Given that Fitness+ provides videos that are ideal for people who are unable to visit gyms and other facilities, it has been seen as a logical response to the ongoing health crisis, but Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams today told Reuters that it was planned long ago.
Work on Fitness+ started “quite a while ago” as a “natural extension goal of Apple Watch, which is to help people live a better day.” Apple has long had a focus on encouraging people to be more active with the Apple Watch, offering an Activity app with daily movement goals.
“At least pre-Covid, if you could write one prescription for the world from physicians, it would have been to be more active. It’s so powerful,” Williams said in a press briefing. “So anything we do in that realm that helps people be more active is something we’re excited about.”
Fitness+ will offer workouts across a range of categories, including yoga, dance, treadmill walk and run, cycling, HIIT, rowing, core, strength, and mindful cooldown.
Apple films workout videos using a team of trainers in Los Angeles, with the exercises focusing on using little to no equipment.
Apple is planning to launch Fitness+ by the end of the year, with Apple charging $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Those who buy a new Apple Watch Series 3 or later will get a free three month trial.