PAT DRIVER

PAT DRIVER

Pat Driver didn’t fit the new-member prototype at Fit4Lincoln.

Two years had lapsed between his epiphany, when a look in the mirror called for drastic action, and his first visit to the fitness center north of 33rd and A streets.

But when the winter chill made outdoor exercise uncomfortable, the 38-year-old Lincoln attorney decided in early 2016 to act on recommendations from friends and try the boot-camp group classes at Fit4Lincoln. What he found was a warmth that went far beyond the room temperature.

“It’s a friendly, supportive, fitness-minded community,” said Driver. “I enjoy the people there, and the variation of workouts. The boot-camp workout is a good fit for me.”

Driver began taking control of his health in January 2014 after looking in the mirror and not liking what he saw. “I’d ballooned up to a hefty 240 pounds.”

He started his own program, working out in his basement, garage, and outdoors when weather allowed. His goal was to join fitness-conscious neighbor Steve Loftis at the White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, New Mexico, where marathoners gather for the Bataan Memorial Death March.

In March 2016, both Lincoln men started – and finished – the marathon, and fared well. Both have signed up again for this year’s test, on March 19. Regular visits to Fit4Lincoln play an important role in Driver’s preparation process. Driver usually ends his work day with two 30-minute classes, back-to- back, on his way home.

“My workouts at the gym complement and supplement what I do outside the gym,” says the former high school wrestler, who carried a trim 164 pounds into his wrestling matches at the 2015 State Games of America in Lincoln. Driver said he combines his workouts with proper nutrition. “You can’t out-exercise your fork,” he said with a smile. “I like how Fit4Lincoln reminds their members of the importance of proper nutrition as well as regular exercise. I don’t need the accountability, because I was exercising regularly and eating pretty well before I joined there, but what they encourage their members to do is in line, philosophically, with what I do.”