Webcast Update #1

by Brian Rigby, MS, CISSN

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Tom and I are making progress towards getting the webcast/podcast all set up and ready. We’ve decided upon a name, a general format for each show, a topic for the first show (protein, because it continues to be one of the most asked-about topics), and set up the necessary accounts.

We’ve also decided upon a theme for the show: science-based climbing information. While nutrition will certainly play a large role in the show (probably the largest role, given our backgrounds), we didn’t want to limit ourselves to just nutrition, and so we will also be covering topics like training and research and recruiting guests who know more about these topics than we do.

What remains to be done now is a mixture of preparation and random “administrative tasks”, for lack of better term. The administrative tasks I intend to complete this week, the preparation is ongoing. I hope we’ll be able to at least announce the date of the first episode next week!

In the meantime, I have a task for you:

In each episode, Tom and I are planning to take a bit of time to answer questions, and we need you to supply us with some. Ideally, these questions should be related to the topic (protein), but really any climbing-related topic dealing with nutrition or other sciences is okay. We’ll pick a few to answer on the air and answer the rest personally.

To ask a question, please navigate to the “Ask a Question” page and fill out the contact box at the bottom. I know, it’s more annoying than just sending an email, but it also prevents me from getting a crippling amount of spam and ensures that all questions actually make it to me!

As many of you know, I already answer questions personally via email and occasionally here on this site—this is not going to change. I’m merely adding a new way that questions may be answered, particularly questions that are specifically related to climbing rather than broadly nutrition.

Thanks, and look for more updates next week!


  1. Billy

    Hi i would like to know how to take bcaa-s. As vegetarian i supliment protein with powders, but dont take bcaa, but i was wondering what can bcaas do that proteins dont, and when should i take them? post exercises with proteins or later/day after, and how do they stack with proteins owerall. Ty for your time, i cant wait for the podcast.

  2. Anson Call

    Hey! I just found your website a few weeks ago and I’m loving it. Really looking forward to the podcast! I think we could all really use a science-based podcast to in the climbing sphere.

    On that note – I just wanted to say, whatever you talk about, please be clear about the context and what type of climbers you’re really talking to as you move through each point. My biggest beef with Neely’s podcast is that she asks these people training/nutrition questions, and then they respond with something really specific that sounds like it only really applies if you happen to be exactly like them: ie, moving from low-5.13s to upper 5.13s, have years of experience with hangboarding, already eat a certain way, or whatever else. For example, Neely’s guest would say, “I started eating a lot less sugar, and that helped me a lot.” Or, “I started campus boarding, and I started getting hurt.” In both scenarios, I had no idea how my experience would align with theirs. I had no idea how much sugar this person was eating beforehand, or exactly how their diet compares to mine. I had no idea how many days per week this person was climbing, how much rest they were getting, what type of exercises they were doing on the campus board, or where they were at in their climbing progression when they started getting hurt.

    I know you speak to a wide audience, but I just think it will be more useful if you qualify each tip by saying something about who these things apply to. Certain tips might only apply if you’re only at a certain level in your climbing progression, or you’re already doing some basic things to manage your diet. Neely never really asks her guests to identify the types of people their advice might help, and it makes most of it pretty much useless, IMO.

    Anyways, just my 2 cents. Keep up the good work!

  3. Brian Rigby, MS, CISSN Post author

    Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll definitely keep that in mind, in particular when we’re speaking to guests or about anything that might not apply generally. I agree that context is critical—it doesn’t tell you much if someone mentions a random dietary change if you know nothing about what their diet looked like before. I can also say having counseled numerous athletes (and otherwise) in a nutritional capacity that there are often pieces of the picture the client is missing, but which a bit of careful questioning can reveal. That’s not to say I don’t take someone at their word when they tell me that “eating less sugar helped a lot”, but rather that digging deeper for the context might reveal a larger dietary problem that is also a more widely relevant lesson.

    At any rate, we’ll be sure to always try to provide context when relevant. Thanks again!

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