Moving Up: Coaching and Training for Climbing
Thomasina's coaching and methodology has taken my climbing to the next level. Tailored to my strengths and weaknesses, adjustments to how I climb have already become second nature. To anyone that really wants to make radical and effective long-term improvements in their climbing, work with Thomasina. Her insight and skill is built on a breadth of experience that serve as the foundation of uniquely beneficial and valuable coaching."
Maki, Boulder, CO
You have to master the basics before you can master the game!!
With Moving Up Coaching and Training, you can expect:
- technique and movement training
- strength training
- mental tactics
- easy to follow, detailed 12 week training plans
- suitable to bouldering, sport, trad or competition climbing
- catered to individual goals and time demands
- in person, skype or video
- programs are delivered through Google Docs making feedback easy for both client and coach
Climbing is a movement based sport that demands both mental and physical strength. Moving properly and efficiently is key to mastering the intricacies needed to get up the rock.
Thomasina has a strong understanding of the movement and strength demands of climbing. She is well versed in the many climbing areas around the world, making her capable of designing a training program that is relevant to both the given destination, be in it Bishop, the Red River Gorge, or in competition. Made to meet your climbing goals.
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. Thomasina’s ability to genuinely appreciate my efforts and celebrate my gains has been a welcome, powerfully helpful surprise !! I am climbing trad, sport, and bouldering better and stronger than I ever have, along with experiencing greater patience, relaxation, and joy. Jeff, Squamish, BC
About the Coach
Thomasina is a NCCP certified Coach, is a certified ACMG Climbing Gym Instructor and has been coaching sport since the age of 16. From coaching gymnastics to climbing, Thomasina has learned valuable coaching and training methods from some of the world top climbing coaches in Canada, the USA, Switzerland, Germany, France and Slovenia. She follows the Long Term Athlete Development Framework from Sport for Life.
Thomasina brings a wealth of personal experience learned from competing for Team Canada at the IFSC World Cup Level, to pushing standards on rock, having climbed multiple v11's and 12's, and at the 5.13 level. Her vast experience has given her an excellent understanding of climbing movements; training for various aspects of climbing including sport, bouldering and competition climbing; injury prevention; mental tactics for projecting hard outside and for competition.
Thomasina is a mother, climber, coach, writer, photographer and endless wanderer.
Completed National Coaching Association Courses:
- NCCP Sport Nutrition
- Aboriginal Coaching Module
- Planning a Practice
- Make Ethical Decisions
- Making Head Way in Sport
- Certified GF - Artistic Gymnastics Coach
- Climbing Gym Instructor Level 1
Philosophies on training and coaching
I take a long term view to training which is largely influenced from my own personal experience with training where I rushed the process to improve which just led to injury. I give equal focus to both movement and strength. The reason being that one can be a strong as a bull but it doesn't mean that they can climb a rock, or at least, climb it efficiently and thus reach their potential. If one has the technical skills and is efficient with movement, there is less need for strength and power to send their projects.
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.
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