About

What makes The Human Form so different?

Everyone wants to look, feel and move through life optimally. Sadly, less than 5% of the population achieves these types of goals for the long-term. With so much conflicting information and sometimes less-than-scrupulous marketing tactics, it’s no wonder that people are confused and frustrated.

The Human Form is changing the way holistic fitness is done. We coach and educate each person to achieve his or her personal goals, enhance performance in the sport of life, and live with the physical and emotional vitality that is their birthright.

After our 35+ Point Clinical Assessment, we customize your workouts within our supportive, small group training environment, coach you on nutrition and lifestyle modifications, and assist you in any way possible to achieve optimal, holistic health – in body, mind, and spirit.

Meet The Team

Michelle Ladd: Co-Founder

  • CHEK Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach
  • Exercise Physiologist – BS Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Certified Precision Nutrition Coach
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist
  • Certified Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor

AKA:

Ellie.  From when my brother was too little to pronounce my full name.  He promptly named his stuffed elephant after me as well.  Nice

Posse:

Cats.  Lots of cats.  I’m not sure the exact number should be public knowledge though…

Birth Place:

New York, baby!

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

My dream is for The Human Form to provide the support, knowledge and inspiration for those looking to create a lifestyle that breeds health and vitality.  And of course, to help them have a great time doing it!

Favorite Exercise:

Barbell hip thrusts, single leg deadlifts, pull ups, kettle bell swings…  things that make me feel strong and drive me to be stronger.

Least Favorite Exercise:

Stationary cardio. Why grind away on an elliptical or treadmill when you can have much more fun pushing a sled!

What do you do when you’re not coaching members towards their goals:

Cooking, gardening, reading, knitting, cuddling with kitties, spending time with good friends, relaxing in the hammock with Stephen.

Who do you look up to and why?

My mom is a great inspiration  – at 72 years old, she is still pursuing her dreams and conquering her fears with a vengeance.  She is a constant reminder that age is most definitely just a number.

Guilty Indulgence:

My mom’s chocolate cherry pie, without a doubt.

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why:

Wonder Woman – while I can’t deflect bullets with my bracelet, I do try to see the best in people and aim to “triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love”.

Can’t get enough of Michelle?

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Stephen Ladd: Co-Founder

  • CHEK Corrective Exercise Kinesiologist
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • TPI Certified Golf Fitness Trainer Level 3
  • TPI Certified Golf Power Coach Level 2
  • TPI Certified Junior Golf Fitness Coach Level 2
  • CHEK Holistic Golf Performance Coach
  • Robbins-Madanes Trained Life Coach
  • NLP Practitioner and Hypnosis Coach

AKA:

Boss Man.  But only as a joke… everyone knows who the real boss is (sigh).

Posse:

Michelle and I rent a room out of a house owned by felines – Sergeant Pepper, Kimmy, Tonto, Rudy, Mr. Grey, and Lilly.

Birth Place:

Beech Grove, IN

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

My vision for HF started about 23 years ago – a place that embodies multiple aspects of wellness for everyone, regardless of their current condition, free of judgment (including self-judgment), and ego.  An oasis from the inherent stress of modern culture; a place where individuals can come together as a community and provide positive support for each other on the journey.

Favorite Exercise:

Bulgarian Split Squats, Turkish Get Ups, or any exercise with a “hard-core sounding country” in front of it… in theory.

Least Favorite Exercise:

Bulgarian Split Squats, Turkish Get Ups, or any exercise with a “hard-core sounding country” in front of it… in practice.

What do you do when you’re not coaching members towards their goals:

Reading, laughing, hanging with cats (see answer above), date nights with Michelle.

Who do you look up to and why?

Each and every member here at HFF, and ANYONE for that matter, that commits to taking care of themselves- physically, mentally and spiritually.  It’s hard work these days, and those that pursue “holistic fitness”, regardless of the specific path, have my admiration.

Guilty Indulgence:

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams… and the show “Children’s Hospital” on AdultSwim.

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why:

Cat-Man, for obvious reasons.   He was originally the arch-villain of Batman (click here for details).  And I’ve always been a fan of the Anti-Hero.

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Want to know even more about Stephen? Click link below:

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James Fryer – Head Coach

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  • BA Otterbein College, Fitness & Health Promotions
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Trainer
  • USAW Sports Coach (Olympic Lifting)
  • Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)
  • Certified RockDoc (Kinesiology Tape)
  • Graduate of The HF Internship Program

AKA:

Jimmy

Posse:

The whole wide world 🙂

Birth Place:

Galion, OH (by Mansfield)

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

The HF culture is a huge part of my life. It has allowed me to expand my health and wellness knowledge dramatically and spend my time with amazing co-workers, clients, and now friends.

Favorite Exercise:

Barbell Hip Extensions

Least Favorite Exercise:

Barbell Bench Press

What do you do when you’re not coaching members towards their goals:

When I’m not at the gym I’m coaching youth baseball or exploring other local health-conscious businesses.

Who do you look up to and why?

My dad. He started off in the military and worked multiple jobs(sometimes simultaneously) to get us what we needed growing up. On top of that, he taught me most of what I know about sports while coaching most of my youth teams.

Guilty Indulgence:

This one was pretty easy, it’s most definitely Meister’s Pizza.

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why:

Wolverine. Mostly because he embodies the opposite of my own personality. Plus who wouldn’t want adamantium claws and the ability to heal?

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Jeff Lowe – Senior Coach

  • Graduate – Heritage College Personal Trainer Program
  • Graduate of The HF Internship Program

AKA:

JLo (like the singer)

Posse:

Just me and my ten cats.

Birth Place:

Columbus, OH

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

It means a lot. Just seeing what has been created here is awesome. The staff and the members get along so well. The community feel is great. I always feel at home when I walk in HF and I love the feeling of being surrounded by such inspiring and uplifting people. I love it.

Favorite Exercise:

Anything that isn’t a burpee.

Least Favorite Exercise:

Burpees. Worst thing on this planet.

What do you do when you’re not coaching members towards their goals:

I love the game of basketball so either watching or playing it is always a good time for me. Of course, working myself out, probably is my favorite hobby.

Who do you look up to and why?

I, without a shadow of a doubt, look up to my mother. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis twenty-six years ago and since then I’ve never heard her complain about her condition. She’s the hardest working person I know. She rarely takes days off from work and always makes sure at the end of the day that I’m happy. I’ll never know how she does it. She gives me so much inspiration and dedication to be the hardest worker in the room. I always say to myself if she can wake up and go to work through her hardships I can definitely get up and do what I have to. I’m extremely thankful to have such an amazing woman as a mother.

Guilty Indulgence:

Pancakes.

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why:

If I could be any superhero I think I would love to be Deadpool. I like that he always seems to be having fun and never takes himself too seriously. He doesn’t always follow the book of “superhero” and definitely has his own ways of doing things. He always makes sure he can be as sarcastic and funny as possible at all times. I like to laugh so I think we’d be friends.

Do you want ALL the crazy details?

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Cameron Armstrong – Coach

  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences– BS Ohio State University
  • Graduate of the HF Internship Program

AKA:
CamCamBaJamJam, but you can call me Cam.

Posse:

Anyone who wants to push beyond the limits of “normal”.

Birth Place:

Harrison, OH (Near Cincinnati)

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

The Human Form culture means changing lives to me. The gym truly has a home feeling to me and everyone is very friendly to their counterparts. The gym is not just a gym where people can get “fit”, it is a holistic health center with some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry.

Favorite Exercise:

RDL. This exercise might have to biggest carry over to any daily movement.

Least Favorite Exercise:

Plank (any form).

What do you do when you’re not coaching members towards their goals:

Outside of coaching, I am either reading, watching Youtube, or riding my bike through the streets of Columbus. I also like to frequent the parks of Columbus and get a good Calisthenic workout in..

Who do you look up to and why?

Anyone who can go through a large amount of adversity and come through out on top. I would have to say this list includes people like my Dad, Chris Duffin(Powerlifter), and Chris Moore(Author).

Guilty Indulgence:

Sour Patch Kids no doubt!

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why:

Batman. He was born into darkness and came out into the world to help those that couldn’t help themselves.

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Haleigh Williams – Coach

  • Pursuing a Bachelors in Health Sciences and heading to Physical Therapy School or into Chiropractic
  • Massage Therapist (former)
  • Graduate of The HF Internship Program

AKA:

HB, Hay, HB-Dubs… Haleigh is fine 🙂

Posse:

Anyone who’s interested in teaching or learning more about themselves emotionally AND physically. I have a general curiosity about the world and how to make it a better place. Oh and people who like food, dogs and games.

Birth Place:

Marion/Delaware, OH by way of Bellefontaine, OH.

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

The HF Culture means that I get to learn how to teach people to take better care, come to understand and respect and then push the limits of our amazingly engineered body! Also, I get to learn constantly from my peers and mentors alike. The attention to detail and commitment to finding what works for each individual is a driving factor to our success and ultimately it means that we can break the mold! Prevent, and heal ailments or pain with exercise (and food) before medicine and surgeries or just “dealing with it.”

Favorite Exercise:

Hmm. I think any correctives. Does that count?! I like that they allow me to progress in other exercises. With personal correctives I feel (and see) the changes in how my body moves. I’m not just getting stronger, but getting better.

Least Favorite Exercise:

Ugh, anything that’s boring cardio… Running, THE BIKE.

What do you do when you’re not coaching members towards their goals:

I am a student and working towards my bachelors in Health Science in hopes to get into PT or Chiropractic school. I also work at Hofbrauhaus (come visit!) When I’m not working, I’m usually cooking, eating, or grocery shopping. This is the honest truth! I have a ton of fun doing anything outside, especially playing with my twin goddaughters who are 4. Oh, and sometimes I read.

Who do you look up to and why?

I don’t think I can pick one specific person. Generally, I look up to those who do not give up, no matter what struggles they’ve faced. Adversity teaches us some hidden/deeper values of life and ultimately the importance to love always. Anyone who has chosen to live life to the fullest and not just settled for surviving.

Guilty Indulgence:

CHOCOLATE.. (specifically, dark chocolate) and what goes better with chocolate than wine? Nothing! Oh and Jeni’s. (I basically work out in order to eat :))

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why:

Storm from the X-Men. She has the sexiest eyes of any superhero, excels in hand to hand combat and with a gun, and can control all aspects of the weather.  If I could control the weather, I could make everybody happy 🙂

Can’t get enough of Haleigh?

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Patrick Birrer – Coach

  • BS  Exercise Science and Health Promotion – Otterbein University 
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 
  • Graduate of The HF Internship Program

AKA:

Pat

Posse:

My old teammates from the glory days (sigh).

Birth Place:

Buffalo, NY.

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

The HF Culture is something that anyone can have a chance to experience. It does not matter what your history or attitude is as it relates to fitness. The culture has a family atmosphere and all who walk through the door are going to be cared for and pushed to be the best versions of themselves.

Favorite Exercise:

RDL

Least Favorite Exercise:

Anything involving my core (ask James).

What do you do when you’re not coaching members towards their goals:

Playing baseball, basketball, or doing anything involving competition, listening to music, watching a movie, or hanging out with my friends.

Who do you look up to and why?

My dad is the person I look up to the most in my life. He is someone who taught me to never make excuses for myself and the value of hard work. He is also someone who has always been there and supported me and I hope to be just like him when I am a father someday.

Guilty Indulgence:

Any sort of chocolate candy, especially Kit-Kat’s or Reese’s.

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why:

Captain America. The dude is jacked and is the leader of the Avengers…say no more.

 


Mission Statement

We don’t just change the scale… We Change Lives

The Human Form supports real people in their quest to look, feel and live better; with a personalized approach to fitness and lifestyle coaching, and a supportive community.

Core Values

Holistic Vision: We appreciate and respect the Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual elements of health in this organization and the community we serve

Authentic Relationships: We strive to understand and appreciate the world view of others, positioning ourselves to be of value and compassionate service in their journey as well as our own.

Compassionate Relationships: We passionately pursue and encourage consistent and incremental positive growth – both internally as a team and externally with our clients;

Serious Fun: We take our mission and our work seriously, but not ourselves.

Training Philosophy

  • Everyone is an athlete and will be safely trained for the sport of life, utilizing appropriate exercises and intensities to match current fitness levels and other life factors.
  • Every Human Form member is treated with respect, regardless of the level of conditioning or other challenges, and it is an honor to assist them on their health and wellness journey.
  • We utilize holistic, functional training philosophies that have a high carry-over to life and sport.
  • Proper range of motion and balanced strength are the keys to vitality between the ages of 40-100.
  • Nobody can out-train a poor nutritional plan.  If weight loss is a goal, 80% or more of your results will be from dietary adjustments.
  • We promote a sensible, balanced nutrition strategy consisting of whole foods with minimal processing, and combining proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates with each meal or snack.
  • The biggest drinking problem in our country is DEHYDRATION. No matter what your goals, drink at least 50% of your body weight in ounces of clean water daily.
  • “Cardio” training is only successful with appropriate intensity and progressions.
  • Achieving optimal health must always be the primary goal.  All other goals, including weight loss, will follow as a natural result.  Unhealthy paths to weight loss will ALWAYS backfire.
  • Health and Fitness is a journey that must be time-efficient and fun.

The Human Form Team is made up of a small number of highly-qualified coaches who have completed The Human Form Internship and Training Programs, attained numerous other credentials in multiple fields, and demonstrated the high level of passion and commitment that our members deserve.  They’re also a fun group that take their work seriously, but not themselves.

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