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How to Use Apple Fitness+ on iPad and Get Into Shape

Apple Fitness+ is ready to help you get in better shape using Apple Watch, iPhone, and Apple TV. The subscription plan is also compatible with the iPad, although some may be surprised by this news; by default, the Apple Fitness+ app on iPad isn’t installed on the tablet. No worries, however. Here are the steps to follow to get Apple Fitness+ on iPad and start your first workout.

What is Apple Fitness+ Plus?

As previously noted, Fitness+ is a paid service that offers a catalog of workouts across various categories. Metrics like heart rate and calories burned are kept via your Apple Watch. When a workout is complete, the information gets added to your daily activity data. In other words, Apple Fitness+ provides yet another way to close your rings!

You can watch the videos through iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. You’ll need an Apple Watch Series 3 or later to use the service. On the software side, your devices must be using iOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, iPadOS 14.3, and tvOS 14.3. On every device except iPad, Fitness+ automatically installs on your devices with the required updates.

You must manually download the free Apple Fitness+ for iPad app from the App Store.

Installing Apple Fitness+ on iPad, Subscribing to Service

You can find the official Fitness+ app on the App Store on iPad and install it just as you would any other app. Once the app gets installed, you’re ready to go.

If you haven’t yet done so, you can subscribe to Fitness+ directly from your tablet by following these directions:

  1. Open the Fitness app on your iPad.
  2. Tap Get Started.
  3. Choose the trial offer.
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  5. Verify your billing information.
  6. Add a valid payment method.
  7. Tap Subscribe.

Using Apple Fitness+ on iPad

At launch, Fitness+ offers trainer-guided workout videos that support 10 workout types. These include high-intensity interval training (HIIT), yoga, core, strength, treadmill (walk or run), cycling, rowing, dance, and mindful cooldown. To perform a workout, you must be wearing your Apple Watch. During the sessions, you’ll see your heart rate and activity rings on the screen. The workouts are between five and 45 minutes in length, with new content being added weekly.

On your iPhone, open the Fitness app, and tap the Fitness+ tab. On your iPad or Apple TV, open the Fitness app.

To use the new service from your iPad:

  1. Open the Fitness app on your iPad.
  2. Select a workout type.
  3. Tap the Filter button.

Search for workouts by filtering

Next:

  1.  You can narrow workouts by trainer, time, and type of music. Choose Done to filter.
  2. Choose your workout.

Find the workout you want

On the workout page, you can tap Preview to see a short clip of the exercise routine and to make sure you’re okay with the playlist provided. You can also save the workout for later use.

Saving a Workout

To keep track of a workout:

  1. Tap Save on a workout page in the Fitness+ app on iPad.
  2. Choose a saved workout on the main Fitness+ page under My Workouts.
  3. Select the cloud icon at the button of saved workouts to download a copy of the workout on your iPad for offline use.

Saving a workout in Apple Fitness+

Saving a Playlist

Each workout page in the Fitness+ app contains the music playlist, when applicable. You can listen to each song in the workout directly from this page. If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can easily listen to the playlist outside of the workout or save it to your music library.

To review the music playlist:

  1. Choose your workout in the Apple Fitness+ app.
  2. Tap on a song to listen.
  3. Apple Music subscribers, select Listen in Music for later use.

Find songs used in workouts

Perform a Workout

  1. Tap Let’s Go to begin your workout.
  2. Choose the Play button on your Apple Watch. If you don’t have your Apple Watch, you can tap Workout Without Watch.
  3. Pause and resume your workout from your iPad (or Apple Watch) as needed.

Once you complete a workout, you’ll see your results on the iPad screen. Tap Mindful Cooldown, if necessary.

Starting an Apple Fitness+ workout

Adjusting Your Metrics

Before starting a workout, you can change the metrics that you’ll see. To do so:

  1. Tap Let’s Go to begin your workout.
  2. Choose the Metrics Editor button at the bottom of your iPad screen. The available metrics are different depending on the workout you selected.

As Apple explains:

  • Metrics: You can display your workout time, heart rate, and calories burned in the upper left as you workout. Your Activity Rings progress also appears in the upper right.
  • Time: You can choose whether to show how much time has elapsed in your workout, how much time is remaining, or turn off time.
  • Burn Bar: The Burn Bar is a way for you to compare your effort to others who’ve done the same workout. It adjusts to account for weight to allow for an equal comparison and is shown as your calories burned. If you leave it on, your workout data is anonymously added to the Burn Bar competition. The Burn Bar is available for High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Treadmill, Cycling, and Rowing workouts.

adjusting metrics

Ready to Go?

Fitness+ is priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Those using an Apple Family plan can share membership with up to six family members.

To encourage sampling, existing Apple Watch users receive a free month of Fitness+; new Apple Watch buyers receive three months for free. A $29.95 per month Apple One Premier membership includes Fitness+. You also get Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage at this membership level.

At launch, Fitness+ is available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, with other countries and regions being added soon.

Except for an Apple Watch, special equipment isn’t required to use Fitness+. However, Apple is already highlighting a curated selection of fitness accessories on its website; some are used in the fitness videos. One should expect this list to grow significantly over time.

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