Northern Strength Academy

Northern Strength Academy provides science-first strength and conditioning to enhance lifestyle and athletic performance. We operate out of our private facility in downtown Whitehorse.

Operating as usual


When was the last time you played like a kid? Get outside on Friday afternoon and play with us!

Fridays at 12:00pm at FH Collins Field July 9- August 13

After a quick head-to-toe warmup, NSA coaches will facilitate your Fun Friday 'Gym Class' game! Sessions will include:

-Ultimate Frisbee
-Dodgeball (of all sorts! Dr. Dodgeball, everyone for themselves dodgeball, snipeball, and oldschool gym-class dodgeball!)
-Stones a.k.a. Gold Rush


Link to register:

#sportyukon #northernstrengthacademy #gymclass #adultgames #ultimatefrisbee #dodgeball #whitehorseyukon #sportsday #funandgames #funsports #funtrainingsession #playhardworkhard #spikeball #sportlife #join



Thursday June 10, 2021 7pm to 8:15pm @ NSA with our dietitian Anna Kirkwood

The Yukon River Quest is fast approaching, and we hope your training is going well! Now, what about your nutrition? We know paddling 715 km is a challenge for both the body and the mind, but it can also be a challenge for the stomach and gut.
In this nutrition session, our registered dietitian will talk about fueling for training, hydration, nutrition for race days, and strategies to manage nausea and intestinal discomfort.
While this session is catered to marathon paddling, if you are an avid multi-day long distance adventure paddler, this session will be helpful for you too!

#nutritiontips #dietitian #whitehorseyukon #sportyukon #paddling #watersports #yukonriverquest #yukonriver #yukon #northernstrengthacademy #sportperformance #riverpaddle #yukonterritory


On Saturday June 5 from 10:00am - 11:00, NSA is hosting a FREE workout outside at FH Collins track and field for the whole family! Parents bring your kids, and kids bring your parents!

We will show you how to warm up properly for this dynamic outdoor workout, before we pull out our coolest conditioning tools for you to try.

There will be agility relay races, battle ropes, medicine balls, dodgeballs, spikeballs and conditioning games after the workout!

Before, during and after the session, our Registered Sport Dietician Anna Kirkwood will be on site with healthy snacks and a wealth of knowledge- so be sure to pick her brain while you're there!

CSCS Certified Coaches Christine Kirk, Jeremy McCulloch, Ian Weir and Ben McPherson will be there to put you through the paces! (And join you for some of those strides).

Go at your own speed, all fitness levels are welcome. Please register separately for Ian's 4x400 family relay challenge!

Please bring your own water and workout clothing to the session!

Sign up link (via Facebook) 🔻🔻🔻



NSA’s nutrition expert Anna Kirkwood is offering a class focused on proper nutrition and hydration leading up to race day, how to fuel for ultra running (during the race), breakdown of commonly used sport supplements, how to plan your nutrition on the course and you guys will have the opportunity to try some snacks!

Heck yes- let’s eats some snacks and chat about food for marathon training and race day!

Email or msg us to sign up ASAP.

#nutrition #raceday #marathontraining #runningmotivation #recklessraven #whitehorseyukon #northernstrengthacademy #sportyukon #ultrarunning #hydrate #healthysnacks #runningsnacks #foodtips


June 5th is National Health and Fitness Day. Join CGC and local health and fitness professionals EV Strength and Conditioning, Habit Health And Wellness, Long Lean & Mean Fitness, Northern Strength Academy, Wicked Ram Fitness, for free in-person or online classes.

For class schedule and registration information go to



Register Here via Facebook :

Monday May 26th-Wednesday June 30th.
5pm running sessions, Mon and Wed evenings. ALL LEVELS WELCOME!
-10 sessions $190.
-drop in classes $22.

Tuesday May 25th-June 29th.
Strength for runners, final peaking phase. Get yourself finely tuned up for the reckless raven!
-Two groups available, 6-7am OR 12-1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
-10 sessions for $230.

Tuesday and Thursday 5:45pm May 25th - June 7th
Strength for runners, final peaking phase. Get yourself finely tuned up for the reckless raven!
-5 sessions for $115.


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NSA is super excited to be partnering with an amazing local company @yukonbuilt to bring our community some sweet gear 😎

Who wants hoodies!!!?? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

If you want one let us know your size asap! Orders are going in next week. 👍

Hoodies retail for $65 - NSA members contact for discounted pricing!! 🤯

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Monday April 12- May 10
12:00-1:00 pm

Class always starts downtown at NSA
with NSA running academy coach Ian Weir.

Social runners, beginners and new clients welcome! This is a class for everyone. Enjoy coaching from the best- without the pressure. Get out of the office and brighten your day. $95 for 5 weeks

Use the link via Facebook to sign up



Join NSA yoga with Candace Dow

Candace obtained her 200 hr Yoga teacher certification in Ireland, studying Vinyasa (Flow)and Yin Yoga(slow, longer holds) She also has certification in ‘kids yoga’ and currently working on ‘pre and post natal yoga’. She enjoys combining and sharing an active lifestyle with the benefits of yoga for body and mind. In her spare time she can be found skiing, travelling and horseback riding.
Yoga with Candace

Tuesdays 7-8pm
April 6th - May 11th
6 weeks $126
Drop in $23

Registration link: (use via Facebook)


NSA is thrilled to welcome Ian Weir as a FULL TIME coach. Sign up for any one of Ian's April running or skiing specific classes at:

Contact NSA to register with Ian for a personalized online running program, 1:1 and small group training or team training

Ian is a 3x reckless raven winner, 3-sport university athlete in Nordic Skiing, Cross Country and Water Polo. In The Yukon, He's won the 50-mile reckless Raven 3 times, placed second canoe in the Yukon River quest, has won the klondike road relay and the Kluane Chilkat bike relay.

Train with NSA today!

Photos from Northern Strength Academy's post 03/25/2021

NSA March athlete of the month: Liz Sutton

Liz has attended NSA running groups since the inception of the programme and has made huge improvements in her running. She is a hard working athlete that is hitting the gym twice a week and running 4 - 5 times, while including cross country skiing and spinning classes mixed in for cross training. Liz been training hard for the Modified Arctic Ultra 15km in March and her major goal is to complete the entire Reckless Raven marathon in June. Liz is dedicated, positive and one of the most coachable athletes. We are excited to see all of her hard work pay off in the up and coming running season.

Congratulations Liz !!!!



For a limited time, Northern Strength Academy is offering discounted training to ALL YUKON FIREFIGHTERS. Monday / Wednesday /Friday @ 10:00am.
Special rate 18$/class.

Use this link via Facebook to learn more.

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Start your week with a solid stretch! If you are active but don’t dedicate enough time to stretching, this is the class for you. We move through yoga poses mindfully with the goal of helping you safely increase your range of motion and clear your mind.

Mondays, 7-8pm.

About the teacher

Karen McColl has her 500-hour yoga certification and has taught yin (yoga with long holds that targets the fascia), restorative (yoga for relaxing body and mind) and vinyasa (flow) yoga, among others. She enjoys an active Yukon lifestyle in her free time.

Use this link via Facebook to sign up



Join any one of our new 6 week Strength, Conditioning, Running or Yoga Classes starting February 15- March 31. Register fast- space is limited!

JOGA(YOGA): For Athletes and Beginners (1x/week at NSA)
New session Mondays starting February 22 at 7:00pm-8:00pm

Strength & Conditioning with Ben McPherson (2x/week, at NSA)
Feb.15 Monday & Wednesday 12:05-12:55pm

Strength for Runners with Ian Weir (3 separate classes, all 2x/week at NSA)
Option 1 (Feb 16): Tuesday and Thursday at 5:50am-6:50am
Option 2 (Feb 16): Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00pm-1:00pm
Option 3 (Feb16): Tuesday 5:45pm and Thursday at 6:45pm

NSA Running Academy with Ian Weir (1x/week outdoor running, first session starts at NSA, then locations TBD.)
Starts Feb. 17, Wednesdays 5:00pm-6:00pm

JOGA(YOGA): For Athletes and Beginners (1x/week at NSA)
Final 2 sessions February 12 and 19 at 7:00pm-8:00pm

Use this link via Facebook to sign up🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻


Strength and Conditioning for Paddlers

Whether you are preparing for the Yukon River Quest, your next adventure race, or summer paddling adventure join certified strength and conditioning coaches at NSA to improve strength, conditioning performance, mobility, power, breath, recovery and more to reach your goals!

Mondays 6:30-7:30 am

Session 1: Jan 25- Mar 1 (6 classes)

Cost: $150 all classes OR $26 drop-in

Use the link VIA Facebook to sign up


Congratulations Dylan Cozens on the historic WJHC performance

Congratulations @dylan.cozens on a historic tournament at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

If you didn't catch the 'Workhorse' on the ice, here's a small sample of what we've seen the past few years at Northern Strength Academy.

#workhorsefromwhitehorse #dylancozens @teamcanadawjc @tsn_bob_mckenzie @jayanddan

Napanee native training some of Canada’s top athletes in the Yukon 01/08/2021

Napanee native training some of Canada’s top athletes in the Yukon

Thanks for a great article Town of Greater Napanee!

Napanee native training some of Canada’s top athletes in the Yukon


Did you know that 90% of sport injuries happen during sudden eccentric contractions? (AKA sending it on your ski's, bike or board and trying to absorb your wipe-out/ or changing directions abruptly and buckling under the additional force). NSA's 6-week Strength for adventure athletes course starts with an eccentric strength phase to improve your durability in whatever it is you do. Class is limited to 6 participants to ensure distancing.

This class is open to ALL ADULTS AND BEGINNERS- (Experience with NSA not required!)

Monday and Wednesday with Coach Ben McPherson at 12:05-12:55pm January 4 - February 10, 2021.

Use the link below in your search browser or Via Facebook 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻



End your week with a solid stretch! If you ski, play hockey, or throw some rocks here and there but don’t dedicate enough (or any) time to stretching, this is the class for you. It doesn’t matter if you can’t touch your toes or don’t know what downward dog is, we work through the fundamentals of yoga in a way that’s designed to complement your athletic endeavours. In each 60-minute class we practise yoga poses mindfully with the goal of helping you safely increase your range of motion and clear your mind before the weekend.

Fridays, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

About the teacher

Karen McColl has her 500-hour yoga certification and has taught yin (yoga with long holds that targets the fascia), restorative (yoga for relaxing body and mind) and vinyasa (flow) yoga, among others.

Drop in: $22
6 class package: $124.99

Use the link below on Facebook to sign up👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻



Have you ever asked yourself this question? Have you ever felt guilty for eating certain foods, especially during holidays meals? Not sure how to keep up with your training and your eating habits during the holidays? Our dietitian can help you navigate this time of the year that can be quite stressful. Anna will be sharing strategies on the do's and don't's of stressful holiday eating.

When: Dec 15, 2020 @ 6-7pm (1hr presentation)
Cost: $30/pers upon registration

Email us to sign up today
[email protected]

Or copy and paste the web address below into your search browser 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 12/04/2020

How Dylan Cozens used the terrain around Whitehorse to prep for Sabres camp While adventure sports are beloved in the isolated region, hockey is often the talk of the town, as citizens of the Yukon Territory’s only city monitor from afar their beloved


Attention NSA Family- Mask are now Mandatory for all workouts and activities in the gym.

Please remember to bring one for your sessions.

Thanks everyone for your cooperation and understanding, Ben and Jeremy



Tuesdays and Thursdays at 745-9pm.

Register on mindbody and receive an email link for the livestream 30 minutes before the class starts.

Click the link below to sign up for class. 👇🏻🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻👇🏻 or copy and paste this link in your browser window.


Northern Strength Academy Athlete of the Month, November edition: Maude Molgat.

Maude is an impressive 16 year-old gymnast from the Polarettes gymnastics club in Whitehorse. Over the last month, Maude has seen up to 25% increases in the squat and pull-up during our eccentric training phase (pull-up sets of 4 with 35lbs added to her waist)😨💪. Thanks to her committed work with Coach Kim at Polarettes, you can see she's turning heads at the club as well...

Congratulations Maude! Your focus, dedication and quiet confidence will continue to reward you in whatever task you take on!


What is sport nutrition?

Sport nutrition is a science that focuses on properly fueling the body when exercising. While everyone benefits from a well-balanced diet and good hydration, it is even more important for athletes to get the right nutrition to enhance their performance and maximize their recovery.

The right nutrition means optimizing your efforts and gaining more strength, power, endurance and making the most of your training sessions.

Here are a few things our dietitian at NSA can do to help:

· Review your eating habits to support your performance
· Set up a nutrition plan for your busy training schedule
· Maximize your rest days and support injury recovery
· Provide guidance in choosing the right sport supplements

Email us for a nutrition session with Anna Kirkwood and learn more.
[email protected]



6 week series (12 classes) for $249.00+gst or Drop in for $22+gst. Maximum 8 people per class.

Is the shoulder season killing your outdoor adventures? Whether you are a backcountry skier, paddler, mountain biker, or all around weekend-warrior, NSA's Strength for the Adventure Athlete will ensure that you are fit for what's next. Contact us to sign up today for this creative, science-first session. 12:05pm - 12:50pm Mondays and Wednesdays from November 9 - December 16 with Ben McPherson.

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Whitehorse, YT

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Tuesday 06:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
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