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Old 11-11-2010, 01:45 PM   #1
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Default Inversion tables - Worth it?

Looking at a way to do stretches, hanging situps/crunches, stuff like that.

No, I'm not paying for an overpriced Teeter Hangup. Not going to buy the $20 Chinese eBay table either. Something in the middle is probably what I'll go with.


Opinions? Anyone own one? You like it?
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Old 11-11-2010, 01:54 PM   #2
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Looking at a way to do stretches, hanging situps/crunches, stuff like that.

No, I'm not paying for an overpriced Teeter Hangup. Not going to buy the $20 Chinese eBay table either. Something in the middle is probably what I'll go with.


Opinions? Anyone own one? You like it?
I got one about 2 months ago and it is meh. You can't do hanging situps/crunches because it does not lock you in place upside down, but it does a pretty good job of stretching your back. I find inverting for 1 to 2 minutes is really relaxing too.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:42 PM   #3
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some models do allow you to lock it in place, you need to shop around.

you can also use a standard chin up bar and gravity boots-- they will last forever.
I still have the ones my father bought 20 years ago.

it's a great way to decompress after a hard day-- or to even for a quick refresh during your lunch hour.

in lieu of that, you can use a yoga ball-- it does make a difference.
you can do your semi inverted sit ups on the yoga ball too-- it helps with the muscle control and balancing
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:48 PM   #4
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I have a yoga ball, but the hardest part is finding anything around my apartment to allow me to anchor my feet. I was gonna use the edge of my sofa, then realized it's only half an inch off the floor. Failure. My bed is a platform bed, so no dice there either.
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Old 11-11-2010, 04:16 PM   #5
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I have a yoga ball, but the hardest part is finding anything around my apartment to allow me to anchor my feet. I was gonna use the edge of my sofa, then realized it's only half an inch off the floor. Failure. My bed is a platform bed, so no dice there either.
I have hardwood floors in my apartment, so I drilled a couple of small holes and anchored a strap there for my feet. When I move I'll glue some dowels into the holes, stain it and you'd never know they were there.

If you don't want something that permanent and you have one, use a weight bar to anchor your feet.
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Old 11-11-2010, 04:58 PM   #6
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Those tables are good for standing 69.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:01 PM   #7
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My neighbor got one a couple of months ago. I think he used it for 2 weeks. Now it only gets used when people are over there drinking.


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I'm going to suggest this to him, then never use it again.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:01 PM   #8
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^^ hahahaha. ^^

(order table. STAT.)
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:49 PM   #9
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I have a yoga ball, but the hardest part is finding anything around my apartment to allow me to anchor my feet. I was gonna use the edge of my sofa, then realized it's only half an inch off the floor. Failure. My bed is a platform bed, so no dice there either.
Don't anchor your feet
You're not supposed to be using your leg muscles during the sit up anyway
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:52 PM   #10
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Depends on your condition and health history. I use decompression every day in my office. But it's a table that doesn't hang you upside down bringing into play cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:56 AM   #11
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Depends on your condition and health history. I use decompression every day in my office. But it's a table that doesn't hang you upside down bringing into play cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

I think I'm familiar with the device, but I don't have a clear image in my head.


is this the one where the subject is strapped at the feet and has to hold onto something so traction can be applied?
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:17 PM   #12
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I think I'm familiar with the device, but I don't have a clear image in my head.


is this the one where the subject is strapped at the feet and has to hold onto something so traction can be applied?
we used to call that "the rack"

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Old 11-12-2010, 12:27 PM   #13
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I think I'm familiar with the device, but I don't have a clear image in my head.

is this the one where the subject is strapped at the feet and has to hold onto something so traction can be applied?
Torso and pelvis are in a harness. Pelvic strap is attached to a pulley system.

I call it the rack too.
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Torso and pelvis are in a harness. Pelvic strap is attached to a pulley system.

I call it the rack too.
To my slightly aching spine, is sounds like heaven. Not aching enough to go see anyone, just "not comfortably loose"


Oh and Q, that's ideal to not use your leg muscles, but when you're this fat, well... You take what you can do and work up from there.
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you can also use a standard chin up bar and gravity boots-- they will last forever.
I still have the ones my father bought 20 years ago.
i would pay dearly to see an animated gif of you hanging yourself upside down when the chinup bar rips out of the wall and you crash to the floor moaning and writhing
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is this the one where the subject is strapped at the feet and has to hold onto something so traction can be applied?
This

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i would pay dearly to see an animated gif of you hanging yourself upside down when the chinup bar rips out of the wall and you crash to the floor moaning and writhing
why would the bar rip out of the wall? it's no more weight than when you do chinups...
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why would the bar rip out of the wall? it's no more weight than when you do chinups...
But, you know that the odds of it falling are much better when you're hanging upside down. Cosmic humor.... hilarious.
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But, you know that the odds of it falling are much better when you're hanging upside down. Cosmic humor.... hilarious.
Well admittedly, if it's going to fail, it's more likely to do it when you can't just land on your feet.
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Mine looks like this. I've reduced disc herniations, warded off surgery for some patients, relieved more sciatic pain than I can remember, .... and I get reimbursed (maybe) $10 a treatment for that.
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Hmmm. So all I need is some slings and an electric winch you say? lol

That looks like it would be a very nice machine.
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Hmmm. So all I need is some slings and an electric winch you say? lol

That looks like it would be a very nice machine.
You are SOOO SouthEast NC...
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All you need is a horse and a rope.
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To my slightly aching spine, is sounds like heaven. Not aching enough to go see anyone, just "not comfortably loose"


Oh and Q, that's ideal to not use your leg muscles, but when you're this fat, well... You take what you can do and work up from there.
I'm fatter than you. I know it.


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Torso and pelvis are in a harness. Pelvic strap is attached to a pulley system.

I call it the rack too.
okay, I think we're on the same page.

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But, you know that the odds of it falling are much better when you're hanging upside down. Cosmic humor.... hilarious.
so true...

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Mine looks like this. I've reduced disc herniations, warded off surgery for some patients, relieved more sciatic pain than I can remember, .... and I get reimbursed (maybe) $10 a treatment for that.
looks like fun

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ahhh.. drawn and quartered... I think the first time I saw that was on faces of death when I was in the 3rd grade.
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my wife surprised me with an inversion table today. i've been having back problems for the past month or so (see "my back is killing me thread") and stretching out on one of these things is on the list of stuff to try.

it arrived fedex this morning and my retarded ass took about an hour to put it together while watching two guys garage.

first try on the table i could only stand it for like a minute or so. i don't care for the headrush feeling. it definitely stretches out the back though. when i went back to upright it actually hurt a bit as my spine realigned. i think i flipped too fast.

i don't have a ton of hope for the table - but maybe in combination with my stretching routine and spine-worx torture device- i'll eventually be back to normal
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