Our Story

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Our Mission:

To make Jesus famous and change lives!

Our Vision:

To provide a great value fitness experience in a positive, uplifting environment that glorifies God.

Our Core Values: the 5 D’s

  • Devotion to God – Desire to make Jesus famous in our clubs. WE LOVE AND SERVE OTHERS
  • Discipline in Living – We do the right thing when no one is watching. WE ARE HONEST
  • Determination to Stay the Course – Excellence honors God. WE WORK TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY
  • Dream Great Dreams for God’s Glory – Everyone is destined to achieve great things. WE HAVE A HUMBLE COACHABLE HEART THAT IS WILLING TO GROW

Our Story

Still to this day Charles and Amber love to travel to each location to get a workout, connect with the staff, and to stay connected with the members.

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On December of 2022 we opened our sixth location in Dallas, TX. This is our second location in the state of Texas.

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On November of 2020 we opened our fifth location in Oklahoma City, OK. This is our second location in the state of Oklahoma.

See our appearance on FOX 25 OKC here.

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In October of 2020 Colaw Fitness is voted as the “Best Place to Exercise” in the Best of Topeka ceremony by the Topeka Capital Journal for the third year in a row.

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On July of 2020 we opened our fourth location in Arlington, TX. This location was our largest to date with 21,000+ sq. ft.


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In January 2020, we were featured on TK Business Magazine as a great place to achieve your full potential in Topeka, KS.

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In Octoberber of 2019 Colaw Fitness is a finalist in the “Favorite Fitness Centers” in the four states by the Joplin Globe.

Favorite Fitness Center 2019

In September of 2019 Colaw Fitness is voted as the “Best Place to Exercise” in the Best of Topeka ceremony by the Topeka Capital Journal for the second year in a row.

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In August of 2019 Colaw Fitness we decided to partner up with Justin Wren and “Fight For The Forgotten” to help provide clean, safe, drinking water for people in Africa. We are also helping to fight bullying in the United States by supporting bullying prevention and character development programs in our own communities.

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In December 2018, we were featured on KSNT.com as a great place to lose weight in Topeka, KS.

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In October of 2018 Colaw Fitness is voted as “Best Fitness Center” in Bartlesville by the Examiner Enterprise for the 10th year since 2007.

Best Of Bartlesville 2018

In September of 2018 Colaw Fitness is voted as “Best Weight Loss Center” and “Best Place to Exercise” in the Best of Topeka ceremony by the Topeka Capital Journal.


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In July 2018 the second water well was built with staff that traveled to the site to help with the process.

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On January 1st of 2018 Colaw Fitness opened the third location in Topeka, KS.

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In 2017 the first water well was built which brought clean water to 1,500+ people.

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In 2017 Colaw Fitness partnered up with Water4Life Mozambique to help provide clean, safe, drinking water for people in Africa. The first dollar of each membership sold goes to the Water4Life project to help build water wells in Mozambique.

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In December of 2016 “The Topeka Capital-Journal” announces that Colaw Fitness is coming to Topeka, KS. https://www.cjonline.com/news/business/2016-12-26/new-fitness-center-planned-just-east-wanamaker-corridor

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On January 1st of 2016 Colaw Fitness opened the second location in Joplin, MO. This location was such a big hit that the team immediately turned around and started working on opening a third location.

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Colaw Fitness is voted as Bartlesville’s Best Fitness Center 9 times from 2007 to 2016. Including 8 years in a row.

Colaw Fitness continued to provide a positive, uplifting atmosphere to all its members while helping thousands of people achieve great results.

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When Colaw Fitness started Charles and Amber’s passion was to do what they loved and love on the people while doing it. They wanted to use the business as a ministry as they believe that God gives everybody a unique platform to impact others, and they felt like this was their calling.

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As the clients grew Charles and Amber knew that it was time to take the next step and open a fitness center, so in 2006 they took a leap of faith and opened their first fitness center.

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After many years of personal training Colaw Fitness started in 2005 in Bartlesville, OK out of Charles and Amber’s house and it became a revolving door of clients coming in and out for training sessions. Trying to balance training clients from 5 am until 11pm, with 2 kids and a third one on the way was “pretty crazy”.

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