Personal Training & Coaching

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Reach Your Goals Faster

It’s easy to feel frustrated and even a little bit lost when it comes to your personal health. Whether you’re experiencing a climbing plateau, battling an injury, or simply wanting support when it comes to your strength, mobility, and overall health a personal trainer can catapult you to the next level. Our certified coaches will create a personal plan for you based on your needs whether it’s to build strength, improve your climbing, prevent injury, or just perform at your best while feeling your best.

Meet the Trainers

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Ken Klein

Ken is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and a Climb Strong Senior Level Performance Coach. His climbing travels have brought him all over the world from the amazing limestone walls of Spain and Mexico to the expansive boulder fields of the Rocklands of South Africa. He has coached and instructed rock climbing in every capacity: from youth teams to accredited college courses. His passion for coaching is matched by his ability to connect with climbers of all levels. Ken is constantly evolving as a climber; and whether he is repeating a climb in Rocky Mountain National Park, or working on a project 9,000 miles away, he is always learning to look more closely at himself and his own climbing, while consistently trying hard and having fun.

Specialties

  • Movement and strength training

  • Practice drills

  • Technique drills

  • Video analysis

  • Mental prep

  • Hangboard coaching

  • Weight training

Certifications

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • Climb Strong Certified Performance Coach

Email Ken at ken@whetstoneclimbing.com to discuss a personalized plan for you.

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Logan Whiting

Logan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Personal Trainer, and ClinicalAthlete Powerlifting Coach. He has been climbing for over a decade, avidly pursuing outdoor projects and indoor competitions, alike.

As a motivated climber, he has a vested interest in quality coaching and training information. The boom of the climbing industry is incredibly exciting for a trainer because as climbing becomes legitimized as a sport, effective training will need to take on an increasingly scientific perspective. However, one downside of this increased popularity is the unfiltered flood of vague and unsound training advice circulating on popular social media channels. For example, have you ever been told that you aren’t getting the most out of your training unless you add exercise ‘xyz’? Well, why? What’s the marginal benefit? Is ‘xyz’ correlated with better performance? Is it sports-specific? Is it appropriate for everyone? Is it easily measurable and progressable? Every exercise we consider needs to pass through layers of scrutiny because we all have limited time and limited energy to spend at the gym. It takes a knowledgeable trainer to sift through this information and give you the individualized and evidence-based approach you deserve.

Logan works with climbers of all ability levels and athletic backgrounds. Whether you are an experienced climber preparing for the next competition, or you're entirely new to climbing and want to learn basic technique, Logan’s philosophy is the same: training should be athlete-centered. That is, the plan should be mutually agreed upon, should be flexible, and should encourage autonomy. If you are interested in working with a strength coach, Logan offers 1hr. consultations free of charge.

Certifications

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • ClinicalAthlete Powerlifting Coach

Email Logan at logan@whetstoneclimbing.com to discuss a personalized plan for you.

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Carly Cain

Carly is passionate about helping you get stronger, improving your mobility, and upping your mental game. She welcomes all levels of athletes who are dedicated to reaching their goals. She will work hard to ensure your success by using a wide array of tools, several of which are:

  • Red Point Tactics and Mental Preparation
  • Training Programming with Nonlinear Periodization
  • Mobility with Integrative Training
  • Movement Analysis with Corrective Exercises/Drills
  • Strength Training and Hangboarding
  • Optimizing Performance for those with Chronic Conditions
  • Transitions: Indoor to Outdoor

Carly is a high-level climber who is passionate about her sport. Guiding and personal climbing have taken her all over the world, from rock to ice to snow, and she enjoys all these various facets of climbing. Carly has been climbing since 2007 and is based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

She did her Undergraduate studies in Boulder, Colorado, where she finished her degree between working trips to India and Nepal. The last expedition she guided was on Denali in 2018. Not long after this trip, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She threw herself back into rock climbing and found she needed more specific guidance on how to train herself as someone with a chronic disease.

Training for climbing has since impacted her life tremendously, both as an athlete and as someone with Multiple Sclerosis. Working under Steve Bechtel and the Climb Strong team has given her the opportunity to keep learning, to keep growing- as a coach and as a climber.

Carly's own successes with training have influenced her to share her knowledge with others, and to encourage people: no matter what their body’s limitations are - there is always a way forward.

Certifications:

  • N.A.S.M Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Climbing Coach (PCC) Certificate
  • American Mountain Guide Association AMGA- RGA Certification
  • Climb Strong Senior-Level coach

Email Carly at carly@whetstoneclimbing.com to discuss a personalized plan for you.

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Xiao Xiang

Xiao has been consistently climbing for over 8 years and coaching climbing since 2017. After moving to the States, she decided to pursue her passion of sharing the joy of rock climbing and achieved high performance for herself at the same time.

As a short-than-average climber, she has been forced to use techniques (like heel-hooks) over strength, and she believes that 99% of climbers will benefit from this unique perspective that she provides on approaching hard climbs.

Working as a route setter, Xiao also knows how to teach people climbing with grace and efficiency, how to use body positions instead biceps pull-ups, and all kinds of tactics and tricks to send your project!

Not only fun climbing sessions focused on climbing skills and advanced techniques she provides, weight training and hangboarding can be added as supplements for your leveling up quickly.

Being a certified personal trainer gives her the opportunity to combine her rock climbing passion with overall fitness knowledge and share her unique experience with more people.

Specialities

  • Climbing fundamental movements and techniques
  • Advanced climbing skills and drills
  • Female climbers confidence building
  • Small climbers beta training
  • Rope/Lead climbing technique and mental strength
  • Body flexibility and mobility
  • Small group climbing coaching
  • Climbing video analysis

Certifications:

  • N.A.S.M. Certified Personal Trainer
  • A.M.G.A. Single Pitch Instructor

Email Xiao at xiao@whetstoneclimbing.com to discuss a personalized plan and start your new vertical journey today!

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