TOS Crew: GoTrybe

I kind of missed the boat on this one.

TOS Crew reviewers had until April 30 to sign up their children on this online fitness site, GoTrybe. I registered Middlest… and then got busy with other things.

May 1st I realized…

Even though the deadline had passed, at least I had one of the girls set up with an account. She’d selected a user name and password, set up an avatar (an online persona, that can look something like you look, or not at all),

clicked around a couple of places on the site, lost interest, and went off to do something else.

Frankly, my first impression of the site wasn’t great. The cartoony figures that greet you on the welcome page are kind of edgy, in terms of posture and appearance. (Middlest’s avatar — and she didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter — looks challenging, perhaps even trying to appear sexy, though if you’re used to that sort of thing you might not have a problem with it. We’re big fans of modesty around here.)

Finally, today, I put my foot down. I was going to have to write a review of this site, and unless I basically wanted to quote the informational material from the GoTrybe site, Middlest was going to have to use the site!

She sat down, signed in, and began to put together an exercise routine. This consists of a number of segments, strung together: warm-up, cardio (three of these), strength training, and stretching. Altogether she put together about half an hour of exercise.

Here’s what the screen looks like:

You pick each piece of the workout individually. There must be hundreds of videos to choose from! First you name your workout, and then you choose a warm-up routine from the available selections, lots of categories to suit your circumstances. There’s a thumbnail description for every video, which tells you the category, whether it’s something you can do in a classroom, special equipment needed (if any), levels of difficulty and intensity. Among the categories we saw:

– basketball
– track and field
– Pilates
– Yoga
– kick boxing
– salsa dancing

…and I’m sure there were more. You can mix and match them, too, doing a track-and-field cardio followed by a kickboxing cardio and then a Pilates selection. Middlest put together a workout routine, choosing mostly kick-boxing videos. Then we cleared the area around the computer desk (it’s in our dining room, so we moved a few chairs out of the way and pushed the table back), and started the workout.

I’m not in shape, but I did a lot of the moves along with her, modifying them somewhat. I’m familiar with Aerobic Dance classes (almost became an instructor, in fact, which people who know me now would probably never believe), so the workout looked familiar, even though the moves might have been somewhat different.

Each of the segments has a leader who introduces him/herself and the assistants and then starts the exercise segment. The segments we watched did not have music, but did have a background, pulsing beat. (The kickboxing “beat” sounded different than the salsa “beat” but I can’t tell you about the other choices, as we haven’t played around with the program that much, yet.)

From my experience with workouts, I’d say the program looks sound. The leader explains the moves as you do them together, occasionally giving you a choice for modifying your moves, or going into detail about body position. Middlest had a little problem with a few of the moves, but I was able to help her modify the routine, and also helped her to adjust her crunches so that she was working the right part of her abs and not lifting with her neck and arms. (If you’ve done crunches or situps, you know what I mean.)

Reaction: Enthusiasm! Fun, even!

Middlest kept talking through the workout, about how something didn’t feel good (we adjusted), or she could feel her pulse-rate increasing, or she could feel the stretch, that sort of thing. At the end she was feeling good, glowing, grinning, and feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Her younger sister wandered in partway through, and wanted to jump in. I let her put together a workout, and she and Middlest went through it.

That’s the “fitness” portion. There are some sit-down instructional areas on the site as well: nutrition, motivation, and wellness. For each of these, you read a short selection and answer a multiple choice question at the end. (Middlest pronounced this “dumb” as the answers were pretty obvious.) Points are awarded for completing a workout, as well as going through the reading-and-question selections.

With accumulated points, you can buy clothes and accessories for your avatar. (Middlest got a virtual kitten for her efforts, among other things.) One of the fun aspects of the site is that you can adjust the color of the clothing items that you’re buying, meaning you can put together some pretty wild or carefully color-coordinated outfits.

All this to say, I think Middlest is sorry she procrastinated so long on trying out GoTrybe. She loved the workout, is excited about putting together more workouts, varying the elements, and really thinks that GoTrybe will be a great tool for getting back in shape after a long, cold, rainy winter.

GoTrybe has programs available for different age groups:

  • ZooDoos is for the elementary ages, K-5th grade
  • Trybe180 is for middle school ages, 6th-8th grade
  • NexTrybe is for high school ages, 9th-12th grade

Try GoTrybe for free!

You can try GoTrybe for free if you sign up here and use the promocode GETFIT. After your free trial, you can get a year’s subscription for $19.95. (The regular price is $39.95, so it’s a real bargain!)

GoTrybe also has blogs with fitness tips, a forum for questions and discussions, a friends list (don’t know how this works, haven’t got around to using it yet), and a list of high-scoring users).

To read more TOS Crew reviews of GoTrybe, click here.

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