Gainz Box Fitness Subscription Review – August 2019
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 US veterans.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (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: Workout apparel (in your size), equipment, snacks and supplements, and other fitness items. (Gainz 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!)
Ships to: The US
Gainz Box August 2019 Review
Gainz Box has recently changed to a simpler information card (the cheesy poses with the box items are gone but the amount of information is about the same):
The box came with a full color information card. There were also some coupons. The cauliflower pizza crust company must be doing a real marketing push because I got the same coupon in Fit Snack Box this month.
Rubberbanditz 2-Pack – Retail Value $19.95
If you buy this, it comes with a free e-book of exercises, and we did not get that, but I’m not taking off any value because you can figure out a lot of exercises from pictures on the Rubberbanditz site and I’m sure there are YouTube videos out there as well. These are really thick (designed so as not to roll up and probably also longer lasting without rips or tears, though I would need years to really test that).
These are latex so should be avoided by people with latex allergies and they did come wrapped. In general, you should expect latex products to show up in fitness subscription boxes from time to time.
These fit in really well with the box theme of squats, since they can be used to increase the difficulty of squats (among other uses). They seem pretty high quality (I’ve received other products from this brand in past boxes and been happy with them as well) and they definitely make things tougher than using those thin resistance loop bands I’ve seen elsewhere.
Juggernaut Training Systems Squat Manual by Chad Wesley Smith – Retail Value $27
It would never have occurred to me that a person could write a whole book about squats, but this is super thorough and covers everything from shoes to foot position to addressing your weak points. I can’t squat as deeply as the man on the cover (presumably the author) because I have bad knees, and I’ll certainly never be able to squat as many pounds as he can, but there is a lot of good advice in there. This also fits very nicely with the box’s theme.
Here are a few shots of inside the book. I think color photos might be useful, but that would increase the printing cost a lot, I’m sure.
Reign Total Body Fuel Peach Fizz Energy Drink – Listed Value $2.89 (Buy 12 cans for $37.89)
This is 0 calories (yay) and it does have a little bit of an artificial sweetener taste to it, but that doesn’t bother me (YMMV). This has some branched chain amino acids for muscle recovery and also some B vitamins, but it doesn’t *taste* like B vitamins, which is fantastic. I actually thought it tasted really good (it’s clear, no artificial colors) but I did not drink the whole thing because it contains 300 mg of caffeine which is at least 3-4 cups of coffee worth and I am on blood pressure medicine. I’m not sure about energy (I took a nap on the couch a few hours later) but then, as I said, I did not drink the whole thing.
Kumi Booty Shorts – Retail Value $45
So you are never going to see me model booty shorts on the internet because I am 41 years old and have cellulite and I am also so pale I think it would blind people. But these do fit and they are very well-made and allow for freedom of movement while also being supportive and not moving around while you’re active. It is also nice to get a clothing item from a new brand so I can see if I might be interested in other items from them without first laying out the cash on something I haven’t even tested or sampled.
Ultima Replenisher 5-Pack – Listed Value $7.50 (Buy a 20-pack box for $29.90)
This is a product I’ve received in a lot of subscription boxes in the past, but what’s nice here is you get five different flavors instead of just one (and after you try them, you can then purchase canisters or multipacks of sticks of just one flavor if you want). I tend to like the berry ones more than the citrus ones. This is sweetened with stevia which is not my favorite for drinks, but seems to work better at half-strength versus what the package recommends (if you don’t care for stevia). This has electrolytes and is suitable for lots of specialized diets (vegan, keto, paleo, and others).
Verdict: I calculated a total value of $102.34 for the August Gainz Box. (The three most expensive items were available for retail purchase and the information card values for the drinks were reasonable based on the retail prices for the items.) I think this is one of the best Gainz Boxes I have received, to be honest. It had a specific, fitness-related theme, and chose items (like the bands and book, and perhaps the shorts as well) related to the theme, and there weren’t a lot of promotional items with brand logos all over them. It also had a great value.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for August. Your first box will be September’s.
Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box ($32 monthly plus $7 shipping), you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Bands $7.60
- Book $10.29
- Energy drink $1.10
- Shorts $17.15
- Ultima replenisher $2.86
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