Wednesday, May 11, 2011

TOS Review: Go Trybe



Our family has been given the opportunity to review Go Trybe ( pronounced Go Tribe).  This is an online fitness/health program that has partnered with the USDA’s MyPyramid Corporate Challenge and is also an advocate for the National Physical Activity Guidelines. It is the neatest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Go Trybe is separated into three different age groups: K-5 (zoodoos), 6-8 (trybe180), and 9-12 (nextrybe).  We reviewed as zoodoos.

There are a number of different things to do on the GoTrybe website, from reading blogs to making friends and chatting in a forum. In the health and physical wellness portions of the program, there are four different components: Fitness, Nutrition, Motivation, and Wellness.

GoTrybe Fitness

This is the physical aspect of the program. After signing up you choose the work out that suites you. There are so many different options, you could possibly do a different work out every day for a year or even more. Or if you happen to get one that you like you can save it and do the same one again. Let me explain:

There are four different categories: Warm-Up, Cardio, Strength, and Flexibility. You choose one video workout for each of these, except Cardio, you choose 3 video workouts for Cardio. Each video is lead by a certified trainer and has a target age that will help you choose one that is challenging enough for an older zoodoos child, but not too tough for a younger one. If you hoover over the video thumbnail you will see a brief description of the activity, the target age, length, instructors name, etc. You choose the one you like and then drag and drop. Do this for each of the slots until you have a complete workout ready.


The Warm Up video’s are 3-5 minutes long and there are numerous video’s to choose from. These video’s are designed to get  you ready for the actual workout.

Cardio video’s are next.  You choose three of these and they are designed to get your heart pumping. Each of these will last about 3-4 minutes. Since there are 3 of these you will get a total of 9-12 minutes of cardio work-out. This may not seem like much, but remember this is the zoodoos program for K-5th grade.

The Strength video slows it down a bit and focuses on a targeted area. These last a little longer, around 5-9 minutes.

A Flexibility video finishes up the workout. This video helps you stretch out your muscles and cool down with some flex-yoga. These video’s are about 2-3 minutes long.


As you’re choosing your video’s you can see how long your work out will be, and once you’ve chosen all the video’s you’ll know exactly how long the workout will take you to complete (the above workout is 22 minutes 8 seconds). You can then choose to save it for later or begin the work-out.  When you start the work-out the first video begins, when you finish that one the next one automatically starts, and so on until you complete all 5 video’s. The total workout should last between 20-30 minutes for the zoodoos.

You earn points for each completed video. These points help you buy things for your avatar. We didn’t do a lot to try to earn these points because we had more than one child signed up to use the program and we weren’t able to figure out how to share a workout while still allowing each child to earn the points. I emailed GoTrybe but didn’t receive a response.

Something that was really nice was the way GoTrybe snuck in some fun learning during these videos. For instance, during one warm up video we counted our stretches in Spanish, over and over. What a neat way to learn to count to 8 in Spanish without any effort. Also while doing the workout the instructor will ask the students questions such as how much water your body contains and then give the answer at the end of the video. Little things like that really impress me. I’m such a simple person Smile

GOtrybe Nutrition

Each day you can read a short paragraph and answer a question concerning nutrition. By doing this you earn more points for your avatar. Below you can see an example of one of the daily activities for nutrition.



gotrybe motivation

Motivation is a video of an athlete that does just what it says---motivates. The video’s are all personal and different. You can watch one per day to earn points for your avatar.

gotrybe Wellness

This is very similar to the motivation portion. It offers a short video for you to watch in order to earn points. It’s not always about physical wellness. For instance, one of the video’s was about cheating.

This program is still new and there are some website glitches that come up from time to time. Also, my boys would have enjoyed some men instructors. I believe there are some in the older groups but we didn’t see any for the zoodoos. We did not use the chat or forums because I prefer to keep my children away from online socializing.

I really enjoyed doing these workouts with my sons. My 3 and 5 year old children even joined in for many of our work-out’s. The cost of this program is $19.95 per year, per child. Visit GoTrybe for a free trial to see if this program is something your family would benefit from.

If you would like to see what other homeschoolers thought of this program, click here.

**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion/review. For more honest reviews from real homeschoolers, visit the TOS Crew website.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Great review Marie!!!!

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