This workout of the week is a 1,500 yard swim I recently completed in just under 30 minutes with MySwimPro on the Apple Watch Series 4. In this overview I’ll share the workout strategy and run through a set-by-set analysis looking at the data captured with the MySwimPro App!

Workout Statistics:

  • Distance: 1,500 Yards
  • Duration: 28 Minutes
  • Focus: Individual Medley Training

Related: How to Swim Backstroke with Perfect Technique

This workout was completed in a 25 yard swimming pool running a custom written swim workout with MySwimPro and the Apple Watch. The only equipment used on this set were a pair of hand paddles on the 200 Pull. There was 30 seconds of rest between set-groups (Set Group 1, Main Set, Cool Down) and 15 seconds between each of the individual sets. These are 100% customizable in the MySwimPro app. You can learn more about workout and set structure here.

Workout Strategy

This workout’s distance was right in the sweet spot for me. It’s a balance of all the strokes mixed in with a little bit of endurance swimming baked in the middle. Checkout this 1,000 yard workout of the week for an even shorter (all Freestyle) workout. IM , short for Individual Medley incorporates all four competitive strokes: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle. You get to engage all the different muscle groups and energy systems burning more calories and in my opinion it’s more fun!

Related: 5 Steps to Perfect Butterfly

This workout is great to fit in the morning, evening or even lunch break. It’s short enough to be in and out of the aquatic facility in less than 1 hour, but also long enough to feel like it was a productive workout. For me, any shorter than 1,500 or 1,000 doesn’t feel like enough of a workout. For some swimmers, 1,500 is perfect! This training session was pretty easy to create in the MySwimPro app and load it on my watch quick!

Workout Analytics

The workout structure is of moderate complexity. The Main set repeats two times and my goal was to negative split the Main Set by round. First round was swum easy, and the second round I put more effort into each part of it. The warmup was a series of 50s – Backstroke and Breaststroke to get the body flowing. The Main set was two rounds of a 200 Pull followed by 4 x 25s IM Order. You can see how I split the two parts of the Main Set on each round below.

  • 1 x 200 Pull @ 2:30 (Round 1: 2:14; Round 2: 2:08)
  • 4 x 25s IM order @ :30 (Round 1: 15, 18, 18, 16; Round 2: 14, 19, 18, 15)

Related: How to Swim Breaststroke with Perfect Technique

The screenshots from the MySwimPro app above show the analytics from the second 200 Pull of the Main Set. I was fresh for this workout (no workout the day before) and swam pretty easy intentionally on the first round then picked it up for the second round. I split a 2:08 and averaged 12 strokes per length. My heart rate never went above 160 by the end and it felt pretty good. Below are some splits form the cool down set of 6 x 50s Free:

In the screenshot from the MySwimPro app above you can see the analytics from the first few repetitions of the 6 x 50s Free. I felt pretty smooth and was able to average about :35 seconds per 50 with about :15 seconds rest. My SWOLF score (swimming efficiency) averaged 31. You can learn more about what SWOLF is here.

See Also: 10 Steps To Swim Smarter Freestyle

I focused on keeping my stroke long and not sacrificing efficiency for speed. That’s a difficult balance but one of the joys of doing any kind of structured workout with variance in pace. The focus for me was getting my heart rate elevated and then holding good stroke technique on the 25s IM Order.

Modify The Workout

No two swimmers are the same, and because everyone swims at a different pace, the intervals of this set should reflect that. My 200s were on the @ 2:30 interval. My aerobic threshold pace (10 x 100s Free) is around 1:10/100 yards. If your aerobic threshold is 1:30, you should consider doing the 200s at the 3:30. The MySwimPro app will do this for you with Dynamic Intervals. You can read more about that here.

The media above is exported from the MySwimPro app and shows an overview of the workout I did along with the heart rate graph. You can save workouts for later and share with your friends to any social network aspect aspect ratio you choose!

How To Swim Faster

Swimming fast comes down to two things: Increasing propulsion and decreasing drag. Swimming efficiently will help you decrease drag and this is much faster (and easier) to improve than improving propulsion. To increase the efficiency of your workout, you’ll need to add structure and variation to push your body in new and innovative ways. 10 x 100s is just one example of how you can do this.

If you’d like more creative sets and training plans like this, checkout the MySwimPro app. New workouts added daily (Workout of the Day) along with over 10 training plans that the MySwimPro app personalizes to you and are designed to help you meet your goals!

Using data to help you understand your swimming performance is one of the most efficient ways to help you improve in the water. With advances in wearable technology, the most important metrics can be tracked automatically and used to your advantage.

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”

Be sure to download the MySwimPro app in the App Store for iPhone and Google Play Store for Android!

Happy Swimming!

2 thoughts on “1,500 Mixed Medley Workout

  1. Great tips! I swam competitively for years. I’m dusting off my goggles and getting back in the water soon. This was an amazing refresher and primer. This Old Dog just learned a bunch of new tricks!!

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