Thank you for stopping by to check out this Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table review. Teeter has been in the inversion table business for many years, and they continue to design high-quality products. I encourage you to keep reading as we take an in-depth look at this innovative inversion table from Teeter.
Many people use an inversion table as a noninvasive, no drugs involved way to treat back pain. I fall into this group as I own and use my Teeter X1 inversion table regularly. I have a long history of back problems (most of my adult life) and find that using an inversion table regularly really helps.
- 1 Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table Features
- 2 FitSpine X1 Assembly
- 3 Storing your inversion table
- 4 Tip
- 5 Other features
- 6 Teeter FitSpine Warranty
- 7 Conclusion: Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table
I recommend speaking with your doctor if you have specific questions about whether using an inversion table is right for you.
With all of that said, let’s take a look at the FitSpine X1 Inversion Table from Teeter. Here is an overview and the specs.
Product: Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table
Rating: 93 out of 100
Dimensions: (Open) 81” L x 29” W x 87” H (Closed) 58” H x 29” W x 61” H
Product weight: About 59 pounds
User height: 4’8” to 6’6”
Weight limit: 300 pounds
Summary: The FitSpine X1 is the entry-level inversion table model from Teeter and offers a lot of value for the price.
Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table Features
You might not give much thought to the backrest of an inversion table, but I want to take some time to explain why this particular design is so excellent. The FlexTech backrest is unique for several reasons.
The design includes handgrips, so you can stretch side to side and have something to hold onto for a deeper stretch in your upper back. Stretching out your upper back is a very nice advantage the FitSpine X1 offers over other inversion tables on the market.
As the FlexTech name suggests, the backrest is also very flexible and is designed to move with you. So if you decide to stretch from side to side, the table bed will flex with your movements, compared to other tables that don’t move at all.
In addition to being flexible, the backrest is very breathable and easy to clean. So, if you are like me and hop on your inversion table after a workout, the backrest will not cause you to sweat more. A lot of inversion tables on the market are made with memory foam, and I find they are not very breathable.
To finish out the backrest, he included lumbar bridge helps if you are looking for extra stretch in your lower back. Teeter also includes acupressure nodes, which are great for pressure point relief on tight knots. You can put these nodes whenever you need extra pain relief.
Ankle locking system
The ankle locking system consists of the locking/release handle, the ankle cushions, and the footbed. I will explain the different parts that make up the system and tell you why this whole mechanism is so important.
First off, I deal with sciatic nerve pain, also known as sciatica. I have had points in my life when I could not bend over to put on my shoes. So the locking/release handle on an inversion table is essential for someone like me. A long handle requires less bending over, which if you can’t bend over due to back pain, is vital. A shorter handle requires you to bend over farther, pretty simple. The handle on FitSpine X1 is of the short variety, so I took some points off on my review due to that.
Moving on, the ankle cushions on the X1 are very comfortable and fit nicely around the front and back of your lower leg right above your ankles. You want your ankles to be comfortable when you are hanging upside down, and these definitely work well.
Last but not least is the footbed (or Ankle Comfort Dial as they call it), is what you step onto when you are getting ready to use your inversion table. Teeter has designed this so you can adjust the height up or down so that you can get just the right fit. An adjustable footbed is a rarity with inversion tables, and one more step that sets Teeter apart.
I put a lot of stock into the ankle locking mechanism as a whole. After all, you want to feel safe and secure when you are hanging upside down, and Teeter has you covered.
User height adjustment
Adjusting the user height is pretty easy by using the height markings that are on the main shaft of the inversion table. Getting this adjustment right can take a time or two, but once you have it set, you are good to go. Typically you want to set the main shaft to one inch more than your height as this ensures proper rotation.
Finding the right setting can also depend on your center of gravity, meaning your height and weight both play a factor. You may need to take a few practice runs, but at the end of the day, you should be able to rotate in and out of inversion by moving your arms, so take the time to get this adjustment right.
Inversion angle adjustment
I believe the inversion angle adjustment on an inversion table is an essential aspect, and I will tell you why. Okay, here I go again on a little rant, or rather my real-life experience with inversion tables.
There are different ways that inversion tables are designed when it comes to adjusting the inversion angle. First, we have a push pin or preset angle selector, and then there is the tether strap. Let’s talk about the positives and negatives of both.
Pushpin systems have preset inversion angles. You simply select the desired angle you want and put a pin in that slot. This works great for most people. It’s pretty much foolproof. Depending on the inversion table, the preset angle will be increments of 15 or 20 degrees. For instance, you may have the option of 15, 30, 45, 60 degrees, or you may have 20, 40, 60 degrees, etc. These are great, but you are limited to these specific angles.
With a tether strap, you are not limited to preset angles. The FitSpine X1 uses a tether strap, and I will tell you why I prefer this method. When I was recovering from a pretty severe back injury in 2016, I was not able to stand fully upright for months. I could not lay down flat on my back, so using my inversion table was not an option for a while.
After several months of working with my chiropractor, I was finally able to lay down flat and use my inversion table to help speed up my recovery. When I started using the inversion table, I was only able to invert at a very shallow angle, like 15 degrees. As I slowly progressed, I was able to increase my inversion angle gradually.
I was not able to make the jump from 15 to 30 degrees all at once, but rather 15 degrees to maybe 20 degrees or so. This is where the tether strap comes in very handy. Not only to have more control over your inversion angle but in cases like mine, you can make small incremental changes to the angle.
Okay, I know that was long-winded, but I really wanted to hammer that point home for those people who are using an inversion table for recovery. I think this is something that is very important to consider when buying an inversion table. For most people, push pins are probably just fine, but the tether strap is more customizable.
FitSpine X1 Assembly
Yep, you guessed it; there is some assembly required. You know what though; Teeter has made this process pretty darn efficient and easy. The table comes mostly assembled, and Teeter includes a DVD and a 3D interactive app that helps make the process smooth.
I recommend that you build the table in the room you plan to use it, that way you don’t have to haul your inversion table around your house. Inversion tables are awkward to move, and if you are recovering from a back injury, you don’t need the added stress.
Storing your inversion table
Speaking from experience, storing an inversion table can be a challenge. I used to put my table under the bed, but that required me to remove the backrest, get my wife to help lift one side of the bed while I tried to slide the inversion table underneath. Nah, now I just fold it up and lean it against the wall. That works well when I want to use my table, which is pretty much every day.
As I mentioned before, if you are recovering from a back injury, lifting your bed is not a great idea, so just fold it up and lean it in the corner.
Super-secret inversion table tip…wear shoes and socks when you are inverting. I have tried going barefoot or using a rolled-up towel around my ankles. Don’t do it. Take the time to put shoes and socks on you will thank me.
Teeter inversion tables are FDA registered as a 510(k) Medical Device for, sciatica, back pain, herniated discs, to name a few. The Teeter FitSpine X1 also comes with a few extras such as a Healthy Back & Core Guide, Healthy Back, and Body Routines.
Teeter FitSpine Warranty
The Teeter FitSpine X1 is covered by a five-year warranty.
- FlexTech backrest is flexible, breathable and comfortable
- Tether strap inversion angle adjustment allows you to customize your inversion angle
- Ankle cushions are very secure and comfortable
- Adjustable footbed (Ankle Comfort Dial)
- Acupressure nodes are included
- A lumbar bridge is included
- Five-year warranty
- Inversion tables can be awkward to move
- It does have a shorter locking/release handle
- Does not come with EZ-Angle Tether
Conclusion: Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table
Teeter’s FitSpine X1 is a well-made inversion table and will be a great fit for a lot of people. When comparing it with alternatives, including the more feature-rich X3 and LX9, the only standout negative is the X1’s shorter release handle. If this is not a concern for you and you’re looking for a well-featured, entry-level inversion table, then go for it.
If you are looking for a high-quality, inversion table that offers a lot of value for the price, I encourage you to take a good hard look at the X1. I own a Teeter myself and have been very happy with it for many years.
For more information or to purchase a Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table, please click the image below. I also recommend you consider purchasing the EZ-Angle Tether as an add on if you decide to purchase this table. This tether strap has preset marks for 20, 40 and 60 degrees.
If you are interested in more great options from Teeter, you can check out my other inversion table reviews here, here and here. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, and I will get back to you soon.
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Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table
Comfort - 95%
Functionality - 90%
Design - 93%