Face to face or online personal training and coaching solutions to help take you to the next level!

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Athlete By Choice is now up and running in the best bouldering and training facility in the country – BlocHaus Canberra!

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The opening of BlocHaus now sees Athlete By Choice moved into the most progressive climbing gym in the country and offering our unique coaching and training services in person within the best set up climbing training facility in Australia. So no matter what your goals, no matter what style of climbing you engage in and no matter what your current levels Athlete By Choice will be able to deliver you the very best in coaching, training and athlete development to exactly suit your needs and help you achieve new heights.


So, exactly what services will Athlete By Choice be offering at BlocHaus?

  • One On One Coaching: Personalised, individual coaching sessions focusing on improving your skills and knowledge to make the most of your climbing and training time. The scope of these sessions is particularly broad as we often work with climbers of all genres, from competition climbers to high altitude alpinists, and so sessions are tailored to the needs of the athlete, ranging from skills acquisition to high intensity fitness training.
  • Small Group Coaching: As with our One On One coaching sessions these sessions are individually tailored to the needs of the athletes but in this case are suited for small groups of athletes with similar goals and needs that wish to train together.
  • Fitness Classes: We will be running several different strength and conditioning classes per week focussed on the needs of different outdoor sports beginning with our Climb Fit classes to help you gain necessary strengths for improving your climbing, and Ski Fit classes designed for getting you in better shape for the upcoming Winter snow season.
  • Competitive Climbing Squads: Over the initial months of our transition into BlocHaus we will be on the look out for serious and enthusiastic competition climbers to join the BlocHaus Team. This will be a gradual process leading to a complete competition development program with the aim to create the most advanced and professional development and competition coaching system in the country.


Will Athlete By Choice still be delivering its signature individually tailored online coaching and training programs that it is already known for?

Yes we most certainly will be! Being able to work with athletes of all kinds from all over the world to assist them in training smarter and harder towards their goals is a foundational part of what Athlete By Choice is. No matter where you are we are available to help self motivated athletes strive towards new heights.

One major difference in the delivery of these programs will be the ability for new clients that are able to come in person to BlocHaus to have an initial skills, strength and fitness assessment done in person with us rather than completing strength tests remotely. Being able to have this initial session with your coach in person dramatically increase the level of individual specificity that can be attained in your training program.

For those near enough to visit BlocHaus this also means having the ability to combine our online training programs with regular One On One coaching sessions to increase the efficacy of your training and improve in the areas that need it most, whether skills acquisition, specific fitness parameters, motivation and mental training or overall athlete development.

Combining our individually tailored online training programs with face to face sessions with your coach is a powerful combination that will truly assist you to realise ever loftier goals in your climbing.


If you would like any further information regarding any of our services, availability, bookings, pricing or any other question at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us here or by emailing us at



Online Fitness Solutions

As well as providing face to face personal training and coaching services, workshops and group coaching sessions at the location of your choice, Athlete By Choice is also Australia’s first and only online coaching and training program service for rock climbers and other outdoor sports. Whether you are just starting out or you are an elite level athlete, Athlete By Choice can tailor a training program designed to help you realize your potential and achieve your goals.

Are you training for that dream overseas climbing trip you have booked? An upcoming competition? An alpine or high altitude objective? Training to send a specific dream boulder or route project? Or just training to improve generally in order to open up more possibilities at your local crag? No matter what your objective, or where in the world you live, Athlete By Choice is for you. We can help you to maximize your training time and work towards achieving any goal.

Athlete By Choice online coaching and training solutions are available to athletes of any level and from anywhere in the world. Your coaching and training programs are delivered electronically and communication can be made through free modes of communication like email and Skype.


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Starting at less than the price of a cup of coffee per day you can have access to the following services…

  • Access to all your programming and training data through a smooth, intuitive online platform and free mobile app
  • Progress charts and graphs measuring any aspects of your training and progression that you would like to track
  • Food log and nutrition tracking functionality include online
  • Training programs tailored to your specific needs and goals
  • Strength & conditioning programs tailored to your specific needs and goals
  • Video analysis of technique to identify and correct weaknesses
  • Climbing specific core strength programs
  • Climbing specific fitness testing
  • Monthly goal oriented training programs
  • Unlimited email, Skype or phone access to your coach for advice




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All of our Online Service Packages are tailored to suit your individual needs so please contact us on the Contact page of this website or by emailing us at for an obligation free chat to see how we can meet your training needs!




Workshops & Group Coaching Options

If you are a gym, junior or senior competitive team or social group then we can tailor single or multi day workshops, one off or ongoing group training and coaching sessions specifically tailored to the needs of your group or team.

For more information or to discuss potential options, just drop us a line on the contact page.


Personal Training & One On One Coaching Options

No matter what your goals or needs Athlete By Choice can provide personal training or coaching tailored specifically to your needs and can hold our sessions at a location convenient for you, be it the gym, park or home.

For more information or to discuss potential options, just drop us a line on the contact page.


Contact Us!

To contact us to ask any more questions you may have, or to make a booking to start one of our packages please send an email to with your name and the package you are interested in, or alternatively use the “Contact” page of this website.






Ben Williams:

I never saw very large improvements in my climbing when trying to create my own plan; but since training with ABC my climbing has improved leaps and bounds! It’s been the best decision I’ve made for climbing progression.


Joe Tynan:

Started with Athlete By Choice over a year ago now. Having a tailored & flexible program each month has helped me break through a plateau I would’ve struggled to pass myself. Having Duncan to check in with has enabled me to continue training through injuries and travel as well as stay motivated to achieve my goals. Stoked!


Tom Reid:  

Been Training with Athlete By Choice for 2 months now, and I am continually stoked with the support as well as the training. If you are thinking about checking it out but haven’t got round to it, I highly recommend you do! Having structure is one of the best ways to make gains in your training. Yew!


Jennifer Chang – Virginia, United States

Training with Duncan definitely yielded visible results. I went from projecting 7c to gaining the confidence to work on 8a’s twice the length of my usual projects in under 2 months. He gave me very individualized instruction that suited my abilities, and easily spotted weaknesses that I could improve upon with training. By using his strength and conditioning program, I increased my lockoff ability and overall power. More than anything, his enthusiasm was infectious. I looked forward to each session as a way to make small gains towards a bigger overall goal, and for someone who abhors training, Duncan made the process extremely integrated and fluid.

Nina Stumtner – Salzburg, Austria

Yes, it worked! It was April 2012 when I visited Duncan in Yangshuo, ready to try his circuit training. Could 20 minutes a day make a difference to my climbing? I wasn’t really convinced, but anyway, I gave it a try… Having done a couple of 7a’s back home in Austria I wanted to push my limit and set a goal of 7b. It didn’t happen in Yangshuo – bad conditions and not the right state of mind. I continued the training, went to the Getu valley and here we go: ticked my first 7b and a week later, on the very last afternoon before I went back home: a 7b+! From 7a to 7b+ in only 6 weeks! I’m not a big fan of training schedules – I rather climb instead of doing push ups or train on a campus board – but this one really worked for me. By writing this little story it reminds me to get back in shape again :-) Thanks Duncan for sharing your knowledge with us!

Morgan Gerlitz – Michigan, United States

Even when taking 4 months off climbing, Athlete By Choice’s Total Circuits kept me in shape to come back climbing to climbing still able to climb 5.12’s.

Chase Cazedessus – Costa Rica

After starting some Athlete By Choice training I went from being an average climber, to a 5.13+ climber.


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