Matrix Fitness Launches Apple GymKit at YMCA at Metro Chicago


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COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. (April 26, 2018) – Matrix Fitness, the world’s fastest growing commercial fitness brand, announced today the implementation of the Apple GymKit-enabled cardio equipment at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

With this installation, YMCA members are now able to pair their Apple Watches to GymKit-enabled Matrix Fitness treadmills, ellipticals, Ascent Trainers®, ClimbMills® and stationary bikes to get the most personalized, accurate metrics possible with the first two-way data synchronization. Once paired through a simple tap to the console, the machine shows heart rate and calories burned directly from the Apple Watch, while the machine provides data on distance, incline and speed back to the Apple Watch.

“The YMCA of Metro Chicago is very excited to be among the first Apple GymKit installations in the world,” said Tony Janca, VP of Operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. “At the Y, we pride ourselves on continuously engaging with our members, and providing them with the tools they need to be successful. With Matrix as a partner, we’re able to do just that. This innovative new technology on the Matrix Fitness cardio equipment will help motivate our members to achieve their best possible results, and in turn, their happier, healthier selves.” 

“Technology continues to shape our lives, including how we exercise,” said Mark Zabel, Chief Marketing Officer of Johnson Health Tech. “At Matrix, we’re leveraging that technology to help introduce leading solutions, like Apple GymKit, that give exercisers more precise and personalized data – data they can use to elevate their exercise experiences, inform their decisions, and improve their outcomes.”

The Apple GymKit is available on all Matrix Fitness 7xe and 7xi treadmills, ellipticals, ClimbMills®, Ascent Trainers® and exercise bikes. For more information about Matrix and available fitness solutions, visit

About Matrix Fitness

Matrix Fitness ( is the fastest growing commercial brand in the world and is the commercial brand of Johnson Health Tech. Matrix is comprised of a complete line of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment for health clubs and other fitness facilities. Johnson Health Tech, Inc. (JHT), Taiwan, is one of the largest fitness equipment manufacturers in the world and is home to some of the most respected brands in the fitness industry, including: Matrix, Vision and Horizon. The company manufactures a wide assortment of fitness equipment for both commercial and residential use, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and strength training equipment. Johnson Health Tech’s global management headquarters is based in Taichung, Taiwan, with global product development, marketing and engineering based in Cottage Grove, Wis.



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