Inversion tables are instrumental for inverted exercises or inversion therapy.
Known for their therapeutic benefits, inversion exercises can add an extra challenge to workouts. Exercises like inverted crunches can take regular abdominal work to the next level!
A Long History Of Inversion
The history of inversion therapy and exercises is believed to go all the way back to 3000 BC! Ancient stone seals have revealed drawings of early yoga poses that we’re done upside down.
It’s believed that yogis of the time used inverted poses to help stimulate the brain, relieve pressure on abdominal organs, and rebalance the body.
Throughout the years, the study of inversion techniques continued. Fast-forward to the 1960s, when Dr. Robert Martin introduced the “Gravity Guidance System” to the United States. The idea was to harness the effects of gravity on the human body, which was widely well-received by the public at large.
In the 1970s, the first inversion table was brought to the market with great success. Since then, the concept of using inversion tables for exercises has grown in popularity, making the piece of equipment a staple in most gyms.
How Inversion Exercises Are Done
Today, this exercise is commonly done by locking one’s feet into the secure bar or mount at the bottom of the table and swinging back at a certain angle. Most modern inversion tables can be set to go to certain angles, depending on the exercise you’re looking to do.
One exercise, the inverted crunch, is done by setting the inversion table so that the head is pointing downward. Then, the body is lifted at the torso in much the way regular crunches are done.
However, gravity plays a factor in the inverted crunch, and the individual will be working against their own body weight. This provides a much more intense workout in a shorter span of time.
This particular exercise has evolved with the evolution of inversion tables. Since they first came on the market in the 1970s, the general idea of the tables hasn’t changed much; however, the ability to lock into certain angles and strap your feet in has become more refined in the last decade or so.
The Cornerstone Of Every Gym
Because of the popularity of the inversion table and related exercises, it’s common to find inversion tables at most gyms or fitness studios. Both beginners and more advanced individuals can find uses for the inversion table, depending on their exercise goals.
Going Upside Down
Looking to learn to use the inversion table? Your best bet is to head to your local gym. Speak with a trainer who may be able to help set the table up for you and spot you should you be doing any inverted exercises with weights.
Remember, even if you aren’t doing exercises with weights, it can be good to have a spotter for the inversion table, in case you have trouble shifting the table so that you’re right-side-up again.
A Unique Approach To Exercise
The inversion table takes what we know about regular exercise and quite literally flips it on its head. Working against gravity is a great way to build upper-body strength!