20 Questions With Sam Shaw: Yard Athletics Trainer

Welcome back to 20 Questions, where we put a member of the Yard Athletics community on the spot to answer a bunch of our random, esoteric questions for the purposes of your amusement! Today we are speaking to none other than Sam Shaw, the legend with the blonde locks who can push the weight of a man twice his size. … Read More

20 Questions with Jocelyn Erickson: Yard Athletics Trainer

By Henry Gould – July 30th, 2018 Welcome to a new series in the Yard Athletics blog! We wanted to get to know everyone in the Yard community a little better, so naturally we figured the best way to do this was fire 20 random questions at them. Today were talking to Jocelyn “Joce” Erickson, coach at Yard Athletics and … Read More

Ilan Cumberbirch & Yard Athletics Featured In BC Business!

#YardHard faithful! Stop what you’re doing and head over to the BC Business website (or pick up a copy of their latest print issue) to see all-seeing, all-knowing owner and trainer, Ilan Cumberbirch, take you through a day in the life. Have you ever wanted to know what time Ilan wakes up? Has for breakfast, lunch and snacks? It’s all here! … Read More

5 Tips For Staying Healthy During The Week

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By Henry Gould – July 23rd, 2018 It goes without saying, the single hardest part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is CONSISTENCY. Regularly exercising (even when you don’t want to), eating good quality food (despite the $1.99 pizza slice across from your office…) and getting 8+ hours of sleep night in, night out, is no easy task. We live in … Read More

RECIPE – Eggplant “Baked Potatoes” with Spicy Tahini Sauce

By Henry Gould – July 18th, 2018 Hope everyone is beating the heat! We’ll complain when the rain starts, so best to soak up every last drop of the summer in Vancouver while it’s still here. Below is a wonderful recipe for summer, as you can do the eggplants on the BBQ, bring to the table on a big platter … Read More

RECIPE – Chickpea Flour Banana Pancakes from Ashley Hildebrand

Hope everyone had a great Canada Day! Nothing quite like a short week in the summer… We’ve got a great recipe today from guest poster and friend of Yard Athletics, Ashley Hildebrand. Not your standard bisquick pancakes; these substitute standard wheat flour for chickpea flour, making for a deeper flavor, more protein, and a gluten free alternative to the usual. … Read More


I think we can all agree, any type of workout done to your favorite music is going to be better than one done in complete silence. Unless you’re someone who gains energy from the quiet void, chances are you have an energetic playlist lined up to get you through the grind. Yard Athletics coach Jocelyn Erickson recently told me she … Read More


Happy Monday to all the #YardHard faithful… we’ve got a special edition of TRANSFORMATIONS today, featuring none other than Yard Athletics coach Sam Shaw. Sam took part in the “Yard vs. The People” challenge, hoping to gain as much weight as he could in one month to beat Ilan Cumberbirch’s loss. That’s right folks, some of us out there can afford to … Read More

RECIPE – Spiced Lentil Soup

This is hands down one of the easiest, cheapest and healthiest recipes you can make: spiced lentil soup. Lentils are incredibly good for you, full of protein, fibre and vitamins, and incredibly inexpensive to prepare. Make a large pot and the beginning of the week, then portion in tupperware containers for lunches, or freeze for a day when you don’t … Read More


Were back! Over the last few weeks we’ve been blown away by the number of amazing Transformations story submissions coming in, so please keep them coming. It’s a huge inspiration to the team at Yard Athletics when we see the hard work people have put in to make a positive change in their fitness, eating and lifestyle. Next up we … Read More