Adrienne is a certified Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. Over the last three years, she’s taught indoor cycling with Habit Health and Wellness, regularly including strength and endurance components to her classes. Adrienne has worked in recreation for over 15 years, having received a degree in Recreation and Tourism Management from the University of Vancouver Island in 2006. She brought her expertise and passion home, and now provides Yukoners with opportunities to be active and healthy, both during her
full-time work as a Community Recreation Consultant for the Sport and Recreation Branch of the Yukon Government, and through teaching classes.
Growing up playing competitive soccer, Adrienne was a starter for the ACAC Red Deer College Queens soccer team from 2000 to 2003, earning her an athletics academic excellence award. She loves to participate in outdoor recreational activities and community events, from the Montane Arctic Ultra marathon, to paddling the Yukon River, to hiking the West Coast Trail. Adrienne is always ready to take advantage of new adventures that will continue to challenge her mind and body. Join Adrienne for a dynamic ride that features a mix of strength and endurance drills, themed rides, great tunes, and a lot of fun. Her classes will be sure to leave you feeling energized and sweaty.
Ben was an academic All-Canadian football player at Bishop's University, and was awarded the Strathcona honour for graduating with the highest academic standing of all Bishop's Varsity athletes. After University, Ben moved to the Yukon where he worked with Environment Yukon, and coached athletes part-time. After passing the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist exam in 2017, Ben left YTG to take a training camp position with the Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL as an assistant strength coach. Soon after, Ben worked out of the Canadian Strength Institute in Ottawa, training NHL, CFL, OHL and Olympic athletes. Ben later returned to the Yukon to start Northern Strength Academy, and has helped guide top Yukon athletes, including Dylan Cozens of the Buffalo Sabres alongside other Amateur athletes, Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. Ben has earned credentials as a Movement and Mobility Specialist, in Reflexive Performance Reset, the Art of Breath and more.
Currently, Ben is remotely studying his Masters in Strength & Conditioning out of Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.
Jeremy was an all Canadian and National Player of the year during his high school career on Vancouver Island, for the Ladysmith 49ers. During that time Jeremy also played hockey, and was drafted to the WHL’s Calgary Hit Men who later traded him to the Swift Current Broncos. Upon completing high school Jeremy received a full NCAA division 1 athletic scholarship to Eastern Washington University to play basketball. Jeremy competed at EWU for 5 years winning multiple conference championships, including 1 trip to the NCAA Tournament (March Madness). Jeremy was then able to continue his basketball career and play professionally for 8 season in Europe, Asia and North America. During his career he has been trained by qualified strength and conditioning coaches from all over the world. Helping to enable a successful career that lead to multiple championships in Finland, Germany, Romania, and Thailand that included many personal awards and achievements.
Jeremy Retired from basketball in 2013 and moved to the Yukon and began work for the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation as the Manager of Education and Recreation. During his time in Old Crow, Jeremy gained a better understanding of the North and our Yukon communities. After spending 3 years in Old Crow Jeremy accepted a position with Sport Yukon as the Yukon Physical Literacy Coordinator. This position travelled to all Yukon communities to promote active living, sport, and implement the Yukon Physical literacy Curriculum.
Jeremy then made the transition into strength and conditioning coaching and passed his CSCS exam in 2018 to join Ben Mcpherson as the co-owner of Northern Strength Academy where he has been coaching and mentoring through his personal experience professional, collegiate, national and international athletes from the Yukon Territory
Brayden received his Bachelor of Science Kinesiology degree (with Distinction) from the University of Lethbridge in 2020 and passed his NSCA-CSCS exam in November of 2022. A lifelong athlete, Brayden started in Track and Field as a Decathlete. In University, he was a 2x Academic All-Canadian with the Pronghorns track team and qualified for the 2017 USports Track and Field Championships in the Heptathlon. After graduating, he decided to focus his energy into sprinting. Brayden was noticed by a local coach and is now a Skeleton athlete with the Snipers Skeleton Club. He has had the opportunity to train at the fastest track in the world and absolutely loves the sport. Brayden is looking forward to sharing his passion in strength and fitness to everyone he coaches.
Ian is a 4x Reckless Raven winner, 3 sport university athlete in Nordic Skiing, Cross Country and Water Polo.
As an elite ultra athlete Ian has won ultra running races including the 50 mile Reckless Raven, second in the Yukon River Quest, won the Klondike Road Relay and the Kluane Chilkat Bike Relay.
Tristan graduated from the University of Toronto in 2019. After graduating he moved back to his hometown Whitehorse, Yukon to give back to the Heart of Riverdale Community Centre working as the “Breaking” program instructor for two years. Tristan discovered his passion for movement at a young age in a style of dance known as “breaking” and has had the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with his crew Groundwork Sessions. Tristan continued to apply his learnings from school to his daily life and practice in dance and strength training - appreciating the multi-faceted approach to the science of the human body and physical activity. Specializing in sports performance and socio-physical culture.
After meeting Ben and Jeremy from Northern Strength Academy in August 2020 and shadowing their work through 2021, Tristan began taking the necessary steps towards his career in strength and conditioning. Recently awarded the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in November 2021; Tristan also started his sole proprietorship “Tireless Training” as a strength and conditioning coach while now being employed with NSA.
Receiving ongoing mentorship and guidance from Northern Strength Academy’s coaches and their experiences, Tristan feels fortunate to be able to work and learn alongside them in his practice as a professional. Coaching local athletes, teams, and personal training, continuing to develop his skills and knowledge. Tristan is now studying for the Corrective Exercise Specialist certification by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Kiki is a former competitive track and field athlete. Growing up in Quebec, she competed for 9 years, and participated twice in the Penn Relays, the oldest and largest Track & Field competition in the United States. She competed throughout North America where she won multiple medals as a sprinter.
Her passion for sports and performance brought her to study Kinesiology at the University of Sherbrooke. After University, Kiki had the opportunity to coach national-level track and field athletes. Kiki later entered a post graduate certificate program in Therapeutic Exercise, to become a kinesiologist and kinesiotherapist, specializing in therapeutic exercise and musculoskeletal conditions.
She has also acquired certifications in athletic taping, Méthode Mézières, (Sport Massage) running analysis, self-massage techniques, and more.
Kiki uses a holistic approach to assess her clients’ tension, injuries, imbalances, posture and gait. She then combines massage techniques, soft-tissue mobilization, trigger points, tension reduction techniques and stretches in her rehabilitative treatment. After providing treatment, Kiki prescribes therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises for her clients.
Kiki is currently specializing in Sport Massage, Olympic lifting and gate analysis at NSA, Reach out to book something with her today!
Leon is a lifelong athlete, starting at age 7 in Scotland with Judo then further expanded into Boxing, Jiu Jutsu and Brazilian Jiu Jutsu, among other martial arts, he then began assisting with coaching at 14, and has competed and medaled at National Level Judo in Scotland, England and Canada and further competed in Brazilian Jiu Jutsu in Canada.
In 2009, Leon Immigrated to Ontario and began working as a freelance Personal Trainer and later, a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, during this time he started to develop a passion for strength sports, competing in both Strongman and Powerlifting events and began expanding his client base to athletes from all around the globe, including; Germany, Estonia, America and Vietnam, often acting as a consultant or assistant to other Strength Coaches.
Over the years he has worked with a diverse range of athletes, from powerlifters and strongman competitors to combat athletes and military personnel, developing, blending and learning about a variety of different training methodologies for many different fields of performance.
Leon specializes in strength, power, and mobility training as well as injury management and has worked in guiding individuals in overcoming both chronic and acute injuries and supporting them on their path to peak performance along and finds personal pride in aiding beginner and novice athletes reach elite levels of strength and athleticism.
Leon is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Powerlifting Instructor from the International Sports Sciences Association, a Certified Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a Sports Injury Specialist from the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association.