Apps for exercise bikes have been created to help the riders of stationary bikes take their workouts to the next level. They are available in different devices, like mobile and tablet platforms. The following apps are some of the best exercise bike apps you will find anywhere today:
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Zwift has established itself as the go-to training app but there are plenty of alternatives if you want to mix-up your indoor cycling experience.
TrainerRoad is another app we have gravitated towards in the pain cave and is great for structured workouts and training plans.
The most significant launch this year was Wahoo’s SYSTM training app, while RGT Cycling is also a relative newcomer on the scene.
For most of these apps, you’re going to want to know your Functional Threshold Power (FTP) to get the most from the workouts.
Don’t worry if you don’t know it because the apps will all be able to help you determine what your FTP is – and, in turn, establish your training zones. Just be warned that finding your FTP generally involves a 20-minute all-out effort or a ramp test, so it’s no walk in the park.
Zwift has arguably done more than any other app to popularise virtual riding and racing. Zwift
Founded by gamers with a love of cycling (and clearly some good investment backing), Zwift has undoubtedly transformed the indoor riding experience.
No, Zwift didn’t invent virtual riding – Bkool and Tour de Giro were among the first to offer online competition driven by rider output and physics-based algorithms. And Computrainer had the smart trainer experience years ago – but within a closed system and you had to buy a Computrainer.
Nor did Zwift invent power-based interval training. TrainerRoad had the early lead there.
But what Zwift has done is absolutely crush it on the social interaction and graphic elements of the game.
Zwift has a library of workouts and training plans, but you can also create your own. Zwift
With virtual group rides and races going on almost constantly, it’s easy to jump in with a group for an easy spin or an all-out slugfest. You can also ride on your own, of course, or tackle one of Zwift’s many structured training plans and workouts after taking a Zwift FTP test.
The platform’s racing aspect has also taken off, with categorised Zwift races to join based on your power-to-weight ratio if you want to stoke that competitive fire.
Zwift is regularly adding gamified elements to bring further interactivity, including introducing steering to all courses within the game (provided you have the right equipment).
Zwift regularly introduces new map areas and routes. Zwift
Once you’ve got your Zwift setup sorted, you can also chat with friends and other cyclists as you ride through the app’s virtual worlds.
Routes include the fictional Watopia and Neokyo worlds, and routes inspired by real-world courses such as RideLondon, the 2015 UCI World Championships in Virginia, and the 2018 UCI Road World Championships course in Innsbruck-Tirol.
Zwift also has an Apple TV app, and you can connect your smart trainer or power meter via Bluetooth.
For more, read our complete guide to Zwift.
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Apple TVCost: £12.99 / $14.99 per monthFree trial period: 7 daysDevice compatibility: ANT+, BluetoothPrimary features: Solo and social riding, virtual racing, training and structured workoutsWebsite: Zwift.comWahoo SYSTM
The Wahoo SYSTM workout screen is packed with data. Wahoo
Wahoo SYSTM is a new online training platform from the fitness technology brand. Wahoo has incorporated The Sufferfest with a wide range of additional training content in its new app.
Rather than going down the virtual world route, and competing with the likes of Zwift and RGT Cycling, SYSTM focuses on helping you to build and follow a training plan, alongside a large library of workouts and content.
Aimed at time-crunched athletes, SYSTM uses ,Wahoo’s proprietary Four Dimensional Power (4DP) profile (a kind of advanced FTP profile, more akin to Critical Power) to help tailor training plans and workouts to your individual fitness, strengths and weaknesses.
SYSTM also has an ‘intuitive training plan builder’, which enables users to customise training plans to suit their own goals and fitness level. It also takes into account both your indoor and outdoor riding, as well as any off-bike cross-training you may do.
Wahoo says every workout and training plan has been designed by its Wahoo Sports Science Division, led by professional coach Neal Henderson.
SYSTM has also imported content from The Sufferfest. Race simulations combine first-person camera footage and race data from elite riders, scaled to your fitness level, while there are also sessions set to videos of iconic cycling routes.
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