Apple has been finding ways to infiltrate the fitness market for a long time now, and since the Apple Watch first started offering activity tracking, people have been obsessed with closing their rings. Today, Apple made another big push into the fitness space by announcing Apple Fitness+, a fitness service like Peloton's ones. Here's everything you need to know about Apple Fitness+.
What's new in Apple Fitness+
Jan 25, 2021: Time to Walk
If you're an Apple Watch and Apple Fitness+ customer, you're walking experiences are about to change thanks to Time to Walk. The feature includes audio content from "influential and interest people" who share stories, photos, and music. It works with Apple Watch and AirPods, or other Bluetooth headphones. Time to Walk launches with four audio experiences, with many more expected to arrive in the coming weeks and months.
Episodes of Time to Walk are between 25 to 40 minutes in length and appear automatically in the Workout app on Apple Watch. You can also browse the available episodes in the Fitness+ tab in the Fitness app on your iPhone. For wheelchair customers, Time to Walk becomes Time to Push and automatically starts an Outdoor Wheelchair Walk Pace workout.
What is Apple Fitness+
Apple Fitness+ is a subscription service that allows you to access a library of video-led workouts that uses real-time data from your Apple Watch.
You'll be able to select what workout you want to do, and the video will display on either your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. While you are following along with the workout, your Apple Watch data will be displayed directly on the screen so you can see your workout metrics without having to look at your watch.
Apple Fitness Plus+ is now live! It requires iOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, iPadOS 14.3, and tvOS 14.3. For Apple Watch users, Apple Fitness+ will automatically appear as a new tab in the Fitness app on iPhone; a Fitness app for iPad will be available to download from the App Store; and on Apple TV, the Fitness app will automatically appear once users upgrade to tvOS 14.3.
Note: You will have to download the Fitness app for iPad from the App Store. It does not automatically show up when you update iPadOS.
How do you access Apple Fitness+
Apple Fitness+ will be available through the Fitness app on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. It's there that you will be able to watch the video, follow along with the class, and see your Apple Watch data right on the screen.
What types of workouts will it offer?
Apple has stated that at launch Apple Fitness+ will have guided workouts across maybe popular categories, including cycling, treadmill (walk and run), rowing, HIIT, strength, yoga, dance, core, and cooldown.
These classes will all be led by trained individuals who are "specialists in their fields." During the presentation, some examples Apple gave were professional athletes, yogis, personal trainers, martial artists, health coaches, gymnasts, and more.
Do I need equipment?
Apple states that some courses — like ones for a treadmill — will require gym equipment. Other classes will only need a set of dumbells or no equipment at all.
There will even be a beginner program built-in to Apple Fitness+ that is meant to help you get the basics of movement down and prepare you for the studio-led workouts.
Does it work with my old Apple Watch?
Unfortunately, Apple Fitness+ will only work with the Apple Watch Series 3 or newer, so the list of compatible Apple Watches should look like this:
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch SE
How much does it cost?
The price for the subscription service is $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. There is a 30-day free trial that will allow anyone to try the service for no cost. You can also share with five other family members at no additional cost!
Anyone who buys an Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 6, or Apple Watch SE after September 15, 2020, will get three months of Apple Fitness+ for free.
Is it available in Apple One?
Apple Fitness+ will be available as part of a bundle with Apple One, but only in the Premier bundle ($29.95/mo) where it's available.
When does Apple Fitness+ launch?
Apple didn't give an exact launch date for Appel Fitness+ quite yet but did say the service would be available by the end of the year in the following countries:
- United States
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
Up until now, Apple has been introducing the instructors on the AppleFitness+ Instagram account. You can always give them a follow, see what instructors will be leading classes!
Updated January 2021: Update with new info about Time to Walk.
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