You need an Apple Watch to sign up for Apple Fitness Plus, but not for every workout – here’s why

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The Apple Watch and Apple Fitness Plus work together to track your exercise activity.

  • You need an Apple Watch Series 3 or later to subscribe to Apple Fitness Plus.
  • After subscribing, you don’t need to use the Apple Watch for every workout, but it’ll help save your performance metrics.
  • To workout with an Apple Watch, just tap “Work Out Without Watch” when starting a workout.
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Apple Fitness Plus is Apple’s subscription exercise service, similar to the model pioneered by Peloton for its elliptical and indoor bikes. You pay a monthly or annual fee for access to a selection of workout classes coached by a human trainer.

The classes include treadmill, cycling, rowing, yoga, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and more. They’re pre-recorded, but new ones are added weekly.

Just like Peloton, though, you’ll need some equipment before you can start an Apple Fitness class. The Fitness app can be accessed on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV – but to sign up for an account, you need to have an Apple Watch.

You need an Apple Watch to sign up for Apple Fitness Plus

To sign up for Apple Fitness Plus, you need an Apple Watch Series 3 or newer – you can’t sign up without owning a Watch. In addition to the Watch, you need to own an Apple device like an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

This is because the service intends for users to track their heart rate, burned calories, and daily performance using the Watch. This lets you see how you’re improving over time, and have quick access to your health metrics.

But while the Watch is required to make an account, it’s not required to perform a workout.

Once you’ve got the right devices, you can sign up for Apple Fitness Plus easily.

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What devices work with Apple Fitness Plus? Here’s what’s compatible with Apple’s workout app

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Having exercise equipment gives you more options, but you don’t need it for every Apple Fitness Plus workout.

  • Several devices work with Apple Fitness Plus, but you need an Apple Watch Series 3 or later.
  • Apple Fitness Plus can be used on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV – soon, it’ll also be on AirPlay 2 compatible TVs.
  • Aside from the Apple devices, many Fitness Plus workouts will require at least a mat and dumbbells.
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Apple Fitness Plus, Apple’s subscription exercise program, integrates pre-recorded workouts in a wide range of categories with your Apple Watch and iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. Apple Fitness Plus costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year, and there is an option for a free trial when you sign up.

The app allows you to choose workouts like high-intensity interval training (HIIT), yoga, strength, treadmill, cycling, rowing, and more. Here’s how to make sure you have everything you need to get started with Apple Fitness Plus.

Devices that work with Apple Fitness Plus

You need an Apple Watch Series 3 or later, plus an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV to follow Fitness Plus exercises. Any of these devices must be running OS version 14.3 or higher.

Exercise equipment you might need

Apple Fitness Plus offers a lot of workout options, many of which don’t require any equipment other than your body. Some workouts have unique equipment requirements, though.

The good news is that you can use any generic equipment to do the workout – Fitness Plus doesn’t require you to have a particular brand or model of workout equipment. You can also do these workouts at home or at a gym.

Each workout indicates what equipment you need at the top of the screen, under the introductory image. If there’s no equipment listed, you won’t need any gear (except, of course, for the obvious treadmill if you’ve chosen a treadmill workout, for example).

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You can see what equipment you need at the top of each workout page.

However, if you want to explore a wide range of Fitness Plus exercises, you may want access to at least some of this equipment.

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How to sign up for Apple Fitness Plus in 3 ways, and what you’ll need to subscribe

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Apple Fitness Plus makes it easy to exercise from the comfort of your home.

  • You can sign up for Apple Fitness Plus through an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
  • To use Apple Fitness Plus, you’ll need to have an Apple Watch Series 3 or later, along with another Apple device.
  • Apple Fitness Plus offers new users one month free before moving on to a monthly or yearly subscription.
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Since Apple Fitness Plus launched in December 2020, users around the world have taken advantage of its personalized workouts that cover everything from HIIT and strength training to cycling and rowing. There are currently over 300 workouts to choose from, and more are being added on a regular basis.

By linking up with your Apple Watch, Apple Fitness Plus not only encourages users to stay active but gives you real time metrics – like heart rate, calories burned, and workout duration – so you can track your progress over time.

If you want to begin an at-home fitness regimen, Apple Fitness Plus could be a convenient and cost-effective option. Here’s how to sign up, and what to know before taking the plunge.

How much Apple Fitness Plus costs

Apple Fitness Plus costs $9.99 for a month, or $79.99 for a year. Better yet, users with Family Sharing enabled can share their membership with up to five family members at no additional cost.

Apple Fitness Plus is also available as part of Apple One, a service which provides subscriptions to Fitness Plus, News Plus, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and Apple Music for $29.95 per month.

Requirements for Apple Fitness Plus

Using Apple Fitness Plus requires users to have an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, as well as an Apple Watch Series 3 or later. You can complete workouts on Apple Fitness Plus without your Apple Watch on hand, but you must have one to sign up.

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What is Apple One? Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s subscription service bundle

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Apple One bundles all your Apple subscriptions, like Apple Fitness Plus, into one package.

Apple One is a single monthly subscription bundle of the company’s popular services.

If you sign up for Apple One, you’ll get Apple Music and Apple TV Plus for streaming, Apple Arcade for gaming, and iCloud for storage. If you opt for the Premier plan, you’ll also get Apple Fitness Plus and Apple News Plus.

The idea is that subscribing to Apple One gives you more for less money. For example, an Apple Music plan is $9.99 a month on its own, but the lowest tier of Apple One (with Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade and 50 GB of iCloud storage) is $14.95 a month. If it’ll save you money, the company’s devices will recommend an Apple One plan when signing up for a second individual service.

You can sign up for Apple One on your iPhone, Mac computer, or iPad, but once you sign up, you’ll be able to access them across your devices. There are several plans depending on what you need.

What to know about Apple One plans

Apple One offers three plans:

  • Individual plan ($14.95 per month): You’ll have Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and 50 GB of iCloud storage. As its name implies, the plan is suited for a single person.
  • Family plan ($19.95 per month): You’ll have all the same services as the individual plan, 200 GB of iCloud Storage, and the ability to share your plan with up to five other people. That’s enough for you, your spouse, kids, and grandma, too.
  • Premier plan ($29.95 per month): The top-tier plan gives you the same services as the family and individual plans, 2 TB of iCloud Storage, Apple Fitness Plus and Apple News Plus. You can share this plan with up to five other people. If you’re an avid runner, have a family and thousands of files, this plan will suit you.

Pick a plan based on whatever your needs are – you can always upgrade or downgrade your plan later if those needs change. 

Remember, any services you aren’t paying for are free the first month of your Apple One plan.

Ways to sign up for Apple One plans

You can sign up for Apple One on your Mac computer, iPhone, or iPad. To get started, you’ll likely need to update your software. On your desktop, go to “System Preferences” and then “Software Update.” Mobile device users can find “Software Update” under Settings.

You can search for Apple One on your iPad or iPhone, or go to your device’s settings. Tap “Account” and then “Manage Subscriptions.” 

See our step-by-step guide on how to sign up for Apple One for more information.

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Peloton slides 3% after Apple reveals its competing fitness service will launch on December 14

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  • Peloton fell as much as 3% on Tuesday after Apple revealed its rival Fitness+ service will debut on December 14.
  • The service allows iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV owners to access various exercise classes through their devices.
  • Fitness+ will cost $9.99 per month, undercutting Peloton’s cheapest $12.99-per-month subscription.
  • Peloton CEO John Foley said in September that Apple’s move into the segment is a “legitimization” of the industry, adding that Peloton can still stand out thanks to its exercise hardware.
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Peloton shares tumbled as much as 3% on Tuesday after Apple announced its rival fitness service will launch on December 14.

Apple’s service, named Fitness+, allows iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users to access various exercise classes. Health statistics can be measured through Apple Watches and synced with the courses in real-time. Apple’s offering is the first major competitor for Peloton after the latter dominated the sector since debuting its first stationary bike in 2014.

Fitness+ undercuts Peloton’s own subscription service, coming in at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Peloton’s offering, which can be accessed without one of its fitness products, starts at $12.99 per month.

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Peloton pared losses after opening lower. The company’s shares are up 319% year-to-date.

Peloton CEO John Foley said in September that Apple’s move into the segment is a “legitimization” of the fitness service industry. He added that Peloton stands apart from the iPhone maker in that it pairs fitness classes with its own exercise hardware.

“We think the special sauce, the magic, is our connected platforms, and in order to work out at home you need a stationary bike if you’re going to be biking, you need a treadmill if you’re going to be running,” Foley said in a September analyst presentation.

Fitness+ joins other services including Apple TV+, Apple Music, and Apple Arcade as part of the tech giant’s services push. Apple’s services arm has steadily grown in recent years and helped offset slowing iPhone sales. The company revealed a bundle deal named Apple One in October, and the option that includes Fitness+ comes in at $29.95 per month.

Peloton traded at $115.57 per share as of 10:35 a.m. ET Tuesday. The company has 48 “buy” ratings, four “hold” ratings, and one “sell” rating from analysts.

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