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How adversity helped me find my greatest potential

by Steph “The Hammer” Hammerman

Steph (Hammerman) Roach is an accomplished fitness personality and owner of Staying Driven, LLC . Over the past decade has used her influence and life experience to help shift societal perceptions of what it means to have a physical disability and be included in the fitness industry. Becoming the world’s first Level 2 CrossFit trainer living with Cerebral Palsy, and the first adaptive athlete to be signed by Nike Training, Steph is used to blazing trails for herself and those who follow after her.

No stranger to adversity, Steph understands the true meaning of the word overcome. In recent years, Steph incurred a different challenge, Surviving Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 3B. In 2016, she showed the world why being fit truly pays off; especially for a fight like cancer. Now a survivor, Steph needed to take her passion for fitness to the next level. This book is a collection of stories that will hopefully not only inspire you but, motivate you. You are capable of way more than you think. All you have to do is be DRIVEN.

The Reviews Are In

What I love about Steph is that she has woven an inspiring message of self-awareness through grace and grit. It is incredibly refreshing to read a memoir that champions the human spirit and challenges what it means to be masterful. For me, DRIVEN is about harnessing the power of story, voice, and vulnerability. I feel like tolerating adversity requires great strength, but processing that pain and continually putting yourself out against the gain requires a remarkable form of fortitude. Steph reminds me that we are capable of so much, we can endure more than we think, and commanding your own progressive narrative is where your superpower resides. 

- a girl you might know | @allthatglittersonthegram

Steph’s personality resonated the moment we met.  As a coach, I was immediately struck by her drive and commitment as well as her grit.  Steph has never leveraged her limitations.  She always viewed limitations as opportunities to learn and build self-confidence.  This behavior mirrors the mindset of every champion I’ve coached.  Driven is an incredible story of Steph’s perseverance and, ultimately, her journey to greatness.

Chris Hinshaw, former iron man champion, renown coach, and founder of