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Getting Started with the New Spinning® App

Getting Started with the New Spinning® App

Posted by Spinning® on Sep 23rd 2022

The new Spinning® App delivers an exhilarating Spinning® class experience with rockstar instructors in your home or wherever you ride, every day, 24/7. To get started, follow these steps and see below for answers to common questions.

Step 1: Create a Profile

Step 2: Start a Subscription

Step 3: Download the App

Step 4: Time to Ride!

1. CREATE A PROFILE

Your first step is to create your profile. Just answer a few simple questions and upload a photo (optional). It’s quick and easy, but there are two items you might have questions about:

What is a Custom Max Heart Rate? After entering your birth date, your max heart rate will be calculated using the formula 208 - (.7 x age). You can use that number or you can change it to a “customized” max heart rate if you know that it should be higher or lower. (No commitment; you can always edit it as needed.)

That max heart rate will be used to calculate your heart rate training zones when you’re riding with a heart rate monitor. For example, if your max heart rate is 180, and you’re working out at a heart rate of 135, that’s 75% of max, which is Zone 2.

What is Threshold Power? Also known as FTP or PST, this is the amount of power (watts) that represents your aerobic max. If you know what your value is, you can enter it on the screen. You can also skip it and enter it later, or even take a Power Test in the app to determine your threshold.

Similar to max heart rate, this number is used to determine your training zones throughout your ride if you’re using a power crank.For example, if your threshold power is 140 watts and you’re riding at 105 watts, that’s 75% of your threshold, which is also Zone 2.

(Note: Metrics like heart rate and power are only available with the Spinning® Plus Subscription and require Bluetooth enabled sensors.)

2. START A SUBSCRIPTION

Once you’ve created your profile and verified your email address, the next step is to start a subscription. Click on Subscriptions from the menu and choose Basic or Plus.

What’s the difference between Spinning® Basic and Spinning® Plus? The Spinning®Basic plan gives you unlimited access to all the classes in the library, but you’ll get the videos only – no metrics. Choose this option if you ride without a heart rate monitor, cadence sensor or power crank.

Spinning® Plus is the way to go if you want real-time metrics while you ride,calories burned, summary screens that show time spent in each zone, ridehistory with key stats, and even a summary of your personal bests and cumulative totals. With the Plus subscription you can pair your Bluetooth devices: a cadence sensor or power crank,and a heart rate monitor.

How can I get a promo code? You’ll automatically get a free 30-day trial when you sign up; no promo code necessary. When you purchase a Spinner® bike from Spinning.com you’ll receive an email with a promo code for 90 days free!

Can I Switch Subscriptions? Yes! You can switch from Plus to Basic or vice versa from the subscriptions page.

Can I share my subscription? Yes! Just add a user (or three) from Subscriptions > Users and they’ll receive an invitation via email.

3. DOWNLOAD THE APP

Download the Spinning® app for iOS or Android on your phone or tablet and log in to your new account.

Is the Spinning® Digital Plus app the same thing? No, the Spinning® Digital Plus app has been retired and replaced with the new and improved app, called Spinning®.

Is the Spinning® Digital app the same thing? No, the new app is called Spinning®.

Can I use a web browser instead of a mobile app? No, the Spinning® app is only available as an app for your phone or tablet.

4. TIME TO RIDE!

Log into the app and choose your ride from the categories on the home screen or use Filters to search by instructor, length or other tags.

How do I connect my heart rate and bike sensors? You can go to Settings from the menu or join a ride. Either way, you’ll see an option to Connect your devices: Power Sensor, Heart Rate Monitor and Cadence Sensor. Make sure you have Bluetooth enabled on your phone or tablet. Tap Search for Device, and when the app finds it, tap the name of the device and then tap Connect. You can watch videos that demonstrate this process. Tap on Help from the app menu.

Why am I able to connect Power but not Cadence? If you have successfully connected to Power, you don’t need to connect to Cadence because your power sensor will also measure cadence. You only need to connect to one or the other – Power or Cadence. Choose Cadence if you’re using a cadence sensor.

How do I connect my AirPods or other Bluetooth speakers? This is done from Settings from your phone or tablet, not from the app.

How can I see my average and max metrics while I ride? Under Power, Heart Rate and Cadence, swipe left to see your average and max throughout the workout.

Why don’t I see Distance or Calories while I’m riding? If you’re using a phone in vertical orientation, you’ll see Power, Heart Rate and Cadence at the bottom of the screen. You can swipe to reveal Distance and Calories or turn your phone horizontal to see everything at once.

How does the app calculate calories? If you’re riding with a heart rate monitor, the app will estimate calories burned using a formula that takes into account your age, sex, weight, heart rate and duration of the ride. If you’re riding with a power crank, the app can give a more accurate calories number, because the crank measures kilojoules (kJs), and for all practical purposes, there’s a 1:1 ratio between kJs and calories burned.

What is Watts/kg? Watts per kilogram is your power to weight ratio. It tells you how much work you’re doing relative to your body weight.A person whoweighs 120 pounds (55 kg) and is riding at 138 watts is doing 2.5 watts/kg. A much larger person who weighs 190 pounds (86 kg) and is riding at 215 watts is also doing 2.5 watts/kg. It’s a simple number to track your performance and see if you’re getting stronger.

Why am I seeing Watts/kg when I entered my weight in pounds, not kilograms? Watts/kg is the standard terminology in cycling, but don’t worry--the app does the math and converts from pounds to kilograms.

NEED MORE HELP?

Watch help videos on the Spinning® App YouTube playlist. 

Read articles on the Spinning® Apps Blog.

Shop for heart rate monitors, cadence sensors and power cranks for your connected ride accessories.

Contact us for other questions and feedback.

We’ll see you on the bike!