Raw, Uncut, Back to Basics
"The Yard" is an elite training facility where professional athletes, business executives and your modern day Waylon Jennings' "Ramblin' Man" alike are all welcome. This is raw, uncut, back to basics training. Our coaching staff will provide the expertise, passion, commitment and genuine enthusiasm to improve your performance and overall well-being on the field, in the boardroom or on the dance floor. Using systematic, science-based training methods, Yard Athletics aims to be your home turf for a customized strength and conditioning environment fuelled by hard work, harder hitting beats and relentless tenacity in the pursuit of excellence.
There is no one size fits all, 24 hour fix, short term investment for long term gain. It is a journey; you are the driver and we are the vehicle. If you commit yourself to us, we will commit ourselves to you. We provide you with the tools necessary to hit the nail on the head…
Pull Your Weight
Commit yourself to us and adopt a lifestyle of continuous development of the body and mind alongside driven, committed, and motivated individuals. Come book a free consultation with us today and get a taste of a) our drug of choice, and b) how we can help you achieve a higher level of being.
I have been going to the Yard for about a year and it has completely enhanced my fitness levels. Ilan, Sam and Joce bring energy and life to 6AM mornings and are always able to cater to my individual needs (and demands) at the drop of a hat. They are always willing and able to provide expert advice on fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle, while constantly pushing me to lift heavier and set new goals.
25, HR Generalist
Early mornings at the Yard are now a part of my life that I could not live without. Ilan and his team have an unequaled understanding of every clients individual needs which puts them at the pinnacle of performance training. Ilan had the unenviable task of convincing me to start from the very beginning and re-taught me everything I thought I already knew. Through his process I gained a true appreciation of the functionality and mobility he pushes in his techniques. These guys are the best of the best.
34, Commercial Real Estate
Every time I step foot into this gym I am instantly motivated. The atmosphere makes workouts fun while still maintaining a great sweat. My body was in great shape from going here and I would recommend it to anyone looking for great place to train and get in shape.
24, Student Athlete
Ilan, Sam, and Joce are adept at working with people's goals, flexibility, ability, injuries, energy, focus, music taste, etc. and keep the routines challenging but enjoyable. Normally you could not pay me to go to the gym after work but I genuinely look forward to a sweat at the Yard and walk out feeling more energized than when I arrived.
26, CRE Broker
My weekly routine usually involves "The Old Fashioned" at Yard Athletics and it's always the perfect way to end a stressful or busy day. Aside from the top-notch level training, the coaches are able to help guide you and tailor the workout to your specific needs without slowing the group pace. Yard Athletics continues to create an environment of support on behalf of Ilan, Sam and Jocelyn, who attract clientele much like themselves. If you're looking to crush goals, have a laugh or two or simply listen to some fire tunes while breaking a sweat, this is the place for you! Guaranteed, you will always leave with higher spirits and lower back squats!
25, Dance Choreographer / Student
A long time personal goal was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. After completing 10 marathons and with gradually slower times, I figured my fastest races were behind me. Shortly after working with Ilan and Sam I ran a qualifying time in Chicago in 2016, much credit due to the tailored regimen they put me through.
34, Portfolio Manager
I decided to go into the Yard after quite a while out of the gym and lifting weights. And it was one of the best decisions I have come to make. Not only were Ilan, Joce and Sam extremely open and welcoming they have helped me regain confidence and lift weights heavier than ever before. Each one of them knows what they are talking about and will do everything they can to help you achieve any/all of your goals.
Not only has Yard athletics and it’s incredible staff given me back my excitement for the gym they have also given me an incredible and diverse community to be a part of. Couldn’t recommend any place better to start hitting those goals.
Ilan's ability to customize my workouts and accommodate my physical limitations has been great. His approach is technical; he is a problem solver and results driven. He is truly dedicated to his craft and his clients, and he is always on time. I'm a busy guy; time is precious.
Just finished a 12 week "HIIT" program at Yard Athletics. I'm very pleased with the experience and results. I have trained for decades in the "old school" style, 5x5 or 5,3,1 compound lifting and some hill work. Ilan Cumberbirch designed a "high intensity interval training" program for me. I worked out three times a week with Ilan and another Yard trainer, Sam Shaw. The challenge for them was to teach an "old dog" new tricks and convince me that this approach had merit. I had never worked with personal trainers in the past. They did an incredible job demonstrating the various exercises and more importantly, motivating me every session (and listening to me babble on about how we did it in the old days). Results: i lost three inches in the waist and have increased my overall strength and range of motion in many movements.
I highly recommend Yard Athletics.
Yard Athletics is the finest facility I've had the privilege of training at, with the best and most knowledgeable coaches in Vancouver. Ilan, Sam and Jocelyn are highly motivating, friendly, fun, engaging, and most of all, extremely educated on everything to do with fitness, nutrition, and sports performance.
Most of all, each trainer can not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. Pity the fool who would challenge any of them to a squat competition, push-up contest or race up the Grouse Grind…!
31, Senior Consultant
I don’t always hit the yard, but when I do, I know I’m going to get an incredible level of service, attention and coaching. Every team member cares about giving their clients the best workout they can, and the positive atmosphere adds great energy to each circuit.
29, Owner, Cavalier Gastown
A walking encyclopedia when it comes to human movement, he possesses the often overlooked skill of being able to communicate complex subjects in the most simple yet effective manner....I would recommend Ilan to anyone seeking to push your body to new limits, or simply live a happier, healthier lifestyle.
26, Investment Advisor
The energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge he brings to each workout creates an atmosphere that motivates me to push myself way harder than I otherwise would…he always takes time to explain the principles and theories that underlie what we do.
30, Real Estate Professional
Every time I step into the gym with him, I am excited for our grueling workouts. I love the positive energy that he brings to every session. I would recommend Ilan to anyone who is looking to get in shape, improve their fitness,and gain size and strength…I have had many different trainers throughout the years and nobody comes close to Ilan in terms of knowledge, motivation, and camaraderie.
28, Property Management
After my back surgery in 2013, I was always hesitant of the things I was doing in the gym. My back hasn’t felt this stable in a very long time since working out with Ilan.
30, Commercial Banking
Coming from a hockey background and having spent the last year focused on aerobic endurance training for the Ironman, I desperately wanted to regain some strength and power. Working with Cumby these last few months has really pushed my fitness and I feel stronger and more stable than ever.
29, Real Estate Development