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Wednesday, May 11, 2011


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GoTrybe offers online exercise videos tailored to kids of all ages. Fitness experts train and guide kids in a variety of exercises and wellness tips designed to have fun and stay active all at the same time.

About the Program

     GoTrybe features three different programs depending on age. ZooDoos is designed for kids kindergarten through fifth grade. Trybe180 is for sixth  through eighth grade and NextTrybe is high school age. 

     Each Trybe member will need their own log-in information. Then the fun begins.  Choose an avatar and personalize it.  Then choose what type of exercise you would like. Make your own routine or find a pre-made routine. Learn about nutrition with short  (1 minute) video lessons. Listen to athletes talk about their motivation and then follow it up with wellness tips.  Each activity earns points that can be spent to “buy” new clothes and accessories for your avatar.  You can also “friend” your friends with your online profile and be able to give shout-outs and messages to your friends. 

Go Trybe Ben Homepage

GoTrybe My Page showing avatar and friend information.





Go Trybe make your own workout Ben

GoTrybe Make your own workout page. Just drag and drop the exercises you want for a customized program.


    Each exercise session, whether a make your own or pre-made routine, starts with warm-ups. Then it moves into the main cardiovascular exercise and ends with strength, flexibility and cool down.  Instructors are friendly, upbeat and encouraging.  Workouts include routines such as: kickboxing, circuit training, yoga routines, hip hop dance routines, stretching and flexibility.  On occasion extra equipment is used, but it is never a necessity and options are given so it is not necessary to buy anything extra.     

ClarkClan thoughts

     Sarah (14), Ben (9), and Rebekah (7) all tested the GoTrybe program.  All three loved the workouts.  Ben was so excited from his very first workout when he did a kickboxing routine.  Rebekah has always wanted dance lessons and loved being able to learn some dance routines. Sarah, as well, loved each workout routine she did. I had a great time working out with Sarah. I loved that Sarah would say “Come on, Mom, let’s exercise.”  Doing it together made exercising fun as we could laugh at mistakes and challenge each other when things got hard.

     There were a few stand-outs from the GoTrybe program.  I liked that the exercises were tailored for each age group.  Ben and Rebekah using the ZooDoo’s program had no trouble keeping up and learning the exercises for their routines.  Rebekah loved one routine that had her using a stuffed animal to stretch out and exercise with.  Ben was  excited to find a routine that said would help him with quick feet for soccer.

     Every workout has a main instructor and then two or more kids performing the workouts. The ZooDoo’s program had kids from kindergarten to about fifth grade in each video. The NextTrybe used  high school age kids. The aspect that I liked was the emphasis on working at your own pace and level.  For example, one strength and flexibility routine for the high school level had a main instructor and two boys working out. The instructor at the beginning showed what the exercise was and who was doing a modified “less intense”  version of the exercise and who was doing the “more intense” version of the exercise.  The instructors are careful to explain how to perform each exercise and trying it slowly first

     When I learned that hip hop dance routines were a part of the program, I was a little concerned. We, as a family, do not usually listen to hip hop type music or dance in this manner. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the music was a basic beat, no words, and the routines were not risqué in the least and were quite the cardiovascular workouts.  Usually for any routine, we would turn on our own music to workout by and just had the computer loud enough to hear what the instructors were saying.

      One aspect of the program that we did not particularly use was the “friend” aspect. The only people my kids “friended”  were each other. Online chatting and messaging is not something I have let my kids do, so we continued with our standards by not allowing this. This in no way detracted from our enjoyment of the program.


     I would recommend the GoTrybe fitness program.  We thoroughly enjoyed the workouts.  My first thoughts when we began using the program were along the lines of, “Why do my kids need exercise videos online? They go outside to  play and are involved in sports.”  What I found was that GoTrybe added to my active kids lives, not replaced other activity times.  I have often said that one way to keep kids happy, especially as they go into the teenage years is to get them lots of exercise.  Our experience was that my kids would do their workouts, loving the challenge of learning new physical activities and then would be more physical all around.  This program has been great for our rainy, cold spring as well. When it was too wet to ride bikes, skateboard, rollerblade, they could just do more GoTrybe workouts.

      Another surprise for me was the need for all three to have their own log-ins.  Initially, I had Sarah set up with her own, and then thought Ben and Rebekah could share one.  Besides the fact that they could not agree on an avatar together, I quickly found out they enjoy different types of exercises.  Ben is very self-motivated to exercise. When he began to pick his own routines he picked a wide variety of activities, including the dance routines that he would not have done with his little sister in the room.  Rebekah likes to exercise, but prefers to workout with someone. So I usually would workout with her (as well as doing the more intense workouts with Sarah).  Sarah is a fastpitch player and loved how the workouts helped her cross-train and be more agile for her sport.


     You can try out GoTrybe free for a day by clicking here. After the free trial, the program cost is $19.95 for a year. Without the free trial the price is $39.95 a year.

     GoTrybe also sponsors a Kids Fitness Blog.  As of today (5/11/11) the Kids Fitness Blog is advertising that for a limited time you can get GoTrybe for .$0.99 a month. Visit for more information.

     The pricing is the only issue I have with GoTrybe. We would like to continue using this program.  However, having to buy three separate programs at $19.95 is a bit spendy for our family. I would like to see a “family discount” option available for multiple users within a family.

     I am not the only one who reviewed GoTrybe.  Visit the Crew Blog and read what my Crew Mates thought about the program for their family.

As an Independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse and member of TOS Homeschool Crew I received  a free trial of  GoTrybe for free from GoTrybe in exchange for my honest review of their product.

1 comment:

Cathlene said...

Wow! Who would have thought that sports-playing outdoor activity kids would enjoy workouts! I am continually amazed at the variety of helps for the serious home school family.