Best Apps For Schwinn Ic4
Schwinn Ic4 is one of the best apps for Schwinn Ic4. It allows you to connect with other users and share your favorite songs. The app has a very intuitive interface and it is easy to use.
Schwinn Ic4 also features a very rich set of features that can help you listen to music on your phone. It also provides some great features such as offline mode, which allows you to listen to music without an internet connection.
In this post, I will take you through my top 10 apps that I think they are worthwhile and have been releasing updates on a regular basis.
There are two type of apps out there. Apps with emphasis on structured training, analytics and provide you with tools to help you manage your indoor training and racing season. Other apps provide a virtual riding experience with simulated GPS routes, video routes, or virtual gamified type cycling experience. Some apps offer both.
I am going to break down the list into two categories: Apps with virtual riding experience, and apps with structured training.
APPS WITH VIRTUAL ROUTES
The list of apps below offer virtual riding experience and some offer structured riding experince as well.
Price (USD): $15/month for cycling. Running is free.
Free Trial: 15-day trial available.
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Apple TV.
Smart Trainers Compatibility: Bluetooth, BLE FTMS, ANT+ FE-C
Zwift is the most popular indoor cycling app for cyclists. It is social and offers many options to keep you challenged and entertained. At any one time during the indoor cycling season, you can be on course with thousands of other cyclists.
Zwift offers five virtual worlds. Some are imaginary routes such as Watopia – their biggest and most popular world – and other worlds designed after real places such as London, Richmond, VA, New York, Innsbruck, and their latest Giro d’Italia Bologna course.
Zwift Offers The Following:
Free Riding: Ride your bike at your own pace. If you have a smart trainer paired as a controllable trainer, resistance will change to simulate the terrain on Zwift.
Group Rides: Ride with others in real time. These rides can be social rides, part of a challenge, fondo, or stages. These rides are usually divided into groups (A to D) based on your pace and riding skills.
Races: Race with others in real time. Races are dividing into different categories based on your watts per kilograms.
Structured Workouts: Follow strucutred workouts to improve your riding abilities or prepare for a race. You can build your own workouts, follow a place, or import a workout from external sources.
Group Workouts: Similar to structured workouts but you do this with a group of other cyclists.
Free Running: With a compatible footpod, you can run on Zwift at your own pace
Group Runs: Run with others. Usually, group runs are divided into groups (A to D) based on speed.
Running Races: Race with other runners around the world in real time.
If you are looking for Zwift alternatives or apps to compliment Zwift, the following apps will do just that. And here is a video where I walk you through each one of them.
Price (USD): $15/month or $14/month for a 6 months subscription. Or $12/month for an annual membership.
Free Trial: 14-day trial available.
Device Compatibility: Apple TV, Mac OS, iOS, Windows 10, Android.
Smart Trainers Compatibility: ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth
Rouvy is probably the most underrated cycling app out there. The app offers so many features to vary your training and keep you entertained and challenged.
Rouvy Offers The Following:
Over 2,500+ available quality video and GPS routes.
Create your own route (Windows Only)
Structured training: Build your own workout or pick from their workout library. You can also pull workout of the day from TrainingPeaks.
Ride analysis including pedal analysis with compatible power meters
Join events, challenges, group rides, and races.
The basic membership gives you access to most features except the premium virtual routes, and advanced pedal analysis. Premium membership also gives you the ability to share your membership with two family members.
Rouvy works with most ANT+ FE-C, and Bluetooth smart bike trainers as well as dumb trainers with a speed sensor or just a power meter.
Price (USD): $12.99/month or $108.99 with one extra family membership.
Free Trial: 14-day trial available.
Device Compatibility: Windows, iOS, Apple TV, and Android.
Smart Trainers Compatibility: Bluetooth and ANT+ FE-C
FulGaz offers a big library of High Definition routes. As of today, they have 415 routes or about 5000 miles of routes to explore.
FulGaz works best on Apple TV and it’s compatible with most Bluetooth smart trainers and even the KICKR Climb and Tacx NEO virtual road feel.
It’s also available as a native app on the iPhone or the iPad.
FulGaz doesn’t offer a workout library or workout control. So it’s good for someone who like to ride and experience real courses.
Update November 7, 2019: FulGaz added a workout library and the ability to import custom workouts from TrainingPeaks, Today’s Plan or upload ZWO workout files.
10/29/2019: VIRTUGO is closing operation.
Virtugo is a lot like Zwift with made up virtual worlds and a couple of real-life courses but more emphasis on structured training.
They have different training programs for road racers, climbers, time trialist, sprinters, etc. They have a decent training library which you can browse through, view workout description and session details, and add to your training calendar.
VirtuGo is compatible with Mac and Windows. They don’t have a mobile version yet.
The following apps are designed with an emphasis on structured training, analytics, and offer a set of tools to help you plan and manage your indoor training.
Price (USD): $19.95/month or $189.95/year
Free Trial: 30-day coupon available from a friend referral.
Device Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android.
Smart Trainers Compatibility: Bluetooth, ANT+ FE-C.
TrainerRoad offers a huge library of power based cycling workouts and triathlon plans. You can browse through hundreds of workouts or create your own via TrainerRoad Workout Creator.
They also have a well designed structured training plan for triathletes, off-road cyclists, road racers, etc. Training plans are divided into high, medium and low volume and you can customize the start and end date of each plan to fit your schedule.
You can move workouts around to indicate which days you want to do certain workouts. For example, if you can only do your long rides on Fridays instead of Sundays, you can indicate that as you are adding a plan to your calendar.
TrainerRoad also offers a great analytics tool to analyze your rides and do power analysis for each ride and throughout your season.
One of the unique things about TrainerRoad is they have a great and busy community on their forum and Facebook. They also have a great podcast so check that out as well.
Price (USD): $15/month or $129/year
Free Trial: 14-day free trial available.
Device Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iOS
Smart Trainers Compatibility: Bluetooth, ANT+ FE-C.
The Sufferfest has been around for a long time and releasing updates and new videos on a regular basis.
For $12.99 per month or $99 per year, you get unlimited access to a huge library of structured cycling, triathlon, and running workouts with video footage of professional races, soundtracks, and fun storylines.
Also, with a membership, you get access to Yoga, mental toughness training, and strength training. It’s the only app that goes beyond cycling with additional workouts to complement your cycling and make you a better overall athlete.
Price (USD): $9.99/month or $99/year
Free Trial: 30-day free trial available.
Device Compatibility: iOS, Android.
Smart Trainers Compatibility: BLE FTMS, ANT+ FE-C.
The way Xert works, it analyzes your current fitness based on your power data. Then it runs some algorithm behind the scene and recommends a “smart” workout for you for the day based on your current fitness and goals.
Xert also calculates your FTP and displays your FTP for the day based on your current fitness. Their “smart” or “adaptive” workout player can adapt the workout on the fly and adjust the intensity and duration of your workout based on your fitness.
Their iOS workout player was recently updated with activity dashboard, adaptive training advisor, and a new workout player. You can also use their web player, Android app or Garmin Edge device to connect to your smart bike trainer or powermeter via ANT+ FE-C.
Also, all their workouts are available to download as in ERG or Zwift files if you want to use it with Zwift for example. However, “Smart” workouts will no longer be “smart” – All the correct wattages and durations are calculated when you export the workout file, but the workout player in Zwift doesn’t support dynamically determined wattages or durations.
Xert works with ANT+ FEC or Bluetooth FTMS compatible trainers or any power meter.
They also have a Garmin connect app which you can use on your Garmin Edge device to do your workout outside for example, or do a race.
Xert also gives you a detailed look and analysis at your fitness and calculates your fitness signature and your maximum available power on the fly. So if you are in a race and trying to hold on to that final sprint, their Garmin Connect app will tell you how much peak power you have second by second and it’s pretty good at estimating that.
Price (USD): $10/month or $27/quarter
Free Trial: 30-day free trial available.
VeloPro is an AI training application. It creates unique training plans for each athlete based on cycling goals, experience, and fitness. You can browse the calendar to see the details for upcoming workouts, and view completed rides.
You can mark days off and change the workout from an outdoor ride to an indoor ride and download an ERG or a Zwift file.
Every day, you will receive a detailed email with your scheduled workout and weekly summary and even scheduled days off. VeloPro is packed with little feature and it will make you feel like you have your own cycling coach.
VeloPro doesn’t have its own workout player so you need to download or write down your workout.
FREE CYCLING APPS
The below, are two free indoor cycling apps that don’t require a monthly membership subscription. They are free and ready to download today.
Price (USD): FREE and $10/month for a premium membership.
Free Trial: Free and Premium membership available.
Device Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, iPad, Apple TV. Requires iPhone or Android device to use as a controller.
Smart Trainers Compatibility: Bluetooth and ANT+ FE-C
RGT Cycling is a high-quality indoor cycling app with close to real life graphics on real courses with realistic motion, braking into corners, drafting, etc.
The app is graphics intensive but they recently released an Apple TV app along with a companion app to control all aspect of the software.
It works well on Apple TV but the graphics are scaled down a little bit when compared to a high-quality PC with a good graphics card like a gaming PC for example.
If you don’t have a gaming pc, Apple TV is the way to go with RGT.
Unfortunately, due to lack of external developer help and donation, MaximumTrainer closed shop on September 7th, 2019.
Maximum Trainer is an open source app available for Windows and Mac and you can use it to do structured training and watch Netflix at the same time if you want to.
So with Maximum trainer, you can build your own workout using their workout builder, or use one of the workouts available on ERGdb.ORG. You can set up your own little studio using their multi-player feature and ride with 25 other riders at the same time, view power balance, and create your own workout.
Maximum Trainer is packed with features and very easy to use. It’s available for Windows and MacOS and works with ANT+ FE-C compatible trainer or compatible dumb trainer with a speed sensor.
schwinn ic4 tracking app
Popular apps make for popular bikes. In the case of the top-selling Schwinn IC4, success followed a marriage of the bike’s affordability, quality and ergonomics to one of the most popular home exercise experiences available – but the IC4 didn’t stop there.
Good things come in small packages.
Many a Schwinn IC4 testimonial begins with, “I had my eye on a Peloton bike but …” The “but” usually leads to one or both of two common home-gym issues: space and price. When Nautilus launched the IC4 in October 2019, it played to a receptive audience.
The manufacturer touted their new spin bike’s “slim and compact footprint so it can fit easily in your home.” The price was also pleasingly small – less than half that of the storied Peloton bike, with which the IC4 shared many features.
Doing so in an economical, space-saving way might have been attraction enough, but the IC4 could also deliver the dynamite consumers were looking for – the Peloton app and its vast array of motivating trainer-led video workouts.
The IC4’s built-in Bluetooth® connectivity provides access to those treasures in a few simple, guided steps:
Download the Peloton app to an iOS smartphone or tablet (the app does not currently pair with the IC4 via Android. Learn more about connectivity for various apps here.)
The pairing process involves activating your Bluetooth connection, opening the app, and setting up your cadence (Pedaling speed in RPM).
Your cadence will now show up on your screen – which could be the smart device mounted on the rack over your handlebars or a smart TV on your wall.
You can also monitor your heart rate via the strap that came with your bike or by using your own Apple Watch.
There are not-too-complex processes for getting either monitoring device to display their readings. (The Apple Watch route involves a couple of extra steps). Whichever way you go, you can always find your cadence (as RPM), heart rate, time, calories, speed, distance, and resistance level on your IC4 display.
An Incremental Difference
Resistance levels will require some attention because the Peloton instructors will frequently ask you to change for hill climbs and sprints. Keep in mind that although both the Schwinn IC4 and the Peloton Bike have the same number of levels (100), they don’t necessarily change in the same increments.
The IC4’s lower levels tend to offer more resistance than the Peloton’s. The opposite is true once you get into the higher levels.
Fortunately, there are online conversion charts that you can either print or write down on paper or cardboard then display on your bike’s media rack. You can also purchase sturdy, plastic conversion reminders that are much less prone to blow away.
Either way, users say, you’ll likely soon develop an instinct for converting in your head. Until you do, the IC4’s easy-to-use level shifter and easy-to-read level monitoring will free up some much-needed attention. If you don’t care for conversions, there is an alternative to the Peloton app – from a familiar name.
The Apple Fitness+ App
Launched in December 2020, the Apple Fitness App has a lot in common with Peloton’s product. Both are subscription services. Both offer an expanding library of easy-to-access classes, inspiring music by original artists, and a fine selection of expert instructors covering various exercise regimes.
Apple Fitness does its trainer-led video classes differently. Some users prefer it for various reasons, including its lower monthly cost, but there are a couple of trade-offs for those savings:
If you use this Apple App, everything needs to be Apple. Your heart rate can be monitored only by an Apple Watch, which can only sync to an Apple smart device. If you want to watch your class on the big screen, it will have to be an Apple TV.
Of course, the iOS smart device is already compulsory with the IC4, so bringing the rest together might not be that inconvenient – especially if you’re already an Apple fan.
Currently, the Apple Fitness doesn’t pair with your IC4 bike, but there are workarounds. Your Apple Watch will show you your heart rate (BPM), time, and active and total calories. Heart Rate, time and calories burned will also appear on your smart device and/or Apple TV.
For resistance levels and cadence, you’ll need to consult your IC4 display. Not all riders miss the app-to-bike sync because, unlike their Peloton counterparts, Apple instructors don’t ask riders to dial in specific resistance levels. Instead, they’ll simply announce it’s time for a hill climb, sprint, etc.
Independent-minded users who’ve developed a feel for their bike resistance settings like this approach because it provides a sense of workout autonomy while eliminating that whole conversion issue. The same goes for the instructors’ cadence recommendations.
However, if you want a clear numerical cadence reading, you can always put the money you saved with your Apple Fitness subscription towards a reliable cadence sensor or cadence sensor bundle.
As competition continues between Peloton and Apple Fit , we may see the rivals adapting more of each other’s features and styles – and price differences may eventually level out.
Fortunately, both apps offer a free trial period so that you can make your own comparison.
Don’t forget the IC4 is also compatible with non-trainer-led apps, making your road to results a lot smoother.
More Apps 1: See the world from the Seat of your IC4.
There are several different apps on the market that provide an immersive cycling experience. Fortunately, some of the best are compatible with the IC4:
Zwift® blends serious training and interactive video games ass you explore ten virtual worlds and 130 routes. Jump on your IC4 and share an immersive cycling experience, mutual support and competitive camaraderie with other users around the world.
Over 1,000 structured workouts designed by top coaches offer fresh daily adventures for years – including races and group rides. The IC4’s built-in Bluetooth connectivity makes for an easy five-step pairing process.
You can also activate functionality that sends heart rate and cadence data to Zwift (a Bluetooth Light Energy [BLE] heart rate device is required). Like Peloton and Apple Fitness, Zwift is a subscription service that offers a free trial.
Explore the World™ is Nautilus’s own virtual escape/training app that transports your home cycling workout to city streets, country roads, and nature trails around the globe. You can choose from dozens of high-definition destinations (with new ones added each month).
As you ride 5K races or full marathons, the scenery goes by in real-time, thanks to adaptive videos that match your speed. This app has three free courses you can try. If you enjoy the experience, you can unlock the rest with a subscription.
FulGaz takes a different approach to re-creating a real outdoor cycling experience. Instead of VR graphics, it offers a library of bike tours in 4K video. You can start with the Easy collection – to get a feel of how the app works – then work your way up to more challenging Hilly Rides, Loops, Races, and Trails.
The sound matches your video for authenticity – incorporating breezes, conversations, and the sound of bike tires on asphalt or gravel. You can even enter your weight to personalize your experience. All features are yours to try during a full two-week trial.
More Apps 2: Interval Training Apps
If you’re looking for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) apps, the IC4 hooks you up with top names. Each app focuses on FTP (Functional Threshold Power).
It’s the measure in watts of the highest average power you can sustain over an hour – an excellent indicator of improved endurance that also helps establish your workouts’ calibration.
Sufferfest promises to deliver everything you need to get stronger, faster, and tougher. Like Peloton and Apple Fitness, it offers structured video workouts in multiple disciplines, including cycling and strength training for cyclists, but with a harder, humorous edge.
As the name implies, this app cheekily owns the idea of suffering to achieve results. It backs that up with expertly designed training plans, interval workouts, unique FTP tracking, immersive video rides, and rewards. You can still watch a show while you pedal, but onscreen instructions, audio prompts and metrics graphics will keep you sweating.
Trainer Road features science-based planning, training and analysis tools designed to increase your performance. It’s billed as cycling’s most complete & effective training system.
It makes its case with structured, power-based interval training, training stress tracking, personal record measurement, detailed insights and full-season plans for road, triathlon and off-road event training. You’ll also be able to create your own custom training plan.
Tacx indoor training software offers a wide variety of training options and can be accessed by apps for either smart devices (iOS and Android) or computers (Windows and Mac). You just need Bluetooth connectivity. It’s AirPlay TV-enabled so that it will fit right in with your other apps.
You can also access Tacx via its cloud website, where you can create your own workouts. That feature is one of several offered by the free version of this software. Other features include analysis of your activities, the capability to export data to Strava, and structured workouts based on slope, power or FTP.
The Premium and Premium HD versions of Tacx offer 3D GPS map workouts, custom training plans, the ability to challenge other cyclists, and more.
Pedalling Into the Future
Indoor cycling has come a long way from its original 1960s approximation of an outdoor ride. The IC4 experience offers on-demand expert training tailored to the individual, immersive outdoor simulations and training apps that draw the shortest, straightest line between you and your health goals.
There’s never been a better time to jump on and start your journey to where you want to be.
Flaman Fitness is ready to discuss IC4 apps, features and options with YOU.
With so many indoor cycling experiences available, it might be hard to grasp the full scope of the IC4 and what it can do for you.
Fortunately, Flaman Fitness offers a team of experts who make it their business to understand all of the possibilities and perceive their role in your personal health journey. Contact your nearest Flaman Fitness location for more details.
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