Apple GymKit has launched in Canada, as Illinois-based Life Fitness has announced their cardio machines will support the latter at Equinox health club in Toronto.
GymKit allows Apple Watch users connect their devices to compatible fitness equipment, so they can track data while exercising, such as calories burned, distance, speed, incline and heart rate, while data from the machines are synced in real-time and saved in the user’s Apple Health app.
“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to bring exercisers around the world the most innovative fitness technology on the market,” said Jaime Irick, president of Life Fitness, in a press release. “The advanced technology of Apple GymKit with Life Fitness equipment is another example of how our fitness platform is rapidly growing to connect exercisers, clubs and innovative technologies for more engaging workouts. Equinox has always been a great partner and we’re excited to launch Apple GymKit with them in Canada.”
With GymKit, it allows Apple Watch users to tap their wearables on an NFC reader on equipment, which then lets both devices transfer live data via Bluetooth. Apple announced GymKit at WWDC last year.
Life Fitness previously launched GymKit enabled cardio machines in the U.S., Hong Kong and Japan. The Equinox health club location in Yorkville will include GymKit-enabled cardio machines, with a roll out slated for other locations.
GymKit debuted with watchOS 4 last fall, but there was no news about fitness equipment supporting the feature for Apple Watch users in Canada—until now. Let us know if you’re going to try this out at the Equinox club in Yorkville.