When to Start Swim Speed Workouts

Okay, okay. We realize that most of North America’s outdoor pools have just closed. But think of next season — it’s just a few months away!

If you started Sheila Taormina’s 16-week Swim Speed Workouts program on Monday, October 7, you’d be ready to rip out your fastest freestyle on…let’s see…January 5th, just in time for the USA Swimming Arena Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Oh…you’re not planning to compete at the USA Swimming Arena Grand Prix?

Maybe you’ve got your eye one of the triathlons, open-water swims, or swim meets on our handy Swim Speed Workouts Start Chart, provided as a courtesy to help you plan your next PR.

Click the image to enlarge it and find your best start date (don’t forget to leave room for taper). Then get started with the first two weeks of Swim Speed Workouts!

SSW Start Chart
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In Swim Speed Workouts, 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, and triathlon world champion Sheila Taormina provides the essential swimming instruction, workouts, drills, and training plan to build all-new levels of freestyle swimming speed.

Drawing from her 30-year racing and coaching career, Taormina’s Swim Speed program is carefully designed to build freestyle swimming speed one crucial step at a time. Over 16 weeks, swimmers and triathletes will swim high-impact workouts to build the critical elements of the world’s fastest swimming technique. Each waterproof workout card incorporates the Olympic swimming drills, kick sets, and drylands that develop speed in the world’s fastest swimmers. Swimmers will refine their freestyle with the most effective hand entry, high-elbow catch, underwater pull, stroke finish, core drive, and propulsive kick.

Sheila Taormina’s Swim Speed Series reveals the world’s fastest way to swim.

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