Apple announces Fitness Plus virtual workouts

Apple is launching a new subscription service for virtual fitness classes called Fitness Plus, the company announced during its presentation today. The service integrates with iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV, but Apple says it’s built for the Apple Watch. Access to the service will cost $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year, and you’ll get three months free with the purchase of a new Apple Watch. It also comes bundled as part of Apple’s new Apple One subscription. Apple says Fitness Plus will be available before the end of the year.

The new Fitness+ platform is centered around your Watch. It brings 10 different workout types to your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, and as you sweat along to classes, your Apple Watch will track your workout metrics and display them on whichever device you’re using.

Metrics like heart rate, calories burned, pace and distance traveled will be displayed in the corner of your workout. You’ll also see your activity rings in the corner of your screen. If you’ve set activity goals, you’ll see how much progress you’ve made, and if you hit a goal, you’ll see an on-screen congratulations. Instructors will be able to use features like countdown timers to push users through intense intervals, and when your workout is complete, you’ll get a comprehensive summary.

Whether you choose exercises like yoga, treadmill walking or cycling, you’ll get access to new workouts each week. Apple will offer personalized class recommendations, and if you’re a beginner, there are instructional videos to choose from.

Apple wants to integrate this with its other subscription services, so you should hear good music in Fitness+. And if you like a song, you’ll be able to save it to your Apple Music account.

At launch, Fitness Plus will be available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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