Apple Developing Fitness App for iOS 14 That Lets You Download Guided Workout Videos

Apple appears to be working on a new fitness app for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV that is designed to let users download guided fitness-related videos that will walk them through various workouts.

iconsfitnessappios14

Icons representing some of the exercises that will be available in the fitness app

The app, which is codenamed "Seymour," may be named Fit or Fitness when it is released. Apple appears to be aiming to release the app in iOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14, and it seems to be a standalone app that will be available alongside the existing Activity app.

With the fitness app, users may be able to download fitness videos that cover a range of different workout options and activities, getting guidance on completing those activities on the Apple Watch. Apple provides a gallery of different workout routines that can be downloaded and synced to the Apple Watch, with the videos themselves shown on the iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

The Apple Watch appears to be used to track your progress through each workout routine, similar to how the Apple Watch can track existing fitness activities through the Activity app.

Apple appears to be providing the workouts through its fitness app for free, as there are no in-app purchases or costs associated with the content at this time.

It looks like Apple is working on a wide variety of activity types, including indoor running, cycling, rowing, stretching, core training, strength training, outdoor walking, dance, and yoga.

While Apple seems to be working on these features for the next software updates expected this fall, there is no guarantee that this functionality will make it into the finalized versions of iOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14.

We're going to be sharing a lot more details on new features that are coming to iOS 14 and Apple's other software updates in the coming days, so stay tuned to MacRumors for more.

Top Rated Comments

ipedro Avatar
30 months ago
This has been the biggest missing link for at home workouts with Apple Watch. Sure, you could track a workout on your Watch but most people don’t get the form and the sequence of a workout right, which is why personal trainers are so popular and so effective for those who use them.

Having a guided video on Apple TV with the Watch in sync and capturing activity data, will be the perfect combination to working out at home.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cuencap Avatar
30 months ago
A few random comments:

As a user of Aaptiv and Peloton, I really hope this comes with an audio-only feature. Working out to an instructor led music-filled session is super motivating. Aaptiv instructors explain the movements verbally clearly.

There isn't much of a barrier to entry to these types of apps other than music licensing and a handful of fun personalities as trainers. The music portion Apple should have no problem with, and the energetic trainers are probably easy to come by.

It will be interesting to watch this unfold, as providing this for free would be a game changer to the aforementioned apps. It would hurt Aaptiv much harder as Peloton's great experience lies on their hardware.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
30 months ago

I have to disagree. As a trainer, it is already hard enough to generate revenue and to offer this for free will further ruin the industry for us. In my own experience, offering training for free or low-cost results in commitment issues on the client's part because they can literally walk away at any time after the trainer has spent time developing programming for said client. It's very frustrating.


I think if they had a stripped-down version with just a library of videos (but not routines) they could offer that for free. Once you start curating routines and programming then a fee should apply for the reasons in my other comment ('https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apple-developing-fitness-app-for-ios-14-that-lets-you-download-guided-workout-videos.2226063/post-28270711'). I'm not convinced that Apple wants to get into the personal/online training business though.
Personalized training will always keep personal trainers in business. When I work with a personal trainer, they know exactly what I have to work on before I do.

For example, my trainer focused on my back for weeks even though it never crossed my mind to work those muscles at all. What he saw was that my slumped posture could be corrected. People noticed this. Some said I looked taller. Women told me I looked more confident. An app would never have guessed that.

What I see in this are routines to keep you active. I’m most interested in the yoga. But classes with real people will never be replaceable. It’s a social thing.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
krfr Avatar
30 months ago
Hopefully it stays free. Kinda tired of all the subscription content.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
techpr Avatar
30 months ago
Like the John Travolta style ?



Attachment Image

Attachment Image
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Skeith Avatar
30 months ago
If this allows us to create routines and log exercises (plus calculate calories burnt), that will be great.

But I wonder if this is going have a subscription model, most apps that are doing the abovementioned functions comes with a subscription model in order create unlimited routine or log unlimited history.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

macbook air m2

Exclusive: Apple Plans to Launch MacBook Air With M2 Chip on July 15

Wednesday June 29, 2022 5:23 pm PDT by
The redesigned MacBook Air with the all-new M2 Apple silicon chip will be available for customers starting Friday, July 15, MacRumors has learned from a retail source. The new MacBook Air was announced and previewed during WWDC earlier this month, with Apple stating availability will begin in July. The MacBook Air features a redesigned body that is thinner and lighter than the previous...
Mac Studio IO

Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Mac Studio Models

Thursday June 30, 2022 7:42 pm PDT by
Apple today began selling refurbished Mac Studio models for the first time in the United States, Canada, and select European countries, such as Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, two refurbished Mac Studio configurations are currently available, including one with the M1 Max chip (10-core CPU and 24-core GPU) for...
top stories 2jul2022

Top Stories: M2 MacBook Air Release Date, New HomePod Rumor, and More

Saturday July 2, 2022 6:00 am PDT by
The M2 MacBook Pro has started making its way into customers' hands and we're learning more about how it performs in a variety of situations, but all eyes are really on the upcoming M2 MacBook Air which has seen a complete redesign and should be arriving in a couple of weeks. Other top stories this week included a host of product rumors including additional M2 and even M3 Macs, an updated...
original iphone 2007

15 Years Ago Today, the iPhone Went On Sale

Wednesday June 29, 2022 4:43 am PDT by
Fifteen years ago to this day, the iPhone, the revolutionary device presented to the world by the late Steve Jobs, officially went on sale. The first iPhone was announced by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, and went on sale on June 29, 2007. "An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator... these are not three separate devices," Jobs famously said. "Today, Apple is going to reinvent the...
rootbug

Major macOS High Sierra Bug Allows Full Admin Access Without Password - How to Fix [Updated]

Tuesday November 28, 2017 12:33 pm PST by
There appears to be a serious bug in macOS High Sierra that enables the root superuser on a Mac with a blank password and no security check. The bug, discovered by developer Lemi Ergin, lets anyone log into an admin account using the username "root" with no password. This works when attempting to access an administrator's account on an unlocked Mac, and it also provides access at the login...