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Just in time to bolster your New Year’s resolutions, Apple recently launched Apple Fitness+, its brand new fitness subscription service. Apple Fitness+ is Apple’s new approach to help us work out at home, something that’s more than necessary for many of us given the current circumstances.
Apple Fitness+ is meant to give you the workouts you need, wherever you are. You can use your iPad, iPhone, and even your Apple TV. And, of course, everything works perfectly with your Apple Watch.
Apple Fitness+ is pretty straightforward to use and friendly for beginners. That being said, it’s not available for everyone.
If you’re wondering if you should give Apple Fitness+ a try, but you’re not sure what it has to offer, here’s everything you need to know about it.
Not Everyone Can Use Apple Fitness+
Before we start, let’s make sure you can actually subscribe to Apple Fitness+.
As of right now, the service is only available in six countries, the United States, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia. If you aren’t in any of these countries, you’re out of luck for now.
Some people have found workarounds to use Fitness+ outside these countries, like a VPN, but do so at your own risk.
Do You Need an Apple Watch to Use Apple Fitness+?
Fortunately, no. You can still try and enjoy Apple Fitness+ even if you don’t have an Apple Watch.
That being said, Apple does want you to use one. The Apple Watch lets you keep better control of your progress throughout your training. You can easily track your heart rate, the calories you’ve burned, and when you fill an Activity ring. Plus, you can control all of your workouts and your music from your Apple Watch.
Overall, the Apple Watch can help you keep track of your workouts, but it’s not totally necessary. If you don’t have one, you’ll see a message saying that you’ll workout without an Apple Watch.
Which Devices Support Apple Fitness+?
Basically, every recently modern iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV supports Apple Fitness+.
- If you choose to use one, you’ll need at least an Apple Watch Series 3 to take advantage of Apple Fitness+.
- In addition, any iPhone that has iOS 14.3 or later can use Apple Fitness+.
- Also, any iPad that supports iPadOS 14.3 or later will work with Apple Fitness+.
- Finally, your Apple TV HD or Apple TV 4K with tvOS 14.3 or later will be able to use Fitness+ as well.
You Don’t Need Equipment, But You Might Want to Get Some
Apple Fitness+ features a wide variety of workouts that you can do with or without any equipment. You can choose from dozens of workouts and trainers that will keep you moving with nothing but your iPhone.
The great thing about Apple Fitness+ is that if you’ve been using the Workouts app on your Apple Watch before, Fitness+ will recommend you similar workouts to the ones you’re used to.
If you’re just starting out, or you’ve never used equipment, then you’re more likely to see similar workouts. However, there are a lot of routines that do require some equipment. Things like dumbells or a treadmill can be useful to make the most out of the app.
Of course, that isn’t necessary since you can still work out without it, but, just like Apple Fitness+ itself, it’s good to have a tool that can help you progress.
Apple Fitness+ Is Great for Beginners
If you’re just starting out, Apple Fitness+ will make you feel right at home. The service also offers an introduction for beginners to basically hold your hand and guide you through your workouts until you know what you’re doing.
Keep in mind, though, that some workouts don’t have this feature available. However, all of them have a small video you can watch to learn the basics of the workout before starting your class. It’s not as good, but definitively helpful. Plus, you can adjust the time of your workout in case you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by it and even stop it if you’ve just had too much.
Every workout has a warmup session at the begging and some cooldown exercises at the end. However, these are optional since you can choose to continue working out.
How Expensive Is Apple Fitness+?
Contrary to what you’d expect, Apple Fitness+ isn’t that expensive, at least when you compare it to its competition.
Fitness+ costs $9.99 per month, or $79.99 per year, which isn’t the most expensive Apple product out there. Plus, it’s cheaper than some other apps.
For instance, if we look at iFit, a similar subscription fitness service, which costs $15 per month and you have to pay for a full year in advance, that is $180 per year, Fitness+ doesn’t look so bad. That being said, it isn’t cheap either.
A similar service made by Adidas called Adidas Training costs the same $9.99 per month, but its yearly fee is only $49.99.
Plus, if you’ve recently purchased an Apple Watch, or you’re thinking of getting one, you’ll have Apple Fitness+ for free for three months, which is a great deal if you just want to try it out.
So, Is Apple Fitness+ Worth It?
Unlike some other Apple services, Apple Fitness+ is actually worth it if you can use it. The variety of workouts, the friendly user interface, and the sweet feeling of accomplishment you get every time you fill your rings make Fitness+ a great app that you should try. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a fitness veteran, there’s something on Apple Fitness+ for everybody.
Plus, the app works perfectly when connected to other Apple devices and apps. I know that’s something you already expect from Apple, but when you’re starting to workout, the last thing you need is tech and connection problems, especially if you’re not necessarily tech-savvy.
Sure, it’s not the cheapest fitness service out there. If you’re on a tight budget or don’t feel like spending that much on yet another Apple product, there are a bunch of other options out there, both free and paid. But if you can spend the extra dollars per month or year, and you’re still trying to get rid of that extra holiday weight or just tired of waiting for the gyms to open, then Apple Fitness+ is a great option for you.