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Apple announces Fitness +, its own streaming workout platform

Apple today announced that it is joining the streaming training game with Apple Fitness +, a platform for exercise videos that syncs with heart rate, activity rings, and other information from your Apple Watch.

Fitness + will kick off a number of different types of studio workouts later this year, including biking, HIIT, treadmill classes, yoga, dance, rowing, and what a press release calls “mindful cooldown”. There will also be a class called Absolute Beginner that will teach users the basics of exercise and training so they are ready for the other classes on Fitness +.

One nice feature is that Apple Fitness + classes sync with your other Apple devices. So when you start a workout on your iPad or iPhone, it will also start automatically on your watch. If you̵

7;re an Apple Music subscriber, you can also play your own music while you exercise. Right now it’s not clear if you absolutely need to own an Apple Watch to take Apple Fitness + classes. However, we know that you can use any other exercise tool you want – and many of the classes don’t require any equipment at all, the press release said.

During the workout, the video for the workout class shows readings from your Apple Watch (such as heart rate, calories burned, and time) as well as the activity rings that you are already used to. You can also turn on the optional burn bar to see how your stats compare to those of others who have completed the workout if you are the competitive type. There is also a sharing feature that allows you to connect with others and share after a workout is complete.

The launch comes after many people in the US switched to home training thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, including buying high-priced equipment like a peloton or subscribing to premium streaming training platforms like Fitbit Premium, Nike Training Club Premium, Obe Fitness and many others. It remains to be seen how well Fitness + can hold up against these long-standing options, but there has never been a better time to experiment with home exercise options.


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