The basics may not be so basic

Climbing nutrition sounds easy right- you need carbohydrates for energy and protein for those muscle gains… Well depends on what ‘sort’ of climber you are. First of all do you climb inside or outside, or both? Then what sort of climbing do you do? Bouldering, sport, trad, soloing, big walling, deep water soloing, mountaineering, winter climbing- the list grows. Then we have the beginners; those who have never done much exercise before or the gym converts, intermediate climbers, the long timers and then the pros. Not to mention age, gender and how often the individual climbs.

So just as a sprinter follows a different diet to that of an ultra-marathon runner or a triathlete, the optimal diet for one individual that calls themselves ‘a climber’ may be detrimental to another ‘climber’.


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