Although it seems like an age since Apple first announced their new subscription-based fitness service, we all know that in 2020, time has lost all meaning.
Nevertheless, I’m still surprised Apple Fitness+ is launching next week! I’d almost forgotten about it, even though it was only a couple of months ago when they outlined the service.
I’m really looking forward to using it, and not just because I’m a fan boy. Really. I’m am avid runner and I love yoga. I use my Apple Watch to track both, but for the latter, I use an app on the Apple TV to learn the various poses and transitions. So I’m interested to see what Apple has to offer in the yoga space.
And while I have a gym membership, it’s pretty much a concept at this point. COVID-19 got in the way big style, so I’ve been getting all my exercises either by running outdoors, taking long walks or some gentle yoga. I’d like to use it to get more cardio exercise in the comfort (and safety) of my own home.
If I’m honest, I don’t think I’ll renew my gym membership next year. From what I’ve seen and heard, my local gym has been doing an appalling job of maintaining social distancing and cleanliness, never mind mask-wearing. So getting my exercise in at home looks to be the way forward.
My main concern is variety. I don’t want to be constrained to just a handful of workouts. Though I can run for 20 kilometres without getting bored (honest) I can’t repeat many classes or indoor workouts before looking for something new to challenge me. If they update classes weekly, as promised, I should be a happy customer.
I’m also not going to buy any equipment. I don’t have a rowing machine or any weights, so I want to see just what’s possible with an exercise mat and a pair of trainers.
Apple Fitness+ will work on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, but requires an Apple Watch and a monthly subscription, starting at £9.99. Mine is bundled with the Apple One package I went for, but even before that was launched, I’d made my mind up that I was at least going to trial the new fitness service.
Here’s to a new week, some new apps and a fresh start on the fitness front!