As you might have expected, the answer to this really depends on the person. Some people are busy with work and other life obligations so they only get to go once a week. Others may choose to make more time for climbing and go as much as 5 times a week. On the extreme end of things, I’ve heard Adam Ondra say that he climbs 30+ hours a week when he’s training for competitions; which can seem pretty crazy for the rest of us. Essentially, you have to make a choice as to what works best for you. Everyone’s got their own life schedule so it would be hard to make that call for you but I’ll let you guys know what I’m doing and hopefully that may help you reach your decision!
I used to go climbing four times a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). It was awesome but felt I lacked recovery time; I’d always go back to the gym the next morning feeling stiff and sore. After a bit of warming up I always felt okay but I was never climbing at 100%.
Recently I switched up my schedule. I climb three days a week now (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and I feel this provides me with sufficient recovery time. I am still just testing it out but so far I can’t complain! I am more energized when I get to the gym and am climbing closer to my potential. I also have the energy to do hang board training after I’m done bouldering. I do this twice a week, usually Monday and Friday; the reason I chose those days was because on Monday I have the most energy and on Friday I’ll have the longest recovery time.
So far this has been working for me pretty well. I’ll keep you posted as time passes (this is only my second week trying it out) but I just wanted to give you a quick update. Remember, the key to climbing is to have fun. Don’t push yourself to the point where you stop enjoying climbing as much. Everyone’s different and everyone climbs for their own reasons. Learn to love climbing and the progress will come.
Anyways.. let me know what works best for you in the comments below!