The Climbing Doctor Story

I was hooked on climbing the second that I touched a rock wall. I loved the feeling of pulling hard on small crimpers and having hundreds of feet of air beneath me. I would spend long days climbing and training as hard as possible. I thought for sure my climbing would improve exponentially. But it didn’t. So I trained even harder. It was at this point that I started having injuries. I strained my pulley tendons and injured my shoulder sidelining me from climbing for many months.

During this time, I was completing my Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. Through my studies I realized several problems with my training and learned the science behind my injuries. I developed new techniques supported by the latest research and created specific exercises that mirrored movements performed on the wall. I compiled all of my knowledge and resources to develop a specialized training system to peak performance and prevent injuries.

My clients started to have incredible results and word spread quickly. I wanted to spread the knowledge to as many people as possible. So I created a resource that all climbers could access to learn how to prevent injuries and improve performance themselves.  It was from this that “The Climbing Doctor” was born.

A special thanks to those who have supported me. I could not have done this without the encouragement and support of my loving girlfriend Shawn Goodman, friends, family, fellow climbers, Matt/Mikey at DPM and Linda/Blaine at Rockreation and Chrissy/Dana at Theraband.  Additional thanks to Ari Kirsch and Steve Grosserode for photography. 

Dr. Vagy’s Background


Dr. Vagy has over 10 years of climbing experience and has climbed all over the world. He is an accomplished rock climber, ice climber and alpinist.

Click here to view his climbing page where you can find information on his notable ascents and sponsors.


Dr. Vagy is an authority on climbing related injuries. He has published numerous articles on injury prevention and delivers lectures and seminars on the topic. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California, ranked the number one DPT Program in the nation for the last decade by US News and World Report. He is now a professor at the University in the DPT Program.  As a Doctor of Physical Therapy in clinical practice, he went on to complete a one year residency program in orthopedics and a one year fellowship program in movement science. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.