I've really enjoyed the At Home Dumbbell Program and the group classes. They've become an unexpected highlight of my week during the pandemic, and your approach and attitude is a big part of it.

I'm a Masters Swimmer, and my team went back into the pool this week. I've had a lot of trepidation about this moment: would I be fast enough, how much catch-up will I have to do to get back to where I was, did I do enough to maintain my fitness? Over the last year I've only been able to swim 45 minutes at a time, often in a 20m pool without a pace clock.

I needn't have worried. I've finished a full week of 90-minute practices in our long-course pool. Not only did I swim 17KM this week, I managed to swim 100m freestyle repeats at a 1:30 pacetime. Not only is that fast, that's exactly where I was in March 2020 when we shut down. Nothing's changed. I'm stunned.

I credit your team for a lot of this, so thank you for providing me an outlet to test myself, try new things, occasionally make a fool of myself, and NOT lose my mind while the world kinda ended.

Y'all are great. Looking forward to seeing you in the studio.

Chris Hallamore

Masters Swimmer

I absolutely love The Yard and the community that they've built. Not only do they have an amazing facility but the team is exceptional - each and every trainer brings their own experience and personality to the table; whether it's in a group class setting or a personal training session. Strength training at other gyms can be intimidating but the Yard team is super down-to-earth, welcoming, and hilarious af. It's like going to the gym with friends who have a wealth of knowledge to ensure you lift properly and have good form while throwing in a fun nickname for ya. I've been going to the Yard since June 2020 and try to go 2-3x a week with a mix of group classes and PT sessions. The workouts are tough but awesome and the trainers are great at challenging you to push yourself. This is the heaviest I have ever lifted and the strongest I have ever felt and I couldn't be happier with the results. Nothing but love for the Yard team - I can't recommend them enough!

Nicole Soon

36, HR Professional

The Yard Athletics online program has provided me with the foundation and motivating I needed to attain my goals and see results. From warm up to cool down the program outlines everything I need and the video demo's clear up any questions I have about particular movements. This program got me excited to get into the gym everyday and get the work done!


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.

Alana Henry

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.

Rob Down

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.

Jerret Smith

23, 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.

Angus Thiele

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!

Emily Cowling

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.

Marty McNish

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.

Delaney Macneil

21, Student

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.

Chip Wilson

63, Entrepreneur

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.

John Kapp

Commercial Fisherman

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 Ground Grind…!

Henry Gould

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.

Dane Stevens

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.

Cam Langlois

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.

Evan Lewis

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.

Alex Coleman

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.

Brody Toigo

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.

Matt Reid

29, Real Estate Development

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