Gainz Box Fitness Subscription Review – April 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 April 2020 Review
Gainz Box comes with an information card that is usually in the form of a fold-out booklet although this time it was a card:
Now on to the items:
Livefit Cross Body Bag – Listed Value $55
This is an exclusive item for the box and is not available on the Livefit website so I’ve used the value from the information card. (Men received a different but comparable item.) A lot of time Gainz Box focuses on what you can do in the gym, but a lot of people aren’t going to gyms right now, and I feel like a lot of this month’s items are really suitable for outdoor fitness. As it happens, I work out at home, but I think this will really come in handy for those few times I venture out, like to the Whole Foods once a week, because it is just big enough to hold a phone and some keys and ID and a credit card and maybe a little bottle of hand sanitizer. I just really don’t need the capacity to carry 25 lipsticks right now since I am working from home. But if you were doing some hiking or trail running, this would be easy and hands-free.
Livefit Headband – Listed Value $15
It is too warm for this right now where I live, to be honest, though I am given to understand that parts of the country north of me may still be having chilly weather. However, I really dislike wearing full hats and so I can hang on to this until next year when I will be wanting something to cover my ears for outside dog walks. (Men received a different item.)
Way of Will Trail Blazer Facial Spray (2 fl oz) – Listed Value $19 (Buy 1.4 fl oz for $19.10)
This is a size that isn’t available on the Way of Will website, and oddly, the size they do have retails for slightly more for less product? As you may know if you read any of my beauty box reviews, I despise spraying my face with anything. However, this works reasonably well as part of my morning skincare routine in place of a toner when sprayed on a cotton pad. It may be a little better for winter or for people with dry skin as it has glycerin but is alcohol free. It has some antioxidants from grapefruit and lavender that I like, and the fragrance is great (black spruce and rosemary) and definitely unisex, tending a bit towards masculine (but that is something I prefer in fragrances).
Monster Hydro Super Sport, 25.4 fl oz – Listed Value $2.99
I can’t find this for sale online. I found a blog post that suggests it is quite new and found some comments online that people had purchased single bottles at various retailers, so I imagine you can find it if you are willing to venture out into convenience stores or supermarkets. It has a fruit punch flavor and I did not drink the entire bottle because it has 200 mg of caffeine in the whole bottle, which is a lot for me since I am on blood pressure medicine. This one also has BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) so it could be useful both for providing energy for lifting weights (from the caffeine) and also for muscle recovery (BCAAs may help with delayed onset muscle soreness as well as rebuilding muscles after a difficult workout). It also has some electrolytes as well as B vitamins and a small amount of sugar (B vitamins as energy may work better in the presence of some carbohydrates). This could be a good product for covering a lot of bases when people are able to get back into gyms and avoids the problem of adding powders to water and trying to get it all to mix without clumps.
Klean Freak the Trial Run – Retail Value $5
This is like the best-smelling Gainz Box ever, between these and the facial spray. Possibly the *only* scented Gainz Box I’ve ever received. These are body wipes meant to replace a shower if you’re in a hurry. I would imagine not a lot of office workers are hitting the gym on their lunch hours right now (I mean I am working from home and exercising at home and not leaving the house unless necessary) but I do like to keep some of these around because we occasionally have plumbing problems and have to go for a day or two without showering while we wait for heavy machinery to dig up the back yard (we have a lot of tree roots growing into our sewer line which causes a drain problem). These are alcohol free and have witch hazel (good for toning) as well as a few calming ingredients like chamomile.
Spartan Nutrition Energy, 2 capsules – Retail Value $2.25
These are veggie capsules (yay, glad to see more companies doing this) and are designed to release caffeine slowly over 5-6 hours. Each has 75 mg of caffeine. This is not as much as the 200 from the energy drink, so I did try one before a long, long Zoom meeting after a night when I hadn’t had too much sleep, and I think it kept me awake and alert. I tend to do a lot of cardio so I wouldn’t use these before a workout, but your mileage may vary if you prefer to do a lot of heavy lifting.
Spartan Nutrition Hydrate, 3 tablets – Retail Value $2
These are electrolyte tablets that you swallow. It is then on you to drink an appropriate amount of water over the next few hours. This is quite a bit cheaper than buying whole bottles of Gatorade for hydration, and solves the problem of not wanting sugar or artificial sweeteners or food dyes or things like that. These have magnesium, potassium, etc., to balance out the sodium. I don’t sweat a lot right now because my workout room has air conditioning, but that changes as the summer progresses. I don’t really want to mess with my electrolyte balance at this time, if I don’t need to, but will hang on to these for later when it is blazing hot outside. The nice thing about this product is you can just buy a sample pack to see if it will work for you, before committing to a larger package size.
Verdict: I calculated a total value of $101.24 for the April Gainz Box. I think this was a pretty good box for outdoor fitness and hydration, especially considering the fact that subscription boxes have to plan things a few months in advance and it wasn’t necessarily obvious that so many gyms would be shutting down in March, April, and May. Some of the items are useful right now and others I am hanging on to for future needs. I also like getting a new product (energy drink) and some exclusive items (bag).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, Gainz Box has already shipped for April. Your first box will most likely be May’s.
Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box ($32 monthly plus $7 shipping), you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Cross body bag $21.19
- Headband $5.78
- Facial spray $7.32
- Energy drink $1.15
- Wipes $1.93
- Energy capsules $0.87
- Hydration tablets $0.77
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