Apple’s GymKit, making it possible for Apple Watch to connect to gym equipment, launched some time ago. And one of the most exciting elements of Peloton’s Bike Plus was GymKit support when it launched. But now the company appears to be pulling back on that support.
That’s according to The Verge, which is reporting that Peloton has confirmed it is limiting support for GymKit moving forward. Specifically, when it comes to the Bike Plus, GymKit will no longer be supported by Peloton’s Bike Bootcamp classes. Instead, Peloton says GymKit will support “only be available in cycling classes for now”.
Peloton went on to say, “Peloton is committed to bringing the GymKit integration to all workouts and disciplines within Apple’s terms of service”.
GymKit makes tracking workouts easy. But that support is required to make it happen. With Peloton pulling back on that support for the Bike Plus, which is Peloton’s first to support Apple’s fitness-focused technology, it makes it a bit more difficult for Apple Watch users to track that information.
With this change, Apple Watch owners are going to need to change their workouts manually, rather than simply being able to see the change happen on the smartwatch and keep working out. As noted in the original report, these users will need to start a specific workout, like cycling, end it, then start another workout to track. It’s not necessarily the most difficult thing, but it is a bit more hassle compared to offering GymKit support.
Resource: How to use your Apple Watch with gym equipment
Potentially eve more frustrating, though, is that GymKit makes it possible to show the user’s heart rate on the display on the Bike Plus. Without that support, that feature is no longer present.
This is probably bad news for Bike Plus owners, but hopefully it’s something that gets fixed in the near future.