How Apple Fitness+ is Going to Change The Way You Workout

How Apple Fitness+ is Going to Change The Way You Workout
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Fashion spoke with Apple’s senior director for health technologies about the new launch.

This has been a big week for Apple and its fans. The California-based tech giant held its annual September keynote talks on Tuesday, launching two new iPads, two new watches (more on those later) and a first for the company as a fitness streaming platform called Apple Fitness + declare.

Speaking of backstage inspiration, Jay Blahnik, Senior Director of Fitness for Health Technologies said, “Apple Fitness + was built around a very simple inspiration – what we live in every day – that the whole service gives more people Designed to help close more activity rings more often. “

During multiple briefings and an exclusive interview with Blahnik, we got a deeper look into the platform and are going to offer it to customers when it launches in Canada later this year. From an ever-expanding class catalog to focus on inclusivity (love to see it) and more, here are the key things you need to know about Apple Fitness +.

Do workouts

Apple looked at data from its users via the Apple Watch to determine the 10 most popular types of their workout apps – from here, they created a team of world-class instructors to give classes in these categories every week. When the service starts you will be able to choose from Treadmill Walk, Treadmill Run, HIIT, Rowing, Dance, Cycling, Yoga, Core, Strength and Mindful Colddown. Also, once you start using the platform and the algorithm learns what kind of classes / instructors you like, it makes sense to try new classes and instructors in your favorite categories, Along with the new options, congratulations for your existing routine. .

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There are four ways to find a trainer: trainer, class type, duration, and music: Blahnik says that keeping the search process simple – and not paying attention to advanced options between beginner, intermediate, and other toggles – was a deliberate choice. “We have worked very hard to make the process of choosing workouts as simple as possible. Some people want recommendations, some people know exactly what they want, some people just want the latest workouts and others want to enjoy the process of discovery. We built Fitness + to make it easier to navigate the Workout Library for all these types of users. This is not to say that workouts do not offer different levels of difficulty to meet every fitness level. In each class, Apple will revise one of the fitness + squad trainers to have something for beginners to more advanced athletes and workout addicts. Also, a preview option is provided for each class, where the trainer observes the class and tells users what equipment they will need (which is usually nothing or simply a set of dumbbells).

The new classes – which are available in 10, 20, 30 and 45 minute lengths – will be dropped weekly, allowing users to plan their workouts in advance. All workouts will be automatically added to the Workout Catalog so that you can always go back and take the class whenever you like. For now, all workouts are designed to be carried inside your home or gym.


Apple had assembled a large crew for its instructor team for the launch. Canadian Kyle Ardill is in the line-up, and has a face that will be very familiar to Toronto SoulCycle fanatics as Tyrell Dacian. It took several months of searching for instructors, with Apple visiting various types of classrooms in studios, parks, and other locations to scout the very best talent for the program. Talking about the selection process, Blahnik said, “Of course we wanted fitness + trainers to be experts in their field, but we also wanted each of them to have their own inspiring fitness journeys and life experiences, which We believe and will inspire our users. . And it was really important to us that they had a passion not only for being very fit, but also for beginners. We wanted Fitness + to be a service where everyone was invited to the party regardless of your fitness experience or ability. “He says,” Some trainers have spent their entire careers in fitness, and others are new to the industry. It was important to us that the team represents age and life experiences as well as expertise. “


As noted in J’s quote above, the whole point of Apple Fitness + is to get more and more people off their rings – and the platform takes Matrix’s engagement to a whole new level. Once users have chosen a workout, they will look at the matrix from their watch to the right of the screen for the level of motivation. Metrics are intelligent, too – for example, when an instructor asks you to check your heart rate, your heart rate will automatically become the focus metric on the screen. In other scenarios, if a trainer calls for 30 seconds of a particular exercise, a countdown clock will appear on the screen, so that you know how much time you have left. “Seeing this information animate at the right time with the right information can be incredibly motivating, and can make it easier to get through your workout,” Blahnik said of the feature. Not looking at your metrics one day because you just want to focus on workouts? You will have the option to hide them whenever you want. And for ring-closing fans, if you close a ring during your workout, the celebration that usually appears on your watch face, instead of on whatever screen you’re doing your workout, would be Do not miss it

Apple Fitness +
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Currently, the platform is designed to be a fairly solitary practice (punishing punishment) with little interaction opportunities between users. However, all your workouts will count towards your badges, challenges and rewards and if you have activity sharing, your friends will be able to see your workouts. There is an in-built motivator on screen in the form of a burn bar that allows you to see how you’ve stacked up against other people who have done workouts, which is perfect for those who are a bit of healthy ( Or very) enjoy the competition.


In music to our ears, Apple is really emphasizing the inclusive nature of the program. This is definitely a platform designed for fitness of all levels and to encourage anyone who wants to get into a more regular routine to do so in a much easier way. There is a beginner program on offer to help anyone who has not already taken studio classes to be comfortable with the moves and style of the classes, and as mentioned above, all classes feature modifications So that users can take it at their own pace. For this reason offering a variety of class lengths was also important, with Blahnik noting that they wanted to celebrate and encourage any activity, regardless of duration. “We wanted to build a fitness service where dance workouts were given as much love as HIIT workouts, where 10-minute workouts were celebrated as 45-minute workouts,” he says. “[We wanted to build] A service where everyone was invited to the party, regardless of what inspires you, leads you or inspires you. “In addition, instructors wanted to find a way to make classes more accessible so that they learn sign language to be able to convey the most important messages in all classes.

The clock

Users will need the Apple Watch to get on the platform and Apple launched two brand new options this week.

The Apple Watch Series 6 (prices start at $ 529) features a beautiful new screen with an updated Always-on Retina display, which is 2.5 times faster than the Series 5 when out. It is packed with a host of super-tech technology, 18-hour battery life and fast charging capabilities. Perhaps its most impressive feature is the new blood oxygen sensor and app that allows users to accurately measure their blood oxygen saturation on their wrist, helping users understand their overall fitness and wellbeing with health information. A new level is provided. The Series 6 also features a new blue aluminum case (which comes in Silver, Space Gray and Gold options) as well as a (PRODUCT) RED option with matching bands. Along with the updated yellow gold color, a new graphite option is also available in the stainless steel offering. As for the band, Apple is launching a brand new, first-of-its-kind single loop – a continuous, stretched band in various sizes (nine, to be precise), so that all users can find their perfect fit. The single loop is offered in silicon, along with a soft braided yarn. The Apple Watch Hermes will also see new band inclusions in the form of the Hermès Atlége single tour and the slimmer Atlége double tour band.

The company packed the Apple Watch SE (prices start at $ 369), a more affordable version of the watch, with all the necessary features. The Apple Watch SE has the largest and most advanced retina display and features the same accelerometer, gyroscope and alt-on altimeter as the Apple Watch Series 6 (and safety features such as fall detection, emergency SOS, and noise detection). It is available in three aluminum case finishes – gold, silver and space gray – and with a variety of bands including new single loops and braided single loops.

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Apple Fitness + will be launched at the end of the year in Canada (see this location for exact dates). The cost for the platform will be $ 12.99 a month or $ 99.99 for the year. Classes in English are offered with a choice of French Canadian subtitles.

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