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Zwift adds new Group Workout functionality to make structured training more social

by Neal Rogers

Zwift, the global online fitness platform for cyclists, has launched Zwift Group Workouts, its newest training feature. Much like races and group ride events, Zwift users can now register for Group Workouts online and using the Zwift Mobile Link smartphone app. In Group Workout mode, all riders train to the same effort level — a percentage based on their individual Functional Threshold Power (FTP). Regardless of power output, the group is kept together on the virtual roads of Watopia, London, and Richmond.

“Group Workouts really opens up Zwift to the masses,” said Eric Min, Zwift CEO and co-founder. “Now all ages and ability levels can train together for the first time, whether you’re a WorldTour pro or a recreational cyclist. This is about delivering quality and convenient social training experiences to people at home. We’re taking the motivation of the spinning experience and fusing it with structured training content created by world class coaches.”

Zwift has already rolled out a large amount of pre-structured workouts, designed by professional coaches and will be adding extra content every month, including Workout Programs which enable Zwift users to take part in online training camps from home. While these programs can propel a cyclist’s performance through improved power output, sprinting and climbing performance, Group Workouts also makes Zwift a more compelling fitness choice for those just looking to stay healthy and fit.

“Structured interval training is the best way to improve fitness as a rider, and is key to success as a competitive athlete or someone just looking to get fit” said recently retired pro Greg Henderson, who recently took on the role of Endurance Performance Director at USA Cycling. “Zwift is a serious training tool that makes training fun and motivating. As far as I’m concerned, it’s fantastic way to complete difficult structured sessions in a quality controlled environment. Being able to complete these sessions with a group makes it that much easier to knock out crucial intervals.”

Group Workouts are open to all Zwift users. Zwift users can find Group Workouts in the Events Section of the website, or in the Mobile Link app, with 15+ events scheduled throughout the day. Zwift Group Workouts will also be streaming on the Zwift Community Live channel in November with a series led by Henderson, as well as a week full of workouts with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka from their end-of-season training camp in South Africa.