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Zwift How-to: What Does the Colored Screen in Front of a Zwifter mean?

on January 14, 2019

You may have noticed a colored screen floating in front of people riding or running around Zwift. This means the Zwifter is in workout mode doing a structured workout. If you look closely, you can even see a graph on the screen, along with numbers representing their power and heart rate.

Why does the screen change colors? That lets you know how hard they are working. Gray is zone 1 (recovery), blue is zone 2 (endurance), green is zone 3 (tempo), yellow is zone 4 (threshold), red-orange is zone 5 (VO2 max), and bright red is zone 6 (anaerobic). If they’re in the middle of a hard interval, give them a “Ride On” to help them get through it!

Zwifters who are training with a structured workout also will have a bar graph icon to the left of their names in the sidebar to the right of the screen.

Your First Workout

Want to try a workout for yourself? Click or tap the blue “Training” button when you first log in to Zwift. If you’re already in the game, you can select the bar graph icon in the menu screen, or simply press the letter “E” on your keyboard for a shortcut.

Choose a workout based on the time you have and your goals for the session and click or tap the orange “Workout” button. Now you have a screen in front of your own avatar. Time to train!

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