Founder/Director of The Yard Athletics - BKIN, CSCS
Ilan's love for sport and fitness started early. As a former professional athlete, he has experienced the rigors of sport from both an athlete’s and a coach’s perspective, enabling him to understand the commitment and dedication necessary to attain one’s full potential.
- 10+ years strength and conditioning training
- Owner/Director of Strength & Conditioning for Factory Hockey Player Development
- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association
- Bachelor of Kinesiology, UBC
- Dual-sport athlete (hockey & rugby)
Who's in the gym with Ilan?
- NHL, Minor Pro, Collegiate, Junior & youth hockey players
- Professional athletes – rowing, rugby, soccer, football
- Business executives and entrepreneurs
What to expect with Ilan:
Ilan's continuous thirst for knowledge and current knowledge base allow him to program and coach his clients to the same level he would a professional athlete.His scientifically based training philosophy coupled with his genuine passion and contagious energy make training sessions a desirable component of everybody's lifestyle. Designing and implementing periodized training systems with focuses on mobility, strength, power, speed and/or endurance training utilizing a broad range of training methodologies, Ilan is able to meet and exceed your training objectives.
Assistant Manager, Strength & Conditioning Coach - BKIN, CSCS
Sam has been working as an athlete and coach in the strength and conditioning industry since 2008. As an athlete Sam has participated at both the collegiate and university level, representing his country on the international stage during that time.
- Bachelor of Kinesiology, UBC
- Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach for Factory Hockey Player Development
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Varsity Athlete (volleyball)
Who's in the gym with Sam?
- Professional, Collegiate and youth athletes
- Business professionals
- Average Joe's to all-time Pros
What to expect with Sam:
During his years at UBC completing a Bachelor of Health Science Degree, Sam had the opportunity to work, as well as train, with the varsity strength and conditioning program. It was through this experience that Sam found his passion for exercise prescription and athletic development. Sam places great value on continuing education and is constantly improving his own knowledge base in order to maximize individualized programming.
Marketing Manager, Strength & Conditioning Coach BS, CPT, PN1
Torin's passion for fitness is celebrated in all forms of movement. Whether it’s a multi-day hike, or a group fitness class, he loves to find new ways to challenge both his body and mind. Torin's academic interests lie within the role exercise plays as a form of therapy; specifically in neurodegenerative diseases.
- Certified Personal Trainer
- TRX suspension certification
- Kondi Fitness Instructor
- bachelor of Science, Quest University
Who's in the gym with Torin?
- Anyone and everyone! From fitness professionals to your average Joe (or Jill).
- If you're looking for good vibes and sweaty times then strength training with Torin is perfect for you.
What to expect with Torin:
Whether you're an avid gym goer, or just starting your fitness journey, Torin will make you feel right at home. His workouts are rooted in the fundamentals but he loves to put his own spin on things. Think full body workout with a balance between strength training and intensive conditioning. Torin’s supportive attitude is sure to help you excel in your own personal fitness endeavours.
Facility & Retail Operations Manager, Strength & Conditioning Coach - BA HSCI, PTS
An active lifestyle and athletics have always been a part of Luke’s life. A former collegiate quarterback, Luke was forced to end his football career due to injury. This setback became his catalyst for change and Luke became focused on maximizing his physical potential through training. His understanding of the human body and the power of the mind became the focal point in his training regimen and daily life.
- BA, Health Sciences, SFU
- Collegiate Athlete (Football)
- Certified Personal Training Specialist through CanFit
Who's in the gym with Luke?
Anyone who wants to improve their health, fitness and mental edge.
What to expect with Luke:
An empowering, inclusive and supportive workout. Luke has had the opportunity to work with athletes at all levels ranging from high school to the pros. Working with 2 NFL teams (Raiders & Steelers), Luke has gained a wealth of knowledge and an understanding of the dedication and training required to reach peak performance and mental focus. Luke’s passion is helping everyone achieve their individual potential-body & mind.
Outside the gym you can find Luke cycling, hiking, paddle boarding and practicing yoga.
Strength & Conditioning Coach - BFA, MM, PTS
Lauren's dedication to an active lifestyle came out of a need to step away from the academic and subsequent 9-5 desk. The opportunity to connect with a community of like-minded, active people, be it while back-country hiking, at spin, or strength training, is what drove Lauren's interest in Personal Training. The mind-body shift as a result of consistent and progressive exercise gives Lauren the balance needed to tackle all facets of daily life.
- CanFit Pro PTS - Personal Training Specialist
Who's in the gym with Lauren?
- If you're looking to fine-tune your movements or learn new ones, let's go!
- Ladies! Let's build a program that works for you!.
What to expect with Lauren:
It's important to Lauren to give others what she sought after - an inclusive, dynamic, and motivating fitness environment and community. Finding balance across daily life can be a challenge, however, there has never been a challenge more worth tackling. Lauren provides a supportive yet challenging environment to improve movement, fitness and the impact this has on daily life all while blasting killer tunes and having a laugh.
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - NCCP Level 1, IFA Fitness & Health Training
As an individual with a passion for strength training, Matt always knew he wanted to help others achieve their fitness goals and set them up with the tools to live a healthier life.
Matt ran track and field all through grade school until grade 9 where hockey became his main focus. He played until junior year in high school at an AAA level. After graduation, Matt went right into working in the tool and die industry where his athletic pursuits were put on hold. After 6 years in the industry, he realized that this lifestyle wasn’t the right fit for him. Matt always knew that he wanted some level of physical activity and health in his life.
- 8+ years of strength and conditioning training
- Health & Fitness College Diploma
- NCCP Weightlifting Coaching Certification
- Varied personal sporting background (AAA Hockey, Track & Field, Weightlifting)
Who's in the gym with Matt:
- Strength athletes (amateur to elite)
- Average Joe’s that love a good barbell workout
- Anyone that’s looking to prioritize building strength
What to expect with Matt
Today, Matt's training focus is geared towards becoming as strong as possible, exceeding his own expectations every time he steps into the gym. He is keen on testing methods and theories in his own training programs to truly understand the benefits and results which he can apply to his clients' sessions. Matt believes we, as humans, are all capable of so much more than what we convince ourselves. He embraces discomfort and fear to keep growing as a person—and athlete—in hopes to become the best version of himself.
Strength & Conditioning Coach - PTS, GGS-1
Before weight training entered the picture, Thea developed her discipline in the world of performing arts. Her commitment to 16 years of competitive dance training shaped her into the athlete (and coach) she is today. Since then, she’s gone from running 21km distances to competing at the National Level in Olympic Weightlifting for 4+ years. Thea believes the best way for trainers to learn more about their craft is by truly testing themselves on both the physical and mental side of performance.
- 16+ years of competitive dance
- 5+ years of competitive Olympic Weightlifting - 2019 National silver
medalist and 2021 record holder in the 59kg weight class
- Certified Personal Training Specialist through CanFitPro
Who's in the gym with Thea?
- Barbell newbies
- Women not afraid to toss around some iron
- Anyone looking to make strength training part of their lifestyle
What to expect with Thea
Thea combines her knowledge from various experiences as a trainer and athlete to deliver coaching best tailored to her client’s goals and needs. She prioritizes quality over quantity and aims to build movement literacy over the course of your sessions with her. Whether you’re looking to set a new 1 rep max, improve your overall athletic performance (in strength AND conditioning), Thea is confident she will be able to help you exceed your own expectations from Day 1.
Strength & Conditioning Coach - BA, DPLM, CSCS, PN1
Growing up, Jeff was always very physically active. Jeff excelled and played competitively in hockey, rugby, football, and basketball. Other activities such as hiking and waterskiing are among his passions. Jeff is also furthering his knowledge and experience as an intern Strength and Conditioning Coach at Simon Fraser University.
- Fitness and health promotion Diploma (honours), Humber College
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association
- Intern Strength and Conditioning Coach at Simon Fraser University
- 8+ Years Personal training, Athletes: tennis, Badminton, hockey, basketball, football, softball, golf, swimming, powerlifting, etc.
- Bodybuilding physique shows, 2018
Who's in the gym with Jeff?
- High Achievers, business executives, stay at home moms
- Athletes: from youth to pro to beer league
- Those looking to work towards the best version of themselves that they want to achieve
What to expect with Jeff
Jeff has a constant drive to learn and help others to make the best version of themselves. Utilizing his vast knowledge base and experience, Jeff is a chameleon in the gym. If you bring the intent, he will provide the art of coaching to help you achieve your goals. Let's get after it!