Moving Up: Coaching and Training for Climbing
To get feedback from a professional athlete like Thomo, is worth the time and money. The look of a professional on how you climb is often far more accurate than ours, because of their experience and knowledge. She gave me excellent tips, on my climbing and on my training methods. She also helped me understand that you don’t need to train long session; you need to train efficiently and methodologically” Genevieve, Montreal
In person Coaching:
- One on one rate: -60 hour
- Two person: – 80 hour
- Three people max: – 90 hour
See below for Kid rates
Initial Assessment for a Training Program: 2 hours
Individualized, 12 week personal training programs:
- with email and phone contact: ~ 450
- without email and phone contact: ~ 350
10-15 minute video analysis: ~ 60
In Person Coaching for Kids
- One child: – 35 hour
- Ten dollars for each additional child
- Max 4 children
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 604-849-1597
- Click here for: Via Facebook
Sliding scale available for those with financial challenges
The Thomasina Training Experience. So far. An unsolicited testimonial. My experience with Thomasina is Rave-Worthy! I am benefitting greatly from Thomasina’s tremendous abilities to assess, design, and uniquely support progress toward specific goals I have with bouldering, trad, and sport climbing. I am a recreational (read not very good) climber with impressive inflexibility.
Thomasina’s belief, passion, and creative efforts toward helping me enjoy the process and achievements has been astounding and invaluable. Given my modest climbing prowess, Thomasina’s ability to genuinely appreciate my efforts and celebrate my gains has been a welcome, powerfully helpful surprise !! I am learning so much more and having so much more fun than I imagined!
I am 8 weeks into a customized 12- week training program with Thomasina. 5 weeks after my initial assessment, the attached weight I could hold for my 4 finger hangs jumped 42%. Weight I could hold onto from a pinch position increased 28%. Training works!
I am climbing trad, sport, and bouldering better and stronger than I ever have. I am enjoying and understanding my training!! I am appreciating an increasing repertoire of movements on the rock along with experiencing greater patience, relaxation, and joy. Really.
Thank you Thomasina. And Cedar too, for reminding me how to play!!!
“Back in April of this year, I was lucky enough to be able to get a training session with Thomasina at Bloc Shop in Montréal…. Lucky or brave enough to be analyzed by Thomasina hahaha! Often, to get feedback from a professional athlete like Thomo, is worth the time and money. The look of a professional on how you climb is often far more accurate than ours, because of their experience and knowledge.
The way we went with the session was simple: I was climbing and she was analyzing my posture, my feet, my fluidity, my reading methods, my commitment to certain tricky moves, and so on and so on. Thomo helped me realize that the main reason I was not improving was a lack of confidence and commitment. I guess fear is a pretty strong feeling; it can make you NOT do a lot. So we went on for about 90 minutes and she gave me excellent tips, on my climbing and on my training methods. The best thing she said to me was: “Try Everything¨. You don’t know if you can do something or not unless you try it”. Silly? No… Simple, absolutely!
She also helped me understand that you don’t need to train long session; you need to train efficiently and methodologically (pyramid work out, time in the week to work only on your weaknesses etc.…). Overall the training was great and helped me improve. Now I am just waiting for Thomo to come back in Montreal in early 2016 so I can train with her on my postnatal baby get back in shape mode!!! Thomo? Coming back right? …”
Genevieve Gabelier, Montreal, Canada
About the Coach:
Thomasina Pidgeon is a mother, climber, coach, trainer and endless wanderer. She has a wealth of climbing and coaching experience and is one of Canada’s most accomplished climbers having climbed multiple v12’s and at the 5.13 level. Since 2012 she has been representing Canada at various Boulder and Difficulty World Cups, and two World Championships. Her wealth of experience has taught her many things from an understanding of climbing movements; training for various aspects of climbing including sport, bouldering and competition climbing; injury prevention; training mental tactics for projecting hard outside and for competition.
Thomasina is a NCCP certified Coach, is a certified ACMG Climbing Gym Instructor and has been coaching sport since the age of 16. She follows the Long Term Athlete Development Framework from Sport for Life. As a gymnastics coach, she has worked with people of various ages and abilities and finds the skills and experience learned from coaching gymnastics helpful and transferable to coaching climbing. She has learned coaching and training methods for climbing from some of the world top climbing coaches in Canada, the USA, Switzerland, Germany, France and Slovenia.
Disclaimer: Thomasina is not a certified ACMG rock guide though she does hold her Climbing Gym Instructor Course Level 1. These courses focus solely on skill acquisition and coaching for climbing to help participants become better overall climbers and athletes.