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Fitness, formerly Activity, is an exercise tracking companion app announced by Apple Inc. during their September 2014 Special Event. The app is available on iPhones running iOS 8.2 or above for users with a connected Apple Watch. The application displays a summary view of user’s recorded workouts from the Apple Watch or supported third-party apps and exercise equipment.



The app displays three ‘activity rings’, which are daily movement goals, and encourages users to ‘close’ all of their rings by the end of the day. The move ring tracks number of kilojoules burned, the exercise ring tracks minutes spent exercising, and the stand ring tracks the number of hours spent standing for at least one minute.[1] Activity rings can be shared with others to compare data and start competitions, which give an award to the person who has filled their rings the most over a seven-day period.[2]

All workouts recorded through the Workout app on the Apple Watch are viewable through the ‘Summary’ tab of the Fitness app and include relevant metrics and HealthKit data, such as heart rate, depending on the type of exercise. For outdoor activities, summaries also include weather conditions at the time of the workout and a map which outlines the route taken while exercising. After a 90-day period, the app will also begin to show users their exercise trends, displaying arrows next to various metrics.[3] Arrows which are facing up show an improvement in an area, whereas downwards facing arrows show a decline.

Apple Fitness+[edit]

Apple Fitness+ is an ad-free video on demand guided workout streaming service announced during Apple’s September 2020 Special Event and was officially launched on December 14, 2020. The service provides several video workout guides and routines from fitness professionals, displaying exercise statistics from the Apple Watch in the top-right corner of the video in real-time. Each workout is set to a curated playlist, with Apple Music subscribers given the option to download a workout playlist to their device for other use. The service is housed within the Fitness app and costs US$9.99 per month, US$79.99 per year, or is included in the premium tier of Apple One.[4]

Beginner Workouts[edit]

Apple Fitness+ includes a range of workouts for all skill levels and has programs for both beginners and experts. Each workout is run by three trainers, with one performing a modified, less-intensive version of the workout. Shorter workouts are also available, which have only a single instructor and include further instructions for those new to a particular exercise.[5]

GymKit API[edit]

GymKit is an integration API that launched with watchOS 4.1 on October 31 2017, which allows developers and manufacturers to enable bidirectional sync between the apple watch and certian cardio equipment.[6][7] Once paired, compatible machines can send workout data and performance to the Fitness app.

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