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The 7 best fitness subscription boxes for every workout style

CNET logo CNET 11/12/2019 Sara Coughlin
Help keep your workout buddy accountable to stretching after you're done. © Getty Images

Help keep your workout buddy accountable to stretching after you're done.

Is there anything like going to the gym in a new ensemble for the first time or discovering your new favorite post-run snack? It may be a cliche, but variety is the spice of life -- or, more specifically, your workout. And one of the best ways to keep your fitness routine feeling fresh is with a subscription box, one that delivers new gear, treats, and workout ideas to you on a regular basis. The trick is to choose a subscription that fits your personal needs, preferences, and workout style — which, given how many options there are to choose from, is easier said than done. 

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In the same way that finding a great podcast or wearable can inspire you to stick to your fitness goals, the right fitness subscription can keep your motivation up, too. Here, we've rounded up some of the best services available, with all stripes of exercisers in mind. 

Best for: The wellness-and-beauty fanatic who wants a little bit of everything.


© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. FabFitFun

If you've dipped so much as a toe into the pool of subscription services, you probably know about FabFitFun. Run on a seasonal schedule that ships four boxes per year, and every box contains eight to 10 lifestyle products that may include accessories, clothing, skin-care items, workout gear or small housewares. Subscribers have the option to customize their order or add on additional items every season, but they can also roll the dice and have the entire box arrive as a surprise. Clearly, FabFitFun aims to offer variety, and it delivers on that front from a product and price standpoint -- the retail value of every box is around $200 or more.

What you pay: $49.99 per season or $179.99 for a year


Best for: The avid yogi who hates repeating outfits.


a pair of red shoes © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. YogaClub

Every month, YogaClub sends every subscriber a three-piece yoga outfit curated by its staff stylists, who base their selections on the current season as well as a style quiz every customer must complete before ordering their first box. Whatever a customer's specific style preferences are, the gear they receive is always from name brands like Manduka, Onzie, Columbia, and Splendid, among others. If any of the pieces miss the mark, they can be exchanged online for a new item via YogaClub's store. Or, subscribers can swap clothes with each other through YogaClub's Facebook Community.

What you pay: $79 per month, plus shipping


Best for: The gym rat who likes to stay on-trend.


a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. GainzBox

A favorite of CrossFit athletes, GainzBox's monthly box comes with four to six items intended to enhance subscribers' workout experience. Past boxes have featured snacks from emerging brands, performance fitness wear like running shorts and sports bras and such workout equipment as free weights and resistance bands for gym or home use. GainzBox also offers one-time gift boxes for holidays and birthdays, though they do cost a little more than the regular subscription box.

What you pay: $93 for three months, $180 for six months, $348 for a year, or $32 for a month-by-month plan, plus $7 for shipping


Best for: The person who wants to go from the gym to brunch without changing.


© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Ellie

This athleisure subscription presents customers with three outfit options to choose from at the start of every month. Depending on the subscription plan, the outfit may consist of a top and a pair of bottoms; a top, a sports bra and a pair of bottoms; or three pieces of apparel plus two accessories or other workout items, from brands including Bally Total Fitness, Marika and Ellie itself. Subscribers have the option to skip a month if none of the options appeal to them, and Ellie will replace items free of charge. While the outfits are selected with cycling, yoga and fitness in mind, they're also well-suited to running errands and lounging.

What you pay: $39.95 for two items per month, $44.95 for three items per month, or $49.95 for five items per month


Best for: The runner who wants to enhance their training regimen.



Featuring nutrient-dense snacks, safety equipment and personal care items, StrideBox aims to provide subscribers with products that motivate them to keep running, training and working toward their fitness goals. More than just general healthy items, the products featured in StrideBox address issues specific to running, like bite-size snacks for eating on the go, electrolyte supplements for staying hydrated and friction barriers to prevent against blisters and chafing. Each box delivers between four and six items on a monthly basis and, in addition to offering familiar brands runners know and love like Honey Stinger and Clif, StrideBox also features products from up-and-coming brands including Lyte, Defunkify and Skratch Labs 

What you pay: $19.95 per month


Best for: The body-builder who doesn't just want monthly goodies but workout inspiration, too.


a black shirt © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. MuscleBox

MuscleBox offers three types of boxes, depending on each subscriber's needs and preferences. Its original box is marketed toward men and features snacks, equipment, clothing and other fitness items centered around a different theme each month (such as ab workouts or professional fighting), while the Miss Muscle Box offers a similar selection of treats plus women's workout gear, without a theme. Finally, the Protein Box delivers only snacks and supplements, for those who already have enough workout gear. Every box also comes with access to Muscle Box's vast online library of workouts. 

What you pay: $29.99 per month for either the Men's MuscleBox, Miss Muscle Box or Protein Box


Best for: The workout junkie who's always hungry.

Fit Snack

© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Fit Snack

True to its name, Fit Snack focuses on healthy, filling treats, workout ideas and sound nutritional advice for active people. The exact number of items in the box every month ranges from about eight to 12, and they're selected by a nutritionist with various health needs and diets in mind, so subscribers usually receive an array of gluten-free, raw, high-protein or even vegan options. For example, this month's featured brands include Hippeas, MCTco and PlantFusion.

What you pay: $27.90 for three months, $26.90 for six months, $25.90 for a year or $28.90 for a month-by-month plan



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