About a year ago, I signed up for Gym-Pact. It’s an app that pays you for going to the gym. You make a pact to workout a certain amount of times a week, and if you don’t fulfill it, you are charged $5. If you do complete your pact, you are paid rewards, paid by the members that didn’t fulfill their pact.
A year ago, this was a lot of pressure. I usually do go to the gym 3 times a week (my pact), but often I forgot to check-in. And sometimes my kids are sick, or there’s a blizzard and I can’t make it to the gym, so I’d end up paying. So, ultimately, it didn’t work for me.
This January, I checked it out again. I do need something to keep me motivated to workout, and I was happy to see that Gym-Pact had made some awesome additions to the app.
The best one for me is that they have joined with RunKeeper to track GPS workouts. I am a huge RunKeeper fan (remember how I love data? This app shows- in a graph…eek – every workout I’ve done since I started tracking them, in January of 2011. It also calculates my total distance throughout the week, month, year, lifetime…which is cool.)
Recently, they’ve added home workouts too. I just tried it out this morning, and it’s pretty slick. I did an exercise video, wearing my iPhone in my armband. It gives you an hour & a half to do 30 minutes of exercise. Easy peasy.
The best part for me, is that the more I achieve my pact, the more money I accumulate, so the more motivated I am because I really don’t want to pay $5 from the $12.26 I’ve earned!