Social-Fitness Platforms: MapMyFitness

Every option, from Strava to MapMyFitness, offers a different set of features. Use this handy guide to determine which one will most help you achieve your fitness goals.

Feb 4, 2013
Outside Magazine

   Photo: Courtesy of MapMyFitness

THE BASICS: This suite of mobile apps and mapping software is the most robust in the social-fitness category. Users track runs, rides, swims, and hikes via smartphone, GPS, and a broad range of third-party devices, then share route maps with the rest of the community.

COST: Free with advertising, $3 without. Additional functionality ranges from $30 to $100 annually.

SOCIAL SKILLS: A new Courses function rates users on Strava-like segments, though rankings are based on a friendlier system—you earn points not for speed but for how many times you finish.

BEST FOR: Creating and locating new routes. A point-and-search map makes finding routes and activities simple, and data can be shared via Facebook and Twitter.

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