Power Zones are a method of fitness training designed to have you working at seven different levels (or zones) of exertion. In these classes, the instructor typically calls out a cadence range, but instead of giving a resistance range, they specify the zone you should be working in. Each zone is a range of output (or work) that’s appropriate and customized for you to achieve given the desired intensity of each zone. So, the Member’s focus is on maintaining the desired cadence while adding enough resistance on to achieve the desired output specific to your zone. Power Zones give you an individual way to understand your output numbers.
To start using Power Zones, you will first need to identify your 20-minute average output. This number will allow you to calculate your FTP (Functional Threshold Power) and then customize your target output for each zone using that number. Complete Matt Wilpers or Denis Morton’s’ specially-designed “20-Min FTP Test Ride” on your Peloton Bike, which can be found by selecting “Specialized” under the Ride Type section.
You can enable Power Zones and update your FTP (Functional Threshold Power) in your Account Settings. On the Peloton Bike, tap your username in the bottom left corner, then tap the grey gear near “Find Members” just over your Profile Picture. You’ll find the Power Zones setting when you scroll down. In order for Peloton to calculate your zones, you’ll need to enter in your average output from your FTP test. If you’ve never taken an FTP test, you can estimate this value using the average output from a 20-minute ride.