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Gainz Box Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2018

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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.

Gainz Box January 2018 Inside box

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. 

Gainz Box January 2018 Review

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 January 2018 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:

Gainz Box January 2018 Booklet cover

Gainz Box January 2018 Booklet inside

Gainz Box January 2018 Booklet inside

Gainz Box January 2018 Booklet inside

Gainz Box January 2018 Booklet inside

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. Some months feature an athlete and some don’t; this month featured Emily Bridgers.

There are also usually some coupons and/or product literature.

Enlightened Roasted Broad Bean Crisps in Sea Salt (1 oz)

Enlightened Roasted Broad Bean Crisps in Sea Salt (1 oz) – Listed Value $1.25; Buy a 4.5 oz bag for $3.99

I’ve had these before from other subscription boxes. They are roasted broad beans (aka fava beans) and they have a pretty simple ingredients list. These bags have only 100 calories so if you are looking for a snack with a nice mix of protein and fiber, these may work for you. I find the texture good for this type of product – not too hard, as some roasted bean snacks tend to be. I think I prefer some of the other flavors to these sea salt ones, but these are not bad.

FocusAid (12 fl oz)

FocusAid (12 fl oz) – Listed Value $3; Buy 24 Cans for $59.76

This is supposed to help you focus, not necessarily during a workout (though it might help with that), but at other times as well. As you might expect, there is caffeine, but there are also nootropics, which are substances that are supposed to improve cognitive function, memory, etc. There are a fair amount of B vitamins, as well. I don’t know that the flavor is quite right for me, but I would say this did help keep me on track one afternoon at work when I hadn’t had much sleep the night before.

Fitaid Snapback

Fitaid Snapback – Retail Value $26.99

One thing you will notice about Gainz Box is that it features a LOT of promotional merchandise for brands like this. Now, this is an actual item you can purchase on the Fitaid website (link above). But if you don’t watch out, with Gainz Box, you could end up walking around wearing as many ads as a NASCAR vehicle. Anyway, this is well-made and of similar quality to other hats that go for roughly this same price. I don’t currently have a need for this as the P90X3 hat I got a few years ago is still going strong (I only wear it to walk the dog in the rain). But my husband is in need of something to shield his head and face while doing yard work, so I will probably pass it along to him.

Marc Pro “Today is My Rest Day” Koozy

Marc Pro “Today is My Rest Day” Koozy – Listed Value $2.99

After visiting the Marc Pro site (where you can’t buy this item, by the way), I know why we got a koozy instead of their other merchandise – Marc Pro is electrical stimulation devices that are supposed to help with recovery after workouts and are hundreds of dollars. This is not an item I really have a use for, so I will pass it along for someone else.

Fitaid Cushioned Socks (3 pairs)

Fitaid Cushioned Socks (3 pairs) – Listed Value $19.99

These aren’t on the Fitaid website but they are useful. They fit well enough and getting three pairs is handy; I am always on the lookout for new workout socks (perhaps because my closet is such a mess, I can’t find the ones I already own…). I wore one pair while exercising last night and they were comfortable and wicked moisture away pretty well.

Fitaid Tank

Fitaid Tank – Listed Value $25

This particular color and design combination wasn’t available in the Fitaid shop so I’ve used the value from the information card, which is within the range of the other tanks on their site. This is lightweight and a bit loose on me (I should really get XS shirts but that is not an option with this subscription). It will be great for cardio during the summer but right now it is too cold in my workout room (like 54 degrees) for me to wear tanks. (Actually, during winter, I work out with a space heater on the whole time…) Men received a t-shirt instead of a tank.

Victory Grips Wristbands

Victory Grips Wristbands – Retail Value $8

These are terrycloth wristbands. Although they were meant to be used in conjunction with Victory Grips leather grips, I don’t really want to shell out $40 for the grips. However, wristbands are good for keeping sweat from running down your arms and onto your hands, and also for keeping you from getting kettlebell bruises (this is a problem for me as I get back into working out after my surgery), and the pair I had was kind of gross from age and overuse, so I am happy to get some new ones. These fit me even though I have very small wrists for an adult, but they are stretchy enough to work for people with somewhat larger wrists as well.

Verdict: I calculated a value of $87.22 for the January Gainz Box, using values from the information card when the items weren’t available separately online. That is a really good value for a box that costs less than half that ($38 including shipping). I liked the snack (and will probably use the ice cream coupon that came with the box). The tank will be useful later this year and the wristbands and socks are already useful. I do wish there was a bit less “company logo” type merchandise, but overall, the quality of the items was good and I would say this was a representative month for this subscription.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for January. Your first box would be February’s.

Coupon – Use code MSA10 to save 10% off any subscription!

Value Breakdown: at $38 for this box ($32 monthly plus $6 shipping), you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Beans $0.54
  • FocusAid beverage $1.31
  • Snapback hat $11.76
  • Koozy $1.30
  • Socks $8.71
  • Tank $10.89
  • Wristbands $3.49

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Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

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