Apple Fitness+ Price, Release Date, Features, and News

The Apple Watch fitness service brings the gym to you

Apple Fitness+ (aka Apple Fitness Plus) offers hours of workouts (and adds more weekly) for Apple Watch to help you reach your fitness goals. You can use Apple Fitness+ on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. The service is one of six that can be bundled into an Apple One subscription.

What Is Apple Fitness+?

Apple Fitness+ is a subscription workout service available on iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 and later. You don't need any special exercise equipment to take advantage of the fitness routines. Use what you have at home while tracking your statistics and comparing your performance with others who have taken the same class. Many workouts don't require any equipment, while some call for minimal gear, such as a set of dumbbells.

Workouts include yoga, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), treadmill training, and more. Choose your workout by duration, trainer, or music type to find a class that fits you.

The Apple Fitness+ subscription service feels like a direct challenge to Peloton, the company with the expensive, proprietary bikes and monthly workout subscription.

When Was Apple Fitness+ Released? 

Apple Fitness+ became available on Monday, December 14, 2020, as did the updates to iOS and watchOS. (Just in time for New Years' resolutions!) To sign up, go to the Apple Fitness+ website and click Try it free.

Apple Watch owners can try the service for free for one month. If you buy a new Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you get three months free. Share your subscription with up to five family members.

Fitness+ Details

Here are all the details about the Apple Fitness+ subscription service, including the price.

Price $9.99/month or $79.99/year.
Discounts Current Apple Watch owners get one month free and can share with up to five family members. When you buy a new Apple Watch (Series 3 or later), you get three months free.
Elevator pitch  Fitness+ offers live workout classes that you can attend at home or the gym. Your Apple Watch measures your heart rate and other metrics and displays them on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
Compatible devices Apple Watch Series 3 or later with watchOS 7 or later and one of the following: 
—iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14.3 or later.
—iPad with iPadOS 14.3 or later.
—Apple TV with tvOS 14.3 or later.
Required equipment Depending on the workout, you might need a treadmill, exercise bike, dumbbells, or other equipment. Apple says there are plenty of activities that don't require any gear.
Who it's for Workouts are available for all levels, including beginners.
How to get it Fitness+ is available via the Fitness app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. A separate Watch app is also available. 

Notable Apple Fitness+ Features

Apple Fitness+ is integrated with your Apple Watch, tracking your metrics and measuring your heart rate, distance, calorie burn, and more. That information displays on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, so you don't have to look at your wrist while you're sweating it out.

When you close an Activity ring (meet your daily goal), a congratulatory animation pops on the screen to keep you motivated. The Apple Watch sets three goals (move, exercise, and stand) and tracks them daily.

When you use Apple Fitness+, it offers recommendations for workouts based on your history and suggests new trainers and exercises for you to try. Search and filter workouts based on your preferences, such as the length of the class or intensity level. There are even programs tailored to specific populations like “Workouts for Pregnancy” and “Workouts for Older Adults.”

Apple Fitness+ app.

Apple's trainers create workout-friendly playlists in concert with editors at Apple Music.

Apple Fitness+ playlist powered by Apple Music.

If you're an Apple Music subscriber, download Fitness+ playlists to your account.

Fitness+ Time to Walk

If you want to reap the benefits of walking as part of your exercise regimen but find yourself unmotivated or bored, Apple Fitness+ has a unique and inspiring feature that may keep you moving. Time to Walk consists of 25- to 40-minute episodes featuring inspiring and unique guests who highlight their personal journeys, motivations, lessons learned, and most vulnerable and defining life moments. For example, Apple released an Earth Day-themed Time to Walk episode narrated by actress Jane Fonda in which she discusses her lifelong environmental activism.

These episodes are recorded as the guest walks in an area or at a location that holds meaning to them. As the guest shares their stories, you feel a gentle tap on your wrist to indicate the appearance of photos on your Apple Watch to illustrate their trials and triumphs. When the guest is done sharing their story, you're treated to songs they chose, so you can continue your walk listening to music intimately associated with the guest's story.

Time to Walk episode on an Apple Watch featuring Shawn Mendes

Apple designed Time to Walk to inspire users to walk more frequently and at greater distances, at their pace, as they take walks alongside motivating achievers like Dolly Parton, Draymond Green, Uzo Aduba, and Shawn Mendes. For subscribers who use a wheelchair, Time to Walk becomes Time to Push, automatically adjusting to an outdoor wheelchair workout.

New Time to Walk episodes are released every Monday, and all episodes are available with your Fitness+ subscription. You'll need AirPods or paired Bluetooth headphones to enjoy Time to Walk.

Fitness+ Time to Run

Runners and joggers have a Time to Walk-style feature for their faster workouts, called Time to Run. These curated workouts, called "episodes," feature popular trainers who curate playlists to motivate you. They also include location-specific photos based on places including London, Brooklyn, and Miami Beach with new workouts launching each Monday.

Time to Run supports both indoor and outdoor exercise sessions along with a variant for wheelchair users called Time to Push.

Apple Fitness+ Collections

Those wanting more directed fitness suggestions can use Collections, which are focused, curated workouts that target a single goal or muscle group. Examples include:

  • Run Your First 5K
  • 30-Day Core Challenge
  • Strengthen and Stretch Your Back and Hips
  • Wind Down for a Better Bedtime

Collections pull in exercises, meditations and other activities from throughout Apple Fitness+; they're "playlists" rather than brand-new workout programs. But they may be useful to people who aren't sure where to start but have clear improvements they want to make to their fitness.

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