Swimming on your own can be pretty challenging. Staring at a black line for any period of time will get old really fast. Even if you have other people in the pool with you, swimming can be lonely and monotonous.

Even if you’re intrinsically motivated, doing the same workouts over and over will make you plateau and eventually start to regress in your swimming ability. So why follow a structured training plan? Can’t you just pick out a workout at random, push yourself to the max, and call it good?

Why Follow A Training Plan?

You could do the same thing over and over or do random workouts, but you wouldn’t be making the most of your time. Structured training plans have many advantages over random, undirected workouts.


Whether you’re trying to improve your stroke technique, swim faster, or increase your endurance, there’s one common, critical component: consistency. If you ask any coach, they’ll tell you that the most important thing you can do to get faster is to be consistent with your training. An odd workout here and there isn’t enough to produce real swimming results, and will only get you so far.

Having a plan laid out in front of you is a fantastic way to cultivate discipline. A Training plan takes some of the decision making process out of your hands. No more wasted time trying to figure out which workout is right for that particular day. With everything mapped out for you, you know the workout you do each and everyday you swim. This will ultimately make you improve fastest.

Related: How to Train for an Open Water Race in a Short Course Pool


Every training plan has a strategy behind it. Not only does it cater to your skill level (dynamic intervals), but also works towards a specific goal: getting fit, improving endurance, enhancing speed, open water training. If you want to enhance your speed, but are only training long aerobic sets, then you aren’t making the most of your time.

Humans are creatures of habit; we like to do what we’re used to. Training plans are about creating a more well-rounded and complete workout program. MySwimPro Training Plans include a wide variety of workout types that engage different muscle groups and energy systems.

If performance enhancements aren’t as important as health improvements, following our Get Fit and Improve Endurance plans are a perfect fit. Following these Training Plans strike a good balance of technique work with loaded progressions to push yourself towards your goals.


MySwimPro Training Plans help you strike the perfect balance between technique, speed, and endurance training. The longer Training Plans incorporate cycles that vary training volume over the course of the entire plan. The shorter, 6-week Get Fit Plan has a gradual build up in distance towards an end goal of swimming a 1,500 continuously. The 12-week Open WaterPplan gets you ready to do a 1,500 open water race.

Do you want to get faster? Improve your endurance? Compete in a triathlon or open water race? If so, stop training aimlessly and swim with purpose. Download the MySwimPro app and start your personalized Training Plan today.


Swimming without a training plan is a bit like trying to drive in a foreign country without a map: you’ll always get somewhere, but the place you arrive may not be where you actually want to be. Without a proper swim plan, your workouts might not lead you towards your goal.

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14 thoughts on “Why You Need A Structured Swim Training Plan

  1. Hi! If I am planning in going to a 10k open water training plan, but intent to split the longer distances training in more swimming days/week or within two periods on the same day. How should I do that?

    1. Hi Flavio, You can easily edit existing workouts in your training plan to reduce yardage. You can also create a new, custom workout for the days you plan to split one of the training plan workouts up. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi

    I were swimming for about 1.5 yrs , use to swam between 2000-2500m In a average, 2-3 times in a week. i was given up for 4 months lately for a personal reason, would like to get back in the route, is it possible that can give me an advice which course will fit me.
    My aims is 1:30 for 100 freestyle
    My best Are 48s for 50m, 1.50 for 100m so far

  3. Hey man, I’m absolutely fond of the writings on your website. They are created cleanly, easy to digest and memorize, despite English being my 3rd language. Wish you well.

  4. This is the best swimming app that I have found for the Apple Watch. Really wish that it had training plans that were easy to adjust. I used to go to Masters Swimming groups that would meet 2 or 3 times a week and swim for 60 – 90 minutes. The app right now has about 60 workouts, but when I browse through them I only find a handful that meet my criteria. I wish the app could generated a workout based on my own criteria… e.g. 1000 yd warm-up, 2000 yd swim (focus on freestyle, or IM, or a stroke…), and 200 yd cool-down. This would allow everyone to create a training plan that meets their needs.

    1. Mario, thank you for your great message! We appreciate the feedback and will add your suggestions to our feature requests. Thanks again for the support and let us know if you have any further ideas or questions! -Paige

    1. That’s a great question – you can change the default time between sets and set-groups independently by navigating to the ‘Workout Settings’ screen under general settings of the MySwimPro App.

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