For me personally, it’s always been a bit of a mystery to me that I’m so serious and disciplined about my running workouts and I i know Squats will enhance my training and improve my performance, I just can’t do them regularly.
I might try a set or two once or twice a month, but it’s never really anywhere near the training stimulus my legs and glutes need to actually make a real improvement in strength. Despite knowing the benefits, how to do them, and how they would make me a better runner, I simply lack motivation.
So I was intrigued to hear about the Stealth Squat Trainer and app. Stealth Squat gamifies squat workouts, making fitting them into your regular routine much more fun. I decided to give it a whirl and see if it would make a difference.
What is the stealth squat?
Like a TRX or other suspension trainers, the Stealth Squat Trainer hangs from suspension straps attached to a door anchor. There are two handles that you grip on either side, like an elongated steering wheel.
The length of the tether is adjustable based on your height and door setup, and the ergonomic plastic part that you hold onto spins 360 degrees, which is part of the exercise challenge. A phone mount in the center adjusts to hold any smartphone, which you use to play games on connected apps.
How it works
To use the stealth squat, you hold the handles and then squat down, bending your knees and hips as you do with your hips back as you would normally do with a squat. I’ve been a certified personal trainer for 13 years at this point, and have found that training beginners to learn proper squat technique if they’ve never squatted—or worse, squatted but don’t know how to do it properly—can be difficult. Many people squat forward, allowing their knees to extend well beyond their toes, which can stress the knees and not really use the glutes, hamstrings, and quads effectively.
This is where the stealth squat really shines. Because it’s attached to the door, to really take the slack and use the trainer, you roughly have to do Sit with your hips back and squat properly, making your knee movements safer and more efficient overall.
Also, because you have to hold the device with tension, you’ll also work your shoulders and arms, which a normal bodyweight squat doesn’t. Thus, it makes squats more of a full body workout. I really felt my shoulders and lats (back muscles) working out the first few days I started using it.
The stealth squat in action
The Stealth Fitness app includes instructions on how to use the Stealth Squat and includes two games you can play with the trainer: Squat Runner and Skate Chaser. Both are video games where you control an avatar and avoid obstacles by doing full squats, squat pulses, or squats with core twists while trying to capture diamonds or other points.
I loved games, especially squat runner. The graphics are great and it made squat the way More enjoyable to do. In fact, I had so much fun playing the first day that the next morning I was so sore I had to walk sideways down the stairs. (For the record, I don’t recommend playing 12 minutes on day one if you’ve never squatted!)
The app keeps track of your top score and you can set it up to remind you to do your workout every day.
There are also core games, which I tried, didn’t realize you needed separate equipment for those. I tried jerry-rigging the squat trainer on the floor, but it didn’t really work. It’s too bad the same unit can’t be used for both.
Actually, my one gripe with the stealth squat is that it’s only useful for squats. Although squats are a very effective exercise, I like to be able to use the equipment for other exercises so that I don’t have to buy multiple products and take up space.
That said, the Stealth Squat does more than just promise to make squats more fun. Additionally, a major advantage is that the design makes it easier and more natural to perform squats correctly, making it a safe and effective training tool – especially for beginners.
Whether you’re like me and struggle to squat, or you’re not really sure if you’re doing them correctly, try stealth squats. Your glutes and legs will reward you for your efforts!
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