GymPact & DIY Workout Armband for CellPhone

2 Feb

GymPact, New Feature!

I signed up for the phone app, GymPact, a few weeks ago. For those of you unfamiliar, check it out, it’s a really neat tool that helps keep you motivated to workout!

My pact is that I must get to the gym at least 3x/week or else I pay $5.00 to GymPact for each gym session I miss. Since getting the app three weeks ago, I’ve made my pact and then some – Until this week . . . I got pretty sick, so I skipped working out Monday through Wednesday.

Once Thursday evening came around, I started feeling better and realized I still needed to get in my three workouts before the week was over! It was so late that I didn’t feel like going to the gym, so I thought I’d try GymPact’s new workout-at-home feature.

This new feature uses the accelerometer in your phone to track movement. As long as you move around for at least 30 minutes your workout counts toward your pact for the week.

Now, I just needed to strap on my phone, and get moving! Only problem was, I had no armband to keep my phone on me while I worked out . . .

DIY Armband for Cell Phone

I ended up searching online and found a REALLY easy solution. So easy that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself!

DIY Armband Out Of an Old Sock!

I watched this video and got started!

(Credit: Photo by Sharon Vaknin/CNET)

(Credit: Photo by Sharon Vaknin/CNET)

Step 1: Get A Sock & Pair Of Scissors

Sock must be big enough to fit around your upper arm

I used an old soccer sock.

Sock must be big enough to fit on your arm

Step 2: Cut Sock Above the “foot” Part

Cut Sock

Full Sock minus “foot” Sock = Tube Sock!

Tube Sock

Step 4: Pull Tube Sock Up Your Arm and Fold Cell Phone Inside!

Sock Arm Band

The arm band worked really well! My phone stayed in place the entire time while I jumped rope, did lunges, some sit-ups and a few other miscellaneous things to keep myself moving around!

The at-home GymPact feature worked great as well! I’ll do a follow-up blog with a little more detail and how to make sure you get credit for your full 30 minutes of working out, but for now I’ll just say –> I definitely recommend it if you need a little “push” of motivation to workout at home or get to the gym!

Workout Cal


5 Responses to “GymPact & DIY Workout Armband for CellPhone”

  1. di @ life of di. February 3, 2013 at 2:28 AM #

    I really love the idea of GymPact but how does it really know if you show up to the gym or not? Is it easily manipulated because I think there may be some days were I just don’t want to get my workout in and no motivation will get me there. Does it have something to prevent me from saying I still worked out? 🙂 Also, THANK YOU FOR THE ARMBAND DIY! What a great idea. I don’t have an iPhone and it seems like the only armbands they make these days are for iPhones and not Android. I’ll definitely be trying this out!

    • cdanie11e February 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM #

      haha! I know what you mean! I had all these questions going into it as well!

      If you *really* wanted to, technically, you could sit on your couch with your cell phone in hand and shake your phone around for a half an hour to get your credit for that workout … but I guarantee you, you wouldn’t do that. You would more likely say to yourself, okay, I’m going to jog in place for a half-hour or do some mix of sit-ups, lunges, walk up your stairs, etc. to get your credit towards that workout.

      The other thing is, it has a “threshold” set of a certain amount of activity that has to be caught by your phone’s accelerometer or else that minute of “activity” doesn’t count.

      I will say, they really did plan this software to cover all loopholes that people would think up, that’s why I love it! It really does make you want to get up and either go for a half hour run (with RunKeeper’s GPS), or go to the gym and check-in, OR just stay home and at the very least move your body around for a half hour! Let me know if you try it out!

  2. Brittany February 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM #

    I AM SO making that sock arm band!! Genius!!

    • cdanie11e February 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM #

      isn’t it awesome! I’m so glad I stumbled upon that page! I’m using it again tonight @ the gym since my armband I ordered still isn’t in yet! I’m just wondering if anyone there is going to recognize I have an old soccer sock wrapped around my arm! 😉

  3. Cassie March 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM #

    I love this app! I use my treadmill at home and teach spin three times a week, so this is going to be a slam dunk! Thanks for the awesome review!

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