In 2017, Apple launched the GymKit, one framework that connects Apple Watch to gym equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, bicycles and more. Technology is important because the watch is great for monitoring outdoor exercises, but not so good on machines like these as this makes calculating the distance made by GPS quite difficult.
Here in Brazil (still?) It is not so common to find gym equipment that supports GymKit, but there in the United States the thing is more widespread. And this week, Apple took another step to try to popularize the technology: as reported by TechCrunch, the company launched the Apple Watch Connected, an incentive program in partnership with four American gym chains (Orangetheory, Basecamp, YMCA and Crunch Fitness).
Each gym has the freedom to define its own fitness goals, but the idea is that they are personalized for each member and that they are challenging yet realistic. Gyms also choose their own rewards – check out the ones that are available in each one below:
- Crunch: gym fee discounts, up to $ 300 in two years.
- Orangetheory: Nike and Apple gift cards.
- YMCA: contributions to community initiatives.
- Basecamp: discount on the value of the Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS).
In most cases, the program requires equipment compatible with the GymKit and the Apple Watch – after all, the Apple idea is, of course, to sell more watches. At the same time, gyms are free to use the data generated by the machines themselves in whatever way suits them.
The program is free for gyms, as long as they meet the requirements, including apps for iPhone and Apple Watch to track workouts, offer rewards and incentives, and accept Apple Pay.
The bad news is that if the program is still in its infancy in the US, imagine when it will expand globally. Still, it is still good news for those who enjoy exercising with the Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Series 5
Cash price: from R $ 3,599.10Installed price: up to 12x R $ 333.25Sizes: 40mm or 44mmMaterials: aluminum, stainless steel, titanium or ceramicFeatures: GPS or GPS + CellularColors: diverseLaunch: September 2019