“Unfailingly caring, nurturing, and supportive…”

“I stumbled across The Human Form on social media in fall 2018 and felt an immediate sense of familiarity, safety, and care. I chalk it up to serendipity. I believe the universe gives us what we need when we need it. And, wow, have I needed The Human Form.

Except when I am sleeping (and sometimes even then), my time is not entirely my own. From the time I wake up until I go to sleep, I’m working in service to someone else, whether it’s my family or my business clients. I know a lot of people—especially working moms—can relate to this. So, unless I am sick or traveling, I’m in this gym religiously three times a week, because my time here is a sacred, nonnegotiable gift to my body and mind.

I am here to set new boundaries, expand them, and discover what’s on the other side. I’m here to learn what my body can do and to thank my body for its hard work. Often, during a tough Saturday class or a challenging closer, I’ll ask myself, “What do you have left to give?” It’s the greatest feeling, knowing I showed up for my session here, having left everyone and everything else outside the building for the better part of an hour, and I gave myself everything I had to give. In return, the coaches at The Human Form are unfailingly caring, nurturing, and supportive. I’ve been here through running injuries, a long COVID-19 recovery, and with chronic limited mobility in my left hand. None of that has held me back.

My family and I are preparing to move to Oslo, Norway, for the 2022–2023 academic year, and I get verklempt thinking about leaving The Human Form for these months. This is so much more than a place to sweat. It’s been a site of community and incredible personal growth, and it will be one of the first places I return when we come home.”

Kristen Braumoeller
Columbus, OH

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