Apple Fitness+ vs. Peloton: Which Is Worth The Monthly Fee?
During Apple’s iPad and Apple Watch event on Tuesday, the company announced a new service coming for its suite – Apple Fitness +. In short, Fitness + is a workout service that integrates the Workout app in your Apple Watch with an on-screen guided workout session directly on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. Aside from integration with the Apple Watch, it seems like a lot of what Peloton has spent years building.
With Fitness + arriving as the only real competitor to the peloton, how do both services stack up?
Apple Fitness + vs Peloton: Ease of Use
Both Apple Health + and Peloton Digital allow you to tune in to the workout session on the device of your choice.
Fitness + will launch on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV and work natively with the Apple Watch, including on-screen displays of your workout sessions. This is great news for Watch owners, as using Apple’s wearable means that you’re very likely to use one of those three options. An addition that adds significant value is support by Apple TV, which would likely be the preferred way to tune in to workouts at home.
The peloton has a much more varied way to tune into programs. Not only are they available on iOS like Fitness +, they are also available through the Google Play Store for Android devices. In addition, the peloton makes a host of in-home workout devices, such as the flagship Pelton bike and the peloton treadmill, both of which come with integrated screens. Peloton recently covered TV to launch the Peloton Roku app.
If you are trying to compare the total methods to serve either, Peloton may get access to more mobile device screens for its Android app support. That said, Peloton’s Roku app is currently only available in the United States, while Apple TV is available on many devices with Roku. Right outside the gate, Apple is firmly positioned to cut through the presence of the peloton’s living room.
Apple Fitness + Vs Peloton: Hardware
Apple Home Gym Equipment does not appear to be entering the market, so the peloton’s treadmill and bike will still steal the show for an all-in-one device seeker to work at home.
However, if you don’t mind doing workouts via your television or tablet, then Peloton’s digital service has competition from Fitness +.
The peloton supersedes Apple when it comes to tracking workouts. If you are not using a peloton treadmill or bike (and even if you are), the peloton simply does not have the ability to track a ton of individual workouts while streaming. A peloton bike lets you track heart rate and calories, for example, but will not give anyone the option of not using the company’s very expensive flagship hardware.
On the flip side, using the Apple Workout is very essential that the Apple Watch is used. The Apple Watch is more capable of tracking your workout specifics than what Pelton offered you at the moment.
The peloton is known for having a tough fight that tries to convince die-hard Apple Watch fans that its service is better than fitness + when they won’t be able to integrate the satisfaction of closing those rings.
Apple Fitness + vs Peloton: Workout
Apple Fitness + is launching with nine studio workouts: Cycling, Treadmill, Rowing, HIIT, Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core and Mindful Colddown. Each of those workout categories will receive new workouts weekly from trainers, although Apple did not mention any live workout sessions in its presentation or press materials.
Peloton Digital currently has more than 10 workout types on demand. Strength training, yoga, outdoor running, indoor running, stretching, cycling, bootcamp and meditation among them. Additionally, Peloton offers live-streaming classes in several categories, which gives the company an advantage in increasing competition among those involved in broadcasting.
Apple Fitness + vs Peloton: Pricing
Both Apple Fitness + and Pelton plans come at the same price. A subscription service for Apple Fitness + will be available for $ 10 per month, while Peloton Digital comes in at $ 13 per month. However, Apple Fitness + gives you the option of paying a lump sum of $ 80 to use the service for one year, giving you significant savings on both Apple Fitness + and Pelton monthly service plans.
There are also more expensive options for each brand. For example, Apple Fitness + will be available in the Apple One Premier plan, which bundles 2TB of Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Arcade, Apple News + and iToud storage together at a monthly fee of $ 30. Meanwhile, the peloton app can be paired with the company’s bike or treadmill, which retails for $ 2,250 and $ 2,450 respectively.
Here is the less expensive news, you can try both apps for one month for free. In the case of Apple, if you buy Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you get three months of Fitness + for free. However, if you are buying Apple Watch Series 3 or later from Best Buy, it will come with six months of Apple Fitness + for free. In both cases, Apple has offers that will allow you to decide whether the app is worth it to you by adding extra time.
Verdict: Apple Fitness + or Peloton?
It is realistic to think that there might not be a lot of overlap between Apple Fitness + users and the peloton app between customers. Apple’s new fitness service seems designed to integrate seamlessly with existing iOS devices, which have been a core of Apple products for years.
At the same time, it is safe to assume that the majority of peloton customers will invest at least partially in the high-end peloton ecosystem. It is also reasonable to assume that the same customers can invest more in fitness overall, giving the peloton the option to define themselves as “serious” fitness enthusiasts.
Nevertheless, Apple is making a statement with this new app. With its more affordable service, better tracking tools and more affordable supporting hardware, Apple Fitness + is not a new opponent of the peloton’s own fitness app. It will appeal to those who want to keep in shape and do not want to spend a small fortune to do it. Potentially, it gives a wider appeal than the peloton.