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Apple has added several new "goal-setting workouts" to its Fitness+ subscription service, as part of a new weekly series that aims to help users keep on top of their training and stay motivated into the New Year and beyond.

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A new introductory video can be found on the main Fitness+ page in the Fitness app, where trainer Kim highlights what's new in the subscription service this week and points users to the new Ring in the New Year Limited Edition Activity Challenge that can be found on their Apple Watch.
Happy New Year! It's Kim, and this is a new series to keep you on top of your Fitness+ workouts this week and keep you motivated. Make sure you check back every Monday for a new video. Whether you're just getting started with absolute beginner workouts or you've been into fitness for a while, everyone is welcome.

Let's start 2021 strong with an activity streak. To keep you in check, there's a Ring in the New Year Limited Edition award on your Apple Watch.
In the video, Kim picks out two workouts in particular that offer goal-setting motivations, including a 20-minute strength workout and a 10-minute HIIT workout, and should help users bag the Ring in the New Year Challenge award, which can be earned by closing all three rings for seven days in a row.

In all, Apple on Monday added 24 new Fitness+ workouts covering all video categories, which include cycling, strength, yoga, HIIT, core, dance, treadmill, mindful cool down, and rowing.

Fitness+ videos are set to songs pulled from Apple Music, which can be listened to even by non-Apple Music subscribers. However, if you do subscribe to Apple Music, be sure to check out the new Fitness+ playlists that Apple has started promoting in the Music app.

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Apple Music's search page now has a new Browse category titled Fitness containing several fitness-related playlists. The category also includes a section called "Apple Fitness+ Studio Series," which contains playlists offering different styles of music or that are intended for a type of exercise.

Fitness+ costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year, which breaks down to $6.67 per month. For that price, up to six family members total can use the Fitness+ service. Fitness+ is also included in the Apple One Premier bundle, which is priced at $29.99 per month and also offers ‌Apple Music‌, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB iCloud storage

Article Link: Apple Launches New Weekly Fitness+ Series and Apple Music Playlists
 
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James_C

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I am middle aged, and while I go out for the occasional walk and pre covid would go for the occasional swim, I have never managed to regularly exercise as much as I should. I am really enjoying Fitness +, I have been two or three exercises per day, starting on the beginners classes and have now moved on to the standard classes. I can now feel the difference in my arms, legs and core. I don’t have anything to compare it to, but this is the first exercise regime I have stuck too. The trainers and friendly and encouraging and I actually feel like I am in a class.
 

doolar

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It still baffles me that Apple won't offer Apple Fitness in non-English speaking countries. Even if they were to provide it in my native language I'd prefer English. So why not allow subscribing to the English version then? Urgh.
I agree 100%. In Sweden this would be a total success, English or Swedish. I would also prefer English in an app like this.

Many Swedes use English every single day, both in their work and in their private life. Heck my 7 year old son understands enough English to navigate his Nintendo Switch gaming, I'm sure he'd manage Fitness+ as well.
 

votdfak

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It still baffles me that Apple won't offer Apple Fitness in non-English speaking countries. Even if they were to provide it in my native language I'd prefer English. So why not allow subscribing to the English version then? Urgh.
I am using Apple Fitness in Europe. Always had US App Store account.
 
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Malbrute

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So far the variety in music is really disappointing (to put it nicely), and the variety of work outs isn't as good as BoD for example. I do love every thing else about it though.
 
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TVreporter

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Strange they haven’t advertised the service on TV - very little promotion about it on mainstream outlets.

My wife ordered a new watch so she will give this a try - maybe it might convince me to get off my lazy butt and move too.
 

LeeW

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t still baffles me that Apple won't offer Apple Fitness in non-English speaking countries. Even if they were to provide it in my native language I'd prefer English. So why not allow subscribing to the English version then? Urgh.

Many reasons not least miss-interpretation that leads to injury or something that opens Apple up to a claim. Just because you can speak English in a non-English speaking country does not mean others can. Claim culture, blame that.
 

LiE_

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Many reasons not least miss-interpretation that leads to injury or something that opens Apple up to a claim. Just because you can speak English in a non-English speaking country does not mean others can. Claim culture, blame that.

Also the local support for Apple Fitness+ would need to be put in place. Apple could enable it for everyone, but this is Apple. They would want media/advertising/support/websites/content etc in local languages even if Fitness+ was delivered in English.
 
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JWDE

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Hi, can somebody share a link of the playlist(s) mentioned. When searching Apple Music it is not showing up (German Apple Music subscriber). Thanks!
 

VermontsFinest

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Apple fitness+ is a flop since the majority of iPhone users have no way of activating it
Idk, I've been absolutely loving it. Used it daily since launch and it is by far my favorite Apple service thus far. Made my watch purchase feel like it gained even more value.

I wouldn't call it a flop just because you lack the right hardware, for those that have Apple Watch, it can add a lot of value and the videos are very well-produced.
 
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James_C

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Apple fitness+ is a flop since the majority of iPhone users have no way of activating it

Apple Fitness + is a service for the Apple Watch, not the iPhone. It needs the sensors in the watch to capture your movements to track energy burnt and your heart rate. If all you are after is fitness workout videos they are thousands of those available on YouTube.
 

doolar

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Many reasons not least miss-interpretation that leads to injury or something that opens Apple up to a claim. Just because you can speak English in a non-English speaking country does not mean others can. Claim culture, blame that.
Well at least in Europe a company can't so easily be held liable for injuries like they can in the US. You will get exactly nowhere in court (you most likely won't even make it to court) claiming that you injured yourself using an app (in what ever language).
 

zinacef

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Question for current users of the service. If I activated, how can my wife use it with her Apple Watch?
 

ptklenk

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Apple fitness+ is a flop since the majority of iPhone users have no way of activating it
Yes, this is a weakness . . . among others. I do dislike (hate) the subscription process. I try to avoid subscription services at all costs. Some make economic sense and others do not. In any case, I am not opposed to businesses making money because I admit to being a capitalist. However, I am opposed to being fleeced at every opportunity.
 
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VermontsFinest

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Question for current users of the service. If I activated, how can my wife use it with her Apple Watch?
If you have different Apple IDs, she would need to sign up on her own device or you can set up Family Sharing through your device if you were the one to activate it.
 
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VermontsFinest

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Yes, this is a weakness . . . among others. I do dislike (hate) the subscription process. I try to avoid subscription services at all costs. Some make economic sense and others do not. In any case, I am not opposed to businesses making money because I admit to being a capitalist. However, I am opposed to being fleeced at every opportunity.
How would you prefer they bill for it?
 

erinsarah

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I've been enjoying AF since day 1 and have found it very useful for me. I've got a few "wants", though. I haven't looked into whether there's an enhancement request page on Apple's site, but if not there should be. I think apple's off to a great start with this, and there's a lot of room to improve as well.
 
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