Gainz Box Subscription Review + Coupon – February 2018
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
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 February 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:
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.
Paleoethics Surge Herbal Pre-Workout, 4.62 oz. or 30 servings – Retail Value $29.99
This is a pre-workout product that claims not to have caffeine. However, it has guarana seed extract, which has 2x the caffeine of coffee seeds, plus instant green tea, and green coffee extract so I remain unconvinced. This is vegetarian but not vegan (has bee pollen powder and royal jelly powder). To me, this tastes a little like fruity, sweet iced tea (it has lemon juice and stevia as well as instant green tea) and unfortunately, that’s not a flavor combination I’m a huge fan of. I happen to prefer my tea unsweet (if you live in the South, you will get that). If you are planning to give this a try, I definitely suggest mixing it at half strength first, as I find most of these powdered products too strong at the recommended concentration.
Lesser Evil Buddha Bowl Himalayan Pink Popcorn, 0.46 oz. – Buy 6, 0.88 oz Bags for $7.48
This popcorn is cooked in coconut oil and flavored with Himalayan pink salt (but is not actually pink in color…). It is pretty standard for packaged popcorn. I like it well enough and will eat it when I receive it in subscription boxes (this is not the first time), but I’m honestly unlikely to buy it at over $1 per bag.
Exo Power Bra from Exosleeve – Retail Value $58
Men would obviously receive a different item! Anyway, I was pretty happy to see this. I almost never get sports bras in fitness subscription boxes (this is only my second, ever) and I work out every day so the ones I have are not in great condition and some need to be replaced. Plus, it is hot pink, which is totally my favorite color lately (even though I wear shirts over my sports bras…).
This was size S and was pretty tight on me but it did fit and offered a pretty high level of support. Turns out, the manufacturer’s website says “runs small, order a size up…” The back is designed to show off your muscles (that I don’t have at the moment…), hence the arrangement of the straps. This has removable pads and the very first thing I did was get rid of them because padded sports bras are just not my thing, but if you are wearing this without a shirt over it, you may want them to stay in place. I am honestly not sure what makes this a $58 item, though.
At first, I had no idea what this was for, but luckily they included a card from the manufacturer with some sample uses that include warm-ups for the hips and glutes, some strength work, flexibility. I don’t have any injuries but this can apparently be used some for rehab and to increase mobility. I like using it instead of a latex band (this item is latex free) for certain exercises like squats because it is much more comfortable and there’s no danger of it snapping.
Here’s the insert from the manufacturer which was useful.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $112.98 for the February Gainz Box (not counting the popcorn, which isn’t available online in single serving bags). That is one of the best values for Gainz Box I have seen. Although the flavor of the pre-workout supplement was not really for me, the sports bra will get used on a weekly basis until it wears out and the hip igniter is useful especially since it does not duplicate any equipment I already own.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for February. Your first box would be March.
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:
- Pre-workout supplement: $10.09
- Sports bra: $19.51
- Hip igniter: $8.41
- Popcorn (I’m just counting this as a bonus since the value is so much lower than for the other items)
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