Apple Watch Introducing New Tai Chi and Pilates Workout Types in watchOS 8

Apple today announced a few workout-related features coming to watchOS 8 and Apple Fitness+.

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Starting with ‌watchOS 8‌, users will be able to track Tai Chi and Pilates workout styles on their Apple Watch. Apple said that the new workouts are supported by powerful custom-built heart rate and motion algorithms to provide users with accurate metrics.

Apple Fitness+ is also gaining a few features in ‌watchOS 8‌, including Picture in Picture support and new filtering options, as well as the ability to stop and resume an in-progress workout on any device.

Coming to Apple Fitness+ later this month, Apple also revealed that there will be a new workout series with trainer Jeanette Jenkins. Additionally, there's also an "artist spotlight" series of workouts that highlight songs from specific artists, like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, and Keith Urban.

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Top Rated Comments

cecil444 Avatar
2 weeks ago
I'm confused what this means exactly; Pilates and Tai Chi were already available as workouts in watchOS. Though to be honest I've tried these (and several other types) before and they are not at all accurate in their measurements...for example, a Tai Chi workout records burning many more calories than it should for a practice that mainly involves standing in place, breathing normally, and making slow movements. So does this announcement just mean they are going to finally make these workouts measure more accurately? Or are they going to be brought to Fitness+?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Octopuss Avatar
2 weeks ago
Still no sex workout
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Franklin Klein Avatar
2 weeks ago
I got excited for a second...thought Pilates was coming to fitness+ ☹️
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ErikGrim Avatar
2 weeks ago
Pilates has been on the Watch since forever. I am looking at it right now...?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oy1007 Avatar
1 week ago

I'm confused what this means exactly; Pilates and Tai Chi were already available as workouts in watchOS. Though to be honest I've tried these (and several other types) before and they are not at all accurate in their measurements...for example, a Tai Chi workout records burning many more calories than it should for a practice that mainly involves standing in place, breathing normally, and making slow movements. So does this announcement just mean they are going to finally make these workouts measure more accurately? Or are they going to be brought to Fitness+?
They did the same with Dance, Traditional Strength, Core, and Cooldown workouts last year. Undoubtedly they will add these workouts to Fitness+ in the Fall - otherwise, what would the point be? But yes, seems like for now these workouts will now measure more accurately
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ErikGrim Avatar
2 weeks ago
So are they NEW workouts, or have they just been updated with improved metrics?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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