Gainz Box Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2017
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 U.S. veterans.
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 Gainz for Women, $32 a month, box.
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: U.S.
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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. There was also, as usual, some product literature.
Greater Than Sports Drink in Grape Vine (11.2 fl oz) – Value $2.33
This is mostly coconut water with some other fruit juices (including Concord grape, the source of the familiar “grape” flavor in jelly, etc.). It has 10 grams of (natural) sugar, 140 mg of sodium, and 280 mg of potassium. I like that it is free of artificial colors; I don’t often drink sports drinks but I like this much better than Gatorade.
Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bar in Cinnamon Roll (1.34 oz) – Value $1.99
These are making the rounds this month; I also received one in Bulu Box. These taste just like the cinnamon roll flavored protein bars from Quest but have about half the calories and a bit more sugar (though there is a “net carbs” calculation they do on the package if that interests you). I find the texture oddly satisfying and I’m interested to try some of the other flavors, as well!
Prince of Peace Ginger Chews (3 pieces) – Value $0.22
Prince of Peace is really doing an advertising push for these; I also received them in Love with Food and I’ve gotten them in a few other boxes in the past six months or so, as well. I like that they are individually wrapped; you can just throw a few in your bag and eat them when your stomach is a bit unsettled (ginger is great for that).
Prince of Peace Ginger Honey Crystals (0.35 oz) – Value $0.55
I like to put these in black tea for a little extra kick, but you can also use them alone. (Alternatively, add them to a tea with lemon or lemongrass – it’s a great combination, and soothing to the throat if you drink it hot.)
Ryoku Lifting Straps (Gainz Box Edition) – Value $17
I have terrible grip strength but want to work with heavier weights (eventually), so these are perfect for me. (That’s basically the whole point of lifting straps.) I am not sure the “R” and “L” stickers are going to stay on, though – I kind of wish they were embroidered instead.
United Strength Tank from Bell Club Apparel – Value $24.99
I am getting quite the collection of tanks from fitness subscriptions. I have at least a week’s worth for a summer workout wardrobe with no laundry required! (I kind of like that one of the models on the order page for this is wearing glasses. I work out wearing glasses because I don’t want sweat falling into my eyes with contacts in, but you never see fitness models in glasses!)
It’s a bit too cold in my exercise room to wear this for workouts right now, but the fit is good. I have freedom of movement in it but there’s not too much loose fabric around my midsection. This will see more use in the summer months.
Lyft-RX Premium Flex Adhesive Tape (1 roll, 1.5 in x 5 yd) – Value $5.33
This is latex free and stretchy. It is meant to protect the hands during lifting, pull-ups, kettlebell workouts (yay), and even gymnastics. I am still trying to figure out my ideal solution for grip and hand protection so I appreciate getting lots of products like this to try.
Pulse Skincare Co. Quick Fix Spray (2 fl oz) – Value $16.95
This is a spray designed for times you aren’t able to shower right after your workout. You just spray it on your face and neck and it helps to prevent breakouts. The active ingredients are rose water and tea tree oil – I’ve seen rose water in toners and tea tree oil really is effective. I have never received a product quite like this in a fitness box before, but I think it is a really good inclusion – it addresses a need that a lot of people have but it’s not the kind of thing you ever think of on your own (or at least, I don’t).
I’ve only tried this a few times so far. It is refreshing and you definitely notice the tea tree oil scent (which is a clean scent to me and fine for both men and women), but I think I will need to continue using it for a few weeks before I can tell how well it works for its intended purpose. The bottle has enough product to use long-term, though, which is nice.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $69.20 for the January Gainz Box. That’s not quite at the $75 promised value, but it is significantly over the cost of the box plus shipping, so you are still getting a pretty good deal. The Pulse spray is a great new find and pretty much everything is useful to me now or will be in the future.
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