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The 5 kinds of Strava posters

Which kind are you?


Strava has become a ubiquitous form of social media for athletes. Exercise fanatics around the world are posting and letting their friends know what they’re doing to stay fit. As with all forms of social media, there are certain norms that emerge around their usage. Here are the five most common kinds of Strava users and how you can spot them.

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Those who use Strava as a diary

Some users live for the long caption. Their goal is to write everything down and let their followers know exactly how that workout went, and that at minute 58 of their run they really needed a porta-potty.

The all-business poster

The pure utility poster doesn’t worry about funny titles for their rides or runs–they probably have it set to auto-upload and away they go. They’re pretty low-maintenance. This Strava user probably also posts everything they do. Unconcerned with showing the world a slow run or commuter ride, Strava is more their personal training log than a social media platform.

The selective poster

The selective poster curates their Strava account. Their titles are witty, their pictures look good and they only post a couple of times a week to show off their best runs or rides. The selective poster, on paper, never has any bad days. Insider tip: most selective posters are also millennials.

The predictable poster

This could also be called the, “I run the same route every day” poster. This runner has a routine and they stick to it. Because you follow them on Strava, you could also probably find them real-time during their run if you chose.

The qualifying poster

This is the Strava users who always let you know who they ran with and follows it up with whether that person made them slower or faster. Examples include but are not limited to: “Easy jog with Dad,” “Hard ride with brother,” and “Dropped Stephen halfway.”

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