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Gainz Box Fitness Subscription Review – March 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 March 2020 Review

Gainz Box comes with an information card that is usually in the form of a fold-out booklet:

 

There was also some advertising material:

 

Now on to the items:

 

Rarebreed Tank – Listed Value $25

Gainz Box actually does a pretty good job of varying apparel types — I’ve received a sports bra, shorts, yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirts, etc. in the past year. This is the first tank in awhile, and it’s seasonally appropriate, at least where I live (it was nice and sunny out today). It’s starting to get warm in my home workout room, too, and being new, this is in the best condition of all my tanks, so it will see a lot of use. This is pretty soft and I like the color, as well. There are some tanks on the Rarebreed website, but not any that really looked like this, so I’m using the value from the information card.

 

Rarebreed Lifting Straps – Listed Value $15.99

This month’s theme is powerlifting so getting lifting straps as an accessory makes sense. I recently hurt my back so I’m taking it easy on the weights for now, but these appear to be very well made and will definitely come in handy when I get back to lifting. (I have a home gym with enough weight plates for where I am from a fitness standpoint so even though I’m staying at home except for grocery shopping, I can still use them.) The information card lists an Instagram account where you can learn a few ways to use these.

Overkill Preworkout (10 servings, 4.1 oz) – Listed Value $15.99 (Buy 30 servings for $41.99)

This has 375 mg of caffeine per serving so I am a bit afraid to consume a full serving — that’s like three or four cups of coffee at a time. I probably don’t get that much caffeine in two days, most of the time. I understand using large amounts of caffeine before a powerlifting workout, so this definitely fits with the theme. This also has creatine (proven to increase muscle mass although also increases water retention) and several other components common to lifting supplements, like beta-alanine, taurine, and betaine. Because I have hypertension I am not going to consume a full serving of this before working out (!) but one thing I have tried is mixing a small amount into my tea in the afternoon; it adds a bit of flavor and boosts the caffeine to keep me awake if I’ve had a lunch full of carbohydrates but it’s not so much that it’s dangerous for me. This is sweetened with sucralose (not stevia, yay) and it has beet juice for color.

 

Perkup Energy Booster (20 cubes) – Retail Value $9.99

OK, so I had a bunch of this at home already. I discovered it in Bulu Box and bought some on Amazon. It is much lower in caffeine than the previous item (50 mg per cube) and it works pretty well at waking me up in the afternoon if I get sleepy. These are a little bit tart and you’re supposed to let them dissolve in your mouth instead of chewing.

 

Cylo X-Tand Phone Stand – Listed Value $25

There are various phone stands on the Cylo site but none like this (most are the kind with a ring on the back). This could be good in the gym if you need a hands-free way to check the time or to hold your phone out of the way but still keep track of reps and sets on an app, or for various other reasons (watching movies on a treadmill or something, I suppose) but I am probably going to put it in my car because I don’t have a good way to hold my phone for when I am using maps to get somewhere unfamiliar and this will solve that problem. It should fit any phone; you see it on an iPhone in the third picture and no, I don’t know what iPhone I have but that is almost certainly an older model. But you can see that it holds the phone in the case securely even in a vertical position. Those two squares have adhesive on one side and are magnetic on the other side, and the stand is magnetic, so that’s how you can get it to work in a car.

Verdict: I calculated a total value of $91.97 for the March Gainz Box. I will be able to use every item (eventually, if not immediately, and in the case of the pre-workout, not exactly as intended) and actually the phone stand fills a need I have. Plus I have liked the Perkup for awhile and I am happy to have more. I did have to rely a lot on information card values but none of the listed values seem too out of line with values from past boxes or comparable competing items. And this value is over 2 times the month-to-month cost of the subscription.

To Wrap Up:

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

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

  • Tank $10.60
  • Lifting straps $6.78
  • Preworkout supplement $6.78
  • Perkup cubes $4.24
  • Phone stand $10.60

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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).

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