The exercise equipment company Peloton has clarified that customers can no longer connect their Apple Watch to the Bike+ Bootcamp Classes because the iPhone maker’s Fitness software doesn’t support switching from biking to lifting weights all in one workout.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Peloton’s new Bootcamp class type combines strength and cardio.
  • But, Apple’s Fitness app doesn’t support multi-disciplinary workouts.
  • Hence, Peloton has disabled support for bike bootcamp classes.
  • Regular old cycling still supports Apple Watch integration.
  • Context: Peloton may launch a fitness-tracking accessory of its own.
  • More context: Apple Fitness+ is a direct competitor to Peloton.

Peloton blames it on the Apple Watch

Peloton today issued the following statement to the press:

Apple GymKit is designed to work with equipment-based cardio workouts. However, Peloton recently implemented GymKit with Bike Bootcamp, a multi-disciplinary class type that combines strength and cardio, which the feature does not support. Members can still use GymKit to sync their cycling-only workouts to their Apple Watch from Bike+.

GymKit allows Apple Watch owners to connect their Apple Watch to compatible gym equipment to track their metrics more accurately. The statement arrives after Peloton cut back support for the Bike+ Bootcamp Classes for Apple Watch Fitness yesterday, leaving only the cycling class. However, Peloton has acknowledged that it would prefer to include Apple Watch in additional workouts in the future provided Apple’s rules permit it.

Currently, Apple Watch owners can combine multiple activities in a single workout within the Fitness app. For example, you may start with an outdoor run workout and then shift to an outdoor bike ride by swiping right in the Fitness app and touching the button labeled “+”. Doing so will end the current workout and automatically start your new workout.

Scrolling through the results summary shows you the total workout time and calories burned.

Could this be about competition?

Now, some people speculate that Peloton’s explanation is disingenuous and point to the fact that Peloton just bought Atlas, which is a smartwatch company, strongly suggesting that Peloton might soon unveil a fitness tracker of its own.

Aside from Atlas, Peloton has also acquired Otari and Aiqudo, Bloomberg reported.

One of the things fueling this speculation is the fact that Apple’s terms of service for GymKit are not public. Another is the fact that the Apple Fitness+ subscription service is a direct competitor to Peloton (which Peloton CEO called a “legitimization of fitness content”).

Apple Fitness+ only supports single-purpose workouts as well.

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Peloton’s baseline $1,895 bike doesn’t work with GymKit, but its souped-up $2,495 version does—and therein lies the problem for end-users. As The Verge notes, many people got the more expensive bike to use with their Apple Watches only to discover yesterday that bike bootcamp classes are not supported in the Fitness app.

The Bike+ was specifically advertised as being compatible with GymKit. Peloton earlier disabled the ability for Apple Watch to pair with Bike+ via GymKit for strength and yoga classes.