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Anyone can get a membership to a climbing gym and become fairly competent at scaling the wall by putting in a few training sessions per week, but becoming a world-class climber calls for a very different program…


Adam Ondra is widely considered one of the best climbers in the world today and achieving that distinction wasn’t the product of happenstance. The Czech climber shared a typical training day, which involved intense sessions at not one climbing gym, but four.

Workout Wednesday

A typical training day for Ondra in his hometown of Brno, Czech Republic looks something like this:

09:30 – 11:00 AM | Kotelna Boulder Club
Canvas board power training

11:30 – 01:00 PM | Hangar Climbing Gym
Technical and dynamic modern-style bouldering

01:30 – 04:00 PM | Hangar Climbing Gym
Lunch, rest, and office work

01:30 – 04:00 PM | Hangar Climbing Gym
Lunch, rest, and office work

04:30 – 05:30 PM | VUT Boulder Center
Physical bouldering

06:00 – 07:30 PM | Home Climbing Wall
Climbing to the point of exhaustion


Ondra’s intense training has allowed him to pioneer routes so challenging they required difficulty ratings never before assigned.

Of late, Ondra has been participating in IFSC Climbing World Cup events in preparation for competition at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.