Pay it Forward, Gym

This Portland gym doesn't just remake your body, it transforms your life. And, oh yeah, did we mention that it's free?

Beast Fit Nation may be the first gym in the country that doesn't charge a monetary membership fee -- it simply asks that patrons pay for the gym's services by helping others.

'Everything is free, you don’t have to pay me a dollar,” owner Sergio Jones told KGW. “All you have to do is promise me you’ll do three random acts of kindness after you leave. You will help out somebody else.”

Jones opened the community and sponsor-funded gym last March with the goal of promoting healthy living and encouraging others to pay it forward, according to Halfstack magazine. Beast Fit even organizes volunteer events throughout the year.

This is one trend that we sure hope catches on around the country.

Last month, we wrote about La Trobada, a restaurant in Spain, is allowing unemployed customers to volunteer for a meal due to the economic crisis.

A Connecticut barber offers haircuts to the homeless in exchange for hugs.


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