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

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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  1. The Verge

    The VergeMonth ago

    What tech do you use for your workout?

  2. Dwikky Yudha

    Dwikky Yudha14 days ago

    No tech, just by going outside.

  3. Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith15 days ago

    Apple Watch, Sole E35 elliptical, 55" TV in front of it for USlikes 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

  4. Firebrand B.

    Firebrand B.Month ago

    Nature.

  5. Vincent Pascual

    Vincent PascualMonth ago

    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)

  6. Ninja Nerd Student #69

    Ninja Nerd Student #69Month ago

    Apple Watch and a home gym

  7. Ying Tu

    Ying Tu11 hours ago

    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.

  8. Ivan Tirado

    Ivan TiradoDay ago

    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.

  9. Major Tob

    Major Tob2 days ago

    TL;DR: Good service with a lot of potential... If you have an iPhone, Apple Watch, airPods and Apple TV

  10. Ryan Lennox-Bradley

    Ryan Lennox-Bradley3 days ago

    Talks about apple Uses the beans

  11. Heather D

    Heather D5 days ago

    Except you cannot cast this to your TV....

  12. Alex Terrieur

    Alex Terrieur8 days ago

    Dankpods subscribers at 8:38 "the BEANS!!!"

  13. Desmond Davis

    Desmond Davis8 days ago

    Airplay isn’t working for me I just got a new Samsung Qled 4k

  14. Craig Lafferty

    Craig Lafferty8 days ago

    Best review ever! Truly honest and unbiased.

  15. fightmeirl

    fightmeirl10 days ago

    So is apple fitness plus just the tutorials? nothing to do with the telemetry data?

  16. Unnati Singla

    Unnati Singla12 days ago

    You can’t stream to a TV via AirPlay :(

  17. DeviantMotives

    DeviantMotives13 days ago

    Great vid

  18. yanic barrett

    yanic barrett15 days ago

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

  19. Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith15 days ago

    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.

  20. Judith Smith

    Judith Smith15 days ago

    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 !

  21. Michael - Janos Lengyel

    Michael - Janos Lengyel16 days ago

    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.

  22. PaperRoman

    PaperRoman21 day ago

    Why the heck ain't anyone talking about the new Chrome 89 update !? It's a a huge jump in browsing!

  23. slickrickcm

    slickrickcm22 days ago

    Any apps for people in wheelchairs?

  24. Fed Donovan

    Fed Donovan23 days ago

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

  25. Dwain Alfred

    Dwain Alfred23 days ago

    when is fitness coming to the rest of the world ? Mainly the Caribbean

  26. Dwikky Yudha

    Dwikky Yudha24 days ago

    0:53 Me on every single day.

  27. eidem live

    eidem live25 days ago

    its a nice idea but i dont like to be locked in a ecosystem to use this

  28. Melissa Borunda

    Melissa Borunda25 days ago

    Sadly you can’t use airplay with it yet. That won’t be available until iOS 14.5.

  29. Ashish Porwal

    Ashish Porwal27 days ago

    Who the fack need instructor to know how to use gym bycycle??

  30. mohammad hayat

    mohammad hayat29 days ago

    Ok no

  31. Mr. M

    Mr. M29 days ago

    Shout out to gen X'rs!

  32. Miracles Await

    Miracles Await29 days ago

    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

  33. Captain Aayush

    Captain AayushMonth ago

    On my series 6, Waiting !!

  34. Skylar Bacote-Tsaoys

    Skylar Bacote-TsaoysMonth ago

    Apple Fitness + is designed for people that workout at Planet Fitness.

  35. Americano Mondays

    Americano MondaysMonth ago

    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.

  36. dexterter

    dexterterMonth ago

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

  37. Bill BB

    Bill BBMonth ago

    Ty

  38. Hector Ordorica

    Hector OrdoricaMonth ago

    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.

  39. Jeffrey Ehimuh

    Jeffrey EhimuhMonth ago

    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!

  40. Gavin Pereira

    Gavin PereiraMonth ago

    Anyone know what brand of mask Becca was wearing?

  41. Lily Magana

    Lily MaganaMonth ago

    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.

  42. jessusfx

    jessusfxMonth ago

    Lol

  43. Călin H

    Călin HMonth ago

    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!

  44. Sunny Lyndis

    Sunny LyndisMonth ago

    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.

  45. Javier Matusevich

    Javier MatusevichMonth ago

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

  46. Virru112

    Virru112Month ago

    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.

  47. Thomas Hartmann

    Thomas HartmannMonth ago

    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.

  48. Gold Formation

    Gold FormationMonth ago

    🥰

  49. Ninja Nerd Student #69

    Ninja Nerd Student #69Month ago

    I liked seeing all the Verge employees in a single video. Please do that more often.

  50. Ninja Nerd Student #69

    Ninja Nerd Student #69Month ago

    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.

  51. newfnshow031

    newfnshow031Month ago

    There are tons of free workouts on youtube and tons of free workout apps in either app store

  52. newfnshow031

    newfnshow031Month ago

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

  53. Music Theory 4u

    Music Theory 4uMonth ago

    Pelleton? Where, what?

  54. jake liu

    jake liuMonth ago

    Hmm 90 mins workout and still. I think need to bump up the intensity level to get the result.

  55. AG Garza

    AG GarzaMonth ago

    Excellent job guys, I’d call that a useful, compact yet comprehensive review. I’m subscribed!

  56. Sam Slocombe

    Sam SlocombeMonth ago

    This might be the most millennial video I’ve seen in quite a long time.

  57. Courtney Moore

    Courtney MooreMonth ago

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

  58. NTH THN

    NTH THNMonth ago

    Why can't you stream an Apple service on Apple MacBook?

  59. Alex Romero

    Alex RomeroMonth ago

    beca is still using the beans until now.... ADD TO CART

  60. Jon Stewart

    Jon StewartMonth ago

    Ummmm you cannot stream via airplay. Only the audio comes through the TV speakers. Has this changed?

  61. James Sydney

    James SydneyMonth ago

    we use Fitness +

  62. Eric Gonzalez

    Eric GonzalezMonth ago

    Agree with everyone reviewing the service.

  63. Isaac Chavez

    Isaac ChavezMonth ago

    YES @ THE MACBOOK THING IT DRIVES ME CRAZY THAT I CANT DO WORKOUTS ON MY COMPUTER

  64. Whitney Annie

    Whitney AnnieMonth ago

    Lmao it is better than nothing, I was doing nothing before and I’m basically active everyday now

  65. photogenic works

    photogenic worksMonth ago

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

  66. breathe carolina

    breathe carolinaMonth ago

    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

  67. chas_ 3

    chas_ 3Month ago

    I like AF+ more than Nike’s services.

  68. Radu-Andrei Zaharia

    Radu-Andrei ZahariaMonth ago

    Did I just watch a Peloton ad?

  69. TAEgames

    TAEgamesMonth ago

    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

  70. Kenny B

    Kenny BMonth ago

    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.

  71. D Karras

    D KarrasMonth ago

    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 👍🏻

  72. mohinish92

    mohinish92Month ago

    Seems useless review..

  73. davidwave4

    davidwave4Month ago

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

  74. Bill Roditski

    Bill RoditskiMonth ago

    Dieter is spot-on about the vibe from the trainers 😂

  75. Aaron Domanais

    Aaron DomanaisMonth ago

    i looove that multiple people participated in this review

  76. Nick

    NickMonth ago

    I got an ad about fitness at the start of this video, *now that's consistency*

  77. Tech & Komsan

    Tech & KomsanMonth ago

    Apple Fitness+ - Apple

  78. Daniel Castro Maia

    Daniel Castro MaiaMonth ago

    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.

  79. Alex Cameron

    Alex CameronMonth ago

    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.

  80. Alex F

    Alex FMonth ago

    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

  81. Jeremias Menichelli

    Jeremias MenichelliMonth ago

    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.

  82. CB Mateas

    CB MateasMonth ago

    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.

  83. MightyRob1

    MightyRob1Month ago

    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.

  84. J H

    J HMonth ago

    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!

  85. Daniel Cook

    Daniel CookMonth ago

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

  86. 테크boy

    테크boyMonth ago

    I use Galaxy Fit 2

  87. J

    JMonth ago

    Verge is an island.. serene and almost unique✨

  88. Brandon Forte'

    Brandon Forte'Month ago

    Does the airplay feature work now?

  89. mrcraggle

    mrcraggleMonth ago

    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.

  90. Alvin varianto Setyawan

    Alvin varianto SetyawanMonth ago

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

  91. Timothy Collins

    Timothy CollinsMonth ago

    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.

  92. Seila Hy

    Seila HyMonth ago

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

  93. bigmaxcc

    bigmaxccMonth ago

    True don't forget music

  94. Tom Zach

    Tom ZachMonth ago

    I'm here for Becca 👊

  95. buellreaucracy

    buellreaucracyMonth ago

    The treadmill workouts are 🔥

  96. Mike Hughes

    Mike HughesMonth ago

    Great review!

  97. Alan

    AlanMonth ago

    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.

  98. Darlin Lopez

    Darlin LopezMonth ago

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

  99. Rajiv Sundaresan

    Rajiv SundaresanMonth ago

    That portion between 10.18 to 10.45!!! Brilliantly put 🤣

  100. Zyzzus Christ

    Zyzzus ChristMonth ago

    Dieter, do you even lift?

  101. Dylan Wagner

    Dylan WagnerMonth ago

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

  102. sunnyd777

    sunnyd777Month ago

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

  103. ave rie

    ave rieMonth ago

    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.

  104. Sriyans Kumar

    Sriyans KumarMonth ago

    why to pay for things which are free on the internet??

  105. Spideycraft700

    Spideycraft700Month ago

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

  106. Spideycraft700

    Spideycraft700Month ago

    I love the Verge so much