Apple offers Apple Watch users 1-3 free months of Fitness +
Apple shipped iOS 14.3 today and this included the launch of its much-vaunted Fitness+ service, with one big surprise hidden in the small print:
One free month of Fitness+ if you already have an Apple Watch
Stashed at the end of the company’s news announcement sat these words:
“Three months of Apple Fitness+ are included for customers who purchase Apple Watch Series 3 or later, and one month of Fitness+ is included for existing Apple Watch users.” (Italics mine)
This opportunity to get fit while locked in this season is only available for a short time, Apple said. It also comes as Apple continues to find different ways to offer up free access to almost all its services this holiday season, as it seeks (I guess) to boost Apple One subscriptions from around March.
And I think the plan might work.
What else did Apple have to say?
- Apple Fitness+, the first fitness experience built around Apple Watch, is available today, bringing inclusive and welcoming studio-style workouts to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV so users can work out anytime, anywhere.
- The service incorporates key workout metrics from Apple Watch directly to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV alongside workout content.
- Expect a highly personalized, immersive experience, set to motivating music from the world’s top artists.
- Fitness+ offers all kinds of workouts from a team of hand-picked passionate trainers.
- All workouts include a trainer demonstrating modifications to meet different levels of ability.
The company also ramped up its relationships with health insurance companies, with UnitedHealthcare and LifeTime+ in the U.S. reaching different deals to make the service part of or an inducement to join.
How to sign up
First you must update iPhone and Apple Watch
- On iPhone tap the Fitness app
- Tap the Fitness+ tab
- Tap on Start Free Trial and confirm
- The system will offer new Apple Watch owners a 3-month trial, others get a month.
Available workout types include:
Absolute Beginner workouts provide expert guidance through the basics of HIIT, Strength, Core, and Yoga as an option to prepare for the weekly studio workouts.
- High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT),
- Treadmill (for running and walking),
- Mindful Cooldown
- Fitness+ recommends workouts based on what they already enjoy doing
- Fitness+ will be available as a subscription service for $9.99(US) per month or $79.99(US) per year,1 and Apple Watch customers will find Fitness+ in the Fitness app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
- Fitness+ can be shared among up to six family members for the same price.
- Three months of Apple Fitness+ are included for customers who purchase Apple Watch Series 3 or later, and one month of Fitness+ is included for existing Apple Watch users.
- Apple Fitness+ is included in the Apple One Premier plan.
- Customers who have purchased an Apple Watch Series 3 or later from Best Buy since September 15, 2020, will get an additional three months of Fitness+ for a total of six months free.
- Best Buy customers who already owned an Apple Watch Series 3 or later before September 15, 2020, and are My Best Buy members will get an additional month of Fitness+ for a total of two months free. For more information, visit bestbuy.com.
- As part of its overall membership offering, both digitally and at its athletic resorts nationwide, premier health and wellness brand Life Time will be the first health and fitness club company in the US to offer Apple Fitness+. For more information, please visit life.
- Starting January 1, 2021, UnitedHealthcare will offer five additional months of Fitness+ at no additional cost for UnitedHealthcare Motion enrollees with Apple Watch, to help empower eligible program participants on their path to a healthier lifestyle.
- Following the extended trial, UnitedHealthcare Motion enrollees may be able to apply program incentives to cover the Fitness+ monthly subscription cost. For more information, visit: com.
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