Have you been hunched over your computer doing Google search after Google search, looking for something to help relieve that chronic pain in your back? We understand, and you've come to the right place! We pride ourselves on conducting the most in-depth reviews of inversion tables you'll find anywhere on the net, including this one for the Ironman Gravity 1000 inversion table. Read on and we'll show you exactly how it can help you!
The frame of the Gravity adheres to top quality standards, and as such, the great feeling of sturdiness you feel when the unit is fully assembled should be wholly unsurprising. The maximum recommended weight of 300 pounds seems to have a wide margin, so you won’t experience any unnerving wobbling or scary creaking when using your Gravity 1000.
Its frame is built of durable tubular steel that is powder coated to help it stand up well to repeated uses, folding and unfolding. Massive stabilizers fashioned of tough rubber are fitted at the stand’s corners, so as to maximize its footprint and keep the height-to-base ratio low, which directly translates into equipment stability.
The backrest is covered with nylon fabric that is simply stretched over the frame. There’s nothing really to pick on or complain about here in terms of safety, but its comfort leaves a lot to be desired, and we’ll explain more about that in the following section.
Is the Backrest Comfortable?
I’m not alone in my dislike of the nylon-stretched backrest. It doesn’t matter whether the unit is an Ironman, Body Max, Innova or Teeter Hang Ups. There are numerous features that users often complain about, but the backrest is one of the biggest, especially when it’s nylon-stretched. In this case, the backrest’s crossbar will be digging into your back until you achieve a fairly steep angle of inversion. The frame which the nylon fabric is stretched over will cause some discomfort to your butt or lower extremities. If you are quite tall, your head will be banging against the frame as soon as you turn your body upside down.
Is it worth the tradeoff for a slight reduction in overall table weight? I don’t think so, and most customers agree with me. In fact, the nylon-stretched backrest is so unpopular that most companies adopt some other solution in the next model after the one they introduce the nylon-stretched design in. It just gets a categorically poor reception.
On the other hand, where comfort is concerned, the table is fitted with long side handrails that are easy to reach, and thus, very helpful in terms of controlling the pace of inversion. Each model of the Gravity series has the ability to lock out in full inversion, which allows users to perform a variety of inverted exercises to strengthen their core muscles.
Overall, this is probably the weakest aspect of the equipment, at least in terms of comfort. Admittedly, this is a step above than thin foam rollers, but not by much. The thick molded rubber cuff only has three adjustment holes, and because of that, it may not fit very well to the shape of your ankles.
The footrest is somewhat adjustable, but it’s inconvenient to do so, and would see you playing with spanners and knobs between each use, just to get the footrest closer to the front cuffs. This of course, is unnecessary if you’re the only person using the table, which is great for that small subset of purchasers, but not for anyone else.
Last but not least, the length of the lever controlling the spring-loaded lock pin that secures the enclosures could be longer. As it stands, you have to bend down quite far to enclose or release your ankles.
Despite the various drawbacks mentioned above, you’ll probably find yourself liking the ankle locking system, or at least viewing it in satisfactory terms. Your ability to invert and for how long will mostly come down to how well the cuffs fit your particular ankle build, and what your pain tolerance is where those ankles are concerned.
Is It Easy To Change Settings For Different Users?
There are a few different types of settings and adjustments you can make on the device, and the first of these, you’ll actually make before its assembly is completed, because this change can only be made before you mount the backrest. There are pivot arms on each side of the table, fitted with three holes that are used to bring the center of gravity closer to, or further from the axis of rotation. This is directly responsible for changing the aggressiveness of the rotation and makes that tradeoff in exchange for angle range.
For example: If you use the bottom holes, you’ll see a gentle and smooth reaction for weight distribution, but the flip side will be that it will be somewhat harder to achieve a complete inversion. On the other hand, using the top-most setting will give you a lively, aggressive table that can easily pass 180 degrees in rotation angle and lock out in that position. This feature is highly sought after, as it makes it possible to perform inverted exercises.
In order to get the most out of inversion therapy, it’s absolutely essential to properly balance the table. This is a trial-and-error process, as your real height won’t necessarily be reflected on the height-adjusting scale. In fact, it might be up to three inches off, plus or minus, so you’ll need to do some experimenting to find the point at which you’ll slowly start your rotation simply by moving your hands. A great experience indeed!
By adjusting the length of the tether strap, you can limit your angle of inversion. Again, you’ll probably find your ideal setting by simple trial-and-error. It’s a pity though, that there are no marks on the strap, making it a bit troublesome to readjust to your desired length. Some users have gotten around this with a permanent marker, but it would have been better if the company had included some kind of built in system.
Is It Easy To Put Together?
The instructions are written in fairly understandable English, which is rare, and include pretty clear illustrations, which is even better and more unusual, and the combination of the two should greatly speed the assembly process. That said, some of the illustrations are perhaps a bit too detailed, breaking down certain elements into their component parts when they come pre-assembled. Still, even someone who is not mechanically inclined should not find assembly to be a burdensome challenge.
How Easy Is It To Store?
In theory, the table is storage-ready the moment you push both legs together. The problem with that, however, is that it cannot be left standing in this position without leaning it against a wall somewhere. Even in its folded position, it’s still a bulky, cumbersome thing and difficult to move. Sliding the table under a bed would be the best solution, but in order to make that work, you need at least 18” of clearance under your bed, thanks to the large handrails and the height-adjusting shaft.
Given those realities, the best solution is to simply leave it sitting out and ready for use in some designated area. Space permitting, of course.
The reviewed equipment is fairly big – actually one of the largest of all foldable, upside down devices as measured from the top of the backrest to the footrest. It is not as wide as some other models, however. At just twenty-five inches in width, it is…not exactly easy to move from one room to another, due to its weight, but easier than one might think, even given its somewhat cumber shape and 46 pound weight.
• Relatively lightweight when compared to other inversion machines. This has to be considered an advantage if you have to move it for storage between uses.
• Very sturdy and well-made. Even if you weigh 300 pounds (the top end recommended weight for this machine), you’ll still feel quite safe.
• This table supports full inversion! Many do not, and this has to be included in with the positives
• The nylon-stretched backrest is a terrible design decision. It would never stop a crossbar from digging into your back unless you’re extremely lightweight. Also, be prepared for some discomfort to your head and butt resting on the metal frame. The saving grace here is that it all matters less once inversion begins.
• You must bend down quite far to release the pull-pin to slip your legs into or out of holding cuffs. It would be much better to have a longer lever.
• It would be helpful to have a series of colorized markings on the tether strap to easily readjust its length after someone else uses it.
If you go through the one-star ratings for the Gravity 1000 across multiple websites, you’ll quickly realize that its main problem is the uncomfortable heel holders. Luckily, less than 2% of all customers experience discomfort to their ankle area. Other than that, there are a few comments regarding storage, but that’s not an issue that’s unique to the Gravity 1000. All bulky equipment shares that trait. Overall, 90% of customers are happy with their purchase. I can’t fully agree, as I can’t bear the nylon-stretched backrest, so I would give this a 4.4 out of 5.
Price and Conclusion
As the table is lacking most of the bells and whistles, it rightly belongs at, and should be compared to tables in the lower end of the market segment. When compared to other entrants in this segment of the market, the Gravity 1000 tends to come out handily on top. The only problem? It’s more expensive than other entrants in this segment of the market, too. Simply put, it’s the best, sturdiest table in its segment of the market, but also the most expensive.