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Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion Table Review

inversiontable3The IronMan Gravity 4000 Inversion Table is a solid investment made from quality materials. With over 1800 reviews on Amazon alone, it has really been around the block. Most say the table is one of the best investments they’ve ever made. Are they right? Find out here.

When Ironman came out as a company, critics called it another fly-by-night company. They called the products bulky and difficult to use. Since then, they have shown solid progress as a business. Moreover, a large number of people have been able to experience their products first hand. The truth is simple. They make solid products, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

The Ironman Gravity 4000 inversion table is one of their products. Ironman sets high standards for their products. Athletes don’t become famous because they’re in shape. Anyone can be in shape, yet not be an athlete. Athletes become famous because of what they strive for. People like watch others overcome mental and physical obstacles. The wonderful thing about being an athlete is you don’t have to be a spectator. You can participate in the action.

An inversion table does exactly what the name implies. After you strap yourself in, you invert yourself. As you rotate, you hang upside down by your feet. Why would someone want to do this? I’m glad you asked.

Your central nervous system resides in your spine. It is also home to your vertebrae, where some of the strongest bones in your body are. Connecting these vertebrae bones are discs. These are pads that keep your bones from rubbing against each other. Without these discs, our existence would be quite a painful one. We find relief when we go to bed, but that’s often not enough. When you use an inversion table, you are reversing the effects of gravity on your spine and offering some much-needed relief to your back.

IronMan Fitness

ironmanIronMan knows athletes. They know what they face in their quest to overcome the impossible. The beautiful thing about inversion tables is you don’t have to be an athlete to use one. In fact, you’re not running, jumping, or lifting weights. This is a relief tool offered to more than just triathlon athletes.

The first place any red-blooded American goes to when they want to find out more about a company is their About Us web page. This is the page that usually tells use more about the business and possibly the people behind it. I didn’t find that to be the case here. They have good products, but who are they?

Interestingly enough, I found a bit more information on their Contact page. I didn’t find a published address by them, but I did find a telephone number. It wasn’t toll-free; it had an area code. That pointed me to Pasadena, California. I still had trouble, so I looked at Paradigm Health and Wellness Inc.—while IronMan’s website only said they partnered with them, it appears they are owned by Paradigm. Another quick Google search and I found their address. Honestly, this should not have been this hard. It felt like they are hiding behind a corporate wall. They lose points for this. Not much, but I do feel it should have been easier for a company that sets such high standards for quality.

What to Expect/How It Works

The box came well-packed, with no damaged parts. It did take some assembly, but the instructions were clear and easy to understand. This is a heavy-duty table with the ability to support heights up to 6’8” with a sizable weight limit of 350 lbs. That puts them at the top of the list for heavier people because most other tables can’t handle that much.

I would not suggest moving this machine once it is set up. It is heavy, bulky, and while it does fold, it doesn’t fold easily. However, it looks to be of commercial grade or higher, and for the price, a mere $200, you’re getting quite a deal. As a big guy, my “normal wear and tear” on a product equates to someone else abusing it. I’m rough on my stuff. As a result, I require things that are of higher quality. Besides, I think you will agree. “I want something of inferior quality that will cost me a fortune,” said no one ever.

You will want to set it up in its final resting place. This baby is heavy, and once it’s put together, it will take more than one person to move it, unless you take it apart again, and who wants to do that? Raise your hand…no one? I thought so.

It’s a quality machine with vinyl covered foam. This one is unique because it has lumbar support. While it’s not the only one with lumbar support, it is one of the few—not all of them have it. Amazon’s product comparison says it goes to 6’6”, but the adjustments on the machine go up to 6’8”. Most people aren’t that tall, so it won’t be something to fret over.

What Others Have Said

Some people have complained about the foot rollers. See, when you use this machine, you will essentially be hanging upside down by your ankles. The mechanics of the machine need to hold onto your ankles for your own safety. While some people have complained about the discomfort they experienced, other have rebutted them. They warn you to wear shoes when you first start out. After a few weeks of using it every day, they find it quite comfortable to go barefoot without discomfort. Give it some time. The benefits of the machine need to be experienced to be understood.

What to Watch Out For

The machine is heavy. When you put it together, have a helping hand available, and put it together in the room where you plan on using it. It doesn’t fold quickly. It is not designed to be transported from room to room on a daily basis.

You will need some adjusting time for your feet. Wear comfortable shoes when you first start out with this table. When you start inverting, don’t overdo it.

Buying Advice

IronMan is everywhere. Both Amazon and WalMart sell it for a reasonable price. I recommend Amazon. It’s large, heavy and something you don’t want to carry in your vehicle alone. UPS drivers have the trucks and training to transport boxes of this size.

Conclusion

This is one of the best investments you can make. As far as inversion tables go, this table is at the perfect intersection of price and benefits—an excellent value. It’s not a $400 table. It’s half that price, plus it’s a heavy duty table. This table comes highly recommended. Get yours here.

Exerpeutic Comfort Foam Inversion Table Review

experpeuticomfortThe Exerpeutic Comfort Foam Inversion Table has all the benefits of inversion therapy without the over-the-top price tag. Does it hold up as a strong competitor or does it sink by the wayside? Draw your conclusions here.

Inversion therapy is easily one of the best things to help your back, whether or not you’re distraught with back problems. In fact, many people who use it don’t have back problems. They want to use it because it feels good to force gravity to work with your back rather than against it. What is inversion therapy, and how does it help people?

Inversion therapy is the art of hanging upside down—literally. Approach the table, strap yourself in, and slowly but surely start tilting yourself upside down. It is a natural approach to frequent back pain and soreness without any surgery or pills.

When you are upright, gravity works against your back, pushing the top of your body down. In between each vertebra in your back, you have small round pieces of cartilage called “discs.” These disks continually take the brunt of the pressure and keep your bones from rubbing against each other. When you lie down horizontally on a bed, you are giving your back relief from this downward pressure. If you’re on your feet all day, in retail, construction, or even in the medical field, you know what a relief it is to lay down after a long day at work.

Inversion tables take this horizontal relief principle one step further and allow gravity to work for you instead of against you. When you are inverted, you’re not horizontal. Your feet are in the air, and your head is towards the ground. It’s one of those unusual things you have to experience for yourself. Once you do, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

Paradigm Health & Wellness

paradingm-helthParadigm does it again with Exerpeutic Fitness. I say “again” because they are the parent brand behind Exerpeutic, and they own other brands, like IronMan Fitness. IronMan Fitness is a big-box brand of fitness equipment. They are located in Industry City, California. Their parent company was quite easy to find on their website, along with an address, a local telephone number, and a toll-free phone number. IronMan seems to be a bigger name with Exerpeutic being a competitor, but in reality, Paradigm Health & Wellness owns and operates both of them.

It’s a wonder how powerful a name is, with IronMan and IronKids appearing to compete with themselves. I can go to a gym and mention IromMan, and everyone knows who I’m talking about, while if I say Exerpeutic, hardly anyone will have heard of the name. I suppose this is why IronMan commands higher prices—this table from Exerpeutic is half the price of a comparable one that carries the IronMan name.

What to Expect/How It Works

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this machine was to put together. It is well constructed. It feels thick—more like a heavy-duty table than a midrange one. At just over $100, I don’t think I can find another table this well-constructed at this price—an incredible value.

I wish there were more to the foot rollers. On any inversion table, when you are inverted at any angle, the machine grabs you by the ankles to keep you from sliding down and hitting your head on the ground. No inversion table has straps to hold you in—that would defeat the purpose of inversion tables by putting weight on the straps holding you in, rather than letting your back get a good well-deserved and well-needed stretch in while you’re in the inverted position.

The foot rollers, while comfortable, provide a bit of a safety hazard. I feel I can’t completely relax my legs because I feel that I’m going to fall. It is natural for your feet to lift slightly off the foot rest. With this one, while you won’t fall if used correctly, it won’t lock down on my ankles, providing me with a piece of mind that I won’t be slipping down and hitting my head

It took between 10 – 15 minutes to put together. I weigh in at 250lbs. I’m not exactly what you might call petite. I’m a big, clumsy ogre. This machine is rated at 300lbs max, and it held me quite well. I would recommend a pair of padded socks and good sneakers before you start inverting with this table.

What Others Have Said

If I ignore the actual inversion therapy, and how people think it’s the next best thing to sliced bread, we can find out what others think about this machine.

Others feel the same way I do about the foot support. One guy felt that the inversion strap was a bit cheap as it “gave” a bit while he was on the machine. We found a fix online where someone replaced the strap with an automotive tie-down that supports in excess of 500lbs. We went to go get one (there’s a WalMart just around the corner) and found that it felt a lot safer.

I read a review that said that he felt he had to use his own tools rather the ones that came in the box. Honestly, I did the same thing, but not for the same reason. While he felt the provided tools were inadequate, I did it because I like my tools.

It folds up nice and flat when it’s not in use. When you store it against the wall, it’s not in the way at all.

What to Watch Out For

Watch how you use the device. The machine won’t lock around your ankles—your feet will slide into place and from there, you need to use your judgment. If you wear thick, padded socks and a good pair of tennis shoes, you should be okay. The ankle supports won’t let you fall unless you really try to break free.

The bolts are soft and prone to stripping easily. If you intend on using this machine long-term (who wouldn’t?), then I suggest buying steel replacements.

Beyond that, it’s a great little machine.

Buying Advice

While most people love their inversion table, this isn’t always the case. Unless you enjoy lugging this around in your vehicle, then I suggest purchasing this one at Amazon—of course, I always recommend them.

They have a coveted, world-class customer support team. If, for any reason, you wanted to return it, you can—if you buy from them. I’m sure other places will do the same thing, but not as easy as Amazon will.

Conclusion

For the price, this is the best table I have ever reviewed. It doesn’t have every single bell and whistle you might find on a $400 machine, but at a mere quarter of the average price, you’ll find a machine that is built to last. Inversion therapy has to be experienced to be appreciated.

 

Body Champ IT8070 Inversion Table Review

bodychampThe Body Champ IT8070 Inversion Table makes inversion a walk in the park. It is almost entirely hands-free. As one of the cheaper models, is it able to compete toe-to-toe against some of the heavyweight tables? Discover the truth for yourself.

Inversion tables are some of the most impressive machines ever invented. You know that feeling you get when you lay down on your bed for a really good whole-body stretch, confident that the bed won’t let you fall? Yeah—inversion therapy is a bit like that. They have the ability to counteract the effects of gravity, elongating your spine for some much-needed relief. Inversion table therapy can help with a myriad of common back problems, from severe injuries and incurable bone conditions to just being sore after a long day at work.

The table works quite literally by inverting you. As you lay on the table with your feet strapped in securely, you tilt backward. Your feet are in the air while your head is towards the ground. As you tilt back, you begin to feel the effect immediately. Pressure you didn’t even know you had begins to release itself, and you’re left in a serene state of relaxation.

Body Champ enters the arena with a table of their own. This isn’t a heavyweight table—it only holds 250lbs. Most people don’t reach that weight, making it perfect for most people. One of the unique aspects of this table is how you become inverted. Once your feet are secure, the inversion happens naturally. Lift your hands above your head and you’ll feel yourself becoming inverted.

Most people don’t stay inverted for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, but because it is drug-free and works on the principles of gravity, you feel the effects immediately. It has two over-molded pull bars for when you’re ready to be right side up again.

Inversion tables are attractive because they are drug-free. The effects are felt immediately, and once you own it, you don’t need to worry about expensive therapy ever again. That makes inversion tables worth a $400 price tag alone—but you don’t need to pay that to be the proud owner of one. In fact, this one is a quarter of that, sitting pretty at $114.

Hupa International

bodyflexIt had taken some digging before I found the parent company of Body Champ. Body Champ is a BodyFlex brand owned by Hupa International. They are not upfront about it—I found out through third-party sources. Once I found the parent website, BodyFlex was featured, but Body Champ was not. The easiest way to find a parent company is to search for customer service of the brand in question. It feels like they are hiding. I don’t know why they would make it so difficult if they have such a good product.

They are headquartered out of Walnut, California, with Corporate Marketing and Sales offices in Grapevine, Texas. They do urge you to call their customer support number toll-free if you experience any issues with their equipment at 1-888-266-6789. I would like to know more about the company, but I could find nothing more than a mission statement on their About Us page.

What to Expect/How It Works

The assembly of the machine didn’t take long—about 30 minutes. The parts felt a bit cheap, and I’m inclined to go to my hardware store around the corner to buy better quality nuts and bolts. You will need a socket wrench set to put this together.

Once together, wedge your feet in place, then raise your hands above your head. The position of the table is dependent upon the position of your arms. If you lower your arms to your side, the table will flip you right side up. If you need help, the over-molded handlebars on each side will help you get back into position.

It’s not a heavy-duty model. The weight limit is 250lbs max, and that’s pushing it with me. I weighed this thing at just under 50lbs, so folding it up and putting it away was quick and easy. The feet rollers are barely adjustable. I recommend wearing padded socks with a good pair of sneakers with a thick tongue on them. Otherwise, at least for me, you might experience some soreness on the top of your feet. I didn’t feel too sturdy on it, but that’s because I’m a big guy. We tried it with a few other people who were smaller by comparison, and they say they had no problem with feeling safe while on the machine.

What Others Have Said

With an Amazon rating of 4.4 stars out of a possible 5, it appears that people like it. I know I do—the same goes for the people who tried it to write this review. Most reviews on inversion tables are positive because of the relief they can bring people. That being said, this is not the table you will find in your chiropractor’s office. It is basic. It does the job, but people feel it could have been made out of higher quality materials.

For the money—just over $100—the table is perfect. You get what you pay for with this one. If you want one with better bells and whistles, then go with a more expensive brand. However, this table does the inversion job perfectly, so why pay more than you really need? You’re the only one using it, and you’re not on it all day every day. If used correctly, you’re only on it for a few minutes at a time, either daily or when you experience pain.

What to Watch Out For

Don’t overdo it. If you’re like most people, you haven’t hung upside down since you were in grade school. If you feel a head rush, don’t panic. This is normal. Know and respect your limits.

If you don’t adjust the ankles just right, the top of your feet might be sore after using this table. It is perfectly normal to have your heels lift off the footrest while you’re inverted—after all, you’re hanging upside down. It may take a few instances of trial and error to get it right for your feet.

Buying Advice

This inversion table, like many others, is offered by WalMart, Amazon, Kmart, and several other outlets. While the price is comparable, don’t buy it from anyone than Amazon. I say this for many reasons. Other than their awesome customer service and impeccable return policy, it is delivered to your house. Unless you have a truck or SUV, and you enjoy lugging around large items, then leave it to UPS to deliver to your door. UPS drivers are trained on how to handle large packages, plus they have the trucks to handle it.

Conclusion

For the money, you can’t beat this table. It is of perfect value without leaving your wallet empty. It is small enough for apartments, yet sturdy enough to be the perfect addition to a home gym. You need to feel the effect for yourself. Inversion tables are amazing little machines.

Get yours here.

Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 Inversion Table Review

teeterhangThe Teeter Hang Ups is making its rounds across the chiropractic world. Many are swearing by it, saying it helps them in ways nothing else can. Does it stand on solid ground? Uncover the truth here.

The human back is a delicate machine. When it’s well oiled, its ability sets us apart from other members of the animal kingdom. When it’s not, it can hinder our day-to-day activities in such a way as to make them impossible.

Back pain is serious. We have soft discs between each vertebra that allow us to move the way we do. Upon hearing “ruptured disc”, do you cringe? You should. It means the disc is damaged. People often turn to pain medication to deal with lower back pain, but they are only making a symptom of pain more manageable. Your body is one of the most complex on the planet. When your body is in pain, perhaps you should listen to it rather than numb the symptom.

All too often will a physician prescribe some sort of pain medication to deal with back pain than to deal directly with the problem. They take the medication, then go out and dance the two-step. The reply comes back to the physician, “Yeah Doc! The drug works great! I can do what I want now!” What they don’t realize is by covering up the pain rather than dealing with it, their back will get worse without you knowing about it. Not more than six months of constant abuse, that person ends up with a ruptured disc. The patient is now in surgery with no clue why this happened.

Don’t be that person. Ignorance is bliss—so they say. What you don’t know won’t hurt you, right? Wrong. Knowledge isn’t power. It is potential power. It’s difficult to justify a poor decision when you know better.

So what makes Teeter Hang Ups stand out from the crowd? It is an inversion table—one of those tables that allow you to hang upside down to stretch in ways you can never accomplish when you’re standing right side up. There are a couple of things I look for when I see an inversion table. One, I’m a big guy who can be rough on his stuff. I look for quality above all else. I want to know if the table can stand up to my abuse. I don’t want to be delicate with the table. While I don’t go around breaking my things, I don’t wish to feel like I’m walking on eggshells, either.

Roger Teeter – The Man Behind the Vision

rober-teeterRoger Teeter couldn’t have played on his name any better. Inversion tables are like teeter-totters from childhood playgrounds. He invented this machine and put plenty of thought and effort into it. He may be a television icon now, but his journey started from back pain. He started his company in 1981. He is not just a spokesperson for the business—he is the man behind it all.

That says a lot if you consider that he staked his name on the success of his company. If his product failed, his name would be forever tainted. A name is one of the most precious commodities people have. Most people don’t go into business with the intentions of “settling.” Instead, most people go into business—with their name to top it off—because they want to be the best at something. They want to make it to the top. You can’t do that without some sort of passion for what you do. Roger Teeter did that perfectly. For me, putting your face and name on a product you invented is all the credibility someone needs.

What to Expect/How It Works

As an inversion table, its use is intermittent. Gravity is working against our spines from the day we are born. Humans are bipeds—meaning we walk upright on two feet. That leaves the full force of gravity to work on our spines. The only relief we have is when we are horizontal on our beds.

In fact, it is this principle that makes the Teeter work so well. Did you know that you grow by a few centimeters ever night? It’s true. The reason we don’t see it is because gravity presses down on our spine every day. When we are horizontal, the pressure is taken off. This means our discs have a chance to expand.

This inversion table takes this concept a step further. By hanging upside down for just a few minutes each day, we are undoing the damage done by gravity. There are no painkillers to take, no surgery, and no significant medical bills. If you were to take care of your back, this is one of the best ways you can do just that.

One of the impressive features of this machine is how easy it is to set it up. I thought there would be more screws and more complicated instructions. I was pleasantly surprised to find only ten screws are needed:

  • Two screws for each handle = four screws
  • Two screws for each of the oversized handle guards = four screws
  • Two screws for the support bar on the underside of the table = two screws

Everything else clicks and locks into place. If you’re not flexible, you might have a hard time reaching your ankles. The table has to lock your ankles in place for you to be in any inverted position. Any table would be an ultimate failure if the table is unable to grab your ankles and you hit the ground headfirst. They have what they call Over-EZ handles to make it easy for you to grasp the machine. New users will be grateful for this, but it’s not just for them. Experienced users will find new angles to stretch comfortably with these handles.

The table comes with a special strap embroidered with colored lines to make some of the most common inversion angles easy to set up. One line is at 20º, the next at 40º, and the third at 60º. If you want a full inversion (hanging upside down), remove the strap completely.

The last thing I’d like to mention is how it folds up quickly. It’s not as bulky or as heavy as I thought it might be. I have a linen closet in my hallway I usually use for coats, and I find that it fits in there perfectly.

What Others Have Said

Even if you are not distraught with back pains, this is an excellent fitness table. It helps you stretch in ways you didn’t think were possible. Most people are happy with the value of the machine—in other words, you get what you pay for.

Some people said it even helped with discomfort they weren’t even aware they had. I’ve found people from all walks of life, whether they sit in an office chair all day long or are on their feet. Every one of them has been amazed at the level of comfort and relief this offers. It’s not hard to see why. The very principle that makes this work so well is gravity.

What to Watch Out For

The worst thing I found about this advice is that it lacks a locking mechanism at the full 90º inversion level. I haven’t found safety or complexity to be an issue. Furthermore, the feet are padded in such a way as to make it safe for every type of floor from soft wood and linoleum to hard tile.

Buying Advice

Always buy from Amazon. At least, that’s what I tell people. They have a great customer service team with great customer service. They set the customer service standard other companies try to match. If it was damaged during delivery or you want to return it for any reason, Amazon has your back.

This machine comes with a 5-year limited warranty against defects.

Conclusion

To really discover the benefits of the Teeter Hang Ups EP-950, you need to experience it for yourself. You owe yourself that much. At $400, you get a machine that will give you a lifetime of relief. This table comes highly recommended. Get yours here.