I cannot express enough thanks to the Driven family for all the encouragement and laughs along the way. Being surrounded by such positivity makes it a highlight of my day
— Valdeen

My Driven Story
 

I started with Driven Lifestyle Group in January 2014.  I was pretty unsure of my thoughts on strength training when I first joined.  It was a competition between the male and female employees at my previous job that enticed me to sign up.  I was a runner.  Cardio was all I ever knew.  I did pilates to strengthen the core but I had never in my life lifted weights or belonged to an actual gym. I always thought I was in pretty decent shape.   I have to admit I was pretty intimidated when I first walked in and saw people doing pull-ups from the ceiling and swinging kettlebells all around.  I started with attending training two times per week.  I was the one who started out using 10 pound  weights, swinging the pink kettlebell, and using a foam cushion trying to figure out just how these turkish people actually get up.   I was plagued by running injuries the same year and I knew that I needed to change my mindset.  Running, cardio, and not feeding my muscles enough was just not working for me.  Instead of getting stronger, I was actually breaking down my body.   I needed to take a step back from the running and become stronger and fuel my muscles.  In January 2015 I made a decision to join unlimited with Driven Lifestyle Group and put running on the backburner.  I sought nutritional help from Michelle and Dan.  I always knew the right things to do but I just needed the message reinforced and to be held accountable.   I quickly saw the changes in my body.  For the first time in my life I was actually gaining muscle.  I was progressing and getting stronger and stronger.  When I actually did run, I was faster than I had ever been.  My eureka moment came when I walked by the mirror and saw something sticking out in the back....I had a butt! 

I cannot express enough thanks to the Driven family for all the encouragement and laughs along the way.  Being surrounded by such positivity makes it a highlight of my day....I feed off the high that I get after a training session.  This is not just a 'gym' and I don't just have a 'gym membership'.  I am part of a family and team.   I know that someday I will complete that half marathon but in a healthier, stronger body.