How to DIG DEEPER when doing the Shaun T INSANITY Workout?

What exactly does it mean to ‘DIG DEEPER’?

 By Jimmy Hays Nelson
If you own a television then you are probably familiar with the #1 ranked infomercial in the country: Shaun T’s INSANITY® Workout DVD Series. It claims that it “might be the hardest workout program ever put on DVD”. It also warns that you’d better be prepared to DIG DEEP. Cute phrase, but what exactly does it mean to DIG DEEPER?

As a cast member in three of the INSANITY workouts (Core Cardio & Balance, Max Recovery, & Max Interval Circuit), I’m constantly asked what it is like to train with Shaun T. The concept of DIGGING DEEPER was new to me when I met him. Heck, I thought I was a pretty fit bad ass the day I went in for my INSANITY audition. I completed multiple rounds of P90X…how hard could this program be?

Let’s just say within 5 minutes of the warm up, the panic button in my brain was going off!! Every muscle in my body was screaming ‘QUIT!!!!’ My hands and feet were tingling. I was done before I ever got started. 

I remember one specific moment: I was struggling through a particular move when I could ‘feel’ Shaun near me. Next thing I knew, he was four inches from my face, doing the move with me and telling me to DIG DEEP. “You will not quit. You can do this. You have to dig deep. Your mind has to go beyond this temporary pain! You can do more than you think you can, so stop thinking!”

Amazingly, he was right.

Last weekend, I had the privilege of seeing Shaun T in Dallas for a Beachbody Coach Super Saturday event. After an amazing workout from his new program, INSANITY: The Asylum, I had a chance to interview Shaun on stage. My first question was on the root of his phrase DIG DEEPER. I was curious about when this concept became his mantra. Was there something in his past or in his previous training that led him to be able to go beyond the temporary physical discomfort, and get in this mental zone?
His answer was surprisingly deeper than I expected. He went through a very traumatic event as a child that required him to live with a rather haunting secret (He did not go into specifics). Going through and overcoming that experience played a huge role in his athletic career later. When he was tired and wanted to give up, his mind would go back to that moment as a child. He told himself that if I survived that pain and trauma as a child, no temporary physical exertion compared to that.   He chose to DIG DEEPER in his mind and tap into the same strength/resolve he had in his youth.

Is there something in your life that is a painful memory that you still carry around with you? Perhaps it was a death, abuse, hurtful words that still weigh on your spirit. What if you could take an event used to break you down, and use it as the pivotal moment that launches you to new amazing heights? 

Maybe the only thing standing between you and your goals is someone next to you, going through your pain with you saying, “You will not quit. You can do this. You have to Dig Deep. Your mind has to go beyond this temporary pain! You can do more than you think you can, so stop thinking!”

I would love to be that person for you.

I would love to be your personal cheerleader to speak life and encouragement into you, and watch you achieve more than you ever dreamed possible.

I am currently seeking a few choice individuals to be part of a privately coached INSANITY challenge group. This group will be placed into a private Facebook group with daily check-ins and exclusive access to me. I will bring my expertise and experience from the set of INSANITY to fuel your efforts into real, long lasting results!

If you would like to be considered for this exclusive program, stop by my Facebook page and let me know why you think you qualify to be part of this exclusive INSANITY group.
I look forward to working with you. 

In this together- Coach Jimmy

13 Comments

  1. Marissa Rapier | October 27, 2011 at 6:42 am
     

    I love that DIG DEEPER isn’t some superficial catch phrase that just popped in Shaun’s head from out of the blue. Because it takes him to a place where he persevered brings a whole different ball game. I get it now. Thanks!!

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  2. Lilflmom | February 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm
     

    I have to say after reading this it was very inspirational and something that i will instill in my boys through school and the trials of Life.. thanks :)

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  3. Mary | March 9, 2012 at 9:01 am
     

    I started doing Insanity last year and had to take a break due to some unrelated injuries. I think its time to get it out of the box and back on screen and DIG DEEPER. Nice article Jimmy, thanks. 

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    • jimmyhaysnelson | May 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm
       

       Thanks for the comment @087edb38e2591c7a7def49fd44ed99cf:disqus – how is your 1st month back doing INSANITY?

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  4. Moises Tvega | April 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm
     

    IM DOING INSANITY AND MY KNEES HURT WHAT SHOULD I DO???

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    • jimmyhaysnelson | May 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm
       

       Hey there @17b028201ddf10d6e13a3ed5f1b60e02:disqus – if your knees are hurting I would really go back and focus on your form.  Shaun T really stresses form over speed.  Better for you to go 1/2 the speed and have perfect form than try to keep up with us on the DVD.  Do you have a mirror near your workout area?

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  5. Trish Austen | June 17, 2012 at 7:43 am
     

    I have been working out for a couple of years and when I did my first round of insanity, I didn’t have very good results.  Then I did P90X and got the shoulder definition.  I am now doing another round of insanity and used the equation to figure out how much I should be eating.  I am still not seeing very good results.  I don’t know what I am doing wrong!

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    • jimmyhaysnelson | October 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm
       

      Thanks for the message @c8a19e1837b6aefb17098022f0019c10:disqus – How closely are you following the nutrition guide – being completely honest? For me results come when I had these Four Pillars: Fitness + Nutrition + Support + Rewards …. which of these do you feel like you are lacking?

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  6. Moni | October 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm
     

    I on round 2 of insanity! right now on month 2. BUT I feel so exhausted and I burning less calories than I used to to. what that could be? I don’t understand what my body is trying to tell me! Please Jimmy help me.

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    • jimmyhaysnelson | October 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm
       

      Hey @disqus_G2xIWBZENg:disqus – are you following the nutrition guide and eating enough?

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      • Moni | November 3, 2012 at 5:19 am
         

        Yes I do eat enough, clean and healthy! but not the exact meals in the nutrition guide as I don’t have the
        Ingredients. and I keep pushing through the workout but I always burn less. For example on round 1 I used to burn 600-650 cals in max interval circuit. but now on round 2 I burn 450 and SO hardly 500 cals in it. what could be the reason? please reply soon

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      • Moni | November 3, 2012 at 6:08 am
         

        I’ve been eating enough, clean and healthy! not the exact meals in the guide cause I’m a student and always in hurry so I don’t have much time to cook BUT however I still eat healthy and enough. and for example: on round 1 I used to burn 600-660 cals doing max interval circuit but now on round 2 I burn 400 or hardly 450 on max interval circuit!! what could be the reason? please reply me soon

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      • Moni | November 3, 2012 at 6:08 am
         

        I’ve been eating enough, clean and healthy! not the exact meals in the guide cause I’m a student and always in hurry so I don’t have much time to cook BUT however I still eat healthy and enough. and for example: on round 1 I used to burn 600-660 cals doing max interval circuit but now on round 2 I burn 400 or hardly 450 on max interval circuit!! what could be the reason? please reply me soon

        Reply

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