New Weight Loss App Charges You For Gaining Weight?


AlexJC
on Jan 06, 2012 @ 05:07 pm

I just heard about this new weight loss app, now, apps like this aren't anything new; but what makes me think that this one will really work is the fact that if you don't workout, it will charge you money! 

It's called Gym Pact- when you skip the gym (which I am guessing it figures out by GPS?), it charges you $5! 

It seems like good motivation to me! Would you ever try it?



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Empress_AliFu
Talk about motivation on Jan 06, 2012 @ 05:29 pm

I NEED THIS! LOL... I don't like giving out my $ so this would work perfectly
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Suelyn
.. on Jan 09, 2012 @ 11:47 am

Interesting.
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mamaluv
interesting... but no way jose! on Jan 09, 2012 @ 11:57 am

I would never pay an app for missing the gym! There could be any number of legit reasons why I would not be able to make it for a workout in a given week. I do like that it's high enough of a penalty that it would aggravate you - that gives you the extra incentive to make sure you DO go. I just wouldn't want to pay my membership AND another company for missed sessions. It's bad enough to me to pay my $x per month and not use it to the fullest extent.
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Aliza
I agree... on Jan 09, 2012 @ 04:06 pm

I totally agree with @mamaluv. Why pay a gym and an app if I missed going. It's great motivation in a way.. but I think there are better ways to be motivated.
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kspencer1
Not a fan! on Jan 10, 2012 @ 08:29 am

For some reason this idea really turned me off!

To me this screams trouble when thinking about people's self-image!

Imagine someone who constantly struggles with their body image, and is trying to get fit, and needs a day off of the gym, and then they are charged? To me its saying to them, not only are you ugly, now you owe money for the way you look... anyone see where I'm going with this?

I understand its supposed to be a simple gym motivator, but perhaps something like charting your progress, and giving you something like a healthy recipe for every week you attend, or healthy living tips as extrinsic motivation?
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mamaluv
where does my $5 go? on Jan 10, 2012 @ 10:19 am

It might be cool if it allowed you to earn those $5 back by adding a workout day into your routine or doing sports/exercising at home. Not sure how that would work since it would be on the honour system though. I just don't like the idea of some random company racking up my hard earned money BY TRACKING ME. Big Brother, anyone? No. Just no.
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Becky
what!? on Jan 10, 2012 @ 02:29 pm

Totally & completely agree with mamaluv. I don't want a 'big brother' tracking me and penalizing me for not going to the gym!! Albeit, more often than not my reasons for skipping the gym is measly, but regardless, I don't want to shell out my hard earned cash to a company just 'cuz I don't go.

@kspencer1 I totally get where you're coming from!! It's like a "fat fee" !! wow.... no thank you!
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AlexJC
Get Paid FOR going to gym on Jan 10, 2012 @ 02:34 pm

This is really cool- I looked into it a bit more and when you DO workout, you actually get paid- all those people who paid you...those are the ones that will be paying you!!!

Also, just to clarify, they charge you for not going to the gym, not for gaining weight specifically. As far as how they know you are at the gym, I'm actually ok with them tracking by GPS since I am an avid foursquare user, but it's definitely not something for everyone.
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mamaluv
now hold on a second... on Jan 10, 2012 @ 03:26 pm

I would get PAID to work out?? Okay, I'm converted, sign me up :)

Just joking (I think).

As for the tracking, it's true what AlexJC says - so many people are on Foursquare or use GPS navigation on their phones daily so the tracking is already there. I'm still weirded out about it though, and that's why I own a dumbphone.
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kspencer1
Creepy.. on Jan 12, 2012 @ 11:07 am

I don't like the idea of being tracked.. things like Foursquare, or how Facebook now shows where people posted from creep me out!

I don't mind telling a friend or family member where I'm going, but I don't like the idea of strangers being able to know where I am.. I know I've set privacy settings etc, but there are people on the internet who can get passed all that stuff.. and those are the people I want to avoid!

Anyway, I realize that its not exactly charging you for gainging weight, but I'd be afraid that would be the message that some people would get. I had the opportunity to work with girls who were struggling with eating disorders, so perhaps my opinion is based on how someone with that issue would deal with this app?
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