By Katie Pierson, Certified Spinning® Instructor & Personal Trainer.
Are you looking for a cycling app to help grow your confidence as a new rider and make riding fun? With over 250 cycling app options available for download, which one should you choose? Don’t worry. Our quick overview of our favorite apps will help.
Best Indoor Cycling Apps
Today, more people than ever are crushing their
Perfect for video game lovers
Do you enjoy video games? If you do, this interactive app might be just what you are looking for to achieve a great workout and drive up the fun factor in the process. This interactive video game-like app allows riders to customize their avatar as well as their virtual
As you keep improving and perhaps find that you would like to compete for a professional cycling contract, Zwift offers Zwift Academy. This academy has participants compete in various events via the platform. Finalists are then selected to compete for the coveted contract.
Perfect for riders of all
fitness levels looking to improve continually
The Four-Dimensional Power platform offered by Sufferfest allows riders to continue to be challenged. This platform automatically adjusts your customized power targets based on your
Sufferfest offers 11 training categories to select from: base, climbing, drills, endurance,
Perfect for riders that prefer that their equipment auto-adjusts
Whether you are looking to
Ifit is compatible with Nordic Trac, Pro-Form, Freemotion, and Matrix equipment, and helps take your training to the next level. Treadmills and bikes from Nordic Trac, Pro-Form, Freemotion, and Matrix take out the guesswork of adjusting your
After completing any Ifit challenge, the leaderboard is available to show where you ranked among your fellow competitors for finish time. The exciting component of this leaderboard is that you can directly compare your results to others during different points in the challenge. The data can show how long you kept pace with the winner and can be compared across multiple challenges.
Perfect for riders that want variety
This affordable app offers a little bit of everything for its over 500,000 users. Whether you are looking to explore over 300 routes on your own, create a training program to reach your goals, or compete in one of the 100+ weekly events, this app has something just for you.
Rouvy incorporates actual race footage along with rider avatars. As a result, riders can experience some of the most beautiful and iconic riding locations. With a smart trainer, riders can quickly feel the gradient and resistance fluctuations during the ride and track output and cadence. Unfortunately, at this time, live classes are not available.
Looking to earn a little extra money? Rouvy offers up to $20,000 in prizes per year for race and challenge winners.
Perfect for riders that enjoy a fun and competitive group atmosphere
Peloton is one of the most popular cycling apps available, with over 4.4 million users. Boasting close to 10,000 classes available on-demand and live classes being added every day, users can find the perfect workout for their mood based on duration, intensity, instructor preference, and music genre. In addition, the platform includes a large selection of cycling workouts and offers other formats such as yoga, strength, cardio, boot camp, barre, treadmill, pilates, dance, and meditation.
One of the unique features includes the leaderboard available for Peloton
This is the app that I use at home. Since I love the energy of an indoor cycling class, this is the perfect fit for me. The digital app is easy to use with my Bowflex C6
We wanted to give you a few others that you might want to check out with so many cycling apps available.
How to Choose an Indoor Cycling App
It is essential to know what type of metrics the app will monitor during your ride, as the tracked metrics vary from app to app. We suggest looking for an app that can record your FTP (Functional Threshold Power), which is the highest amount of power you can average for an hour. If you are interested in seeing your growth as a rider, FTP tracking is a must.
Desired Training Style
Do you prefer training on your own, are you gearing up for a specific event, or are you looking for a structured studio class style led by a first-class instructor?
It is essential to understand what type of training style appeals to you and helps keep you motivated to reach your results. Many apps offer a combination of instructor-led classes and global routes. However, if live classes are what you are looking for, only a few offer this feature, so it is essential to research your options.
Understanding the equipment and operating system needed before purchasing an app is important. For example, many apps allow you to ride your favorite road or mountain
Understand Your Budget
Certain apps can be quite an investment when you factor in the monthly charge and the equipment required to create the training environment you crave. Set yourself up for success and know your budget before hitting purchase on any app. Many apps that require a monthly fee offer free trials. Therefore, we suggest taking advantage of the free trials for any app you are considering to find the right one for you.
There are so many cycling apps available to help you reach your goals. Experiment with multiple different apps during their free trial period to find the perfect one to help you crush your