We have a true passion for fitness.


Kathleen Neilson
Monkey Bar Gym Vancouver Island co owner Kathleen Neilson is a certified personal trainer with specializations in  pre/post natal fitness, kids active training and marathon run coaching.  Kathleen believes there is equal importance in fitness, recovery and nutrition and also holds certifications as a yoga teacher (CYT 200) and a Nutritional Counsellor (CNC).  She is currently working towards Clinical Somatic Educator designation.

Kathleen knows that our relationship with food is deep rooted and complex. She understands the importance of healthy nutrition from day one and is trained as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to help moms and babies get off to the best start possible.  As part of her approach to a healthy body, mind and spirit Kathleen offers breast feeding support to moms, babies and families.

Kathleen is a mom of two healthy, happy, active kids.  She recognizes the importance of leading by example and including your family in your wellness journey.  Her own little monkeys can often be found on the training floor working out right along side her and Simon.  They are her inspiration to offer a welcoming space for all ages to get strong, have fun and be well. Monkey Bar Gym Vancouver Island co owner Simon Young is a Monkey Bar Gym Certified Natural Trainer, BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Certified Functional Fitness Coach, and metabolic training expert.

Simon Young

Monkey Bar Gym Vancouver Island co owner Simon Young is a Certified Natural Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Functional Fitness Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, and metabolic training expert.

As a former obese kid without natural athletic abilities, who has encountered a large number of personal health challenges including Crohn's Disease and major reconstructive surgery after a road accident, Simon understands the physical, nutritional and psychological challenges faced by his clients.

With his unique approach, in partnership with integrity, honesty and humor, Simon empowers his clients to enjoy moving their bodies as they we're designed to, fueling with wholesome foods, and restoring and realigning themselves to be vibrant and pain free.

Noel Wilson

I am a Certified Natural Trainer for Monkey Bar Gym Vancouver Island. About 2 years ago I came to Simon to learn how to become more physically fit as I was not in a good place fitness wise. We immediately hit it off and he showed me the way to feel better about myself physically and to love doing it.

I enjoyed it so much that a year ago I made the journey to Madison Wisconsin to become a Certified Natural Trainer with the Monkey Bar Gym.

Most of you have seen me at the gym or have worked out beside me. It will be my pleasure to work with you to achieve your fitness goals!