Thursday, May 12, 2011

TOS Review - GoTrybe

Moving and fitness is a lifestyle. It's not something you can benefit from if you do it once every 4 months or so. We are a fairly active family - more so over the last year after my husband and I joined the gym. Both our kids have always liked moving and enjoy different sports. Together then we try to live more healthy.

I recently received a 2-month subscription to the GoTrybe website which is dedicated to encouraging families to live a healthy lifestyle so I was keen on seeing what this has to offer.

What is GoTrybe?

GoTrybe is on online fitness / health product that aims at getting the whole family moving. The program caters a little differently for different age groups. It is 'split' into K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 year groups. We reviewed the K-5 year group.

GoTrybe has many features but is divided into 4 basic health sections:
1.  Fitness
2.  Nutrition
3.  Motivation
4.  Wellness

The fitness part of GoTrybe has flash videos for personalised workouts. These include Warm-Up, Cardio, Strength and Flexibility. I really liked the choices available for the kids and how they could put together their own workouts. There are different videos under each category and the child chooses which video(s) to include under each category. I think this could certainly give them a greater sense of ownership. As the kids can choose the clips they want to use, they are in charge of the length of the workout too. You simply click and drag the chosen video into the allocated section. Once that is done you can save the workout and off you go.

Nutrition is another aspect of GoTrybe. This is where the kids are presented with a paragraph about good nutrition and a question relating to that. There is a new one every day.

GoTrybe Motivation is a daily short video clip where a sportsman / woman is asked questions about health / fitness and aims to motivate the kids to follow a healthy lifestyle. 

The Wellness part is also a daily short video relating to good choices.

All these activities provide the members with points. What I like about these clips is that once you've watched it you cannot gain anymore points by watching it again as the videos aren’t available after the first viewing.

So what are the points for?

Each member also has their own Avatar. This is either a younger or older girl or boy. As you progress through the program and do the daily health videos, points are assigned. These points can then be used to ‘purchase’ clothes and accessories for the Avatar. I would assume that this point system is to encourage kids to stick with GoTrybe.

There is also the option of interacting with and becoming ‘friends’ with other members. We did not use this part of the program as we discourage the kids to 'socialize' online.

GoTrybe also has a blog where they keep members up to date with the latest fitness / health information. If you visit the blog now, you will find a special promo code to use in signing up for only US99c per month!! Go check it out!

How did we use GoTrybe?

I signed up both my kids. A is nearly 8 and L is 10 ½.

We took turns with their different logins and did GoTrybe on L’s login some days and A’s login on different days. This way they could both earn points and dress their Avatar. Although tweaking the Avatar only happened on two occasions. They both still have points that are unused. 

What did we think about it?

I think there is a definite place for GoTrybe in the home. This is especially true for the home where there is a lot of inactivity or if extramural activity is too expensive / not possible. It is also very useful during those wet days when the thought of outdoor activity makes you want to grow webbed feet.

L instantly liked the program. She likes music and likes to move, so the combination of the two was a great plus for her. In general she liked the program more than her brother did.

My boy liked it ok initially, but became less interested because most of the children and instructors involved in the K-5 videos are female. (I do understand that there are a male instructors in the older ones). One of his comments was “but there are only girls in there”.

I thought that the kids would be more interested in using the Avatar more often, but the ‘novelty’ wore off fairly quickly. This might be due to them being used to the idea of an Avatar or having restricted computer time in general. The idea of the Avatar then would not keep my children connected to GoTrybe. The kids also did not make friends online as we discourage this.

Both my children are very active and involved in more than one sport which equates to 4hours of intense activity every week for both of them. I am sure that if the kids were not that involved in sports I would consider purchasing a membership to GoTrybe. As I said before I think this is a very good program for those households who do not engage in other outdoor activity on a regular basis.

Price: GoTrybe costs US$19.95 per child per year.

You can TRY out GoTrybe for FREE FOR A DAY by going HERE.

As always this is my own personal opinion and it is always good to look at what others think. So why not click HERE to go and see what some of my fellow Crewmates think of this product.

1 comment:

Marie said...

Very well said! Are you done with your reviews for the year? I have two more. One is already written and the other is an easy one ;-)