Apple’s Fitness Video Service That Competes With Peloton Is Cheaper and Just As Good

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Todd Haselton from CNBC reviews Apple Fitness+, with some thoughts on how it compares with Peloton’s similar app. Here’s an excerpt from his report: Apple’s subscription fitness app, Fitness+, launches Monday. I’ve been using it for the past several days and I think it offers a nice variety of workouts that people will like. You need an Apple Watch to take the prerecorded exercise classes, which are available on iPhones, iPads and the Apple TV. It’s a smart way for Apple to make the Apple Watch even stickier. If people get really into the fitness classes, like I have, it will be yet another way Apple keeps people locked in to its ecosystem of products. Why buy another phone, tablet or watch if you really like Fitness+? It also comes at a great time, when people aren’t in gyms and are at home looking for ways to exercise.

Like other fitness apps, including Peloton’s, which starts at $12.99 a month for classes that don’t need the company’s connected spin bike, you don’t need anything to use it. But, you’ll get more out of it if you have any indoor cycle, treadmill, rowing machine or free weights, since some of the classes require equipment. But you don’t need anything special. I’ve been riding a hand-me-down exercise bike, for example. Fitness+ costs $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year. It’s also part of the Premier Apple One plan, which costs $29.95 per month, and includes other Apple products like Apple Music, Apple TV+ and extra iCloud storage bundled together at a discount.

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