From the swimming pool to Silicon Valley, one University of Michigan alumnus is working with a team of app developers to revolutionize the way swimmers train and exercise.
Adam Oxner (BSE, ‘14)— who studied at Michigan Engineering, and was also a member of the men’s swimming team — is the co-founder of MySwimPro, the world’s first swimming workout app for Apple Watch. The app guides users through swim workouts set by set, just like a personal coach.
Since its launch in September 2016, MySwimPro has achieved significant success. Most notably, the app was named the Apple Watch App of the Year in December 2016.
Oxner helped conceptualize the idea for the app after a friend and fellow swimmer at Wayne State University noticed some of his students were interested in training outside of practice.
“The masters swimmers were interested in getting workout help while they were away from practice, like when on vacation. So, we thought we could do this very efficiently by putting it in a mobile app,” he said.
The app works by syncing a swim workout to the Apple Watch, and offers hundreds of swim workouts organized by skill level, stroke category, and workout duration. Biometric data such as heart rate, distance and pace are logged in real time and syncs with the watch’s preinstalled health app.
After working on the idea during a mobile app development course in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oxner and his co-founders, Michael Allon and Fares Ksebati, joined the University of Michigan’s Desai Accelerator, a collaborative effort between the Zell Lurie Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center for Entrepreneurship. There they were able to take the app to the next level.
“We were experiencing startup life with other entrepreneurs, and most of them were tech startups. It was fun to have that camaraderie and mentorship and guidance,” he said.
“I like coding, and I love making products that people love to use,“ he said. “I think my work ethic and drive to improve whatever I’m working on is a result of being a student-athlete at U-M. That attitude was definitely inspiring as a whole and has had a huge impact on how we are progressing today.”
He said he’d encourage other student entrepreneurs to always remember their personal goals and take the time to experience new and unique opportunities.
Story by Alyssa Brandon