In this post, I will go over the Innova Fitness ITX9800, an interesting inversion table option. This is a pretty basic inversion table, with one unique feature that you don’t typically see. If you are in the market for a way to deal with back pain, please keep reading as I outline this inversion table.
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Inversion tables offer the ability to use gravity to your advantage in the fight against back pain. By inverting, you are helping to take pressure off of the discs in your back. Inverting helps to elongate the spine and allows the discs to recover.
I have dealt with back problems most of my adult life, and I use an inversion table to help with chronic sciatica.
Whether you sit a lot during the day, and have tight lower back muscles, or you are dealing with a more severe problem, an inversion table may be able to provide some pain relief.
If you have tried other methods of dealing with back pain and have not found success, ask your doctor if using an inversion table might be right for you.
That said, let’s get into this review
Product: Innova Fitness ITX9800 Inversion Therapy Table
Rating: 75 out of 100
Company: Innova Health and Fitness
Dimensions: 46 inches D x 28 inches W x 63 inches H
Product weight: About 55 pounds
User height: 4’10” to 6’6”
User weight limit: 300 pounds
The backrest is particularly unique with this inversion table. First off, the backrest is a vinyl covered, padded foam table for exceptional comfort. This provides a large area to lay on.
The headrest is adjustable, something you don’t find in a lot of inversion tables. You have the option of three different positions for the headrest, which is great for finding just the right spot to lay your head.
This particular table has another distinct feature built into the backrest, straps, or a harness if you will. At first, I was not sure about this feature, but I do think it’s an interesting addition. Where I think this is useful is for people who have not inverted before, it can provide you with a secure fit so you won’t feel like you are going to fall off the table.
The straps are also meant to help take some of the pressure off your ankle region, which supports your body weight while you are inverted.
I am not sure if these straps are essential, as you could just invert at a lesser angle and work your way to a greater angle. Companies are always trying to gain an edge, so maybe that’s what this is all about.
Ankle locking system
This unit from Innova has a pretty basic locking system for your ankles. This is one of the areas I think is really important on an inversion table, and I will tell you why in a moment.
You step onto a footrest when you are ready to use your inversion table. On this model, the footrest height is not adjustable. Padded, U-shaped cups secured your lower legs onto the inversion table.
The mechanism that fastens your ankles in place is done via a locking pin, which is attached to a handle. This handle is also what you pull up to release your ankles when you are done inverting. Unfortunately, this unit has a short handle requires more bending over.
If you have ever suffered a back injury, as I have, bending over is not always an easy task. This is the crucial aspect I eluded to earlier.
I am sure most people are okay with the short handle on the ankle locking system, but if you have trouble bending over due to complications with your back, this is something you may want to watch out for. You may need to look for a table with a longer, or more extended handle.
Okay, that is my rant on that.
User height adjustment
The ITX9800 again has a very basic height adjustment for individual users. You remove the locking pin from underneath the backrest and adjust to your height. There are incremental markings on the shaft that should make this easy.
Now, you may have to make slight adjustments based on your center of gravity. You should always be able to move up and down, in and out of inversion, using your arm movements. There are foam covered handles to help you up if you need it, but ideally, you should be able to return upright by moving your arms.
If you have trouble returning upright using your arms, you may need to adjust the height setting up or down by an inch.
Inversion angle adjustment
You will have six angles of inversion to choose from with this table. Simply choose from 15, 30, 45, 60, or 85 degrees and use the pin selector to find the right fit for you. This method is pretty foolproof and is very easy to use.
The only downside is you are limited to these six angles, so if you want to invert at 22.5 degrees, you are out of luck. This system probably works for most people. The alternative that other tables use is a tether strap adjustment, which allows you to make micro adjustments to the angle.
This is just my two cents, but I thought it is worth noting how this angle selector system works compared to the other style.
My special tip
Well, here it is, it’s time for my special advice on using inversion tables. This is a super-secret that I am letting you in on. Wear shoes when you invert. This makes the experience so much more comfortable and dare I say enjoyable.
I have tried the barefoot method, and it hurts. I tried using towels around the foot/ankle area, and that still hurts, especially the higher the angle. Anyway, the reason I used to try barefoot is that I was in pain and had trouble bending over to put my shoes on.
So, that is my tip of the day, wear shoes when you invert.
- Pretty lightweight inversion table
- I really don’t know that you need the straps to hold you in place
- You are paying extra for the harness
- This model does not have an extended handle for the ankle lock mechanism
Storing your inversion table
Okay, so my take on storing an inversion table is pretty simple. Fold the inversion table up and lean it against a wall. The table does not lay flat and in my experience, putting it under a bed is not an easy task.
My wife and I used to store my table under the bed, but it required me taking off the backrest, and she would lift up a side of the bed, and then I would slide everything underneath. Then reverse that process when I actually wanted to use it. What a pain! Especially true if you are recovering from a back injury, or your back hurts.
Yes, the table will fold up, but my advice is to use the table in an area where you can just fold it up and lean it against a wall. It’s so much easier to access and use this way. Ideally, a basement or an office in your home is an excellent place to set up shop.
Assembling your inversion table
Assembly is pretty straightforward, but I would recommend having someone help you. The parts for the inversion table can be awkward and cumbersome, so a helper is great to have.
You can put it together yourself, it’s just easier to have help. I found this to be the case when I was recovering from an injury, trying to build my table.
Paying for assembly is also an option, if you really don’t want to do it yourself, or are not able to do so.
Conclusion: Innova Fitness ITX9800
Well, this inversion table is not on the top of my list, as you may be able to tell. I am really not sure the harness is all that great like I said, you can use a lower angle of inversion to start out and then you really don’t need the harness.
I do believe you are paying extra for the harness as well and there are better options available.
I do believe the table is well built and it, of course, will provide the essential function which is for you to hang upside down.
If you would like more information or are interested in purchasing this table, please click here. For the price, I believe you can pay just a bit more and get the Ironman Inversion Table Gravity 4000 which I feel is a better value.
Interested in checking out other inversion table options? Please check out my post, Best Inversion Tables for Back Pain. I have outlined a lot of other tables there.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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