Get Paid To Workout… What?!

Maybe this is just what you need to motivate you to get to the gym. GymPact is a mobile app that rewards you for working out and dings you when you don’t. Basically you get paid for making it to the gym and working out. That’s right…you get paid to work out! However, if you miss a workout, you have to pay the Gym-Pact bank. And what you pay for a missed workout can be ten times as much as what you get paid for making a workout. The incentive seems to be on not missing workouts rather than making them, and that’s not a bad thing.

Here’s how it works. Once you sign up for the GymPact app, you decide how many days per week you want to hit the gym, and the penalty you will incur if you miss. You’ll need to commit to at least one day per week (default is set to three) for at least 30 minutes, with a minimum penalty of $5 for every missed work out.

You then submit your credit card or PayPal info which will be charged every time you miss a workout (or your personal training session, lol). You’ll then tag your gym from a list of over 40,000 gyms. The app uses your phone’s GPS to track you at your gym or on your fitness run. And if you leave before the required 30 minute workout, you’ll get a pop-up warning on your phone that your workout will be canceled if you don’t finish the full 30-minute session. If you miss getting to the gym altogether, your credit card or PayPal account will be charged $5 (or more, if you raised the stakes above the minimum) per visit.

If you do satisfy your agreement, you will be rewarded with cash; $.50-$.75 for every 30-minute session you showed up for. The money is deposited into a PayPal account, and you can withdraw your earning once they reach $10 (GymPact deducts a $1 every time you withdraw money out, though they may eventually charge a percentage of your earnings).

How much you earn depends on how many people (enrolled in the program) failed to meet their agreement that week. Every Sunday night, GymPact will calculate how much it collected from members who failed to meet their pacts. And the amount you collect is based on how many days you committed to go. So if you signed up for three days, you’re allotted “three portions” of the earnings. That’s not going to make you rich, but it’s better than getting nothing at all. And it’s kind of exciting to see what you’ve earned in your account at the end of the week…even if it’s only enough to buy one protein shake.

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