This week Apple announced a slate of new reasons for us to consider upgrading our iPhones, Watches and iPads. Also announced was an expansion to the Apple Fitness+ exclusive mind and fitness content coming on September 27.
A few of us on the team are already avid users of the workouts with global fitness experts like Molly Fox and Jessica Skye. We are also fans of the Time to Walk Series where notable guests take us along for a virtual walk as we listen in on their life stories, share their personal photos and favourite tunes – conveniently we can download them onto our Apple Watch and get moving without missing a beat.
There is something for every fitness level and I love the variety offered from yoga to HIIT and so much more in between. I also love that even if I have just 10 minutes to spare there is something I can do.
Here are the Apple Fitness+ highlights from this week’s announcements!
Guided Meditation: for mindful practices that can be done anytime and anywhere. Programs aim to help users reduce everyday stress, develop a greater sense of awareness, and build resilience to face life’s challenges. This builds on the existing Fitness+ Mindful Cooldowns and offers nine themes – Purpose, Kindness, Gratitude, Awareness, Creativity, Wisdom, Calm , Focus, and Resilience. Each trainer offers their own style and is great whether you’re just get started (there will be a Meditation for Beginners program to help understand the fundamentals) or if you’ve already on your path to enlightenment. There will be practices will be offer as 5, 10 or 20 minute sessions.
In addition to the high-quality video experience on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, the same meditations will be uploaded each week in audio form in the new Mindfulness app on Apple Watch, so users can experience guided Meditation at their convenience anytime, anywhere. With watchOS 8, the Breathe app becomes the Mindfulness app, featuring an enhanced Breathe experience, a new session type called Reflect, and Fitness+ guided Meditations. These new audio meditations in Fitness+ can be played directly from Apple Watch when paired with AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones. Users who want to practice meditation while moving will also be able to track their activity with the Workout app on their Apple Watch while doing their meditation, allowing them to meditate while walking, hiking, or stretching.
Pilates: a new low impact, body conditioning workouts help with more options for maintaining and improving strength and flexibility. Most Fitness+ Pilates workouts can be done with just a mat, while some also incorporate the use of a resistance band. All Pilates workouts will be 10, 20, or 30 minutes long.
The Pilates sessions will be led by two new Fitness+ trainers, Marimba Gold-Watts and Darryl Whiting. Marimba is an award-winning Pilates trainer who started her career as a professional dancer, and Darryl is a former professional athlete who brings an athletic approach to his Pilates workouts. Both trainers bring a broad range of styles to Pilates for Fitness+ users, making Pilates more approachable.
Workouts to get Ready for Snow Season: features two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion skier Ted Ligety, along with Fitness+ trainer Anja Garcia in this winter sport inspired program to help build strength, balance and endurance so you can be ready to hit the slopes.
These studio workouts are a fun way to build up strength, improve balance, and increase endurance — all important components to preventing injury. The program’s moves are inspired by exercises Ted adapted from his training program as an elite athlete, and include HIIT, Strength, Yoga, and Core. As with all Fitness+ studio workouts, modifications are shown so users can enjoy the workouts at their own level.
Group Workouts with SharePlay: later this fall users can work out with up to 32 people at once and keep each other motivated. Users will be able to start a Group Workout from a group message thread or FaceTime call on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV with AirPlay. From there, they will navigate to the Fitness app, select a workout or Meditation, see their friends and family onscreen, and get started. During a Group Workout, users will see their metrics and progress toward closing their Activity rings, while also seeing and hearing friends as they work out. With Group Workouts, when someone moves ahead on the Burn Bar or closes their Activity ring, users will be notified so they can celebrate together — or even trade some friendly smack talk to keep each other going.
Time to Walk Series coming line up: Throughout the fall, Fitness+ will also introduce new episodes of Time to Walk, an inspiring audio experience on Apple Watch designed to encourage Fitness+ users to get active by walking more often. Time to Walk features some of the world’s most interesting and influential people, who share stories, photos, and music with Fitness+ subscribers. As the series continues its second season, new guests will be added each week, including singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha; singer-songwriter Camila Cabello; country musician and actor Reba McEntire; activist and founder of the Me Too movement Tarana Burke; professional basketball player and 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony; and actor, activist, and author Gabrielle Union.
Artist Spotlight: Fitness+ will add to the popular Artist Spotlight series with new workouts featuring the music of Billie Eilish, Calvin Harris, Imagine Dragons, and Nicki Minaj. The Artist Spotlight series dedicates an entire workout playlist to a single artist. Every Monday for four weeks, new workouts featuring music by each of these artists will appear in the service across different modalities. Workout types include Cycling, Rowing, HIIT, Strength, Yoga, Dance, and Treadmill, across music genres such as Latest Hits, Chill Vibes, Everything Rock, Pure Dance, Upbeat Anthems, and Hip-Hop/R&B.