I have been hearing a lot about this app, and while it has mixed reviews, I wanted to give it a shot myself. This is a review of my first week using the Pact app.
What is the Pact app? Basically, you commit to a certain number of workouts per week, eating a certain number of veggies, or logging your food on MyFitnessPal. There are rules and restrictions, of course, but that is the main gist. If you miss a commitment within that week, you pay a “fine”. The lowest amount is $5. If you make your commitment for the week, you are rewarded a small amount. Payouts begin at $10, but it will take you a while to get there.
How was my first week? It took some time to figure the app out. I had to make sure it recognized my gym location before my workout started and that it detected my movement for a full thirty minutes. Once I got used to working out with my phone on hand, it didn’t bother me all that much. It was a little weird taking photos of my veggies with bites taken out of them, but you have to show you are eating them. I did not get downvoted, which is good. People can upvote or downvote your pics, so make sure they are not blurry, include a full serving of a fruit or vegetable and are not duplicates.
How much did I earn? This is where it gets a little funny and might turn people off. I made a whopping total of $0.21 per workout, so $0.63. For eating my veggies, I made $0.06 per serving, so in total, $0.24. Am I going to get rich quick off of this? Obviously not. But did it motivate me to get my butt to the gym? Yes! Why? While I may only made about $0.80, had I not gone, it would have cost me $5 per workout and $5 per veggie. That’s a lot of money for making a lazy choice and it would not be worth it. I was working out before and not earning any money, so every little bit counts!
Will I continue? For now, yes. Until I run into a problem that becomes inconvenient for my workouts or a customer service issue, I will stick with it. I will admit, it did get my out of bed one morning, where all I wanted to do was hit the snooze button. That $5 on the line really made me panic!
Would you use an app like the Pact to get paid for your workouts?