Fitbit rolls out Fitbit Premium on September 2019 which is a subscription based service that provides guided programs, personalized insights, advanced sleep features, dynamic workouts and new coming soon features. About week ago, I signed up for the trial to try out all these features. As a Fitbit user, I don't think those features worth the cost. I will explain why I don't encourage getting Fitbit Premium (for now).
NOTE: This article is written on 1/1/2020, so the content might not be most up-to-date.
Fitbit Guided Programs is a series of programs which is used to "guide" you leading a healthier lifestyle. For me, I don't think these guided programs are helping me with the purpose. For example, I am choosing the Get Active program as below:
After setting up the program, it will send you a reminder (or not) depending on whether you have achieved it or not. What do I get if I achieve the goal for the day? Nothing much. Some of the guided program will also require me to manually check the checkbox to ensure the target is met.
In my opinion, it doesn't quite make any sense to me to check all these checkboxes myself to ensure I am on the right track. Well, the Guided Program is not entirely useless though. Sometimes the recommended articles (like the one above) might provide some useful insights for you.
As a premium user, you can download your own wellness report to visualize your health trend. Your report will include the following:
As you can see, there is 4 main sections in this report which are Heart Rate, Weight, Activity, and Sleep. With the data Fitbit collected from your Fitbit watch, it can generate a visual report that we might be interested of. For example, we can find out our average bpm, average daily steps, average time asleep and so on in the defined time range.
I think the report is lack of depth and I am sure Fitbit team will continue improving the details of the report. In short, I won't be paying for this particular feature.
Advanced Sleep Features
Advanced sleep features allow you to view each Sleep Score breakdown: Time Asleep, Deep and REM, and Restoration. You will be able to see different chart and analysis in premium only.
It is nice to see some details of your sleep but is it really necessary? What can I get or learn from my sleep? I am no expert in this so I won't be paying for this additional feature.
With Fitbit Premium, you can access various workout videos in within Fitbit app.
The bad thing is that it is kind of hard to navigate in within Fitbit app. The good thing is that you will get the access to Fitbit Coach contents and videos.
NOTE: Fitbit Coach subscription costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year while Fitbit Premium subscription costs the same $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. If you are a fan of Fitbit Coach and would also like to access Fitbit premium contents, then getting Fitbit Premium might be the right choice for you.
Challenges & Adventures
You can create custom challenges and invite players to join you. I personally don't use this feature at all, so I don't really care much of it.
Like the workout videos, it is hard to navigate and also the app needs to be on the screen in order to listen. Honestly, I won't be using Fitbit app to listen to these audios.
In conclusion, I don't think Fitbit Premium is worth the cost, mainly because I am not hooked on the features that Fitbit Premium provides. Like I mentioned in the Dynamic Workouts, unless you are a fan of Fitbit Coach, otherwise I don't see a reason to get the Fitbit Premium (yet).
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