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 Adviser

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 HFF 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 70 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”.


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
  • Master 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 HFF Culture mean to you:

My vision for HFF started about 20 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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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 HFF Internship Program

AKA:

Jimmy

Posse:

The whole wide world 🙂

Birth Place:

Galion, OH (by Mansfield)

What does the HFF Culture mean to you:

The HFF 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?


Rachel Turner – Coach

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • ISSA Fitness & Nutrition Specialist
  • Graduate of The HFF Internship Program

AKA:

FedEx. I don’t look like anyone in my family so my dad and sister like to point that out by referring to me as a little human who was delivered to the wrong family.

Posse:

A blonde haired, blue eyed little human who calls me mom.

Birth Place:

West Hills, CA

What does HFF culture mean to you?

Healthy and strong from the inside out. HFF resonates with who I am to the core, wanting to mold not just strong and capable bodies but strong and healthy minds as well. Truly focusing on overall health in every way, shape and form.

Favorite Exercise:

Kettlebell swings and crawling.

Least Favorite Exercise:

None.

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

Aside from raising a human, I love to dance (not well–but I have blast anyway!), read books that make me transport to another world, play outside, write and adventure.

Who do you look up to and why?

My dad. He raised two girls on his own and opened our eyes to how amazing life truly is. He taught me how to do my hair, how to swing a kettlebell and how to be kind. I got to watch him wake up everyday with passion in his heart, following his dreams. That’s the greatest thing he could have ever done as a parent–because of that, I know not to give up on mine!

Guilty Indulgence:

Doughnuts. Not Krispy Kreme (they don’t count) I’m talking the fancy gourmet kind. Bacon on top preferred.

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

I was torn here because I have two who I feel like need to merge together to make one who fits my personality perfectly (not that I plan on assassinating anyone..today). First, Elektra. She is a fiery and fierce woman who posses some serious strength and kahunas. Second, Gaea. She can draw on the spiritual energy of all of Earth’s living beings and bestow mystical powers to those who call upon her–which is kinda what I feel like I do with fitness in a way. I can’t bestow strength upon you, but I can teach you how to acquire it.

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Margaret Lipp – Coach

  • Exercise Physiologist – BS Ohio State University
  • Graduate of The HFF Internship Program

AKA:

Oh boy, I’ve had some interesting ones: Magster, Mags, Maggie, HipLipp (in high school for like a hot second)

Posse:

I’m a well adjusted cat lady.  I have three: Arvin Slone, Sydney Bristo and Stinky

Birth Place:

Blanytre, Malawi (a huge high-five to anyone who knows where that is without Googling it) July 26th 1979

What does the HFF Culture mean to you?:

The way that I see HFF culture is that it’s made up of a community of people who value their health and well being.  HFF culture strives to bring together all aspects of what comprises wellness and fitness.  Living clean and healthy is so much more than weight loss and toning.  The HFF culture fosters an environment for clients to feel their very best both physically and mentally.

Favorite Exercise: 

Anything involving balance.  As soon as you have to balance on something unstable or on one leg the body recruits an amazing amount of muscles to achieve these movements.  I find these exercises to be really satisfying!

Least Favorite Exercise:

Probably side plank

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

Outside of coaching I am a full time real estate agent, which keeps me plenty busy. I have also begun volunteering at CHA (Citizens for Humane Action) animal shelter, they are an amazing organization! I also try and take yoga at least once a week, strength train on other days and am always looking for new fun outdoor adventures.  Most recently I tried paddle board yoga, it was amazing!  Other than that I keep busy with spending time with friends, exploring all the great restaurants and breweries Columbus has to offer and when I can get away I LOVE to travel.

Who do you look up to and why? 

This is a hard question to answer because I feel like I look up to several different people for different reasons.  Some I look up to for their incredible capacity for compassion, some for their business savvy, others for their grit and persistence to live the life they want to live.  These people who I keep close to my heart inspire and amaze me all the time.

Guilty Indulgence:

ANY combo of ice cream and chocolate, throw in some sort of berry into the mix and I’m done for!

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

She-Ra (Princess of Power)! I remember watching the cartoon when I was young and felt like she was just so cool.  So much confidence!  I know she had a kick ass sword but honestly couldn’t tell you what her superpower was anymore, ha!

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Jeff Lowe – Coach

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

AKA:

JLo (like the singer)

Posse:

Just me and my ten cats.

Birth Place:

Columbus, OH

What does the HFF 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 HFF 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?

Going back for my love of basketball here, I would say Michael Jordan. Just for the pure determination and strive to become the best he could be. Whether I end up personal training or becoming a janitor I will always try to be the best at what I do. His never die attitude on the court is something I like to instill in my life. He taught me to never quit on myself and try my hardest to accomplish all I can.

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.

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Cameron Armstrong – Coach

  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences– BS (End of 2016) Ohio State University
  • Graduate of the HFF 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 HFF Culture mean to you:

The Human Form Fitness 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

  • Pursuing a Bachelors in Health Sciences and heading to Physical Therapy School or into Chiropractic
  • Massage Therapist (former)
  • Graduate of The HFF 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 HFF Culture mean to you:

The HFF 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 🙂


Ryan Pozar – Coach

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  • Graduate – The National Personal Training Institute
  • TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
  • Former U.S. Navy  Fitness Coordinator Assistant
  • Graduate of The HFF Internship Program

AKA:

Pozarelli or just Ry

Posse:

I’m a lone wolf.

Birth Place:

Bedford Ohio -1981

What does the HFF Culture mean to you:

To me, The Human Form culture is one that takes a unique approach to wellness. We as the coaches are sincere in our journey to guide people to realize their full health and performance potential. When it comes to the human body, there is no guessing. Everyone is measured individually. The Human Form is a place where we take attention to detail to the next level. My favorite aspect of the culture is that we have fun and our coaches and members greet each other by name with a smile.

Favorite Exercise:

Supine Barbell Hip Extension (physical body) Intellectual conversation (mind) Meditation (spiritual) Minimalism (way of life).

Least Favorite Exercise:

None.

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

When I’m not coaching people to improve their body, I play golf, travel and spend time with family and friends.

Who do you look up to and why?

My father because of his wisdom. Bruce Lee because of his perspective. Stephen because of his experience.

Guilty Indulgence:

Café Mocha – but currently on a hiatus from them.

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

Superman. I know typical BUT, he’s the most well rounded of the GOOD superheroes. His Intelligence, Strength, Speed, Durability are all rated 100 which is the highest. His power and combat are 94 and 85 respectively. He’s always on call to help the good guys and anyone in trouble. He also knows how to blend into society and look like a normal dude.

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Mission Statement

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

The Human Form exists for one reason – To provide a safe environment for our members to challenge themselves and attain the level of Health, Wellness and Vitality that is their birthright. Our coaches are passionate, committed, and will engage with members on all levels to assist them on their journey.

Core Values

  • Bring Your Best Everyday
  • Build A Positive Team and Family Environment
  • Be Confident, Yet Humble
  • Pursue Continual Learning and Growth
  • Embrace and Drive Positive Change
  • If It Isn’t Fun, It Doesn’t Get Done… Make It FUN!
  • Passion is Contagious… Pay It Forward
  • Build Strong Relationships Through Honesty and Transparency
  • Treat People With Respect, Compassion and Kindness
  • Lead By Example

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 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 bodyweight 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 (see Core Value #6)