Zwift, Gaming or Training App?

Example of Badges Earned on Zwift

I’ve been using Zwift for my indoor training sessions during the cold winter months for a couple of years. While I’ve strived to move up levels (currently at level 11), earn achievement badges (currently at 59 achievement badges), and accumulate Zwift currency in the form of drops that I use to buy virtual cycling equipment in the Zwift virtual store, I never really considered Zwift a gaming platform.

I guess, I just couldn’t see the forest for the trees. It wasn’t until I learned that Zwift was ranked as one of the 10 most innovative gaming companies by Fast Company that I realized what Zwift was doing. Zwift had turned my indoor training sessions into a cycling game, and I didn’t even know it. My bike became a video-game controller while my legs, lungs and heart were getting a meaningful workout, not my thumbs. Wow, what a surprise. I was playing a video game!

And I must not be the only one that enjoys the video game. Zwift users peddle over a million miles a day while cheering on fellow Zwifters with “Ride On” and giving thumbs up. If you aren’t enjoying your indoor training sessions or spin classes give Zwift a try. You might enjoy it.

Ken Whittaker