Recording spinning classes on Strava (via Fitbit)
This is beginning to mildly piss me off and I would love to find a solution….
I have started going to spinning classes again recently and, on starting the class, I go to the Strava app on my Fitbit and select ‘Spinning’ however it doesn’t record anything and the activity never shows up in Strava (apparently because there is no GPS data). So I thought I could just select ‘Riding’ and it would record the effort but all I get is the hart rate and I am unable to over-ride the distance travelled – I assume to stop cheating and I get random pausing because it thinks I am not moving. More annoyingly, the Strava browser app doesn’t have the ability to add ‘Spinning’ as an activity so I can’t change it either.
All I want to be able to do is record spin classes – so is there a way?Posted 1 week ago
Does the Fitbit not record it as a stationary bike? Or can you not start a session on Fitbit then upload to Strava and save as spin?Posted 1 week ago
My Garmin watch disables the GPS for stationary bike sessions. Although I’ve used it more for treadmill runs.
What’s it actually recording? A file (of whatever format) with HR (and no other data?)…
Can you manually download the file and upload to Strava?Posted 1 week ago
I tried manually downloading but it doesn’t recognise the file because there is no GPS dataPosted 1 week ago
As far as I can tell its the same for Garmin. Even if I set the manual distance in garmin and then reload the activity it still doesnt play.Posted 1 week ago
havent found a satisfactorily solution.
Ok both my suggestions have a distance associated. Sorry I’m out of ideas.Posted 1 week ago
It’s crackers though – surely many people do exercise that doesn’t involve moving? Treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, rowing machines etc etc etc. There must be a solution- especially as Fitbit records the data correctly, its just that Strava doesn’t – but I use Strava as my ‘definitive’ for recording my fitness / progress.Posted 1 week ago
Yup its crap. The only way you can include distance, as far as I am aware, is by creating a manual session but you can cheat as much as you desire but that of course doesnt have heart rate info.Posted 1 week ago
So then you need to decide whether to bin off the original data, set it with a zero/couple of seconds time for the manual activity and hence nuts speeds or just say sod it and double the hours.
So I’ve a Garmin Fenix watch, and managed to record the spinning class I did…
Connected the spin bike to the watch for power and cadence..
Connected HR monitor to the watch.
Essentially it’s just recording power, HR, and time working out.
However, i do have an ‘indoor bike’ setting on my watch, so it knows there’s no GPS movement.
DrPPosted 1 week ago
DrP that’s what I thought but it’ll be able to guesstimate a distance from that. Like treadmill Garmin has an estimation of my average running stride length so on treadmill just uses that to estimate a distance.
But Strava also allows a yoga or weights session which have no distance.Posted 1 week ago
I’m guessing because there’s no consistent metric for distance on a spinning bike?
The ones at the gym I liked had no electronics at all (but the resistance felt fairly natural).
The ones at the posh gym give you a speed, but it’s ludicrous, I guess it just reads off the flywheels circumference. So with the resistance wound off it ticks allong at 30mph/130rpm+. Although I don’t use their classes as the resistance is a bit all/nothing.
Strava always seemed quite happy to accept them as gym workouts (this was in the days before there were hundreds of options). So you just had a log of time and estimated calories.Posted 1 week ago
I can certainly record non-gps activities on my Garmin Fenix, just yesterday I did a weights session that went Watch -> Garmin Connect -> Strava, with no track showing. (I used the cardio workout setting on the watch, then changed it to weights in Strava, but that’s just cos I find the weights activity on the watch is a bit a of a pain).
Not much use for a Fitbit, but just to point out that it’s not Strava that’s blocking you.Posted 1 week ago
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