Gainz Box Subscription Review + Coupon – December 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.
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.
About Gainz 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.
Gainz Box December 2017 Review
Gainz Box is a fitness-oriented subscription but they definitely have a sense of humor. You can usually see that in the poses in their information booklet:
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.
There are also usually some coupons and/or product literature.
Gainz Box Duffel Bag and Patch – Listed Value $32
This is exclusive to the box. It is a medium-sized duffel bag that would be great for going to the gym or maybe a weekend of travel. The material is a thick, sturdy canvas and the zipper works well.
Gainz Box Popsocket – Estimated Value $10
Although this design is exclusive to the box, all the other Popsockets go for $10 so that is the value I’m listing here. Here is more information on how to use a Popsocket. I don’t have a smartphone and I don’t take selfies or videos and I don’t text, so this item is not really for me. However, I know lots of people who are definitely interested in those things, so I’ll pass this along to someone who has more use for it.
Driven Nutrition BCAAs in Fresh Lemonade (1 serving) – Buy 50 Servings for $45.99
Driven Nutrition BCAAs in Grape (1 serving) – Buy 50 Servings for $45.99
BCAA powders that are non-caffeinated are my favorite types of samples to receive. I really find that these (BCAA stands for “branched chain amino acids”) help with delayed onset muscle soreness and the lack of caffeine is good for me since I work out at night. I usually mix them up at half strength because I find full strength a little intense. Of these two flavors, I preferred the lemonade one (but I have never been big on grape-flavored anything, so that’s no surprise).
ShowerPill Body Wipe (1 count) – Buy 10 Wipes for $9.99
These are extra thick and meant to be used like a disposable washcloth if you can’t shower after working out. I hoard body wipes because once we had a plumbing problem and couldn’t take showers, and shower wipes like this kept us from getting too gross for a few days. I live in fear of another plumbing problem (a tree root blocked the main drainage line from our house, and our yard is FULL of trees) so I am just going to hold on to this for now. I know that’s not the original intent (which had more to do with athletics) but it’s how I use this type of product.
Mike’s Blend Mineral Recovery Soak – Retail Value $5.95
This product is a staple of fitness subscription boxes. I don’t notice a huge difference among the different varieties – I like all the ones I’ve tried. I’m starting to lift weights again after my late-October surgery, so I have some muscle soreness because I’d been sitting around doing not so much for six weeks. I have used soaks like this (this exact brand and product) in the past to help with minor muscle soreness. (Also I want to do a foot peel and baths before that help a lot.) This is on the calendar for Sunday or Monday for me (no time for baths during the work week).
DirtyBird Energy Soap (“recover” variety) – Retail Value $5.99
I have received products from this brand in the past and liked them, so I was excited to see this. (In fact, right now in my shower I have one of their other soaps.) This one has arnica, which can help with bruises and muscle soreness, as well as eucalyptus and rosemary. I tried it out last night and it really cleared out my sinuses, plus I definitely felt clean afterward. I am normally into very “girly” bath products, but I am now a fan of this soap as well.
Multiforce Mineral Supplement (mango flavor) – Retail Value $29.99
I have never bought into the claims about alkalizing foods/water/etc. (I have a PhD in biochemistry.) Your body does a pretty good job of maintaining pH balance on its own. That being said, this has calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, so if you are worried about your mineral intake, this could help. (Some gummy vitamins, for example, don’t have minerals in them, and often there is very little calcium in multivitamins since it is a bulky mineral.) If you eat a lot of nuts, you probably don’t need this, for what it’s worth. Magnesium and potassium may help with blood pressure management (but of course you should be consulting a doctor about such things…), as well, and magnesium citrate is in calming supplements as well. Anyway, I do like the mango flavor of this and even though I don’t believe the alkalizing stuff, there are other reasons you might want to use a supplement like this.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $$83.93 for the December Gainz Box, not counting the items (BCAAs, shower wipe) that aren’t available separately. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but this month had a lot of shower/bathing-related items, which I appreciate. The bag will also be used and I will get something out of the supplement, even if it is not what the manufacturer originally intended. At any rate, that’s a good value for this box and is well above the cost of the box plus shipping, and the items are somewhat more useful to me, personally than last month’s package.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for December. Your first box would be January’s.
Coupon – Use code MSA10 to save 10% off any subscription!
This box cost me $32 plus $6 shipping, which means that each of the 8 items in the box has an average cost of $4.75.
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What did you think of the December Gainz Box?