Download Training Plans to your Garmin Connect Device

As I gear up for my summer training and race season I have one race that has been on my mind since September when I registered (and thankfully got in). The Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon is coming up in 14 short weeks and takes place in one of my favorite cities on the planet, Vancouver British Colombia! I want to make sure that my first international race experience is something special. So, I decided to give my endurance levels an overhaul and start from scratch with a fresh new training plan. Giving myself 14 weeks to get into good shape for a fun and safe weekend. And thankfully, Garmin has my back. Did you know that Garmin Connect has tons of training plans and workouts build right into it? Did you also know they can synch right to the Garmin Connect app and to your device? Well, I am going to show you how to make it happen. It’s pretty easy.

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The first thing you need to do is determine which Garmin device you have. Every device is different and not all features work with every device, so consult the website for details on that.

What's Your Flavor

What’s Your Flavor

Once you do that, download the Garmin Connect app to your phone. It’s available for iOS, Android, and Windows phones. Then from your web browser create your account and sign in. If you already have your Garmin Connect account, just sign in.

Once you log in, you’ll be directed to your Garmin Connect dashboard.

Garmin Dashboard

Garmin Dashboard

From there, scroll down until you find ‘Training Plans’ and click the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the tile.


Training Plans

Training Plans


You’ll then be directed to the Training Plans page of Garmin Connect. Here you can filter by activity (running, swimming, triathlon, cycling) and pick the plan that is right for you. You can train by your skill level, and by heart rate if your device has heart rate capability.

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Once you select the plan that you wish to begin, it will expand to show you more details about the plan. If this all looks and sounds delicious to you, click ‘Schedule’ in the upper right corner. Once you click schedule, you can decide if you want to plan to begin on a specific day or end on a specific day. Enter those attributes then click save.

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Boom! You have selected a training plan. The plan should synch to your calendar within your Garmin Connect app. At this point, make sure your device is on and within range of your phone so it can capture your training plan. Important! You have to select your training plan through a web browser. You can’t do it through the app…yet.


See those orange bars…that’s a day you have a workout scheduled. If you tap on one of those days you can see exactly what the workout is, how long it will be, and what you’ll be doing. It’s very detailed.



Now that you have synched your device to Garmin Connect, it will depend on the device you have on how you access your workouts so refer to the Garmin Connect website for specifics.

Technology and wearables exist so our lives can be easier. What’s easier than having your training plans readily available to you on your wrist and in your phone? Fun times, right? I hope this is helpful in your quest to #BeatYesterday. The Garmin team is available on social media if you have any questions or need help…or you can ask me. I may be able to help.


Until then, happy running.

  • Kira
    May 10, 2016

    Thanks Linz! It seems easy enough. Not sure why I haven’t tried it yet!

  • Joe Ede
    September 10, 2016

    hi, do you know of any half ironman plans for this? Thanks

    • Sharp Endurance
      September 12, 2016

      Hi Joe! Garmin Connect does offer options for both Sprint and Olympic triathlon plans. Ironman plans are proprietary to the Ironman corporation but these certainly can help get you started.

  • Gearoid
    December 8, 2016

    Does anyone know where one could source a training plan for 70.3 to download to 920XT?
    Many Thanks in Advance,

  • Bill
    December 22, 2016

    Hi, thank you for the article. I have uploaded a training plan onto my Garmin Forerunner 235 and went for a test run but I ran into one problem. When I am running, how do I know if my heart rate is in the correct zone? The training plan says I must run for 5 min in the threshold zone yet the device does not display what zone I am meant to be in or alert me if I move into the wrong zone. Some clarification will be much appreciated.

  • Mauricio Zambrano Lievano
    January 4, 2017

    This is great, but there is just 1 training for cycling 🙁 do you know if theres any place where I can add trainings from?

  • Amie Crews
    January 30, 2017

    Does the training plan sync to workouts or do I have to manually go through and input all the details?

    • Sharp Endurance
      January 30, 2017

      It should automatically synch for you once you sync your watch with Connect.

  • audun
    April 17, 2017

    please answer : how can a full distance triatlon traning program be programmed into 920 xt

  • Jake
    April 19, 2017

    Is there any more training plans for cycling available? I only see one? Maybe some for MTB racing could be nice!

  • Tom Corcoran
    May 10, 2017

    I have all setup in Garmin connect but I can’t see how to access the training plan on my forerunner 35. Is there a list of compatible forerunner versions?

    • Sharp Endurance
      May 10, 2017

      Have you tried synching Connect to your device? All compatible devices for training can be found online on your Garmin Connect profile

    • C_white
      August 7, 2017

      Tom, did you find an answer for this? I have the same question. I created workouts and added them to my calendar and now want to add those to my device but can’t seem to do that.

      • Erla Magnúsdóttir
        September 4, 2017

        Vivosmart HR+
        I’ve a training plan that I have already synced to my Samsung phone. My training plan does not appear in my Vivosmart HR+ device?

        • Lyne
          September 19, 2017

          I just found out garmin lets you download a workout plan to vivosmart HR like I used to do on my forerunner 410, but it doesn’t seem to want to upload onto the device… 🙁

  • LusianBrado
    May 10, 2018

    Thanks for this information. and i will do it, because this is very helpful…..

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