I have investigated Peloton's world since the training cycle appeared in the home office last week. While Peloton does not work with GymKit, there are two Apple features that work with the training system.
Peloton bikes and treadmills offer limited Apple Music integration for streaming subscribers with associated accounts. Exercises tracked with the Peloton system can also be stored in Apple's Health app, although logging sessions with Apple Watch require some configurations.
Apple Music Integration
Peloton subscribers do not need to be Apple Music subscribers, but there is a special feature for coaches who are members of both services.
Peloton treadmills and bicycles are high-end consumer training machines with large touchscreen and built-in speakers, but you can't actually play Apple Music from the Peloton. Instead, Peloton Apple Music integrates with the songs as training instructors play under virtual classes.
Each class has its own playlist which helps to push trainers through each session. While exercising, coaches can tap the music icon at the top left to see which song is playing.
There is also a heart icon that lets you favor that song, and the Apple Music integration automatically creates a Peloton playlist on your account that automatically updates with the music you liked.
Peloton just launched the feature (which also works with Spotify) about six months ago.
Apple Health Sharing
If you train with Peloton and have an iPhone, you can easily log exercise data from your bike or treadmill to Apple's health app.
Peloton Digital for iOS supports a number of training sessions for subscribers, including indoor and outdoor running and cycling, yoga, strength training and more. iPhone users can optionally log these workouts automatically in the Health app by granting permission in Peloton Digital.
The feature is found on the More tab under the Health app section under & # 39; Add-ons & # 39; & # 39; which launches the Health Rights Rights section.
This allows you to safely share data secured in the Health application such as vitality, age and walking and driving distance with Peloton to enhance your user profile. You can also allow Peloton to write data to the health program, including calories that are actively burned during a session, heart rate, alert minute from meditation, and even races and cycling distance.
Peloton and Apple Watch
Peloton's health integration is great if you don't have an Apple Watch, but want a way to store your training data for your health program. For Peloton trainers who log workouts with Apple Watch, Peloton's health integration can be confusing.
That's because Peloton doesn't work with the Apple GymKit, the special feature that lets Apple Watch and select exercise machines certainly share real-time training statistics for the most accurate results.
Peloton cycles, for example, know cadence, resistance and distance, and heart rate if you connect a Bluetooth heart rate monitor to the machine. Apple Watch has its own heart rate monitor (or you can connect to an external monitor) and uses built-in sensors to determine the pace and distance traveled.
Since both systems use different methods of tracking statistics, you can have competing results for information that calories burned and distance traveled after a workout. I tend to rely on Apple Watch (which calibrates the movement over time) for its calorie reading, and the Peloton bike for bike distance data.
My current approach is to allow Peloton to read all supported Health data and just write Mindful Minutes data for meditation. This guarantees that the Apple Watch Activity app will not double the number of workouts logged when tracked with Apple Watch and use the Peloton.
Another strategy is to manually sort data sources to prioritize certain statistics when two sources contribute the same information. Apple details how to prioritize sources on its health program guide. This method should not double exercise data, but it can still lead to double entries for the number of workouts tracked in the activity app.
More to explore
If you are new to Peloton's world like me, there are many resources from places like Reddit and YouTube to explore ways to use Apple equipment with your Peloton bike or treadmill. You can also learn more about Peloton equipment and Peloton Digital for iPhone and iPad on the Peloton website.
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