It took me a couple of weeks to get started with Fitness +. But you have to start somewhere. Here are my thoughts on Fitness + after two weeks.
Fitness + is Apple’s new fitness experience to further take advantage of your Apple Watch. There are workouts ranging from HIIT, Yoga, Core, Strength, Treadmill, Cylcing, Rowing, Dance, and Mindful Cooldowns. There are also workouts ranging in time from 5 minutes to 45 minutes.
There are new workouts every week with experienced trainers leading all of them. You can find the workouts the recently renamed Fitness app on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
These workouts are pre-recorded videos with specific music playlists for each workout. Throughout a workout your heart rate, active calories, and your rings are always displayed. In addition to those stats, there is the Burn Bar. The Burn Bar is a slider to show where you stand in comparison to those who have performed the workout before you. It is good motivation. If you don’t find it motivating, you can turn it off, which is a nice touch for those who may be discouraged by it.
I’ve never paid for a workout class so I wasn’t sure how this would turn out for me. After a few bugs that froze the application at launch, I haven’t had any issues. Something to point out, as this is a huge Peloton competitor, it does not offer any live classes. I would love to see that in the future. Other than sharing your stats with friends via your Apple Watch, there is also no other competitive features or leaderboards. This is also something that would add a lot of value to Fitness+.
My favorite part of the workouts are the uniqueness of each trainer. They all come from diverse backgrounds and they each bring their own personality to the workouts. Each one, so far, has been extremely motivating. I was worried at first that I’d run out of workouts and that it would get boring but Apple has kept it fresh with the content.
Overall, I really do enjoy Fitness+. I have nothing to compare it to so I’d be curious what others think about it who have tried other services. As long as Apple keeps things new and fresh, I foresee me keeping this service.
As far as equipment, you do need an Apple Watch Series 3 or newer. Beyond that, some workouts you will need a yoga mat, dumbbells, a stationary bike, rowing machine or a treadmill. We purchased this bike for a really great price off of Amazon and it has been treating us nicely. You can spend a little to a lot on these bikes. It just depends on the features you are looking for.
Apple Fitness+ is $9.99/month, $79.99 a year, or part of your Apple One Premier subscription. If you buy a new Apple Watch Series 3 or newer, you get 3 months free of Fitness+.
Let me know what you think about Fitness+. Have you been using it? Do you plan to use it? Let me know on twitter!
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