Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Review: GoTrybe.com

 

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Even though I’m not keeping up on my workouts lately, I’m still a huge advocate for getting kids up and off the couch and moving! That’s why I volunteered to review this next product, courtesy of the TOS Homeschool Crew.

GoTrybe.com is “an online, interactive social community dedicated to the health and wellness of our youth. We get young people on the move by developing Active Screen Time™. “Trybers” can interact with fitness, nutrition, motivation and wellness content that supports their journey toward living healthfully. GoTrybe wants to be an inspiring force in the fight to get children and teens active while combating childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. As a result, GoTrybe’s mission is to change some of the normal sedentary screen time into activity and health education.”

 

GoTrybe offers three “trybes” in the following age ranges:

Zoodoos: K-5th

Trybe 180: 6th-8th

nextTrybe: 9th-12th

For the purpose of this review, I was given access to Zoodoos which I used with Ethan and Abby.

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To begin, each child creates their own unique avatar, complete with hair, clothing, etc. Once this is completed, it’s time to get a move on with your daily workouts. {Woohoo! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!}

Each member selects that day’s fitness routine by selecting a series of videos from GoTrybe’s extensive workout library. The workouts include a warm-up routine, followed by cardio, strength and flexibility components. Each segment lasts between 3-5 minutes each, which creates a workout that runs between 20-30 minutes, depending how adventurous you are at the moment. {Or if you’re like Abby, you just repeat everything when you’re done for good measure. She’s her mother’s daughter, what can I say?}

Like I said, there are numerous videos to choose from including 60+ cardio and 40+ strength training segments alone. {Talk about your boredom and plateau busters!}

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Okay, I have to stop for a moment to say just one thing – I am seriously impressed! Take if from someone who has tried numerous workouts over the past {ahem!} years. These videos are great – not only for children, but for adults too! They’re very thorough and spot-on as far as updated training and fitness info is concerned. Awesome!

Okay, moving on.

Once you’ve completed your daily workout, you can then answer a series of wellness questions for points. These points can then be used to ‘doll up’ your avatar. {Which is just what every little girlie likes to do, right? Shop!}

GoTrybe also offers a unique interactive community for users (geared toward each age group) featuring messaging, interactive forums and more.

Details:

A subscription to GoTrybe costs just $19.95 a year. Or you can get a FREE one-day pass by entering coupon code: GETFIT.

Overall, I have to say that I am impressed by GoTrybe. While the idea of using “video games” to get kids more active feels a bit misguided at times, it obviously works! {Think: Nintendo Wii.}

GoTrybe is great for the whole family and I highly recommend it. Two thumbs up! Smile 

 

*As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received free access to GoTrybe for the purpose of this review. No additional compensation was provided and the thoughts expressed within this post are my own.*

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