How to Use Apple Fitness +: Sign Up, Start Your Workouts, More

Apple Fitness + is now available to Apple Watch users with 180 workouts in 10 different categories. While the service is available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, there are some differences between getting started depending on the device you're using. Let's see in detail how to use Apple Fitness +.

Apple Fitness + automatically appears in the Fitness app (renamed from Activity app) on iPhone after updating to iOS 14.3. However, on iPad, you will have to download the Fitness app manually. At launch, some iPad users had issues with the drive service. But the problem seems to be solved for the most part.

Also, be sure to check out my colleague Jeff Benjamin's full iOS 14.3 video walkthrough, including an in-depth review of Fitness +.

How to use Apple Fitness +

Apple Watch requirement

Apple Watch Series 3 or later is required for Apple Fitness +. However, after completing the initial service setup, you can do Fitness + workouts without the laptop on iPhone and iPad. For now, you'll need your Apple Watch to workout on Apple TV.

Here is the prompt you will receive if your iPhone or iPad cannot find your Apple Watch:

How to get Apple Fitness + on your Apple devices

iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV

  • Fitness + is automatically included in the Fitness app on iPhone and in the Workout app on Apple Watch after updating to iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2.
  • The Fitness app will appear on your Apple TV home screen after updating to tvOS 14.3

iPad

How to sign up for Apple Fitness +

iPhone

  • Open the Fitness app
  • Tap the Fitness + tab at the bottom
  • Tap "Continue", then choose if you want to share Fitness + data with Apple
  • Now choose a plan / free trial
    • If you are an Apple One Premier subscriber, you will be taken directly to the Fitness + home screen without having to choose a plan as it is included.
    • The length of your free trial will depend on whether you've purchased an Apple product recently.
    • Learn more about the free trial details here for Best Buy customers, UHC customers, Life Time Fitness Club members, and if you've recently purchased an Apple device.

iPad

  • On your iPad, make sure you have iPadOS 14.3 installed
  • Download the Fitness app here (or search for Fitness in the App Store)
  • Launch the app and follow the instructions to sign up if you don't already have it on iPhone or Apple TV
  • You will notice that for the Fitness iPad app, this is only Fitness + (no Summary or Share tabs)

Apple TV

  • On tvOS 14.3, you will see the new Fitness app appear on your home screen
  • Open the app and you will be guided through the setup process, including the 'Try it for free' prompt to register.
    • Choose the annual or monthly plan that will start after your free trial ($ 9,99 / month or $ 79,99 / year in the US)
  • Like the iPad, the Apple TV Fitness app only includes Fitness + (no Summary or Share section)

Here's what it looks like on Apple TV:

Start an Apple Fitness + workout

  • Now that you're up and running with Fitness +, it's easy to start a workout
  • For the best experience, be sure to wear your Apple Watch
  • Head to the Fitness app and the Fitness + tab on iPhone (only Fitness app on iPad or Apple TV) and choose a workout
    • You can use the categories at the top of the app and even choose "Filter" at the top right corner to search by trainer, time and music.
  • When you have selected a workout, press 'Let's go' (you can also preview the workouts to get a 30 second preview)
  • You can now press the play button on your iPhone / iPad / Apple TV or also start the workout from your watch which should also have a large green play button on it.

Ending an Apple Fitness + Workout

  • Workouts will end automatically if you stick to them until the end
  • If you need to end a workout before it's finished, tap your screen, then tap the X in the corner, then choose "End Workout."

Share an Apple Fitness + workout

At the end of your workout, you can share your performance with others if it is viewed on an Apple device (tap the green up arrow with the square icon). Otherwise, desktop, Android, and other device users will just see a preview of the Apple Fitness + workout you did without your performance.

Remember to do a cool-down exercise to take care of your body.

Plus

Music

You can also listen to the workout soundtrack on Apple Music by tapping “Play to Music” near the bottom of each workout.

Promote training

Another handy feature is to add workouts to the “My Workouts” section. Look for the "+ Add" button just above "Let's go". You can find your saved workouts at the bottom of the Fitness + tab on iPhone and in the Fitness app on iPad and Apple TV.

Burn bar

There is no ranking for Apple Fitness + but there is a ranking / competitive component: the optional burn bar. Here's how Apple describes it:

The burn bar shows your effort versus others who have done the workout. If the burn bar is activated, your data is included anonymously. This workout will not be sent.

You can see your burn bar during workouts as well as at the end. After completing one of your first workouts, you will have the option to keep the burn bar on or turn it off.

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