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Fitness+ workout service for Apple Watch launching on December 14

Apple Fitness+ was unveiled at the company’s September Apple Watch event but an arrival date wasn’t shared other than sometime this fall. Now it’s been announced that the personalized fitness service based around Apple Watch is launching on December 14.

Apple Fitness+ will be available as a standalone subscription running $9.99/month or $79.99/year. It is also available to use with Family Sharing in the Apple One Premier bundle that goes for $29.95. For a limited time, Apple is giving a free 3-month trial to the Fitness+ for those buying a new Apple Watch Series 3 or later (or have bought one since September 15). And Best Buy customers will be seeing the trial last 6-months.

To start, Apple Fitness+ will include 10 different categories of workouts. It requires Apple Watch and the ability to use iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV means users can get a workout from anywhere, even without equipment.

Apple Fitness+ will launch with 10 of the most popular workout types, including High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, Cycling, Treadmill (for running and walking), Rowing, and Mindful Cooldown, led by a phenomenal team of trainers whose approach is welcoming to all. The workouts are fueled by inspiring music from today’s top artists designed to keep users motivated from start to finish.

Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies shared some thoughts on the value of living an active lifestyle and how Fitness+ can help:

“Being more active is one of the most important things we can do for our health, but we know choosing to work out can often be a challenge whether you’re very active or just getting started,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies. “We’re excited for Apple Fitness+ to bring together the metrics from Apple Watch, great music, and a diverse and inspiring trainer team — in a uniquely simple, easy-to-access way across Apple devices — to encourage our users to get fit and stay healthy.”

Apple is highlighting five key aspects of what makes Apple Fitness+ unique:

  • Integration with Apple Watch
  • Simplicity of Finding Great Workouts
  • Fitness for All
  • Motivating Music
  • Flexibility to Work Out Anywhere

Apple Fitness+ is found in the updated Fitness app on iPhone, which is also coming to iPad and Apple TV with the arrival of the service. Apple’s goal with the service is to offer personalized and engaging workouts and your live metrics from Apple Watch show up on the screen.

Apple Fitness+ will be available Monday, December 14, and requires iOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, iPadOS 14.3, and tvOS 14.3. For Apple Watch users, Apple Fitness+ will automatically appear as a new tab in the Fitness app on iPhone; the Fitness app for iPad will be available to download from the App Store; and on Apple TV, the Fitness app will automatically appear once users upgrade to tvOS 14.3.

For the initial launch, Apple Fitness+ is available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. You can check out the full press release for the service here.

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Michael is an editor for 9to5Mac. Since joining in 2016 he has written more than 3,000 articles including breaking news, reviews, and detailed comparisons and tutorials.