Apple Fitness+ is one year old and the service celebrated the occasion with a special 2021 Recap video on the Fitness app. Although Apple has been working on its at-home workout service prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fitness+ launched during the health crisis which provided a chance for people at home to look after their health.
Centered around the Apple Watch, Fitness+ is available across Apple devices and offers a variety of workout sessions up to 40 like cycling, rowing, treadmill, aerobics, dance, and more created by leading professionals from around the world. In addition, for outdoor walks, subscribers can enjoy “Time to Walk” audio episodes to listen to life lessons, journeys, and music preferences of influential people like Prince Williams, Anthony Joshua, and others. At the time of launch in December 2020, Apple’s chief operating officer, Jeff Williams said,
“We’re excited for Fitness+ to uniquely bring together great music, trainers, and the metrics from your Apple Watch—everything you need in a really simple, easy-to-access way with a goal of helping people exercise more.”
Watch the memorable moments on Apple Fitness+ trainers in the 2021 Recap video
To watch all the Fitness+ trainers in the new 90 seconds recap video, launch the Fitness app (previously called the Activity app) and tap on the Fitness+ tab to watch the watch.
Within a year, Fitness+ has added new features and expanded to new regions. Initially launching in the US, the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand in 2020, this year the service was released in 15 new countries and regions like Austria, Brazil, Colombia, France, and more.
In addition, Fitness+ added new features like audio and video-guided Meditation sessions to practice “mindfulness and improve overall wellbeing”, Pilates low-impact workouts to improve strength and flexibility, Group workouts via FaceTime SharePlay, and Workouts to Get Ready for Snow Season featuring two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion skier Ted Ligety and Apple Fitness+ trainer Anja Garcia.
Recently, Blahnik said in an interview that Apple Fitness+ could be offered in local languages in the future.
Yes, I think we are open to the possibility of going wherever Fitness+ is,” he said. “Our goal is to help people get fit. We want to be able to attract as many users as possible and make the experience as pleasant as possible.”
He said that, over time, there will likely be a need to produce content in local languages. Blahnik added that he’s excited to see how Fitness+ expands in the future, since the service has only been around for nine months and it’s “just getting started.”