This is not found in the services of Fitbit and Samsung, which also provide fitness content and wearable devices. Similar to Fitness+, the monthly cost of Fitbit Premium is $10, which includes a coaching program with simple exercise videos and a guide to nutrition, sleep and meditation. Samsung Health is free, and you can also play its workouts on Samsung TV, but most of the content comes from third parties. Apple’s fiercest competition may be Peloton, but it is more expensive, at $13 per month. In addition, to obtain similar screen metrics, you must pay $2,000 to buy a treadmill or bicycle from the company-then the monthly fee will soar to $40. (The cheaper subscription is for do not Own company̵
Apple can easily outperform the competition in Watch integration, but this alone does not provide fitness services. The quality of the exercise itself is a huge factor to consider. Fitness+ provides a range of decent activities for those who use appropriate machines, including yoga, dancing, core exercises, strength training, high-intensity intervals, treadmill running, rowing and indoor cycling. There is also an introductory section for beginners to get started, so that they can start to learn the basics such as the correct form or how to set the rower correctly. The remaining videos have a playing time of 5 to 45 minutes. Although you can search by trainer, music, duration and activity, you cannot filter by difficulty level.
I was surprised when I found myself choosing videos based on the type of music, even during non-dancing exercises. I chose a core course that doesn’t like trainers, and my decision is based entirely on the fact that it will play an optimistic national anthem. After you find a workout you like, you can save it on your iPhone, but this option is not available on Apple TV.
Frankly speaking, all exercises on Fitness+ seem to be suitable for novices. Apple stated on its website that the service is “created for everyone from beginners to experts” and all videos have been modified at all levels. Although I appreciate the theoretical knowledge, no yoga video is actually challenging enough. I tried two 45-minute videos and some shorter options, but found that I missed the trickier postures and postures in the regular course.
I also found dance lessons to be quite easy, although they did make my heart beat faster. I found that the most challenging exercises are HIIT and core exercises. Yoga is generally considered low-intensity and almost relaxing, but this is not the case. In other words, the choice on Fitness+ only perpetuates this myth.
Other than that, I don’t have too many complaints about the exercise itself. Every trainer I met was very likable. The coaches also appeared in the opponent’s video, as the protagonist, as an example of modification. These cameos are very interesting-for example, I like to meet my favorite dance instructor LaShawn during yoga exercises. I also think it’s interesting to see experts in one category appear in the video because they may be more like novices.
Another thing the coach does is to use American Sign Language (ASL) to welcome deaf or hearing impaired users. For example, at the end of many exercises I tried, the trainer signed “Thank you”. This is a good contact, although I think there can be more. During certain exercises, such as yoga, you may not see the screen in the downward dog or child pose. These conditions make it difficult for people with hearing disabilities to know when to move on or get up again. Simple operations such as tactile prompts on the watch can make Fitness+ easier to use.
Inclusion is important, and in Fitness+, Apple does its best to welcome newcomers who have just entered the field of home exercise. But it may also do better in terms of including intermediate and advanced users. Over time, novice users will improve and may soon find that Fitness+ is no longer challenging enough. At least this is a very simple problem, at least it can be solved-Apple can easily add more difficult videos. The good news is that with its superior technology, Fitness+ lays the foundation for a satisfactory service that can evolve with users.