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While all of the Apple Watches does a great job at tracking your fitness progress like counting the number of steps or your heart rate, the wearable isn’t accurate enough to recognize the type of workout that you do in a gym or the equipment that you use. And neither does the fitness machines give accurate results. That’s where Apple’s new GymKit platform comes to play and is now available for the users in the UAE.
Popular gym equipment makers are preparing to enable their compatibility with Apple GymKit for several treadmills, stationary bikes, stepping machines and so forth. Some of these brands include Life Fitness and Technogym. The latter brand is reported to be Apple’s biggest supportive partner for deploying the Apple GymKit. According to a March 20th report by 9to5mac, over 5000 cardio machines were launched that supported GymKit. As for the users in the UAE, Apple GymKit feature can be used at The Address Boulevard’s fitness centre in Dubai, UAE.
Using the GymKit feature is simple and straightforward. All you need to do is to trigger the NFC reader on your Apple Watch, along with the “Detect Gym Equipment” option enabled on the Watch application. To have this option, you need to make sure that your Apple Watch and your Apple iPhone is updated to the latest firmware available. And to be more specific, the firmware should be Apple Watch OS 4.1 for GymKit support. Once synced with the gym equipment, the Apple Watch records most of the important vitals related to your heartbeat, calories burned, the time elapsed. All these data and information is stored on your Apple iPhone’s Activity application. While the information recorded by the wearable is also displayed on the gym equipment, the data doesn’t remain on the machines once you unpair your Apple Watch with the equipment.
With Apple Watch now having native support for syncing with gym equipment’s, it’s just a matter of time when more brands releases or updates their fitness machines to bring compatibility for Apple’s popular wearable.