Climbing Training Tip 9 – Training Schedule

If you want to get good at anything, you’ve got to put in the hours.  Well, the same goes with climbing.  It’s also a good idea to set up a training schedule that you can stick to.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll discover that even a missed week of climbing can do some serious damage to your climbing ability, so it pays to hit the rock s as often as you possibly can.

At the peak of my climbing, I was climbing four days a week – two evenings indoor at the gym and two full days outdoors (Saturday and Sunday).  Here’s an example of one of my climbing schedules:

Tuesday evening – traversing warm-up, climb twenty routes in blocks of five (i.e. climb none-stop five routes in one go), boulder if time permits.

Thursday evening – traversing warm-up, climb a few routes, work on project route, boulder if time permits.

Saturday – climb whatever I wanted as long as I completed 8 long routes (at least 20-30m long) before leaving the crag.  This included working on my project route and climbing regular routes for the fun of it.

Sunday – work on leading and project route.

Follow your training schedule and adjust it as necessary to address your weaknesses.  For instance, if you detect a weakness in your footwork, include some training time to tackle that problem.


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