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  • FAQ: How to use On Demand with custom workouts in Zwift?

     Chris updated 7 hours, 40 minutes ago 3Members · 5 Posts
  • Chris

    20 September 2020 at 1:54 PM
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    FAQ: How to use On Demand with custom workouts in Zwift?

    This is one of the original ideas for Collective On Demand & it has taken us a little while to work out the nuts and bolts of how to deploy it to you.

    Once you have followed the below instructions to get the ZWO file into your Zwift install, it’s as easy and starting the audio and jumping on your bike.

    We also have Video instructions 👉 Here

    Let’s get Zwifting:

    1. Put the Zwift Workout file into your Zwift install ( instructions below 👇 )
    2. Start your Zwift program, and select the workout in the Custom Workouts folder ( don’t jump on the 🚲 yet )
    3. Start your 🎵 – You have 120 second buffer period from the On Demand Workout Audio track before you need to start peddling
    4. If you’re on a 📱- start the Custom Workout in Zwift and jump on the bike
    5. If you’re on a 💻 – Alt Tab | (⌘ Tab back to your Zwift display then Jump onto your bike
    6. Now don’t press TAB / Swipe straight away, you will be prompted to by the instructor in the audio track, and leading into the point with text prompts on your Zwift display.
    • If you’re on a 📱you can use Zwift Companion on your Phone get it 👉 ( iOS / Play Store )
    • If you need any further help, simply click to message me


    Custom workout file Install : .zwo files

    Below are the ways to get On Demand ZWO files ( and others), onto your device so you can sync up your audio and ZWIFT experience.

    On PC and Mac, manually

    Step 1: Download

    First, download the .zwo file using the Download button (only visible for custom workouts).

    Step 2: Place

    Place the downloaded .zwo file in the folder found at \Documents\Zwift\Workouts\{userid} (on both Mac and Windows), where {userid} is your Zwift user id number as the folder name.

    Step 3: Zwift

    After opening Zwift, the new workout should now appear under Custom Workouts in the Zwift workouts screen. One exception to that is when the workout includes a category definition. In that case the workout will not appear under Custom Workouts, but in its own category. Enjoy the ride!

    On iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod), manually

    Step 1: Download

    On your PC/Mac, download the .zwo file using the Download button (only visible for custom workouts).

    Step 2: Use iTunes

    Connect your iOS device to your computer, open iTunes and click on the device icon in the iTunes toolbar. Click on Apps in the tree on the left side to view apps on the device, scroll all the way down to File Sharing and select Zwift from the Apps list. Under Zwift Documents select Zwift and click “Save To…”. Now open the folder in the location were it was saved on your PC/Mac and add the workout in the Zwift\Workouts\{userid} folder, where {userid} is a folder with your Zwift user id number as the folder name. In iTunes, click “Add…” to add the updated Zwift folder and click “Replace”. iTunes will now copy the files to your iOS device.

  • Penny

    23 September 2020 at 11:30 AM
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    Hi Chris,

    Do we have to pay for a Zwift account as well?also I only have a basic not smart trainer so can I get anything out of this world first without making further financial outlay?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Thanks again


  • Chris

    23 September 2020 at 2:31 PM
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    Hi Penny,

    You don’t have to have a Zwift account to do this or any sessions on the OD platform, just your phone / laptop like you have been doing / hopefully enjoying 😀

    You would need a Zwift Account to run the Custom Zwift file, and yes a smart trainer like a Kickr or similar would be of use there.

    We developed this as an add on that we will deploy in training programs for events like 3 Peaks, or Around the Bay.

    Let me know if you would like any further info



  • Fraser

    21 January 2021 at 11:35 AM
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    Hi Chris,

    Would it be possible to give clearer instructions on how to combine the sessions using Zwift companion? I’ve downloaded the app but can’t work it out.


  • Chris

    22 January 2021 at 5:15 PM
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    Hi @fraserm ,

    Are you using a laptop or TV to stream your Zwift on ?

    You don’t need the Zwift companion app to run these sessions, but you do need easy access to your

    • TAB key
    • or the App to swipe

    To sync up the audio with the zwift workout session, did you checkout the video above ?

    Session 0080 is a great one to start with and iron out any bugs

    0080: The Zwifter’s Series



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