Gainz Box Fitness Subscription Review – October 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 + $7 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 October 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.
Grenade Carb Killa Bar in Caramel – Retail Value $2.79
This has average calories for a protein bar and is super high in protein at 23g. It also has decent levels of fat and fiber and is very low in sugar. All of those things are great. However, it also contains gelatin, so I couldn’t try it. I handed it off to my husband and he was pleasantly surprised by both the flavor and texture. So, if you are looking for a new protein bar and are not vegan or vegetarian, this is definitely worth a look. (My husband is picky about protein bar texture.)
Grenade Shaker – Retail Value $12.95
Shaker bottles are mainstays of fitness subscription boxes. There are one or two things I consume on occasion that can benefit from a shaker bottle so I do like to have a few on hand because I am also really bad at washing them out. This one has kind of a novelty design but it seems functional. You can see the shaker mechanism in the second photo.
Ethika Shorts – Retail Value $22
Please note that the values for the different colors of this item are different. Since I received the red ones, I’ve put the current value for those in the review. I do not know if other colors were possible, though the information booklet shows the blue ones. Anyway, you will not see me modeling these because I am 41 years old and have cellulite and spider veins that I don’t want displayed for the world to see, and weird abs after my hysterectomy last year, but they do fit and are pretty comfortable, and it’s definitely nice to receive something that’s not a tank top for a change.
Rx Smart Gear Sweatbands – Retail Value $12.95
In terms of actual accessories I need and/or want, the fitness boxes have been knocking it out of the park lately. I was just about to buy some sweatbands for my wrists. I’ve gotten back into lifting weights and these are helpful to keep my hands dry (I’m not really sold on a lot of the chalks out there due to texture issues), plus they pad my wrists a bit if I want to swing a kettlebell. Also, they fit even though I have very small wrists.
Olympiada Gear Wrist Wraps – Listed Value $20
There was also a note that one item didn’t make it in time to be included in the box (this box would’ve been mailed around the time of one of the hurricanes to sweep through the Southeastern US). Without the item in hand, I am not sure which page from the Olympiada website is appropriate to link to, and I obviously haven’t had a chance to try them, so I’ve used the value from the information card. These will be sent to subscribers separately.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $70.69 for the October Gainz Box. That is a fair amount higher than the month-to-month cost of the subscription plus shipping. What I liked this month was that all of the brands and items were new to me (I tend to see a lot of repeat brands in fitness boxes). Also, you know, boxes have various ways of dealing with items that don’t arrive on time, and I think the compromise here was reasonable.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for October. Your first box would be November’s or December’s.
Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box ($32 monthly plus $7 shipping), you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Bar $1.54
- Shaker $7.14
- Shorts $12.14
- Sweatbands $7.14
- Wrist wraps (coming soon to subscribers) $11.03
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