Having conquered the worlds of run and ride tracking, fitness app Strava has turned its sights 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. Being able to get kudos on that activity is really just the cherry on top.
You can already log all manner of activities to Strava manually, but as Gareth Mills, UK country manager at Strava, explains, the new connections will make it easier to keep tabs on your indoor activities.
“Once connected, your time in the gym and number of classes attended will be automatically tracked on Strava, alongside your other activities,” says Mills. “You won’t need to choose any activities manually with your accounts synced, Strava takes care of that for you.
“Different partner integrations work slightly differently, but in each case the activity will appear in your profile with date and time, duration of activity, the class name and an image associated with that class.”
One of Strava’s great strengths is that you can use the app to find new running and cycling routes and types of training sessions to try by seeing what other users are logging, and Mills expects that idea will 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 and interesting 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 or the others, find the connections section and tick the Strava box. Once you’ve done that your booked classes will automatically sync to your Strava account. Then you sit back and wait for the kudos.