Apple Adds Postpartum Workouts to Fitness+

Apple today added a new range of postpartum workouts to Fitness+ to help mothers return to regular exercise after childbirth.

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Almost a year after Apple introduced new Fitness+ workouts geared toward pregnant women, the company today launched a range of workouts for the postpartum period. The series, titled "Get Back to Fitness After Having a Baby," contains seven workouts in the Core, Strength, and Mindful Cooldown categories.

This program is designed for anyone who has recently had a baby, with workouts that can help you feel stronger and more energetic as you take on the daily demands of parenthood. The Core workouts are about reconnecting to your core, building up your ab and back strength, and working your pelvic floor. The series starts with a Core workout to help you create a foundation for getting stronger and avoiding setbacks. There are also upper-body, lower-body and total-body Strength workouts that use one light to medium dumbbell or just your bodyweight. And the Mindful Cooldowns include stretches that target common post-pregnancy tight spots, plus meditations that focus on themes like patience and self-care. Throughout, there are exercise options to help you feel more comfortable, no matter what type of delivery you had. You can do any of the workouts on their own or combined with other workouts in this program or the Fitness+ library. Check with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise.

CNET reports that some of the new workouts target the pelvic floor to help restrengthen muscles supporting organs in the pelvis that relax during childbirth. There are modifications for different levels of intensity depending on the preferred level of activity after childbirth, and the Mindful Cooldowns include messages about the importance of patience and self-care for new parents.

Priced at $9.99 per month, or available as part of the $29.95 per month Apple One Premier plan, Apple Fitness+ is a subscription-based workout video service, available in over 20 countries around the world. A one-month free trial is available for all Apple Watch users.

Top Rated Comments

MrENGLISH Avatar
26 weeks ago
I’d love to see them add fitness workouts geared towards obese people who may not know where to start, require modified workouts based on size, and are otherwise too embarrassed to go to a gym.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Marbles1 Avatar
26 weeks ago

I’d love to see them add fitness workouts geared towards obese people who may not know where to start, require modified workouts based on size, and are otherwise too embarrassed to go to a gym.
Good idea. I think sometimes they cater a bit too much to a stereotype in their heads of a tech savvy, smoothie drinking wealthy Californian.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zachari Avatar
26 weeks ago
"Congrats on baby, now lose that weight girl!" o_O

I was going to send this to my cousin who literally just had a baby today... but then I checked myself.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
heystu Avatar
26 weeks ago
I think this is a great call. When my wife had our twins a couple years ago she had to give up her regular Les Mills workouts in favour of niche workout streamers on YouTube. For Apple to look beyond the regular fitness bunnies will win some people over. Personally I've just demolished a whole pack of bacon and am gonna lie down for a nap.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
autrefois Avatar
26 weeks ago
I don’t often comment to praise Apple, but I think this is a great addition to Apple+ Fitness.

Sure I’m sure it’s going to be a selling point and good PR, but after childbirth a lot of people don’t know how to get back on track with exercising for health.

I don’t think this is a “you gave birth now lose weight honey” thing like someone joked — it fills a real need.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chucker23n1 Avatar
26 weeks ago





This phrasing has the whiff of a writer who’s stuck in a sexist past (“lady parts”, “women’s bits” etc.)…

There’s no harm in mentioning correct names (as would be done when talking about the male body). Being vague like this just comes across as similar to people who avoid saying the word ‘menstruation’ or thinking mentioning periods is a taboo ?.
No, the author literally means the pelvic floor ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelvic_floor'). They are not referring to the vagina.


Tell me you haven't used Apple Fitness+ without telling me you haven't used Apple Fitness+.

They literally have a collection of workouts called "Workout for beginners" and there is one modifier in every Fitness+ video for people who need them. And "too embarrassed to go to a gym"??? Depending on the equipment you have, most if not all exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home or backyard.
It's possible to say "actually, it's quite good even for beginners, and it's mostly designed for home use" without being condescending about it.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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