Solveig Litchfield, Lead eCoach at the Australian Institute of Fitness Queensland looks into whether the Strava Running and Cycling app is useful to track your activity.
Strava is one of the many apps that allows a community of athletes from all over the world to track their rides and runs.
Once you have completed the activity using the app on iPhone or Android you can view and analyse your activity instantly. Alternatively, if you used a Garmin, Soleus or Timex Run Trainer (GPS watch) to record your activity, you can sync the activity to your Strava account online and view and analyse it in the same manner on your computer.
You can chose to simply use Strava as a personal and individual performance assessment, or you can connect and follow other athletes and check out their activities. You can even give those you follow on Strava kudos’ and comment, similar to the way you would like’ and comment on Facebook.
Overall, Strava is great for both recreational and elite athletes who enjoy a sense of online community and accountability with their training in an unintimidating environment. Strava is great for those who like to monitor performance improvements and break down their activity into km splits, elevation gains, segments for comparison to other Strava athletes and for some, receive public recognition. A great app!
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