Rest too much, and you don’t give your body the stimulus it needs to make an adaptation.
Rest too little, and you don’t give your body a chance to grow stronger.
It can be hard to know which end of the spectrum you’re on.
Rule of thumb:
If you sit around all day and only climb one day per week, you likely need to climb or train more to get better.
If you’re the type of person who is neurotic about missing a training session and who needs to ask how much rest is “enough”, you likely have a tendency toward over-training and should add more rest, especially if you are plateaued.
Without adequate rest, even the most valiant training effort is a waste of time.
“It’s really hard to accept that sometimes the best way to achieve your goal is occasionally to do nothing.” Alan Watts.
You can hear Alan’s story in episode 4 of the podcast, here.