Curated Apple Fitness+ workouts and meditations, a new Time to Run feature and other enhancements are launching on the service on Monday, January 10, 2022.
- Apple Fitness+ Collections are curated workouts and meditations
- Time to Run is an audio experience designed around running
- New Time to Walk guests are coming to the service
- Artist Spotlight workouts also join Fitness+
Apple Fitness+ Collections brings curated workouts and meditations
Apple has said it’s bringing Collections, Time to Run and other new features to its Fitness+ service on Monday, January 10, to help you with those New Year resolutions.
Collections is a feature that brings in one place a curated selection of workouts and meditations from the library of 2,000 studio-style workouts and guided meditations. Best of all, collections organize this content in a way that helps you reach specific goals. Read: How to upgrade to Apple One from your existing Apple subscriptions
The following six Apple Fitness+ collections will be available at launch:
- 30-Day Core Challenge
- Improve Your Posture with Pilates
- Perfect Your Yoga Balance Poses
- Run Your First 5K
- Strengthen Your Back, Stretch Your Hips
- Wind Down for a Better Bedtime
“Collections will include a suggested plan to help users make intentional training choices over the next several days or weeks,” Apple has said.
Is it time to run yet?
Time to Run is an audio experience much in the same vein as Time to Walk, but for those who prefer running exercises instead of taking long walks. According to the announcement published on the Apple Newsroom website, each Time to Run episode features a popular running route in some of the iconic cities with rich running history.
The following three Time to Run episodes will be available at launch:
- London, coached by Cory Wharton-Malcolm
- Brooklyn, coached by Emily Fayette
- Miami Beach, coached by Sam Sanchez
A new episode will drop each Monday.
Each episode is composed of inspiring coaching tips led by one of the Fitness+ trainers users know and love, including Emily Fayette, Jamie-Ray Hartshorne, Sam Sanchez, and Scott Carvin, as well as one new running trainer, Cory Wharton-Malcolm. Wharton-Malcolm, who is renowned for championing inclusivity in the running community, ran his first marathon in 2007, and now he embarks on running adventures all over the world. His lively coaching makes even the hardest run feel playful.
As with Time to Walk, Time to Run feature comes with motivational music and playlists curated by the Fitness+ trainers, chosen to match each run’s intensity, location and coaching. Read: How to share subscriptions with family members
For example, the playlist for Miami Beach features Latin music inspired by the vibrant sights and sounds of the city. Users can also save the playlists to listen to anytime. During Time to Run, users will also receive photos taken by the Fitness+ trainer of notable sights along their route. Photos will be available in the workout summary afterward, and users can save them to their photo library or share with others.
As with other Fitness+ features, you’ll need an Apple Watch to enjoy these improvements although Fitness+ is also available on your other screens, like iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. In a typical Apple fashion, Fitness+ comes with some nice touches. For those who use a wheelchair, for example, Time to Run becomes Time to Run or Time to Push.
Time to Walk season 3
Aside from Collections and Time to Run, Apple is also introducing the third season of Time to Walk on January 10 featuring such celebrity guests as Rebel Wilson, Bernice A. King, and Hasan Minhaj, as well as new Artist Spotlight workouts featuring music from Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Shakira and the Beatles.
The new season will launch with a Time to Walk episode sporting actor, writer and producer Rebel Wilson. As you’re jogging, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about Wilson’s acting lesson that “became a great life lesson, and how an unexpected connection provided comfort after she lost a loved one.”
Some of the additional guests in the third season of Time to Walk will include:
- Bernice A. King, advocate, minister, and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
- Hasan Minhaj, the comedian, writer and producer known for his work on “The Daily Show” and his award-winning series “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”
- Chris Meloni, the actor best known for his television role on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
- Ayọ Tometi, the human rights advocate, strategist and writer known for her role as a co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
- Chelsea Handler, known for her standup comedy, former host of “The Chelsea Handler Show” and the author of six best-selling books.
- Sugar Ray Leonard, former professional boxer, Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Famer.
Time to Walk has become a pretty popular feature of Fitness+ in this pandemic as people try to get back in shape. Instead of walking and listening to the music, Time to Walk sells the idea of walking while listening to some, hopefully, encouraging and inspiring thoughts from your favorite celebrity.
New Artist Spotlight workouts
The Artist Spotlight series on Fitness+ is getting new workouts with the music of Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Shakira and the Beatles every Monday for four weeks.
New workout types coming to Artist Spotlight include Cycling, Dance, HIIT, Strength, Treadmill, and Yoga, across music genres such as Chill Vibes, Everything Rock, Hip-Hop/R&B, Latin Grooves and Upbeat Anthems.
For those unfamiliar with it, Artist Spotlight is a workout playlist dedicated to a single artist.