Peloton Strive Score: Get a High-Quality Workout

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Peloton has a feature to their app called the “Peloton Strive Score.” It’s great for tracking your current intensity during workouts. It should come as no surprise that this is something that all Peloton lovers are going to want to know more about.

Peloton introduced a new “Strive Score” on April 30th, 2021. This metric tracks heart rate during workouts and allows you to compare intensity levels across all your cyclists.

What is Peloton Strive Score?

Strive Score is a non-competitive indicator that tells you how hard you worked using different metrics. Across these three(Bike, Tread and Floor), the focus is on how much time was spent in each heart rate zone to show what intensity level you’re working in.

Higher heart rates equal higher strive scores.

A recent article by the New York Times points out a way to increase engagement not just for Peloton, but for all fitness programs. The author suggests applying a metric that allows people of all fitness levels to measure their own effort.

So far, there is no universal measure of this has been found and as a result, any sort of personalized training program is difficult to automate or analyze.

Today, the only metrics we have are crude, but one day when science has evolved enough to give us better ones, we will be able to use them.

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How to Get A Peloton Strive Score?

To get a thrive score, you will first need either a heart rate monitor or an apple watch and then you will have to pair that device with the treadmill/bike. This score starts from 0 and can increase depending on your workout intensity during the ride.

You can set your heart rate zones using either of 2 different ways: by Peloton’s recommendations or by entering your own “

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The Strive Score is calculated based on your heart rate and birthday to create your personalized heart rate zones. These zones are also adjustable by inputting a custom range instead of the default ranges.

When you spend time in each zone, the Strive is calculated how much time you’re spending in each of 5 zones. You’ll earn a fraction of a point for each second that you’re in any zone.

You’ll receive a score that starts at 0 and increases as you complete the workout. It will increase quickly if you spend more time in higher heart rate zones.

This is an estimate, but you can adjust it in your profile if you have a more accurate max heart rate.

This is a breakdown of the Strive Score based on heart rate zone:

  • Zone 1: up to 65% of max Heart Rate =1x
  • Zone 2: 65%–75% of Max Heart Rate = 2x
  • Zone 3: 75%–85% of Max Heart Rate = 4x
  • Zone 4: 85%-95% of Max Heart Rate = 8x
  • Zone 5: 95%+ of Max Heart Rate = 8x
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As you can see, Zone 5 has the same multiplier as Zone 4. Peloton probably wants people to try out these higher zones so that they don’t get too close to their max heart rate and/or overwork themselves.

understanding peloton strive score

While the Strive Score is interesting, you need to be aware of its limitations. It’s just one way to measure how hard you are working and not necessarily the best one because people can reach the same score in different ways.

It’s not a good idea to use class Strive Scores as the metric for each class, as it can be difficult to see the long-term effect on your fitness. For example, your average Strive Score may fall while you improve your fitness over time.

We are trained to increase our heart and aerobic system efficiency over time. This will happen even as you do more challenging tasks. What does this mean? It means that you’ll need less oxygen for higher outputs, allowing for better performance.

If you want to work on pushing yourself and wanting your heart rate up more then go ahead! If you’re not too fit it’ll be harder to get your heart rate as high for a long period of time.

whats a good peloton strive score?

The Strive Rating System is based solely on your individual performance, so there’s no such thing as a good or bad score.

What is most important for a 30-year-old person to maintain is about 80-85% of their maximum heart rate during exercise. So that would be 152-161 beats per minute at the highest intensity.

Strive Test or FTP: Which One Is Legit?

I can confidently say that the FTP test result if it comes from a qualified test, is the best available metric for fitness. I use it to track my own fitness and to make training decisions. It’s better than heart rate because you can’t cheat it.

FTP is not a Peloton concept but rather it is commonly used in other areas of sport.

All this being said, FTP does not have the one thing that really sets it apart from the Strive Score.

While both are indicators of effort, the Strive Score is intended to be an indicator of actual effort as opposed to how much has been achieved.

As you continually improve your fitness, it becomes easier and easier to hit FTP numbers. That’s because FTP is a measure of achievement, and when you’re in better shape you can achieve more.

This happens for two reasons:

  • More power (or oxygen consumption) equals more watts produced.
  • Lactate accumulation (and cognitive or mood fatigue) is reduced.

The Strive Score would be good for people who are looking to improve their fitness and want feedback on the effort they’re putting in.

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By default, your Strive Score is automatically activated. You’ll be able to switch the feature off or adjust it so that only you can see the algorithm’s estimation of your effort level.

  • Go to the More menu and click on “Profile Settings”
  • Click “Preferences”
  • Under the ‘Strive Score’ section, enable ‘Track and Display Strive Score’ to unleash the feature
Optional: Enable “Hide my Strive Score and Heart Zone from other in-class” to keep your Strive Score private

The Final Verdict

Input a workout’s duration and intensity to learn your Strive Score. Once you have a few workouts under your belt, an average strive score will show. Your goal should be to have a higher startup, which means you’re working out more intensely.

If your strive score starts to drop and remains low, it might mean that you’re underestimating how hard of a workout you’ve been doing and need to up the ante next time.

In summary, Peloton’s new strive score and other features are an interesting way to keep workouts enjoyable and increase motivation. I think the new features are a great alternative to just listing a person’s output at the end of every workout.

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