WODBOM Fitness Subscription Review + Coupon – July 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!)
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
COUPON: Use code MSA3 to save $3 off your first box!
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.
WOW Baking Snickerdoodle Cookies – Value $4.99 (buy a case of 12 for $54.96)
I’m not honestly sure how these are a fitness item. (These don’t have much in the way of fiber or protein but are mostly sugar and starch. They are gluten free but that does not mean “healthier” or “better for you” if you don’t have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity – it just means gluten free.) That being said, in an otherwise healthy diet, it is perfectly OK to have something sweet if your calorie and/or macronutrient goals allow it. For packaged cookies, these are super soft (which is my preference) and I was not sorry to see these in this box, at all.
Pro-Tec Athletics “The Orb” Extreme Mini – Value $14.95
There was a mismatch here between the information card (listed “The Orb” Extreme regular size, with a value of $24.95) and what we actually received, which was the mini version. Regardless, this is a useful item. I tried it out on my tight hamstrings and thought it provided a nice release. I brought it to work since it is small. Having a desk job sometimes gives me muscle stiffness and every now and then, I just close my office door and do some stretching with a yoga strap or something. Now I can use this at those times, as well. There was also a sheet in the container that had some listed exercises if you need ideas.
Think Jerky Ginger Orange Jerky – Value $4.99 (buy a 5-pack for $24.95)
The listing of flavors here makes me think of Asian flavors – it contains tamari and sesame in addition to the ginger and orange. I put this on the free snacks table at work and it disappeared quickly. (I am a vegetarian and my husband is not a jerky fan.)
Saltstick Fast Chews – Value $3 (buy a box of 12 for $36)
I’ve had these several times before from fitness boxes. (They are non-GMO, gluten free, and vegetarian). They are a great item for a summer box – they include sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium to quickly replenish your electrolytes. If you are working out outside, or just doing something that makes you particularly sweaty, these are good to have on hand (in addition to water, and as an alternative to sports drinks, which often contain artificial dyes). They’re chewable and the flavor is tolerable although perhaps not quite the same as eating candy. I think of this as more of a functional product than a treat!
HotShot Neuromuscular Performance – Value $5.83 (buy a 6 pack for $35 or 12 pack for $65)
This is supposed to reduce muscle cramp intensity and duration, as well as post-cramp muscle soreness. There seems to be a fair amount of science behind it (they link to a few studies on their site). This is vegan and contains primarily water, sugar, lime juice, and some thickeners, as well as a few spice extracts (including capsaicin from hot peppers, so be prepared!). I tried this since I had a few extra calories left over. I can’t say I noticed much of an effect, but I also don’t regularly get muscle cramps, so perhaps I am not the intended audience.
Wodwelder Hands as Rx Travel Cream – Value $8.95
I’ve received this same product in fitness boxes as part of a kit so I am familiar with it. It is supposed to be especially good for people who use chalk (something I try from time to time when I get it in a box), which can be drying, or for people who do workouts that tear up your hands (for me, this would be the 25-pound kettlebell). I do think this helps speed hand healing, although it also makes my skin tingle (it has peppermint and I am sensitive to menthol). This is supposed to be non-greasy but it contains mineral oil (along with beeswax, glycerin, and lanolin) so your mileage may vary. I will be using it at night so I don’t transfer it to my keyboard!
Ruckpack Logo Shirt – Value $15.99?
I think this color is an exclusive design for the box, but the same style in other colors is selling for $15.99 on the Ruckpack site, so that’s the value I have used. (The information card lists it a bit higher.) I do like getting little t-shirts like this in fitness boxes as they are my preferred workout tops. This one is pretty soft and even though I’d probably choose a smaller size if I could, the small was not too loose on me for a typical cardio workout.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $58.70 for the July WODBOM. That is about $15-16 above the cost of the box plus shipping, so it is a good value, even though some of the prices the items are actually selling for are lower than what’s listed on the information card. The value was nicely spread among the different items this month and almost everything was new to me. The two higher-ticket items – the Orb and the shirt – are particularly useful to me, and of course, I found the cookies delicious, so the personal value of this box to me is also pretty high.
What did you think of the July 2017 WODBOM? Do you get any fitness subscriptions?