Gainz Box Subscription Review + Coupon – October 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.
Orange and black are the normal colors for Gainz Box but they seem particularly appropriate at this time of year.
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
COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off any subscription!
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.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The box came with a full-color fold-out information card featuring some of the items from the box in action. I think the posing is often kind of cheesy but I also think it shows people who have a sense of humor and a fun attitude. This month features USA Weightlifting and related gear.
There were also some coupons and some product literature.
Nike USA Weightlifting T-Shirt – Listed Retail Value $28
This exact design isn’t available on the website listed for this item, but there are a lot of similar ones in the same price range as the value from the information card. I get excited about various sorts of fitness apparel but I was needing some more short-sleeved workout shirts. I actually won’t be doing any weightlifting for a while because of the nature of the surgery I’m having soon, but this has a fit that will be good for lounging around the house or easing myself back into a workout routine.
Gainz Box Fanny Pack – Listed Value $25
This isn’t available in the Gainz Box shop so I took the value from the information card. I haven’t had a fanny pack since I was a teenager (now I’m 40). I can definitely see this being of use during outdoor fitness activities (like an afternoon of hiking or something where you don’t want a full backpack of gear). The zipper works and the waistband are adjustable. In the information booklet, this was listed along with the Kill Cliff patch in the next photo.
Kill Cliff Endure Sports Drink – Estimated Value $2.50 (buy a 12-pack for $29.99)
The box was really heavy this month (I can only imagine how much it cost to ship) and this is probably one of the reasons why. This is a huge bottle. I am not normally a purchaser of sports drinks but I am saving this for after I have surgery. I have heard dehydration and lack of appetite can be problems, and it is important to stay hydrated to promote healing. This has lots of electrolytes, including 470 mg of potassium per serving, and low glycemic carbohydrates. The whole bottle is only 110 calories – I like that they don’t try to trick you by putting 2 or 3 servings in the same bottle. This has no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
The patch is in this photo because it has the Kill Cliff logo, but was listed together with the fanny pack in the information booklet.
Zevia Flavored Sparkling Water – Estimated Value $0.79 (buy 24 cans for $19)
This was the other reason the box was heavy. I think I have tried some of the sodas from this brand before, but the sparkling water is new to me. It is sweetened with stevia and has 0 calories. This reminded me a little bit of drinking Sprite in terms of flavor. We do buy flavored sparkling waters every now and then, and I am now motivated to check out some of the others next time we go to Whole Foods.
Hand Armor Liquid Chalk (4 oz) – Retail Value $8.95
This brand (and this particular product) pops up frequently in fitness subscription boxes, so I have tried it out in the past. I will sometimes use chalk for swinging a kettlebell if I don’t’ want to wear gloves. This liquid chalk is good if you don’t want to make a mess and I really do think it helps improve your grip. I will save this particular bottle for getting back into weightlifting after surgery.
Hand Armor Block Chalk (2 oz) – Retail Value $2.95
If you are not a fan of liquid chalk, or if you are unsure what chalk form you want to use, the box also contained a solid chalk block. This is also an item I’ve tried before. If you find that you like it, lots of different package sizes are available. I can see throwing this in a gym bag, especially if you are worried about spills or something, as spills would not be a problem with this item. This works as well for me as the liquid form and I tend to use whichever one I have on hand. Both are great items for a box inspired by the USA Weightlifting team.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $68.19 for the October Gainz Box. That is well above the month-to-month cost of the box plus shipping. I was especially excited to get a t-shirt this month (tanks are nice, but variety is also appreciated) and I am a fan of the Zevia water now. Some of the other items will come in handy in the near future, as well. I felt like the box stayed true to the weightlifting theme, too, both with the shirt and the chalk, which can, of course, be used during lifting.
What did you think of the October Gainz Box?