Orangetheory Fitness Rolling Out Apple Watch Support in Early 2020

Orangetheory Fitness today announced that it will begin rolling out Apple Watch support to its gyms in the first quarter of 2020, eliminating the need to use one of the company's armbands or chest straps for heart rate tracking.


The fitness chain has created a small accessory called the OTbeat Link that attaches to an Apple Watch band, allowing the Apple Watch to sync with the Orangetheory Fitness in-studio heart rate monitoring system. There will also be a new Orangetheory Fitness app for the Apple Watch to accompany the OTbeat Link.

"Now, not only will members be able to view metrics in real time in class with an Apple Watch, they'll also be able to see their Orangetheory Fitness workouts afterward in the Activity app," explains Orangetheory Fitness.

"Apple Watch is designed to help people live a better day by being more active," said Apple fitness director Jay Blahnik. "With workout tracking, Apple Pay and a new membership program, we are thrilled Orangetheory Fitness is integrating Apple Watch into a comprehensive experience for their customers."

Orangetheory Fitness has also developed two new iOS apps called OTassist and OTcoach for improved interactions between staff, coaches, and members.

The new OTbeat Link accessory will be priced at $129 on Apple.com and elsewhere.

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7 weeks ago
This seems a little pricey for a simple liaison between two devices.
Move the decimal one spot to the left.
Rating: 8 Votes
7 weeks ago
As someone who goes to OrangeTheory at least three times a week I am so excited for this!
Rating: 8 Votes
7 weeks ago
Or just provide equipment compatible with GymKit, which is what Apple designed for this purpose rather than some expensive third party accessory?
Rating: 7 Votes
7 weeks ago


No, but most of their stuff is quite pricey. Not sure what about this justifies the cost though. It doesn't have any sensors that I'm aware, appears to be a middleman between their equipment and the watch hardware.


Most likely it's a bluetooth accessory that will take the heartbeat data from Apple Watch and send it via ANT+ to OT equipment.
Rating: 4 Votes
7 weeks ago


Is $129 reasonable for this accessory?


You can NOT connect to the equipment for $0.
You CAN connect to the equipment for $129.

It's up to the individual person whether it's worth it or not.
Rating: 3 Votes
7 weeks ago
It seems Apple is taking over the wearables market, at least where fitness and health are concerned. Going to be difficult for Android manufacturers to catch up, I think.
Rating: 3 Votes
7 weeks ago


Ok, what is the point of this if the Apple Watch is already measuring all of the things you’re doing and is where you keep track of all those stats?

You have clearly never been to an Orangetheory. The point is there is currently no way to transmit your heart rate from your Apple Watch to the Orangetheory server and display it on the in studio monitor.
Rating: 2 Votes
7 weeks ago


OrangeTheory isn't cheap period.


I 100% agree with this statement, but those of us who can afford it and want to spend our money on this service find it priceless. OTF has been the best thing to happen to my health in a long time (my stamina is amazing).

I too have been going for the last three (plus) years, luckily I am still grandfathered into a Founder's membership at my OTF so the price is pretty reasonable for what I get out of it.
Rating: 2 Votes
7 weeks ago
Is $129 reasonable for this accessory?
Rating: 2 Votes
7 weeks ago
Currently, OT arm/chest/wrist monitors (which you pay for separately) take your heart rate, send it to their servers, process it and display your stats on the in-studio TV and to the ios app.

With the new upcoming dongle, it looks like they are moving away from their proprietary monitors to Apple Watch for capturing data (treadmill, rowing and TRX strap exercises) but they still want the dongle to send the Apple Watch data to their servers for processing.

Now, they could have done the following:
1. Integrate Apple Watch data to their ios app and do the processing on their servers. (No dongle required. Apple Watch captures all the data OT needs to display the stats in their format).
2. If at all they cannot consume Apple Watch data in the given format for some reason, they can install dongles to their equipment which can convert Apple Watch data into a format they need and process it.
3. Instead, they decided to put the dongle burden on the user/consumer (just like OT forced their users to buy their OT-specific monitors). That way, the consumer is paying for it instead of OT paying for their equipment upgrade/maintenance.
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