Tribesports is a London-based startup still in beta. The site is a community of sports fans from all over the world. Users create a profile with a user name and join tribes, which is similar to groups you would join on Facebook.
The tribes are categorized by sports and can be found under most popular and newest. Anyone on the site can create a tribe. Users follow one another, write on walls and encourage one another by clicking on the word encourage. This can be done on the app on your mobile device, on the app through Facebook or directly on the website, http://www.tribesports.com.
Tribes include – strength training (1952 members), clean eating (828 members), interval training (1333 members), abs of steel (2508 members) and sports nutrition (3137 members). A tribe consists of leaders and members. Inside a tribe you will have questions, how to, discussions, photos and challenges. There is also the option to like a tribe which will show up on Facebook and add it to Google plus. A link to invite friends is also available.
There are over 23,000 challenges on Tribesports. Members join challenges that are posted on their profile page with activity being shown on the home page of their followers. These are also categorized by event and sports. You can search for challenges, find the most popular or newest ones, create a challenge, as well as challenge your friends.
Challenges have a description page with activity showing those who are currently taking it or have completed the challenge. Options include fundraising and finding similar challenges. Some of the ones I have completed include – 30 hanging leg raises, go down a jean size, no soda for four weeks, 25 dumbbell flys and lift weights 20 times in 30 days.
The challenges I am currently taking ~ get your bodyfat below 15%, complete 50 squats without stopping, 50 crunches in a row and a five minute wall squat. Each Tribesports member has a ranking on the site. Mine fluctuates between 238 – 271. With it being summertime and school on vacation I am not able to get to the gym as frequently so I dropped in standings.
There is a wonderful community feeling at Tribesports with a fun competitive nature to it. I would compare it to a blend of Foursquare with Facebook. At your profile page you would put a description of your interests and the sports you like are linked at the top. The user level and rank are located to the left of the profile page. Medals and achievements are shown on the right of the profile page. Under your photo are the stats.
I have 64 achievements, asked 1 question, 509 followers, 120 achievements, 44 tribes and 0 reviews. There is also a section where you can put products in your wishlist. There are images to set for your background based on what your sports interest is. These include auto racing, baseball, zumba, running. There are options to link your twitter and facebook accounts.
I find the challenges exciting and fresh to motivate me into new directions at the gym and through daily life. Members range from just starting to exercise to competitive athletes and those coming back after injuries. You will get notified via email when another member writes on your wall, comments on your activity or you receive a medal. At your account page you can change your settings.
I have met so many interesting people at Tribesports, learned about sports activities I had previously been clueless about and gained insights into other cultures while being encouraged to meet my challenges and perform at my best.
I highly recommend other sports and fitness enthusiasts to check out http://www.tribesports.com and get involved in some challenges and start earning those medals.