Climbing Nutrition Coaching

"Focusing on problems makes you an expert in what's wrong. To become an expert in what's right, focus on solutions." - Olympia Mitsopoulou
Aidan Roberts. Shosholoza 8a+, Rocklands, SA, 2018. Nathan Philips

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

Climbers are often surprised how powerful, recovered and pain-free they feel when they eat appropriately for their output, not spending the majority of their time avoiding certain foods (e.g., carbohydrates) and chronically chasing weight-loss. Fat-loss and performance are not mutually exclusive goals and can be achieved with the right nutrition strategies. Periodised context specific nutrition is effective, and enables you to lower body fat, train harder, recover better, and perform at your very peak.

Notable Climbers

Climbers I have worked with previously or currently still do…

Aidan Roberts (@aidan.roberts98), Anoushé Husain (@anoushehusain), Jennifer Wood (@jenwood435), Kenneth Ellacott (@kenneth_1991), Leanora Volpe (@paraclimberlea), Louis Parkinson (@captaincutloose), Luke Smith (@lukey.climbs), Matt Cousins (@mattcousins_), Max Milne (@max_the_future), Shaina Savoy (@shainasavoy)

Coaching Packages

Personal not PDFs. Online bespoke nutrition coaching for rock climbers and mixed sport athletes. Nutrition and supplementation guidance and programming to support improved training volume, recovery, and performance output. Focused periodised programming for fat loss, and subsequent lean weight maintenance. All coaching is available internationally with documentation and support provided entirely online.

Coaching not consultations. Coaching support is limited only by package duration and office hours. Daily messaging access, and unlimited video or voice calls available. You are paying for a coach, you are not buying a meal plan.

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Climbing Nutrition Coaching

There is no service difference between packages other than duration and price, and can both be extended.

  • Project Coaching: £600 / 3 months
    • Extension: £150 per month
  • Snapshot Coaching: £250 / 1 month
    • Extension: £200 first month, £150 per month thereafter

One or more months of bespoke nutrition and lifestyle coaching. I take you through various phases from performance exploration to diet cycles, and help you apply the strategies that have helped climbers around the world unlock performance gains, break plateaus, improve body composition, gain freedom from food fears, and improve their relationship with their bodies.

  • Programmed coaching phases and cycles relative to your goals and event calendar
  • Performance, recovery, fat loss, maintenance nutrition targets both for normal and training days
  • Supplementation guidance to augment performance, recovery and sleep
  • Online access to over 25,000 words of documentation
  • Direct messaging account for daily correspondence
  • Unlimited video or voice calls available
  • Professional grade nutrition tracking software
  • Worksheets for strategy planning, event scheduling, and body composition tracking
  • Discounted usefulcoach publications, and video courses (available upon release)

£100 deposit required to book coaching start date.
Remaining monies paid before starting.
See Coaching FAQ for more details.

Coaching start dates available from August 2021!

Video Q&A

£50 / 1 hour

If you are not a coaching client, and would like to collect questions and schedule an hour with me to go over them.

  • Pass me questions at least two days before the call
  • Please bring a notebook for the call, as I do not provide any written summary, programming afterwards.

Coaching FAQ

Coaching is a bespoke process built upon communication, where we work together to explore and apply strategies that will work best for you in relation to your goals and upcoming events. For this reason I ask prospective clients to apply for coaching, as I need to understand if we would work well together.

Nutrition targets are built on the foundation of Energy Availability and are adjusted based on compliance and outcomes. I do not adhere to any fixed diet framework, but help you refine and optimise your existing choices. I am happy to work with people of any diet background, and will adjust programming if you are vegan, vegetarian, low-FODMAP, paleo, etc. If you prefer eating a low-carbohydrate or ketogenic diet, I am happy to work with you to optimise this for your goals. However I may encourage you to experiment with more strategic carbohydrate intake.

Nutrition programming is built upon the concept of energy availability.

The coaching process is about exploring and applying the right approach at the right time, and what will work for one client may not work for you. Calorie and carbohydrate cycling, time-restricted feeding and fasting, specific supplementation, and even mindfulness may be explored if applicable. I am passionate about understanding what is going on behind food fears, long-term restrictive dieting, and concerns about body-image.

I have helped clients eat an additional 400-600kcal more per day without gaining significant weight, a male client climb his highest grade ~2kg heavier than his normal projecting weight, an underweight female client gain ~4kg in 4 months, and a male client lose ~5% of his body-fat in 5 months.

What I believe sets me apart, is that communication and support is limited only by the duration of the package and my coaching hours. I do not simply provide you meal plans and schedule a follow-up call. In fact I provide no meal plans whatsoever, but rather help you refine your existing habits and guide you in optimising and organising your meals to meet the specific demands of your goals.

You are paying for a coach, you are not paying for a program.

Apply for Coaching

Coaching slots are booked in advance with the £100 deposit. Coaching slots are currently available from August 2021.

The price is fixed to the website listed price at the time of your deposit being paid. Anyone may apply for a coaching, but only successful applicants are required to pay the deposit for booking a start date. Once confirmed, due to limited spaces and availability, deposits are non-refundable if your circumstances change and you are unable start. Deposits will be refunded if in the unlikely event I am unable to honour your booking start date.

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

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

Any questions please contact me directly: coaching@useful.coach