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Apple has partnered with four gym networks in the United States for the implementation of Apple Watch Connected. This connection will allow Apple Watch owners to track their workouts and ultimately receive rewards for their exercise efforts.
Basecamp Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Orangetheory and the YMCA will be involved in the program, and it became available last week at certain locations. There is no fee for the participating gyms, but they must meet requirements from Apple, including having an Apple Watch app and accepting Apple Pay, among others.
According to a CNBC report, Basecamp Fitness will institute the program at all its locations over the next year and give users an Apple Watch Series 5 GPS model that can be paid off by participating in three classes per week for a year.
Crunch Fitness is rolling out this program at a pair of New York City locations. Crunch has CrunchTime Active Rewards, which allows members who complete weekly fitness goals using Apple Watch to save on monthly dues.
“Crunch is thrilled these New York locations are part of the Apple Watch Connected program. An overwhelming majority of our members choose iOS as their mobile platform of choice and we're seeing widespread adoption of Apple Watch by members in our club,” Chad Waetzig, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Branding at Crunch, said in a release. “With the convenience and great fitness and activity tracking features of Apple Watch, we feel we're able to bring our members next level integration by building an entire experience around this device. And we're fully intending to expand the Apple Watch Connected program across more Crunch Signature and Crunch Fitness gyms in 2020 and beyond.”
Orangetheory, according to CNBC, will implement Apple Watch Connected in all its U.S. clubs in 2020 and offer Apple and Nike gift cards to users who meet certain goals.
The YMCA started the program at its Minneapolis/St. Paul facilities last week. The YMCA Twin Cities will put your efforts toward a good cause, saying that through participants reaching certain achievements, “young people are given free enrollment in programs like Swim Lessons, Camp, Sports and Youth in Government—all of which offer opportunities to learn lifelong skills and make meaningful friendships.”
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