So I’ve discussed it with my chiropractor, I’ve cleared out a space in my house and I’m ready to start consistent inversion therapy at home to decompress my spine. All I need is the right inversion table. If you’re like me, and trying to sift through the huge selection of inversion therapy tables that range from $100 to nearly $1,000, then we’ve got our research to do. I’m looking for something reasonably priced, that doesn’t sacrifice sturdiness, comfort or safety. Let’s take a look at The Ironman Gravity 1000 Inversion Table – it sits at the most affordable end of the Ironman inversion table series. So how does it square up to the rest of the models out there?
The Ironman Gravity 1000 in Action:
At first inspection, the Ironman Gravity 1000 looks great. Out of the box, the table is fairly easy to assemble, though some outside tools definitely improved the process. It’s clear that this table is built to be sturdy, which is reassuring, and the non-scratch powder coat finish on the tubular steel frame looks good. The table features large rubber feet to avoid slipping and a tough nylon backrest that supports your back, but doesn’t put in any extras for comfort.
Let’s get to the ankle supports – ergonomically molded ankle cuffs utilize a spring-loaded locking system. While the ankle supports are adjustable, it requires some more extensive tinkering than other models. The ankle cuffs are made of durable foam, but some users in the higher weight range felt that the openings were too small to fit in. The height adjustment is easily done with pins and pre-labeled holes.
How well does it fit in my home?
I was interested to see that the Ironman Gravity 1000 is foldable for storage. Sometimes you just don’t want a giant hinged table taking center stage in your home. Yes, it’s true that this table can be folded to a smaller size, but it takes some time and the use of some tools. Make sure you have the space for the table in your home, because folding and unfolding the Ironman Gravity 1000 every day is not the most practical. You’ll want to be able to easily accommodate the table, which stands at 25 x 62 x 49 inches, and allow for rotation into your inversion angles. Even when folded, the Ironman Gravity 1000 is still a bulky item that would take up a good-sized space in your closet. While it’s lighter than many other inversion table models, at 46 lbs it’s not the easiest thing to move around on your own.
Will I feel safe on the Ironman Gravity 1000?
This is a sturdy inversion table that can easily accommodate anyone up to 300 lbs and heights up to 6’6”. You don’t have to worry about wobble or a bending frame – the metal tubes are reliable and supported by wide rubber feet. If you take the time to adjust the table to your correct height setting, you should notice an easy and smooth tilt as you raise your arms above your head.
The Ironman Gravity 1000 also implements useful safety features to help you feel relaxed and secure. Like most inversion tables, you’ll find a safety strap to control the angle of inversion – you shouldn’t ever have to tilt further than you’d like. The extra-long padded handrails provide a reassuring and easy way to return to an upright position. Plus, the rubber feet and safety lock keep the table secured while you invert. The Ironman Gravity 1000 also features nylon side pads, to protect your fingers and hands from getting pinched during rotation.
I’m not looking for a torture device, so comfort is an essential factor when reviewing inversion tables.
In many lower-price-ranged inversion tables, the ankle discomfort is the biggest factor – so lets jump right to the ankle cuffs on the Ironman Gravity 1000. These cuffs are ergonomically designed and close with a spring-loaded locking system. In relation to other models around the similar price range, the Ironman Gravity 1000 ankle cuffs are much more comfortable. In deep inverted angles you may still feel some discomfort, so many users still wear shoes to help with this. Also, depending on your weight, the ankle cuffs may feel too tight.
The backrest is made from a tough nylon fabric, so it doesn’t offer a whole lot of padding but it supports your back just fine.
The Pros and Cons
The Ironman Gravity 1000 comes at a very reasonable price compared to other inversion tables, and it’s a simple design to be used for basic inversion therapy. This would not be a table to do inverted sit-ups or exercises on, as it does not lock in place while inverted. However, the sturdy structure and smooth tilt make it an ideal piece of equipment for regular inversion. Plus, it’s somewhat foldable and much more lightweight than other models.
Ironman Gravity 1000 Pros:
- Affordable price
- Sturdy frame for up to 300 lbs
- More comfortable ankle cuffs than other lower range models
- Foldable for storage
- Non-scratch finish for durability
Ironman Gravity 1000 Cons:
- Requires tools/time to collapse or adjust ankles
- Ankle supports might be tight on some
- Nylon backrest has little padding
- Not suitable for inverted sit-ups or some exercises
Overall, it’s safe to say the Ironman Gravity 1000 is a quality basic model and will adequately support you during inversion therapy.
What does everyone else think?
Don’t just hear it from me; get a second opinion! Take a look at a few opinions from Ironman Gravity 1000 owners, good and bad:
- “This inversion table does everything the most expensive models do: which is to stretch out your back. Period. No bells and whistles here, it just does the job.”
- “I am very satisfied, the machine is sturdy and very versatile for the entire family.”
- “I used to hang on a Hangups Teeter, which overall is a nicer machine. However, this Ironman 1000 is more comfortable at the ankles. And this machine does everything you could ask of an inversion table.”
- “Poor fitting of the ankle boot – won’t fit anything but the smallest ankle. Good construction and range – sturdy!”
- “You need to have quite a bit of clearance in the room to use this and it takes up a lot of space even being folded up. For the price though, you can’t beat this if you are set on getting an inversion table.”
- “The table itself is okay; however, the ankle-holders are made for a person with stick ankles, and so are very uncomfortable.”