About Stealth Core Trainer
Stealth Core Trainer is a piece of fitness equipment that works your abs through a unique balance platform that mimics planking.
What makes this piece of fitness equipment interesting is that they incorporate movement-based games into the workout via the Stealth app.
The product is the brainchild of Stealth Body Fitness, a Florida-based company whose only product seems to be a line of three different Stealth Core Trainers, which we’ll talk about in a few minutes.
The Stealth Core Trainer presents an interesting concept, as gamifying (using games to encourage participation) is a popular technique to get people to use a product or service.
In our review, we’ll examine how it works, talk about the science behind planking and give you our thoughts on how effective it could be in helping you, “get a lean, strong, healthy body,” as the company claims.
We’ll also talk about how much it costs, what the return policy is and how it compares to similar planking equipment.
How the Stealth Core Trainer Works
This device has two main parts to it: a 360-degree rotating ball seated in the plank’s base, attached to the rotating ball and the base is a platform shaped to provide a surface on which you can put your arms when you do a plank.
“Plank” refers to an exercise utilizing your body weigh in which you suspend your body parallel to the ground with just your toes, forearms and elbows touching the ground.
As you suspend your body above the ground, you’re using 29 different muscles, the Stealth website says.
Healthline confirms the claim, noting that planking is a whole-body exercise.
“Planks don’t just work your core: They work your entire body. Planks require your arms, your legs, and all of your abs, making them an all-encompassing workout and a more efficient way to exercise,” the site says.
The drawback to planks is that they’re difficult because they require so many different muscles. This is where the games come into play. By focusing on a game in which you move the game piece around via your movements on the Stealth Core Trainer, you add an element of fun that can distract you from the pain.
Also, the games enhance the workout because they require you to lean from side to side, twist the bored and shake it, all while maintaining your balance.
Some screenshots and videos of the app reveal that some of the games require you to move a target over various planets. You have to keep the target over the planet long enough to blow the planet up. Another game puts you in the seat of a pilot navigating his/her aircraft through a series of hoops.
As part of the company’s marketing campaign, they sent a company rep out to a gym to convince people to try the equipment. The rep was able to get a young woman to try it. When she was done with the workout, she said it was challenging.
The rep went on to ask her about how the video-game aspect of the workout affected her.
“Did the video game add to the fun,” the rep asked.
“Yeah. It was fun. I like that. I would do that as a workout,” she said.
We’ll talk more about this in the customer reviews section later in the review.
For now, we believe that the Stealth Core Trainer can be an effective way to strengthen your core muscles and arms simply because planking is a widely accepted technique for fitness. IN that sense, the Stealth Core Trainer doesn’t introduce anything new. However, it promotes a new way to approach planking.
How Much the Stealth Core Trainer Costs and How to Return It
The company behind the Stealth Core Trainer, sells the Stealth Core Trainer on their official website, on Amazon as well as on a website linked to the company’s As Seen on TV commercial.
Stealth Core Trainer sells three different core trainers: the Stealth Professional, the Stealth Personal and the Stealth Plankster.
The Plankster is available on the company’s As Seen on TV website and is available for purchase for $99, which is $50 less than what’s listed on the official Stealth Core website. Shipping charges were, at the time of publishing, $14.95.
The equipment comes with a 30-day, money-back guarantee. According to the fine print, that fine print starts the day you make your order, not the day you receive your Stealth Core Trainer in the mail.
To start your return, you’ll need to go to the Stealth Body Fitness support page and fill out a return form. At some point after that, the company will send you a return merchandise authorization number. Once you have the number, you can send the Stealth Core Trainer back along with the return merchandise authorization.
Keep in mind though, that you have to pay to ship the product back to Stealth Body Fitness. Also, they won’t refund the shipping you paid with your original purchase. Because the equipment is pretty big, it’s most likely going to cost you at least $25 to ship it back. This means you’ll lose at least $40 in what you paid to ship the Stealth Core Trainer to you and ship it back.
Customer Reviews of the Stealth Core Trainer
At the time of publishing, the Stealth Plankster Core Trainer had more than 50 reviews on Amazon and multiple video reviews on YouTube.
Fifty-six reviewers on Amazon gave the equipment an average rating of 4.5 stars. Some of the most-used words in those reviews included: “core workout,” “challenging,” “really fun,” and “sore.”
Our perception of these phrases indicates that people enjoyed using the Stealth Core Trainer, for the most part, but that the workout is demanding and can leave you feeling pretty sore the next day.
We did see a prevalence of the word “expensive,” which corroborates a review we watched on YouTube from user Heather Gerhardt. Gerhardt bought the Professional version for $199. She said she thought it was too expensive but that she would keep it anyway.
“The price of this thing is too expensive. I think it should have been $100. If it was $100, I think they would be selling thousands of these because they really are fun and it’s a way to hack exercise,” she said. “I think that it works.”
Gerhardt did one-minute workouts once a day for 30 days and twice a day for 30 days. She said she lost a pound and an inch off her waist and hips.
“It’s easy and fun and simple to learn and I think anybody can do it,” she said.
Now, the customer reviews of the equipment’s app are a bit different. iPhone users give the app an average rating of 4 stars but Andoird users give it 2.6 stars.
Most of the negative reviews focus on users having trouble logging into the previous version of the app. There was also a complaint about the simplicity of the games in the first iteration of the app.
In all recent cases of these complaints, Stealth Body responded by suggesting users install the newest version of the app which, they say, fixes all the bugs and adds new games.
The Bottom Line of Stealth Core Trainer
Based on our research, we believe the Stealth Plankster Core Trainer is efficient at making planking fun via the games you can play on the Stealth app. In this sense, we think it offers an incentivized approach to planking that you won’t get without it.
The downside to the equipment is that it can be cost-prohibitive at $99 through the As Seen on TV site, although that price represents a $50 discount over the Stealth Body Fitness site and Amazon.
Also, Android users had troubles with the app that seemed to clear up with the app’s newest update.
In general, we think there is ample evidence that the Stealth Core Trainer will make planking fun. But, keep in mind that their plank workouts are between 1 and 3 minutes long. You have to weigh the cost of spending around $115 on a device that you’ll use, at most, 2 to 6 minutes a day.
Also, remember that planking is excellent for building core strength but is not a technique for losing weight.
So, as you think about purchasing a Stealth Core Trainer, take a few minutes to ask yourself what you want out of your workout experience. If you want to strengthen your core muscles, it could be an excellent tool for that. However, if you’re looking to lose weight or find a workout that lasts more than just a few minutes, you may want to look elsewhere before making your final decision.