My Stealth Core Trainer has been a game changer (pun intended) for me since day 1. There are three reasons why: Fitness, fun and community!
I don’t think I am alone in having a Stealth story that ties back in some way to the current pandemic…
But to go back even further, I am someone who has struggled with my weight and body image for as long as I can remember. When the pandemic hit, and gyms closed, and I began working remotely from home, I was very scared that I would fall back into old habits and succumb to bad emotional eating habits. People started joking about gaining the “covid-19”. I thought to myself, “oh - hell no”. I pushed myself to stay vigilant and find ways to stay active and make healthy food choices.
But, as I returned to work in the fall and the weather started getting colder, I began to worry about the winter months. And that is when I started seeing ads for the Stealth Core Trainer on Facebook. As someone who was never good at video games, I was concerned that it might be too gimmicky for me, that I would use it briefly and then set it aside. I looked up reviews and found overwhelmingly positive reviews and thousands of them. I said - what have I got to lose - and at the end of October, I placed my order. At that point, I had no idea what a gem I had stumbled upon. I did not know anything about Stealth Nation - the fabulous humans who also had the great fortune of having found their way to the land of Stealth.
When my yellow Stealth arrived on November 2nd, I was so excited about trying it out. I did my first plank, felt my core immediately engage, and knew that I was at least going to target the muscles I wanted to target. I tried the first game, Galaxy Adventure, and it was really fun. I could see myself getting lost in the game - forgetting I was exercising. I loved it immediately.
And then, I stumbled upon the amazing group of people who make up the online community - Stealth Nation. There were people of all ages, body-types, and levels of fitness, with a wide range of goals, but there was something that was uniting them… and it was a sense of community. The overwhelming feeling when you are scrolling through posts on Stealth Nation - is that of positivity, support, and inspiration. People from all over the country and the world, at all different moments in their lives, come together to lift one another up and hold one another accountable in a wonderfully supportive way. I thought, this could not be real...
Though I am a pretty social and active person, I was wary of making my first post. Sharing my story, putting myself in the vulnerable position of possibly being judged, and judged about things (weight, body-image) that have always been triggers for me was daunting. But I continued to scroll and was just blown away by the unapologetically upbeat and good-natured vibe. I immediately knew posting on this site would be safe. And so, I put my first post, and was welcomed by many with arms wide open. It was so unreal that so many strangers would want good things for me - someone they had no prior knowledge of. I thought - it couldn’t always be like this - but I have to tell you, it IS, it’s ALWAYS like this. I will admit, I just paused typing for a minute to refresh my Facebook page, and I had a new comment on my most recent post - the comment simply says, “You are fabulous!” I mean, who doesn’t want to hear that?! And this happens all day long.
We are so often our own worst critics with negative thoughts about ourselves running through our mind - Stealth cuts through that. There is so much positivity, it cannot help but spread to you. I have started my days posting on Stealth Nation for the last 52 days straight. I don’t think I have ever done anything that wasn’t absolutely required of me - for that many days without fail. And this has been totally by choice. Starting my days with Stealth means I am starting my days feeling uplifted and supported. And have I mentioned, some of these folks are so funny. You should see the GIFs and Memes being thrown around. Such good-natured fun.
But do you know what is so special? You really start forming connections with people. You find out their struggles and their successes. You wish them well when they have a challenging day ahead and send prayers for the recovery of an ill family member. You realize that everyone has strong Stealth days and others when they are just getting it done. Without fail, there is always someone to offer encouragement.
Who knew exercising could be so much FUN?! Stealth offers many games (I bought the premium game package, from the start, which in my opinion, is an absolute must). There were several - like Motor Core, Archery, and Bubble Blast, that I tried once and swore never to try again. I was just terrible at them. And then, a month later, when I kept reading how much people love one of those game, I tried it again - and made it my mission to improve, and I did. Now, Archery and Bubble blast are games that I play every day. And each month there are new games - and new challenges. So, you will never get bored.
Now, listen, if all this hype is not what you are looking for - the Stealth Core Trainer is an amazing piece of fitness equipment that, when used consistently with good form, will absolutely lead to positive results (I have never had definition in my abs, and after a month of working out daily on the Stealth - I finally do - there is still work to be done - but there is no question that there are visible changes. But I have also found that I have better balance, less back pain, and I am running pain free. I also lost an additional few pounds and am now the most fit I have likely ever been. And that is an incredible feeling. I have more energy to spend with my kids, and I am more productive at work. The trickle effect of the Stealth mindset is just amazing.
One side benefit I was not at all expecting when I purchased the Stealth was the improvement I have found in my mindfulness practices. Using the Stealth has required me to be still, focus-inward, be intentional, and pay attention to the present moment. They are all things I have tried to cultivate with various mindfulness practices but were a surprise side benefit I have found with the continued use of my Stealth.
Oh my, how is it that I haven’t even begun to talk about the Stealth Team - these amazing folks who work for Stealth? Matt, the trainer who is pretty much the face of Stealth, posts motivational videos, new moves, challenges, and tutorials several times a day. And he is active on Stealth Nation, providing encouragement and amazing information. And the customer service is superb (I may like this Stealth thing… is that coming across?)! Whether there is an issue with your account (I haven’t had any, but I have heard) - it gets taken care of immediately. It is clear that the folks who created and who run the Stealth company simply love the work they are doing and the positive impact that the Stealth Core Trainers and the community they have built around them have had on so many lives.
This is the one time I am so grateful for Facebook ads. In a short time, I have reaped so many rewards from owning my Stealth and being a member of this Stealthtastic community.