Not everyone has the resolve required to motivate themselves, so when the element of tough exercise is inserted into the equation, it makes sense that millions around the world struggle to get themselves to a gym, pick up weights or set off on a bike ride. When more people play games on their phones than play outdoor sports, many companies have turned to the idea of ‘gamifying’ workouts. This essentially distracts the user from the strenuous calorie burning and motivates them through a reward system. The cycling game company Zwift took this idea and rode with it.
What is Zwift?
Zwift is a Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game that works with indoor bicycles (turbo trainers). Similar to the way the Nintendo Wii Fit games would use a piece of tangible equipment to interact with a game, Zwift does so with fully-fledged bikes. Using sensors to not only match your activity on the pedals but monitor speeds and progression; the game has you marveling at the sights on screen while you ride. Beginning as a PC only game, users can now access the interactive workout through Apple TV and an IOS app, which means that the huge population of iTunes can now grab it at the click of a button.
Zwift For Beginners
If you don’t feel like you are ready to hit the outdoors quite yet, if you are apprehensive about dealing with bike issues, or simply aren’t into exploring via two wheels – Zwift may well be for you. With no anxiety inducing drivers swerving past you and the ability to go at your own pace, Zwift is perfect for the indoors-man with cyclist tendencies. Having you virtually ride around different global destinations, you can experience travel from the comfort of your home. Being able to play with friends or make new ones in the large groups that only MMO’s can provide, this new way of riding is a great way to motivate and keep even the most apprehensive riders accountable.
Zwift For Professionals
It’s not just the agoraphobics that this new movement is aimed towards, any good cyclist will know that not every day is a great day to ride. Whether it’s roads flooded with water or a personal injury that has your conditions at sub-optimum, Zwift has your back. A typical set up uses your own bike, meaning you will already be used to the feel and won’t require any adjustment period. Once you are online, the user base will provide all the competition you need, friends or strangers can play simultaneously as you break a sweat in reality and burn rubber virtually. There is no reason why you couldn’t simply add a Zwift session to your routine for a steady paced ride intermittently; this after all may help reduce injury. With over half a million users, it has a growing community that each have accompanying data, anyone already using useful tools like Strava will be happy to know that Zwift works with these third party apps too. Keep track of your rides indoors and outdoors and never miss a session again.