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Apple Fitness+ is Apple's latest subscription service, offering home workout options for Apple Watch users across a range of different fitness categories like yoga, cycling, running, core, and more.


The Fitness+ service is designed to work with an Apple Watch, with videos able to be watched on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Starting a workout is simple, with instructions below.

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  1. On iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, open up the Fitness app and choose the Fitness+ tab. It's installed automatically on iPhone and Apple TV, and must be downloaded on iPad.
  2. Find a workout that you want to do.
  3. Tap the workout.
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  4. Tap on the "Let's Go" button on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, or tap on preview first to see what the workout includes.
  5. From there, you'll see the workout start on your linked Apple Watch. Tap on the play button on the Apple Watch to launch the workout on your device.
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Note that if this is the first time you're using the Apple TV with your Apple Watch for Fitness+, you will need to tap on the "connect" option and follow the steps. If you're signed into the same Apple ID on all of your devices, starting a workout should be a seamless process, with the Apple Watch metrics showing up right on your device's screen as well as on the wrist.

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Note that you can choose to do a workout even if your Apple Watch is not available, you just won't see the metrics on the screen. This only works for iPhone and iPad, with the Apple TV requiring an Apple Watch.

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The workout time elapsed, your heart rate, active calories burned, and total calories burned are displayed on the screen, as are any activity milestones that are met.

At the conclusion of a workout, you'll see a complete overview of active and total calories burned, heart rate, and activity ring progress, which can be shared if desired.

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The workout is also then listed in the Fitness app with a specific photo and the title of the workout.

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Using Fitness+ requires an Apple Watch Series 3 or later with watchOS 7.2 installed along with an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14.3 or later. It can also be used with the 2014 iPad Air 2 with iPadOS 14.3 or later, and the Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD with tvOS 14.3 or later.

Article Link: How to Start Workouts In Apple Fitness+
 
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McKodiak

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I wonder if Fitness+ can sync to my Polar Heart Rate Monitor as the heart rate metric as opposed to the watch.
 
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jojomomo

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I can’t use the AppleTV app. When I try to select my watch from the first screen I get the “pairing canceled” message every time. Tried restarting watch and AppleTV but no luck. iPhone app works for me but won’t allow me to AirPlay to Apple TV. Only the audio comes through. Screen remains black. Any ideas?
 
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NMBob

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Huh. Why wouldn't they make this stuff also good for people that don't have a watch? They could show a 15sec timer at the beginning, any time you tap a button for it, and at the end of the workout and you just count your own heart rate and type it in. Maybe people can't count that high anymore.

Oh wait...they are trying to get you to BUY a watch. Silly me...I thought they were worried about my health.
 
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Johnbmtl

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Anybody else having problems getting the Watch to connect with the AppleTv fitness app?
 
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X5-452

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Does anyone know how this works on Apple TV with multiple people in a household each with their own Apple ID (but with Family Sharing enabled?).

Does it default link the watch workout to the Apple ID of the Apple TV forcing you to "Switch Users" whenever someone else wants to do a Fitness+ workout, or does the Family Sharing usurp that and allow for seamless integration?
 
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apparatchik

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I can’t find the fitness app on my ipad nor in the store. Any ideas?

Check that you're located in one of the supported countries... currently it has launched just in a tiny handful of them, the usual suspects (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand).

In classical Apple, half of the advertised features might just never materialized outside a tiny fraction of the territories.

From Apple News+ to Apple Pay, the service might just go by and eventually get axed after a few years without you ever seeing it in your location.
 
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RoadRunner505

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You need to upgrade to iOS 14.3
Done that, but still can't download Fitness app. In the App store (following link from page in fitness.apple.com) it says "This app requires specific features not available on this device." Any idea why?
 

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jojomomo

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Anybody else having problems getting the Watch to connect with the AppleTv fitness app?
Doesn’t connect for me either. I get “pairing canceled” when I select my watch and I get the never ending spinny wheel when I select other user and try to connect through workout app on watch. Utter failure. iPad app is available if I use the direct link to the App Store, but it tells me my new iPad Pro can’t use the app (which is, according to Apple 9 to 5, a bug in the App Store). So very disappointing in every way.
 
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AngstyKylo

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Huh. Why wouldn't they make this stuff also good for people that don't have a watch? They could show a 15sec timer at the beginning, any time you tap a button for it, and at the end of the workout and you just count your own heart rate and type it in. Maybe people can't count that high anymore.

Oh wait...they are trying to get you to BUY a watch. Silly me...I thought they were worried about my health.

As a medical professional, anything that gets people to be more active in a safe way is definitely a positive. I wish Apple had done this a few years back when they first released the watches. The instructors decked out in Nike and Apple gear is kind of hilarious when you're not supposed to be the product or 'influenced' but is pretty much the way the fitness industry is.
 
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dwetteroth

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Doesn’t connect for me either. I get “pairing canceled” when I select my watch and I get the never ending spinny wheel when I select other user and try to connect through workout app on watch. Utter failure. iPad app is available if I use the direct link to the App Store, but it tells me my new iPad Pro can’t use the app (which is, according to Apple 9 to 5, a bug in the App Store). So very disappointing in every way.
I get this exact same thing - I see my watch (I never setup an initial watch), when I click it I get immediately "pairing cancelled". When I try to re-add my watch, I go through the steps and put in code, and then an endless spinning wheel when it tries to connect. I have a series 4 watch. My wife's watch, a new series 6 connected and sync'd immediately - no issues. Does anyone know how to delete a watch off the screen on the AppleTV, so I could try readding it? Doesn't seem like a whole lot of testing was put into this.
 
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paulbart

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Done that, but still can't download Fitness app. In the App store (following link from page in fitness.apple.com) it says "This app requires specific features not available on this device." Any idea why?
I can’t find a link for the iPad app, and searching the app store finds nothing. Can you paste the app store link that you found?

I’m on 14.3, in the US, iPad Pro 11”
 
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Rogifan

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I don’t see the Fitness+ tab in the Fitness app on my phone. It’s running 14.3 (pubic beta).
 
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jojomomo

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I get this exact same thing - I see my watch (I never setup an initial watch), when I click it I get immediately "pairing cancelled". When I try to re-add my watch, I go through the steps and put in code, and then an endless spinning wheel when it tries to connect. I have a series 4 watch. My wife's watch, a new series 6 connected and sync'd immediately - no issues. Does anyone know how to delete a watch off the screen on the AppleTV, so I could try readding it? Doesn't seem like a whole lot of testing was put into this.
Found a subreddit where a few people unpaired their phones and restored from backup. This fixed the problem for them, although it didn’t work for me. Worth a try at least!
 
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