Apple Fitness+ launched in Australia this week. The subscription service offers a myriad of exercise videos that you can access at home. And as it turns out, each one incorporates some American Sign Language (ASL).
While it isn’t used constantly through out, it’s encouraging to see a large tech company this incredibly important step to offer more inclusivity.
Apple Fitness+ see American Sign Language incorporated into its videos
ASL is used at the start and beginning of the Apple Fitness+ videos, regardless of their length. And according to Apple, trainers also utlise ASL throughout workouts as well.
It’s our understanding that trainers learned American Sign Language (ASL) to utilise in every workout video. This can manifest as greetings or as encouragement.
It’s important to note that Auslan is not incorporated into the Apple Fitness+ videos. This is because the training videos are created by Apple in the U.S. which primarily adheres to ASL.
The Auslan alphabet is based off the two-handed British Sign Language (BSL) alphabet. Comparatively, ASL is a one-handed language.
It’s now available in Australia
Apple Fitness+ is now available in Australia. The types of workouts available include strength, HIIT, yoga, dance, core, cycling, rowing, treadmill and cooldown. Each workout includes different variations to make things harder or easier, as you so desire.
In addition to the videos it uses live data from your Apple Watch for a more personalised experience. It also adds new workouts each week.
It’s also compatible with iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
Apple Fitness+ costs $14.99 per month or $119.99 for an entire year. Alternatively, you can bundle it with the Apple One Premier plan. This is $39.95 a month and comes with Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage. It can be shared with up to six family members.
Disclosure: the author owns shares in Apple.