Strava vs Runtastic

As people are getting aware of their health, many people start to work out to stay fit and stay healthy. With today’s technologies, human able to track their sport activities and view their data to improve their fitness easily. There are so many apps available offering their services to support their users. Some of them are Strava and Runtastics. In this article we will talk about them and provide you with some useful information to help you decide which to choose.

In this article we will give you information about:
– What is Strava and Runtastic
– What Strava and Runtastic can offer to you
– Strava vs Runtastic

About Strava
Strava is an app that used to track various kind of fitness activities using satellite navigation. The users will also be able to upload and share their activities, so other users can view and comment on it. The app is promoted as Social Network for Athletes and even though it can be used to tracks various fitness activities, the most common activities tracked using Strava are running and bicycling. Using Strava, the user will be able to upload their routes and then the app will provide them with time across distance and community created segments. Also read our other Strava comparison on Strava vs Cyclemeter here.

Strava Features
Strava provide basic service for free users and advanced features for their premium users. The basic features of the free version are recording basic data and finding new places to run or bicycle. The popular challenge feature is also available in free version. In the premium version, Strava has a unique feature called the Suffer Score this feature is Strava’s own calculation, which not only count the time and distance, but also heart rate to reflect the user’s effort finishing the activity. However the user will need a compatible heart rate monitor, such as Polar H10, Jabra Sport Pulse, Garmin HRM Tri, Wahoo Tickr X and Moov HR to run this feature.

Another premium user limited feature from Strava is Beacon this feature will inform your location to other premium users, so you can stay safe when running or bicycling alone. Other interesting feature from premium version is the user will be able to create and track goals, view indoors training videos, filtered leaderboards, and discounts for sport related goods or services, plus some other benefit.

About Runtastic
Runtastic is an Austrian based mobile fitness app made by the Runtastic Company. The app combines the traditional fitness with mobile application to help people who are currently following the Quantified self movement. Quantified self is a movement that was developed by Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly from Wired magazine.

This movement incorporates technology to gather data on many aspects of one’s daily life. Those data include food consumed, quality of surrounding air, mood, pulse oximetry for blood oxygen level, skin conductance as proxy for arousal, and performance, whether it is physical or mental. Runtastic not only develop apps, but it also made hardware products and provide services, such as online training logs, detailed data analysis and many other functions to overall improving the user fitness.

Runtastic was first launched on October 2009 and has been downloaded by users from all around the world, as 2014 the app is run by more than 25 million registered users and by November 2015 the app was surpassed 150 million downloads across its apps. The company now is owned by Adidas after it was bought at $239 million on August 2015.

Runtastic Features
Runtastic app can be used to track both outdoor and indoor fitness activities using GPS. One of the most popular Runtastic app is the Runtastic Results, which is a bodyweight training app that last for 12 weeks of customized bodyweight training plan and stand alone workouts that can be completed outside the training plan. The core product Runtastic app is able to tracks variety of metrics, like time, pace, distance, and calorie consumption.

Aside from making software, the company also made hardware named Orbit, which is a 24-hour fitness tracker device. This device consists of removable module and silicone band. Orbit was announced with new accompanying app called Runtastic Me to analyze physical activity and sleep cycles. The second device is announced in 2015 called Moment, which has an appearance of analog watch but was planted with Orbit technology inside. This device is able to track the user’s steps, active minutes, calories burned, distance and sleep cycles.

On Runtastic site the users can combine their mobile apps and hardware to get more complete and detailed analysis of their fitness activities. Those information can be shared with the users friend and used to interact and support each other.

Strava vs Runtastic

- Is all in one app that covers almost all sports activities- Has many sub-applications for each type of sport or destination
- Monthly fee is cheaper than Runtastic main app- Pro monthly fee is more expensive than Strava Premium
- Annual fee is more expensive than Runtastic main app- The annual fee of Pro version is cheaper than Strava Premium
- Only mobile applications are developed- Have their own devices ie Orbit and Moment

Both Strava and Runtastic apps are amazing fitness apps and very popular among fitness communities. Strava is an all-in-one app that covers almost all kind of fitness activities, while Runtastics has many apps dedicated for specific kind of sport activity. Runtastic currently has more than 20 apps for iOS devices and some of them also have the paid version. If you are into more specific kind of sports and don’t need Strava abundant features, we recommend you to choose your preferred sport app by Runtime. But if you are into many kinds of sport activities, we recommend you the all-in-one Strava to assist you.

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