Monarch Fitness Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2016
Monarch Fitness is a personalized fitness subscription box. You fill out a short profile questionnaire before sign-up that asks about your fitness goals, dietary needs and preferences, preferred types of apparel, etc. Then the Monarch Fitness team chooses products based on your answers. I don’t remember everything I picked (you can take the survey without entering credit card information if you want to see it), but I definitely remember that there were vegetarian and vegan options available. You can also opt to get a box every other month instead of every month.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Monarch Fitness
The Cost: $66.95 + $5.95 shipping (in the US)
COUPON: Save 20% off your first box with code MSA20!
The Products: full-size supplements, fitness apparel/gear, healthy snacks, nutrition advice, plus workouts, educational materials, and motivational content, selected according to your fitness goals and preferences and curated by fitness professionals and trainers.
Ships to: US
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Because these boxes are customized and not everyone receives the same items, Monarch Fitness sends individual cards with more information on the items in the box.
Every month there is an information card with a workout on one side and more information on a health or fitness topic on the other. These are generally quite well put together. For some reason, this month I got two.
ThinkThin Unwrapped Protein Bites in Salted Caramel (4.5 oz) – Value $6.99
These are not going to fool anyone who is used to eating regular candy. But if you often consume protein bars (I do), these are decent in terms of taste and texture. What makes them really work for me is that they are small pieces that come in a resealable bag, so if you don’t want a full serving, it is easy to take just a few. (I am counting calories so that is important.)
Sklz Pro Band (light) – Value $19.99
I have a couple of bands in this style but, um, their resistance levels are too heavy for me right now. So this is a perfect starting point. You can use these as pull-up assist bands (I have the goal to do unassisted pull-ups by the end of the year) or search out other exercises online. I like the image on the front of the package as I have all kinds of issues with most ankle weights but that offers another way to achieve lower body resistance.
Rubber Bracelet (promotional item)
I am seeing a lot of these in subscription boxes lately.
Monarch Branded Tank – Value $17 (?)
I took the value of this from similar items selling at Target.
Cory Vines Tank – Value $25
Cory Vines products are produced in smaller runs; the color I got was no longer available but the one I linked to is the same style in a different color.
These are both perfect for summer. I work out in my basement and the air circulation is not good down there. So having my arms uncovered is nice. These fit well and help wick moisture away from my midsection. I also like that they’re not super loose-fitting so during some workouts (like kettlebells) I don’t have to worry about them impeding my range of motion.
MP Combat Whey Protein in Vanilla (2 lbs) – Value $38.99
OK, this container is monstrously huge. I am going to buy a protein powder cookbook or look up recipes because then I might have hope of getting through it one day. I do use protein powder every morning in my smoothies and this one worked well with my usual concoction.
Nutrabio PRE Preworkout Supplement in Watermelon (23.2 g) – Value $1.77
I’m glad I read the directions on this before using; it says to NOT use this before/during cardiovascular exertion. So I guess I will save this until I am not counting calories any longer because I have to do a fair amount of cardio just to get enough calorie burn to eat dinner most nights. (I also lift weights but I generally don’t have “weights only” days.)
Epic Spreads in Birthday Cake (1.15 oz) – Value $1.15
Epic Spreads in Cookies & Cream (1.15 oz) – Value $1.15
These are spreads containing peanut, coconut, and cashew. They are low in sugar and inspired by dessert flavors. I put the birthday cake one on a sandwich and it really wasn’t too sweet for a sandwich. Plus it had sprinkles in it…
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $112 for the May Monarch Fitness box. That is the highest value I’ve seen from this subscription yet! (Granted, your items could be entirely different based on how you fill out your profile quiz.) The shirts came at the perfect time of year, I am now stocked up on protein powder for a long time, I will definitely use the band, and I liked the ThinkThin bites. Once again I was very happy with this box!
What did you think of the May Monarch Fitness box?