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First Impressions: Apple Fitness+

Last week, I signed up for my month-long free trial of Apple Fitness Plus.

I am by no means a fitness buff and do not have the weight that would suggest that I’d need to get to a gym as quickly as possible. In fact, at 24 years old and 130-135 pounds, I’m probably considered underweight for my age.

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However, no one ever said it would be a bad thing to get at least a little fit.

The first aspect of Apple Fitness+ that I like is that I don’t have to go to a gym. I know the coronavirus pandemic has been truly awful for the United States, but at the same time, I’m glad that programs like Fitness+ exist because it allows me to workout in the comfort and privacy of my own home.

At this time, I don’t trust working out in a gym because of how germ-filled those places can be and I believe that working out should be more of a private thing. Maybe that’s just the introvert in me?

Moving into the workout portion of the service, I did just one for my first time, and oh my God, I felt the burn. I chose the “Core with Amir” workout which was just 10 minutes.

It felt kind of good to feel that burn because it shows that I’m doing the workout right and that the service is working for me.

The encouragement from Amir in the workout is nice and it was interesting to see that he only had one real leg, yet he was still doing the workouts. It could be just the thing other disabled people need in this country and across the world to inspire them to workout.

From a tech aspect, it’s great that the Apple Watch and Apple TV integration works so well. It’s cool seeing your heartrate and other important health info in the top-left corner of the TV screen.

I like that the Fitness app does have profiles on it. Granted, I live alone, but if I were to have a friend or someone need to use this service to do a workout or two, it’s good to know that they would not disrupt my own profile and workouts.

The only change I would like to see happen with the service, for now, is be able to choose the music based on artist instead of genre. I’m sorry, but I just cannot get inspired or “going” to today’s Top 40 hits or other hip-hop music. During my one workout, I think there were only a couple of songs I truly liked.

There should be a Mac app with this Apple Fitness+ too just so that those with a MacBook can do the workouts from it. Perhaps Apple is already working on that?

Apple Fitness+ costs $9.99 a month after a month-long free trial or $79.99 a year and is available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

Do you use Apple Fitness+? What are your thoughts on it? Comment below or let us know on Twitter at @appleosophy.

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