Do you need a little incentive to actually use that gym membership you paid for? Well, how does cash sound? “Perfect”, you say. Well then take a look at Gympact, the app that uses money to Incentivise Your Exercise. You make a pact, you meet your pact, you get money. Super! Here’s the catch: the real incentive (at least for me) is that, if you don’t make your pact, you pay everyone else who did. Ooo… now it gets interesting.
So here’s how it works.
1. Sign up/Install the app (Iphone and Android) <-Keep reading, there’s a promo code down there!
2. Choose how many days a week you want to commit to working out. (NEW: Also eating veggies and meal tracking!)
3. Choose how much money you’re willing to wager that you’ll make your pact. Or, the amount that you need to put on the line to make sure you’ll go!
4. Use the app to check in at the gym for at least 30 minutes per session.
5(A). You make your pact. Yahoo! You get a credit to your Gympact account!
5(B). You don’t make your pact. Womp, Womp! The amount you wagered is deducted from your Gympact account.
6. You go back to the gym next week like a rockstar and get more $$! Yea!
You do have the option to pause your pact (before you’ve committed to the next week) in case of injury or vacation.
“How much moola are we talkin’ here?“, you ask. Well. I’m a busy bee with a tight budget so I make a pact for 3 days a week (though I usually make 5 or 6 days) with $5 stakes. I get a little over a dollar a week. Remember, it’s paid by those who don’t make their pacts, so it varies some from week to week. Also, don’t forget that the more days you make a pact for, the higher your payout. Now, for some people that might not seem like a lot, but that’s a free coffee every once in a while, or pair of sale Target shoes every couple of months. But, the real incentive for me, is that fact that I’m held accountable by the risk of losing money if don’t make my pact. And YES, I have definitely opted to make it to the gym a couple of times when I otherwise would have flaked out on myself.
“Well that’s super, but I don’t like the gym. I’m a runner! It’s the great outdoors for me!”, you might complain. Ok then. You use Run Keeper right? (If the answer is “no”, then you should go sign up for it. I’ll wait here… go ahead…) Lucky you! You can link up your Run Keeper account and it will count any activity recorded through RK that was at least 30 minutes and covers at least half a mile. How easy is that? That’s a nice little lunch time walk!
You get to cash out via Paypal when your Gympact account balance reaches $10. In the mean time, you’ll also collect little surprise “prizes” along the way. I usually get something when I make my pact, and then seemingly random ones (though I’m sure there is some kind of system to it) every once in while. So far I’ve gotten a few Amazon MP3 credits, a couple of small product samples, an offer for some glasses frames. It all depends on who’s buying advertising that month, I would assume.
They say “Money Talks”, and when it talks to me it says “Get your heiney to the gym!” And I listen! To the tune of an accumulated $7.50. But I haven’t had to pay-out yet, and I’ve made or exceeded my gym-going goals every week since starting. The proof, as they say, is in the magical-zero-calorie pudding. Eat up!
Need a little extra push/bonus/feeling a little greedy? (totally ok, btw) Here’s $5 to get you started. Use the code cableKatri when you sign up here, and you’ll start with $5 in your account after your first workout. Sweet!
Ok, I’ll be honest, I get a $5 credit too, but this isn’t about me, it’s about you and your goal-making self! So go get-em!