Having conquered the worlds of run and ride tracking, fitness app Strava has turned its ambitions to the rest of your activities by announcing a trio of new partnerships. Gym chain PureGym, fitness class booking app Mindbody and boutique studio Digme can all now be connected to Strava so that your activities automatically sync to your account.
While many runners and cyclists are known for their aversion to the gym, cross-training is an important part of any training regime, making you faster, stronger and more injury resistant so you can reach ever greater heights with your main sport. Any kudosyou get for your accomplishents in on that activity is really just the cherry on top.
You can already log all manner of activities to Strava manually but, as Strava’s Gareth Mills explains, the new connections will make it easier to keep tabs on your indoor activities.
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One of the benefits of Strava strengths is that you can find new running and cycling routes and different types of training sessions to try by seeing what other users are logging. Mills expects that idea to transfer across to the gym as well.
“We hope that with the opportunity to share more of their athletic lives and log everything on the same platform, members and their followers will be able to discover new workouts, and experience a more interesting feed overall. Similarly they will be able to receive kudos and encouragement for more activities, and congratulate the friends that they take classes with.”
Setting up the new connections takes moments and is done in much the same way as you would link a fitness tracker or bike computer to Strava. You log into your member account for PureGym, MindBody or Digme, find the connections section and tick the Strava box. Once you’ve done that your booked classes will automatically sync to your Strava account. Sit back and wait for the kudos.
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.