THE SPARK Sport Conditioning STORY

Kim Layton owner of SPARK Sport Conditioning

Kim Layton - OWNER

In second year University, Kim had a light bulb moment that came during a sports injury class where he realized his life’s work would revolve around sport and physical conditioning. He had the opportunity to work with the University of Alberta Golden Bears football and basketball teams, and the SAIT men’s volleyball team as a student trainer. Being surrounded by athletics in his undergrad, he pursued his dream of working in professional sports by becoming a Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Certified Athletic Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer.

Right out of school, he began his career with the Edmonton Road Runners hockey team of the AHL. From there, he moved to the Edmonton Eskimos football team and eventually worked his way to the Edmonton Oilers. After game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Carolina in 2006, Kim decided to venture out on his own and open SPARK Sport Conditioning – Edmonton’s premier strength and conditioning facility. Since opening in 2007, his team has worked with hundreds of people in search of finding their inner athlete, as well as many youth, university, national, and professional level athletes including being hired as Strength Coach for the Edmonton Rush (NLL) and FC Edmonton (CPL). SPARK has organically become a community in and of itself. A place where people know each other, encourage each other and become friends. Since its inception, the members at SPARK have fundraised and donated over $200,000 to local Edmonton charities and organizations.

OUR coaches

Mackenzie coach at SPARK Sport Conditioning

Mackenzie Nichols


I graduated from the University of Alberta in 2015 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree, specializing in sport performance. Since then have completed my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. Growing up as a competitive figure skater exposed me to the training regimes of competitive athletes and gave me an appreciation for the movement of the human body.

This became the foundation of my desire to pursue a career as a strength coach. My passion lies with sport and figure skating, but my experience coaching a variety of people, from general populations to professional athletes, has broadened my dedication to helping individuals achieve their potential in health and fitness goals. I enjoy traveling and continue to be active in many sports including skating, weightlifting, golf, running, and any adventure that involves the mountains.

Marcel coach at SPARK Sport Conditioning

Marcel Desmarais


I am an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). I received my certification following the completion of my undergraduate degree in 2015, specializing in Kinesiology and sports performance. During my time at the University of Alberta, I had the privilege of working with the women's hockey team as their student therapist. My involvement with sport at the university level helped me realize my passion for working with athletes.

Throughout my years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with athletes from over a dozen different sports, ranging from grassroots to professional levels. My training philosophy revolves around proper mobility and foundational movement patterns, no matter the level of sport or age of an athlete. In order to maximize performance effectively and efficiently, you can’t skip the basics. A strong foundation will not only facilitate injury prevention, but also provide the groundwork for building important bio motor abilities such as speed, power, strength, agility, and conditioning. Although I specialize in sport specific training, my time on the training floor is also spent coaching anyone looking to reach new fitness goals. Whether you’re an athlete or not, scientifically based programming can dramatically improve athletic performance and personal health. Working at SPARK allows me to bridge my passion for strength training and sport in an atmosphere that’s hard to find anywhere else in the city. In my time away from the gym, I enjoy playing hockey, golf, slow pitch, and snowboarding, anything that will get me outside really. I’m always looking forward to summers in the city to be around friends & family and make the most out of the few months of nice weather that we have.

Tamsyn coach at SPARK Sport Conditioning

Tamsyn Irwin


I professionally entered fitness as a trainer and coach in 2008 after a lifetime of being involved in competitive athletics - wrestling being the sport I dedicated most of blood, sweat and tears to.
I graduated from NAIT's Personal Fitness Trainer program and began my evolving career in exercise, health and wellness. I have had a range of positions from Personal Trainer, Coach, Group Fitness Instructor, Management and Educator.

I have been able to work with all populations: children and seniors; competitive athletes and beginner athletes; injured and healthy; motivated and unmotivated.

Fitness is a journey and should be a challenge no matter where you fall on the spectrum. I believe in balance but I also believe in leaving your comfort zone. SPARK gives everyone the opportunity to work as individuals and focus on individual needs and goals but also to work as groups and teams to bring out our inner competitiveness and comradery.

You can find me in the SPARK classes all the time or around the gym doing my own workout or maybe trying out a new sport or skill. I love to immerse myself in many activities and I recommend for everyone to do the same.

Andrew coach at SPARK Sport Conditioning

Andrew Morton


I graduated with my Bachelor of Physical Education in 1998 and then completed my Bachelor of Education in 2001. During that time, I was fortunate enough to play AJHL, ACAC, and Senior AAA Hockey. After graduating, I had the opportunity to combine my passions by working as a teacher with the Mount Carmel Hockey Academy in Edmonton. As I continued my career, I found myself making a shift towards Personal Training.

After spending 11 years with World Health Club as a personal trainer, I decided to branch out and start my own company, Mort Foundation Fitness and Wellness Solutions.

I believe people should have the opportunity to improve their overall health in a comfortable environment and have it be an experience they look forward to. My focus with clients is combining the body and mind for a better overall health and fitness outcome. I look forward to seeing you and being a part of your journey.

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