Top Activewear & Fitness Subscription Boxes for 2020
Activewear or “athleisure” wear has become a wardrobe staple for men and women up and down the country. From yoga pants to sneakers, looking like you’re just about to hit the gym is now an everyday look. This growing popularity for clothing which fuses comfort and style has caused many sports clothing companies and lifestyle brands to curate monthly subscription boxes of fitness gear. You usually get a personalized selection of workout attire and/or fitness goodies delivered to your doorstep for a fraction of the retail price. It’s a great tool for staying motivated because as soon as you get your new workout attire you’ll want to put it to the test straight away. Some boxes are better than others when it comes to personalization, value, and quality. Below we’ve rounded up the top 5 activewear and fitness subscription boxes on the market. This way you can find out what to expect from the boxes and whether they’re worth the cash before committing.
Our Top Five Activewear and Fitness Subscription Boxes
Items Per Box
1. Gainz Box
As well as offering options for both men and women, the Gainz box is affordable and jam-packed with a variety of fitness goodies. There are 4 subscription options to choose from for yourself or for gifting. With shipping, these include: monthly for $39; 3 months for $114 or $38/month; 6 months for $222 or $37/month; or 1 year for $432 or $36/month. Each box will contain an exciting mix of 4-6 items from popular and up-and-coming brands. You’ll get a curated selection of workout apparel, equipment, supplements, accessories, healthy snacks, and other goodies. It’s more of an overall ‘fitness box’, as opposed to an activewear-only box. There’s also a Pointz system in which you can gain credits for reviewing your items.
There are some shortcomings however. Gainz don’t offer returns, exchanges or refunds (unless the item is damaged). We would have liked to have the option to mix and match styles by returning and exchanging. That said, the diversity of the brands and items will usually always be a welcome surprise. It’s a great way to discover new brands in the fitness space, from healthy snacks and supplements to gym accessories.
2. Ellie Box
Ellie curates monthly activewear subscription boxes for women. They debut three new outfits per month which you can choose from depending on your own subscription plan. There are 3 subscription plan options to choose from; 2 items for $39.95/month (top & bottom); 3 items for $44.95/month (top, bra & bottom); or 5 items for $49.95/month (3 clothing items & 2 accessories/products/equipment). If you don’t like any of the new options you can skip a month (by the 4th of the month). The flexibility to skip and cancel is a handy addition, as although you’re tied into the subscription, you can still pause every so often if you need a break.
Although you can personalize the box to the extent of choosing the outfit, we wouldn’t say it’s an uber-personalized box. You have to choose an entire ‘look’ and cannot mix and match. What’s more, you cannot just return one item from the box; you can only return the full look. Although you can switch your outfit before it’s sent out (a handy option), Ellie accepts exchanges for size only so you can’t swap the style. That said, their styles are usually hard to choose from anyway and they are always sourcing new products and brands. There’s also a friend referral program for you to earn credits for free gear. Their 5-item subscription is our favorite as it adds in additional fitness goodies into the mix to help you diversify your at-home health and fitness routine.
3. YogaClub Box
YogaClub is a luxury activewear subscription box that offers you personal styling and premium products without the high-end price tag. You get 50-88% off of retail prices; it works out at around $160+ MSRP worth of products for $79 or less depending on your plan. The style quiz will let their stylists learn more about your style, size, and workout preferences so they can curate outfits that fit your needs. There are 3 subscription options to choose from: The Mantra, featuring 1 pair of leggings for $45; The Karma, featuring a 2-piece outfit (usually leggings and a top) for $65; or The Guru which is a 3-piece outfit (usually leggings and two tops) for $75.
You cannot personalize the boxes or outfits; it’s more of a styling and surprise box kind of scenario. Their stylists choose the outfit for you depending on your style quiz and outfit feedback. If you don’t like your box, however, there are options to swap. You can offer a trade with another member via the Facebook groups reserved for YogaClub members to swap/buy/sell gear. Or you can swap the item through their exchange store. Customer service is top-notch, so if you have any problems with exchanges their team will be on hand to help. Although more expensive than some other boxes on the market, joining YogaClub will give you the chance to add high-end activewear to your wardrobe without breaking the bank.
4. Wantable Active Edit
Wantable is a perfect subscription box option for picky shoppers. It has a male and female active edit in which you receive 7 items curated for you each month. You can then try them on, keep what you like, and return what you don’t with free shipping both ways. It’s like bringing a shop’s changing room to your living room. Your $20 styling fee is applied towards anything you keep from the box. It’s about $30-$70 per item, and if you buy five or more items they give you 20% off your total.
Much like YogaClub, you can’t choose the exact items in the box, but there is some room for choice here. You can scroll through styles found from your quiz preferences and request or decline items; your stylist will send those exact pieces when they’re in stock or include similar items if they’re not. Once you have chosen an Edit you then take a style quiz to confirm your size, fit, and budget for items. So even though you can’t choose the specific items, it’s likely that the selection will be spot on anyway because of the preferences you have set. And you can just return it all anyway if that month’s picks aren’t for you. Discover on-trend athleisure pieces for your at-home workouts, luxe casualwear, or comfy cozies depending on your preference. There is still the surprise element, but also a good amount of choice and personalization too, and you can choose to keep whatever you truly love and can afford each month.
5. Dia & Co. Activewear Box
Dia & Co is an online personal styling service for women sized 14-32. They have the largest collection of plus-size activewear in the world. Their active box features 5 hand-picked activewear items delivered to you each month.
Much like Wantable’s service, Dia & Co allows you to bring the shop’s changing room home. You take the style quiz to let their stylists know more about you and your workout preferences, try on the items, and return what you don’t like. There is a $20 styling fee for the Active Box which is then credited towards any purchase made from the box, and if you decide to keep the whole box you will get 25% off. You’ll be charged for the items you choose to keep when you submit your ratings and checkout or when the brand processes your returns. It’s a perfect option for picky shoppers without much time on their hands, as clothes are delivered to you, and easy to return for free.