'Apple Watch Connected' Program Will Offer Rewards for Working Out at Participating Gyms


macrumors regular
Jul 20, 2011
That’s fair. And I admit, I actually edited my post after you responded, so that’s my own fault there. I don’t think PF is a ‘bad place’ to work out, but I do agree with your comments that I’ve read/heard about how they really don’t want specific type of people working out in that gym with the whole ‘no intimidation.’

And you’re right, the lunk alarm is absolutely ridiculous, as it’s meant to humiliate/embarrass those who are allegedly doing things they shouldn’t. If they don’t like certain things that people are doing, they could simply address it with them in person versus blaring some alarm expecting for the member to hear it with their headphones on. The ‘lunk’ alarm is juvenile and completely unnecessary.
OMGGGG yessss the lunk alarm I was actually instructed my night staff wasn’t using it enough and I had to write people up for not sounding it enough hahaha

i saw the edit and appreciate it You are right though they definitely do add some pretty good equipment
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Thanks! I'll take a look.
its my most used most favorite app on my watch and works amazing
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macrumors 68000
Jul 15, 2005
Makes me wonder: how good is the Apple Watch at tracking weight lifting? I was under the impression that most tracked activities are currently cardio-related.
I use mine to track me while I'm lifting weights. I burn a decent amount of calories doing it.

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macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
I use mine to track me while I'm lifting weights. I burn a decent amount of calories doing it.
It’s funny you mention about burning calories when lifting. There was an article not that long ago about a study was shown that actually weightlifting at a fairly intense rate can burn as many calories/if not more than cardio. Now, I would probably think it depends on what type of weightlifting you’re doing (Seated row/lat pull down/incline press) that would require to burn excessive calories with a heavier weight v.s. just sitting on a bench doing dumbbell curls with a light weight with very little effort. Of Course, intensity has to be taken into that measure that someone is moving at a fairly decent speed, high volume in repetitions, etc.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 5, 2010
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reminds me i seriously need to look into aapl watch replacing old dumb fitness watch


macrumors 65816
Feb 26, 2008
I don't think it does track weight lifting. At least I haven't noticed that feature on my apple watch.
Tell me about it... It doesnt do a good job as measuring it if you forget to start a weight lifting workout. It will measure your fitness during that workout if you remember to start one and start to better measure you the more you do it but if you forget to start it, you may as well never went to the gym according to the watch.


macrumors newbie
Dec 4, 2012

Apple today announced the launch of a new Apple Watch Connected program that should benefit both gyms and gym-goers.

The program will reward gym-goers for using an Apple Watch to track their workouts, with incentives varying by gym. At participating Crunch Fitness locations, for example, members can earn up to $4 off the cost of their membership per week if they meet certain activity goals, according to CNBC.

In return, gyms could attract new customers who wear an Apple Watch and see increased loyalty from existing members.

It is free for gyms to join the Apple Watch Connected program, so long as they meet the requirements, including having iPhone and Apple Watch apps to track workouts, offering rewards and incentives, and accepting Apple Pay. Apple also encourages gyms to offer GymKit-enabled equipment for improved Apple Watch syncing.

Four gym chains are rolling out support for the program in the United States starting today, including Basecamp Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, and the YMCA, according to CNBC:Last month, Orangetheory Fitness announced that it would begin rolling out Apple Watch support to its gyms in the first quarter of 2020. The gym chain created a small accessory called the OTbeat Link that attaches to an Apple Watch band, allowing the Apple Watch to sync with the chain's heart rate monitoring system.

Article Link: 'Apple Watch Connected' Program Will Offer Rewards for Working Out at Participating Gyms
Anyone know what that accessory is on the Apple Watch band? I've never seen that before.


macrumors 65816
Jul 18, 2009
I'll hold my breath for any of the gyms around me supporting this. I do like my Apple Watch tho.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 6, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
I agree with an earlier comment that would like to see Apple work directly with exercise equipment manufacturers. I would love for my AW to be able to anonymously capture the data from a workout on an eliptical trainer (distance, calories, level setting). However, I am not interested in having my workouts tracked by the gym via the gym's app (or anyone else's app). I would greatly prefer to just use the Apple Health and Activity apps than trusting my data to a 3rd party app.


macrumors regular
Apr 5, 2013
The only reward I want for going to all that fitness effort is a cream cake and a week in bed to recover.


macrumors 6502
Feb 23, 2008
On the good side, this will encourage people to move more -- especially the 70% of America that is overweight and/or obese. However, cardio works well until it doesn't and in the long term the body adapts to cardio by slowing down the metabolism and sacrificing muscle. A more integrated approach that incentivizes resistance training would be better.