OnDeck Coaching Tools University: Write Workouts
Now that your practice calendar is created, it’s time to write workouts
to assign to a practice. In TU Coaching Tools, practices are composed of
one or more workouts, workouts are made up of one or more sets, and sets
are made up of one or more swims.
Two approaches to assigning workouts are building a workout from scratch within a practice or assigning a pre-created workout from your library or the Community Workout Library. Let’s begin by building a workout, then we will assign it to a practice. You can also write workouts in Web Coaching Tools.
Add New Workout
- To begin building, tap > Coaching Tools > Workouts (also accessible via the WORKOUTS tab on a tablet at the top).
- Tap NEW W/O (phone) or CREATE NEW WORKOUT (tablet)
in the upper right. This will open the ADD WORKOUT screen.
- The Alias will be an abbreviation of the Title. If you plan to reuse the workout, make the name something memorable.
- Select a Workout Type.
- Select the appropriate Course for your pool type.
- If you turn on Favorite, you can set a filter to display all workouts marked Favorite.
- If you mark the workout as a Draft, no other coaches but you will be able to see it until you deselect it.
- Tap by Tags, then select one or more tags and tap Done.
You can then set filters to find workouts by tags.
Best Practice: Create swim meets as workouts. Since swimmers both warm up before a meet and swim harder than ever during a meet, set up your meets as workouts and take attendance for them. Then all your swimmers’ work will get included in your reports.
Add Sets to Workout
Now you will build the workout by adding sets to it. You can either add brand new sets you create on the fly, or select from previously built existing sets. We will show you both ways. Note you can click SINGLE SWIM to add just one Swim to the workout; start at step 7 below if you do this.
Add New Set
Recommendation: Build 20 or so of your core sets—warm up, kick, pull, main, warm down—and then you can leverage the Clone function to build more sets.
- Tap ADD SET (phone) or ADD NEW SET (tablet).
This will open the NEW SET (phone) or CREATE NEW SET (tablet)
- By default, the Set will be saved to your Set Library. If you uncheck Export Set to My Set Library, it will create a one-time Set in this Workout only, and you will not need to give it a Set Name.
- Enter a Set Name. Again, replace the default name with a memorable name if you intend to reuse it in future workouts.
- Tap by Tags, then select one or more tags and tap Done.
- You can designate the following:
- Favorite, for which you can set a filter (not available if Export Set to My Set Library is unchecked).
- Circuits, where you will enter the number of Reps for the entire Set.
- Test Set, which allows you to time and track all the swimmers who participate in it (not available if Export Set to My Set Library is unchecked). Test Sets show in red in the workout list.
- Tap SWIMS (phone) or ADD SWIMS (tablet). This will open the ADD SWIM TO SET screen.
- Fill in the fields (those with * are required). You will need to tap Done after
entering data in some fields like Reps.
- You can add your own custom Strokes, Set Types, and Descriptions in the web app.
- Select the correct Stroke and Energy Level for accurate reporting.
- To enter a Race Pace, pick the desired pace, tap + to switch it to a - if you want to subtract seconds instead of add them, and enter the number of seconds to add or subtract if desired.
- The Description will appear by each Swim in the Set and is necessarily
short due to display width constraints. Use Set Notes for
a more detailed description of the set.
Best Practice: Your reports are only as accurate as your data. Make each swim as complete and accurate as possible so both coaches and swimmers get a true picture of their progress in reports.
- Tap Done when finished and this will add the swim to the set.
- Beyond adding additional swims and rests, you can tap the swim you just
added for more options. Then you can edit it, add another swim, add a rest
time, clone it, or remove it.
Tip: Cloning swims is a quick way to create variants. For example, create descending swims by starting with a 4x50 @ 0:50 swim, clone it and change the clone to 0:45, and clone it again and make it 0:40.
- Tap CLONE, then tap the cloned swim and tap EDIT to quickly add a new swim that only needs minor changes.
- We suggest adding a few swims to build a set, but not an entire workout.
- Long press on a swim, and then you can drag it anywhere in the list.
- Tap NOTE (phone) or ADD NOTE (tablet) to add in-line notes between Swims.
- Add Set Notes if desired.
- Tap Save.
- If you tap the Set you just added you will get a menu like when you tapped
a Swim to EDIT, CLONE, etc. Just like you
can create Swims variants, you can create Set variants.
- Repeat the above steps to add more new Sets, or the below steps to add existing Sets from your library.
Best Practice: It’s typical when writing sets and workouts to build a new one every time. But since Coaching Tools stores them all, you can be more efficient by reusing existing ones. Our Reuse Sets to Quickly Build Workouts tutorial gives a good demonstration of this in action.
- Tap BROWSE SETS.
- Here you have three tools to quickly find sets: Search by
typing a name, using Filters, and Sort By.
You can use all of these techniques with your own set library.
- Once you find the one(s) you want, select them.
- You can continue to use the search tools to find and select more sets.
- Once you've selected all the ones you want, tap ADD TO WORKOUT. They will be added to your workout in the order you selected them.
- You can long press and drag to rearrange the sets in the workout.
Finalize the Workout
- You can add rests between sets. Tap REST, select Single Rest or Multi Rest to
enter the same rest period in between all the sets, enter the rest time,
tap DONE, and long press and drag the rest if needed to
place it where you want among the sets.
- Tap NOTE to add in-line notes between Sets.
- Add Workout Notes if desired.
- Tap SAVE.
- Alternatively, tap SAVE & SHARE to share your new workout in the Community Workout Library for other MainSet users to benefit from. You can share up to 10 of your workouts (this limit keeps the library uncluttered). You can later tap UNSHARE to remove it from the library and make room.
Community Workout Library
Need a workout fast? Want some inspiration? Grab a workout from the Community Workout Library.
- Tap > Coaching Tools > Workouts.
- Tap W/O LIBRARY (phone) or COMMUNITY WORKOUT LIBRARY (tablet).
- Use the Search Filters to narrow down what you’re looking for, then select one or more workouts and tap ADD TO MY WORKOUTS.
- You will then find what you selected in MY W/O (phone) or MY WORKOUTS (tablet) to edit and use as you please. You can import as many workouts as you like.
- The sets within the workout(s) will be in MY SETS.
- Note if you delete a workout you imported, the sets in it will still remain so you'll need to delete them as well if you don't want them anymore.
You are now ready to add your workout to a practice.