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Apple Fitness+ expands Monday to non-Apple Watch users, now free through UnitedHealthcare, Target, and more

Apple Fitness+ is ready for a big update. Starting with iOS 16.1 on October 24, users in the 21 countries where the service is available will be able to use it without an Apple Watch. Along with that, SilverSneakers, Target, UnitedHealthcare and Mobile Health will be offering Fitness+ at no cost, and brand new content, including an Artist Spotlight series featuring Taylor Swift, is on the way.

Apple announced all the details of Fitness+ in a Message from the press room this morning:

“Starting October 24, for the first time ever, Fitness+ will be available for iPhone users to subscribe and enjoy in the 21 countries where it is offered, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch. . iPhone users will have access to the entire service featuring over 3,000 studio-style workouts and meditations, all led by a diverse and inclusive coaching staff. Users will also see on-screen coach guidance and interval timing, and estimated calories burned will be used to progress on their Move ring.

Apple notes that users with a apple watch “can continue to take their motivation to the next level with personalized, real-time metrics that show up on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.”

Free fitness+

Apple also announced new options for getting Fitness+ at no cost. First, with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, customers can get a three-month free trial.

Additionally, “This year, Fitness+ will offer new ways to sign up for the service at no additional cost through deals with SilverSneakers, Target, UnitedHealthcare and Mobile Health.”

Here are the details:

  • SilverSneakers, the nation’s leading fitness program for seniors, will now offer members Fitness+ membership at no additional cost beginning in January 2023 through select Medicare Advantage plans. Members will also have access to the Workouts for Older Adults program on Fitness+, which helps users stay active at any age with a focus on strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and mobility. They can activate their Fitness+ subscription via the SilverSneakers GO app on the App Store or via their SilverSneakers member account on
  • Target will now offer a free four-month trial of Fitness+ to members of target circle, the retailer’s free loyalty program. Target Circle members also get free access to three months of Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud+, Apple Arcade, and News+, with no purchase necessary.
  • UnitedHealthcare continues to offer Fitness+ as an annual subscription at no additional cost to millions of members as part of their employer-sponsored fully insured health benefits. Employers with self-funded health plans can offer a similar offer to their employees.
  • Mobile healtha fast-growing digital health and wellness technology company, will offer its employer customers the opportunity to add Fitness+ as a wellness benefit for their employees and allow them to earn an Apple Watch by staying active.

New Apple Fitness+ Content

Another part of today’s announcement is new content coming to the fitness service.

Taylor Swift Series

“Starting October 24, music by Taylor Swift will be available on the service for the very first time, starting with a series dedicated to solo artists featuring new songs from her album ‘Midnights,’ which will be released October 21. . The series dedicates an entire workout playlist to a single artist, and every Monday for three weeks, new workouts featuring music by Taylor Swift will appear across all workout types, including Core, Cycling, Dance, HIIT, Pilates, Rowing, Strength, Treadmill and Yoga.
To celebrate the theme of “Midnights”, the first three workouts will feature special themed lighting, and Fitness+ trainers will highlight the entertainer in fun and creative ways. In a treadmill workout, the first letter of each coaching tip from Fitness+ trainer Scott Carvin will combine to spell “SWIFTIE.” In a HIIT workout, Fitness+ trainer Anja Garcia will lead users through 13-second intervals to lean into Swift’s affinity for the number 13.”

More new content

  • Yoga for every runner
  • Time to walk with Hannah Waddingham
  • Additionally, Fitness+ will introduce three new collections, curated content from the Fitness+ library to help users achieve their goals or find inspiration, including:
  • Totally 80s cycling, featuring eight dynamic workouts that can boost cardio fitness. Each workout has the energy of a party and is set to a playlist full of songs from the 1980s.
  • Best Conscious Cooldowns for Athletesoffering a series of full body stretches and short visualizations designed to help athletes mentally prepare for their sport and recover more easily from any athletic activity.
  • 14 Day HIIT and Strength Challengefeaturing 30-minute strength and HIIT workouts that help motivate users to take their fitness routines to the next level.

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