Apple, This Isn’t What I Meant When I Said Fitness+ Needs Goals


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When Fitness+ dropped a few weeks ago, we were pretty impressed by the launch, but the service isn’t perfect. One of our gripes was that you could only filter workouts by music, length, and trainer—those of us hoping to browse by goal (i.e., run a 5K, working your way to a pull-up, etc.) or intensity were out of luck. Which is why when I opened up the Fitness+ app today to peruse the new workouts that drop every Monday, I was pleasantly surprised.

A video message from HIIT trainer Kim Ngo greeted me at the top of the app, with a description that read: “Goal-setting workouts and new Limited Edition Award.” My eyebrows flew into the stratosphere. Obviously Fitness+ is still being built out, but this had to be record speed for a fitness app implementing early user feedback. In the video, Kim—who despite her bubbly personality is a cardio murder machine—pointed out two workouts this week that are part of a “goal-setting series.” Oh, there’s a new limited edition challenge for Apple Watch owners in the New Year (close all three rings for seven days straight at some point in January.)

This workout vaguely hints at ways for you to progress toward a full-body pushup. But you wouldn’t know that from the description.

This workout vaguely hints at ways for you to progress toward a full-body pushup. But you wouldn’t know that from the description.
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I was stoked. I did the two highlighted workouts—a 20-minute strength workout and a 10-minute HIIT workout. I got sufficiently sweaty. What I didn’t realize is what Apple meant by “goal-setting” wasn’t a type of fitness program…so much as the instructors encouraging me to get a running start on my New Year fitness goals. Because, have you heard? It’s apparently a new year.

In the strength workout, trainer Gregg mostly talked about how I should notice what my weak points and strong points were, and that I should focus on what areas I wanted to get stronger in the coming year. Well, yeah. But getting fairly obvious advice and pep talks wasn’t exactly what I meant when I said Fitness+ should include goal-oriented programs.

Other fitness apps often include a few programs that let you work toward something. In running apps, it’s often structured classes like a Couch to 5K or…

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