Fiit vs Apple Fitness+: which home workout app should you choose?

They’re two of the most popular home workout apps, but which is best when it comes to Fiit vs Apple Fitness+?

Fiit vs Apple Fitness+
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When it comes to the best workout apps, many people find themselves choosing weighing up the pros and cons of Fiit vs Apple Fitness+.

They're two of the leading options on the market which have exploded in popularity thanks to lockdowns and gym closures the world over forcing people to exercise at home. But even before coronavirus came into our lives, home workout apps were increasingly popular, offering convenience and value for money.

Fiit launched in early 2018 and quickly became one of the most popular apps around, thanks to its mix of classes, A-list trainers and options for all abilities.

It was only a matter of time before Apple got in on the action, with Apple Fitness+ launching in December 2020.

As a personal trainer, I've tried and tested both apps. Below I outline the pros and cons of Fiit vs Apple Fitness+ from various aspects, to help you decide which app is best for you.

RANGE OF WORKOUTS

Both platforms over a range of different classes aimed at everyone from beginners through advanced. Plus, both offer classes at varying lengths so whether you’re strapped for time, or have longer to play with, there’s no excuse not to get a workout in!

Fiit's workouts are split into three main categories. These are:

  • Cardio
  • Strength
  • Rebalance

Fiit app fitness class types

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The Cardio classes are high intensity aimed at burning fat, toning muscle and building stamina, whilst Strength workouts use a combination of bodyweight and equipment moves to build and sculpt muscle. A set of the best adjustable dumbbells and/or resistance bands can be handy for these.

Finally, Rebalance improves flexibility; think yoga flow, Pilates, mobility and breath work. 

There’s a full daily schedule of workouts, and these are updated regularly to keep things fresh.

When it comes to Apple Fitness+, workouts fit into one of seven categories:

  • HIIT
  • Yoga
  • Strength
  • Core
  • Rowing
  • Cycling
  • Treadmill

Apple Fitness+ class types

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There’s also a number of Mindful Cool Downs for post-workout, as well as a range of workouts that teach the basics of each category workout, covering points such as good technique and form to avoid injury.

Workouts that require large items of equipment (i.e. cycling, rowing and treadmill) may not suit those who don’t have access to rowing machines, exercise bikes and treadmills. However, these types of workouts are great for gym goers, making Apple Fitness+ a useful resource away from home too.

Plus, just like Fiit, the workouts on Apple Fitness+ are updated regularly, and instructors bring in new moves and routines to keep things fresh.

FITNESS INSTRUCTORS

Fiit app Head of Fitness Gede Foster

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Both platforms work with some of the best instructors in the industry. Each instructor is a specialist in their particular field. 

Fiit has some big Instagram starts including the likes of Head of Fitness Gede Foster (pictured above), leading trainer Lawrence Price and breath expert Richie Norton. Love Island UK fans will also recognize series three contestant and fitness star Gabby Allen in the Cardio and Strength sessions.

Fiit also features trainers who specialize in pre-and post-natal exercise too.

Apple Fitness+ works with a diverse range of US and UK based personal trainers including yoga expert Jessica Skye and HIIT trainer Kim Ngo.

They also work with Molly Fox, an ex Jane Fonda workout instructor who advocates strength at any age.

The Apple Fitness+ trainers are a variety of ages and body shapes

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As you'd expect from Apple, all trainers are bubbly, charismatic and relatable, and often bop along to the music in the background.

What’s great about Apple Fitness+ workouts is that trainers appear in each others’ workouts; one usually offering an easier alternative to a specific move and another often providing a harder version, so you can really challenge yourself.

FITNESS TRACKING

Fiit app on-screen fitness tracking


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Both platforms allow you to track various metrics including your heart rate and calories burned during a workout. 

Fiit is great in the sense that it’s compatible with more than 25 leading fitness devices including several of the best fitness trackers, such as Fitbit, Samsung Watch, MyZone and yes, Apple Watch.

This allows users to track their progress as well as join leaderboards to really up the competition. Fiit also allows users to plan private workout classes with friends. These also come with leaderboards so there’s no chance you’ll go too easy!

Meanwhile, whilst the fitness tracking is exceptional on Apple Fitness+, you do need an Apple Watch Series 3 or above to use it - a key consideration to bear in mind.

Apple Fitness pairs with the Apple Watch, and metrics on the infamous Apple Rings are shown on-screen as you go - whether you're working out on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. 

Apple Fitness+ on-screen fitness tracking stats

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USER EXPERIENCE

The user experience of Fiit vs Apple Fitness+

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There’s no denying that both Fiit and Apple Fitness+ offer smooth, seamless apps which allow users to easily select their workouts. There really is no faulting either of these when it comes to ease of use.

If you want a designated workout plan, Fiit can provide you with this. You can select a two, four, six or 10-week plan based on your personal fitness goals. Options include things like 

Whilst Apple Fitness+ doesn’t offer tailored exercise plans like this, it does recommend workouts based on your previous choices, as well as recommending trainers you might like. You can also narrow down your selection choices by music. Feel like working out to a rock playlist? Now you can!

In terms of classes, both platforms film the on-demand sessions in sleek studios. The Fiit studio has somewhat of a nightclub vibe - all dark settings punctuated with bright lights - whilst Apple Fitness+ workouts are filmed in various studios, depending on the workout. For example, the HIIT classes for example are filmed in a gymnasium reminiscent of a school gym hall, complete with wooden floors and apparatus such as wall bars.

Fiit app breathwork class

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VALUE FOR MONEY

Both workout platforms work out far cheaper than a gym membership, and you’re given unlimited access to a multitude of workouts.

At £120*, a yearly subscription offers the best value for Fiit, working out at £10 a month. Alternatively you can pay on a monthly basis, which costs £20 a month. Note that the price converts to local currency for users outside of the UK at the point of checkout.

In comparison, Apple Fitness+ is surprisingly cheap: a year’s subscription costs $79.99/£79.99, whilst it's $9.99/£9.99 to pay monthly.

Both services also offer free trials, with Apple's offer being slightly more generous - provided you're in (or willing to join) the Apple club, of course. Existing Apple Watch users can get one month free, whilst new Apple Watch purchases come with three months' free access. Meanwhile, Fiit offers a 14-day free trial to all.

Apple Fitness+ rowing machine workout

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FIIT VS APPLE FITNESS+: VERDICT

It's hard to pick a winner in the Fiit vs Apple Fitness+ battle, with both offering first-rate platforms that are easy to use and cater to all abilities.

Workouts are varied on both, however the fact that Apple Fitness+ provides machine based-workouts as an alternative to mat classes is a plus in our eyes - and something that will be particularly welcome one gyms reopen.

Whilst both allow you to track your progress, anyone working on a tracker other than the Apple Watch won't be able to use Apple Fitness+. This will generally be the key determining factor of whether you choose Apple Fitness+ over Fiit - but if anything's going to convert you to Apple Watch, then this is it.

However, if you're not ready or willing to make that kind of investment, then Fiit could prove the more cost-effective option for you.