Everyone’s talking about the new Fitness+ additions since it seemed like a pretty big focal point for Apple during its “Far Out” event. The Fitness+ service completes the Apple Watch for those who want to use the device as a workout companion tool. But do you need an Apple Watch to enjoy the service? It seems as if there’s been significant discussion online regarding Fitness+, and many are asking if you can use the service on other Apple devices like the iPhone or iPad. Here, we’ll discuss exactly what Fitness+ is and if you can access it on other iOS devices.
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What is Fitness+?
Fitness+ is Apple’s attempt at entering the health and fitness industry. At its core, the service has thousands of workout videos, guides, tutorials, and guided meditation sessions that you can follow along. Fitness+ is an excellent service for those looking to improve their health, as it’s super beginner-friendly with Apple’s hallmark UX design and accessibility. What’s great about the service is that it’s constantly being added to every week, from five-minute short HIIT sessions to full workout plans. Apple uploads each video in 4k Ultra HD and has categories depending on what your fitness goals are, from yoga to strength training.
Can You Use Fitness+ on iPhone Without an Apple Watch?
The service, in its most basic form, is just a library of 4K Ultra HD fitness videos you can follow. Think of the old-school 80s workout tapes that stay-at-home moms would follow in the living room, but an updated 2022 version. However, only Apple Watch owners could access Fitness+. Those who have an Apple Watch could integrate Fitness+ with other features, such as heart rate, calories burned, and timers. Fortunately, during Apple’s “Far Out” event in September, the company announced that all iOS users could access Fitness+ later on in 2022. This is great news for all who are looking to work on their health and fitness but see purchasing a whole new Apple device as a barrier to entry.
Apple will release Fitness+ on all iOS devices in late 2022 in all 21 countries where the service is currently active. All you’ll have to do to access Fitness+ is go on Apple’s Fitness app and subscribe to the service. The service costs $9.99 per month.
There are a few prerequisites you’ll need to check off before you can go and purchase a Fitness+ subscription. First of all, you’ll have to wait for the service to release on all iOS devices, which may be around Fall 2022. Here are some other requirements you’ll need:
- iPhone 8 or later with iOS 16.1, Apple Watch Series 3 or later, or iPads with iPadOS 16.1.
- Apple’s Fitness app.
Workouts on Fitness+ Without an Apple Watch
Although Fitness+ is currently optimized for use on an Apple Watch, you can still begin workouts without the device. Apple’s in the process of launching Fitness+ for all iOS users, which means they’re phasing out the exclusivity aspect of the service. If you want to start a workout without an Apple Watch, just simply open the Fitness app as usual. It’ll ask if you’re starting the workout without an Apple Watch, and you’re good to go. You won’t be able to track your metrics, of course, but if you’re looking to get a quick workout in and don’t have an Apple Watch, you’re free to do so. It’s not clear why Apple allows you to work out without an Apple Watch via iOS and not tvOS currently. If you like working out with an Apple TV, you’ll have to settle for an iOS device instead.