How-To: Adjusting the Difficulty of a Workout

February 6th 2018

Feeling a little stronger—or maybe slower—than usual? Zwift lets you adjust the difficulty of your workout, before or even during your ride. In fact, you can change a workout on Zwift about as fast as you can U-turn a bicycle on a real hill.

Adjusting Difficulty Before Your Workout

Choose a Zwift workout, but before you start riding look at the workout breakdown on the left side of the screen. Beneath the list of workout details, you’ll see “100%,” sandwiched between up and down arrows.

Click on the arrows to either increase or decrease the difficulty of every block of the workout, by as much as 10 percent. Similar controls appear on Zwift’s blue “Action Bar,” which is accessible on your laptop (by tapping your keyboard’s “up” arrow), as well as on your smartphone when using the Zwift Mobile Link (ZML) app in-game. Make that workout work precisely for you!

Adjusting Difficulty

Adjusting Difficulty During Your Workout

Changing the workout challenge part way through your ride is simple, too. On the fly, you can make modifications by using the arrows beneath the workout details, or on either Action Bar.

Action Bar

Another option becomes available when you temporarily stop the workout altogether by clicking on the pause button, found on either Action Bar. With the workout paused, tap the orange “Menu” button that appears on-screen. Underneath your name, click on the pencil icon. Your User Profile window appears, and you can change your FTP (functional threshold power), or the maximum amount of power that you can generate in an hour of riding. Slightly reduce or increase your FTP, which is the metric Zwift uses to calculate your workouts intensities, and then save the changes. Now resume your workout.Presto! You just custom tailored your workout.