It’s January. Tis the season for healthy resolutions and crowded gyms.
But come March, what might motivate you to keep hitting the elliptical at your local Gold’s or 24-Hour Fitness? A personal trainer? A photo of a svelter you? Or—and here’s an idea—what if you had to pay a fine every time you skip your workout?
A new service is betting on the latter option. Sign up with GymPact, commit to a number of workouts per week, and if you don’t hit them all, you’ll pay a predetermined fine (minimum: $5) for every missed sweat session. And if you do keep your gym promises, you’ll actually earn money, paid for by all the schmoes who got fined. The amount you earn will vary depending on how many people paid into the communal pot and how many workouts you scheduled, but it would likely come out to about $1.50 per week. (So it’ll take you a while to save up for that Kindle Fire.)
A few things:
Thing 1: This app is only available for iPhone users, so Android, Blackberry and other off-Apple brands can’t join the fining fun, for now.
Thing 2: The app uses your phone’s GPS capability to know when you’re at the gym. So if you’re an outdoor exerciser (running, anyone?) or doing a Jillian Michaels video at home, this won’t work for you.
Thing 3: Isn’t this kind of the idea of paying for a gym, to begin with? The if-you’re-paying-for-it-surely-you’ll-use-it argument? Although I guess your gym doesn’t add money to your account if you go. So there’s that.
Still, GymPact claims that its users complete their promised gym commitments about 90 percent of the time.
Would this work for you?
(Photo from jamesmcashan on Flickr.)