Apple Takes On Peloton With Fitness+ App

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Apple Takes On Peloton With Fitness+ App
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Apple has launched its new Fitness+ app, putting Peloton in its crosshairs. However, Peloton stock is shaking off the news about Apple, thanks to its addition to the Nasdaq 100.

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Review of Apple's Fitness+ app

CNBC reviewed the Apple Fitness+ app today after it launched as a direct competitor to Peloton. The app requires an Apple Watch to work, although you can watch the recorded classes and exercises on an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

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The launch of the Fitness+ app is clearly designed to make the Apple ecosystem even stickier than it already is. The timing of the launch is apt, as many people are staying home instead of going to the gym to work out, so they're looking for ways to stay in shape without having access to a gym and exercise classes.

Fitness+ is cheaper than Peloton's app, with the former priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Peloton's app starts at $12.99 per month. Neither app requires any special equipment to complete the exercises. However, both will provide better results and more options if you do have a stationary bike, rowing machine, treadmill or free weights because some of them do require equipment.

Apple Fitness+ versus Peloton

The CNBC reviewer had great things to say about Apple's and Peloton's trainers. He likes that Apple's app syncs seamlessly with the Apple Watch, which then records the activities and puts them toward closing the rings on the watch every day.

He added that it's easy to find classes to take on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Fitness+ recommends classes based on the user's past workouts. It uses data from any app that saves data to Apple Health, including Peloton. Users can also filter classes by the amount of time it takes to complete them, instructor, exercise or even type of music.

Apple Fitness+ is designed for all fitness levels. Instructors in each workout show suggested changes or tweaks for those who aren't able to do the exercises the same way the trainers can do them due to their fitness level. One thing the CNBC reviewer liked more about Peloton is that the trainers are more personable because they share things about their lives, like what they're doing and what types of music they like. Additionally, Peloton offers live classes, but Apple Fitness+ does not.

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Michelle Jones is editor-in-chief for ValueWalk.com and has been with the site since 2012. Previously, she was a television news producer for eight years. She produced the morning news programs for the NBC affiliates in Evansville, Indiana and Huntsville, Alabama and spent a short time at the CBS affiliate in Huntsville. She has experience as a writer and public relations expert for a wide variety of businesses. Email her at Mjones@valuewalk.com.
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