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Teeter Hang Ups Gravity Boots Review

I have always used my Ironmaster superbench with the crunch attachment to hang upside down.

rogue power rack

Using the superbench for this was OK; but it was hard to get into position and my head was too close to the floor to get a really good stretch and you can't swing back and forth (which really stretches your whole body).

Teeter Hang Ups Gravity Boots

Why would I hang upside down? This is called inversion therapy. For those who are not familiar with it, inversion therapy involves hanging upside down using your body weight and the force of gravity as traction to release pressure and stress on your spinal cord. Some bodybuilders like to hang upside down after doing heavy squats, which can compress your spine.

Benefits of Inversion Therapy

The benefits of hanging upside down are numerous. If this didn't work, would the US army do it as part of their conditioning program?

Back Pain

  • Rehydrate discs
  • Reduce Nerve Pressure
  • Realign Your Spine
  • Relax Tense Muscles

Inversion Helps to Relieve Stress and Fatigue

  • Inversion can lower your heart rate through rhythmic rocking on the table
  • Inversion reduces muscle tension by lowering EMG activity (an indicator of muscle tension)
  • Inversion provides an upside-down full-body stretch

Inversion Helps Improve Circulation and Accelerates the Cleansing of Blood and Lymph Fluids

  • Inversion helps circulation by aiding your heart in moving blood from the lower limbs
  • Placing the legs above the heart with inversion can help relieve varicose veins
  • The lymph doesn't have a pump like the heart, so inversion helps move lactic acid out of limbs

Inversion Helps Increase Oxygen Flow to the Brain

  • Inversion provides oxygen to brain cells, helping them to develop and thrive
  • Aspects of senility are caused by lack of oxygen to the brain--inversion increases oxygen supply
  • Oxygen to the head could also help improve skin tone, stimulate hair growth, and help with mental acuity

Inversion Helps Reduce the Effects of Aging Caused by the Force of Gravity

  • Inversion can help recover lost height due to thinning discs in the spine
  • Inversion can help organs that have settled in the midsection return to their normal place--and reduce inches from your midsection

Improve Functional Fitness

  • Inversion helps maintain a state of functional fitness
  • Misalignments occur when performing daily tasks--misalignments lead to back pain
  • Inversion corrects these misalignments
  • Inversion strengthens ligaments to prevent injury
  • Inversion provides balance and orientation training for athletes

Source of above info

Recommended Equipment

If you have the space in your gym, the easiest way to hang upside down is to buy an inversion table:

Or, you can utilize a straight pull-up bar on your power rack (or doorway pull-up bar) and a pair of gravity boots:

gravity boots

I bought the Teeter Hang Ups Gravity Boots These boots provide an ankle-conforming fit through two "fine-tuning" buckles with micro-adjusting ratchets which fit the exact size and taper of your ankle. You can custom fit each inversion boot quickly; a custom fit typically takes less than 20 seconds per boot.

The flexible shell is made of a tough yet pliable blend of DuPont Hytrel, which helps to minimize pressure points. A special blend of 5/8-inch foam is designed to give maximum comfort with minimum compression.

Other features include:

  • Removable calf loops add comfort by placing a two-degree bend in the knees to help reduce the load on knee joints
  • Boot straps adjust to ankles varying several inches in diameter
  • Ratcheting, double-lock system ensures safety and security
  • Each boot weighs only 2.5 pounds
  • One size fits most

Roger and Jennifer Teeter founded Hang Ups Inversion Products in 1981 and have been dedicated to manufacturing quality inversion products ever since. Roger and Jenny truly believe in the benefits of this simple, natural form of therapy that has been around since 400 BC. In the late 1970’s, Roger tried many forms of therapy to help manage his pain. He finally discovered that by inverting, he was able to relieve his back pain and begin the road to recovery. He credits inversion for keeping him pain free, healthy, and active. Inversion has changed Roger's life, and now he is dedicated to sharing his knowledge of inversion and quality products.

Using the Teeter Hang Ups Gravity Boots

I have the powertec power rack with the "funky" pull-up handles. I added a long piece of galvanized pipe to do fat bar pull-ups:

homemade-pull-up-bar

When I decided to get the gravity boots, I had to change my straight bar. The fat bar (in the middle of the rack) was too "fat" for the hooks on the boots; so I removed the fat bar and replaced it with a long 3/4" pipe.

Getting into position is relatively easy; I just grab the powertec pull-up bars and jump up and place my feet on the Olympic bar for support. Then I hook one boot at a time onto the 3/4” pipe. I then grab the pull-up rope and lower myself into the hanging position.

Gravity Boots allow you to incorporate challenging inverted sit-ups, crunches and bends to your regular workout, while giving your ankles unparalleled support. There is nothing like inverted crunches to chisel your abdominals. My abs are sore for days! Not hanging leg raises, ab coaster or ab machines, NOTHING comes close to inverted sit-ups! I can do about seven inverted sit-ups, with a goal of ten for right now.


Teeter Hang Ups Construction

Don't let the plastic construction fool you. These things are very sturdy, very comfortable and very safe. I've never felt that they would give out, break or come loose on me.

The removable calf loops seem like a waste; they don't create any bend in the knees like their ad claims. They don't seem to do anything, other than get in the way when putting the boots on and taking them off. I suppose they do help as a hand hold for getting back up, but my pull-up rope method works well.

I’ve seen reviews that say these boots don't fit larger than average calves. I have adequate sized calves and they fit easily, although at first it felt as if I was constricting my calf when I tightened the boot. I solved this by not wearing shoes so the boots would ride lower on my legs.

Conclusion

Initially I thought I made a mistake buying the boots because the first few time hanging upside down I felt as if my head were going to explode (especially If I hung upside down after cardio), but this feeling passed after a few sessions and now I can stretch, do inverted sit-ups and watch TV for about 10-15 minutes straight with no problems.

Can I just say I love these boots and hanging upside down feels GREAT on my lower back! Really, no hype here, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS THERAPY!

Buy The Teeter Hang Ups Gravity Boots HERE


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