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Apple Launching New Internal Fitness Challenge for Employees, Prize is a Unique Apple Watch Band

Starting in February, Apple will be hosting an internal company wide fitness challenge for all of its employees, with a prize that includes a unique fitness-themed Apple Watch band.

The band, as seen in a photo shared by 9to5Mac, appears to be similar to Apple's Woven Nylon bands. It comes in a solid black color but has an accent loop in a dark pink/red shade, lime green, and light blue, the three colors that represent the Activity rings on the Apple Watch.


The red colored ring tracks a person's overall movement and calorie burn throughout the day, and the amount of movement necessary to fill it up will vary based on each person's personal goal. The green ring represents exercise and can be completed with 30 minutes of exercise per day (based on an elevated heart rate), while the blue ring represents how many hours out of the day an Apple Watch user stands up and moves. One minute of standing movement per hour is required to fill the stand ring.

To earn the special Apple Watch band, employees will need to complete the challenge at the "gold" level, earning points by filling their Activity rings for a set number of days.

Apple last year hosted a "Close the Rings" Apple Watch fitness challenge for employees. Rewards for completing that challenge included pins in gold, silver, and bronze, awarded based on performance, along with a T-shirt that included the colorful Activity rings and the phrase "Close The Rings Challenge 1.0."

The prize for the 2017 employee-only "Close the Rings" challenge.

While this will be the first activity challenge that rewards employees with a unique Apple Watch band, Apple has done employee-only Apple Watch bands in the past. In 2016, for example, Apple provided employees with exclusive rainbow-colored Apple Watch bands at the LGBT Pride festival in San Francisco.

Unique Pride band provided to employees in 2016

Apple made a similar version available in 2017, so it's always possible these special Apple Watch bands could be released to the public at some point.

The February fitness challenge is internal only and will be limited to employees, but Apple has done many other public fitness challenges. One of the most recent challenges was the "Ring in the New Year" activity challenge that asked Apple Watch owners to close all activity rings for seven days in a row in January to earn a special badge in the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

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7 months ago
So glad not to work in that place anymore. Such a slap to all their faces.
Rating: 23 Votes
7 months ago
Would prefer a "I completed the Internal Fitness Challenge and all I got was this lousy T-shirt" shirt instead
Rating: 15 Votes
7 months ago
Article title should read:

"Multi multi multi billion dollar company offers $2.86 prize for being the healthiest employee"
Rating: 9 Votes
7 months ago
Good old Apple didn’t care about this ****.
Rating: 6 Votes
7 months ago
Wow - these comments are so depressing.

How did so many people wake up on the wrong side of bed this morning?

Cheer up you miserable sods!
Rating: 5 Votes
7 months ago
I will close my 1,000 day Move ring at the end of this week. Come on Apple, I deserve something too :D
Rating: 4 Votes
7 months ago
Internal fitness hahaha ...come on..put in the reps and set. Rep, rep, rep, rep!
Rating: 3 Votes
7 months ago

Well, I think it’s pretty cool that they do this for their employees. Use the watch they make to encourage healthy behavior and earn prizes. Not a bad thing at all.


I like your outlook here. I think this is a beneficial idea for a company to invest with the employee that they want encourage physical fitness and over all health. A lot of companies don't take the time to instill healthy behavior with in a company.
Rating: 3 Votes
7 months ago
Would be lovely if Apple allowed registered iCloud account users to “bet” and cheer along Apple executive team members to win this challenge and give a nice prize to those that selected the winner. Even better selecting which executive needs to participate more than any others.

For the latter I choose Schiller and Cue! I doubt their health is as good as it ca. Be.
Rating: 3 Votes
7 months ago
there's a bit of corporate peer pressure for you. (un)fit shaming ?
Rating: 3 Votes

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