Apple Fitness Plus updates take the fight to Fitbit and Peloton

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Apple has announced a major update for the Apple Fitness Plus that aims to win over Fitbit Premium and Peloton customers. Fitness Plus now offers guided Pilates classes, mindfulness sessions and group workouts so you can participate in virtual classes with friends and family members.

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On-demand workout services really came into their own during the pandemic, with gyms around the world closing their doors and people looking for ways to exercise from home. Apple joined the fray in December 2020 with Fitness Plus – a service that aims to win over Fitbit Premium and Peloton users with affordable subscription prices and new classes every week.

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When it launched, Fitness Plus offered HIIT (high-intensity interval training), yoga, cycling, treadmill running, treadmill walking, dance, core, strength and rowing classes. Now Apple has also added guided Pilates sessions, with new classes being added each month – an option you won’t find in Fitbit Premium.

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Fitness Plus also has new mindfulness classes, along with guided meditation sessions for clients. Fitbit has been placing a real emphasis on mental wellbeing in recent months with sessions on mindful eating and body positivity, as well as classes led by meditation guru Deepak Chopra, but Apple is using its influence to deliver many more classes and other biggies. can get help. Name in future updates.

Fitbit offers meditation classes led by Deepak Chopra along with premium guided workout sessions, but Apple may enlist its own celebrity mindfulness coaches
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Apple is also taking aim at Peloton with a new group workout option. In April 2020, Peloton launched a new ‘Sessions’ feature that lets small groups of friends work together in a virtual classroom. Each session has its own small leaderboard, and participants can encourage and compete with each other via webcams on their Peloton bikes or treadmills.

Now Apple Fitness Plus offers a very similar feature, which lets up to 32 people attend a class simultaneously and chat using the camera on their iPhone or iPad. That may be enough to tempt some Peloton users to make the switch, especially if their regular workout buddies have an Apple Watch.

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There were very few new fitness updates for the Apple Watch. Rumors that the Apple Watch 7 may include advanced new health tracking hardware, including blood pressure and blood glucose sensors, proved unfounded.

The biggest update to the watch’s health features is all cycling-related features – the Apple Watch 7 can start tracking bike rides automatically, and stop them when you take breaks. It’s a convenient feature, but one already present in many of Garmin’s entry-level sports watches as well.

Apple Watch 7 will be able to calculate calories burned while riding an e-bike more accurately than earlier models

Apple has also extended its fall detection feature to cycling, automatically calling emergency services if you take a tumble and don’t act quickly to cancel the alarm.

In case you fall, the watch should be in good shape thanks to its more crack-resistant lens. The watch also has IPX6 water resistance, so it can survive high-pressure water jets, so you can give it a good wash to remove any mud.

There’s an update for e-bike riders too – the Watch 7 can track battery-powered rides, and count calories more accurately. The company hasn’t clarified yet how this will work, but it looks like it will use a combination of heart rate data and speed to determine how much support you’re getting from the bike’s battery, and how much you’re getting. How much are you trying? In.


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Apple Fitness Plus is fast becoming one of the biggest names in home workouts, but Peloton still has one big advantage: live, interactive classes that better replicate the experience of sweating in a real studio.

All workouts on the Fitness Plus are pre-recorded, so the experience isn’t as intense—and because there’s no branded Apple gym equipment, you can’t attend spin classes that will adjust to your bike’s resistance. Fly. However that may change soon.

Since 2017, it has become possible to use a service called Apple GymKit to pair the Apple Watch with compatible gym equipment for more accurate workout data. The Peloton Bike+ is one of those compatible machines, but earlier this year Apple disabled GymKit for some Peloton workout types, to the dismay of many owners.

Peloton Bike Plus is compatible with (mostly) Apple GymKit

The problem is with Peloton’s bike bootcamp classes, which include both strength and cardio cycling. Apple explained that GymKit wasn’t designed for that kind of exercise, and instead of customizing its app, it pulled support for Bike Bootcamp.

One way for Apple to avoid such problems in the future and maintain a firm grip on users’ data would be to start manufacturing its own spin bikes and treadmills. It would be a huge departure for the company, but no more than the Apple Car — and since Peloton has its own fitness tracker in the works to rival the Apple Watch, it may be necessary.

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