However, the centerpiece of Apple Watch Connected is an "Earn with Watch" incentive program that will allow you to get rewards for using your Apple Watch. As the name suggests, the program is aimed at helping Apple Watch users stay fit and works by offering incentives for the same.
Tier 1: Gyms must have an Apple Watch app that lets people track their fitness, see classes and log-in at the gym.
As a former Crunch and YMCA member who would've loved an easier way to track my workouts and get statement credits for pricey NYC gym memberships, Apple Watch Connected appeals to me.
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Apple's newest gym partnership, announced Thursday, is aiming to knit the gym experience and the Apple Watch experience more closely together by connecting your Watch's activity data to gym reward programs.
Crunch's perks include a few bucks back each week toward the next month's bill for working out a certain number of times. They must also accept Apple Pay so that you can use your Apple Watch (or iPhone, if you brought it with you) to pay for stuff at the gym. And at the YMCA your workouts go toward providing free classes for kids. Two New York City Crunch locations are already on board, with more to come.
The launch is also very telling of the company's strategy when it comes to the Apple Watch, which has gradually become one of its most important products as revenue from its wearables business has helped offset slowing iPhone sales over the past year. YMCA will start with its greater Twin Cities locations this week followed by 22 additional YMCA branches in the coming weeks before expanding further.