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Guide to Apple Fitness+

Pearl Zhou

| 2 hours ago


Ready, set, go! Get ready for Apple Fitness+, an exclusive fitness subscription service tailored to your Apple Watch.

More than ever, we’re looking for new, innovative, and fun ways to exercise in the comforts of our homes. Whether you live in a small space or have access to a backyard, it doesn’t matter where you workout anymore.

With Apple Fitness+, you can break a sweat whenever you want, wherever you want, and at your own pace.

What is Apple Fitness+

Apple Fitness+ is Apple’s first-ever fitness-centered subscription service that brings the gym straight to your Apple devices. Whether you’re an avid gym-goer or brand-new to working out, Apple Fitness+ has a challenge for everyone, at any level.


Stream workouts that are taught by world-class instructors and designed for you to get the most of your workout and Apple Watch. Apple Fitness+ workouts and fitness programs emulate the boutique, high-end fitness studio experiences. Now, you can get premier fitness tips and instructions in the comfort of your own living room.

Each trainer brings their own signature style to Apple Fitness+. Apple has brought in trainers that range from professional athletes, health coaches, Ironman champions to marathoners, and yogis. There is an instructor and workout for everyone.


With Apple Fitness+, staying active, and getting your sweat on has never been easier. Choose from a variety of workout lengths that range from a quick 5-minute stretch to a 45-minute full-body burn.

Additionally, Apple Fitness+ lets you choose from a wide variety of workouts. Users can look forward:

  • Yoga
  • HIIT
  • Core
  • Dance
  • Rowing
  • Cycling
  • Treadmill

How It Works With Apple Watch

Apple Fitness+ users must have an Apple Watch Series 3, 4, 5, 6, or SE with the latest watchOS 7 update. Just like any Apple Watch activity or workout, Apple Fitness+ uses sensors like the accelerometer, gyroscope, optical heart sensor, and ECG to measure your real-time fitness metrics.


When you select a workout, your Apple Watch will automatically select the correct workout type and metrics. With watchOS 7, you can already track workout modes such as:

  • Core and Functional Strength Training
  • Dance and low-range cardio fitness
  • Stair-ascent and descent speed
  • Six-minute walk distance and walking speed
  • Step length and asymmetry

Apple Fitness+ intelligently tracks your workout metrics in real-time. Your progress will be shown on your screen throughout the entire workout.

An Apple Watch favorite, the Activity rings, will also appear on your screen tracking your progress. When your rings close during a workout, an animated celebration will appear to celebrate your fitness achievements.


It doesn’t matter if you’re new to at-home workouts or not sure where to start, Apple Fitness+ has an Absolute Beginner program to help you start your fitness journey. Or, if you’re up for a little competition, the “Burn Bar” compares your live metrics and exertion to others who’ve previously completed the same workout.

Apple Fitness+ can also intelligently recommend high-tempo workouts or mindful stretching depending on what you’ve previously completed. Personalization and exploration are endless with Apple Fitness+. Moreover, every song that is played in your workout is specially curated in an Apple Music playlist.


Apple also ensures that most workouts do not require equipment—and if you do—you can use any brand of equipment at your disposal. At most, you may need a set of dumbbells and an exercise mat. Alternatively, if you choose a machine-based workout, Apple GymKit-enabled machines will automatically prompt users to connect their Apple Watch.


Apple Fitness+

Device Operating System
Apple Watch 3, 4, 5, 6 or SE watchOS 7
iPhone 6s, 7, 8, X, SE, 11 iOS 14
iPad, Pro, Air, mini iPadOS 14
Apple TV HD, 4K tvOS 14

For iPad users, Apple Fitness+ is only compatible with iPad 5th generation or later, iPad Air 3rd generation, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 4 or 5.

If you already have an Apple Watch, Apple Fitness+ will automatically appear in your Fitness app on your iPhone. Meanwhile, for iPad and Apple TV users, you can search “Fitness” in the App Store, and Apple Fitness+ will be available for download and immediate use.


Apple Fitness+

Like any subscription service, Apple Fitness+ costs $9.99 monthly or $79.99 yearly. If you’re not sure if Apple Fitness+ is for you, Apple offers a one-month free subscription trial.

Apple also offers a three-month subscription to Apple Fitness+ when you buy a new Apple Watch. This offer includes customers who purchase Apple Watch Series 3 or later, starting September 15, 2020.

Apple Fitness+ will be available by the end of 2020. At launch, the streaming service will be available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.

Users will also be able to share their Apple Fitness+ subscription with five other people with Family Sharing.

In addition, Apple Fitness+ is included in the Apple One Premier plan for $29.95 a month. If you’re curious to know what else is featured with Apple One plans, check out our guide here.

Products Covered

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Apple Watch Series 6
Release Date
September 2020


• Always on Retina OLED Display (1000 nits)
• S6 Chip
• 3D Touch Display
• Up to 18 hours Battery Life


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