An innovative app is getting people to the gym and earning them a little extra dough in the bargain. After testing it myself and seeing how it works, I present to you new favorite fitness app: GymPact.
What Is It?
GymPact is a free fitness app for iPhone and Android. When you get started, you pledge a certain amount of money per gym time for the week. I pledged that I would go to the gym four times a week for $5 per session, so if I miss a workout, I lose $5. It’s motivating to know that a skipped workout could cost you, right? But the real motivator is that you can actually earn money if you complete all of your workouts.
The money you receive comes from people who pledged to work out but missed their sessions. The people who miss workouts have their pledge money divided and dispersed among those who completed their weekly goals. The GymPact FAQ says typical rewards are less than 50 cents.
How Does It Work?
Think you can just show up at the gym, not work out and still get paid? Think again. GymPact has you sign into the gym via GPS. After you sign in, you have to stay for at least half an hour. When you are done, you sign out from the same location and you have completed one of your pledged workouts for the week.
Suppose you want to run outside. When you sign in, you can select a “not at the gym” option. GymPact then syncs with another app called RunKeeper, which uses your phone’s GPS to track your motion. Once that’s activated, you have an hour to complete half an hour of exercise.
Show Me the Money
Knowing that I could lose money if I missed a workout motivated me to complete my GymPact pledge every week thus far. And I love getting an email every week saying how much money I earned that week. Granted, it’s not a lot of money (about $11 after three weeks), so I won’t be quitting my day job. But the app is actually getting me to the gym—and that’s valuable too.