Can Fitness Apps Do What They Claim? Part 2

Do you care how many miles your buddy just rode?


Is an app like Strava or Garment Connect the same as larger and more established mainstream social networks? In short, I don’t think so. I’m not using the social functions very much. Instead, I prefer to use the app as a data collector/record keeper. And while much has been written about the idealized portrayal of […]

Can Fitness Apps Do What They Claim? Part 1

A meditation on the wired mortal

Runner on mountain trail looking at smartwatch or sport watch, checking gps navigation position map or heart rate pulse trace, using heart monitor equipment. Sport and fitness outdoors in nature.

I’ve been working on a thesis about how athletes are using performance apps like Strava, Training Peaks, and the hundreds of others out there and recently I’ve been trying to nail down a good research question or two. So, I put together a list of over 30 questions that I have about their sudden ubiquity. […]