In this post, I would like to review the budget-friendly Innova ITX9600 Heavy Duty Inversion Table. We will take a look at the features and benefits of this inversion table and see if it might be a good fit for you.
Inversion therapy is one way to treat back pain. I have used an inversion table for several years as a way to deal with chronic sciatica. Some people use an inversion table to stretch out tight or sore muscles.
Inversion uses gravity to your advantage which can help realign your spine and take pressure off of your discs, giving them a chance to recover. By elongating the spine while inverted, you can give your back a much-needed break.
If you suffer from back pain, whether its muscle soreness or a more severe issue like a herniated disc, speak to your doctor and find out if an inversion table might be a good option for you.
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Well, without further ado, let’s take a look at this inversion table from Innova Fitness.
Product: Innova ITX9600 Heavy Duty Inversion Table
Rating: 90 out of 100
Company: Innova Health and Fitness
Dimensions: 46 inches D x 28 inches W x 63 inches H
Product weight: About 50 pounds
User height: 4’10” – 6’6”
User weight limit: 300 pounds
The backrest, where you actually lay down is a comfortable foam-covered table. A nice bonus on this table is the movable headrest. The headrest pad is adjustable to three different positions so you can find just the right fit. This is a feature not found in many inversion tables.
Ankle support system
To me, the ankle support system is significant on an inversion table. This is what is holding your body weight while you are inverted. You want to be comfortable and secure.
For starters, this unit comes with an adjustable height footrest so you can move set the footrest exactly where you need it. People are different heights, so being able to adjust the foot height is a nice feature.
Another unique feature is you can choose from two options with the reversible ankle holding system. There are two U-shaped holders and two foam rollers.
You have the option to set the table up with the U-shaped holders in front of your ankles, and the foam on the back, or the other way around. This reversible ankle system allows you to customize the fit.
The locking mechanism leaves a little to be desired in my opinion. I prefer a long, extended handle to release your ankles from the unit.
As someone who has used an inversion table while recovering from a back injury, bending over to release your feet from the locked position is not always an easy thing to do. This especially holds true if you are tall.
The mechanism seems to work well enough, but again, I prefer a more extended handle.
User height adjustment
Adjusting the user height is pretty standard with this inversion table. You pull the locking pin and set the height according to how tall you are. You may have to make adjustments, as everyone has a different center of gravity.
You should be able to raise and lower yourself in and out of inversion by moving your arms. Setting the user height appropriately will help you get this movement right. So, if you are 5’8” tall, you may need to set the height at 5’9” depending on your center of gravity. You will get the hang of it!
Inversion angle adjustment
Inversion tables are built with two different methods for adjusting the angle at which you are inverted. One uses a tether strap that allows you to set any angle you want. The other way is a preset mechanism with a locking pin. This table uses the latter approach.
The preset angles of inversion are 15, 30, 45, 60, 85 degrees with the option for full inversion. This push pin, preset system is excellent for most people.
I honestly prefer the tether strap, only because I am coming off of an injury where I had to make very minor adjustments to may angle of inversion. I started off about 15 degrees, then I moved to 20 degrees, etc. So my incremental increase was very small. Again, the presets are probably fine for most people, I just happen to prefer the tether strap.
The inversion table does require assembly. It’s much easier if you have two people to help, but it can be done on your own. Remember to read the directions that is super helpful.
Assembly is also an option to purchase separately if you so desire.
Ah, here we go, storing your inversion table, not always the easiest thing to do. You can remove the side pin, and the legs fold up, but it will not fold completely flat.
Inversion tables are robust and are challenging to store, under a bed for example. They are an awkward shape and can be pretty heavy. This combination makes it a challenge to store them. This is especially true if you are recovering from an injury, trying to fold up an inversion table and fit it under the bed is hard.
I do fold my inversion table up and just lean it up against a wall in my office. It does get it somewhat out of the way, and I can move it away from the wall when I want to use it. I used to try to get it under the bed, but it just wasn’t working for me.
- Lots of positive customer reviews
- Reversible ankle holding system
- Reasonably lightweight table at about 50 pounds, some weigh a lot more
- Supports up to 300 pounds
- Very inexpensive
- You have to assemble it
- Can be a challenge to move it or store it under a bed
One very helpful tip I have learned along the way is to wear shoes when you are inverting. Wearing shoes makes the experience so much more comfortable than trying to invert wearing just socks, or going barefoot.
A good pair of athletic shoes can make a huge difference in the experience. Trust me on this one, I have tried to take shortcuts, and it’s not comfortable.
Wrapping up: Innova ITX9600 Heavy Duty Inversion Table
There are a lot of positive customer reviews for this inversion table. I think it is a decent option. sciaFor me, I prefer a longer, extended handle ankle release and I am not sure how well the foam rollers for your feet will hold up.
If you are looking for a very inexpensive inversion table, this may be a good option for you. If you have the funds, there are some better options available, like the Ironman Gravity Inversion Table 4000.
If this is a short-term unit for you and you do not plan on keeping it after an injury, for instance, it might be a good option from a price standpoint. For me, it’s lacking a few features, but I think it’s a good entry point.
For more information or if you have already decided this is the unit for you and are ready to purchase this inversion table, click here.
If you are interested in other inversion table options see my post for more information.
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