Whether you swim alone or with a team, all of us can agree it’s tough to stay motivated without a coach on deck telling you what to do. So to get you excited for your next swim workout, we asked 10 swimmers to share their tips for keeping that momentum going.
Read what they have to say, then leave a comment telling us your tips!
1 – Set S.M.A.R.T goals
“Set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant & Time-Bound. Watch my video on this here. “
Fares Ksebati, CEO & Co-Founder of MySwimPro, Michigan USA.
2 – Focus only on swimming while in the pool
“I try to focus on the moment and not everything else I need to do.”
Brian Young, Masters swimmer and triathlete, Michigan USA.
3 – Change your workouts every day
“I’m not swimming alone, I’ve got this whole MySwimPro community! Seriously, though, I stay motivated by switching things up and not doing the same thing twice. I also like to eat, so some of my motivation comes from wanting to maintain the weight loss success I’ve had so far!”
Karen Mackenzie, fitness swimmer, Tempe, Arizona
4 – Plan your workout the night before
“It’s a lot easier to go to bed knowing exactly what I am swimming in the morning. I use the MySwimPro app to check the workout at night, then in the morning it’s super easy to load it on my watch and just swim!”
Teena Lee, Masters swimmer & triathlete, Manila, Philippines
5 – Commit to a race or organized swim event
“It was a lot more fun to get back into swim training knowing that I had a swim race or a charity swim coming up. I knew that I wanted to be happy with my results that day, so it really motivated me to put in the yards in the months beforehand.”
Paige Walters, Masters swimmer & water polo player, Michigan, USA
6 – Make your goals public
“Focus on one small goal at a time. If you tell your friends what your goals are, it’s a lot harder to back out of them once you make them public.”
Paul Feltoe, Ultra-marathon swimmer, New Plymouth, New Zealand
7 – Create a short-term & long-term training plan
“I used to do the same workout daily and I really struggled with getting bored and not wanting to swim. Once I set some goals like how many times per week I will swim, and my overall goal of swimming the English Channel, it was easy to craft the steps to get there. The MySwimPro app has really helped me stay motivated and organize my training plans.”
Sara Lark, Open water swimmer, Raton, New Mexico
8 – Swim with a smartwatch
“My smartwatch holds me accountable. I can load a workout from MySwimPro on it and I will actually push myself to finish the swim.”
Florencia Pizarro, Masters swimmer, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria