Would You Go To A Gym That Fines You For Not Exercising?

Do you want someone to make sure you stick to your New Year’s resolutions? Try Gym-Pact. The service - which works with various gyms - charges members up to $10 for every day they fail to exercise (they work out a schedule beforehand). On the upside, if you keep your commitments, you get reduced rates at the gyms. According to the founders:

because many gym fees are paid for up front, people tend to give up on working out fairly easily, as they consider the cost sunk regardless of whether they go. But by instituting an immediate daily cost, the motivation behind the penalty drastically increases.

We’re worried that we might end up hundreds of dollars in debt each month if we tried this, but, on the other hand, we think it might work because our cupidity exceeds our laziness. Would you try it?

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    • bridgette

      If I don’t cancel my appointment with my trainer at least a day in advance, she still charges me for the session if I don’t show up. That is definitely in the back of my mind when I want to be lazy, so I can see where this would work for some people.

    • Meg

      It’s not a terrible idea & I’m sure it works for some people (yay them!) I would probably end up with empty pockets & less self esteem than I started with. Not cool.

    • awoman

      my gym demands i go 8 times per month otherwise i won’t get my corporate discount of $60 off. also they charge more for people over 30 which is probably illegal.

    • L

      What’s a “gym”?