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I would recommend getting Eric Hörst's "Training For Climbing ", as its an amazing book and will answer pretty much any performance related question you have about climbing. I know it has helped me a lot.

In my own experience, I'll usually just climb until I feel worn out and then rest until recovered. If I'm doing roped climbing, that usually ends up being about 2 days on then 1 day off. Bouldering ends up being 1 day on, 1 day off. YMMV.

If you climb every day, at least if you climb seriously every day, you're going to risk wearing down your body and then comes the dreaded overuse injury. As another side effect of never truly resting, you won't make any performance gains. Your body needs time to heal and recover, otherwise it just keeps wearing down.

So, rather than climbing crappy 7 days a week, climb hard 4 and spend the other 3 doing something else you enjoy. Hike, bike, run, swim, whatever gets you going. Eric Hörst cites several studies that show "active" rest will help you recover quicker than just sitting around. Plus you'll be getting some cross training in, which never hurts! Its also a good idea to work your antagonist muscles (the ones that don't get used for climbing), also another good injury prevention measure.

Hope that helps. If not, just get the book. Its a really good read!

Zach Wahrer
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Seven;...if you can go to work most every day...you can go climbing most everyday........Beer, TV, and climbing......the rest can wait.... toddgordon
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Lol, so I write out a response then the OP deletes his post as I'm posting mine... WTF? Zach Wahrer
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when i first started climbing i became a bum not because i wanted to get better but because i couldn't get enough. climbing is NOT an ego sport and if you think it's a competition you will always loose. there are so many amazing climbers out there and naturally talented or not they do it for themselves. climb when you get the itch and you WILL get better period. the view is better at the top!
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Andrew Shipley
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I shoot for 8-9

But more seriously after 3-5 days on I usually look for one off.
Bud Martin
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Fred Beckey would suggest 7 days I'd guess. Woodchuck ATC
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Zach Wahrer wrote:
Lol, so I write out a response then the OP deletes his post as I'm posting mine... WTF?


They signed up to be a troll...
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