Strength Crate Subscription Review + Coupon- September 2016
Strength Crate is a fitness subscription that sends products designed to enhance your workout. Their goal is to help you train on your terms and to reduce excuses!
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: Strength Crate
The Cost: $35 + $10.87 shipping for the Warm Up Crate, $55 + $10.87 shipping for the Gameday Crate, or $75 + $10.87 shipping for the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) Crate; this is a review of the G.O.A.T. Crate
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with code ADDICTION10!
The Products: “Products ranging from apparel, training aids, supplements, and high value equipment to take you to the next level in whatever you are training.” Products are sourced in the USA.
Ships to: US
Good to Know: Strength Crate subscribers also get access to Strength Crate WOD, Strength Crate’s app that provides a different “Workout Of the Day (WOD)” that you can do anywhere you have access to equipment.
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There was a full-color information sheet with items from the box on one side and a workout plan on the other side. They tend to mix up the content on the second side and you could get recipes, workout plans, etc.
Eflow Enrage Preworkout in Raging Rocket Pop (30 servings) – Value $39.99
This has creatine in it, which is one of the only supplements for muscle gain that has actual science behind it. Unfortunately, when starting out with creatine, you can expect to put on 2-4 pounds of water weight. (It also has a rather large amount of caffeine, so you may not want to do cardio when you use this and you may not want to take it late in the evening.) Since I have 4.2 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight at this point, I am holding off on using this for now.
Eflow Endure BCAA in Warrior Gummy Bear (1 serving) – Value $1.33
This, on the other hand, is perfect for me. I am pretty sure I’ve gotten this in another fitness box before. Anyway, BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) are good for post-workout muscle recovery. They may be especially important for vegans and vegetarians, who do not get as many BCAAs naturally in their diets (I’m a vegetarian). I find they help with delayed onset muscle soreness, as well. I tend to drink them DURING my workouts to make my water have a flavor. I diluted this to about ½ to 1/3 strength (i.e., in 32 ounces instead of 10-12) and it dissolved pretty well and didn’t taste too strong.
Kill Cliff Recovery Drink in Knight Moves (12 fl oz x 2) – Value $7
This is sugar-free, gluten-free, and it only has 15 calories in a can. It is a pretty color but that is from plant extracts. This has electrolytes to replenish any lost from sweat during workouts, plus B vitamins and energizing ingredients like green tea extract and ginger. It is lightly carbonated and I actually liked it quite a bit, despite my love/hate relationship with energy drinks. (It has some caffeine from the green tea extract, about ¼ as much as a cup of coffee, and it didn’t keep me up all night.) This is probably one of my favorite discoveries of the box.
Hand Armor Chalk (2 oz) – Value $2.95
I’ve gotten a lot of liquid chalk in fitness boxes lately but this is my first solid chalk block. I am glad to have the chance to compare to liquid products so I can decide what I prefer. And the price is right. Lately my hands have been getting super sweaty when I do kettlebell workouts and this has helped keep me from flinging the kettlebell into the TV! (The jury is still out on whether I prefer liquid or solid chalk. I need a few more workouts to decide.)
WOD & DONE Single Use Self-Adhesive Athletic Grips (2 count) – Value $3
These are meant to be hand protection for lifting. There are instructions and a video on how to apply them on the WOD & DONE website. I am not quite at the point where I am damaging my hands too badly during workouts so I am going to save these for a few months down the road. (I am getting blisters, now, though, which I don’t think ever happened before!) Because they’re single-use, they are more hygienic than exercise gloves.
Trigger Point Performance “The Grid” Mini Foam Roller – Value $24.99
I have some foam rollers already but they’re from 18 inches to 3 feet long. The long one is certainly not portable, and even the 18-inch ones are a bit big for travel. But this is great – it’s not super long, plus it’s hollow, so you can stuff socks or underwear inside and put it in a carry on bag! This one has been good for my hamstrings (the only place I tested it so far).
SHP Zelus Wrist Wraps – Value $18
OK, this is something I didn’t realize I needed until I tried them out. I have other wrist wraps but they’re not as wide. As I am moving up into using heavier kettlebells, the kettlebells get bigger and I am still getting bruises on my wrists. But these are big enough to block more bruises from happening. (Wrist wraps can also be used for CrossFit and wrist support during bodybuilding. Or, I will sometimes use them during kundalini yoga routines with a lot of cat/cow or down dog/up dog transitions.)
Here is one of the wrist wraps on. These will definitely fit people with lots of different wrist sizes. My wrists are only 5.5 inches around, but the wraps are going around me like three times here. And there is a ton of support. They are stretchy, too.
Kill Cliff Crop Tops (2 count) – Value $24
I could only find one of these styles on the Kill Cliff website but they’re the same type of garment so I assume they have the same value. Unfortunately this is not really a functional garment for me. I do like working out in tanks, but prefer form fitting ones (that cover my stomach). Loose ones (these are a size S so I am pretty sure they are supposed to be loose) just get in the way (like when I’m trying to do kettlebell rows and such). So I will probably pass these along to someone else. I think they would be good over a sports bra if you are a runner (or as a bit of a coverup over a swimsuit top on the beach).
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $121.26 for the September Strength Crate. That’s a pretty good value for the box, at around $35 over the cost of the box plus shipping. The Kill Cliff recovery drink, chalk, and wrist wraps are my favorite items (and the ones most immediately useful to me), while the crop tops were less of a hit for me, but I really do like the curation here – it’s a great mix of supplements, apparel, and workout gear and equipment I will actually use.
What did you think of the September Strength Crate box?