“Colette Cooper has completely changed my relationship with food. She has taught me the importance of eating good foods. I no longer have the sugar crave/addiction that I always used to have, whilst being on yet another ‘slimming world’ diet. I am so much happier in my own skin.
My husband wishes I met Colette years ago!”
– Hayley, Stevenage, CollyPower client.
“Through the years I have always yo-yo’d with my weight. I have been on numerous diets and, although they worked for a while, I always got bored and gave up. I met Colette through a mutual friend and had her thrust upon me! I was dubious to begin with, and for the first week or so didn’t put in much effort, as I thought I’ve been down this road before. But the more I talked to Colette and listened to her, the more the weight started to drop off. The diet that I’ve been following hasn’t been a diet at all, but more making me think about what I am putting into my body, and the more I thought about it, the easier it became to change my lifestyle. Colette has helped me find exercise I enjoy, such as swimming, and also helped me to put a lot of things in my life into perspective. She’s not only there to help develop your fitness, but also to help you with other areas of your life. She is such a pleasure to talk to and work with. ”
– Sally, CollyPower client.
“Having been following her work on Facebook & Twitter, I decided to book 6 sessions with Colette to help me lose a few stubborn pounds before my holiday. I’d never used a PT before. I have been a road cyclist for many years but had never done any serious strength or weights work. I wanted to challenge my body in a different way.
I found my first session tough but really enjoyed being challenged. Colette made each session different so I never knew what to expect. As a physiotherapist, I was very impressed with Colette’s knowledge and the wide variety of exercises she had at her fingertips. I’ve started using quite a few of them with my rehab patients at work.
Colette is very knowledgeable and very committed to her cause. She gets great results if you are willing to work with her. After my initial six sessions, I was hooked and continued to see Colette once a week for a further 6 months. By the end of 2015, I had never felt stronger and fitter. I now see Colette once a month and do most of my gym sessions independently using her ideas.
I highly recommend Colette. She is very knowledgeable in her field, but also aware of her limitations and will seek advice from other professionals when necessary. She is 100% committed.”
– Sarah, physiotherapist at Ask Physio, fellow Catholic, & CollyPower client.
“After seeing Eddie Izzard’s African fundraiser on TV, ’27 Marathons in 27 Days’, I felt rather pleased that he and I were in agreement on one particular point. When you are looking to achieve something that is important to you, it is necessary to have the right people beside you and the right equipment on board.
Eddie was not confident that he could complete the challenge that he’d set himself, so this time round he sought out experts in various fields who, between them, would give him everything that he needed to succeed in his venture. Eddie was accompanied by two doctors – one from England who was also his friend and who had treated him on numerous occasions, and one from Africa who knew the terrain and the likely problems that he would have to endure on the runs that he had set himself. He also had three Personal Trainers, all with different areas of expertise as well as drivers, friends and motivational coaches.
Unlike Eddie, I don’t have fame or TV money to employ so many people to help me to pursue my goals. My story thus far is this: Between 2010 and 2011, I managed, through sheer hard work, perseverance and determination, to lose 6.5 stone in weight. As everybody who has lost weight in the past realises, when you have lost the weight it is not the end of the journey – the next challenge is to keep it off. For five years, through carefully watching my diet and keeping up my exercise regime, I managed to keep the weight off. Towards the end of last year though I realised that I need to build some more structure and interest into my health regime to keep up my motivation.
It was at this point that I contacted Colette to see if she was able to offer me any support. We had a long chat and then started working on a number of initiatives which would help me to keep the body that I had worked so hard for. As the weeks went by we tried a number of things, such as taking vitamins, walking in the evening, listening to motivational podcasts, opting for water more often, and never underestimating the importance of a good nights’ sleep!”
– Stephanie, CollyPower client.
“I have always struggled with my weight. Coming from a family who are ultra fit and very food conscious, I often felt as though I had failed them. I hated my body, hated the thought of going out and getting dressed up… occasions were a nightmare, I couldn’t wait to get home and put on my comfy pyjamas. I was bored so I’d eat, my days were unpleasant, and my comfort was to eat while watching TV. I wanted to change but it felt too hard, I was embarrassed, defensive and desperate. I had trusted too many people in the past that didn’t have my best interests at heart and I felt exposed. I had lost all understanding of food, what was right, what wasn’t, and was thoroughly confused.
I saw Colette around the school that my children go to, I had watched her for a while. She seemed approachable, confident and kind. After a few chats I realised she wasn’t going to tell me where I was going wrong, where I had gone wrong or why my whole life around food was wrong. Something told me that this was a different approach. That I would have an education. There was honesty from the get go, I wasn’t getting told off and there was no magic quick fix. There was no pressure just kindness and I felt a genuine want to actually help me and see me succeed.
I didn’t have to starve myself, sin myself, point myself or justify myself. My measurements were taken (at my request) and that was it! I got to speak about my family, my job, my worries and what makes me happy. I got to know others and their stories. Colette is patient, kind, understanding, so so knowledgeable, and honestly wants to see me and others succeed. Most importantly though, there is compassion. I have finally found someone who understands, who wants to help and who actually has the knowledge and experience to do so. How lucky am I?!
The future finally seems like a place I want to live it, not just exist through. I want to go out. I’m present, I’m active, I’m living.”
– Jo, Catholic convert & CollyPower client.
“For years, I’ve struggled with what was finally diagnosed as fibromyalgia. Constant pain and exhaustion (plus the lowered metabolism!) meant the weight crept on, and I was unable to do much about it. Since my diagnosis, I’ve worked on getting my pain down to a more manageable level. Finally ready to start, I cornered Colette at work and sought out her services. We’d had many chats beforehand, and she made me feel confident that she would understand my condition. There are certain limitations that I have to contend with, and work around, rather than push through, for the sake of my health. Colette understands, and is able to personalise the workouts to suit my needs. She also helps me understand how my illness affects certain aspects of my life, and advises me on nutrition. She’s been a big help, and lets me moan about life while I glare at her in the torture chamber – I mean, gym.
I’ve documented my journey from chronic illness to fitness over on The Bandwagon blog, where Colette participated in the #InspiringWomen feature. I can confirm, she certainly is inspiring!”
– Vikki, Hertford, blogger & CollyPower client.
“I have been working with Colette for the past year. I love the way that each week is different and that she listens, explains, and makes sure I am getting the workouts I have asked for. I would highly recommend her, and on top of it all, she is a lovey lady!”
– Kate, Stevenage, CollyPower client.
“Colette has really helped me. First to accept that I’m on a journey to achieve the body I want. It’s going to take time and effort but it’s a lifestyle, not a faddy diet. Secondly I have limitations on what I can do after injuries so while movement and strength is built back up, all of the exercises are tailored so I can do them and then she’ll show me how to push that little bit harder. A real pleasure to know and work with.”
– Fiona, Stevenage, CollyPower client.
“My sister and I have been working with Colette for the last 8 months. Colette keeps us both motivated and positive and certainly puts us through our paces, we always feel good after a class and enjoy our workouts. We wouldn’t exercise with any else now.”
– Joanne, Stevenage, CollyPower client.
“Colette approaches fitness and weight loss in a holistic way – looking at exercise, nutrition and lifestyle. When I work out with her I push myself harder and have achieved great results. The sessions are always different and I enjoy the range of workouts we do.”
– Ruth, Stevenage, CollyPower client.
“Colette has completely changed my view of exercise. I had never thought about strength training before we met and now I see it as an important and healthy part of my week. Her workouts are challenging and fun and I’ve never felt so fit and strong.”
– Natasha, Hitchin, CollyPower client.
“Colette was recommended to me about 18 months ago. In that time she has pushed me hard at each session, telling me that I can, and taking me out of my comfort zone. I feel the progress each week, still finding new muscles (that pain is good apparently!). I have no hesitation in recommending Colette to anyone who seriously wants to work with a professional, motivational, and focused trainer.”
– Liz, Stevenage, CollyPower client.
“I’ve been training with Colette since last summer with my sister, we really enjoy the way Colette coaches, always different each week. We are definitely much fitter all down to Colette.”
– Lynne, Stevenage, CollyPower client.
“I have always run, but for the last year or so I have been working out weekly with Colette Cooper, her encouragement and support never fails to amaze me. Her routines are always different and if I want to work on certain areas of my body she always has the perfect exercise, if I can’t make a session she always manages to fit me in somewhere else. We always have time for a bit of a natter at the end. Where would I be without Colette Cooper?! Thank you.”
– Frances, Stevenage, CollyPower client.
“I cannot commit to attending gym classes to a set timetable so the home workouts that Colette Cooper sets me, I can do at home when it suits me. I have no equipment at home other than a gym mat but I have still been able to change my shape and make a real difference to the way I feel.”
– Claire, Stevenage, CollyPower client.