Gainz Box Subscription Review + Coupon – July 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 review is of the Gainz for Women, $32 a month, box.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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 July 2018 Review
This is the first time I’ve received Gainz Box for a while and I notice they have redesigned their boxes. Anyway, 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.
There was also a large amount of product literature, some for items in the box and some for unrelated materials. (Spoiler: I was not a winner on the scratch-off card.)
5.11 Tactical Tee – Listed Value $25
There’s usually one piece of clothing in Gainz Box. This month it is a tee. I love little t-shirts like this for working out and this one is pretty comfortable. It fits with plenty of room for movement (I could honestly go XS but S is the smallest size offered by the subscription) and I know it will get used a lot. I didn’t see this design in the 5.11 Tactical shop, but the value from the information card is consistent with their other tees.
Super Greens Sample – Estimated Value $1
This is a Paleoethics item (that brand is all over the box this month), but it is either new or no longer in production. Instead I found this greens product, which is about $1 per serving. I do like adding greens products to my morning smoothies, although this one appears to have milk thistle in it, which I have been told to avoid since I am also allergic to ragweed.
Paleoethics Sport Bandana – Listed Value $9.99
Paleoethics doesn’t sell apparel or accessories on their site, so I’ve taken the value from the information card. Although I do not actually own any bandanas, I have been exploring various headband options lately for keeping my hair out of my face while I work out (the hairs that are too short to go in a scrunchie, anyway), and this stayed on my head last night, so that is a good start. We will see later this week if it is washable!
Zevia Energy Drink in Raspberry Lime – Listed Value $2 (buy a 12 can variety pack for $19.99)
This is sugar free, which is wonderful (it is also zero-calorie). However, it is sweetened with stevia, which is not my favorite flavor. (There is a natural bitterness in stevia extracted from plants as there are some related compounds that don’t separate out well during the purification process.) This is caffeinated but also vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO, so if you prefer more natural products for your energy drinks, this is one to try if you don’t mind stevia. I did like the raspberry lime flavor part of it.
AquaOmega Omega-3 Fish Oil (120 softgels) – Listed Value $40
This is a company associated with Paleoethics but if you search AquaOmega online, you’re taken to a page with only liquid fish oils actually available for purchase. This bottle is pictured, though, so I’m guessing it’s a current product that is out of stock? The bottle was nowhere near expired. Anyway, I’ll be passing this along to someone else since it is not vegetarian (and also I am taking a different omega-3 supplement from Persona Nutrition right now – review coming soon!), but if you are looking to improve your cholesterol numbers, especially triglycerides, and also to fight inflammation, I can highly recommend supplements like this to omnivores. (If you eat fish, fish oil is usually a little more economical than vegan algae-based options.)
Verdict: I calculated a value of $77.99 for the July Gainz Box. That is a little more than twice the cost of the box + shipping on a month-to-month basis, though I do note that I had to rely on a lot of information card values since some of the products/designs were not available online. This wasn’t the best month for this box from a vegetarian perspective, but I am always super happy to get t-shirts (as opposed to tanks) and the bandana seems effective at keeping my hair out of my face, so there is that, at least. (This box does not promise to cater to any specific dietary preference or allergy concern.)
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for July. Your first box would be August.
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:
- Shirt $12.18
- Greens sample $0.49
- Bandana $4.87
- Drink $0.97
- Fish oil $19.49
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