The Ironman Gravity 1000 Inversion Table has been designed to offer the full 180 degree inversion range that proves to be so beneficial for anyone looking to relieve lower back compression and increase circulation.
Supporting a maximum weight of 300 lbs and maximum height of 6ft+ with an incredibly lightweight 46 lb frame makes it one of the strongest and lightest inversion trainers on the market.
In this review we’re going to take a closer look at the design and what you should expect from a product that’s already amassed hundreds of five star reviews on Amazon.
The Ironman Gravity 1000 uses a carefully balanced fulcrum to help relieve vertebrae and ligament pressure for anyone suffering from lower back pain or reduced mobility.
A wide double U-Frame and rubber non-skid floor stabilizers creates a stable base for each session, with full-length foam covered safety handles on each side to assist with returning to an upright position.
Although you’re missing the ratchet ankle locking system that’s provided with higher priced models like the IFT 4000, the ergonomically moulded and cushioned ankle holders are still spring-loaded and quick to adjust.
Having the 180 degree inversion means you can experience many of the same health benefits as higher priced designs, including a reduction in back stress and fatigue, and improvements in blood circulation.
Not only does it provide a range of health benefits for as little as four minutes of use each day, but it’s also incredibly easy to use, and there’s no need to buy any additional equipment.
For added comfort and enhanced durability, the cushioned back support is coated with a tough nylon material over an extra-wide design that provides full support for your back, shoulders, and neck.
The 1.5″ scratch resistant and powder-coated tubular steel frame also ensures the Gravity 1000 maintains its aesthetic appeal well beyond the year of warranty coverage offered by Paradigm.
We also want to point out a useful safety feature that’s been added to the underside of the frame. This comes in the form of a nylon strap, the length of which can be adjusted to limit the range of motion for anyone that’s just getting started with inversion tables.
The Gravity 1000 can also help with such areas as increasing body flexibility for improved athletic performance, and relieving lower backaches due to sitting or standing.
Ironman Gravity 1000 – Features Summary
- Sturdy inversion table for reducing back stress and stimulating circulation
- Durable tubular steel frame, tough nylon backrest, and powder-coated finish
- Tough rubber non-skid floor stabilizers
- Inverts up to 180 degrees
- Ergonomically molded ankle cushions
- Reduces back stress, fatigue and relaxes the body
- Relieves pressure on vertebrae discs and ligaments
- Helps relieve stiff muscles
- Increases flexibility, improves athletic performance
- Folds for storage
How do you use the Gravity 1000?
After setting the position of the Adjustable Boom to cater for your height, you can rest your ankles against the Rubber Heel Holders and lock them in place using the adjustable instep frame.
With your ankles enclosed in the padded holders, you can lie back against the support, keeping your hands at your sides. This will be a key test of whether or not the height setting you’ve selected is right for you, as you should now be able to pivot the table by slowly raising your hands above your head.
If you don’t start to invert, it’s worth sliding the back support a couple of positions higher to adjust your center of gravity.
Maintain motion while inverted to increase the blood flow and improve circulation, then use the full length safety rails to pull yourself back around to the starting position.
If this is going to be your first time using an inversion trainer, you might want to take advantage of the nylon strap which lets you restrict the degree of inversion to something you’re comfortable with.
It doesn’t take many sessions before you get used to the movement, but it’s certainly a feature that can help cut down on the learning curve.
How often should it be used?
It’s important to remember that inversion tables don’t strictly fall into a category of weightlifting or cardio equipment.
Your workouts don’t need to have the same duration as a run on the treadmill, because your goal is to relieve pressure on your joints and increase blood flow, and not to burn calories or increase cardiovascular fitness.
Likewise, you don’t need to follow a pattern of repetitions and sets the same way you would with lifting weights.
Ironman recommend that you use their Gravity 1000 inversion table for five to ten minutes each morning and evening. This means you’re looking at a maximum of twenty minutes each day, meaning it’s possible to use an inversion table alongside any existing workout plan.
Ease of assembly
As you can probably tell by looking at it, the assembly process for the Gravity 1000 inversion table is very simple, with none of the complexity you often find with treadmills or elliptical trainers.
Parts have been pre-assembled where possible, such as the main double U-Frame and most of the Adjustable Boom, which does cut down on the time required.
However, even with the clarity of the assembly instructions and detailed exploded drawings, we would still advise you set aside 30-45 minutes to ensure you can complete the setup in a single session.
Being one of the lightest inversion tables on the market at 46 lbs also means there’s no heavy lifting involved, which is something that can’t be said of some of Ironman’s ATIS models (average over 100 lb).
A full parts list is also included, alongside the tools that you’ll need (screwdriver and wrench). Customer service also appears to be excellent, providing feedback to issues in the Amazon reviews section, and no reports of lengthy waiting times for a response.
Before buying any new piece of fitness equipment, it can be useful to read through feedback left on ecommerce sites like Amazon.
Even if you have good experience with a particular company in the past, there’s always the possibility that not all of their products will carry the same level of build quality.
That’s why although Ironman are one of the leading names in Inversion Table design, we still wanted to check the feedback left by hundreds of other people who have used the Gravity 1000.
To ensure our feedback to you remains unbiased and to help save you time, we put together lists of both pros and cons after reading through a large sample of the reviews on Amazon.
- Some customers found the leg clamps to be more comfortable than the Teeter Hangup models
- Folds for more convenient storage
- Quick and easy to assemble
- Provides relief from lower back pain and curvature of the spine (scoliosis)
- High build quality despite the low price point
- Relieves lower back pain
- Height adjustment is quick and secure
- Rubber stops on each corner and the double U-Frame design make it incredibly stable
- Many people have found it to be an effective lower cost alternative to decompression therapy
- If you want to move the Gravity 1000 after assembly, you’ll need to dismantle the safety handlebars to allow the front and rear U-Frames to pull together
- No locking mechanism available
- Some customers were surprised at the large footprint, but it’s actually very similar to other inversion tables like the Innova ITX9600, and actually shorter than the Teeter EP-560 Sport.
- A very small number of people also complained about the nylon back support cover tearing after a few months of use. While only a very small number of people reported this issue, it’s something worth bearing in mind when weighing up the differences between the Gravity 1000 and Gravity 2000 (vinyl covered) models.
What’s covered by the warranty?
- Frame: 1 year
- Parts: 90 days
Paradigm Inc. provides this cover on the Gravity 1000 as part of a warranty that only extends to the original purchaser. This is something worth bearing in mind if you were considering buying a model second-hand.