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Tech Support: Apple Fitness+ Explained

Yahoo Finance’s Dan Howley breaks down whether or not consumers should buy Apple Fitness+ and explain what type of workouts the device offers.

Video Transcript

AKIKO FUJITA: Now time for our Tech Support segment. It's a perfect segue because we're talking about exercise, this time with the launch of Apple Fitness+, and Dan Howley is here to walk us through that. Dan, should we be thinking about this as kind of the competitor or Apple's answer to Peloton, or is this outfit maybe an announcement that you have also become a fitness instructor?

DAN HOWLEY: I am the new Richard Simmons-- not so much the short shorts. But I do think that this is a Peloton competitor. Apple Fitness+, which I've been using, starts at $9.99 a month or $79.99 for the year.

And there are a few things that we'll run through about it and whether or not you should get it. The first thing that you need to know is you do need an Apple Watch to use it. So if you don't have an Apple Watch, don't bother. It really is based around the Apple Watch. Now, you can start some workouts without the Apple Watch, but to get the registration process done, you need the watch itself.

So what kind of workouts does this offer? Well, it's a slew of different items that are available. There's strength training. There's treadmill. There's rowing. There's core. There's yoga. There's HIIT. There's 10 different types of workouts. They last between 5 and 45 minutes, and you can choose them as you like.

So, for instance, I've been using the treadmill one. You don't need a particular piece of exercise equipment that Apple recommends. They do, on their website, list some, but they're incredibly expensive. So I just went with my $600 treadmill, which is still expensive, but it's not $1,400.

And I managed to still follow along. They'll tell you different things like change your grade to 1% or your incline to 1%. Change your speed to whatever you're comfortable with. And that's similar to how it will work with rowing and the HIIT workouts as well.

As far as the trainers, there are 21 different trainers. They're all in prerecorded sessions, so it's not going to be live like Peloton, but it does give you an idea of how you're going to end up working out along with this.

So, for instance, I did a treadmill exercise last night. It was fantastic. But I, you know, could imagine that if I went back and used that several more times, it would kind of be boring after a while. But the important thing is I don't need it to be appointment based.

Now as far as overall Watch integration, you're going to get things like on-screen showing you your calorie count, your heart rate, whether or not you're part of the lead-- leading the pack or in the back of the pack as far as the overall analytics of the app go.

So overall, it really does seem like a good package that Apple has put together here. And I got to say, if you have the Watch already, it really is worth getting. You can use it with your iPhone display, your iPad, your Apple TV. I think it's a win for them.

ZACK GUZMAN: Yeah, it's very interesting stuff, Howley. And I like the sweatbands there as well, showing that off. And $79.99 a year, who knows? I mean, you could also get used P90X tapes like me. That's what I've been putting to work here. I've got to get some sweatbands too, though.

Dan Howley breaking it all down. Appreciate that.