Gainz Box Subscription Review + Coupon – October 2016
Gainz Box is a monthly box of fitness apparel, supplements, equipment, snacks, and more. Gainz Box is a veteran-owned business and donates a portion of their proceeds to charities that support US veterans.
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: Gainz Box
The Cost: $32 + $6 shipping on a month-to-month basis, save with longer subscriptions
The Products: Women or Men’s apparel (in your size), equipment, snacks and supplements, and other fitness items. (Gain[z] Box markets to a CrossFit audience, but I do not think you absolutely have to be into CrossFit to enjoy this box – many of the items are suitable for general fitness enthusiasts!) They promise a $75 value in every box.
Ships to: US
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The box came with a full-color fold-out information card featuring some of the items from the box in action and noting that a portion of this month’s proceeds will go to Barbells for Boobs, an organization dedicated to providing access to early breast cancer detection services. There was also some product literature for some of the items in the box.
Fitaid Fuel (4 oz) – Value $3.33
This is like an energy bar in pouch format, so it is thick and not quite liquid, not quite solid. If you have never had one, it is definitely something to try (and they seem to be in a lot of fitness-related boxes lately). The main protein source is whey, so they’re not vegan. Unfortunately, I don’t really like these – the whey makes them sort of cheesy-textured, which doesn’t match well with the other flavors.
Vermont Smoke & Cure Uncured Bacon Pork Stick (1 oz) – Value $1.37
I am a vegetarian and my husband is not a jerky/meat stick sort of person, so I put this on the “free snacks” table at work. This box does not cater to any specific dietary preferences, and I’ve received vegan protein powder from Gainz Box in the past, as well, so just keep that in mind before subscribing.
Liquid Ambition Women’s Shorts – Value $45
I said in a review last month for another fitness subscription box that I would like to see apparel items other than tanks. I guess I got my wish! These are comfortable and I have freedom of movement in them, but they are too short for me to model for everyone to see on the internet… You do provide your sizes when you sign up for Gainz Box so you should receive shorts that fit properly.
Circle V Pink Socks from Virus – Value $15
These are super thick and cushy so I am hoping they will help prevent blisters since I’ve been having a blister issue lately. I also like the focus on breast cancer awareness this month (including a man rocking the pink socks in the information booklet); that is not something you often see from boxes of this type! You can’t buy this color on the Virus site, so I’ve linked to their main socks page, where the crew socks have the same value as what the information booklet listed.
The socks fit me pretty well. I did not notice size information on the package, but I am a standard women’s size 7. I do believe you also provide sock or shoe size information at sign-up.
The Baraides (1 pair) – Value $13.95
You use athletic tape to secure these to your hands for protection during lifting and other activities. I really need to get some athletic tape so I can start using these because I was working out with a heavier than usual kettlebell last night and I am starting to see some blisters on my hands.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $78.65 for the October Gainz Box. That beats the promised $75 value. Although the snacks weren’t really for me, they are only a small part of the overall value of the box. The apparel was a good fit and I’m so happy to get something other than a workout tank for once. (Bottoms are a rarity in the fitness boxes I review!) Once again, I would say that you don’t necessarily need to be into CrossFit to enjoy Gainz Box, but you probably do need to do at least some weightlifting or kettlebell workouts to get the most out of it.
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