GymPact Teams Up With RunKeeper To Earn You Money When You Exercise

GymPact Teams Up With RunKeeper To Earn You Money When You Exercise

Every morning, I scrape myself off of the bottom of my hangover’s hobnailed boot and try to make it down to the gym. About two-out-of-five times, I’ll oogily succeed and manage to douse myself in the pool until I’ve either done fifty laps or turned the water fifty proof, whichever comes first.

If only there was a way to be better motivated, I’ll often think to myself. Which is why I’m intrigued by a partnership between GymPack and RunKeeper, that will not only award me real money when I successfully drag my carcass to the gym, and actually penalize me money when I don’t.

I’d never heard of GymPact before, but it’s a site that allows you to monetize your exercise. You sign up for a membership and then tell GymPact how much money you are willing to lose if you don’t make your exercise goals; using that figure, GymPact will calculate how much they’ll pay you if you do make them.

It’s a great idea, and I wish I’d known about it before, but the service is even better because they’ve now partnered with the iPhone’s best exercise tracking app, RunKeeper, to count the following activities towards your goal:

• All runs, walks or bike rides tracked by RunKeeper’s GPS
• Minimum 1/2 mi (0.8 km) distance
• Minimum of 30 minutes activity, with a pace exceeding 2 mi (3.2 km) per hour

Since I bike a fair amount even when I don’t go to the gym, and since I love using RunKeeper anyway, this almost seems like cheating. I’ve got to give this a shot.

If you’re similarly interested, you can download the GymPact and RunKeeper apps free on the iTunes App Store.

  • Seth Murphine

    Might be a good idea, if you were to show how you set this up, with screen shots and the such. Cause reading this I’m like “Great they work together, how?”. Kind of sounds like you’re doing more advertising then describing how they operate together.

    Cool story, good to know, but poor delivery and knowledge.

  • Hawk_Ky

    Might be a good idea, if you were to show how you set this up, with screen shots and the such. Cause reading this I’m like “Great they work together, how?”. Kind of sounds like you’re doing more advertising then describing how they operate together.

    Cool story, good to know, but poor delivery and knowledge.

    I thought John explained it very well for a short article. You sign up and make a ‘Pact’ for how many days you will go to the gym and how much money you are willing to risk. If you don’t make your pact, you pay the money. If you do meet your pact, the money from all of the users who failed is split amongst the people who met their pact.

    I’ve been using Gympact since March and I have make over $80 from using it. It is certainly great motivation to go to the gym, especially on the days that I don’t want to.

  • Seth Murphine
    Might be a good idea, if you were to show how you set this up, with screen shots and the such. Cause reading this I’m like “Great they work together, how?”. Kind of sounds like you’re doing more advertising then describing how they operate together.

    Cool story, good to know, but poor delivery and knowledge.

    I thought John explained it very well for a short article. You sign up and make a ‘Pact’ for how many days you will go to the gym and how much money you are willing to risk. If you don’t make your pact, you pay the money. If you do meet your pact, the money from all of the users who failed is split amongst the people who met their pact.

    I’ve been using Gympact since March and I have make over $80 from using it. It is certainly great motivation to go to the gym, especially on the days that I don’t want to.

    Hawk_Ky,

    No need to jump the fanwagon, what I did was provide constructive criticism.

    You also failed to explain how they work together.

    What you did do was explain how Gympact works, thank you.

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