Apple unveils the release date for Fitness+ update launching in 21 select countries

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Earlier this September, Apple announced its plans to launch Apple Fitness+ in 21 countries in the Fall. Today, users can access Apple Fitness+ integrated with the Fitness+ application through iOS 16.1 without an Apple Watch.

Users with an Apple Watch can see real-time metrics on their Apple devices and experience features like Time to Run, whereas individuals without an Apple TV can access Fitness+ workouts through AirPlay or AirPlay-enabled Roku devices, although onscreen metrics on these products will launch next month.

October's update brings an Artist Spotlight series dedicated to Taylor Swift and her new album “Midnights,” releasing on October 21. Under the spotlight series, Taylor’s songs will be featured in a separate dedicated workout playlist and several workout playlists like Dance and Cycling.

Taylor Swift Artist Spotlight series on Apple Fitness

Fitness+ is also adding a new Yoga program, Yoga for Every Runner, that features Scott Jurek, an ultramarathon - a race longer than 42 km - athlete, and is led by Yoga trainer Jessica Skye. There are 10-minute yoga workout sessions users can either complete separately or combine with other Fitness+ workouts. They can also have personalized workout programs, like Workout for Beginners and Stay Active During Pregnancy.

September’s launch starred Regina Hall and Leslie Jordan, among others. October’s launch brings singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, Emmy-winning actress Hannah Waddingham, and former astronaut and colonel Eileen M. Collins. Furthermore, the update adds three new collections: Best Mindful Cooldowns for Athletes, Totally ’80s Cycling, and 14-Day HIIT and Strength Challenge. According to Apple, these collections inspire users or help them achieve their goals.

Collections on Apple Fitness

Here are the details Apple provided:

  • Totally ’80s Cycling: featuring eight spirited workouts that can boost cardio fitness. Every workout has the energy of a party and is set to a playlist full of songs from the 1980s.
  • Best Mindful Cooldowns for Athletes: offering a series of total-body stretches and short visualizations that are curated to help athletes mentally prepare for their sport and recover more easily after any athletic endeavor.
  • 14-Day HIIT and Strength Challenge: featuring 30-minute Strength and HIIT workouts that help motivate users to take their fitness routines to the next level.

Additionally, users can sign up for Fitness+ at no additional charge through offers with Target, SilverSneakers, Mobile Health, and UnitedHealthcare. SilverSneakers will provide a Fitness+ subscription without additional charges starting from January 2023, which can be activated via the SilverSneakers GO app or the web using their SilverSneakers member account. Members of Target Circle will be getting a free four-month Fitness+ trial and a three-month trial for Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud+, Apple Arcade, and News+. UnitedHealthcare is providing users with an annual subscription, and similarly, Mobile Health is offering its employer customers a chance to add Fitness+ as an employee benefit.

More details by Apple include:

  • SilverSneakers: the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, will now offer members a Fitness+ subscription at no additional cost starting in January 2023 through select Medicare Advantage plans. Members will also have access to the Workouts for Older Adults program on Fitness+, which helps users stay active at any age with a focus on strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and mobility. They can activate their Fitness+ subscription through the SilverSneakers GO app on the App Store or through their SilverSneakers member account on silversneakers.com
  • Target: will now offer a four-month free trial of Fitness+ for members of Target Circle, the retailer’s free-to-join loyalty program. Members of Target Circle also have free access to three months of Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud+, Apple Arcade, and News+, with no purchase required.
  • UnitedHealthcare: continues to offer Fitness+ as an annual subscription at no additional cost to millions of members as part of their fully insured employer-sponsored health benefit. Employers with self-funded health plans can make a similar offer available to their employees.
  • Mobile Health: a fast-growing digital health and well-being technology company, will offer its employer customers the opportunity to add Fitness+ as a wellness benefit for their employees and allow them to earn an Apple Watch by staying active.

The update will roll out on October 24. Apple Fitness+ subscription costs $9.99 (US) per month or $79.99 (US) per year. Users can also share the subscription with up to five family members. Fitness+ requires models above an iPhone 8 running iOS 16.1, or models after Apple Watch Series 3 paired with iPhone 6s models or later running iOS 14.3 or later. While users require an iPhone to sign up, they can access Fitness+ on iPad and Apple TV as well.

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