We’re excited to announce another new feature that we’re rolling out to all athletes: Workout Alternates. You should see it in the latest version of the apps (desktop and mobile), as well as on the website.
Workout Alternates are a new, more precise way of finding a longer or shorter substitute for your scheduled workout. We all know that “life happens” and some days you have more or less time to train, so we built this feature to find suitable alternate workouts that preserve the original workout’s zone, relative difficulty, and workout profile. Next time you find your schedule changing at the last minute, use Alternates to find a substitute workout that’s longer or shorter, but still respects your training plan’s objectives for that day.
As you may have noticed, Workout Alternates replaces the old “Variants” option. When we introduced Workout Levels, it became apparent that variants (a workout’s + and - versions) didn’t always correlate with levels. In fact, some “minus” variants were actually significantly harder due to shorter rest intervals. Alternates approaches this in a totally new way by using Adaptive Training’s insights and Workout Levels under the hood to find similar workouts from the entire TR workout library. When we were testing this feature internally, one thing that we immediately loved was all the new workouts it suggested that many of us had never ridden before. Not only is this feature great for finding a longer or shorter substitute workout, but it’s also great at finding variety.
To start using Alternates, simply open a workout in the apps (or web) and click the “Alternates” tab inside the workout details. We hope you enjoy this feature as much as we do!
For more info about this feature, our illustrious @SeanHurley wrote a great blog post about it here: Keep Your Training On Track With New Workout Alternates - TrainerRoad Blog