USRPT stands for “Ultra Short Race Pace Training.” The premise for this training methodology is that race-specific high intensity swimming will allow you to swim faster than any other training method. The overall goal is to simulate a racing situation in a workout to be better prepared for an actual race.
In simplified terms, this means only swimming at your goal race pace, or faster, in practice. This means no partial swimming – no drills, kicking, or any of that technique-focused work. If you don’t do in a race, you don’t do it in training. You’re only allowed to swim at race pace.
What is USRPT?
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The USRPT Plan is designed for swimmers who are looking to:
- Swim a best time in the 50 or 100 of any stroke!
- Don’t have a lot of time to swim, but still want a high intensity workout!
- Looking to mix it up and see what the hype is all about!
4 Week USRPT Plan Overview:
- Duration: 4 weeks
- Workouts: 12
- Average Workout: 1,300 meters = 30 minutes
- Goal: Best time in 50/100 (any stroke)
Who’s it for? This plan is designed for a swimmer who is looking to improve their 50 or 100 time by following a high intensity training program that applies scientific principles of Ultra Short Race Pace Training.
How does it work? Complete 3 workouts per week for 4 weeks. Each workout session will last about 30 minutes. This program will push your body to achieve race pace performance in every workout. USRPT is designed to teach your body how to swim fast with perfect technique, repeated over short distances.
The goal of most sets will be to achieve a 1:1 Work-to-Rest ratio. This workout plan can be performed in any stroke style with the end goal of decreasing time in a 50 or 100 distance race. Equipment (fins and paddles) are recommended for the third workout of each week.
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USRPT is a holistic training methodology with specificity at its core. There are four elements that make up Ultra Short Race Pace Training:
- Nutrition & Recovery
To go a bit deeper into specificity, the goal is to achieve neuromuscular firing that mimics a race condition and environment. Actions (swimming strokes) need to be completed in their entirety, meaning kicking and drills become less useful. You must swim the total stroke!
Segmented training (like drills and single arm swimming) are not a focus because they do not replicate the total action (full swimming stroke). The idea of USRPT is that high skilled swimming will only be improved by practicing highly skilled swimming.
What to do if you fail to make an target time During a USRPT set?
If you fail to make your target time, you should sit out one repetition then jump back in on the next interval. If you fail a second time, the set is over and you should start your recovery swim.
If you don’t fail and complete the entire set hitting your target time on all repetitions, then the set was too easy – next time decrease your target time and/or decrease the amount of rest between repetitions.
Is USRPT right for you?
It should be noted that USRPT is targeted for intermediate to advanced swimmers focused on performance. It relies heavily on a strong stroke technique and high endurance.
You can do USRPT for any stroke, or IM training. This training concept can also be applied for longer events with a little variation, like the 400 Freestyle or 400 IM.
More Training Plans:
- 10K Challenge (10 weeks)
- IMX Pro Challenge (10 weeks)
- Advanced Technique Bootcamp (4 weeks)
- Get Fit – Freestyle (6 weeks)
- Enhance Speed (8 weeks)
- Improve Endurance (8 weeks)
How to Follow a Training Plan
A training plan is a critical component to the success of reaching your goals in swimming! Here are some additional ways this plan is designed to help you get there.
- Time: During the week, you may feel stretched on time. This plan sets all your workouts ahead of time for you; therefore, you are more able to fit them into your hectic schedule than you thought. You’ll know exactly what you’re doing for the week and how long each workout is.
- Setting Goals: Having a goal gives you something to work towards and a plan helps get you there! Having a chart makes your goal much easier and attainable.
- Staying Focused: By having a plan ahead of time, you know exactly what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. One of the worst things that can happen, is to only swim when the mood hits you (or not at all). A plan will keep you focused on where you’re going.
- Staying Motivated: By adhering to a weekly schedule, you may find that you are staying motivated between and during every session more so than if you didn’t have a plan. Seeing the entire plan laid out in front of you will help visualize success and keep you on track.
- Accountability: If you can’t swim with a team or coach, this plan is for you! We are your accountability partners in this journey. A structured plan will keep your schedule in check and accountable to each and every workout.
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