We used Apple Fitness Plus for two months. Here’s what you need to know

25 feb. 2021
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Often in our reviews the question is “Is this thing good?”, but for the Apple Fitness+ review the real question becomes “Who is it good for?”. Four Verge staffers spent months exercising with Apple’s latest service to see how it compares to others like Peloton and if it's worth your money.
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  • What tech do you use for your workout?

    The VergeThe VergeAcum lună
    • No tech, just by going outside.

      Dwikky YudhaDwikky YudhaAcum 15 Zile
    • Apple Watch, Sole E35 elliptical, 55" TV in front of it for ROlabel workouts (which are virtual scenic runs if on elliptical, strength/HIIT if not). I also have Ring Fit Adventure for Switch that I do fairly frequently

      Matthew SmithMatthew SmithAcum 16 Zile
    • Nature.

      Firebrand B.Firebrand B.Acum lună
    • Tech gear: Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Pro, and sometimes my iPhone X Workout equipment: Manduka Pro yoga mat, Peloton dumbbells (they’re actually very well designed and different from most dumbbells), and a TRX Tactical suspension strap set (TRX has their own app that syncs with Apple Watch)

      Vincent PascualVincent PascualAcum lună
    • Apple Watch and a home gym

      Ninja Nerd Student #69Ninja Nerd Student #69Acum lună
  • Apple fitness is pretty good. I like that it shows HR on the screen. I primarily use them for cardio stuff (treadmill and bike). The best strength training videos I've seen are still from HASFit. a free resource on youtube.

    Ying TuYing TuAcum o Zi
  • 45mins is plenty if you use the proper intensity. 90mins? How intense can that be? That has to be more or less steady state cardio or pretty low intensity intervals. Just do that then for those sessions, no need for a class that long.

    Ivan TiradoIvan TiradoAcum 2 Zile
  • TL;DR: Good service with a lot of potential... If you have an iPhone, Apple Watch, airPods and Apple TV

    Major TobMajor TobAcum 4 Zile
  • Talks about apple Uses the beans

    Ryan Lennox-BradleyRyan Lennox-BradleyAcum 4 Zile
  • Except you cannot cast this to your TV....

    Heather DHeather DAcum 7 Zile
  • Dankpods subscribers at 8:38 "the BEANS!!!"

    Alex TerrieurAlex TerrieurAcum 9 Zile
  • Airplay isn’t working for me I just got a new Samsung Qled 4k

    Desmond DavisDesmond DavisAcum 9 Zile
  • Best review ever! Truly honest and unbiased.

    Craig LaffertyCraig LaffertyAcum 9 Zile
  • So is apple fitness plus just the tutorials? nothing to do with the telemetry data?

    fightmeirlfightmeirlAcum 11 Zile
  • You can’t stream to a TV via AirPlay :(

    Unnati SinglaUnnati SinglaAcum 14 Zile
  • Great vid

    DeviantMotivesDeviantMotivesAcum 14 Zile
  • I agreeeee I hated using it from my phone I wish it ws integrated with apple tv which I have on my fire stick

    yanic barrettyanic barrettAcum 16 Zile
  • I agree with the general sentiments in this video. It's cool and has good groundwork down, but just not quite there yet for me. Maybe they'll improve upon it a bunch and throw another trial out once they do and get me hooked. It's a little too limited in what it offers, how you can watch the videos and a bit too clunky to find things when you're looking for specific workouts.

    Matthew SmithMatthew SmithAcum 16 Zile
  • I’m SO interested in the “time to walk” feature; are there any Christian inspiration walks on there? I’d LITERALLY be obsessed. I’d pay more than $10 if I could have that as an option. The way that audio sounded was so good and relaxing when they were walking. I HAVE to try that. Hopefully they talk about something interesting. Because that is REALLY REALLY cool !

    Judith SmithJudith SmithAcum 16 Zile
  • I use apple fitness+, but l don't like it a lot because even yoga classes super energize, but the Nike app for fitness is free, and you can use it the same way as an apple fitness app.

    Michael - Janos LengyelMichael - Janos LengyelAcum 17 Zile
  • Why the heck ain't anyone talking about the new Chrome 89 update !? It's a a huge jump in browsing!

    PaperRomanPaperRomanAcum 22 Zile
  • Any apps for people in wheelchairs?

    slickrickcmslickrickcmAcum 24 Zile
  • VR fitness is coming ....peloton still superior ...Tonal + peloton ...you dont need anything else .no even a gym ..sorry apple fans...

    Fed DonovanFed DonovanAcum 24 Zile
  • when is fitness coming to the rest of the world ? Mainly the Caribbean

    Dwain AlfredDwain AlfredAcum 24 Zile
  • 0:53 Me on every single day.

    Dwikky YudhaDwikky YudhaAcum 25 Zile
  • its a nice idea but i dont like to be locked in a ecosystem to use this

    eidem liveeidem liveAcum 26 Zile
  • Sadly you can’t use airplay with it yet. That won’t be available until iOS 14.5.

    Melissa BorundaMelissa BorundaAcum 27 Zile
  • Who the fack need instructor to know how to use gym bycycle??

    Ashish PorwalAshish PorwalAcum 29 Zile
  • Ok no

    mohammad hayatmohammad hayatAcum lună
  • Shout out to gen X'rs!

    Mr. MMr. MAcum lună
  • I enjoy it. I already have my favourite trainers but have been in since the beginnings. I do find now tho I have taken the moves I enjoy the lost and just made my own workouts. I do come back every Monday tho to see what’s new

    Miracles AwaitMiracles AwaitAcum lună
  • On my series 6, Waiting !!

    Captain AayushCaptain AayushAcum lună
  • Apple Fitness + is designed for people that workout at Planet Fitness.

    Skylar Bacote-TsaoysSkylar Bacote-TsaoysAcum lună
  • Dang. As a 43-year-old, Gen X - who’s all in on Apple One Sub - and recently purchased a bike trainer for my bike as well. I felt like I was listening to myself as Dieter talked. Ha. I do need to try out those guided walks though. Those sound pretty cool. I heard about them but completely forgot to check them out.

    Americano MondaysAmericano MondaysAcum lună
  • Hahaha this will never take off. it's obvious apple so much money to waste they don't really care anymore.

    dexterterdexterterAcum lună
  • Ty

    Bill BBBill BBAcum lună
  • Apple, pay me for this idea. Gamify your app and trainers. Act scenes and responses based on your health data to provide encouragement. Guitar hero style. I'm a deadbeat millennial (elder millennial) and am too cynical for mindfulness.

    Hector OrdoricaHector OrdoricaAcum lună
  • Great review! The service is how I thought it would be. Really wish the time to walk feature was available separately like the guided runs for the Nike run+ app. For some people that need a bigger screen but don’t own other Apple products such as the TV our bigger iPad, one could also use the lightning to hdmi adaptor that works wonders!

    Jeffrey EhimuhJeffrey EhimuhAcum lună
  • Anyone know what brand of mask Becca was wearing?

    Gavin PereiraGavin PereiraAcum lună
  • This review is it. I like the style. It offers different problems, perspectives, and conclusions. This pretty much answers all the questions I had about the service.

    Lily MaganaLily MaganaAcum lună
  • Lol

    jessusfxjessusfxAcum lună
  • I’ve heard people who use this type of service or youtube videos in the gym. Then I’ve seen then live working out... dear God!

    Călin HCălin HAcum lună
  • I have a watch and a apple tv (though you should be able to watch on a apple computer) but the workouts are boring to me- after a week or two. However that might be because it’s a new service and there aren’t many videos. I dont like the over the top mindful talks. That’s just not my personal style... I’ve followed some of the fitness trainers on youtube for YEARS. They don’t talk like that. It’s purely an Apple message. It feels weird. I understand that the fitness+ is connected to the watch to improve the experience but if you have an apple device and are willing to pay the subscription I dont think you need a watch. I have roommates and family who like the dance workouts but can only do them when Im present (they don’t have a watch). To me that fact clearly states it’s not about fitness otherwise it’d be accessible to all apple devices. It’s about having Apple products that happen to do fitness. Not a big deal if you already have everything but not everyone does and not everyone wants/can buy an apple watch just to pay for a subscription. Fitness isn’t a cash grab. Convenience for fitness can be, but I don’t believe it should be. $199 for a series 3 watch, $80 annually and $149 for apple tv if you don’t have airplay/want to look at a phone while working out. That’s expensive as f. Buy decent athletic shoes and go outside to walk for 30 minutes+ daily.

    Sunny LyndisSunny LyndisAcum lună
  • *complains that app is only available in apple products* - *praises peloton, a bike with a screen you have to buy*

    Javier MatusevichJavier MatusevichAcum lună
  • I love it so far. I love the trainer's style. Apple is going for the general market which is key because the average person may not want to go for something like a Peloton. I think it's a key app to keep the general public healthy. It's maybe for beginners/casuals, but that's not a bad thing at all. It's all their first few months, so don't expect it all off the bat. I agree however that it should be available without the need to go buy the latest apple tv or a tv with apple airplay included. I ended up having both, so worked out for me, but it should be on the Macbooks as standard too.

    Virru112Virru112Acum lună
  • Great review, but ... my only concern is the recurring use of Peleton as a reference point, because being from Sweden I’ve never heard about it before this review.

    Thomas HartmannThomas HartmannAcum lună
  • 🥰

    Gold FormationGold FormationAcum lună
  • I liked seeing all the Verge employees in a single video. Please do that more often.

    Ninja Nerd Student #69Ninja Nerd Student #69Acum lună
  • At the rec center, they have treadmills and ellipticals with scenic videos. Apple should add interactive fact videos like that and then sell iPad mounts for home equipment.

    Ninja Nerd Student #69Ninja Nerd Student #69Acum lună
  • There are tons of free workouts on youtube and tons of free workout apps in either app store

    newfnshow031newfnshow031Acum lună
  • 185 calories for 20 mins.... Less than a can of soda

    newfnshow031newfnshow031Acum lună
  • Pelleton? Where, what?

    Music Theory 4uMusic Theory 4uAcum lună
  • Hmm 90 mins workout and still. I think need to bump up the intensity level to get the result.

    jake liujake liuAcum lună
  • Excellent job guys, I’d call that a useful, compact yet comprehensive review. I’m subscribed!

    AG GarzaAG GarzaAcum lună
  • This might be the most millennial video I’ve seen in quite a long time.

    Sam SlocombeSam SlocombeAcum lună
  • I dont know why.. but this entire time I thought Dieter lived in New York! I guess I was mixing it up with Becks..

    Courtney MooreCourtney MooreAcum lună
  • Why can't you stream an Apple service on Apple MacBook?

    NTH THNNTH THNAcum lună
  • beca is still using the beans until now.... ADD TO CART

    Alex RomeroAlex RomeroAcum lună
  • Ummmm you cannot stream via airplay. Only the audio comes through the TV speakers. Has this changed?

    Jon StewartJon StewartAcum lună
  • we use Fitness +

    James SydneyJames SydneyAcum lună
  • Agree with everyone reviewing the service.

    Eric GonzalezEric GonzalezAcum lună

    Isaac ChavezIsaac ChavezAcum lună
  • Lmao it is better than nothing, I was doing nothing before and I’m basically active everyday now

    Whitney AnnieWhitney AnnieAcum lună
  • Fitness + got so weird last month I had to stop using it. It was my place to escape from politics.

    photogenic worksphotogenic worksAcum lună
  • ive been using my free trial and i like the workouts but it’s actually kinda useless if you don’t have an apple tv or ipad. it’s filmed in such a way that the people look extremely small and it’s hard to see them. airplay doesn’t work either. hopefully they’ll change that. not sure if i’ll keep paying if they don’t

    breathe carolinabreathe carolinaAcum lună
  • I like AF+ more than Nike’s services.

    chas_ 3chas_ 3Acum lună
  • Did I just watch a Peloton ad?

    Radu-Andrei ZahariaRadu-Andrei ZahariaAcum lună
  • Easy moderate or hard just goes back to our RPE rate and having a good understanding of fitness but even if you don’t know that terminology you you’re so still knows what feels extremely hard and what feels like a piece you can keep up with the pace that you feel like you can improve with

    TAEgamesTAEgamesAcum lună
  • I find Apple Fitness + is boring. I preferred the peloton app. I don't own the bike. But the other classes peloton provide are more fun.

    Kenny BKenny BAcum lună
  • I scrolled through all the comments and to my surprise there wasn’t even one about Dieter’s “virtuous CYCLE” ... I 👀 what you did there, nice one 👍🏻

    D KarrasD KarrasAcum lună
  • Seems useless review..

    mohinish92mohinish92Acum lună
  • "Apple Fitness Plus is literally better than nothing" is a banner endorsement.

    davidwave4davidwave4Acum lună
  • Dieter is spot-on about the vibe from the trainers 😂

    Bill RoditskiBill RoditskiAcum lună
  • i looove that multiple people participated in this review

    Aaron DomanaisAaron DomanaisAcum lună
  • I got an ad about fitness at the start of this video, *now that's consistency*

    NickNickAcum lună
  • Apple Fitness+ - Apple

    Tech & KomsanTech & KomsanAcum lună
  • This is one the best reviews I’ve ever seen. It’s so obvious now that if you have the people, use multiple reviewers for each product! It’s a much more comprehensive look.

    Daniel Castro MaiaDaniel Castro MaiaAcum lună
  • This is my favorite The Verge review so far. I really enjoyed the format of getting different perspectives which was perfect for a product that feels very different for different users.

    Alex CameronAlex CameronAcum lună
  • This is such a great review, really loved having so much of the team (where’s Nilay tho?). Personally I’d never get it cos I’m not interested in an Apple Watch, I get why that’s mandatory for the integration but think it’s ridiculous you can’t get the tv app on any other platforms or chrome cast. I get Apple loves locking into their ecosystem but that seems like it’ll only cost users who don’t wanna be relying on tiny phone screen

    Alex FAlex FAcum lună
  • Just wanna give a huge thumbs up to this review, I miss this dedicated wide reviews of products and services. Lately all tech reviews, including the ones from The Verge sometimes, try something for two days and you can see the lack of insight on the experience and the rushing. This is how it's done, I'm happy waiting for weeks or months to get a better review. Kudos to all the team.

    Jeremias MenichelliJeremias MenichelliAcum lună
  • So buying a massively overpriced spinning bike to use peloton is ok but needing an Apple Watch to use fitness+ is somewhat an inconvenience? I do agree it needs more editing and diversity in the difficulty level of the workouts. The music volume is kind of too low and the trainers never shut up.

    CB MateasCB MateasAcum lună
  • Great review; obviously a lot of time and effort went into this, but I took a shot every time someone said “diversity” and now I can’t drive.

    MightyRob1MightyRob1Acum lună
  • Monica brought up a good point about the limited time frame of the workouts, but I actually view that as a positive. I like the shorter times of the workouts because I try to do a minimum of an hour a day and because all of the Fitness+ workouts are shorter than that...I need to string some together to hit my time target...and with that, I’m putting more variety in my workouts than I did pre-Fitness+. I definitely would like to see longer workouts, but I do find the shorter ones useful for the sake of variety of workout sessions. As for Time to Walk...I haven’t gotten a chance to try that one out yet (need some better weather)! I’m interested though and looking forward to trying it!

    J HJ HAcum lună
  • It's hard to beat the king at this area and that's BeachBody. Obviously some cool technical options with apple echo system.

    Daniel CookDaniel CookAcum lună
  • I use Galaxy Fit 2

    테크boy테크boyAcum lună
  • Verge is an island.. serene and almost unique✨

    JJAcum lună
  • Does the airplay feature work now?

    Brandon Forte'Brandon Forte'Acum lună
  • Tbh, I'm surprised that Apple didn't just partner with Nike. The Nike apps (Training and Run Club) are very sleek in their design and offer tons of functionality. Nike's training app even offers programmes that you can take part in that give you work out routines to follow based on your level as well as nutritional information which is especially hard for beginners. Diet is a huge factor fitness and the Nike apps are also free. The only thing the apple fitness + app seems to really have going for it is the only screen tracking and that's barely even mentioned in this review.

    mrcragglemrcraggleAcum lună
  • at the first glance of the video, feels like a notch-less iPhone LOL

    Alvin varianto SetyawanAlvin varianto SetyawanAcum lună
  • So basically Apple recreated the now defunct Xbox fitness app that MS had when the Xbox one first launched. That's actually a good thing since I loved that app.

    Timothy CollinsTimothy CollinsAcum lună
  • Why pay for that when u can just run outside in the morning or evening? What a waste of money

    Seila HySeila HyAcum lună
    • True don't forget music

      bigmaxccbigmaxccAcum lună
  • I'm here for Becca 👊

    Tom ZachTom ZachAcum lună
  • The treadmill workouts are 🔥

    buellreaucracybuellreaucracyAcum lună
  • Great review!

    Mike HughesMike HughesAcum lună
  • I think it would be fair to include the overhead costs of owning a peloton bike vs. generic w/AF+. Or also AF+ vs. peloton digital only. The costs can vary greatly and definitely would affect engagement and the need to stick with a platform if invested.

    AlanAlanAcum lună
  • Best buy offers 6 month free trial with a purchase of the Apple watch 6

    Darlin LopezDarlin LopezAcum lună
  • That portion between 10.18 to 10.45!!! Brilliantly put 🤣

    Rajiv SundaresanRajiv SundaresanAcum lună
  • Dieter, do you even lift?

    Zyzzus ChristZyzzus ChristAcum lună
  • Since no ones gonna say it. THANK YOU for the aspect ratio. Your videos look great on my iPhone!

    Dylan WagnerDylan WagnerAcum lună
  • I just want to be friends with becca and when I visit her after COVID get a tour of her hip location.

    sunnyd777sunnyd777Acum lună
  • So I need an iPad/apple tv AND an apple watch BUT the apple watch doesnt work with just the ipad or the apple tv SO For this to actually work seamlessly, I would actually NEED: -Apple Watch -iphone -ipad (+dongle to connect to my tv) OR Apple TV -A subscription -possibly a pair of airpods All this just for some exercise videos and a sprinkle of fitness statistics. No, thanks! I’ll find other ways to level up from being adjacent level lol. This is clearly not for me and it isnt convenient enough for me to get all this stuff. This is better for folks already deep in the system. Wish it was more convenient in an Apple way.

    ave rieave rieAcum lună
  • why to pay for things which are free on the internet??

    Sriyans KumarSriyans KumarAcum lună
  • We need more collaborate videos like this, this was tons of fun!! This is something I didn't realize we needed

    Spideycraft700Spideycraft700Acum lună
  • I love the Verge so much

    Spideycraft700Spideycraft700Acum lună