BuffBoxx Fitness Subscription Review + Coupon – July 2017
BuffBoxx is a fitness subscription box for men or women. All products are premium and name brand, and a portion of each box sold goes to charity (you can choose one of the several charities at sign-up).
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Women’s BuffBoxx, $49.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: BuffBoxx
The Cost: Women’s or Men’s Pro BuffBoxx for $49.99/month or Women’s or Men’s BuffBoxx Lite for $29.99/month (Lite box does not include Reebok apparel; regular box does); add a Buffboxx shirt for an additional $19.99
The Products: Reebok apparel (in the regular box), snacks, gym accessories, and a workout
Ships to: U.S. (free)
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This month, I did not receive any kind of information card. (More on that later.) I did receive a coupon for some ice cream/frozen treats and I definitely plan to use that.
Still Sport Bottle – Value $22.05?
My process for coming up with the value here is a bit convoluted. When you go to the manufacturer’s website, it sends you to a Groupon page where this item is sold out. The Groupon page lists $45 as a value but says 51% off. So I’m assuming anyone who bought this from Groupon paid $22.05 and not $45. Moving on, this has a built in filter that purifies and adds minerals to tap water, which is pretty cool. I can’t say I notice a huge difference in taste but then I rarely drink plain water (it’s always tea or BCAA powder or something). I don’t buy all the health claims about alkaline water (read more here) but having access to purified water when it would otherwise be hard to come by is nice, especially when you are not buying a whole bunch of water in single-use plastic bottles.
BuffBoxx Shaker Cup – Value $7.99
I get a lot of these in subscription boxes, but I have recently decided I value them a lot more than I used to. There is one product I drink while at work that is definitely enhanced by using a shaker bottle instead of trying to stir. But I can’t wash things in a dishwasher at work, so even though I handwash my bottles, after awhile, they just don’t have that level of cleanliness I’d like. Now I can recycle them from time to time, so this one is next up in my rotation. I did try it out, though, and I find that the lid is secure and my product gets mixed pretty well.
XTend BCAAs in Blue Raspberry (1 serving) – Value $1 (buy a 30 serving package for $29.99)
XTend BCAAs in Blood Orange (1 serving) – Value $1 (buy a 30 serving package for $29.99)
This is my favorite kind of sports nutrition/supplement product to get in fitness subscription boxes. I drink BCAA powders in my water every day when I exercise. I get kind of bored by plain water, but this adds some flavor along with electrolytes and branched chain amino acids (and no caffeine!). I like BCAAs for reducing delayed onset muscle soreness and because I tend to eat a rather low-protein diet, so I can get some needed amino acids by consuming supplements like this. I personally preferred the blood orange flavor, but I think that’s because I can’t get over the color of blue raspberry anything, which always reminds me of Windex.
Scoop Mate – Value $8.99
This is a handy little thing. It is magnetic and it holds the scoop for your protein powder or pre-workout supplement or whatever at the lid of your container so you don’t lose it. I buy a couple of different products that come with scoops so this will go to good use. What would be even better is a product that allows you to locate the scoop in the first place, which is more of a problem for me…
Fitjoy Protein Bar in Cookies and Cream (19 g) – Value $1.25 (buy a box of 12 full size bars for $29.99)
This is just a half size bar. My husband and I both liked it pretty well (I cut it in half and we each got one bite…). This had a somewhat different texture from other protein bars (almost like a Rice Krispie treat, but these are vegetarian). What I think is particularly nice is that these contain some fiber in addition to protein. Lots of protein bars skip the fiber.
Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patch – Value $1.66 (buy a box of 5 patches for $8.29)
I received one of these in another fitness subscription box a few months back and I have to say, it is one of the only products of this nature that has worked for me lately, so I am happy to have another. This has standard topical pain relief types of ingredients (e.g. camphor, menthol) but also capsicum extract (the stuff in hot peppers) and it really helped my neck and shoulders last time I received one.
Chef Robert Irvine’s FitCrunch Whey Protein Brownie in Chocolate (1.76 oz x 2) – Value $3.58
Chef Robert Irvine’s FitCrunch Whey Protein Brownie in Cookie Dough (1.76 oz x 2) – Value $3.58
I am always happy when I see a product like this that is completely new to me. I liked both flavors of this pretty well. They are vegetarian and gluten free if either is of concern to you. I definitely prefer the texture of protein snacks made with whey (which these are, of course). It is suggested on the package to heat them in the microwave for 8 seconds. They do get a bit softer when you do that, but they are also edible at room temperature. They have 9 grams of sugar each, which is a bit much for me, but eaten as an occasional treat, that’s not so bad. They also have 15 grams of protein but absolutely no fiber.
Reebok Performance Mesh Tank in Navy – Value $22
This is described as being designed for high-intensity workouts, cardio, and hot weather, so it is right up my alley. (I am doing mostly cardio these days, in my basement, where there is poor air circulation.) I like that this is a bit longer on my torso. Plus, it fits well (BuffBoxx is one of the only fitness subscriptions that lets you choose XS as a size). This will get a lot of use for the remainder of the summer.
Last but not least, these two items were in the box. BuffBoxx always sends out some kind of promotional merchandise and they do send something different every month, so I’ve received sticky notes, a magnetic calendar, a cup, etc. This appears to be a flying disc? These are the sorts of things you get made up in quantities of thousands and pass out for free at conventions and trade shows so I haven’t assigned a value.
Bag of Random Vitamins
And there was this bag of pills that smelled vaguely vitamin-like. Absolutely no idea what these are. There was no label of any kind and, without an information card this month, I can’t even begin to look them up. They might have a value but it is really anyone’s guess. Thus, I haven’t assigned a value here, either. (I haven’t tried them because I’m not in the habit of ingesting mystery pills…)
Verdict: I calculated a value of $73.10 for the July BuffBoxx. That is a pretty good value for this box, and it might be even higher if you consider the value of the coupon (which gets you the dessert free, assuming you have a store near you that carries it) and/or the vitamins if you were lucky enough to get an information card. I discovered some new snacks I really like (the protein brownies) and I can actually see myself using almost everything in the box on a regular basis (plus it was all vegetarian this month).