Working out on an inversion table
An inversion table is usually associated with back stretches and relaxation. In fact, these tables are excellent tools for improving spinal extension, relieving pressure off your back and discs, and improving posture. But did you know you can also get an excellent workout using one? Because of the position you’re in, resistance doubles or triples, making even the most basic exercises seem much more difficult.
For example, you can try performing abdominal exercises once the table has been inverted. Simply try doing sit-ups and crunches by lifting your back slightly off the table and towards your legs. Don’t go too far or you risk the table tipping over. Then slowly release your back until it touches the table again. Learning to slowly perform crunches on a table engages a different set of muscles than you would work out on a horizontal surface and helps improve lower back strength as well.
Another type of workout you can try on an inversion table is weight training. This should only be attempted if you already have some muscle strength and resistance. Otherwise, you risk dropping the weights and injuring yourself. Using dumbbells, you can take advantage of the inverted position to work out your triceps or chest. Start with very light dumbbells at first, so you can be sure you master the proper positioning and movement. Once you figure out how to adjust your arms and upper body to perform the exercises properly, you can increase the weights. You can also hold a dumbbell on your stomach to increase the difficulty of doing crunches.
Since inversion tables are built to help with muscle tension and pain, always make sure you remain in position for at least a couple of minutes after you’re done with your workout. This will help stimulate circulation and relieve tension on your back and spine. If you just finished doing crunches, it will also help stretch your abdominal area.
Similar exercises can also be performed using a pair of Teeter Gravity Boots. Gravity Boots are a lot less expensive than an Inversion Table and can easily be stored away, making them a great alternative to an inversion Table. Gravity Boots are designed to offer support to your ankles and allow the user to hang upside down
Keep in mind that inversion tables are not for everybody. People with heart disease, low blood pressure and eye conditions such as glaucoma should not use an inversion table before consulting with their doctors first.
This guest post was written by Gymkit UK – Europe’s leading suppliers of commercial and home gym equipment