In an email sent to users Monday evening, Peloton revealed that starting February 27, it would begin transitioning Apple Watch users from GymKit to the Peloton One-Tap tracker.
GymKit integration was once marketed by Peloton as an exclusive benefit of its more expensive Bike Plus, but it has become less appealing in recent years. The company launched an Apple Watch integration in 2022 that brought Apple Watch calorie and heart rate tracking to any Peloton machine, like many other fitness apps.
So if you connected your Peloton to an Apple Watch more recently, you might not even notice the change. The company asks users to only use GymKit if they do not have the latest software updates installed on their machines.
Like GymKit, the Peloton app integrates data from each workout with Apple’s Health app. As with GymKit, you can still track distance and pace and see your heart rate readings on screen. It just doesn’t use Apple’s proprietary API for fitness equipment, so if you have the latest updates installed, things shouldn’t change much. However, it’s still understandable that people who purchased the more expensive Bike Plus integration for GymKit, which is now disappearing, might feel upset about this change.
As Victoria Song explains here, metrics like calorie burn can vary widely depending on the user and type of exercise, so changes in the accuracy of the data provided may not be significant. Although users can enter their weight, gender, activity level and other variables that affect the number of calories burned, wearable devices like the Apple Watch provide, at best, an educated guess.
But some fitness enthusiasts still like to track their workouts over time and view their aggregated health data on Apple’s Health app — and now the only way to do that will be through the Peloton app.