Connecting to gym equipment?

baldachin

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Did you manage to connect your Series 3 Apple Watch to gym equipment already?

If yes, which brand?
 

Mercenary

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Apple marketing are very clever here. They let the users assume it just works with those brands.

The gym equipment need to have the gymkit hardware to talk to the watch. This means all new kit and not some simple upgrade.

Most gyms lease their gear for 3-5 years. Which means it could be years before they replace their kit with gymkit enabled hardware if at all. No doubt it will cost more and we all want the cheapest gym around.
 

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Apple marketing are very clever here. They let the users assume it just works with those brands.

The gym equipment need to have the gymkit hardware to talk to the watch. This means all new kit and not some simple upgrade.

Most gyms lease their gear for 3-5 years. Which means it could be years before they replace their kit with gymkit enabled hardware if at all. No doubt it will cost more and we all want the cheapest gym around.

Genius!!! That's all I can say!!
 
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Apple marketing are very clever here. They let the users assume it just works with those brands.

The gym equipment need to have the gymkit hardware to talk to the watch. This means all new kit and not some simple upgrade.

Most gyms lease their gear for 3-5 years. Which means it could be years before they replace their kit with gymkit enabled hardware if at all. No doubt it will cost more and we all want the cheapest gym around.
I'm not sure that's accurate. There are already gym cardio equipment from some of these brands that have NFC enabled hardware out there designed to do this. I haven't done it with the Apple Watch yet, but I was intrigued by the ClimbMill by Matrix Fitness at my gym - it had the symbol and the data panel and I just didn't bother trying to do anything with it, but when I looked up that machine when I got home it seems it could work already?
 

Jessem1133

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I'm not sure that's accurate. There are already gym cardio equipment from some of these brands that have NFC enabled hardware out there designed to do this. I haven't done it with the Apple Watch yet, but I was intrigued by the ClimbMill by Matrix Fitness at my gym - it had the symbol and the data panel and I just didn't bother trying to do anything with it, but when I looked up that machine when I got home it seems it could work already?
Nope, what mercenary said is true.
 

Aniseedvan

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It’s hard to find information about when they may be available at all. I’d be quite interested for home use but suspect those of us not willing to drop three grand on a treadmill will be disappointed...
 
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baldachin

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Apple marketing are very clever here. They let the users assume it just works with those brands.
I didn't assume that at all. Why would you mention it? My gym has compatible hardware (LifeFitness, Discover SE3 HD). Wondering which other brands have hardware shipped.
 

Mercenary

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I didn't assume that at all. Why would you mention it? My gym has compatible hardware (LifeFitness, Discover SE3 HD). Wondering which other brands have hardware shipped.
Does it really? Apple have only just released this stuff and it makes no business sense for gyms to rush out, bin their existing gear and buy all new apple friendly hardware. Apple will be compatible with the makes listed in the keynote video. Doesn't mean it works on all models right now. My gym has lifefitness gear but it certainly ain't gonna work given that they all rock the 30 pin connection still.
 

baldachin

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Does it really? Apple have only just released this stuff and it makes no business sense for gyms to rush out
No one claimed that gyms shall rush out and replace their good equipment. My gym just replaced the cardio devices last week and that happens to be now technically compatible with Apple Watch. I asked who else managed to connect to equipment and what brands that would be. Normal question, no assumptions of it would work with any device of a brand. What is wrong with you?
 
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Jessem1133

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No one claimed that gyms shall rush out and replace their good equipment. My gym just replaced the cardio devices last week and that happens to be now technically compatible with Apple Watch. I asked who else managed to connect to equipment and what brands that would be. Normal question, no assumptions of it would work with any device of a brand. What is wrong with you?
A quote from the posted article above.

“That said, while GymKit-enabled gear will be out this fall, it’s probably too much to hope for any of them to show up in my local gym anytime soon.”

If these new machines are just rolling off the assembly line RIGHT NOW...then there is a very slim chance they’ll be in any local gyms at the moment.
 

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Its also possible that the current gym hardware can be connected to the apple watch with a small hardware or software upgrade. If they already have machines that work with NFC readers (as someone posted above), it may be a trivial thing to make them work with the App Gym Kit.
 
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Jessem1133

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Absolutely. But they are in mine and probably also in others. So what is the problem with asking about it?
Since you aren’t going to research yourself, and just keep asking the same questions over and over again...I’ll leave you with one more article, and then that’ll be it. Enjoy your weekend.

https://www.wareable.com/apple-watch/how-does-apple-gymkit-work-3414
“Because gyms would need to replace their older equipment - whether it be consoles or full machines - with brand new equipment, it could take a while for Apple Watch-compatible machines to make its way into your local gym.”
 

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Since you aren’t going to research yourself, and just keep asking the same questions over and over again...I’ll leave you with one more article, and then that’ll be it. Enjoy your weekend.

https://www.wareable.com/apple-watch/how-does-apple-gymkit-work-3414
“Because gyms would need to replace their older equipment - whether it be consoles or full machines - with brand new equipment, it could take a while for Apple Watch-compatible machines to make its way into your local gym.”
From your article
“it could take a while for Apple Watch-compatible machines to make its way into your local gym.”


Also from your article

“The first GymKit-compatible equipment will start rolling out this month alongside watchOS 4.”


The term “ a while” is not a definitive measurement of time. And just because your gym doesn’t have any compatible equipment doesn’t mean that a gym in another part of the world doesn’t have them either.

From your own article it says that some equipment may be upgraded by replacing the console. What if a gym wanted to use this as part of their marketing and upgraded some of the equipment.

Seriously, to argue over whether a gym that someone else attends, has a GymKit compatible machine is ridiculous. Just because it hasn’t been your experience doesn’t make it true for everyone else.
 
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Jessem1133

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From your article
“it could take a while for Apple Watch-compatible machines to make its way into your local gym.”


Also from your article

“The first GymKit-compatible equipment will start rolling out this month alongside watchOS 4.”


The term “ a while” is not a definitive measurement of time. And just because your gym doesn’t have any compatible equipment doesn’t mean that a gym in another part of the world doesn’t have them either.

From your own article it says that some equipment may be upgraded by replacing the console. What if a gym wanted to use this as part of their marketing and upgraded some of the equipment.

Seriously, to argue over whether a gym that someone else attends, has a GymKit compatible machine is ridiculous. Just because it hasn’t been your experience doesn’t make it true for everyone else.
Lemme know when one pops up in your gym.