One year after its launch in English-speaking countries, Apple confirms the launch of Fitness + in France. This new fitness service reinforces the strategy of the American giant in the health sector. Operation, price, prerequisites… we tell you everything about Apple Fitness +.
As expected, Apple Fitness + arrived in a handful of new countries on Wednesday, November 3. The Cupertino company had mentioned this launch, which concerns France and Switzerland in particular, a few days after its October event. The Apple-branded fitness service made its debut a year ago in Australia, Canada, the United States, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The various contents are only available in English, with subtitles in Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. For the time being, the firm has not made the choice to double its courses or to call on local coaches. Asked by the Brazilian daily O Globo, the head of the service, Jay Blahnik, did not hide that courses in other languages might soon be offered.
Fitness + is available in France, with French subtitles. © Apple
What is Apple Fitness +?
Apple has been relying on connected health for many years and Fitness + has enriched its service offering. Available via the Fitness application on iPhone and iPad or even Apple TV, this service offers fitness classes lasting from 5 to 45 minutes. In one year, the firm has enriched its offer to offer courses in eleven categories: interval training (HIIT), muscle strengthening, yoga, dance, sheathing, cycling, pilates, meditation, treadmill and walking, rowing machine and full recovery. consciousness (meditation). Apple assures that “More than 25 new sports and guided meditation sessions” are added weekly.
In order to make Fitness + accessible to as many people as possible, most exercises do not require special equipment. For some of them, it may nevertheless be necessary to use dumbbells or specific equipment such as an exercise bike, a rower or a treadmill.
The Fitness + service in action.
To facilitate these sessions, Apple called on a team “Diverse and inclusive” of coaches. Always in a desire to bring together, the firm specifies that it targets a public “Both knowledgeable and novice” and thus offers different options during training. Thus, it is possible to model your pace on that of the coach of your choice according to your level. In each class, the coach in the center of the screen leads the session while the one on the right puts more effort and when the one on the left goes slower. With this rather common format, Apple tries to meet the expectations of beginners to the most athletic.
Note that classes for the elderly or pregnant women are also offered. Well seen.
A service at the heart of the Apple ecosystem
As is often the case with the Californian firm, the emphasis is on ease of use and extensive integration with other services. Apple Music is requested and gives subscribers the possibility to save and download Fitness + playlists in their library. However, it is not necessary to have a subscription to access playlists during training.
The service is also and above all linked to the brand’s products, since it is reserved for owners of an Apple Watch (Series 3 or newer). It will be impossible to access it if you only have an iPhone or an iPad. To operate, Fitness + will use the data collected by the connected watch and display it at the top left of the screen. It is also possible to compare the displayed data with that of other people.
Apple Fitness + is accessible from Apple TV +.
Everything happens from the Fitness app and the Fitness + section, accessible from an iPhone (iOS 14.3 or later), an iPadOS (14.3 or later) or Apple TV (tvOS 14.3 or later). The application can be available on the App Store or directly on the home screen.
For the best experience, Apple advises to use its service with an Apple Watch Series 3 (or newer model) running watchOS 8, paired with iPhone 6s (or later model) running iOS 15, iPad running iPadOS 15 , an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD running tvOS 15. It is also possible to use SharePlay with this service.
How much does Apple Fitness + cost?
The Apple Fitness + service is a subscription service billed at $ 9.99 per month or $ 79.99 per year. It is also integrated into the Apple One Premium plan (28.95 euros per month) which also includes access to Apple Music, TV +, Arcade or even iCloud + with 2 TB of storage. Note in passing that a month’s subscription is offered to owners of an Apple Watch who wish to test the application.
Finally, three months of subscription to Fitness + are offered to those who choose to acquire an Apple Watch (Series 3 or newer).