“Working Out With A Group of Friends”

“I was fortunate to retire in my late 50’s. However, initially my retirement didn’t go as planned. Years of inactivity, poor diet and drinking had all taken a toll. I was more than 60 pounds overweight and taking medication for blood pressure, cholesterol, acid reflux and Crohn’s disease. I was sick for the first two years of retirement. It became apparent that I was headed for serious trouble. Things had to change. So, I converted to a plant-based diet, stopped consuming alcohol and started an exercise program. Since then, I’ve lost 65 pounds and eliminated all medications. The Human Form (HF) has played a major role in this journey.

Before HF, I had never enrolled in a structured fitness program. For any program to be successful, I knew I had to like it enough to do it consistently. The great thing about HF is that I actually look forward to each workout. Everything about HF is first rate. What stands out the most for me are their programs, trainers, small group structure and the sense of community. As a result, I’ve attended sessions religiously for the past three years. Without loving my workouts, I never would have accomplished this.

If I walked into a gym on my own, I would have no idea what to do. Stephen and Michelle have been doing this a long time so they know what works and what doesn’t. The exercises are planned to work major muscle groups on a regular basis. For me, the goal is maintaining an active life style as long as possible; not necessarily extending lifespan but rather extending “health-span”. The HF fitness program provides the foundation for achieving this. I have used their nutrition and physical therapy services as well with great results.

The trainers add tremendous value to the program. They introduce new exercises as well as deliver continuing guidance on proper form. They track the status of each member providing specific modifications as needed. They are excellent at what they do. Beyond that, I feel each one has become a friend. They care about the well-being of each member. It’s impossible to say enough good things about the training staff.

Small Group Structure
One-on-one training can be prohibitively expensive. In small groups, members share the cost of the trainer. If more than 5 members register for a given session, another trainer is added and the group is split. The ratio of members to trainer is not more than 5 to 1. I’ve found that having multiple groups per session in no way impacts the quality of the workout. The facility is large enough and the trainers are very good at working with multiple groups. They are available to make suggestions and answer questions as needed. As much as I like the trainers and value the assistance they provide, I appreciate the fact they don’t hover over me for an entire exercise (as a one-on-one trainer would do).

Sense of Community
In addition to the relationships I’ve developed with the trainers, I’ve also developed friendships with other members. Working out with a group of friends is so much better than working out alone. I look forward to finding out who is attending a particular session with me. In the beginning, working out with a group of people you don’t know can be intimidating. However, everyone is so supportive that I never felt uncomfortable. The environment is very welcoming.

I know I’ve gone on about how great HF is, but I can’t help it. They really are that good. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to improve their health. Best of luck and consider making The Human Form part of your journey. I am confident you will be happy if you do.”

John Boyer
Columbus, OH

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