Gainz Box Fitness Subscription Review – July 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.
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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: U.S.
Gainz Box July 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 was also some product literature for one of the brands in the box.
Live Fit Apparel x FitAid Crossbody Fanny Pack – Listed Value $35
I find it mildly amusing that something is called both “crossbody” and “fanny pack” because those two terms are contradictory. Also I remember fanny packs from the 1980s and I’m not totally on board with their resurgence. But, there are times when you are going somewhere (like doing touristy things with out-of-town visitors) where it is handy to just throw some things in a small bag and go, and this will be useful for those times. I couldn’t find this on the Live Fit/FitAid website so I’m using the value from the information card.
Wilde Brands Nashville Hot Wilde Chips – Listed Value $4.99 (Buy 4 bags for $24)
Keto people seem to like these based on the reviews I’ve seen. I, however, am not keto people, and am about as far from keto as you can get (I eat a high carb, low-fat vegetarian diet, including lots of all the ingredients specifically excluded from these, like dairy, potatoes, nuts, corn, plant protein concentrates, and other grains). So I will pass these along to someone who will appreciate them more, since they are made mostly from chicken.
FitAid Rx Zero – Listed Value $3 (Buy 24 Cans for $59.76)
As far as I can tell, the difference between this one and the one below is that this has creatine. Creatine is a compound that has actual studies to back it up in terms of building muscle mass. Although I *am* trying to build muscle mass at the moment, creatine has this side effect of causing a lot of water weight gain, and that is something I am trying to minimize, so if I had to choose between these, I’d probably go with the one below. This also has some vitamins and minerals to aid in recovery.
FitAid Zero – Listed Value $3 (Buy 24 Cans for $59.76)
I’m continuing the discussion from above here. I didn’t chug the whole can of either of these, but they are vegan, so I tried them, and they have a little bit of that stevia aftertaste I don’t care for in drinks, but it’s not too bad, and I appreciate that they were trying to find something with no calories (well, I think they both have like 5 calories or something). There are also some electrolytes and BCAAs (branched chain amino acids, helpful in reducing delayed onset muscle soreness, among other things) as well as CoQ10 and omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. If this is something you’re interested in, it does hit a lot of nutritional bases, and which one you choose is mostly up to whether you want creatine or not.
Live Fit Tank – Listed Value $27
This fabric feels very nice and smooth to the touch. I don’t know how absorbent it is because it is kind of loose on me (I really need an XS shirt but the options don’t go down that low in size for this subscription). If you have a pretty sports bra you want to kind of show off, but also to cover your midsection a bit, this is a good shirt for that. The thin, white fabric shows off a little more of my stomach than I’m comfortable displaying on the internet, but since I work out at home in my basement, I can wear this there.
This wasn’t on the information card so I’m considering it a bonus item. I do finally have a smartphone but don’t hold it enough to justify connecting it to my hand in this way. I may pass this along to someone who’s a little more attached to their phone.
Verdict: I didn’t calculate a total value for the July Gainz Box because I only had the information card to rely on. There were basically four items in the box, counting the drinks together (and not counting the phone accessory) for an average value of $9.75 each. This was pretty heavily brand-integrated for the month but that can and does happen with Gainz Box from time to time. I don’t mind this when the items are functional, and it seems that crossbody fanny packs are on trend these days, and of course the workout tank is useful. Plus, although I’ve had some of the regular FitAid drinks before, these were new to me.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box ($32 monthly plus $7 shipping), you are paying approximately $9.75 per item.
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