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The future of Apple Watch fitness might be GymKit

The Apple Watch can one-tap connect with cardio and fitness machines in certain gyms: this is how it works.

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What is GymKit? It's a simple tap-to-pair process using NFC and Bluetooth that links the Apple Watch to fitness equipment.

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Once paired, a fitness machine shows the same workout stats on the Apple Watch and the gym display.

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I gave it a try.

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It also autopauses your Apple Watch if you pause a workout on the gym machine, too.

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The gym machine reads your heart rate data and estimated calorie info, while the watch gets extra information from the gym machine, like stairs climbed or elevation.

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Current GymKit partners include Technogym, Life Fitness, Matrix, Star Trac, Schwinn, Cybex and Stair Master.

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Workout data gets synced to Apple Health (and your iPhone), too.

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It basically means easy tap-in, tap-out for workouts.

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GymKit is launching in one fitness center in New York to start, but Life Time Athletic and Equinox centers will start using GymKit-ready machines in North America in 2018, along with Fitness First in Australia.

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Right now, GymKit is only being used on professional fitness machines in fitness centers. It's possible it might be used on home equipment in the future.

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Existing fitness machines from existing GymKit partners can be upgraded to work with GymKit, but that's up to fitness centers.

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It was easy to use, but it does require a tap on your watch to confirm the pairing.

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If you forget to sync your watch when the workout starts, good news -- you could pair later on, and still sync all the data.

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Shown here: a TechnoGym treadmill with GymKit ready.

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There's an information panel, but you don't need it.

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Tap to pair on a labeled panel is all that's needed.

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Stair-climbers, ellipticals, treadmills and stationary bikes are the first types of machines that work with GymKit.

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It seems like a road towards other fast-connecting accessories, too.

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