With its range of eleven different workout types, the Apple Fitness+ subscription service aims to ensure you won't get stuck in a rut with your fitness routine. From HIIT to meditation, it promises to cater to all your workout needs.
Fitness+ costs $9.99/month or $79.99/year, so it's worth looking for the free trials offered with Apple hardware purchases. It works best when combined with Apple Music, so consider whether the Apple One Premier subscription plan might suit you, as Fitness+ is included within this.
Within the extensive Fitness+ catalog, there are some incredible sources of inspiration. Here are some workouts that might surprise and inspire you.
Have you ever wondered what yoga to a soundtrack of The Beatles would be like? Wonder no more!
Instructor Jessica Skye leads you through an energetic and uplifting 30-minute routine accompanied by classics such as Paperback Writer and Ticket To Ride. Other artists featured in this series include Billie Eilish and Alicia Keys.
If you prefer a more traditional soundtrack, plenty of alternatives are available. Routines range from 10 to 45 minutes.
Dance is a neat way for people of all fitness levels to exercise while having fun. All types of music are featured, from hip-hop to Latin, so you'll find something to suit your taste. And since most Fitness+ dance workouts build to a complete choreographed routine, you'll soon feel ready to take to the stage!
Within the app, you can filter the choices by trainer, time, and music to quickly navigate to the best option for you.
This joyful 30-minute Hip-Hop/RB Artist Spotlight workout from instructor LaShawn will have you bouncing around to Pharrell's classic hit Happy in the privacy of your own home.
What can possibly ease the pain of a HIIT workout? An entire playlist by Lady Gaga may just work. This 21-minute routine, led by instructor Kim Ngo, is full of anthems like Bad Romance to propel you along as you tackle the intense, energetic moves. You may even find yourself singing along in those precious short intervals between rounds, if you have any breath left!
This is another of the Artist Spotlight series, featuring iconic musicians. Others in the HIIT category include Shakira and Nicki Minaj.
Time to Walk is a series of podcast-like workouts, each of which guides you on walks with inspirational characters ranging from Dolly Parton to Prince William. You walk with them, listening to tales of pivotal moments in their lives and songs of significance to them, while accompanying pictures appear on your Apple Watch.
Apple added Billie Jean King's story to the impressive roster of contributors to mark International Women's Day in March 2022. Against an ambient New York backdrop, the 39-time Grand Slam champion recounts her fight for women's equality and explains how Elton John came to write Philadelphia Freedom for her.
Time To Walk does require you to own an Apple Watch and Bluetooth headphones. The watch will automatically log your workout. If you don't have one yet, check out the best Apple Watch models.
Try one of the Time to Run sequences for a more energetic routine. In this hour-long virtual run around Central Park, Emily Fayette guides you past iconic landmarks, sending photos to your watch. Her motivational advice is interspersed with a soundtrack including Ed Sheeran and Bastille to keep you moving.
Most cities featured in this series are located across the USA, from Philadelphia to San Francisco, though you can also explore some of the wider world with virtual trips to London or Paris.
As with Time to Walk, you'll require an Apple Watch and Bluetooth headphones to use this series.
Have you ever ended your exercise with some hurried stretches, your mind already on your next activity? Cooling down is a vital way to end any workout, yet it's the part you're most likely to neglect.
Apple Fitness+ contains numerous mindful cooldown routines to incorporate both body and mind. It's a wonderfully effective way to end your inspirational workout.
This episode stretches your upper body, with Molly helping you to breathe deeply and calm your mind simultaneously. It's almost like a mini yoga workout in itself. You're bound to feel refreshed and ready to take on the world afterward.
Only have a few minutes to spare? You can still find inspiration from Apple Fitness+. In this meditation, Justin leads you through a short five-minute practice aimed at giving you a moment to relax, reflect and connect to your own feelings. He helps you to invoke a sense of gratitude and awe, whatever your situation. It may help you to have this at hand if you're having a stressful day.
You can check out the full list of themes on the app and find one to suit your needs. There are growth, renewal, and connection programs, each from five to twenty minutes long.
All Apple Fitness+ workout categories are constantly updated, and over 30 workouts get added each week, so it's worth checking back regularly for new challenges.
Apple provides curated collections from within their library to help you achieve certain goals, such as running your first 5K, or getting a better night's sleep. One of the best features of the app is that you can save your favorites to your library for easy access. This way, you can curate your own fitness program, and focus on the options that best suit you.
Apple has also included accessibility features such as closed captions and audio hints, and there are modifications for all levels in every workout.
If you have an Apple Watch, you'll find Apple Fitness+ is a great way to close your rings each day. For many people, this is a far more economical and convenient solution to getting into shape than joining a gym provides. Why not challenge yourself with this list and see if Apple can inspire you in your fitness journey?
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