Apps for workout tracking
As Le Bire points out, “We live in a country that has long winters, and all these apps we’ve discussed are designed to be used outdoors. Which is tough in the winter, and that's where you can lose a lot of people.” Zwift closes that gap by offering both runners and cyclists an interactive, indoor training experience by connecting a treadmill or one of the latest turbo trainers (a stationary mount for your bike) via Bluetooth or Ant+ to your computer or mobile device. The visually rich app then functions like a multi-player game, enabling users to compete or co-train with friends and even pros in a variety of 3D virtual worlds; it could be the closest you ever come to racing in the Alps, or going for a run amidst Mayan jungle and ruins. The set up can be a little complicated so make sure you have what you need before committing; if you don’t have access to one of the newer smart turbo trainers, many classic turbo trainers will work just as well with the addition of a speed sensor. When Zwift originally launched its bike version in 2015, it took the cycling world by storm, and there’s now even an eSports pro cycling league built around the app. The runner’s version of Zwift is only a year old but has already won thousands of converts. For its efforts, Zwift was recently acknowledged by Fast Company magazine as one of the most innovative companies in the sporting sector. $18.99 monthly membership; available in French and English.