Client Testimonials

Sustainable Weight Loss

Shannon Ross

“What Colin’s coaching has done for me:

The number one thing is eating. I have never been able to eat so much food as far back as I can remember. When I go out with the girls I can get whatever I want without a care in the world. Cake for birthdays, sign me up every time and I don’t feel guilty for it!

Another top on my list is his coaching has helped stabilize my emotions. I use to feel very vulnerable most of the time. Those feelings have almost completely disappeared. I feel strong and in control the majority of the time without the help of meds.

My body feels good over all. I know I am doing good things for my body everyday even on the days that I don’t go to the gym. When you feel good about what you are doing it changes the way you feel over all!”


Nicole Cobb

“I came to Colin after years of starvation and binge dieting. Restricting calories just wasn’t working anymore. To be honest, I didn’t get the answer I was expecting after he looked over all my stats. I gave his way a shot anyway because I had nothing to lose. I wasn’t losing with my method, so how much worse could it get? I went through a lengthy reverse dieting phase in which I was able to dramatically increase my calories without gaining a ton of weight. I am now 20 weeks into my dieting phase, and eating an amount of calories that used to be a surplus for me while steadily losing weight. I can tell that I’ve put on muscle, gained strength, and overall just feel better and more confident. Besides the physical changes, the best part is that my relationship with food and the scale has done a complete 180. I have been far from perfect in this whole process, but the most comforting thing is knowing that perfection is not expected from your coach, and that we will always work together through anything that comes up. I’m so very thankful for all of your help, coach!”

Kim Roberts

“At 54, I have struggled with my weight since my mid 40’s.  I am 5’2” and was pushing 160 pounds.  A couple of years ago, I decided to get serious and change my diet.  I restricted myself from certain foods and was able to drop a few pounds.  After that, I tried Paleo and doing cardio.  I was able to get down to 150 pounds or so.  But then, nothing was happening.  I could not get the weight off.  I thought it was just my metabolism and there was nothing I could do about it.  After searching through the internet for answers, I stumbled upon Colin’s Facebook page.

I followed Colin’s blog for months before I was brave enough to try it.  After 6 months with Colin, I reached my goal weight.  I feel amazing inside and out.  I feel 10 years younger.  And I’m not finished yet.  I have a new goal and am working on losing even more.  I enjoy the process of getting stronger and more confident. I have no doubt I will get there with Colin’s plan.  The flexible dieting allows you to be in control of what you eat and when you eat it.  There is nothing that is off limits.  I’m NOT doing tons of cardio.  The workouts don’t take that much time and that’s important because I work long hours as a teacher.  I encourage anyone who has tried and failed to lose weight to give Colin’s program a try.  You won’t regret it!”


Brenda Guiden

“I highly recommend using Colin DeWaay as on Online Trainer.  I’m a 57 year old female that until a few years ago didn’t have a problem with my weight or fitness.  Over the last few years I’ve put on a few pounds and my fitness goals were non-existent.  I also found that when I did lose a few pounds, I regained them very quickly.  I found Colin on Facebook thru someone else that used him.  I subscribed to his newsletter and immediately liked his approach to sustainable weight loss and fitness.  I’d never used an online trainer, so I was a little apprehensive at first, not sure how or if this would work.

I’ve been with him almost 6 months now and have not only lost weight, but I’m gaining muscle, which I love!  It’s been a slow and steady improvement with lots of learning and hard work, but it is so worth it!  Colin is always available for questions or problems and he has a wealth of fitness and nutrition information to share. He is also very encouraging and motivating.  I’ve learned so much from him and I’m thrilled to learn how to eat without giving up my favorite foods.  So if you’re done with quick fixes and are ready to learn and do the work for the long haul, consider signing up with Colin!”


Theresa DeWaay

“I am not sure where to begin… I have done weight watchers officially and unofficially 13 times over the course of 11 years. It was never an issue of losing the weight, it was keeping the weight off and truly forming better habits that was the problem. Through Colin DeWaay Training I now have a better relationship with food. I no longer restrict or deprive myself of foods I love. Weekends were always my toughest times. Now through a better understanding I have control and understand one day does not define my entire week and I’m better able to plan and enjoy thefoods as I want.

I have always gone to the gym, but solely focused on a lot of cardio through running on a treadmill. Now I am weight training and I love it! Words I never thought I would say. I am a 37 year old wife & mother. I finally feel confident and don’t stress so much about looking “skinny” so I can be at the pool with my family. My main focus is my health and getting strong. I can’t thank Colin enough for helping me get my sense of control back with food. Most importantly I know I can sustain this for life! I am no longer obsessed with the number on the scale. I now understand that’s one tool of the many tools I have to measure my success!”

“Hiring Colin as my coach has been such a great experience. After spinning my wheels for years I am finally seeing the progress I have always wanted. I had to go through a long reverse diet, and even though it was hard it set me up to make huge changes and ultimately get to where I wanted to be. I am at my lowest weight in over 20 years and I truly don’t think I would be where I am today without Colin’s continued support, guidance and coaching.  Colin is such a great communicator and always there for his clients. He truly guides his clients to set them up for long term success even if it isn’t what they want to hear. He cares about his clients so much and it shows in his coaching.”





“After spending years in the cycle of food restriction and endless cardio, I wasn’t getting any results. I was spending up to 3 hours a day in the gym and averaging around 1000 calories a day. Having been dumped by multiple trainers because I wasn’t seeing the results they wanted (even though I was doing everything they asked), I was exhausted, frustrated and had frequent aches and pains as my body was on the verge of quitting on me. I stumbled across Colin’s newsletter and was in awe as I read about flexible dieting and saw the successful result others were seeing. Could this really work? Had I been doing it wrong all along? I finally made the jump to sign up and am SO glad I did!

In the time I have been with Colin, I have increased my calories significantly, which means I’m able to enjoy life and eat “real” food, rather than the chicken and broccoli that ruled my days before. Additionally, I am seeing gains in my lifting as the increased calories give me more strength. Colin has been wonderful, guiding me through my initial hesitations about eating more, answering my questions and helping me to understand and learn to enjoy the process. While it will take time to repair the damage I’ve done to my body, I am pumped about what lies ahead and finally have a lifestyle I love!”

Em Schultz

“Since working with Colin I have not only lost inches but I’ve also increased my strength and put on muscle mass, as well as completely transformed my squat technique from sloppy and above parallel to smooth and below parallel! He totally keeps me on track with my nutrition and has helped me better understand a flexible style of eating. He also holds me accountable with my weight training. I try not to miss any sessions because I know he doesn’t take bs excuses for missing them!

If you are looking for a weight training coach to set up a program to improve your strength, build muscle and/or slim down, and will hold you accountable then I recommend Colin! If you are looking for a trainer to hold your hand and listen to your excuses then maybe Colin isn’t right for you. He is in it to help you reach your goals but you have to be COMMITTED!”

Dawn Forshay

“As a long time yo-yo dieter I wanted to get healthy and find a program that was sustainable. I think I tried just about every diet out there and although I was somewhat successful for a while it never lasted. I struggled to find a program that worked for me and even though I love outdoor activities, cardio exercising just wasn’t my thing. I had definitely developed a bad relationship with food and played into the good food vs. bad food craze.

Scrolling thru Facebook one day I saw a post about Colin and clicked on the link. One of the best decisions I have made for my health…EVER!! I love that my program is for ME and not a cookie cutter program that everyone uses in the hope it will work for them. I definitely have a unique body that reacts to things very differently than anyone else I have ever met. Colin works with that and never makes me feel defeated. I love my flex diet program as I am eating healthy but no longer limited in what I can eat. His program has changed my relationship with food from bad to GREAT. I LOVE the strength training exercise program and am thrilled how much strength I gain each week. I know this is an easily sustainable program for me. My husband was so impressed with it that he has also signed on with Colin to gain strength and embrace a healthier lifestyle and he was already a pretty healthy man. He is also enjoying his program….again specifically designed just for him.

Colin is extremely easy to work with and he is very knowledgeable in his field and responsive to any questions or concerns. Although it is his business it is very clear that helping others is his first priority and he excels at it!!!”

Kathi Calvert

“I knew how to diet and exercise. I knew how to lose weight.  What I didn’t know was how to keep the weight off.  I had lost over 50 pounds for the third time in my life.  This was going to be the last time.  I was never going back to “that” weight again, but I saw the scale creeping back up…5lbs…10lbs…20lbs.  That’s when I noticed one of Colin’s articles on Facebook.

I knew I needed help.  I didn’t want to continue this cycle.  Colin’s articles made sense.  I subscribed to his emails.  His emails were sincere and authentic.  So, I took the next step and became a client.  It is the best health decision I have ever made.  Colin has been the missing puzzle piece in my journey to better health.

I’m getting close to losing that 20lbs. I feel better, stronger and healthier. People notice and compliment me on the change in my body composition. Colin is an amazing coach. My plan is customized. He answers all my questions, coaches me on lifting form, provides thorough explanations and factors in real life situations into my program.  He does not offer an easy quick fix.  He offers sustainable long-term results.  If you are looking for your final solution to weight loss, I highly recommend Colin DeWaay.”



Amanda Pettijohn

“I have been on a diet my entire life. Except for the times when I was in between diets because I had just binged and was planning my next diet. What I was missing until I found Colin was dedication and someone to show me the pathway through my personal journey.  Colin’s tailored coaching has been a game changer for me.  For 32 years I have tried to lose weight on my own and I couldn’t. Since starting with Colin I have become stronger, lighter, and more confident (while still eating cookies, ice cream, and potato chips even!). I’m so glad that I finally invested in myself.”



Shane Dorlag

“The first thing that sticks out about Colin to me is how personal he is. Very rarely do you find people, especially in the fitness industry, that are who you imagine them to be and Colin is every bit of that. I found him through one of Layne Norton’s videos where Layne talked about Colin and his story about quitting a job he was making good money from to move to Florida with his family and live out his dream as a fitness coach. To me, that drew my attention immediately and it made me want to start checking his videos out to see if he was the guy I thought he was. During my first USAPL meet in July, Colin took the time away from his vacation that weekend in Orlando to come coach me. I still can’t thank him enough for that and he really helped me stay focused the entire meet. The little things like re-racking and racking the weights for me and picking my numbers out for the competition is what I appreciated most. He’s real, he’s genuine, and you can immediately tell he loves the sport and loves what he does. He’s even inspired me to start my own YouTube channel and just putting myself out there more despite my background. No I am not Layne Norton or Jim Stoppani or Mike Chang (thank god) but he’s proof that you can be anything you want to be as long as you believe in yourself and you love what you do. So thank you Colin!”

Jennifer Schandelmayer

“Born and raised in Massachusetts, weighing in at about 220lbs, I was nicknamed Jenny Craig.  I never imagined meeting Layne Norton in college in St. Petersburg Florida and ending up competing in a few bikini shows before deciding I wanted to try powerlifting.  Since this was an entirely new animal to me, and I would be trading in my bikini for a singlet, I didn’t know where to start.  I was referred to Colin DeWaay by Layne Norton in September of 2015 and I was terrified, especially being 1400 miles away.  He was not only completely thorough in his investigation of what my goals were, where I came from, but got to know me as a person, which made his programming completely specific to my needs.  He helped me pick a weight class, helped me with my form, and gave me all the knowledge required right up until I made it to the bar on the day of my meets!

Colin is not just your average cookie cutter trainer, he takes a lot of time and effort to not only answer questions almost immediately, but doesn’t make you feel silly when you ask for pointers.  On one such occasion I had a brand new belt and, get ready for it…got myself stuck in it.  We had a laugh over it, and he gave me a few tips on how to avoid being trapped permanently in my belt.  I would send videos of form and he would take the time to send me a video back explaining and demonstrating what I could change or do differently to make sure I had it down.  I ended up competing twice in USAPL so far, adding at least 25lbs to each of my lifts, and placed 2nd in my weight class.  I couldn’t ask for a better coach, and now friend, who cares so much about his clients.  If you are a seasoned powerlifter, or have never done it before, look no further. Colin is patient, attentive, ALWAYS available for one on one attention, and has a tremendous knowledge base.  Thank you Colin!!  I forsee us working together in the future.”


Brandon Zehr

“I began lifting weights in high school, which eventually led me into bodybuilding in 2008. In 2015, I pursued the sport of powerlifting on a more serious note. Layne Norton recommended me to Colin as I needed help with my programming and guidance for my first powerlifting meet. 

I contacted Colin and he was very quick to respond. I Informed Colin what my goals were and what I was wanting from a coach. He provided me with a detailed plan and answered all of my questions (although I didn’t have many questions because his plan for me was very detailed). He met and exceeded my expectations and help me set PR’s in all 3 lifts! 

I would recommend Colin to anyone wanting to take their training to the next level. He’s knowledgeable, trustworthy and just a pleasure to work with!”