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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
  • DISC Certified Behavioral Consultant

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
  • Renegade Transformative Life Coach Website Click Here

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)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)
  • Certified RockDoc (Kinesiology Tape)
  • Graduate of The HF Internship Program

AKA:

Jimmy

Posse:

My bearded brother Matt Longfellow

Birth Place:

Galion, OH (by Mansfield)

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

It’s everything. It promotes growth, self expression, and challenges people in a safe environment where success is normal. .

Favorite Exercise:

Turkish Get Ups

Least Favorite Exercise:

Barbell Bench Press

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

Learning to cook mouthwatering food.

Who do you look up to and why?

All of the members that show up to our gym daily trying to improve their lives.

Guilty Indulgence:

Spending an entire weekend without my phone or connection to anything else but the human I’m with.

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

Wolverine. He’s made of adamantium(super hard steel for you that don’t do Marvel comics) and self-healing as his abilities. Must be nice to be able to heal yourself and never have aches and cuts. Oh and claws that come out of the back of his hands.

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Jeff Lowe – Assistant Manager/Head Coach

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

AKA:

JLo (like the singer)

Posse:

My wife and three dogs

Birth Place:

Born and raised in Reynoldsburg, OH

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

Now that I have been here for a few years I can really see just how awesome this place is. I always hear the same thing from members, “It’s not just a gym it’s a community.” I always compare this is one big family. Everyone is so uplifting from Stephen, Michelle, and all the coaches to every member that walks in the front door. Everyone is here to support each other and it shows..

Favorite Exercise:

I really enjoy any exercise that looks really easy to do, but in turn is actually difficult.

Least Favorite Exercise:

I have a hate-hate relationship with burpees.

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

I love spending time with my wife and dogs. If I’m not at the Human Form, I’m usually at home spending time with them. Either that or working out myself.

Who do you look up to and why?

Without a shadow of a doubt, I 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:

Chocolate. I can’t even look at it sometimes.

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

I would like to be Deadpool. He’s always looking to make the situation light with some kind of joke or sarcastic comment. He doesn’t really play the role of superhero or villain and just does his own thing. I can respect that. The ability to never die and regenerate limbs is pretty nice too.

Do you want ALL the crazy details?

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Lauren Miller – Coach

· Bachelors in Sport Leadership and Sport Humanities from Ohio State
· Licensed Massage Therapist
· Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant
· Functional Range Release Practitioner
· Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
· Rock Tape Functional Movement Techniques Certified
· Certified USAW Sports Performance Coach
· Certified Poliquin Sports Performance Coach
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

AKA:
Miller

Posse:

My fiancé Chelsea and our pupper Chuck (The cutest dog in the world)

Birth Place:

Pittsburgh

What does the HF Culture mean to you:

The HF culture is one of a kind. From the first time I stepped in here I could feel how different it is from any other place in Columbus. Not only is the coaching top notch, but the atmosphere is welcoming and genuine in all ways. The HF truly wants to help each and every person that walks in the door as much as we can.

Favorite Exercise:

Barbell Clean

Least Favorite Exercise:

Burpees. Haven’t done one in years and plan to keep that streak going.

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

Go on adventures with Chelsea and have endless discussions about who is the better athlete (cough…me), spend time with my family and friends, zip around on my motorcycle, try new coffee shops, watch The Office.

Who do you look up to and why?

My mother. I’ve seen her overcome so much in her life and come out as an incredibly strong and kick-ass woman. I strive to be like her every single day.

Guilty Indulgence:

Coffee…I can’t say no to it.

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

The hulk. Some people think I have a hard shell before they meet me, but beneath my gigantic muscles (okay, I’m working on that) I’m a very emotional and deep person. I’m always the crier in the movie theatre.

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Haleigh Williams – Coach

  • Bachelors in Health Sciences
  • Social Media Manager
  • Meal Prep Chef and former Massage Therapist
  • Graduate of The HF Internship Program

AKA:

HB, HB-Dubs… Haleigh is fine, just try to spell it right, okay?! 🙂

Posse:

Anyone out there just trying to live their best life. I have a passion for learning (and teaching) especially about health, nutrition and overall wellness. I have a general curiosity about the world and what I can do to make it a better place. I tend to hang with other foodies, dog parents and friends..

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 the opportunity to teach people how to better understand their bodies, feel good, and ultimately move easily throughout their world and do so without pain. Being a part of the HF culture also means that I’m constantly learning from my peers and mentors and refining my knowledge and skills in order to better serve others. The attention to detail and our commitment to finding what works for each individual is a driving factor to our success. It is exciting to watch people on their journey and know that we were able to support them in one way or another. I love that we first look to to heal ailments or pain with correctives, exercise and/or food before conventional medicine and surgeries or letting people just ignore their pain or “deal with it.” There’s likely a solution out there for you, and we’ll help you get there as best we can.

Favorite Exercise:

Hmm. I think any correctives. Does that count?! I like that they allow me to create a strong foundation and 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. And Tabata Squats!

Least Favorite Exercise:

Ugh, Split Squats. THE BIKE. Any mundane cardio, like running.

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

I am a student and working towards my bachelors in Health Sciences in hopes of finishing at OSU. When I’m not working or in school, I’m likely cooking, eating, or grocery shopping. I have a ton of fun doing anything outside, especially playing with my dog, Luna or my twin goddaughters who are 6 years old. I am a master at most card and board games. 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. It creates resiliency and independence. Anyone who has chosen take risks, get out their comfort zones in order to live life to the fullest and not just settle for surviving.

Guilty Indulgence:

DARK CHOCOLATE! And what goes better with chocolate than wine? Nothing! Oh and Jeni’s ice cream.

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

Captain Marvel AKA Carol Danvers possesses superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, physical durability, a cognitive “seventh sense.” She’s is resistant to most toxins and poisons. She has full control and manipulation of stellar energies, and therefore control over heat, the electromagnetic spectrum and gravity. Light speed travel and also demonstrates the ability to absorb other forms of energy, such as electricity, to further magnify her strength up to the force of an exploding nuclear weapon. How can you get more BAD ASS THAN THAT?!

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

Fitness Designed For Life. Yours.

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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