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


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