Strava: Social Fitness for Competitive Athletes

Are you sitting down? I have come across the most amazing tool for tracking running and cycling.

WARNING THIS IS INCREDIBLY ADDICTING

Strava: Track all your runs and rides, set personal records and beat your friends’ times. Enter virtual competitions, climb the leaderboards, create and join clubs and push each other with kudos and comments.

Today, Strava lets athletes all over the world experience social fitness—sharing, comparing and competing with each other’s personal fitness data via mobile and online apps. Currently focused on the needs of avid cyclists and runners, Strava lets you track your rides and runs via your iPhone, Android or dedicated GPS device to analyze and quantify your performance. Strava makes fitness a social experience, providing motivation and camaraderie even if you’re exercising alone.

What I like about Strava is that it is not on an honor system like some fitness tools – you have to load your course/time via tracking devices and apps. Fair and square. The route you run/cycle doesn’t have to be the exact same as someone else’s route. You can create segments in your route. It’s an intuitive tool.

The husband stumbled on this for cycling and he is hooked! I am going to start loading my runs, although my times right now are going to be a bit weak, but it’s awesome to see how others are doing!

Am I late to the party, are you on Strava? Is this something that piques your interest?

14 responses to “Strava: Social Fitness for Competitive Athletes

  1. I have never heard of Strava, but it looks AWESOME! I had to laugh as I read this because Garmin just updated their website and it looks so similar…with PR’s, distances, etc. etc. Since I am married to my Garmin, I don’t know if I will use Strava, but may just sign up to do a little comparison. Plus, I love how you can compete with your friends and get motivated by others ;)

  2. I’ve never heard of Strava – but I’m obsessed with apps and tools that help me track mileage, etc. I pretty much rely on my Garmin software right now, but I’ll definitely have to check out Strava as there is no limit to the number of addictions in my life. ;)

  3. Hmmm…I’ve never heard of Strava – but I’m usually a few years behind on cool trends, so that’s not surprising. ;) I am obsessed with apps and tools that help me track mileage, etc. though. I pretty much rely on my Garmin software right now, but I\’ll definitely have to check out Strava as there is no limit to the number of addictions in my life

  4. Looks really interesting! I don’t run enough to make this useful to me but if there was a pushup tracker I would totally kick some ass. ;)

  5. I have never heard of this, thanks for tweaking my OCD tendencies, I’m now going to have another “thing” to check out.

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