Wednesday, May 11, 2011

TOS Crew Review: GoTrybe

One can't turn on the TV, read a newspaper, or be online and not run in to the statistics that continue to exclaim the issue the United States has with childhood obesity. It's definitely alarming. In this day and age of increasing technology with video games and television and iPads and more, it's not surprising that children are not as active as they once were.

That is where GoTrybe hopes to change things. 

Provide a global interactive lifestyle community that motivates young people and adults, through fun and edutainment, to integrate fitness, nutrition and wellness into their everyday lives.

GoTrybe is taking those things that have been harmful for children (increasing technology) and using it to help them become healthier. Simply put they are "an online, interactive social community dedicated to the health and wellness of our youth."

There are three different levels based on ages that you can pick from. They are:

  • ZooDoos for K-5th grade
  • Trybe180 for 6th-8th grade
  • NexTrybe for 9th-12th grade
You can sign up and try it free for a day. If you like what you see, you can sign up for a one-year subscription for $19.95.

So what exactly is GoTrybe?

GoTrybe (pronounced....Go...Try...Be) takes the very technology that typically works against children and puts it to work for them. Once an account is set up, a child (or parent) can go in and set up a video workout. This is a very neat feature. There are various clips of all the different types of exercise routines available. You can drag and drop them in to a workout (this includes warm-up, cardio, strength, flexibility, and cool-down). Then you can save the workout and play it!

There are also sections on nutrition, wellness, and motivation (tabs under "Daily Activity). These are all designed to help a child become healthier and stay active.

My thoughts:

When I first went online to set this up for my boys I was excited. It looked like a super fun way to workout and have fun. Now I will say, I am the mom of three very active boys. I loaded up a workout for each of the younger ones since I was just trying it out for them (they are both at the ZooDoos level).

However, when I rolled it out to them the next day they completely balked at it. I didn't push it on them simply because they are active and healthy.

Having said that though, I think there are huge benefits to this program. Not only in getting kids a bit more active and healthier (via increasing stamina and flexibility), but also teaching them about nutrition and making being active a part of their lifestyle. I was really bummed when my boys absolutely refused to try it simply because they thought it a bit "too girly."

Overall I think the concept is great. I like that it can be customized and the price is certainly right.

Be sure to head over to the TOS Homeschool Crew blog to see what other Crew members had to say about this product.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review.  All opinions shared are my own. TOS Crew Members are given the product free of charge in exchange for our unbiased opinion of the product.

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