Do you use your Apple Watch at the gym?
The Apple Watch Connected Gym program launches at select gym locations on Thursday, January 23. Apple Watch wearers who meet fitness goals can also attain bonuses.
The Watch Connected program is now supported in select franchises of the YMCA, Crunch fitness, Basecamp fitness and Orangetheory fitness in the US. Crunch, meanwhile, will allow you to get up to $300 over two years off your membership fees.More news: Caroline Wozniacki's tennis career comes to an end at Australian Open
Tier 1: Gyms must have an Apple Watch app that lets people track their fitness, see classes and log-in at the gym.
Among other Apple Watch Connected benefits, Orange Theory members can attain Apple and Nike gift cards when they hit various goals, while Basecamp will give members an Apple Watch Series 5 Global Positioning System model, for which those members, in exchange, commit to three classes a week for a year.
However, the centerpiece of Apple Watch Connected is an "Earn with Watch" incentive program that will allow you to get rewards for using your Apple Watch.More news: Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite with Snapdragon 855 launched in India
YMCA will donate to "community initiatives".
It's worth noting that the program's scale is now far smaller than it may seem. Two New York City Crunch locations are already on board, with more to come. The YMCA is launching at the St. Paul Midway location in Minnesota before expanding to 21 other facilities in the Twin Cities area. Apple also requires its gym partners to offer a way for users to earn rewards with their watches, so giving gyms that data could be worth it-at least if you want cash or a free Apple Watch for your efforts. Apple emerged as the market leader in the wearable technology industry at the end of a year ago, with the International Data Corporation reporting that it held the position in terms of market share as of the third quarter of 2019. I know Apple stores my exercise data on-device, but what do the gyms plan to do with it?
Apple has yet to confirm whether it will be bringing the Apple Watch Connected scheme to other countries. Apple Watch Connected could be the best of both worlds-and, hey, at least it's healthy.More news: "Obi-Wan Kenobi" Series For Disney+ Is Put On Hold