By Sarah Finley
Apple Fitness+ is already huge, but it's about to get even better - with new playlist-focused workouts from artists such as Lady Gaga and JLo.
The Artist Spotlight series, where the entire playlist for a workout is dedicated to a single music artist, starts today - with each Monday dedicated to a new music star.
If you're looking for one of the best fitness apps, Apple Fitness+, which is connected to the Apple watch, gives you access to a wide range of workouts - that can be streamed to an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
Another update for Apple Fitness+ includes new episodes of Time to Walk, an audio experience on the Apple Watch. The new episodes will include famous voices - including boxing and two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and actor and presenter Stephen Fry.
Music is already a major part of Apple Fitness+, thanks to their existing deals for iTunes, but the Spotlight series, will dedicate playlists for workouts to a single music artist every week - starting with Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Lady Gaga.
Every Monday for four weeks, new workouts featuring each artist will be available for workouts include Dance, HIIT, Strength and Yoga. We can't wait to get sweaty to a JLo playlist!
Zane Lowe, Apple Music’s global creative director said about the new series: “There’s no better way to supercharge a workout than with the musicians who are a part of the Apple Fitness+ Artist Spotlight series — from Lady Gaga’s signature dance-floor anthems and Jennifer Lopez’s energetic global smashes, to Keith Urban’s pop-tinged country hits and Alicia Keys’ sophisticated neo-soul.
"Apple Music is also taking inspiration from these workouts and creating our own one-of-a-kind playlists dedicated to each of these incredible artists.”
The Time to Walk update means that for those of you who love to pull on your best shoes for walking you'll have more company and inspiration as you walk, in the form of famous faces and voices.
Time to Walk is already used by many Apple watch users, while walking is one of the most popular workouts on Apple Fitness+, so this new update is a big one.
Starting from today regular walkers can listen to actress Gina Rodriguez, from the television series Jane the Virgin. On the recording, Gina talks about learning resilience from her dad and how she built confidence in everything from her body image to feeling part of a community.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practising neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, plus Joan Benoit Samuelson, gold medalist in the first-ever women’s Olympic marathon, also join as new voices on Time to Walk.
Sarah is a freelance journalist who writes about fitness and wellbeing for the BBC, Woman&Home and Tech Radar. During lockdown she found her love of running outside again and now attempts to run around 50 miles a month. When it comes to other fitness, she loves a sweaty cardio session – although since she’s been working out from home she’s sure her downstairs neighbors aren’t too happy about it. She also loves to challenge herself - and has signed up to do hiking holidays, intense bootcamps and last year she went on her dream activity holiday: paddle boarding around deserted islands in Croatia. On her rest days, she loves to recover with a simple yoga flow session – the perfect antidote to her active fitness schedule.
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