If your dreams don't scare you - they are not big enough!
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Our Mission

We care about one thing, and one thing only.
We want you to become the best climber you can be.
We want you to achieve your goals.


Train Smarter - Get Stronger - Climb Harder

Find out how we can help you.

This is a different kind of book.

This is not just a collection of exercises, nor is it boring theory.

This is modern sport science and latest research, distilled into an easily understandable and most of all applicable format for modern day sportclimbing and bouldering. It contains everything you need to start training more efficiently right now.

With this book you will

  • Learn what smart training really is.
  • Understand what exactly is going on in your body.
  • Identify what is holding you back.
  • Master the art of designing your own training plan.
  • Find the most efficient exercises to eliminate your weaknesses and develop your strengths.
  • Discover all the information you need to get stronger, stay injury free and climb harder.
  • Backed by science, tested extensively by real climbers.
If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.
Personal Coaching

Step up your game!

So you really want to step up your game and show yourself and the world how good a climber you can truly be.
Just as in any other serious sport there is no better way than to get a good coach.

Whether you are in the early stages of your climbing career or aiming for the next World Cup title or 9b / 8C ascent - if you want to do it right we are here to help.

  • No Templates, this is personal.
  • Expert Guidance, don't waste your time.
  • Smart Athlete Nutrition, fuel a healthy, strong body.
  • Strength, Technique & Mental Mastery, your keys to success.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary, is that little extra.
- Jimmy Johnson
Meet The Coach


My name is Nic Duerr and I am the founder and head coach of trainHardButSmart, the website you're reading right now.
I started climbing more than 15 years ago. Along the way I got my diploma in sport science with a major in exercise and training physiology and performance and authored the book Train Hard But Smart Volume 1.
I believe there is a big need for fact based information about training for climbing to counterbalance all the anecdotal approaches and internet nonsense.
A science based, applicable way to move our sport forward and reach our personal goals.

The thing I am most proud of though, is the work I do with my clients.
Seeing someone achieve their goal after they worked so hard truly inspires me and keeps me motivated to train hard for my own projects.

Come and join us and reach your true potential, too!

Video to come...

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
- Michael Phelps
Seminars & Talks

Professional Knowledge for Climbing

Modern sport science and research can tell us what the best way to improve is - in theory.
Making it truly applicable to climbing specifically is the challenge. In our seminars and workshops we tell you not only what science and research says about the subject, but we focus on giving you the tools so you can take practical advantage of this theoretical knowledge.

We cover all the main cornerstones of high level climbing and bouldering performance:

  • Strength Training for Climbing and Bouldering - get strong and stay injury free.
  • Technical Triumph - learn like a child, move like a cat.
  • Mental Mastery - making friends with the enemy between your ears.
  • Smart Athlete Nutrition - don't be light, be healthy and strong.
  • soon: Becoming a better Coach
  • soon: Specifics of Professional Youth Training - more than small adults
To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits
and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.

- Picabo Street