Thursday, December 7, 2023

Apple adds new workouts to Fitness+, announces ‘Ring in the New Year’ activity challenge

Apple has added new “goal-setting workouts” to its Fitness+ subscription service. Fitness+ is the first fitness experience built around Apple Watch with new content will be added each week. 

With Activity Sharing, users can allow friends and family to see Fitness+ workouts completed, and workouts can also be shared to their favorite social media channels. According to Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies, Apple Fitness+ brings studio-style workouts to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, intelligently incorporating workout metrics from Apple Watch for a personalized and immersive experience users can complete wherever and whenever is convenient for them.

Among its workout types are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, Cycling, Treadmill (for running and walking), Rowing, and Mindful Cooldown. The workouts are fueled by inspiring music from today’s top artists designed to keep users motivated from start to finish, Blahnik says. 

Apple Fitness+ requires iOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, iPadOS 14.3, and tvOS 14.3. For Apple Watch users, it will automatically appear as a new tab in the Fitness app on iPhone; the Fitness app for iPad will be available to download from the App Store; and on Apple TV, the Fitness app will automatically appear once users upgrade to tvOS 14.3.

Fitness+ will be available as a subscription service for US$9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. It an be shared among up to six family members for the same price. It’s also available at part of the Apple One bundle.

Three months of Apple Fitness+ are included for customers who purchase Apple Watch Series 3 or later and one month of Fitness+ is included for existing Apple Watch users.

Along the same lines, Apple’s annual “Ring in the New Year” Activity Challenge has begun appearing in the Fitness+ app on iPhones and Apple Watches.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.