Best Inversion Tables Reviews Guide 2017

Looking for the best inversion table? We have got you covered with our inversion table reviews guide below.

What are Inversion Tables?

Inversion tables are exercise tables that are designed to allow the feet to be at a higher position than the head. Physical therapists and doctors usually recommend the use of inversion tables for patients suffering from back pain, because the inverted gravity effect stretches the vertebrae and provides relief. There are several manufacturers of inversion tables, and they come in different designs and sizes. Consequently, the cost varies across different brands based on their functionality and features. Some of the best inversion tables can also be used during workouts to exercise other parts of the body.

Benefits of Inversion Tables

Using inversion tables can provide all kinds of benefits. Some of the most well-known benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Safe abdominal exercises that can help strengthen the core and aid weight loss
  • Reducing stress headaches; this is attributed to blood pressure changes that you experience when you use the machine
  • Increased back flexibility and range of movement
  • Minimizes the effects of aging that result from gravity
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Reduced compression fatigue

Although there are many benefits to using inversion tables, you should practice caution when using the equipment. If an inversion table is not used as intended, it can result in spinal injury. Keep in mind that different brands claim to offer different benefits, so look out for one that meets your needs and requirements.

What to look for when buying an inversion table

Here are some features to look for to help choose the best inversion table for you:

  • Sturdiness/Durability – This is perhaps the most important feature to look for when choosing an inversion table. If you’re expecting to use an inversion table for years to come, invest in a model that is built to last.
  • Comfort – Be sure to get a smooth inversion table that guarantees you comfort and safety.
  • Weight limit – Pay attention to the weight limit for different tables, because exceeding them can be unsafe.
  • Ankle attachment – Ankle attachments hold you in place to the table, taking pressure off of your legs and lower back.
  • Quality of materials – Important to consider if you are going to spend significant time on the table. Tables with extra padding are ideal if you spend more than an hour at a time on the table.

Best Inversion Tables 2017

Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion Table

In our opinion, this inversion table is affordable and among the best inversion tables on the market. The Ironman Gravity 4000 has just about everything that the big names do except whistles and bells for a great price. Some of the Gravity 4000’s features include:

  • Sturdy construction
  • Non-skid stabilizers
  • Three inversion positions that let you determine the degree of inversion for optimal circulation of blood

Major specifications for Ironman Gravity 4000 are as follows:

  • Weight: 75 pounds
  • Maximum user weight: 350 pounds
  • Dimensions: 49x26x65 inches

This table comes with a 90-day warranty on parts and a one year warranty for the frame.


  • Quick folding that makes it easier to store with less space
  • Pivot bearings provide squeak-free smooth rotations
  • Enhanced safety handles help easily control inverting angles
  • Memory foam vinyl offers additional comfort


  • At 75 pounds, moving the table can be difficult
  • It is bulky

Teeter Hang Ups EP 560 Inversion Table

At a handy low price, we consider this inversion table among the best because it offers just about everything that people need in a table and it is very affordable. The manufacturer has a reputation of making high quality tables for over three decades. Key features of this table include:

  •  A solid and durable build
  • Auto-locking hinges for guaranteed safety
  • Eight adjustable acupressure massage nodes
  • Adjustable lumbar bridge
  • Grip and stretch handles
  • Add-on accessories
  • Accommodates heights between 4’8” and 6’8”

The specifications for this inversion table are: 

  • Weight: 65 pounds
  • Maximum user weight: 300 pounds
  • Dimensions: 60x28x58 inches
  • Five year warranty


  • It is adjustable to body size
  • Provides wider motion


  • Not ideal for people who weigh above 300 pounds

Health Mark Pro Max Inversion Therapy Table

We consider this inversion table model to be among the most expensive, but with good reason. It is designed to target professional therapists, and it has some extra features that include the following:

  • Six presets for inversion angles up to 180 degrees
  • Foam back supports
  • Cushioned face/headrest
  • Soft knee and thigh support
  • Comfortable front ankle and rear brackets
  • 25 height settings up to 6’6”

The specifications for this table are: 

  • Weight: 96 pounds
  • Maximum user weight: 600 pounds
  • Dimensions: 58x28x45 inches
  • One year warranty


  • Light, but sturdy frame
  • Has essential features
  • Smooth transitions


  • Assembly and use instructions are not clear
  • Cannot accommodate abdominal exercises

Body Champ IT8070 Inversion Therapy Table

This lightweight inversion table is affordable, yet does a good job. At a very affordable price, this table relieves pressure on the spinal cord, ligaments, and discs, as well as nerves. This table is adjustable and comes with a dual pin system that allows you to start slowly and increase the effects of gravity with time. Other features include:

  • Safety straps and locks
  • U-shaped handrails
  • Easy ankle adjustments
  • Foam rollers
  • Easy folding

The specifications for this table are: 

  • Weight: 50 pounds
  • Maximum user weight: 250 pounds
  • Dimensions: 55x29x58 inches
  • 90-day warranty on parts and one year warranty on frame


  • Easy to use


  • Not ideal for people with hip problems

In summary, inversion table therapy is an ideal form of treatment for providing back pain and headache relief. When purchasing an inversion table, it is important to pay attention, and know what you are looking for in a table. The best inversion tables have high functionality, lasting durability and a variety of features. Overall, the price for a quality inversion table will typically range between $100 and $1,000, with less costly models being manually operated. Be sure to check the features as well as weight and height limits before purchasing an inversion table.

2016s Most Inspirational Garage Gym Ideas

Garage gym ideas and setup

Building your very own garage gym can save thousands of dollars in gym membership fees and it’s a convenient place to work out. From selecting equipment, to DIY squat racks and home workout plans, this is the ultimate guide to building a garage gym.

Basic Garage Gym Equipment

There are three keys to selecting garage gym equipment:

  1. Space saving – Is it compact?
  2. Versatile – Can be used for more than one exercise
  3. Creativity – Can you build it or use an alternative instead of buy it?

Space is always an issue when it comes to garages. Avoid getting giant machines. Not only will these take up space, but they are uni-taskers and will be difficult to move. Uni-taskers can only perform one exercise, and thus their usefulness in your garage is limited. In a big box gym, they have the space for it. For you, a piece of equipment that can be used for dozens of exercises is much more valuable. Do you think Sandow had a fancy Leg Extension machine? Of course not! He squatted his ass off. And you should too.

Home and Garage Gym Must-Haves

There are a few pieces of must have equipment to get started.


First, you’re going to need a set of dumbbells. To save space and money, I’d recommend purchasing adjustable weights. Olympia sports and Dick’s Sporting Goods have a low-cost set of dumbbells with threaded bars. This allows you to adjust the weights by screwing a special nut on the end of the plates.

While this option is inexpensive, you have to have the patience to be able to swap them. It takes some time to screw the nut on because it has to go all the way down the threaded bar, which can totally kill your pump. Fortunately there are two alternative options for adjustable dumbbells.

The first is the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbell set. These are pretty cool in that all of the plates are attached to a special stand. You simply select the desired weight by twisting a dial, and then the weights that you aren’t using are left on the base!

Something I did notice about this though is that the dumbbells are very wide. The heavier weights are wider, whereas with normal dumbbells they simply get longer as you go up in weight. This limits your range of motion for some exercises such as dumbbell flyes or rear delt flyes.

The other drawback to these is that they are pretty expensive compared to the other kinds of adjustable dumbbells. However, when you figure out the math of purchasing traditional dumbbells, you’d need to buy 17 pairs which would cost more than $500. Plus, there’s the cost of getting a dumbbell rack. Those are surprisingly expensive because they are built out of solid steel in order to hold all of that weight. But, that’s the price you pay for convenience. They are definitely the fastest option for changing plates out of all of the adjustable dumbbells.

There are two varieties of SelectTech Dumbbells. The 1090 Dumbbells adjust from 10 to 90 pounds (duh) in 5lb increments. The other kind is Selecttech 552’s. A lightweight model, these adjust from 5 to 52.5 lbs. The first 25lbs are in 2.5 increments and the rest is in 5lb increments. The 552s cost $350. Keep in mind that the stand is not included for these, although it is not necessary. You could just use the base that’s included and pick the dumbells off of the floor.

Finally there are the traditional adjustable dumbells with clips. This is a nice in-between option. They are much faster than the screw on weights, but are limited in how big you can go. For example, you wouldn’t be able to safely add a 35lb plate to a dumbell with clips. However, there is another big advantage to using these. The plates are interchangeable with our next essential piece of home gym equipment: an adjustable barbell.


This might be the most manly piece of equipment in your garage next to the socket wrench set and lawn mower. The classic adjustable barbell is an extremely versatile piece of home gym equipment. Here are some of the olympic exercises that you can perform with it:

  • Deadlift
  • Barbell Row
  • Overhead Press
  • Clean & Jerk

Not to mention isolation exercises like front raises, one-armed press (or corner press), ab rollouts and shrugs. Add a squat rack and an adjustable bench to double the amount of exercises you can do with a barbell like:

  • Flat bench press
  • Incline press
  • Decline press
  • Front Squat
  • Back Squat
  • Hack Squat
  • Rack pulls


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Commercial gyms will use olympic plates and barbells. They stand up better to the abuse of heavy use and can safely support more weight than their skinny standard brethren. They are also easier to grip for people with bigger hands and you will never outgrow them. Standard barbells are lighter and less expensive. For these reasons, standard barbells could make more sense if you are a female lifter or someone who is just getting started.


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As we see above, an adjustable bench combined with dumbbells or a barbell can really open up the possibilities of your workouts. Make sure your bench has both straight up, incline, flat, and decline settings. A mistake that I made was purchasing an adjustable bench that lacked a foot attachment. Without this, I was straining my back to prevent myself from sliding off the bench. I probably should have gotten injured from this silly attempt at frugality.

In reality, it would have cost a lot more in medical bills if I did get injured. So, you’re better off springing the few extra bucks for a bench with the foot extensions. Having them also means you can do decline ab situps. Here are some of the other possible exercises that a bench ads to your repertoire:

  • Incline / Decline Chest Press
  • Dumbbell Rows
  • Seated Shoulder Press
  • Seated Lateral Raise
  • Incline Dumbbell Curls
  • Seated Spider Curls
  • Incline or Flat Dumbbell Fly
  • Seated Reverse Fly
  • Decline Situps
  • Tricep Dips
  • Step Ups
  • “Box” Jumps
  • Overhead Raise
  • Seated Tricep Raise


Cardiovascular equipment such as exercise bikes, ellipticals, treadmills and rowing machines can get fairly expensive for decent-quality models. So long as you are somewhat-fit and don't suffer from joint pain, the reality with cardiovascular exercise is that nothing beats going for a jog. You can save yourself hundreds by pounding te pavement over buying a piece of cardio equipment.

In saying that, if you have the funds available,


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Even if you’re on a really tight budget, there’s still hope! Here are some ideas for Do It Yourself (DIY) equipment, that might already be in your garage. Use these to build a cheap home gym.

  • Two milk jugs filled with water
  • Paint buckets
  • Tractor tires
  • Bricks or cinder blocks
  • Sandbags
  • Weight vest or jacket filled with rocks
  • Backpack w/ books



Exercising Abdominals On Exercise Ball

They are cheap but are borderline uni-tasker. You can do decline sit-ups, exercise ball sit ups, and chest press on them.


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I bought some rubber gym mats because I didn’t want to damage the floors when dropping or placing weights down. You should especially consider this if you’re using heavy weights or don’t have rubber weights. Cracks in your garage floor could be very expensive to fix when the time comes to sell your place or move out. The cost to cover your bench area is about $30, though you may want more in order to fit a barbell or dumbbell set. Most home gym flooring is easy to expand upon as you add equipment. Look for the puzzle piece mats that interlocks and allow for future expansion.


This is a cheap add-on that allows you to really target the lats without an expensive lat pulldown machine. In addition, some bars can also be used for push-ups and tricep dips! There are a few types of pull-up bars. Avoid the kind that twists to increase the length of the bar. They are dangerous and can easily slip out of the frame over time. A better option is the kind that uses your own weight to hold it in place of the door frame. Make sure you measure your door frame before purchasing a pull-up bar. Some door frames are too wide or narrow for the bar to fit properly.


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It’s no secret that constant tension training is effective at building muscle. One of the best ways you can do this is by using cables. However, for the typical garage cable machines are clunky and take up a ton of space. Exercise bands are a lightweight, cheap alternative. Some resistance band sets like the one by Black Mountain Sports even have door anchors for flies and rows!


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There isn't much that feels better than a good massage. What feels slightly even better is when it doesn't cost you a penny. Foam rolling has increased in popularity over recent years because it is a fantastic, low cost way to stretch your muscles and literally roll away the aches and pains. Your foam roller will be one of the least expensive items in your home gym set-up, but it'll be one of the best investments you can make.


Wooden squat racks can be built for as little as $150-$200. Building your own squat rack has two main advantages. The most obvious advantage is that it’s cheaper than buying one. Second, commercial power racks tend to be really tall, and might not fit in your garage. You may want to consider purchasing a steel power rack if you plan on doing some really heavy lifting. They’re simply much stronger and more durable than the homemade wood versions. The total time to build a DIY squat rack is 4-5 hours.

dyi squat rack

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Here’s what you’ll need to build one:
  • Safety/Pull Up Bars
  • Power Drill w/ Wood Boring Bit
  • 2x6 lumber
  • 2x4 lumber
  • Plumbing parts: end caps, washers, 4" pipe, 45 degree street elbow
  • 5" & 3" wood screws
Home Workout Plans

The best home workout plan for you is really going to depend on your goals and home gym budget. Here are a few examples:

Home Bodyweight Workout

You don’t necessarily need to buy a bunch of equipment for your home gym. There are plenty of exercises you can do with just your body. Here is an example full body home workout:

  • 3 sets of 15-20 Pushups
  • 3 sets of 12-15 Situps
  • 3 sets of 8-10 tricep dips (on the side of stairs or a box)
  • 3 sets of planks for 20 seconds each
  • 3 sets of 5-8 Burpees
  • 3 sets of 5-8 box jumps
  • 3 sets of horizontal rows (you can use a table for these as shown in the video below)
At Home Workout Plan

This home workout plan requires you to buy a basic set of weights, dumbbells, a barbell, pull-up bar and an adjustable bench.

Push Day
  • Dumbbell flat chest press 3 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Dumbbell chest fly 3 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Dumbbell incline chest press 3 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Diamond Pushups 3 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Tricep Dips (on the bench) 3 sets of 10-12
  • Overhead Dumbbell Tricep Extension 4 sets of 8-10
Pull Day
  • Barbell Rows 3 sets of 5 reps
  • Pull up Bar 3 sets of 6-10 reps
  • Dumbbell Overhead Pulls 4 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Barbell Bicep Curls 3 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Dumbbell Hammer Curls 3 sets of 8-10 reps
Legs & Abs
  • Dumbbell or Goblin Squats 3 sets of 8-10
  • Box Jumps 3 sets of 5-10
  • Barbell Calf Raises 3 sets of 10-12
  • Dumbbell Lunges 3 sets of 10-12
  • 3 sets of 12-15 Situps
  • 3 sets of planks for 20 seconds each

Whether you’re building the ultimate garage gym or just working out on a budget, there are so many alternatives to commercial gyms. From bodyweight exercises to push and pull routines, you can hit every muscle group from the convenience of your own home. Just remember: the best garage gym ideas are space saving, versatile, and creative.