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Gainz Box Fitness Subscription Review – December 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 December 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. The box was curated by Noah Ohlsen, a CrossFit athlete, this month. You can read more about him here.


Happy but Hungry Tank – Listed Value $25

The information booklet promises that this is the softest material ever, and it is pretty soft. It’s a little cold for this right now but it will be great for summertime workouts. It’s a little bit on the see-through side and it’s a bit loose on me (I should wear an XS shirt but women’s S is the smallest size this box offers). This is an exclusive design for the box and is not available for sale elsewhere. (Also, Monkey says hello.)


My-Fit Journal – Listed Value $22

This was a little different from what I expected based on the name. It doesn’t seem to have a place to keep track of reps or sets or anything like that, unlike the journals on the My-Fit Journal website. This is really more of a mental health journal, I guess, which matches the “happy” part of the box theme. You can see one of the inside pages in the image gallery (they are all the same).

Thumbs Up Tape, 1.5 in x 7.5 yards – Retail Value $4.99

I’m starting to lift heavier weights these days and I kind of don’t like wearing full gloves so I’ve been playing around with this some. It does stay on my thumbs and I think it helps my grip but I’m also not straining myself too much (I take it slowly due to an abdominal surgery I had a few years ago). This design is custom for the box.


Country Archer Mini Beef Sticks x 2 – Listed Value $2 (Buy 28 for $24)

These are made with grass-fed beef and are free of nitrates and nitrites. They are only 50 calories each. Sodium is somewhat lower than some other brands of beef stick, if that is something that is of concern to you. I will be passing these along to someone else to appreciate since I am a vegetarian (this box does not promise to cater to any particular dietary restriction).


RPM Iron Compass Bracelet – Listed Value $15

This relates to a challenge that you can participate in, that’s coupled with donations that go towards helping underprivileged and at-risk kids with fitness and training. You can learn more about it here. (You can’t buy the bracelet separately, it comes with a donation, so I’ve used the value from the information card.) The challenge starts on January 6 and there are leaderboards and perks from participating brands so click the link if you’d like to know more. (The goal is to do 10,000 double unders in a month, basically.)


RXBAR Chocolate Peanut Butter and Vanilla Almond Butter – Listed Value $3.38

I’ve used the values from the information booklet because these aren’t available for purchase online, individually. This product has been around for awhile and I’ve tried it before (pretty much every flavor) and I’m honestly not a huge fan. It has a weird texture because it contains egg whites (these do add protein without adding carbs). It is keto-friendly so if you are into that, you may prefer it to regular nut butters.

Verdict: I calculated a total value of $72.37 for the December Gainz Box. At first I wasn’t sure what I thought of the curation, but the more I think about it, it really does have a focus on mental health and happiness and giving back and although those are not things we commonly think about when we think about fitness, I think there is a place for them and it’s probably something we should pause to consider more often. Also, the shirt really is quite soft.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for December. Your first box will be January’s.

Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box ($32 monthly plus $7 shipping), you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Tank $13.47
  • Journal $11.86
  • Tape $2.69
  • Beef sticks $1.08 (together)
  • Bracelet $8.08
  • Nut butter $1.82 (together)

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Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

Posted in Fitness Subscription Boxes, Gainz Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: gainz box | 8 comments

Comments (8)

  1. I also think the saying is insensitive even though it isn’t meant in that way.

  2. I don’t get the happy but hungry bit. πŸ€”

    • You can read more on the curator’s website. There is like a 4-paragraph explanation there if you Google it but I didn’t feel like it really belonged in the review as it was a lengthy amount of content not specific to the subscription box.

      • That is one of the worst designs I’ve seen in a long time. It looks like they downloaded clip art and just stuck some random elements together.

      • I don’t usually comment on the designs because when I exercise, it is in my basement in mismatched clothing, and I don’t really care what I look like (the shirt *is* soft). Also because different people have different taste.

        But yeah, there is a reason people go to school for a few years to study graphic design.

    • I thought it was about a deprivation diet (“then just add 200 more calories a day, geez!”), but when I Googled him like Ragan suggested, it turns out that he means to be hungry for more accomplishments and more challenges in life. To be content with yourself but still reach and strive for more. I like it.

      • I googled it too but I still don’t understand why go with something so easy to misinterpret. I thought it was about dieting as well. I can’t imagine wearing something like that when hunger is a big issue. Poor design and phrase choice, imo.

      • Agree. I wouldn’t wear this saying even in my basement.

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