Strava is a really useful training tool to help keep track of your fitness and performance. There is a wide range of supported activities. The route planning tool is one of the highlights.
What is Strava? Strava is a social network for athletes. The Strava app allows you to record your run, bike ride, or other physical activity and share them on your Strava feed. Your friends and followers will be able to see what you have done and give you kudos, and likewise, you can see their races and workouts and leave comments for them.
How Does Strava Work?
The Strava app turns your Android or iPhone device into an activity tracker by using your phone’s GPS. Strava also works with GPS watches (Apple Watch, Fitbit) and head units (Garmin, Wahoo, Bryton etc).
How to Record an Activity
To record an activity, start Strava and go to the record screen and tap Record from the navigation bar. Strava will then track your activity. You can connect heart rate monitors, power meters, pedometers and other devices for more data.
Once you have recorded your activity you can upload it to your feed through the Strava app or on your PC. You can add photos which will then be displayed alongside the activity and also on your homepage.
Track & Analyse: Record key stats, such as distance, space, speed, elevation gained, calories burned, average power, heart rate and more.
Routes & Maps: Find new routes and maps with the Strava Route Builder. You can also use the Strava Heat Map to find popular routes in your area using other users data.
Challenge & Compete: Push yourself with monthly challenges, compete with other users, and hunt for KOMs (the fastest times on any given Strava Segment). You can try and beat your personal best times and those of your friends.
Supported Activity Types on Strava
There are 32 different types of activity that are supported by Strava with Riding, Running and Swimming being the three core activity types. Most of Strava’s features are currently only available for these core activities. Other activities include walking, hiking, skiing, cross-fit and yoga.
See here for a full list of Supported Activity Types on Strava.
Note: The Strava mobile app cannot record indoor or stationary activities that aren’t GPS-based.
Does Strava Need WiFi?
Strava works locally, using GPS. During a ride or a run you do not need an Internet connection. Once you finish your activity you will need an Internet connection to upload the activity to Strava.
How Much Does Strava Cost?
The Standard version of Strava is free. There is no cost to record or share activities. However there are several features that are only available if you sign up for a Strava subscription.
Strava Subscription cost: $5 per month when bought annually $59.99. Or $7.99 per month when paid monthly (giving an annual cost of $95.88).
There is a 30 day Strava Free Trial that can be activated when you begin using Strava. This is for Strava Summit,
Is Strava Worth Paying For?
It depends on what Strava features you want to use. If you want to use any of the following features then it may be worth paying the subscription fee:
Overall segment leaderboards - In the free version you can only see the top 10
Filtered Leaderboards - Filter by date, followers, age, weight and clubs.
Segment Efforts - Compare your performances with other athletes, and your previous best times
Live Segments - Allows you to see your performance in real-time whilst outside doing your activity on compatible devices.
Training Log - See all of your activities, progress and important stats.
Custom Goals - Set goals for segments, yearly distance and other parameters. This should help you stay motivated!
Routes - Create routes on the Strava website, or automatically generate routes on the app.
See the Strava website for the full list of Strava Premium Features.
Strava can be installed on Android operating systems 5.0 or above (CyanogenMod or other nonstandard Android OS versions are not supported).
See here for a full list of supported Android devices.
Strava is also available to download for iOS from the App Store