In our first listener Q&A episode we answer listener questions on:
- How long is the protein intake window for muscle protein synthesis, and are high protein diets dangerous?
- Can training your legs influence the conditioning of your arms, and is consuming collagen beneficial?
- What is better, frequent short sessions or longer more exhausting sessions?
- Is metabolic damage after dieting a reality, and what do we eat as nutritionists on a weekly basis.
- What are adaptogens, and can ashwagandha improve performance?
- Are high dose antioxidants harmful?
If you have any questions or comments regarding the show, want us to investigate something specifically, or know any guests we should interview; please leave them in the YouTube comments, or head over to Brian’s page facebook/climbingnutrition and leave them on the wall.
All studies below were specifically cited in this episode. In general, if a study was not cited in the episode, we do not cite it here—even if we base a claim on it or similar studies. Expertise is a culmination of the time spent studying a topic, and it is not always practical to fully cite the research that has informed our professional opinion. If you have a question regarding the source of a specific claim we make, please contact us.
Discussing the ketogenic diet. Heavy on the background biochemistry, and discussing performance pros and cons for climbers.
Listener Questions and Answers
Part two of a multi-part series on recovery for climbers.
Part one of a multi-part series on recovery for climbers.
What are the most useful supplements for climbers?
Discussing whether climbers should be doing cardiovascular training.
Discussing fat and how it fits into energy provision and health.
Discussing the science of carbohydrate requirements for climbers. Why dietary carbohydrate is essential for optimising training, performance, and recovery.
Discussing the science of protein requirements for climbers. Optimising meals, timing, training support, supplementation, and more.
Brian Rigby is a climber, sports nutritionist, and writer; he’s not so bad at handstands, either. He is the author behind Climbing Nutrition, a blog that aims to improve climbers’ understanding of how nutrition affects performance and help them climb better. Brian lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two dogs, has a master of science in applied clinical nutrition, and is a certified (CISSN) sports nutritionist through the International Society for Sports Nutrition.
Tom Herbert (aka “usefulcoach”) when not working full-time as a GNU/Linux System Administrator, works as a freelance strength and conditioning coach, and performance and change nutritionist certified (CISSN) through the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Based in London UK, Tom works with a number of Team GB climbers, enjoys bouldering, pole dancing (doing not watching), long walks, longer sentences, and is a serial user of the Oxford comma.