Wednesday, May 11, 2011

TOS Product Review: GoTrybe


GoTrybe is a fitness themed website designed to help students get (and stay) fit and healthy. Users can design their own exercise routine, learn about ways to stay healthy, what foods to eat and what to avoid. The site is divided into three age categories similar to elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Once your student signs up they are placed in a “tribe” according to their grade level.

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Now the student creates a custom avatar and can begin exploring the site.  The main element of the program is designing your own exercise routine by choosing from many short fitness videos featuring a variety of instructors and children.  You can assemble a workout including warm-up, cardio, strength training, stretching and cool down from a simple to use drag and drop screen.


There are other tabs for learning about nutrition and watching motivational videos, all of which earns the student points which they can exchange for cool items for their avatars.

Both ds3 and ds4 (4th and 1st grade) helped me review the program.  I regret to report that neither enjoyed it.  Ds4 was all on board as he created his avatar but the moment he saw the exercise videos he ran.  He literally would not take any part in the program.  I really thought ds3 would love this, as he is part of other online communities where you create avatars, do things to earn points, and connect with friends.  But he, too, would not participate.  It really is nothing to do with the program itself, it’s a great concept and is well executed.  It’s simple to use, affordable, and quite informative.  It’s just that my boys do not enjoy “structured” fitness routines (and frankly aren’t in need of any.)  They are quite active on their own and learn nutrition and healthy living by our family’s example and in our homeschooling.  If, however, you are in need of a fun and motivational resource for fitness and nutrition, GoTrybe definitely fits the bill.

GoTrybe normally costs $39.95 for a year’s subscription.  You can sign up for a free trial using the code GETFIT, and if you sign up for a membership during the trial you pay only $19.95.

I was given an extended free trial of GoTrybe to facilitate this review.  I received no further compensation.  To see other TOS Crewmember reviews, click on the banner below.


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