Check out the first part of this 2-part blog post on 10 tips for how to looking like you’ve been inverting for years (even if you’ve never done it before), and then read the rest of this post!

 

    1. A minute or two is all you need
      The first time you invert, you may find it difficult to experience the true benefits because you’ll simply be acclimating to being upside down. Your body will likely be send signals asking, “Hey buddy, we’re upside down here – is this normal?” Take a few deep breaths to get let your body know it’s all good and you’re doing this on purpose! You will likely feel some pressure in your head (extra blood is rushing to your brain which is good for you, but can feel funny at first) and your muscles may tighten up at the unexpected feeling. Again, taking deep breaths lets your body know it is okay to relax. A minute or two is all you should do to begin with – work up over time as you feel comfortable. Of course, if you feel any discomfort, slowly return upright.

 

    1. It’s all in the arms
      To control the rotation of a Teeter inversion table, you simply use the weight of your arms! Begin with your arms at your sides. To begin rotation, slowly start raising one arm at a time out and over your head. Shifting the weight of your arms redistributes the center of balance on the table and controls the rate and angle of rotation. If you feel like you are inverting too quickly, slow down the motion of your arms and it will slow your pace of inversion.

 

    1. Resting at horizontal is okay
      The first time you invert, even a few degrees past horizontal can make you feel like you are batman swinging from the ceiling. It’s okay to take a few moments to acclimate yourself to the feeling of being inverted or even balancing at horizontal. As you become accustomed to it, you will be able to enjoy the rocking sensation and start to explore inverting to 20 or 40 degrees.

 

    1. Relax your ankles
      The first time you invert, you may feel like you have to keep your ankles flexed in order to keep yourself in the ankle holders, but that is not the case. If you have properly secured your ankles in the holders, they will do the work for you and you can let your ankles relax. This will ensure a more comfortable experience and help you to invert longer.

 

  1. Tricks for coming out of inversion
    As you invert, your spine lengthens, your internal organs may shift some and your center of gravity redistributes. You may find that you can simply use your arms to return upright (slowly bring them from over your head down to your sides again). If you do not return fully upright, bend your knees slightly to shift your weight toward the foot side of the table. You can use the handles on the inversion table for some assistance, but if set properly, you should be able to fully control the rotation of the table by shifting your weight distribution.

As always, we recommend you read the Owner’s Manual which gives detailed instructions on how to invert and watch the instructional DVD that comes with most Teeter Hang Ups models for more in-depth information about how to use the Teeter. If you have any other questions, please leave a comment below or contact customer service. Happy inverting!