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Fitness Equipment Manufacturers Team with Apple for Gym Connect

Innovations in fitness technology have revolutionized the health club experience, with exercise equipment and wearable fitness trackers getting exponentially smarter. Tech-inclined fitness enthusiasts can now access detailed workout data at their fingertips. The only problem? Metrics on the treadmill and their wrist never quite match up.

That’s where Apple’s Gym Connect comes in. The new feature, which will be available on WatchOS 4 in the fall, aims to solve the data disconnect for Apple Watch users.

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This Week in the Fitness Industry: Augie‚Äôs Quest Wins $100K for ALS Research

IHRSA Members Help Augie’s Quest Win $100K for ALS Research
Earlier this week, we posted that Augie's Quest, Life Fitness Co-founder Augie Nieto’s cure-driven effort focused on finding treatments and cures for ALS, was in the running to win $250,000 from CBS' Viewers to Volunteers Challenge. At the time, Augie’s team—headed up by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’dell—was in fourth place, so we asked the IHRSA community to join the team and spread the word on social media—and that’s just what you did. Thanks in large part to your efforts, Augie’s Quest rose to second place, winning $100,000 for ALS research. 

Apple Watch Update Will Support Fitness Tracking for Wheelchair Users
A new Apple Watch feature will extend its fitness tracking and reminder alerts to wheelchair users for the first time, according to ABC News. The smartwatch’s new feature is part of a free software update, watchOS 3.0, and will prompt people in wheelchairs to wheel or spin their chairs around regularly. It will also track speed, distance, and calories burned during wheelchair use, just as it does for running and walking. "We want to make products that serve every walk of life," Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, said in an interview. "We realize that while it was great for messages on the wrist, we wanted to offer this group of people the same opportunity to get healthier using Apple Watch." 

Apply for the 2016 IHRSA European Club Leadership Award
We’re currently accepting applications for the 2016 IHRSA European Club Leadership Award, which annually recognizes a leader in the European fitness club industry who has done the most to advance their company and the industry through strong leadership and performance. This year’s award will be presented during the 16th Annual IHRSA European Congress, October 17-20, in Seville, Spain. The deadline to apply is September 9th. "I am truly honored to receive IHRSA's European Club Leadership Award,” said Martin Seibold, managing director of Fitness First UK in Dorset, England, received the 2015 European Club Leadership Award last October in Marseille, France. “It's amazing to look through the list of previous winners and be part of this history."


Apple Watch, lifetime sedentary behavior among This Week stories

The big news this week involved the health and fitness industry – Apple announcing both its new iPhones as well as it’s fitness tracker/watch. That certainly will have fitness enthusiasts excited and in line to buy the newest member of the wearable technology family.

But, we have more in This Week in the Fitness Industry, including a London study of 10,000 people that shows those who watched a lot of TV as a youth will be apt to do the same as an adult. The sedentary lifestyle is obviously not a healthy one

Also in This Week in the Fitness Industry include Spinning Nation Go Red For Women country-wide fundraiser and YogaFit founder’s new book.

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