BuffBoxx is a fitness subscription box for men or women. All products are premium and name brand, and a portion of each box sold goes to charity (you can choose one of the several charities at sign-up).
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 Women's BuffBoxx, $49.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: BuffBoxx
The Cost: Women’s or Men’s Pro BuffBoxx for $49.99/month or Women’s or Men’s BuffBoxx Lite for $29.99/month (Lite box does not include Reebok apparel; regular box does); add a Buffboxx shirt for an additional $19.99
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 15% off your first Pro box (MSA15) or save 15% off your first Lite box (MSA15LITE)!
CODE: MSA15 or MSA15LITE
The Products: workout apparel (in the regular box), snacks, gym accessories, and a workout
Ships to: U.S. (free)
BuffBoxx December 2017 Review
BuffBoxx has stopped providing information cards, although subscribers did receive an email this month with more details about some of the products that were included:
You will usually get some product literature or coupons.
Smart Bracelet Fitness Tracker (model X64) – Retail Value $11.81
I do think a fitness tracker is a great thing to get right before the start of a new year. However, as far as I can tell, using this one requires a smartphone app to operate, and I don’t have a smartphone. (Anyway, I already have a Fitbit One.) This is allegedly waterproof, though I don’t think I’d recommend swimming with it on! I know lots of people who are making fitness-related resolutions, though, so I will gift this to someone with the proper technology to get the most out of it.
The Perfect Protein Scoop Shoot ‘n Shake – Retail Value $6.49
I’ve typically used wide-mouth bottles for pre-workout supplements because this product’s maker has a point – it is messy (or requires a funnel) to scoop powders into a standard-sized water bottle. Here you get two different sizes of scoops that are designed to dispense product directly into a water bottle. I think I may need to work on my technique a little bit since I did make something of a mess when I attempted to use this the first time…
Angry Mills Caffeinated Protein Infused Almond Spread (1.19 oz) – Buy 12 oz for $13.99
This is almond butter packed with a lot of extras – caffeine, whey protein, and chocolate flavor. It doesn’t taste much like the almond butter I buy at Whole Foods (but then, I get the kind that comes fresh from the grinder). They manage to keep the calories at 180 per 2 tablespoons, though, which is about what you’d expect for a nut butter. I can’t imagine buying this regularly just because I don’t always want caffeine in everything, but it was fun to try and this brand does offer some caffeine-free products as well.
Quake 10.0 Preworkout in Watermelon Bubblegum (1 serving) – Buy 40 Servings for $29.94
Quake 10.0 Preworkout in Lemon Drop (2 servings) – Buy 40 Servings for $25.66
This has caffeine and L-theanine that are supposed to work together to help you focus without getting jittery. Having just had major abdominal surgery less than two months ago, I am not at a point where I can lift heavy weights yet, so someone who is lifting heavy might get more benefit out of this product. That being said, I mixed up both flavors to taste. I preferred the lemon drop flavor, personally, but I appreciate getting two, because people have different preferences, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on a product you might like because they sent the wrong flavor as a sample! I’d recommend starting with this at half strength to make sure it’s not too intense for you (and also to work your way up to the full caffeine dose). This also has BCAAs, which I think are great for delayed-onset muscle soreness.
Sinfit Double Layer High Protein Crunch Bar in Cinnamon Crunch (2.93 oz) – Retail Value $3.29
Sinfit Double Layer High Protein Crunch Bar in Caramel Crunch (2.93 oz) – Retail Value $3.29
I thought I was supposed to be getting a vegetarian version of Buffboxx but I guess not, since they sent bacon last month. At any rate, although these looked quite good, they contained gelatin so I was unable to eat them. I used my husband as a guinea pig. He generally enjoyed the flavor (he has tried many protein bars since I started getting fitness and snack boxes) as well as the texture but was somewhat disappointed that the texture – as well as extra calories (these are 350 each!) seems to have come primarily from added starch. These are available for individual purchase through the web if you just want to try one.
Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Ointment (2 x 0.07 oz) – Buy 0.63 oz for $7.99
I am getting back into lifting weights after my surgery so I am experiencing some muscle soreness. A lot of products of this type don’t work for me, but I’ve received some other samples of this ointment in past fitness subscription boxes, and I still have good luck with Tiger Balm. So this is worth a try even if competing products don’t do much for you!
Under Armour Tank – Retail Value $24.99
FYI, I matched this up to an item on the Under Armour site using the product number from the label (also the price on the tag matches the online value). I find that this has more of a relaxed fit for range of motion, which is something I like for cardio days (I prefer tighter clothing for lifting weights or kettlebells). I do a lot of cardio, though, so that’s cool. This will probably get more use in summer when it is hot in my exercise room (right now it is like 60 degrees and I am covered up when I am down there). This is our first piece of clothing (non-underwear) from Under Armour and I am liking the quality so far.
BuffBoxx Promotional Coaster
There’s always a piece of promotional merchandise in this box, and it’s always something different!
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $49.21 for the items available separately for sale (i.e., the fitness tracker, scoops, protein bars, and tank) from the December BuffBoxx. Since the box costs $49.99 on a month-to-month basis, that means you are paying about $0.78 for the almond butter, pre-workout powders, and Tiger Balm, which seems fair for sample sizes. I definitely learned about a lot of new brands this month, and I was excited to try Under Armour apparel, though I was somewhat disappointed that I wasn’t able to eat the protein bars or use the fitness tracker. It seems that a lot of fitness boxes are starting to incorporate smartphone accessories, though, so that is something you want to keep in mind before signing up for one.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the January box. There is a lot of customization with Buffboxx, so in a given month, someone else’s box contents might not match mine.
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $49.99, which means that each of the 7 items in the box (not including the bonus mints) has an average cost of $7.14.
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