WODBOM Fitness Subscription Review + Coupon – February 2017
WODBOM stands for “Workout of the Day – Box of the Month” and is a subscription box designed for CrossFit enthusiasts, by CrossFit enthusiasts. (Although, I don’t think you absolutely have to be into CrossFit to get something out of this box, as long as you are interested in working out!)
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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: WODBOM
The Cost: $35 a month + $8 shipping; save with longer subscriptions
The Products: 5-6 large, premium fitness and/or CrossFit-related items including workout gear, supplements, and healthy snacks.
Ships to: U.S. (there was a long list of countries in the drop-down menu at the checkout screen so if you are curious about international shipping charges, I’d suggest contacting WODBOM to see about that)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Included was an information card describing the products in the box.
Spider Chalk Black Widow Liquid Chalk (4 oz) – Value $14.95
This is mostly magnesium carbonate but has some other ingredients for antibacterial benefits, as well. I tried this with a lighter kettlebell for awhile last night. I definitely think this helped stop my grip on the kettlebell from slipping when I got sweaty, but I would probably not personally use it with a heavier kettlebell (not specifying weights since relative heaviness will be different for different people) as I have found that chalk doesn’t prevent blisters. Still, if enhanced grip while sweating is your focus, this is a good product to try.
Crave Crush (2 lozenges) – Value $2.27
I’ve received these in Bulu Box before. This contains Gymnema, an Ayurvedic herb that is supposed to block sweet taste receptors on the tongue (WebMD says there is insufficient evidence for this). I have tried this in the past and not seen much of an effect, probably for two reasons (1) I tend to crave salty, fatty food more often than sweets and (2) after over a year of counting calories, I have the willpower not to eat outside my calorie goals (like seriously, I will do both an Insanity and a Focus T25 workout, back-to-back, just so I have enough calories left to eat what I want…). But, if craving sugar is a problem for you, this is at least safe enough to try a few times to see if it will work.
Nootrobox Go Cubes (1.6 oz) – Value $2.25
These are vegetarian (thickened with pectin, yay) but they are supposed to taste like coffee (ick). So I gave them to my husband, who reports that I would, indeed, not like the flavor. If you are a coffee fan, you should like them! This is a packet of four cubes, each of which has the caffeine equivalent of half a cup of coffee. These also have some B vitamins for energy and L-theanine which is supposed to help with focus. (In general, fitness subscription boxes do have coffee and coffee-flavored items fairly regularly.)
Caffeine and Kilos PR Blend Coffee (12 oz) – Value $15
This is another item I’ve received in subscription boxes in the past. I know my husband likes it so that’s a plus. I am not sure if this is whole bean or ground since I didn’t open the bag (wanted to keep it fresh and sealed so it didn’t go bad prior to use) but we have a coffee grinder so either way is fine.
This is a high caffeine content coffee and you can actually sign up for a subscription (see details at the link above) if you’d like to save a bit.
Zest Tea Pomegranate Mojito Tea (1 bag) – Value $0.81
Zest Tea Cinnamon Apple Tea (1 bag) – Value $0.80
Now, this is more my style. I drink so much tea. The pomegranate mojito tea is a green tea and the cinnamon apple tea is a black tea. The added flavors in both were mild and not overpowering (definitely a plus when it comes to cinnamon in tea, especially) and they come in pyramid bags (I drank them at work so no photos of that). These are supposed to be high caffeine teas. They did not get rid of a headache I had, but I did feel pretty alert afterward.
The information card said there would be a clean protein bar from this brand and made no mention of the tea, so I think there was a last-minute item substitution since posts from subscribers on Instagram match what I received.
Break Parallel Performance Logo Tank – Listed Value $25
This specific tank isn’t available on the Break Parallel site so I’ve taken the value from the information card. It is a pretty standard tank for a fitness box. (As an aside, I like that the models on their site look like real women who work out. Here is an example.)
This one is size small (apparently the smallest size they offer) but is a bit large for me. I am actually having a hard time finding tops to work out in these days as I am pretty far into XS territory now (on top, anyway). This is a bit too skimpy to wear in my frigid basement exercise room for the moment but will do nicely for cardio days in the summer, for sure.
Goat Tape Scary Sticky Athletic Tape – Value $6.67?
This is an exclusive pattern so I’ve linked to the main tape page for Goat Tape and listed a value consistent with the majority of items on the page. I always have a need for athletic tape so I can properly use the various grip aids that come in fitness subscription boxes. (This item can also be used for hand protection.) I stuck a piece of this to my wrist last night to see if it could handle sweat during a workout and the adhesive kept it in place, which is absolutely key for a product like this. (It also didn’t irritate my skin, which is sometimes a problem with adhesives.)
Here is a view of the print on the tape. WODBOM collaborates with companies to do custom graphics like this pretty often.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $67.75 for the February WODBOM. That is definitely above the cost of the subscription by a fair amount. If you are not a coffee fan, of course, the value is somewhat lower. (However, I like to think one of the reasons my husband puts up with my subscription box habit is because I give him all the coffee-related items…) But in general, I thought this box provided a nice mix of consumables, workout aids, and clothing that would be suitable for anyone who lifts weights or works out with kettlebells, whether it is associated with CrossFit or not.
What did you think of the February 2017 WODBOM? Do you get any fitness subscriptions?