After spinning on Watopia, and chasing on Richmond, we can really get the Winter off to a good start (pretty sure I missed Autumn!) as Zwift have now released their Zwift Workout mode. It’s everything we hope and more! The question is, in its current state is Zwift Workout Mode going to be able to draw people away from TrainerRoad?
Zwift Workout Mode Review
Rob Bolt of the Zwift Riders group has produced a great downloadable PDF containing a breakdown of the workouts, which is a really useful print out to save you firing up the PC or just keeping as a file on your smartphone
Zwift Workout Mode
To start off, when you log into Zwift the next screen you see has changed. At the top, there is the option to select Workout mode, join another rider, or conversely select the orange “Ride” button at the bottom.
The older “Ride With” and Ride On” buttons have disappeared. If you want to join another rider, you now just select their name.
Hitting the blue Workout button at the top will bring up the workout selection screen
However, if you are already logged in the game and decide that you want to access the workout mode, you can do that at any time by just pressing “E” on your computer keyboard, which will also bring up the option to select your workout mode.
Different modes for different folks
There are currently nine different types of workout mode in Zwift, with each with a range of different training activities inside. Across all types, there are currently 21 different training activities.
But a couple of caveats first. You still run through the usual banners, KOM etc., but you don’t register on them. You can’t access any power-ups (would slightly defeat the point). Similarly, you are not able to draft. Your distance does still count towards your total rider mileage, and thus the points you need for toys!
You also generate points based on activities, but I’ll address that below.
Your rider displays a HUD as they cycle along, you can’t see it really from the cyclist view, but other riders can, so they know you are in workout mode so that you won’t be drafting.
The HUD is seen to change colour as you cycle along, this related to the colour of the bottom graph on your own HUD screen. The colours of your graph, in turn, represent the power zone the user is in while doing a workout – the colours reflecting “Coggan Power Zones.”
For both tests, you use the slider on the right side of the description to set your FTP target, which then determines the wattage targets during the ride. If you haven’t entered an FTP before on Zwift, the system will automatically calculate an expected FTP based on 2.5x your weight
FTP test – 1:13