So, I love how much dedication the team at TrainerRoad has put into their product and the idea of making you faster. I love that they are innovating and adding the new Group Workouts feature. I have listened to every single podcast since the beginning.
However, is anyone a little disappointed with the Group Workouts feature?
I suspect that in 6 months this will be rarely used by a small portion of the trainerroad subscriber base. Maybe you don’t have 1 or 2 or 3 other people that can exercise at the same time for the Group Workout. If you did, wouldn’t you ride outside? Sure, Zwift has tons of people showing up for group rides and workouts. I guess you can schedule a work out at 5AM with a friend but what if they’re not doing the same plan or have the same workout goals? And I see the groups trying to get together on the forum - this is weird. Random strangers seeing me and the inside of my house? Naw, I’m good.
I guess I could see a world where someone was leading a workout at a specific time and I could join. For example, someone was going to do Grey at 6PM on Tuesday, and if I wanted to do Grey, and I was free at that time, and I wanted random strangers to see me half naked in my house, then I could join. But this would essentially be what what Peloton is doing, without the two-way video. I don’t know…I just don’t understand what this adds to the TR niche. There’s a reason Peloton isn’t two-way video. Has anyone asked for Zoom for the Trainer? I don’t know…I’m skeptical of this point.
How is this making me faster?
It’s weird that this is prioritized over all the triathletes trying to get their runs and swims sync’d. Why put more man hours into this?
Maybe TrainerRoad has exhausted it’s corner of what it does best. Maybe it sees the open world aspect of Zwift as a threat and this is the response. TrainerRoad has not about social (Zwift) or on-screen entertainment (Sufferfest), and I’m not sure that Group Workouts fills any niche.
Let the flames begin…