Dr. Sheldon Levy co-founder
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Sheldon Levy has built an impressive career as a physician and serial entrepreneur. His work as a physician has included experience in cardiovascular surgery, emergency/trauma and addiction medicine. Sheldon’s past experience in business include being the owner of an export company specializing in the provision of medical equipment and technology to developing countries, President and Medical Director of Canada’s largest privately owned independent medical assessment firm and Director of a finance organization that provided both used vehicle financing and legal disbursement funding. Currently, Sheldon is the Managing Director of a boutique Toronto-based private equity firm, which specializes in various venture capital/private equity investments. Sheldon is a dedicated CrossFitter and has competed in both the CrossFit Open and local competitions, as well as being an avid spinner. CrossFit YKV is a reflection of Sheldon’s passion for fitness and his desire to share his enthusiasm towards CrossFit with all. Sheldon is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
Blair Lyon Co-founder + Head coach
Blair Lyon has been involved in the fitness industry for over 20 years, including experience as both a powerlifter and a career as an amateur boxer. Blair has been a CrossFit Instructor since 2011 and has competed in the CrossFit Open as well as local competitions. With business, as well as fitness and lifestyle diplomas, Blair has managed the most prestigious health clubs in Toronto and established an extensive clientele. Blair is both partner and lead Instructor of the elite coaching staff of Crossfit YKV.
Blair's CrossFit and Extended Certifications are as follows:
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
- CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
- CrossFit Mobility
- CrossFit Strongman
- Olympic Lifting-Darby Training Systems
- Medical Exercise Specialist-American Academy of Health, Fitness, & Rehabilitation
- RTS 1 & 2-Resistance Training Specialist
- Personal Trainer - Canadian Personal Training Network
John Soco Coach
John has a life-long history and passion for being involved in sport and athletics. His athleticism combined with his passion for fitness, brought him to personal training and leading boot camp classes in 2010. His first introduction to CrossFit was in 2011 where his competitive instincts took over...fast forward to today and John brings with him the knowledge and experience only acquired through years with CrossFit, and his time spent as a personal trainer and fashioning his training philosophy after Olympic athlete-caliber mentors. John is always interested in trying new sports and ways of training for the experience of pushing his body to different levels and applying those principles to coaching each individual to the best version of themselves.
John’s certifications include:
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- Precision Nutrition Level 1
Nina Jung Coach
Nina’s involvement with dance and yoga has been life long and has taught her body awareness, igniting her passion for the potential of human movement. In 2013, Nina discovered CrossFit and has not looked back since, being a life-changing event as to how she views mental and physical strength. As a coach, Nina strives to push and challenge individuals to realize their full potential. Nina will be pursuing her dream of becoming a Physiotherapist in the fall.
Nina’s certifications include:
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Mobility
- Darby's / Oly-WOD's Olympic Certification
Isabel Lahela is currently a 53kg Canadian Olympic weightlifter based in Toronto. She is also an internationally published model, blogger, and social media influencer, aiming to inspire girls (and guys) everywhere to not only get fit and in the gym, but to reap all the benefits of weight training. Isabel is a retired dancer of 15 years and dealt with body image and eating issues her entire life.
Upon finding weightlifting, Isabel has been able to live the happy and healthy fit life that everyone deserves, while loving her body! Let Isabel help you acheive your fitness and nutrition goals and essentially, love yourself.
ALIX KELL Gymnastics Specialist and Personal Trainer
Alix Kell is a former provincial artistic gymnast. After 13 years of gymnastic training, Alix made the transition to dance and Musical theatre. She attended the American Musical And Dramatic Academy in New York City and studied Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Wacking and House dancing at the infamous Steps and Broadway Dance Centre .
Alix performed in the National Tour of Fame the musical and other Musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Oliver Twist and That Dance Show in The Charlotte Town festival . She has also performed in many industrials for Nike, LG Fashion Week, Telus, Mac Commetics and The CFL to name a few. She has also had the pleasure to dance with her idol Madonna during the grand opening for Hardcandy Fitness Toronto, opening up her current position as the Head Hardcandy Fitness Toronto Addicted to Sweat Instructor. She has also danced in an opening act for artists Jay Sean, a Dancing with the Stars Performance with Sloan's Drummer Andrew Scott, and currently backup dances for Toronto's own electro artist Mellefresh.
To bridge the gap between professional dance and fitness, Alix completed her Fitness Instructor Specialist certificate and creates fun filled dance class exploring choreography in the styles such as hip hop, jazz funk and house that anyone can enjoy! She also teaches Crossfit classes at Crossfit Bay an King, group exercise class's such as ATS cardio dance, ATS Beast body sculpt, hi/low, boot camp, Tabata and Core classes all around the GTA.
Through her diverse Influences in gymnastic, dance, group exercise instructing, strength training, crossfit and biomechanics, Alix has been able to take the Toronto fitness industry by storm teaching and doing what she loves!
DEXTER DELVES Certified Personal Trainer - Boxing/Kickboxing
Dexter Delves is a Level 4 (highest level) personal trainer at the Adelaide Club, the Cambridge Club, and the Toronto Athletic Club. Dexter’s background is in martial arts. He was a professional kick boxer, and is a registered licensed competitive amateur boxer, as well as a licensed Level 2 boxing coach. His 32 years in martial arts, boxing, and kick boxing makes him one of the most respected personal trainers in the art. Training with Dex is guaranteed to allow you to reach optimal performance and often times achieve things you never thought physically possible.
David Kearsey Coach
Looking for a challenge? David is a dynamic leader who encourages clients through his no-bull approach to training. Playing professional rugby from an early age fitness became a passion and natural step for David with a career in high end health that spans over a decade. “When we make a decision to look after our body that change bleeds through to other pillars of our life. Creating positive, happy and successful people”.
Certifications, Training and Licenses:
- CrossFit L1
- CrossFit Weightlifting
- CrossFit Anatomy
- CrossFit Scaling
- Kettlebell Certified
- CPR & AED Certified
- TRX Certified
Alexandra Wright Coach
Alexandra has built her personal and professional life around the improvement of other’s health. Having been involved in competitive sports from an early age, Alexandra easily took to CrossFit’s hardworking, team environment. She has been teaching group fitness and aerobic classes since 2013, excelling in the ability to breakdown complex movements in a class environment. Alexandra aims for all participants to set and exceed personal goals. Her current work in health services research brings a different view to the world of CrossFit and YKV.
Alexandra’s certifications include:
- CrossFit Level 1
Coming from a diverse athletic background, Alex has been both an athlete and a coach in various sports over the past 5 years. Though she loves all things athletic, discovering the CrossFit community 2 years ago made her quickly realize that this is where her true passions lie. While completing her bachelors in Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, Alex worked with children and young adults with disabilities developing individualized exercise programs that helped foster a life-long love of physical activity. Alex loves the journey of helping others find a form of exercise that excites and motivates them each day. As a coach, Alex firmly believes that every person has unlimited potential and simply needs the right support and environment to thrive. Nothing makes Alex happier than to see those around her make progress, meet their goals, and grow more confident with each step they take.
Alex's credentials include:
- Bachelors of Kinesiology (honours) University of Toronto
- Masters of Science (Exercise Psychology) in progress
- CrossFit Level 1
- Agatsu Olympic Lifting Mobility Level 1
- Certified Mobility WOD Mobility and Movement Specialist
- Introduction to Inclusion Level 1- Adapted Physical Activity
- Completion of Vladamir Safanov Intensive Olympic Lifting Camp
- CPR & First Aid Certified
Kate has an outstanding athletic career. From being on some of the best hockey teams in the nation to college rugby, she's been a team leader and a coach since she could walk. Kate found CrossFit in 2013 and participated in her first RX individual competition three months later. Kate's athleticism has helped her make CrossFit her sole career as an athlete and as a coach pretty quickly. Kate was previously a chef and therefore understands the importance of nutrition, proper meal preparation and how to tie together fitness and food. Kate is very spirited, which brings a great dynamic to her classes. She is currently training for the CrossFit regionals as well as working towards her CrossFit Level 3 certification,S and happily shares her knowledge and experience with anyone who asks. She is also part penguin.
Kate's certifications include:
- L2 Certified