Need some motivation to workout? How about an app that pays you to hit the gym and get healthy.
Get paid to workout
GymPact allows you to set your exercise goals and get rewarded if you go to the gym. If you don’t go, you pay.
Last year, the app was only valid on the iPhone. This year, there is a beta form of of the app for Android users. You set the number of days you want to go to the gym, with the minimum being 1 day a week. You also set the penalty.
There is some flexibility since it’s likely you can’t keep the same workout schedule every week. You have until Sunday at midnight the week before to adjust your schedule if you know you won’t be able to meet your pact because of work or social obligations. There is a vacation freeze as well but says you have to get a medical note if you get sick or injured.
There are 40,000 gyms in the database, but if yours is not listed you can add it as long as it’s not a home or office gym.
When you miss a day, your credit card is charged. You have to stay for 30 minutes to qualify for a workout. While there is an obvious penalty, there is a benefit too. You get the money paid by those who slack. The slackers fees are divided up by those who met their goal. Typically rewards are 50-75 cents a workout. It’s not big bucks, but it’s another way to stay motivated. You are accountable to your bank account.
If you’re looking for motivation, this may be it. Just don’t over commit. There are some reviews in the Android app store, Google Play, that there are problems getting the app to find your gym. Some people who experienced log in problems say they were fixed after reporting the issue. The average score in the Android marketplace is 3.4.
The reviews are better for the iPhone version of the app. It gets 4 out of 5 stars and there are far more positive than negative reviews.