useful. / Climbing Nutritionist

Sports nutrition coaching for elite professional rock climbers, and all aspiring climbing athletes.
Aidan Roberts, North Wales, 2021

Tom Herbert is a leading international climbing nutritionist, climbing diet strategist, facilitator and mindsetter. Coaching world-class professional rock climbers, and all aspiring climbing athletes.

With over 1300 hours of coaching calls in the last three years alone, Tom has worked with more than 260 unique rock climbers performing from V4 to 9a+. Hobbyists, international IFSC competitors, and some of the most accomplished rock climbers in the world: Aidan Roberts (9a / V16 Boulder), Eric Jerome (8c / V15 Boulder), Hazel Findlay (9a Lead), Buster Martin (9a+ Lead), and Robbie Phillips (E10 / 5.14 Trad).

useful. coaching has supported professional and amateur rock climbers working with: ROAP coaching, Lattice Training, Power Company Climbing, Camp4 Human Performance, Precision Climbing, Kaizen Climbing Coaching, Natasha Barnes, and many more independent coaches and training providers.

Follow me: @usefulcoach
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Climbing Nutrition Coaching

£50 off coaching plans in September!

Personal not PDFs. International online bespoke nutrition and mindset coaching for rock climbers and mixed sport athletes. Climbing nutrition and supplement guidance to support the highest training volume, recovery, and performance output. Focused periodised nutrition programming for projects, competitions, injury recovery, fat loss, weight manipulation, building and maintaining lean body-composition. All coaching is available with documentation and support provided entirely online.

Coaching not consultations Coaching support is limited only by the package duration and coaching hours. Daily messaging and unlimited video calls. You are paying for a coach, not a meal plan.

Client Reviews

Just wanted to say thanks for your help with the project!

Hazel Findlay,UK

I still hold that working with you for that period is one of the most valuable things I’ve done for health and climbing, as I’m a lot more confident that what I’m putting in my body is working for me in the best way possible.

Robbie Phillips,UK

10/10 would recommend Tom to anyone, especially women who need some help getting beyond their undereating tendencies!


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Media Interviews

If you host a podcast, Youtube channel, coaching platform, organise workshops or events, and are in interested in inviting Tom Herbert to chat or present on any aspect of climbing nutrition and/or climbing nutrition coaching, do reach out:

ClimbSci Podcast

Launched in 2017, and hosted by Tom Herbert (usefulcoach), and Brian Rigby (Climbing Nutrition), ClimbSci is an evidence-based webcast covering scientific topics related to climbing and climbers, notably nutrition, training, recovery, and performance.

Though new episode releases are currently on pause, the primary climbing nutrition episodes covering protein, carbohydrate, and fat are excellent resources for the background science and practical intake recommendations.

Search for “ClimbSci” in your podcast software, or visit ClimbSci - Better Climbing Through Science to subscribe.