Work-out or pay★★★
Gympact is a fitness app for smart phones which markets itself on the idea of cash rewards in return for working out.
However, I found that it is less about making money and more about not wanting to lose it.
Here’s how it works.
At the beginning of the week you set your ‘pact’; this is how many times that week you will commit to working out and how much you will pay if you miss a day.
The least amount you can be charged for each missed workout is $5 (£3.13).
When it’s time to workout, you can sign in at a gym, at home or import a workout from another fitness app (if they are partners with Gympact).
However, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can just log in at your local Virgin Active and then sit in the sauna. The app uses your smartphone’s accelerometer to track your movement sand your workout doesn’t count until you hit 30 minutes of exercise.
I used Gympact to track a home workout.
The first problem I encountered was that I had no pockets in the clothes I was wearing, and I don’t own an armband to hold my iPhone.
Any time I had to do press-ups, or use weights I had to put my phone down.
It ended up tracking about two thirds of the work out, and made it look like I hadn’t been working out as hard as I had been.
Of course, these problems can be avoided with proper planning.
The financial incentive of this app on the surface is appealing, however, according to their FAQs, ‘rewards have generally been $0.30 to $0.50 per workout’, and you can only withdraw your rewards once you hit $10.
This is not life-changing money. Overall I think as a motivational tool, Gympact could work but it wasn’t for me.
If you are looking for an app to help you lose weight and get fit, without the risk of losing financial pounds, two I would highly recommend are MyFitnessPal and Fitness Buddy – both of which are free.