Apple on Tuesday announced several new updates to Fitness Plus, the company’s subscription fitness program that first launched in 2020.
First, Fitness Plus is going (more) global: as of this fall, Fitness Plus will be available in 21 countries, up from an original six. The new countries include Mexico, France, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Workouts will be available in English, with subtitles in six different languages.
In addition, Apple is bringing new types of exercise to Fitness Plus on September 27. Pilates classes are on the way, as well as winter sports training from Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety and Anja Garcia. These are in addition to the long list of fitness programs already available in Fitness Plus, including yoga, HIIT, treadmill, cycling, dance, strength and core.
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Later this fall, you’ll also be able to access group workouts in Fitness Plus for the first time, allowing you to work out with friends and family members near or far. You can access those directly from an iMessage or FaceTime.
Guided meditations are also coming to Fitness Plus on September 27. They’ll be available in both video and audio form, with a range of themes, durations and instructors.
“We are excited to be introducing new workouts that bring Fitness+ users more options to stay active and motivated, plus immersive guided Meditation experiences that are approachable for all and easy to fit into your day,” Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies, said in a press release. “With new ways to work out together or alone — and coming to more countries later this year — we can’t wait to welcome even more people to experience Fitness+.”
As usual, you can get three free months of Apple Fitness Plus if you purchase a new Apple Watch, the smartwatch that Fitness Plus seamlessly integrates with, which is also getting some updates this fall. After that, it’s $10 a month or $80 per year.