If you've been reading my blog in the last couple of weeks, you'll know I've covered quite a few MLMs that are selling some magical concoction to help you lose weight. My argument is why pay all this ridiculous money for products like this when you can just change your eating habits and work out. Well I imagine its because that involves a lot more work and there is probably a lack of motivation. If it's the latter for you, would working out be more appealing to you if you made some cash for doing it? If so keep reading my GymPact Review because you'll discover how to get paid to exercise!
What is GymPact?
Good question lol. Well, GymPact got started by Pact, Inc. in 2010 when they decided to roll out a program focused on those who are serious about setting and sticking to personal health and fitness goals. GymPact is a free app store download for your iPhone and Android. The GymPact app's multipurpose is to keep you committed to your fitness goals while rewarding you along the way. The GymPact program has caught the attention of the media and has been featured in on/offline newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, CNN, Tech Crunch, Life Hacker, and Shape.
How Does the GymPact App work?
You will want to make sure to thoroughly understand all GymPact rules, requirements, terms of service, and FAQs before deciding to proceed with the program. A doctor's approval prior to beginning may also be recommended. If you've done so and are ready to begin:
- Download the free app from The App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android. Once that is done, create your account with a verifiable email account and a PayPal account
- Next, make your way on over to the GymPact site, log in and set your weekly fitness goals. You will also need to make other settings in accordance with your fitness goals in order for the app to do it's thang by properly keeping track of everything: Your workout schedule, missed workout days, earnings, which pact members owes you and how much, etc
- At this point in the program you would need to make a pledge to pay between $.30 to $5.00 to the other members if you do NOT reach your goals. But if you do reach your goals, you don't owe anything and would actually collect money from other members who did not reach their goals
- To help you stay true & honest to your fitness goals the GymPact app will need to verify: (1) photos of your physical activities, (2) access to your mobile phone's body movement accelerometer, (3) gym membership activity (if applicable), and (4) your gym's address and website prior to adding it
- You are now ready to begin your work-out(s) whether it be via gym, partner app, etc
How Does GymPact pay, and when?
- At the end of each week if you've completed your agreed upon number of workouts you are rewarded from the pot of money collected from pact members who did not reach/keep their workout goals.
- Rewards range from about $.50 to$.75 per workout
- Once you reach $10 you can request a cashout via PayPal from the GymPact app
- Cashout process takes about 3-5 days for money to be available in your PayPal account
- Note: If you miss a scheduled workout it would cost you about $5 per missed workout
Now let's get to the skinny on the complaints against Gympact. Oh you didn't think it was going to be all sweet did you? Every company has some complaints but it doesn't mean they're a scam. Sometimes it's just stuff you need to be aware of to make an informed decision. So let's dive into some of the juicy stuff.
Big Fat F!
( Pun intended. ) At the time of this review GymPact has earned an F rating with the BBB in spite of all the wonderful media coverage. Wow, I can't remember the last time that I reviewed a program or company who had an F rating with the BBB. But at any rate, ya'll know that I'm one who doesn't rely solely on BBB ratings. But I do realize many of you do. So just hearing this may have caused you to write GymPact off. Hey to each their own, I always suggest comparing multiple sources to make a judgement call. But even I was thrown back the large number of complaints filed with the BBB. But they were all closed so who knows what that means. Either way, the rating is something for you to consider if the BBB is you be and end all.
I intentionally paused my account. Why did it close out?
From what I understand, the GymPact app will allow you to pause or “freeze” your account (according to “freeze” guidelines) without it closing. It's supposed to let you unfreeze it to presume your schedule without any problems or closeouts but pact members have spoken out in frustration about that not being so. There have been instances when frozen accounts have been closed without explanation. Supposedly these closed accounts were put in a comatose state in accordance with the freeze guidelines. Yeah, I'd be more than frustrated to have my account closed under these circumstances and my earnings lost. Grrrrrrrrrrr!
Having only email support sucks!
When certain issues arise, it would be nice to pick up the phone and call for support. Email communication is ok but sometimes you just want to speak to someone. I don't know about you but when I have a specific detailed issue I'd rather write about it verbally over the phone than spitting it out in email format. Just because I'm an expert blogger doesn't mean a brotha' doesn't appreciate a writing break now and then lol.
Anticipaaaaaation … it's making me wait …
How many remember the old Heinz ketchup commercial? It's so rich and thick that it took forever for the ketchup to finally land on the burger lol. We live in an instant world. Gimme this, that, and the other like, yesterday … NOW! Nobody wants to wait on anything these days. An important email reply from support is definitely no exception to the rule. Excessively long delays in the time it has taken to receive email replies from support have been reported by GymPact participants. As long as 3 weeks. Now that's just plain ridiculous!
App login issues
The GymPact app has been downloaded successfully. All workout schedule settings are in order. Workout routine is going well and has been for a few days. Suddenly, you attempt to login one day and all hell breaks loose … the app just wants to act a foo' and doesn't work. Monkey wrench immediately thrown into your workout flow. Talkin' about major frustration. Technology is great when it works but when it doesn't it's like the end of the world. Repeated complaints of this happening could easily make this the number one GymPact problem. Hmmm … with that being said I should've listed this complaint first. Lol oh well
Financial Aid please …
In today's economy every penny helps in terms of making ends meet. The cost of living is so damn high. Smh. Although GymPact has pitched in to help by offering it's get paid to exercise program, the amount earned is certainly not enough to live off of. Money made this way sure won't pay the mortgage. A lil mad money maybe but that's about it folks.
If you like the idea of getting paid to lose weight and looking for other companies that will pay you to do that then be sure to check out this article. I list a few other companies that are willing to pay you for exercising.
So is GymPact.com A Scam or Not?
For those of you that feel the BBB is the bible, then that “F” rating is going to be a deal breaker for you. There are definitely a lot of complaints about them there but they were all closed which may be a good sign. That said I don't think it's a scam. People are earning money with it. But don't expect to pay any real bills with this. And how sustainable is the income long term if it's based on how much weight you lose. So I view this whole opportunity as an extra money maker for something you might be doing already. So that's always a good look in my mind.
But for those of you who are looking to make some real money then I would recommend check out My Top Free Work At Home Recommendation. It takes some patience and effort to make work. But eventually it can really pay off, literally.
The other options is where you can also work directly with me (Eddy with a y). I can teach you some of the ways I make some money. Either way you have other options if this didn't appeal to you. Let me know your thoughts about this company or the concept of getting paid to work out. Do you think people should be self motivated to want to be health and lose weight on their own? Or do you like the idea of rewarding folks for it? I want to hear your thoughts either way, down below. So chime in on your way out.
I'll holla at you soon.
Eddy with a y.