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INSIDE THE APPLE EXERCISE LAB

Test pilot

Various devices capture performance data that’s used to update the apple Watch’s algorithms.

The Tesla jam ouT fronT, The bike commuTers riding one-handed while clutching MacBooks, the Apple Watches on everyone’s wrists capturing biometric data—all hint at the kind of skunkworks activity that sends geeks a-Twitter.

Located on a side street in Cupertino—a few miles from Apple’s shiny new headquarters—the single-story building these Apple workers are entering looks like any anonymous suburban office block. Inside, once I clear security and get buzzed past a solid white door, I enter an invite-only secret exercise lab. On a recent morning, about 40 employees are sweating away on different contraptions—rowers, treadmills, cable machines—as 13 exercise physiologists and 29 nurses and medics monitor data. Many of the exercisers are hooked up to a metabolic cart and ECG and are wearing a $40,000 mask apparatus that analyzes their calorie burn, oxygen consumption, and VO2 max. Down one hall there’s a studio for group

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