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Physical training workshops

Learn how to deliver physical training sessions, gaining an understanding of the skills and techniques used to develop a climber's physical abilities through physical training.

There are currently two workshops, the first giving a basic level of knowledge of human biology and physiology, and an introduction to the theory of training. The second is a two-day workshop going into more detail for personalised climbing-specific coaching. There is also a third workshop on sport-specific strength and power training in development.

The workshops are ideal for anyone working with children or adults who have already reached a stage of understanding and practicing good climbing techniques, including full-time coaches and climbing wall staff, particularly those coaching junior squads, parents or club members. 

The first workshop would also help individual climbers who are just investigating how to train more efficiently. The more advanced workshop would be useful for coaches who are working with private clients who are training at an advanced level requiring personal physical screening and training plans.

Photo by Kevin Howett.

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Owner of North East Mountaineering and ClimbFit Scotland.

With well over a decade of instructional, guiding and coaching experience within the mountaineering industry I deliver both directly to the public and in ‘train the trainer’ capacities.

My motivation within the climbing and fitness world lies with being the best you can be not only with your sport but also being fit and healthy in a holistic way for ‘life’. 

Inspiring and developing others definitely floats my boat and is my main motivation as I love working with other people and seeing them flourish. Expanding my own knowledge and sharing in your ideas is a major boon!

Typically a Trad climber and lover of the mountains, I do love a good thug fest on some hard boulders!

Alongside my climbing coaching and personal training experience I have several years of route setting, climbing wall management and delivery of technical advice under my belt. You may also find me behind the climbing wall making sure it’s all tip top and safe to use too.

I hold the following qualifications: MIA, WML, IRATA Level 1, RSA 2, Level 3 Personal Trainer and other associated qualifications.

With a 30-year career in the outdoors I have been employed full time at Glenmore Lodge for 13 years. I work cross discipline for the Mountaineering and Paddlesport Departments and have a lifelong interest in sport and training.

I have enjoyed recreational summer and winter climbing in the UK and abroad. This has taken me to Norway, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, various Mediterranean islands, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, New Zealand, Venezuela, USA and islands of the Canaries and Azores. Paddling and sailing has seen me visit a host of other countries.

I am a keen hill and mountain marathon runner competing in Elite category, have a long distance record called The West Mounth Round recorded in ‘Scottish Hillrunners’ and have completed all the Munros. I have also competed in white water kayak races, triathlon and quadrathon. I ski recreationally.

I hold a BA Honours in Sports Studies. For the last three years I have been developing my knowledge of strength training and conditioning in line with United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association programmes. This fits well with my particular focus for outdoor adventure sport.

Having attended one of the first Mountaineering Scotland PT1 courses in Scotland, I am pleased to now be part of its delivery team.

I am excited that at Glenmore Lodge we are now able to offer this fantastic PT1 course.

I’ve been climbing for over 23 years, indoors and out, trad and sport, summer and winter. From the age of eight I’ve competed in local and national competitions, where, at 13, I gained GB Team status and went on to compete internationally for six years. I have competed in European Youth Championships and World Youth Championships.

After leaving school I studied Physiology and Sport Science at the University of Glasgow. While at university I started coaching at the Glasgow Climbing Centre, and I have now coached young climbers for the past seven years. I took over from Michael Jeans as Head Coach in 2015 and ran a team of 42 strong kids, some to GB team status.

Over the past couple of years I have coached for the ClimbScotland National Youth Academies, providing coaching to the elite and up-coming young climbers in Scotland.

I hold CWA, SPA, Foundation and Development Coach Awards, FUNdas 1-3, Physical Training 1.

I currently work for The Climbing Academy Glasgow as a climbing coach. I run our Youth Squad with Michael Bleazard, coach NIBAS levels 1-5 and do One-to-One coaching sessions.

I have previously worked as an Outdoor Instructor after gaining an HND in Outdoor Sports Coaching.

I have been climbing for over 20 years and now climb Trad, Sport and Boulder to a pretty decent level I think.

I am always trying to target my weaknesses to improve my climbing and as a result have learnt how to pass this on to others through my coaching. It's about training smarter not harder.

Nathan works full time as a MIC based in Aviemore, where he lives with his family. He works as a Senior Instructor at Glenmore Lodge, The National Outdoor Training Center, where he delivers rock and mountain sport courses year round. Nathan also runs his own business, Stone Play, where he provides bespoke coaching and guiding courses.

Climbing is Nathan’s passion. He enjoys all disciplines of the sport and has climbed to a high level in most. Climbing has taken him to some amazing places from high altitude alpinism in Alaska to big walling in Yosemite - all while trying to juggle climbing, work and family life.

Because of this Nathan has a good appreciation of life’s challenges and a good understanding of how he can help others be more time-efficient and train smarter in their time-starved lives. The above combination of Nathan’s coaching experience and practical climbing and training experience make him a great candidate for delivering our FUNdas and Physical Training courses.