WODBOM Fitness Subscription Review + Coupon – October 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
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.
There was also some product literature for one of the items in the box.
Ors DripDrop Professional Grade Hydration (4 sticks, lemon) – Value $9.99
These are meant to be mixed into a standard 16.9 fl oz water bottle, which is handy. They have more electrolytes (although kind of a lot of sodium per stick at 330 mg per serving or 660 mg per stick, which is 28% for an adult with a 2000 calorie diet!) and less sugar than sports drinks, which is nice. Pay attention to the serving size, which is only half a stick, and double all the values on the Nutrition Facts label. If you are sweating a lot, you do need to replenish some sodium, but if you are watching your salt intake, these may not be for you. I thought the lemon flavor was reasonably palatable for a product like this, although I would suggest mixing it at half strength the first time you try it as powdered products tend to be kind of strong.
KillCliff Clean Recovery and Hydration Pomegranate Punch (12 fl oz) – Value $2.75 (buy a 4-pack for $10.99)
I have tried some products from Kill Cliff before, but this one is new to me. It is a recovery drink; it is carbonated (so it may be best to wait until AFTER your workout to drink it) and has a pleasant fruity taste. It is sweetened with erythritol (a sugar alcohol found in a lot of sports nutrition products) and has no artificial sweeteners and no sugar. It is also low in calories. Please note that it does have green tea extract so it may have some caffeine in it (i.e., don’t drink it before bed if you are sensitive to such things). This also has some B vitamins and electrolytes but it doesn’t have that vitamin-y taste I associate with some B-vitamin-containing products.
TufMed TufPits Forest Scent Natural Deodorant (2.5 oz) – Value $13.99
This has a bit more of a masculine scent than a lot of other natural deodorants. I think it would work for a woman, too, though. However, I will have to pass this on to someone else as it is full of baking soda which, I have learned, causes me to get a rash when applied to the underarms. Deodorant is, though, a good inclusion in general for a fitness-oriented box!
Finest Hour Athletics Barbell Tank – Value $23
This is lightweight and a bit loose fitting (but it is a size too big for me). It is a good fall color, though I find I need a bit more coverage from workout clothes in the cooler months – I work out in my basement, which doesn’t have great temperature control. This will be useful for cardio during the summer, though. (I think this color was exclusive to the box so I have taken the price from the same style in a different color.)
Kakookies Boundary Waters Blueberry (1.69 oz) – Value $2? (buy a 12 pack for $24)
Kakookies Almond Cranberry Breakfast Cookie (1.69 oz) – Value $2? (buy a 12 pack for $24)
These are vegan and gluten-free but do contain oats. The ingredients are pretty natural and these are minimally-processed. It is more fitting to think of them as granola bars than cookies, though, really. They kind of fell apart on me, which is why you see them still in the wrappers. I think the almond cranberry was my favorite because it contained a significant amount of almond extract which is like my favorite thing ever. But both were good. These are meant to be consumed as pre- or in-workout energy sources (I think mostly for endurance athletes like cyclists).
Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein in Chocolate (1 serving) – Value $1.83? (buy 20 servings for $39.59)
Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein in Vanilla (1 serving) – Value $1.83? (buy 20 servings for $39.59)
I have to admit, I don’t really get the hype behind bone broth. You are basically just getting some collagen and some minerals. This may help with the condition of your hair, skin, and nails (more so than rubbing it on externally). I am going to find someone to pass this along to since it is obviously not vegetarian. (This may work for non-vegetarian people who can’t have protein supplements from other protein sources like dairy, nuts, eggs, or legumes.)
Verdict: I calculated a value of $57.39 for the October WODBOM. Even though I wasn’t able to use the protein powder, in general, I thought the box included a nice mix of contents for people who like to work out, including apparel, pre-workout fuel, post-workout recovery, and personal hygiene products. Although I was familiar with a lot of the brands (e.g., TufMed, Kill cliff), the products, themselves, were new to me, and the value works out to be more than $12 above the cost of the box plus shipping. It can help to be into CrossFit and Paleo eating if you subscribe to this box, but I absolutely don’t think either is required.