Professional Mentorship

What is it?

Much like our training philosophy, our Mentorship Service is customized to the individual. This is an opportunity to collaborate alongside our ownership group to create your own curriculum, specific to your needs.

Designed for aspiring and established trainers, coaches, and gym owners; this is a unique mentorship opportunity which is meant to provide value, clarity, and professional development customized to you. Content can include anything you wish, that you feel we can provide insight on.

How it works

You get in touch with us via email, we pick a date and set aside 4 hours to go over anything that you wish to discuss from program design, exercise selection, facility design, client relation, marketing strategies etc...anything that you wish to discuss and feel we can provide value on.

Additionally, we can also train during this time, or for a portion of it. We can train together, we can train you, or you can train us. Alternatively, we can also explore the Greater Vancouver area, and enjoy the wilderness; while discussing business.

Finally, we will grab some grub, and be on our way. All in, it will be about a 6 hour day.


I've been a big fan of Ilan and Yard Athletics for a number of years now! They are excellent at what they do and provide a great service for all of their members. As a coach myself, I have the utmost respect for the positive impact they have made in Vancouver’s fitness community.

I jumped at the opportunity to work with Ilan through the Yard Athletics Professional Mentorship Program. Ilan’s insight and advice in helping me grow Denman Athletics has genuinely been invaluable. It was fantastic to be able to sit down with someone who has already navigated the challenging career path of running a fitness facility.

Ilan is very pragmatic in his approach. He told me what I NEEDED to hear and not what I wanted to hear. We worked together to create a vision, with goals, timelines and a plan to execute them. His knowledge and expertise is obvious, but what I got most from the mentorship program was the accountability and knowing that he had my back when I needed advice.

I can't recommend the Yard Athletics Professional Mentorship Program enough for any personal trainers, coaches or gym owners that are serious about taking their business to the next level!

David Henderson,
Denman Athletics

Working with Ilan was incredibly insightful and educational. We addressed every facet of my business in order to get a thorough idea of what is currently happening, and how to confidently move forward. His professional, no-BS manner is met with a humour and light-heartedness that's a winning combination to succeed in business; two values that strongly align with my own. His demeanour isn't just respectable, but also impactful in order to get straight to the point of my concerns and issues. He's learned many lessons from educated trial and error and it shows - his business is a success and I have no doubt he’ll help to make mine a success too.

Meaghan Sutter,
Peak Training + Movement Studio

Ilan was able to break down all my answers from the questionnaire and get right to the point instead of beating around the bush and I loved that about our conversation. He’s a very direct individual and doesn’t want to just feed you what you want to hear. Ilan provided me with the information and guidance I need to be able to go after my goals and establish myself in the fitness industry!

Darryl Senholt,
University Student


If this is something that interests you, send us an email, subject line “YARD MENTORSHIP” to [email protected].

If you would like to bring a business partner, spouse, or friend, feel free to do so.

We will connect beforehand over a phone call to discuss some details, and then we will be on our way!

These are only offered once per month, and the cost is $1500.

Can’t make it in person? Send us an email and we can connect remotely over a 90 minute video call! The cost for these is $300.