Fun Run Box Fitness Subscription Box Review – August 2017
Fun Run Box is a subscription for runners and walkers that include monthly challenges, snacks, and other gear!
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This is a review of the Monthly Theme Box, $35/month. You also have the option to subscribe to the Challenge Series! Challenge Series subscribers receive an introductory box as the first box, then 3 months of the Monthly Theme boxes, and finally the 6th box is a finisher’s kit.
The Subscription Box: Fun Run Box
The Cost: $35 a month + shipping
COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first order!
The Products: Exercise challenges, snacks, and gear
Ships to: USA: $4 shipping, Canada: $8 shipping
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This is my first Fun Run Box, and I was excited to get a box that included some challenges instead of just gear and snacks! This month is “Back to School” so the challenge is PE themed.
I looked at the first few days of this schedule and thought “this should be easy”… ha! I’m not through all 12 days yet, but admittedly my arms are the weakest part of my body, so my push ups and pullups are rough, ya’ll. I usually work out from online videos but I actually really liked having this piece of paper, since it meant I was less distracted by my phone and more likely to stay on task.
In addition to the 12-day challenge you receive in the box, Fun Run Box has a lot of options for socializing with virtual teammates and staying motivated! You can post a photo each day about your workout to earn points for your team. Everyone on the winning team wins a prize– this month, it looks like a $50 gift card to the FRB shop, which is pretty sweet if you ask me!
Although I didn’t post in the Facebook group myself, I did join to get an idea of the crowd, and it was really pleasant. People were definitely posting good photos and cheering each other on, which is always nice to see. Love the idea of this virtual team!
There’s also a magnet included in the box. I wasn’t sure why at first, but then it hit me that you can use it to stick the workout plan up on your fridge or in your office to keep it visible.
I’m not sure if these kids’ snacks were intentionally included due to the back to school theme or not, but I don’t care, because I really liked them! They were like tiny stroopwaffles. The chocolate flavor was a little chalky but the honey flavor was something I’d be tempted to snack on regularly.
I do like these gels because they’re primarily made from organic honey and other natural ingredients. This one had a nice fruity flavor that wasn’t too overwhelming. I don’t do a lot of very long runs, so I mostly find these handy for mornings when I haven’t eaten breakfast but don’t want to run on an empty stomach.
Exercise Bullet Journal – Value $5?
The next item is this custom running bullet journal! This is a good size (about 8.5 x 5.5) and I love that it includes some basic instructions for use. Plus, it is actually kind of fun to fill out I track a lot of this info in the Runkeeper app currently, but I’ve always loved physical notebooks so I may need to give this a try. Do you track your workouts digitally or on paper?
I also got a few colored pencils to use in the journal… except I’m not sure why I got a white one, which is a bit useless on the white journal paper.
Branded Microfiber Towel – Value $5?
This is a branded Fun Run Box item, so I looked for similar sized items online… but mostly I could only find bigger microfiber towels. So I’m guessing a bit on the value for this one.
This is one of those small items that I’ve never bothered to buy on my own, but now that I have it, I’m glad I do. It has come in handy during kettlebell workouts for sure, although I haven’t taken it running yet. It hasn’t been super hot here lately so I haven’t felt the need.
Lewis N Clark Electrolight Backpack – Available on Amazon for $16.97
The last item is this super cool ultra lightweight backpack! I just got back from a camping trip with a friend of mine, and she used an ultralight for our day hikes while I used a regular bag… and I was amazed (read: jealous) at how much more comfortable and light hers was. I was very pleasantly surprised to receive this in my Fun Run Box when I got home!
The bag has a few nice features despite being so lightweight. First off, it all packs down into this tiny ditty bag, so it’s easy to carry.
The ditty bag itself can be removed or tucked into the bag once it’s open to securely store your keys or other small items. Love that! These small bags often don’t have a ton of pockets, so it’s nice that this one is dual purpose. There’s a simple flap-style velcro flap inside, too.
It has adjustable straps, but otherwise, it’s pretty no-frills. This will definitely come in handy on outdoor adventures in the fall though– I like I have something to carry layers of clothing that get removed as the day warms up, for example. The bright colors are nice if I end up using it for running or biking, too.
Verdict: Overall, I thought this was a fun first experience with Fun Run Box! I found the workout challenge to be, well, challenging! And I was very happy with the hero item, the ultralight backpack. There were two branded items included, which makes the value a little tricky to calculate. Overall, we received about $31 worth of product in this $35 box. But that doesn’t include the workout plan, online resources, and online challenges and community that you also get access to. If you find that those things help motivate you to stay on track and push yourself further, then Fun Run Box might be worth checking out! If you’re looking mostly for new gear and workout clothes, then there might be other fitness boxes that are better for you.
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