Feed The Legs w/ Clance Laylor - Founder of LPS + AAS

As one of only four PICP Level 5 Master Coaches in Canada, Clance Laylor has emerged as one of the most respected names in professional strength and performance training. A secret weapon of top Olympians, competitive athletes, coaches, and driven professionals alike, Laylor’s reputation as a tough, no-nonsense Trainer skyrocketed with the success of his young client P.K. Subban. The star defenceman of the Montreal Canadiens trained with Laylor from his early days in the OHL through the NHL draft to his recent win of the coveted Norris Trophy and an Olympic Gold at Sochi in 2014 as part of Team Canada. 

In addition to Subban, Laylor also trains key NHL players on teams such as the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins while working closely with leading coaches – from rugby to weightlifting — to develop programs to optimize the performance of their athletes. He has also been responsible for the strength and conditioning training of Braxton Papadopoulos, Gold Medalist in the 63 kg class of women’s wrestling at the 2015 Pan American Games and medal favorite for the 2016 Olympics. Under his tutelage, Laylor’s own 20-year old daughter, Maya Laylor, has developed into the reigning Canadian junior weightlifting champion and record holder and is favored to represent Canada at the Olympics in 2016.


Background & methodology

Laylor’s approach is set apart by his tough, results-driven approach and science-based methodology. A former sprinter who suffered a career-ending injury, he went on to train with some of the best strength coaches in the world, including Charlie Francis, Charles Poliquin, and Pierre Roy. In 2013, he was accredited as a Master Coach through the Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP) putting him in an elite group of 16 coaches worldwide (only 4 in Canada) to have attained this level of excellence. 


  • Director of Poliquin Performance Centre, 2007, 2008 (Toronto)
  • Certified Poliquin International Coach (Specialized)
  • Poliquin Instant Muscle Activation Techniques, 2007
  • Sports Specific Training Internship, 2007 (Sweden)
  • Society of Weight Training and Injury Specialists, 2004, 2005
  • Resistance Training Specialist Lecture: Biomechanics and engineering of the musculature, 2004
  • Upper-body functional muscle testing, Lower back, hip and lower extremity functional muscle testing, with Dr. Ken Kinakin, 2003
  • Certified Fitness Trainer, International Sports Sciences Association
  • Certified Specialist in Performance Nutrition (Specialized), International Sports Sciences Association
  • Certified Specialist in Sports Conditioning (Specialized), International Sports Sciences Association

Before starting his own strength training business in downtown Toronto, he was director of the Poliquin Performance Centre in Toronto. Prior to that, he worked overseas with the Swedish hockey team, training the athletes and developing performance optimization and training programs. Today he trains both executives and Olympic, professional and amateur athletes from his downtown Toronto gym. Laylor has developed the LPS Executive Program and the LPS Off Season Program to help both professional and amateur athletes improve their strength, power, speed, and conditioning between seasons.

Among his accomplishments, Laylor is most proud of his new foundation “Lifters Life” , a non-profit organization that builds awareness and support of weightlifters in Ontario, along with promoting the many benefits of weightlifting for improved sports performance.


About LPS

PURPOSE: Laylor Performance Systems’ Purpose is To Provide the Highest level of Performance Enhancement Protocols for Athletes.

Their vision is to provide the athletes they serve ethical performance enhancement. Simply put, they get results while providing an exceptional training experience through an intense but friendly environment that promotes trust, perseverance and awareness of healthier lifestyle choices among staff and customers. LPS is committed to providing athletes with systems to achieve World-Class performance.

For athletes and those committed to achieving greater outcomes, Laylor Performance Systems provides an elite performance training culture and philosophy. This is done by offering superior strength and conditioning, nutrition and recovery methods to assist athletes in reaching their goals, with an emphasis on providing continuing education that raises the standards of our coaching staff. In addition, they strive to establish open communication with various sport organizations to ensure the athlete’s needs are identified and addressed. All of this is supported by providing their passionate coaching team a satisfying work environment that is fair, productive and driven by results.

Laylor Performance Systems works with athletes and a limited number of executives. Their approach is honest and effective. They don’t do gimmicks and they don’t tell you what you want to hear. That’s why top Olympic athletes like P.K. Subban (Norris Trophy Winner) of the Nashville Predators choose LPS.

Visit // laylor.com


About AAS

The Athlete Activation System (AAS) is a systematically-periodized training methodology designed to provide Strength Coaches and Personal Trainers with the practical and theoretical knowledge that will enable them to achieve optimal results with the athletes they train. This is real-world strength and conditioning for athletes, which has been tested and proven at the highest level of competitive sports.

Visit // athleteactivation.com


Camera + Editor - Brione Wishart
Interviewed By Joel Grannum