Gainz Box Fitness Subscription Review – October 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 October 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. This month’s box supports veteran-owned businesses and a veterans’ mental health charity.
Curves n’ Combatboots Sports Bra/Crop Top – Retail Value $39.97
This is the second or third time over the years I’ve received a sports bra in Gainz Box and they’re always super high quality. This one is no exception. This is listed as a crop top on the manufacturer’s website and it could work that way if you want to wear it at the gym or on a run. I tried it out by removing the pads (which I always do!) and then wearing it under a T-shirt while I went grocery shopping. The band around my midsection was just slightly tight but not uncomfortable and by the end of the day, I didn’t notice it. It was supportive during a cardio workout and allowed for freedom of movement. Also I really needed a new sports bra as some of my others are not in such good shape.
Manimal OD Wrist Wraps – Retail Value $40
I like wrist wraps and it was about time I got some new ones. I have really small wrists, like 5.25-5.5 inches in circumference, and some exercises put strain on my wrists, and wearing wrist wraps can help. (I even wear them during yoga if there are a lot of poses like downward-facing dog or an extended cat-cow sequence.) They are also good for kettlebell workouts if you are afraid of bruising your wrist. Anyway, these are shown on the manufacturer’s website on a muscular man’s wrist but as you can see, they fit my tiny wrists as well. They seem supportive and the closure is secure. (You can use the elastic loop to help put them on and these elastic loops loosen enough that you could probably get your thumb back out from under the loop afterwards, if you wanted.)
Black Rifle Coffee Company (3 round burst pack) – Retail Value $3.99
This is 3 KCups so you can try all of this company’s different roasts prior to choosing your favorite for ordering. I am not a coffee drinker. My husband is, and I even think his office has a Keurig machine, but he only goes in once a week, so we’ve put these with his work bag. But, it was going to be a long time before he got to try each kind (possibly weeks) so I went ahead and wrote the review. This company directly imports coffee from Colombia and Brazil and roasts it in small batches for freshness and quality.
Power Pops Protein Puffs in Bacon Cheddar (1 oz) – Listed Value $2.99 (Buy 6 bags for $19.99)
I was a little dismayed when I first saw the flavor. I read the ingredients list and saw “bacon flavoring.” I went to the company’s website and contacted them and they told me (within an hour) the flavoring was vegetarian, that it was a hickory smoke flavoring, and that they would soon add this information to their website. So, long story short, these are vegetarian despite “bacon” in the name, and I tried them. They have a great texture for puff snacks, probably because it’s mostly from dairy proteins (casein) instead of starch. This is supposed to provide long-lasting satiety and the calories are surprisingly low (only 130 in this whole package). I think I am not such a fan of bacon flavoring (or umami anything, in general) which is probably one reason why I’ve stuck with being a vegetarian for over 26 years. But, I’d be happy to try the other flavors sometime, and the people who work at this company seem really nice, also.
Verdict: I calculated a total value of $86.95 for the October Gainz Box. This was another really well-done box. The apparel was high quality (men received a long-sleeved T-shirt), as were the wrist wraps, and those two things alone were both worth the cost of the box plus shipping, so together they double it. Although I can’t use the coffee myself, I can give it to someone who will, and the experience with the protein puffs company was a nice surprise (usually when I contact small food companies, they just ignore me).
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 will be November’s.
Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box ($32 monthly plus $7 shipping), you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Sports bra $17.93
- Wrist wraps $17.94
- Coffee $1.79
- Protein puffs $1.34
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What did you think of the October Gainz Box?