Sport nutrition is regarded as the single most complementary factor to any physically active individual or elite athlete during their training or competition programme. Adequate dietary intake is important for normal growth and development, maintaining health and well-being, reducing the risk of illness and injury, and optimising sports performance.
As a fight against gravity using small edges and limited friction, it is no surprise that the research suggests the athletic profile optimal for climbing performance is a low body mass and low body fat levels, which ultimately can improve the strength to weight ratio. However, this can be very problematic for many climbers as they continually strive to get lighter and stronger.
Many climbers find themselves severely restricting their calorie intake, typically by reducing carbohydrate intake to very low levels irrespective of training volume or intensity. This may be an effective, albeit sub-optimal solution to acute weight management; however, a long-term energy deficit without adequate monitoring is very likely to have negative consequences for both the health and performance of the climber.
As the popularity of climbing continues to grow, there are more and more people online sharing ideas regarding nutrition for climbing. Unfortunately, much of this advice is not supported by scientific evidence, is not tailored to the individual, and in some cases, can be detrimental to health.
Don’t put your health and performance on the line by taking advice from unqualified and unregulated sources.
Our nutritional support is evidenced-based and fully bespoke to meet your individual goals, including;
- Safe fat-loss for optimal strength-weight ratio
- Increasing energy availability
- Weight maintenance across the competition season
- Augmenting training adaptations; increasing strength and endurance gains
- Manipulating nutrient availability to regulate/promote training induced cell-signalling pathways
- Faster recovery from injury
- Competition and projecting performance
- Fuelling intensive climbing trips