What Is Strava?
What Is Strava And How Do You Use It?
Strava is a type of social network that allows Android or iPhone to operate as a cycling or running computer. If it's something you haven't heard of before, chances are you will very soon. The app's grown in popularity since its initial release in 2009. It's mostly used by runners working on their training but can be utilized by anyone who is looking to increase their stats or performance. Today, we will take a deep dive into what Strava is and how to make the most of it to reach your fitness goals.
What is Strava?
Strava is a combination of social media platforms and fitness trackers. Think along the lines of Runkeeper mashed up with IG or Twitter. This digital application is available for free and can be downloaded to your mobile device or through the web. There is also a paid option that opens up more features for those interested in getting more out of their fitness plans. For the program to work at its most effective, it is essential to upload on a regular basis. You can also follow others who are chasing their fitness goals or just other athletes in general who are updating their workouts. You can participate or start challenges, join fitness clubs, and even leave comments for others who use the program.
How To Get Started With Strava
To get started on the Strava program, you will need a combo of a fitness tracker, computer, and smartphone. You don’t need all three, but a fitness tracker such as a GPS or smartwatch has to be one of the tools at your disposal.
For those who plan to use a phone, download the no-cost application from the iOS or Playstore. All you need to do is go to the website, create an account, and log in for computer usage. With your fitness tracker, the initial setup is more involved but will create a more seamless interaction on the site since your workout information can be uploaded automatically.
To sign up, you can create a new password, or you have the option of signing up with a FB or Google account. If you prefer to keep them separate, use your email address to sign up instead. Your front-facing profile will have public information that others can see, and your account will be private and only can be viewed by you after you log in.
Set Up Your Profile & Get Started
Once you've signed up, decide how much of your fitness data you want to store or share on your public-facing profile. You can set up notifications and even share fitness and even outfit info on your profile. There's also the option to set up a privacy zone to block out locations you want to hide on your runs or biking sessions. You can also set your training log to public or private. Routes ran can be promoted if you look to grow your following or keep them confidential for your use only.
Depending on the device you are using, there is the option of entering your data manually following a workout, or you can have the app record your progress in real-time. Once you are ready to share, upload and save. For fitness trackers, everything automatically uploads to Strava, but you can also set it to private if you prefer to review your activity in advance. All you need to do now is follow, share, and participate in the community to have fun and reach your goals.
- Grivet Staff