Apple announces Fitness Plus virtual workouts at online event

Apple is launching a new subscription service for virtual fitness classes called Fitness Plus, the company announced during its online “Time Flies” event. The service integrates with iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV, but Apple says it’s built for the Apple Watch.

Access to the service will cost $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year, and users will also get three months free with the purchase of a new Apple Watch. It also comes bundled as part of Apple’s new Apple One subscription. Apple says Fitness Plus will be available before the end of the year.

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Many of the workouts require just a set of dumbbells or no equipment at all, according to Apple. There are 10 different workout types available, including cycling, treadmill, yoga, core, strength, rowing, and HIIT routines, and there’s a program built-in for absolute beginners. Users can select workouts based on their duration, and Apple says it plans to add new workouts every week.

During the workout, users will be able to see their stats such as their heart rate or calories burned on-screen. The tech giant is also going to offer intelligent suggestions for which workouts to try, and the service integrates with Apple Music.

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Apple has already included fitness features like workout tracking in the Apple Watch, which can show you a variety of metrics about activities like running, cycling, swimming, or rowing. The Apple Watch can already give users alerts while running about their pace, heart rate, and more. Now, Apple can help give you more information on how to exercise in addition to encouraging you to close your activity rings.

“The familiar Activity rings from Apple Watch also appear on screen, highlighting the wearer’s progress and launching an animated celebration as they close. With Activity Sharing, users can enable friends and family to see Fitness+ workouts completed, and workouts can also be shared to their favorite social media channels.”

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Apple’s website says that Fitness Plus requires an Apple Watch and users will need to have a Series 3 model or later to use the service on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

At launch, Fitness Plus will be available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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