Apple Fitness Plus Available to All iPhone Users Starting Oct. 24

Get the most out of your workout with these Apple upgrades, no watch necessary.

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Apple Fitness Plus will no longer require an Apple Watch.


Apple Fitness Plus will be available for anyone with an iPhone starting Oct. 24, Apple said Thursday. Before this update, you had to have an Apple Watch to use the service and keep track of your metrics. Now you'll only need an iPhone 8 or newer, running iOS 16.1, to sign up. You also no longer need an Apple TV to stream Apple Fitness Plus workouts on your TV. Now you can use AirPlay to stream workouts on compatible third-party devices, and you can view your workout metrics if you stream an exercise class on any AirPlay-compatible Roku device. 

The update will be available in all 21 countries where the service is offered. The fitness service launched two years ago and features over 3,000 workout classes and meditations. Since then, Apple has added new features and additional workout classes every few months to keep the offerings fresh and expand the types of workouts available.

With the latest update, Apple Fitness Plus gets three new themed collections of workout classes to spruce up its catalog. These include Totally '80s Cycling, Best Mindful Cooldowns for Athletes, and 14-Day HIIT and Strength Challenge. These join other popular collections like Pilates for More Than Your Core, Train to Row a Fast 2,000 Meters, Run Your First 5K and Get into a Groove with Dance.

There's a new workout program too, called Yoga for Every Runner, taught by ultramarathoner Scott Jurek and Fitness Plus Yoga trainer Jessica Skye. Apple also added new episodes of Time to Walk, which will include stories told by famous faces like Hannah Waddingham and Meghan Trainor. Starting Oct. 24, you'll also be able to access music from Taylor Swift in the app for the first time, perfect timing given her latest album Midnights comes out Friday.   

If you use the Apple FItness Plus app on your iPhone without an Apple Watch, you'll be able to see onscreen guidance from the trainer and interval timing. Instead of tracking your exact calories burned during the workout (which requires an Apple Watch), FItness Plus will use estimated calories burned to track your progress on the on-screen Move ring. 

A subscription for Apple Fitness Plus is available for $10 per month or $80 for the year and can be shared with up to five other family members. If you purchase a new iPhoneiPad or Apple TV, you'll get three free months of the service. You can also get a free four-month trial of Fitness Plus through Target's membership rewards program Circle. UnitedHealthcare, SilverSneakers and Mobile Health also have special deals for Apple Fitness Plus through their member services. 

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