Our seminars feature both hands-on programs and lectures. You can expect to learn about all facets of climbing coaching, both for groups and individuals.

The 2019 curriculum includes:

  • Program Design – Steve Bechtel – Good programming is the foundation of successful training. This lecture will cover planning everything from a single training session up to sketching out one to four year programs. We’ll cover the pros and cons of various structures of programs and how to integrate successful climbing with a demanding training plan.
  • Performance Pie: A Tool To Assess A Climber’s Mindset – Christina Heilman – Dr. Heilman will help the coaches build a simple assessment tool to use on themselves and their athletes to see where their mindset is limiting them. Long before we reach our physical limits, there are limits to overcome in our minds. Learning what these are and the basic steps to addressing them is an important part of coaching both groups and individuals. Dr. Heilman will discuss performance anxiety, effective goal-setting, and athlete motivation.
  • Nutrition for Performance – Neely Quinn – In this talk, Neely will cover the nuts and bolts of successful nutrition planning. She’ll cover optimizing caloric intake, ideal protein levels, meal timing, and planning eating at the crag and at home. She will cover the most common nutrition questions she gets from climbers and interventions for climbers with problematic eating habits.
  • Program Design & Four-Month Planning Scenarios – This hands-on work session is designed to help participants plan and build a successful 8-16 week training program for themselves, their athletes, or their team. With guidance from the presenters and other coaches, each person will have the opportunity to discuss desired outcomes, facility options, and potential major issues with the plan. As the weekend progresses, we’ll revisit the plans and adjust them as needed.
  • Growth Mindset – Kris Hampton – How an athlete approaches a problem can mean the difference between success and failure. Drawing from years of coaching athletes and observing learning behaviors, Kris will discuss re-framing mindset, how to create meaningful dialogue, and how to apply a more functional mindset to training and performance.
  • Methods of Practice – Kris Hampton – This hands-on section will cover basic movement practice all the way up to advanced techniques and how to structure practicing movement. He’ll cover useful on-the-wall warm-ups and how these can optimize the training that follows.
  • Athlete Testing – Tyler Nelson – How can you tell if your training is really working? What metrics, besides climbing harder grades, can you use to assess your athletes. Tyler will dive deep into the research and will provide science-based testing and assessment tools for coaches that can be applied to teams and individuals to track progress right away. He’ll discuss today’s most valuable and applicable testing tools, and will detail the best way to gauge strength, endurance, and power in your athletes.
  • Strength Prog/Reg – Charlie Manganiello – Not every one of the climbers on your team are at the same level. This hands-on discussion will show you the most effective methods for finding proper progressions and regressions of exercises, both on the rock and in the weight room.
  • The New Rules of Endurance – Steve Bechtel – Training endurance is more than just getting tired. This presentation is built around creating long-term improvements in endurance rather than simply getting in and out of shape for the same level of performance. We’ll cover methods of integrating endurance into a strength and power based program, as well as when and when not to seek the pump.
  • Coaching & Cueing – Alex Bridgewater – This hands-on practice is aimed at helping coaches learn effective coaching methods for athletes on the wall. How much coaching should we do? How should we talk to our athletes after they step off the wall? Coaches will learn about talking to their athletes as well as useful self-assessment tools for bouldering and training.
  • Advanced Training Methods – Tyler Nelson – Once you know how and when to test your athletes, there is more to getting better than climbing more. Dr. Nelson will cover the latest in training research and will touch on ways that coaches can apply the latest science has to offer to their climbers. Tyler will discuss adapting training to limited resources, training while traveling, and the latest tools that should be in your arsenal.
  • Hands-On Athlete Scenarios – This group discussion is built around giving real-world coaching and planning scenarios to the group and helping them build plans for addressing the problems and goals of real-life athletes.


The 2018 curriculum includes:

  • Fundamentals of Physiology
  • Cultivating the Growth Mindset
  • Session Design
  • Movement Prep, Warming Up, Mobility
  • Methods of Practice / Coaching Movement
  • Athlete Management and Compliance
  • Progressing and Regressing Exercises
  • Testing Athletes
  • Program Design
  • Fundamentals of Strength Training
  • Purposeful Nutrition
  • Performance Nutrition
  • Weight Loss
  • Bouldering Coaching and Cueing
  • Hands-on Program Design and Session Planning
  • Coaching Scenarios and Group Discussion

Although this course is designed for coaches, about half of our attendees are simply climbers looking to better understand training programming.

This 2.5-day course will feature both lectures and hands-on practice.  Tuition for the seminars is listed on the events page. For more information, just send an email.