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Why don’t I see the burn bar on my Apple Fitness + Workouts?



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The Burn Bar is how Apple Fitness + adds a community dimension to its workouts. It compares your calorie burn to other people who have also exercised and tells you how you are doing. But sometimes you don’t see the Burn Bar. What gives?

What the Burn Bar shows

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7;s briefly summarize what the Burn Bar actually shows. It compares how many calories you burned in the last two minutes of your workout (and the average of the entire workout at the end) with people who are roughly the same age, weight, and gender (so newcomers aren’t compared to elite athletes). You are ranked – ‘Behind the Pack’, ‘In the Pack’, ‘Middle of the Pack’, ‘Front of the Pack’ or ‘Ahead of the Pack’ – based on how you are doing.

It takes two minutes for the Burn Bar to appear

Because the burn bar is based on how hard you worked over the past two minutes of your workout, it won’t appear until after you’ve actually worked out two minutes. If you don’t see the Burn Bar at the start of a workout, this is probably why.

The burn bar is only displayed for certain workouts

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Strength training is not about burning calories.

The Burn Bar is only displayed for workouts where the goal is to burn calories. Some workouts, such as Strength, Yoga and Mindful Cooldowns, have different goals. The Burn Bar does not appear in workouts like this one because it is not a good measure of performance.

For example, in strength training, your goal is to perform high-quality reps that build muscle, not get your heart rate up by bouncing around. The Burn Bar can’t compare your reps to others, so Fitness + doesn’t show it.

The Burn Bar can be turned off

After your first workout you will be given the option to switch off the Burn Bar. If you’ve done that by accident – or intentionally turned off the Burn Bar at some point – you may need to turn it on.

During a workout, tap the metric icon at the bottom right of the screen.

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Tap the switch to the right of “Burn Bar” to turn it on.

Burn switch bar highlighted

If the Burn Bar option is already enabled on this screen, you probably won’t see it for one of the other reasons: you may have to wait two minutes or it may not be relevant to your current workout.

RELATED: How to turn off the Burn Bar in Apple Fitness +




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