Kodama Collective is an environmentally conscious personal training company trying to change the way we take care of our bodies and our planet.

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Train to Live!

At Kodama, we believe in training to support the things we love to do outside the gym.
Check out some of our clients as they live this philosophy!


Kodama offers an evidence based approach to personal training. Our methods are founded in science, with an emphasis on real life application rather than aesthetics. Each session is an investment in creating a stronger, smarter, more injury resilient body.

One-on-one Training

Up close and personal! Really personal.
Like, just for you. Trust us, it’s a good thing.
One-on-one provides undivided attention and a completely personalized training experience.


Two-on-one Training

The best bang for your buck.
Use your partner to keep you motivated and accountable. Plus, a little healthy competition between friends never hurt anyone, right?

Group/Team Training

*Contact us for pricing*
Got some friends with a common goal?

Training for a team sport?
Hone your skills and build that 80’s-epic-sport-movie camaraderie with team training.

About Us

Dylan de Paul, Founder

Dylan has a background in Kinesiology and Disability Management. He is also a certified personal trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. While studying at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Dylan’s eyes were opened to the fundamentals of science and their application in strength and conditioning.

In his final year, a rugby injury caused a severe lumbar herniation requiring multiple surgeries to his spine. In an instant Dylan went from training 6 days a week to not being able to walk. Spending a full year in recovery ignited Dylan’s passion for injury rehabilitation and helped redefine his training philosophy.

Dylan believes our time in the gym should allow us to live the life we want OUTSIDE the gym. Whether it be keeping up with your grandkids on a hike or getting 60+ days on the mountain this season – your training should allow you to excel at the things you love to do.

Dylan’s love for training is second only to his love for the outdoors. As an amateur snowboarder, hiker, surfer, trail runner, and canoe camper, Dylan’s goals in his own training are to ensure he can perform these activities pain free.


Whats In a Name?

k•oh•d•aa•m•uh /noun/
木魂 (木 ; ko; tree – 魂 ; dama; soul)
木魅 (木 ; ko; tree – 魅 ; dama; soul)
木霊 (木 ; ko; tree) – 霊 ; dama; spirit)

The word Kodama is based on an ancient Japanese belief. A belief that certain trees in the forest were inhabited by spirits, or gods.

Some believed that Kodama were natural spirits that could move freely throughout the forest. While others believed the Kodama were rooted in the trees themselves.

They were also a sound. It was believed the echoes that reverberated through mountains and valleys were said to be kodama. The sound of a tree crashing in the woods was also said to be the plaintive cry of a kodama.

Whatever form they took, kodama were said to be possessed of supernatural power, that could either be a blessing or a curse. Kodama that were properly worshipped and honored would protect houses and villages. Kodama that were mistreated or disrespected brought down powerful curses.



Some say bad luck comes in 3’s.
I’m not superstitious, but within a recent 18 months of high level training and competing that idiom seemed very relevant. I had broken my elbow, severely dislocated my shoulder, and undergone invasive hip surgery to fix my FAI. My body was unbalanced, weak, tight, and I needed help.

I believe Dylan was the best trainer to get me back on track. He partnered with my physio, and worked within the guidelines of my doctor to tailor my training to my exact needs. We took movements back to basics, making sure I was understanding what we were doing and why. I’ve never worked with a trainer who could communicate and motivate like Dylan. His ability to coach me through the exercises and adjust on the fly is impressive, and is made possible by his experience and knowledge.

I asked Dylan to get me back on the ice, and the training has gotten me there. I’m excited going into this winter being stronger and more athletic than I have felt in years. It will be my 9th season competing for the Redbull Crashed Ice World Championship this year.
And while I’m focussed on getting back to competing and flying down hills right now, working with Dylan has done more than that. I’m not in pain anymore. I’m back to having fun, back on my bike, back on my skis, back on the trails, back to travelling, and back to chasing my little cousins around.

Thanks Dylan

Daniel Guolla, 9x Redbull Crashed Ice World Championship Competitor

Dylan is an ideal personal trainer- he’s enthusiastic, motivating, and fun to be around, but also has a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise, so you can be confident that what you’re doing is good for the long-term health of your body. My workouts with him were by far the most effective I’ve done and I learned a lot in the process.

Alexie C.


The Kodama Difference

Kodama revolves around the notion that our bodies and our planet are of the utmost importance in life. Without either, we cannot exist. Many of us are taking steps towards leading healthier lives. At Kodama Collective, we hope to inspire and educate our clients on how best to invest in both their health and that of the planet. Ensuring you’re still able to get out into the backcountry when you have grandkids… and that there is still a backcountry to get out into…