Independent App Review: Strava

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With more and more people choosing running apps to accomplish their fitness goals, there’s has been a surge of sports apps in the recent times. While there are numerous online fitness tools available in the market, not all apps are reliable. Among the most widely used running apps, Strava comes across as a robust application for athletes and runners. Equipped with a host of exciting features, Strava is looked upon as the athletic social media, motivating millions to nail their audacious fitness goals.

A Go-To App for Running and Cycling

With most of us running on a tight schedule, it has become difficult to take out time for fitness. As a 21st century running app, Strava provides users with a range of interesting features to accomplish their running/cycling goals, enabling them to keep a track of their progress. Representing a social media platform for athletes, it allows users to connect with other fitness enthusiasts to boost their running and cycling endeavours. What’s more, runners can create separate groups within the network, wherein others can acknowledge the fitness efforts. Based on the purpose of running, users can join different kinds of groups. For instance, if the runner in question is a regular runner, he/she can join any regular running group. As for seasoned runners or marathoners, there are separate groups available, prompting the marathoner to coordinate with other expert runners. As per the recent upgrades, the app has also introduced a feature called Athlete posts, wherein novice athletes can follow professional runners/cyclists on Strava to learn tips to improve their running/cycling. Interestingly enough, Strava offers a golden chance to contribute to the budding running networks by publishing relevant athletic content.

Setting up a Strava Account

To set up an account with Strava, users will need to generate a login id and password with the help of their email address. Interested users can also authenticate their account using Google and Facebook. After creating the login id, users will need their personal details, such as full name, birthdate, gender, profile picture, etc, to connect with other people. In case users find it difficult to connect to other runners, they can access Strava’s address books that suggest leads to follow.

Going forward, the app guides users through their running process, so runners can expect tips and instructions for implementing the features of the app, allowing them to record their fitness activities daily. To learn more about connecting to GPS gears and computer, the app provides users with instructions about how to connect to the GPS system.

Value and Plans

Just like any other fitness app, Strava comes with various membership plans and depending on the applications, users can choose the free version or the premium version. While the free version offers all the standard features, there are some limitations. If running and cycling activities are restricted to just recording basic information pertaining to the workouts, the free version is fine. As for advanced features for expert runners, the premium model is recommended, which enables runners and cyclists to compete with other sports enthusiasts, besides tracking heart rate and other vital stats. Geared up with a range of exciting athletic features, the premium version of this robust running/ cycling app is available to the users at $59.99 per year.

Strava’s Standout Features

Operational since 2009, Strava stands out from other fitness apps in terms with ingenious features and social support. Some of the standout features of the app are discussed below:

  • Among the quirky features that set it apart from others, mention can be made of its athletic feature “segments”, which is specially designed for those with a competitive edge. Since segments are user-created, runners and cyclists can compete for a particular title, such as KOM/QOM, wherein the winner can become the King or Queen of the Mountain for the given stretch of track.
  • The premium Strava app enables users to get vital stats like heart rate, besides tracking their running records. Interestingly, Strava enables users to generate “the suffer score” based on the difficulty level of the workout and other factors like time and distance.
  • In addition to stats and “the suffer score,” premium members are provided with “Beacon,” a feature that prompts the user to share their locations with other trusted members.
  • Looking at the privacy options, the security features offered by Strava are nonpareil. Conveniently enough, Strava provides users with a number of security tools to keep their information private. Also, Strava comes with advanced privacy settings that allow runners to create a Privacy Zone around their home and workplace with their chosen radius. Once the Privacy Zone is enabled, other people won’t be able to locate the starting and ending point as long as the user is within the selected radius.

Final Thoughts

While there are numerous outstanding features of Strava, one of the most interesting aspects of the app is that it is not owned by any renowned brand. Despite its little brand exposure, the app seems to compete well with other popular sports apps that are backed by bigger brands. As fitness enthusiasts, runners can greatly benefit from the apps’ dynamic features, and the social support is always a bonus. At any rate, the app ticks all the boxes when it comes to operability and privacy, providing the 21st-century runners with a magical solution to make a breakthrough in their running/cycling career.

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