Strava (Version 4.0.2)

Platform and Price
Free: Apple and Android

RDN Score
5 out of 5

Synopsis of the App
Strava is a GPS run and ride tracker. Track your routes and stats, earn badges for achievements, compare with friends and rivals, take on challenges and push yourself harder.


  • Well-designed app with easy navigation and high quality images.
  • Measure progress against friends on the leaderboard.
  • Stats are provided in great detail including the average number of rides, distance and time per week as well as year-to-date and all time stats for distance, time and elevation achieved.
  • Stay engaged with monthly challenges like "run a half marathon in August" or "ride 16 hours in 8 days."
  • Discover popular running and cycling routes when you travel.
  • Find and follow other Strava athletes around the world to follow their activities and compare performance for motivation.
  • Comment and cheer on your friends in the activity feed.
  • Use the "Segment Explorer" to discover running and cycling routes in your area. See which athletes made the best time and the average pace to complete it.
  • Filter athletes by gender to compare for performance.
  • Share activities to Facebook and Twitter.
  • Supports ANT+ and Bluetooth LE wireless protocols and sensors to collect heart rate data.
  • Track your activities without an internet connection.
  • Find segments for other activities including walking, skiing, inline skating and swimming in your area via the Strava web platform.
  • Strava Premium is available as a subscription service.


  • Continuously running GPS in the background can quickly lead to battery drain.
  • Must use Facebook or surrender an email address, name and gender to sign up.
  • Only tracks running and cycling activities.
  • Must upload local segment information via the web platform.

Bottom Line
If you are in the least bit competitive, this app is a perfect match. Strava motivates. The free version of this app delivers incredible value to help you stay the course or stretch your fitness goals.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.