Wahoo has launched a new training app called System, as indoor cycling and working out at home continue to grow in popularity.
The new platform enters a market full of competitors such as Zwift, TrainerRoad and Peloton – all of which aim to create interesting and exciting ways for cyclists to work out at home in a variety of ways.
Historically, Wahoo has built several key bits of technology needed to participate in that indoor training, such as smart trainers that can be mounted on bikes so people can pedal on the spot. But it hasn’t offered a full training platform of its own, instead encouraging users to workout and save their progress on third-party software, such as Strava or Training Peaks.
Now Wahoo is finally offering its own training platform, which has built-in exercise sessions but also the ability to plan and track progress via a calendar.
The new system is partly a rebranding of the existing Sufferfest app, which Wahoo bought in 2019 and has been running as part of the company since then. Sufferfest became famous for workouts that combine structured training with videos taken from major cycling events, so users can exercise feeling like they are part of a race.
Those videos will remain in the new system, and new ones will be added. But they’ll be just one part of a library that will also include a range of other content: training programs that allow people to spend a week with Wahoo’s sponsored pros, race simulations that let people cycle with elite riders. Tours around iconic cycling routes, and content created in partnership with other companies such as the Global Cycling Network.
They will also be joined by more strength training and other exercise material that focuses on cyclists and triathletes when they are off the bike, such as strength training and yoga, as well as “mental training” aimed at giving people more flexibility. Is. It also includes swimming and running workouts, although they must be written and followed manually and will not sync with treadmills or running watches.
All those different types of content and workouts are integrated into training plans that users can generate by taking a questionnaire, giving details on whether they want to incorporate yoga and strength and if they’re just a cyclist or runner as well. . A training plan will then be created that will include daily workouts in the new calendar.
The launch comes after a year and a half, which has made indoor cycling speed so popular that it is often difficult or impossible to purchase the hardware needed to do it. Like many other cycling and fitness-related products, technology like turbo trainers and cycling computers are often sold out in lockdown, as people look for ways to stay active at home.
David McQuillan, Sufferfest’s founder and now Wahoo’s head of new systems, said he didn’t anticipate the popularity of rival platforms like Peloton to slow down despite concerns over how people are able to go back into the world and out to the public. Gymnasium.
In fact, he told Granthshala That biggest problem remains a result of popularity: that the widespread lack of a chip affecting everything from cars to PlayStation 5s is making it even harder to make products like cycling computers.
He said the effect of getting people to work out and spend more time at home was to make people realize they “don’t need to go to the gym”, but can exercise from home. “It’s booming right now.”
But the system aims to let people work out their exercise and track their traditional rides in addition to indoor cycling. It’s not in the new platform at launch, but the first work on it will happen later this year, Wahoo said, with outdoor workouts that could be pushed to cycling semiconductors coming in the first quarter of next year.
Other plans include an analytics platform to precisely track progress, the option to setup Wahoo’s other hardware such as the Kicker Smart Trainer via the system app, and the option to swap out workouts on a training plan if you want. If a plan is made, it is unattainable.
Existing Surffest users will be transferred to the system, and both their subscription and their app will be automatically switched. The new app costs the same, $14.99 per month or $129.99, or the same in pounds.
Existing data will also be fetched from Sufferfest. This includes its “Four-Dimensional Power” technology, which puts cyclists through a tough test to get a picture of how hard they can work in the short and long periods, in order to adjust their training. to be used for.
Integration with Wahoo allowed the new app to integrate closely with hardware, and Mr McQuillan said the new platform was developed in collaboration with engineers who work on Wahoo’s watches, smart bikes and cycling computers. Huh. But it has also allowed for other types of content: one of the “Week With” events is hosted by professional cyclist Ian Boswell, who has long been a part of Wahoo’s video offerings, as well. It’s also pushing its podcasts.
The system is available on Windows, macOS, iOS and Android – the latter for the first time ever, and following loud complaints from users of Surffest that they were unable to use the app on their phones and tablets. It also works with non-Wahoo hardware, such as the competing Smart Trainer made by Garmin’s Tacx.
Wahoo will also launch a new podcast called knowledge, which will be composed of 15-minute “deep dives” in various disciplines, and assembled by its sports science team.
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