Gainz Box Fitness Subscription Review – November 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 November 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.
Ethika Crew Socks – Retail Value $10
I think these are men’s socks because I can’t find any crew socks for women listed on the Ethika site. However, they fit (I wear women’s size 7 shoes, for reference), and they’re warm, and they provide some nice cushioning for various exercise activities, and they’ve already seen several uses.
Ethika Booty Shorts – Listed Value $28
I can’t find these on the Ethika website. Granted, when I went looking, they were having a cyber week sale that made product selection confusing, and also it seems they try to rotate out designs and products frequently to keep a fresh look, so they may have been available at some point in the past. (Also, Gainz Box does fairly often get exclusive colors and/or styles from brands.) Anyway, I am 42 years old with a hysterectomy scar that has affected how my abs look, cellulite, and a giant bruise from whacking myself in the leg with a 35-lb weight plate, and you are not ever going to see me modeling booty shorts on the internet! They do fit, and they seem well made.
Shaker Soap Keychain – Retail Value $7.95
The box’s theme revolves around being clean and fresh and I think this item is a really good idea. I have received a lot of shaker cups from fitness subscription boxes and one constant issue is that they are often not dishwasher safe. But, because they are meant to break up clumps of powders of various sorts, they have lots of nooks and crannies that are hard to keep clean. This is a soap that you can shake in a shaker cup to clean it out. Some of the tablets broke but you can take a few pieces that equal about the size of one tablet and use them the same way. I tried it out and it seems to work although the cup I used wasn’t super dirty. (For what it’s worth, these come in a lot of different colors and you can also buy a refill pack.)
Defunkify Active Wash Laundry Packets (40 count) – Retail Value $16.99
This is another item that goes really nicely with the monthly theme. This product is specifically designed for dirty workout clothes, and there appears to be some real scientific thought behind it (they’ve even examined dirty workout clothes with an electron microscope, and they list all the ingredients on their website along with the purposes and CAS numbers). It doesn’t have dyes, fragrances, or optical brighteners (all of which I avoid because I have sensitive skin). My workout clothes don’t get super gross, perhaps because it is really cold in my basement exercise room so I don’t sweat so much (in fact I usually turn a space heater on) but I can always use eco-friendly detergent and I have definitely heard from people for whom getting workout and sports clothes clean is a challenge.
Cotton Laundry Bag – Listed Value $10
This folds up easily for transportation but actually holds a fair amount as well. It goes well with the theme for the month, too, and would be easy to throw into a gym bag. It’s also a nice way to keep dirty gym clothes separate from other items in your gym bag. Or, it would also be useful for travel and maybe a little more effective than the old pillowcases I’ve traditionally used.
Doc Parsley’s Sleep Remedy in Apple Cinnamon (2 servings) – Buy 30 for $65.57
This was not on the information card, although some of the product literature related to it. Sleep is also a part of being refreshed and renewed and you can buy this product in various forms including this beverage (rather like an herbal tea) or capsules. I mixed some up to taste and found it pleasant although I did not consume a full serving because it contains melatonin, which does not agree with me (it gives me vivid, unsettling dreams).
Verdict: I calculated a total value of $72.94 for the November Gainz Box. This was another really well-done box, it felt more curated than some boxes we’ve received in the past. There was a clear theme while still covering all the basics expected from the subscription (consumables, apparel, equipment). Although laundry isn’t exciting, it is necessary, and it’s always good to get enough of a product to use it multiple times to really evaluate it as opposed to ordering online and crossing your fingers that something will work.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for November. Your first box will be December’s.
Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box ($32 monthly plus $7 shipping), you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Socks $5.35
- Shorts $14.97
- Shaker soap $4.25
- Laundry detergent $9.08
- Laundry bag $5.35
- Sleep remedy – bonus
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