife Kelly.They partner with Beachbody to reach out and give hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation- physically, emotionally, & financially.They are excited to help those that are ready to see Real Change, and Real Results in their lives!

What Jimmy's Trainees & Crew Members are saying

Tulin E.

"I was a skeptic. Thanks to Coach Jimmy's leadership 1.5 years later, I earn twice the income of my previous full time job, we lost 150 lbs as a couple, and helping hundreds of plus size women. Fitness has become our family's life bringing us closer together!"

Andy Tuttle

Branch Mgr, Oak Mortgage Group

"Coach Jimmy's constant support and encouragement has helped me be a better "me". Down 17lbs. More engaged in my marriage. More focused in my business. Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks Coach!"