The Burn Bar is howÂ Apple Fitness+ adds a community aspect to its workouts. It compares your calorie burn to other people whoâ€™ve also done the workout and tells you how you stack up. But sometimes you wonâ€™t see the Burn Bar. What gives?
What the Burn Bar Shows
First, letâ€™s quickly recap what the Burn Bar actually shows. It compares how many calories youâ€™ve burned in the past two minutes of your workout (and at the end, the average for the whole workout) to people who are roughly the same age, weight, and gender (so newbies arenâ€™t compared to elite athletes). Youâ€™re given a rankingâ€”â€œBehind the Pack,â€� â€œIn the Pack,â€� â€œMiddle of the Pack,â€� â€œFront of the Pack,â€� or â€œAhead of the Packâ€�â€”based on how youâ€™re doing.
The Burn Bar Takes Two Minutes to Appear
Since the Burn Bar is based on how hard youâ€™ve gone over the previous two minutes of your workout, it doesnâ€™t appear until after youâ€™ve actually worked out for two minutes. If youâ€™re not seeing the Burn Bar at the very start of a workout, this is probably why.
The Burn Bar Only Shows on Certain Workouts
The Burn Bar only shows up on workouts where the aim is to burn calories. Some workouts, like Strength, Yoga, and Mindful Cooldowns, have different goals. The Burn Bar wonâ€™t appear in workouts like these because itâ€™s not a good measure of performance.
In a Strength workout, for example, your goal is to perform high-quality repetitions that build muscle, not to get your heart rate up by bouncing around. The Burn Bar canâ€™t compare your reps to other peopleâ€™s, so Fitness+ wonâ€™t show it.
The Burn Bar Might Be Turned off
After your first workout, you get the option to disable the Burn Bar. If you did that by mistakeâ€”or deliberately turned off the Burn Bar at some pointâ€”you might need to turn it on.
In a workout, tap the metrics icon in the bottom right of the screen.
Tap the toggle to the right of â€œBurn Barâ€� to turn it on.
If the Burn Bar option is already enabled on this screen, youâ€™re probably not seeing it for one of the other reasonsâ€”you might need to wait two minutes, or it might not be relevant to your current workout.
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