Climbing Nutrition Coaching

International online bespoke nutrition coaching for climbers looking to improve their strength to weight ratio, power reserve, endurance conditioning, training recovery, and more.
Aidan Roberts. Shosholoza 8a+, Rocklands, South Africa, 2018. Credit: Nathan Philips

Climbing performance and longevity are ultimately the product of consistent training and recovery. However due to the weight sensitivity of the sport, eating habits and attitudes to food are often influenced by the desire to stay as lean as possible, often at the expense of progressive development.

Climbers are often unaware of how powerful they could feel if they ate appropriately for their sport, not spending the majority of their time avoiding certain foods (e.g. carbohydrate) and / or chronically chasing weight-loss.

Fat-loss and performance are not mutually exclusive goals, and can be achieved with the right nutrition strategies. Perodised context specific sports nutrition is effective, and enables you to lower your body fat, train harder, recover better, and perform at your very peak.

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Coaching Service

International remote clients are welcome!

All climbing nutrition coaching is provided online, with additional assessment services available for in-person clients.

  • Professional solution-focused climbing nutrition coaching
  • Dedicated fat loss blocks with least performance impact
  • Fuelling strategies for augmenting endurance, strength, power training blocks
  • Overreaching block strategies and fatique recovery
  • Competition, project, event preparation and strategies
  • Nutrition support for finger training and injury recovery
  • Transitioning from previous diets: low-carbohydrate high-fat / ketogenic
  • Support for dietary considerations: FODMAP / PCOS / gluten free / vegan / paleo
  • Supplement and ergogenic aid guidance
  • Lattice Training program support

I have no bias towards any particular diet strategy, but work with you to establish the most effective means of maintaining progress towards improved sleep, health, performance, and your target body-composition goals.

Dependable Professional Experience

  • Accredited Anti-Doping Advisor (UKAD)
  • Certified: International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN)
  • Working with professional Team GB climbers and paraclimbers, providing nutrition coaching during the off-season, competition preparation, isolation feeding strategies, and have been consultated within hours of competing in the World Championships.
  • Working with paraclimbers managing Ehlers–Danlos syndromes (EDS), Postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), using gluten free, FODMAP free, and higher sodium diets.
  • Supporter of the #TRAINBRAVE campaign raising awareness of the risks of eating disorders and RED-s.
  • Co-host the ClimbSci Podcast - Better Climbing Through Science with Brian Rigby (Climbing Nutrition), which can be found on iTunes and other podcast software.

Notable Athletes

Coaching Packages

Coaching service quality and provision are the same for both online coaching and mixed coaching clients. However mixed coaching clients have access to in-person metabolic and body-composition assessments which help inform the coaching process.

[Online] Climbing Nutrition Coaching

12 Weeks / £500

  • 12 weeks completely bespoke climbing nutrition coaching1
  • 2 hours of video consultation
  • Direct messaging account for daily correspondence
  • Collaborative coaching workspace
  • Coaching client exclusive articles and resources
  • Coaching client group to support and share ideas
  • Weekly body-composition tracking
  • Diet tracking software
  • Flexible payment contract available2

[Mixed] Climbing Nutrition Coaching

12 Weeks / £600

  • [Online] Climbing Nutrition Coaching, including:
  • In-Person: 1 x Body Fat (7 skinfolds) assessment
  • In-Person: 1 x Metabolic Analysis session to determine baseline profile
  • Gold standard ergospirometry: PNOĒ
  • Resting Energy Expenditure (REE): Metabolic rate measurement (kcal/day)
  • Resting Respiratory Ratio (R): Ratio of carbohydrate:fat usage (RQ)

[Mixed] Climbing Nutrition Coaching (MetPlus)

12 Weeks / Discussed

  • [Online] Climbing Nutrition Coaching, including:
  • 3 x Metabolic Analysis sessions to track metabolic adaptations3
  • Gold standard ergospirometry: PNOĒ
  • Resting Energy Expenditure (REE): Metabolic rate measurement (kcal/day)
  • Resting Respiratory Ratio (R): Ratio of carbohydrate:fat usage (RQ)
  • Climbing metabolic analysis to understand energy and substrate usage during climbing
  • Analysis sessions spread to understand nutrition and training impact4
  • Respiratory Ratio (R): Ratio of carbohydrate:fat usage (RQ) during climbing and exercise
  • VO2 / VCO2 / VO2Max: Extended respiratory condition testing
  • Providing specific aerobic / anaerobic training zone programming
  • 2 x Blood Biomarker testing
  • Testing to understand nutrition and training impact4
  • Dashboard for tracking blood markers over time.
  • Key biomarkers include: Haemogloblin, Haematocrit, Vitamin D, Cortisol, Testosterone, and more.

Coaching Continued

Monthly / £30

Previous coaching clients can follow-on with a discounted full coaching package, or simply remain paying a rolling subscription giving them access to the exclusive coaching resources, online tools, messaging account, and community.

Climbing Nutrition Consultations

1 Hour / £100

For those who do not need full coaching support, I am available for video or in-person consultations.5 You prepare a number of questions beforehand, and I can then answer and discuss them with you.

Apply for Coaching

Due to the nature of the service, coaching slots are very limited, subject to selection, and the current waiting list is around 2 months.

This allows me to provide the best dedicated support I can to just a handful of people at a time, and importantly allows you as a client get the most out of the program.

I am happy to work with climbers of all experience levels, however I require clients to fulfil the following criteria:

  • You have a regular climbing / training schedule, and are logging / tracking your progress, or…
  • You are about to start a scheduled climbing / training program (E.g. Lattice Training)
  • You have a goal (or goals) behind asking for coaching, and know what you want help achieving
  • You are prepared to work within dietary targets, and provide weekly weight and tape measurements

If you can say yes to the above points and want to apply for a coaching slot, or if you would like to clarify your suitability for coaching, please email me directly: coaching@useful.coach

Notes

  1. 2 weeks setup and run-in, 10 weeks dedicated nutrition coaching. 

  2. 50% initial payment, remaining payments can be discussed. 

  3. Metabolic analysis available as in-person consultation only. 

  4. Testing dates may vary depending on availability.  2

  5. In-person consultations available only within London, UK.