Apple has announced that its Fitness+ service will be getting Meditation and Pilates content from September 27 to help subscribers practice mindfulness and engage in low-impact workouts. The firm also said it would be adding a new workout program called Workouts to Get Ready for Snow Season to help users build strength, balance, and endurance. This program will be presented by five-time world champion skier Ted Ligety and Fitness+ trainer Anja Garcia.
With the coronavirus still hanging around and preventing full socialising, Apple decided to introduce Group Workouts and SharePlay. With these features, users can virtually work out with up to 32 people at once to boost motivation.
If you’ve been waiting for Fitness+ in a country that it doesn’t yet serve, you’re in luck. Apple is planning to launch the service in 15 new countries including Austria, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Unfortunately, the audio will only be in English but subtitles will be available in six other languages.
Commenting on the news, Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies, said:
“Whether you’re just getting started, trying something new, or switching up how you train your mind and body, the amazing and welcoming Fitness+ trainer team is here to help users live a healthy lifestyle, no matter where they are in their fitness journey. We are excited to be introducing new workouts that bring Fitness+ users more options to stay active and motivated, plus immersive guided Meditation experiences that are approachable for all and easy to fit into your day. With new ways to work out together or alone — and coming to more countries later this year — we can’t wait to welcome even more people to experience Fitness+.”
Aside from the aforementioned countries, Fitness+ is already available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the U.S. For those who want to try the service, you get three months free if you buy an Apple Watch Series 3 or later. If you already own an Apple Watch, you can try the service for one month. If you’re ineligible for the trial, you can buy a subscription for $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. An Apple Watch Series 3 or later with watchOS 7.2 is required and it needs to be paired with an iPhone 6S or later running iOS 14.3.