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About the Winter Fitness Challenge

The USMS Fitness Series starts with the Winter Fitness Challenge, which runs from Feb. 15-28, and is perfect for anyone who's setting a New Year's resolution of getting into better shape. The event is a 30-minute swim, done in any manner desired.

If you're just getting into swimming, or back to it after a long time away from the pool, swimming for 30 minutes is a solid fitness goal. We provide a six-week training plan for three different ability levels, for swimmers to train on their own or with their local USMS club.

Find a Winter Fitness Challenge Near You

You’ll have fun training for and completing the Challenge with your club, getting motivation from each other and your coach. If you swim on your own, you can still join a group for the Challenge! The USMS programs listed below will be participating and hosting an official Winter Fitness Challenge at their pool. 

If you don't see a program near you

Talk to your coach or club contact about hosting a Winter Fitness Challenge at your pool. Bring your club or workout group together for an inclusive and fun challenge! 

If you're a coach and would like to host a Winter Fitness Challenge at your pool, check out our coach FAQ page.

Florida

Club: Sarasota Tsunami Masters (SRQM)
Winter Fitness Challenge Event Date: 2/24/2018
Event Time: 7:00AM
Club Contact: Holly Neumann
Arlington Park
2650 Waldemere St.
Sarasota, FL 34239
Email: holly.j.neumann@gmail.com
Club Website
*Allowing non-club members to participate (USMS members who are unattached or swim with a club that isn't participating.)

 

Inland Northwest

ClubMoscow Chinooks Masters Swimming (MCM)
Winter Fitness Challenge Event Date: 2/24/2018
Event Time: 5:30AM
Club Contact: Kelly Giffey
University of Idaho Swim Center
1030 Rayburn
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Email: mcm@gnorth.net
Club Website
*Allowing non-club members to participate (USMS members who are unattached or swim with a club that isn't participating.)

Minnesota

Club: Winona Masters Swimmers (WMNS)
Winter Fitness Challenge Event Date: 2/24/2018
Event Time: 
7:00AM
Club Contact: Lisa Ramsey
St. Mary's University
700 Terrace Heights (Jul Gernes Pool)
Email: lisadramsey@hotmail.com
Club Website
*Allowing non-club members to participate (USMS members who are unattached or swim with a club that isn't participating.)

New England

Workout GroupSimon's Rock PaceMakers (SRPM)
Winter Fitness Challenge Event Date: 2/24/2018
Event Time: 
9:00AM
Workout Group
 Contact: Bill Meier
Kilpatrick Athletic Center
84 Alford Rd.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Email: billm@simons-rock.edu
Workout Group Website
*Allowing non-club members to participate (USMS members who are unattached or swim with a club that isn't participating.)

North Texas

Club: Texas Ford Aquatics Masters (TFAM)
Winter Fitness Challenge Event Date: 2/17/2018
Event Time: 12:00PM
Club Contact: Richard Garza
8353 Legacy Dr
Frisco, TX 75034
Email: coachrichard@texasfordaquatics.com
Club Website
*Allowing non-club members to participate (USMS members who are unattached or swim with a club that isn't participating.)

 

Oregon

Workout GroupMid-Valley Aquatics (MVA)
Winter Fitness Challenge Event Date: 2/24/2018
Event Time: 
8:30AM
Workout Group
 Contact: Helen Thurlow
Olinger Pool
1310 A Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: helen.thurlow@ci.woodburn.or.us
Workout Group Website
*Allowing non-club members to participate (USMS members who are unattached or swim with a club that isn't participating.)

South Carolina

Club: Palmetto Masters (PALM)
Winter Fitness Challenge Event Date: 2/14/2018
Event Time: 6:00AM
Club Contact: Mike Malik
Mt. Pleasant and North Charleston South Carolina
Email: palmettomasterssc@gmail.com
Club Website
*Allowing non-club members to participate (USMS members who are unattached or swim with a club that isn't participating.)

 

 

 


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FUNDRAISE

When & Where:

Feb. 15–28

Check the list below of participating clubs for specific dates, times, and locations, or swim on your own at your local pool during the event window.

Entry Fees:

Nov. 1–Jan. 31: $10

Feb. 1–Feb. 28: $12

Fundraising:

Net proceeds go to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. Share your fitness goal with your social networks and fundraise for a great cause.

Entry Closes:

Feb. 28th

 

Support a Great Cause

The Winter Fitness Challenge is our official fundraiser for the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. Clubs and members have the ability to become fundraisers and show their support for our foundation's efforts to make more adults safer around water. Since 2012, USMS SSLF has granted $430,000 to programs across the country that provide adult learn-to-swim lessons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If there is not a Masters Swimming club in my area participating, can I swim it on my own?

A: Yes, you can certainly swim the event on your own. Or, you can always convince a friend to come swim with you and make both of your days better.

Q: Can I wear paddles or fins during the swim?

A: Yes! For any of the Fitness Series swims, you can wear gear—you can wear every piece of swim gear in your net bag if you’d like. You can swim it all one stroke or—because more friends mean more fun—swim it as a relay with other swimmers.

Q: How do I swim the Challenge as a relay?

A: Structure the relay anyway you like— by time, distance, stroke, skill level, etc. The only requirement is that all swimmers must be registered for the challenge.

Q: What’s the scoop on the training plans?

A: The training plans contain six-week swim-workout programs to prepare you for the Fitness Challenge. The workouts are written by USMS-certified coaches and cater to three different skill levels.You’ll receive a link to your training plan in the email receipt when you register. If you’re having trouble seeing or downloading the training plan, contact events@usmastersswimming.org.

Q: Where should I input my times after the swim?

A: The Fitness Series emphasis is on fun and fitness. How fast you swim or how many lengths you swim isn’t recorded. However, to gauge your fitness levels from year to year, you can record it in your personal fitness logs as a reference point for 2019’s challenges.

Q: How can I fundraise for the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation or my team’s charity?

A: You can donate directly or simply share the USMS SSLF donation link set up by your club. Share your fitness goal and ask your social networks to support USMS SSLF. Be sure to sign up with a participating club and use its customized donation link, so that your donations are recorded for that club. Clubs will be recognized for participation and donations. The Winter Fitness Challenge is our USMS SSLF annual fundraiser, so all proceeds for that event go to USMS SSLF. For the Summer and Fall Fitness Challenges, your club may elect to support a local charity.

Q: Does USMS host any other events in which I can participate?

A: Yes, we sanction nearly 500 pool and open water events annually including National Championships in a range of distances. And if you're looking for longer distance challenge or competitive event check out our pool National Championship, ePostal, and Open Water National Championships events.

Q: What are the health benefits of swimming?

A: Swimming is a low-impact exercise that increases circulation, increases flexibility, and lowers blood pressure. Swimming also has mood-boosting benefits and improves sleep. Learn more about the many health benefits of swimming.


For any questions related to the USMS Fitness Series, please contact us at
events@usmastersswimming.org.

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