Thursday, March 03, 2011

Attendance based gym pricing. Go more = pay less!

I love this idea.

It's called Gym-Pact and the premise is simple.

Sign up for a discounted rate for personal training, gym memberships, yoga, etc. and pledge a specific level of attendance. Discounts vary based on contract length and pledge frequency.

Here's the catch.

Each time you miss you get dinged $10.

You get one week vacation every 6 months and if you're sick or injured, a doctor's note will pay off your penalties.

I know as well as anyone that motivating yourself to exercise is difficult. Zero doubt in my mind, money, and therefore Gym-Pact, can help.

Right now, only in New York, but hopefully Gym-Pact or enterprising copycats will spring up at gyms near you.

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  1. They should do something like this in the UK. Are you listening Fitness First!? Something like this in the UK!

  2. Anonymous11:13 am

    Sorry but I disagree. First of all, it won't work because gyms make money by relying on people who don't show up.

    But if the kids are sick, or I'm sick, or some emergency has come up and I can't make it to the gym, I have to pay? Or what if it's a blizzard (I live in Boston and there are lots of those). What do you do, get a doctor's note because you have the flu?

    I say that if you skip the gym then you need a different type of exercise. Dance, yoga, pilates, swimming, anything that doesn't bore you. I couldn't keep up the gym business but I love my dance class so much that I always go, if possible. However, some days are simply impossible.

  3. Anonymous2:00 pm

    There is something similar (but different) online that is much more open ended - you can set any goal (fitness based, food based, quitting smoking, etc). You can put money on the line to motivate you, and if you don't succeed, the money can be designated towards a charity of your choice.

  4. Anonymous12:54 pm

    They couldn't pay me enough to go to a gym. The stench, the icky stuff I don't want to touch, the pervs in the change room, the top 20 soundtrack on repeat, the cost of parking and lockers. I workout outside, and yes I do live where it's minus 32 today. So I'm walking in the hallway, dancing, scrubbing things and then going for a quick run for about 15 mins. It works.

  5. I'm one of the co-founders of Gym-Pact, and wow, thanks for this blog and the comments! To clarify, we are just in Boston currently but are working to expand across the US. If any of you have gym suggestions, or other fitness facility suggestions (we work with yoga, pilates, dance, etc), feel free to let us know via Facebook or Twitter (@yifanz)!

    Yifan Zhang, Co-Founder of Gym-Pact