They say timing is everything. Just when Canadians need it most — faced with a winter spent mostly at home, with fitness clubs either closed or operating under limitations — Apple launched its Fitness+ streaming service this month. And unlike other streaming services that have kept you and the family glued to the couch, this one gets everyone up and moving.
Fitness+ features 10 exercise options (yoga, high-intensity interval training , core, strength, treadmill running and walking, rowing, cycling , dance and a series of cool-downs), five choices of exercise duration (five, 10, 20, 30 and 45 minutes) and 21 trainers. You can also select your preference of music, including rock, dance, hip hop, country and “chill vibes.” The idea is to mix and match the exercise essentials until you find a workout that suits your mood. Opt for a 10-minute yoga interlude between Zoom calls, or sweat through two back-to-back 20-minute workouts that move from pedalling your stationary bike to a strength class using either body weight or a pair of dumbbells.
To access the large suite of fitness classes, you need an Apple Watch (Series 3, 4, 5, 6 or SE), at least one other Apple device (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) to pair it with, and a Fitness+ subscription, which sells for $12.99 monthly ($99.99 annually).
The connection between the Apple Watch and the Fitness+ workouts is what makes the experience so rich. I’ve done my…