Wednesday, May 11, 2011
TOS Crew Review ~ GoTRYBE
GoTRYBE is an online health and fitness program that encompasses a broad spectrum of health and wellness: fitness, nutrition, motivation & wellness. The program is divided into 3 levels (known as "trybes")based on the student's grade level. The trybes are Zoodoos (K-5th), Trybe 180 (6-8th), and Nextrybe (9th-12th). The focus of my review is Nextrybe and my 10th grade daughter has been using the online program.
As this is an online program, a computer with Internet access is a requirement (probably not an issue if you are reading this blog post via the world wide web!). It is very easy to set up a student account at the website (www.GoTRYBE.com). Within a matter of minutes your child can begin building their own avatar and designing their own workouts. There are a couple of options for the workouts - the student (or parent) can customize each workout by dragging and dropping thumbnails in any order they choose. If you aren't computer friendly, don't worry - it really is a piece of cake to do this (just click on the thumbnail of the video you like, drag it to the place you'd like to do that part of the workout, and you're ready to exercise!). Once the workout has been built, the student clicks on the "start workout" button to begin exercising. When the student is finished with the workout, they click the "Escape" button. Simple :)
There are also full length workouts available at the website (www.GoTRYBE.com) if you opt not to create your own. Each has a theme, such as Hip-Hop or Sports. Plenty of options available, so everyone should be able to find several appealing ways to stay in shape!
Beyond exercise videos, GoTRYBE offers informational videos, reading assignments, and questions to make this a well-rounded physical education course that can also count as a health credit for high school students. If you are uncertain as to how to assign high school credit for things like P.E. and Health, don't worry; high school credit can be given based on the time spent working on the course. If your student uses GoTRYBE 3 days per week for the exercise videos for the entire year, you can assign 1 credit for the year. Say they also use GoTRYBE 2 days per week as a health curriculum for half the academic year (reading the articles and answering the questions and watching the videos about nutrition, etc) you would assign 1/2 credit. On your transcript you would list the full credit given for doing the exercise videos under "Physical Education" and you would list the 1/2 credit under "Health".
This truly is an excellent program, and my 10th grade daughter has emerged from her GoTRYBE workouts sweaty and smiling! She is a runner and a figure skater, so work outs are an important part of her lifestyle. She is at the ice rink and the YMCA several times each week, in addition to her time spent running each week. She has even done P90X. In other words, she's knows a good workout from a shoddy one and she was thoroughly "worked out" via GoTRYBE! It provides her with the level of intensity she prefers from an exercise program. Being able to customize the workouts was an extra bonus for her.
She also liked the avatar and said it was a pleasant surprise to discover that it wasn't at all "baby-ish". While she really doesn't need much motivation to keep up with her workouts, she felt the avatar could be a useful motivator for some people. As the student logs in and works out, points are earned that can be used to "upgrade" the student's avatar. The items you can purchase are "actually pretty neat, not cheesy" (in the words of my 10th grade daughter!). She also liked the fact that you can do the workouts anyplace, even where you have limited space. GoTRYBE has provided her with many new exercises that have broadened the scope of her workout routine. She is applying what she has learned from GoTRYBE to her time spent at the gym and she really likes the warm ups. The nutrition videos have information that has been helpful to her as she learns about making wise decisions for her long-term health.
As a busy homeschooling mom, I have found some health programs tricky to teach and incorporating P.E. into the daily schedule can be tough to fit into my family's schedule. GoTRYBE provides a thorough program that can be done right at home, even in limited space. It's easy to set up your account, simple to use, and the unique avatars are a plus. GoTRYBE makes physical fitness easy.
If you are considering a fitness program to use during the summer months, or are starting to plan next year's curriculum I encourage you to take a look at what GoTRYBE has to offer. Visit their website at www.GoTRYBE.com
Lord bless you and your family today!
Day 94 done :)
Jan L. Burt