Group workouts, Pilates, and guided meditation are among the new features coming to Apple Fitness+.
At Apple’s annual Fall event, the highly anticipated iPhone 13 was launched, along with a new iPad mini and Apple Watch. But for gym-bunnies and wellness enthusiasts, the real highlight had to be the new features announced for Fitness+, the tech giant’s home workout program built around the Apple Watch.
Here are the highlights:
Launch in 15 new countries
Later this year, the app will be available in 15 new countries, namely Austria, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Designed for inclusivity, the app will be available in English with subtitles in six languages, while multi-level workouts are led by a diverse team of trainers.
Built upon the existing Mindful Cooldowns function on Fitness+, Guided Meditation aims to help users develop a regular meditation routine and improve their sense of wellbeing. Pick from nine themes—Purpose, Kindness, Gratitude, Awareness, Creativity, Wisdom, Calm, Focus, and Resilience, for an engaging video session that lasts either five, 10, or 20 minutes long. Audio formats are also available on the Mindfulness app, which now comes with an enhanced Breathe experience, as well as a new mindfulness feature called Reflect.
Pilates will be added to Fitness+, complementing popular body-conditioning workouts such as Strength, Core, and Yoga. Considered a low-impact type workout, it will offer users options for maintaining and improving their strength and flexibility. Led by two new Fitness+ trainers, Marimba Gold-Watts and Darryl Whiting, the Pilates workouts can be done on just a mat or with the use of a resistance band. Pick from 10, 20, or 30-minutes sessions.
Group workouts with SharePlay
A new for Fitness+, group workouts for up to 32 people at a time will soon be available. Powered by Apple’s SharePlay feature, group workouts can be started 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, before getting started. To encourage camaraderie, users can compete to close their Activity Rings and move ahead on the Burn Bar.
More information here.