Climbing Nutrition Coaching

International online bespoke nutrition and lifestyle 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 sport longevity are ultimately the product of consistent training and recovery. However due to the weight sensitivity of the sport, eating and attitudes towards diet can be influenced by the desire to stay as lean as possible, generally at the expense of progressive development.

Climbers are often unaware how powerful they could be if the ate appropriately for their sport, not spending the majority of their time avoiding certain foods (e.g., carbohydrates) and or 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.

Currently taking bookings for May 2020 coaching start dates. → Apply for Coaching

Coaching Service

International remote clients are welcome!

  • Professional solution-focused climbing nutrition and lifestyle 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

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

Dependable Professional Experience

  • Accredited Anti-Doping Advisor (UKAD)
  • 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.
  • Level 3 Qualified Personal Trainer

Notable Athletes

Coaching Packages

Currently taking bookings for May 2020 coaching start dates. → Apply for Coaching

Over our time together, my goal to help you discover and develop the habits and practices that will enable you to achieve your desired goals. Ultimately this will happen through your dedication, accountability, asking questions, and regular feedback.

Coaching is a completely bespoke process where we work together to understand what strategies will work best for you at specific times, and in relation to where you currently are, and what events you have coming up.

Coaching service quality and provision are the same for all coaching packages. However mixed coaching clients have access to in-person assessments and analysis which help inform the process.

Coaching slots are booked months in advance, and pricing is fixed to the listed price at the time of your deposit being paid. Anyone may apply for a coaching and only successful applicants will be asked to pay a deposit to book a confirmed coaching slot start date. Due to limited spaces and scheduling availability, deposits are non-refundable if your circumstances change and you are unable start. Deposits will be returned if in the unlikely event I am unable to honour your booking start date. All payments have a £3 processing fee added.

If you have any questions about anything, please contact:

[Online] Climbing Nutrition Coaching

£500 / 3 months (minimum)

  • Direct messaging account for daily correspondence
  • Video conference calls (optional if required)
  • Online diet tracking software
  • Online worksheets for body-composition tracking, strategy planning and event calender
  • Coaching client exclusive articles, resources, and recommendations
  • Free access to paywalled usefulcoach ebooks, and videos (available upon release)

£100 deposit to book coaching start date.
Remaining monies paid upon starting.
Extended coaching subscription available for £150 per month thereafter.

[Mixed] Climbing Nutrition Coaching

£600 / 3 months (minimum)

  • [Online] Climbing Nutrition Coaching, including:
  • Body Fat (7 skinfolds) assessment
  • Metabolic Analysis for baseline profile and
    • Ergospirometry: PNOĒ
    • Resting Energy Expenditure (REE): Metabolic rate measurement (kcal/day)
    • Resting Respiratory Ratio (R): Ratio of carbohydrate:fat usage (RQ)
  • Discounted: subsequent dual assessment and analysis sessions
  • Discounted: Be Activated / Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR®) sessions

£100 deposit to book coaching start date.
Remaining monies paid upon starting.
Extended coaching subscription available for £150 per month thereafter.

[MetPlus] Climbing Nutrition Coaching

Coming in 2020!

  • [Mixed] Climbing Nutrition Coaching, including:
  • Metabolic Analysis sessions to track metabolic adaptations[1]
    • 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
    • Ergospirometry: PNOĒ
    • Analysis sessions spread to understand nutrition and training impact[2]
    • Respiratory Ratio ®: Ratio of carbohydrate:fat usage (RQ) during climbing and exercise
    • VO2 / VCO2 / VO2Max: Extended respiratory condition testing
    • Providing specific aerobic / anaerobic training zone programming
  • Blood Biomarker testing
    • Testing to understand nutrition and training impact[2:1]
    • Dashboard for tracking blood markers over time.
    • Key biomarkers include: Haemogloblin, Haematocrit, Vitamin D, Cortisol, Testosterone, and more.

[Consultation] Climbing Nutrition Coaching

Coming late 2019!

For those who do not need full monthly coaching support, I offer a single consultation package.

You provide a one week journal of your eating habits, training, weight, and circumference measurements.

I will then provide you:

  • Dietary recommendations and potential optimisations
  • Normal Day / Training Day nutrition targets for maintaining weight and performance
  • Normal Day / Training Day nutrition targets for future fat-loss
  • Training Day fuelling and recovery strategies
  • Supplementation recommendations and guidance
  • 1 hour consultation to discuss everything and answer any questions[3]

If you would like to book a consultation please email me directly:

Apply for Coaching

Currently the earliest start date for a coaching slot is May 2020. However you can book to start any month from this date. If you have a project in advance feel free to apply months ahead in 2020.

Due to the nature of the service, monthly coaching slots are very limited, subject to selection, and the waiting list is currently around 6 months.

Coaching slots are booked in advance with a non-refundable deposit to enable planning and scheduling.

I am happy to work with climbers of all experience levels, however I require clients 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 (e.g., Lattice Training)
  • 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 bi-weekly weight and tape measurements

If you can say yes to the above points and want to apply for a coaching slot apply here:

[uc] Nutrition Coaching Application

If you would like to clarify your suitability for coaching, please email me directly:


  1. Metabolic analysis available as in-person consultation only. ↩︎

  2. Testing dates may vary depending on availability. ↩︎ ↩︎

  3. In-person consultations available only within London, UK. ↩︎