What is Apple Fitness +? Apple Watch Workout Plan
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(Pocket-lint) – Apple Fitness + launched in December 2020 as a subscription fitness experience built around the Apple Watch, competing with FIIT and Peloton.
Part of the Apple One family of connected services but also accessible on its own, Fitness + allows Apple users to get in shape using Apple devices, all designed with an Apple Watch in mind. We’ve got all the details you need to know about the service here, so buckle up to find out everything.
What is Apple Fitness +?
Simply put, Apple Fitness + is a way to workout in any setting you want, whether it’s at a gym you visit, at home, or outdoors using Apple Watch to pair it with visuals from accompaniment on an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.
It gives you the studio-style experience that has become so coveted, without any additional equipment needed. You can prop up your phone, track a workout, and get personalized stats displays both on your wrist and on your preferred screen in real time.
There is a wide range of activity types to make sure there is plenty to do to appeal to people, including cycling, treadmill, rowing, HIIT, strength, yoga, exercise. dance, core, Pilates, meditation and mindful recovery time, among others.
Finally, if you have Apple Music, you will also find integration there, allowing you to easily browse and save playlists suitable for each workout.
What do I need for Apple Fitness +?
Apple Fitness + is designed for Apple Watches, but will not work with all combinations of watches and iPhones. The base requirement is an Apple Watch Series 3 or later paired with at least an iPhone 6s or later, or an iPhone SE.
On the iPad side, the service will work with iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation or later), iPad mini 4 or later, iPad Air 2 or iPad Air (3rd generation), while Apple TV 4K (new and old) and Apple TV HD supports both.
In terms of exercise equipment, you’ll need to bring your own, and unlike Peloton, where you buy the bike or treadmill and sign up for their membership plan, Apple expects you to have them already. . In terms of an exercise kit, the workouts that use kits are currently focused around requiring you either dumbbells, a yoga mat, an exercise bike, a rower or a treadmill, although it there are a number of classes – like many HIIT workouts – that don’t require anything other than yourself.
Weekly lessons and recommendations
Each lesson lasts between five and 45 minutes. New classes are added to the catalog every week, which means there are thousands of different classes to get you started. When you open Fitness + you can select the type of workout you want to do at the top, tap on Filter, then select the trainer, time and music and you will get a list of available workouts.
To integrate you into the classes, Fitness + will recommend classes to you based on what you have already done. The Fitness + recommendations engine suggests workouts on the times, types, and trainers you usually do (looking at the past 60 days) Things you don’t or can’t do won’t show up in the recommendations except for free suggested workouts for cross training which are clearly labeled as suggestions for balancing your routine.
And while the classes are led by exclusive professional trainers, there is advice for your level of fitness. There are also workout routines if you don’t know where to start – but only five right now. These programs include workouts for seniors, workouts for pregnancy, workouts for beginners, meditation for beginners and prepare for the snow season.
Additionally, there’s the Time to Walk feature which is designed to be an immersive audio experience for walking, and a Time to Run feature to help runners be more consistent. You will also find collections, which consist of organized workouts and meditations designed to help you achieve a particular goal. You can read more about the Fitness + collections in our separate article.
Fitness + and Apple Music
The app comes with a number of built-in playlists to match the on-screen exercise, although you can bring your own playlists as well. For the latter, however, you will need an Apple Music subscription.
How much does Apple Fitness + cost?
The best things in life are rarely free, and Fitness + is no exception – Apple has premium service in its hands, here. Its standard price is $ 9.99 or £ 9.99 each month, although you can purchase an annual subscription for $ 79.99 or £ 79.99.
All-new Apple Watch purchases from December 2020 come with a three-month trial of Fitness +, allowing you to test the service with your new wearable. Current Apple Watch owners can try for a month before the monthly / yearly subscription kicks off.
There’s also the Apple One membership system to contend with, however. Apple doesn’t initially offer Fitness + as part of the lower two tiers of Apple One, but if you sign up for the Apple One Premier plan for $ 29.99 or £ 29.99 each month, you’ll get Fitness + with all other subscriptions. of the level brings.
For more details, see our guide to Apple One.
What types of classes are available on Fitness +?
Along with all the introductory classes Apple offers on Fitness + like HIIT, cycling, treadmill, and rowing among others, the company has been offering meditation classes since September 2021, and there is also a program called Workouts to Get Ready for Snow Season. These lessons are led by two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety and help users prepare for skiing and snowboarding when it’s time to hit the mountains.
Snow Season workouts are designed to help users focus on balance, core strength, and endurance – all of which are essential for success on the slopes.
There are also Collections – as we briefly mentioned. These offer a suggested plan to help you achieve a particular goal and there are currently six to choose from, including the 30 Day Basic Challenge, Improve Your Posture with Pilates, Perfect Your Yoga, Poses balance, run your first 5k, strengthen your back, stretch your hips, and relax for a better bedtime.
Where is Fitness + available?
Fitness + is currently available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and US. Apple also added 15 countries at the end of 2021, including:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Written by Max Freeman-Mills and Britta O’Boyle. Edited by Alex Allegro. Originally published on .