Back for another off-season and excited to experiment with the new app, SYSTM.
The Sufferfest app used to show a ‘history’ for the last time a video was used. At present, SYSTM does not show any history. I am able to download a Spreadsheet of my activities, but this is a frustrating process to cross-compare. I often approach my training by experimenting new content and ideally would like to skim through the Yoga or Cycling page to determine which videos I have yet to complete. A simple ideal implementation would be similar to Zwift’s route completion tracker, which shows a green arrow for previously completed activities.
The new homepage UI is definitely an improvement, but I find the emphasis on PLANS frustrating. When I am starting a new season on SYSTM or simply don’t want to commit to a plan, it is difficult to determine where to start for an activity. The upcoming Zwift revamp demonstrates an effective homepage, which could provide quick insights into available activities to jump into instantly, without needing to spend time planning out an idea (or commit to a Workout Plan). This would also offer an easy way to discover new cycling or yoga workouts.
While I do like the new
Explore by Channel design, the text list is not very intuitive. Similar to the Zwift UI revamp, it would be ideal to have a large thumbnail image and a simple description to get a quick perspective, compared to having to dive into each activity to understand. Similarly, it would be ideal to have some metrics to discover popular videos.
When I view Awards Page, it is hard to determine what workouts I need to complete to achieve. If I could click the icon and see the related workouts and my current completion status, that would be a great motivator for planning workouts. The Library does offer the option to filter by category, so this could be a very simple - select and be forwarded to the related filter. Alternatively, many of the awards give zero indication on what they are. For example, if I hover over
Back to Back, it gives zero information to the user on how I would achieve this.
I use a Wahoo Kickr Core trainer and was disappointed to see the now Wahoo owned SYSTM has no functionality to complete a spindown or other sensor interaction.
Similarly, I just purchased a Wahoo HEADWIND and was excited to experiment with it on SYSTM. It was disappointing to see SYSTM does not appear to support the product. As my HRM is single channel, my first workout was a bit of a panic as I could not use the HRM paired setting, forcing me to switch to speed based for the workout. I have ordered a Wahoo Tickr for future workouts, otherwise will use ANT+ to use my current HRM.