Gainz Box Fitness Subscription Review – February 2020
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 February 2020 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 advertising material.
And a sticker.
Revival Strength Raglan Tee – Listed Value $30
I can’t find this on the Revival Strength site so I’ve just used the value from the information card. You’ll typically get one apparel item per month with this subscription and I’m always happy when it is a full T-shirt. This one is soft and the long sleeves are nice because my workout room is cold this time of year, plus it fits pretty well. Men and women usually receive slightly different items but the men’s and women’s styles were pretty similar this month.
The whey protein has branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and probiotics and is made from a whey isolate rather than a whey concentrate so it has more protein (26g per serving). The plant protein has a little less protein (21g per serving) but it also has BCAAs, which may be low in some vegan diets, as well as probiotics. The plant protein is mostly from peas, but it also says “pumpkin protein” which presumably comes from pumpkin seeds. I tried these in morning smoothies (how I always use protein powder) and they are fine, especially when blended with a stick blender. I think my own personal preference was for the chocolate whey but I do appreciate getting multiple different products (that are all vegetarian) to try.
I have never seen resistance bands made from a material like this before but I like it. It’s more of a woven fabric so it’s easier to clean, plus it’s more comfortable to actually use, and it seems safer (no snapping during use, which could lead to injury). I also like that detailed books were provided with example exercises for each type of band, so you actually get some ideas on how to use these. These may be more expensive than latex or rubber exercise bands, but they have a lot of advantages.
LIFEAID CBD Blend – Listed Value $3.49 (Buy 24 cans for $71.76)
I am not on the CBD bandwagon — I’ve received several products containing CBD in subscription boxes and, after trying them, have come to the conclusion it just doesn’t do anything. This is vegan and Paleo (but not keto, as it has 9 grams of carbohydrates) but unfortunately, to me it tastes like weak Sprite with a strong stevia aftertaste. I like some of the other FITAID products better (have tried many thanks to this subscription box).
Mobility Ball – Listed Value $8
This is a welcome addition to the box. I hurt my back a few weeks ago (overstretched my right deltoid, I think, followed by deadlifts and pull-ups before I realized there was a problem, and I had to sleep in a recliner for a week), and there are a few places where using this for massage against a wall or floor could really go a long way towards making me feel better. If you ever have heel pain (like plantar fasciitis), these are great for that as well.
Verdict: I calculated a total value of $96.39 for the February Gainz Box. I have noticed a change in curation in this box lately, centered on monthly themes (squats, mental health, and now mobility) and I am really liking this. Mobility may not be the most exciting thing to think about when it comes to fitness, but it is really important. I was happy to get the bands, as well, as I can see some advantages of this type of band over the plain latex and rubber ones out there, in terms of safety, especially. And I am always happy to get vegetarian protein powders, especially when from a new-to-me brand. Overall I was very happy with this box.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for February. Your first box will most likely be March’s.
Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box ($32 monthly plus $7 shipping), you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Shirt $12.14
- Protein $3.24
- Revolve Band $12.12
- Mini Band $6.86
- Drink $1.41
- Ball $3.24
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