One of our favorite things about what we get to do everyday at Teeter is talk to our customers! You all have lots of great questions and we try to address some of the most common ones on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Every Friday, we’ll focus on one FAQ in more detail. We encourage you to email us or post a comment with additional questions and we’ll send you an answer, you may even see your question pop up on a future blog post!
We think the people we work with are pretty cool and a big part of what makes up Teeter tick! Check back often to get to know more of our team members:
Hometown: Auburn, WA
What is your dream car? “Anything chauffeured.”
What is your favorite TV show? “United States of Tara.”
Dogs or Cats? “Definitely dogs. I have two chihuahuas that are like my kids.”
How long have you worked at Teeter? “I just had my 3 year anniversary.”
How would you describe your job to a 3rd grader? “I get a list of all the people and businesses that have ordered products and get all the paperwork ready so their orders can be shipped.”
What is your favorite Teeter product? “The DEX II is awesome! I’ve tried every product and inversion table we have, and I love the type of stretch the DEX II gives me. I think it’s because it isolates your hips and you lean forward instead of backwards like with an inversion table, so it’s a different kind of stretch that has really helped me with my own lower back problems.”
If you could be any part of a Teeter inversion table, what part would you be and why? “A roller hinge because I’m the main component between two big pieces that keeps everything moving.”
One of our favorite things about what we get to do everyday at Teeter is talk to our customers! You all have lots of great questions and we try to address some of the most common ones on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Every Friday, we’ll focus on one FAQ in more detail. We encourage you to email us or post a comment with additional questions and we’ll send you an answer – you may even see your question pop up on a future blog post!
Perhaps the 3 most popular questions all start with “How…”
- How long should I invert?
- How often should I invert?
- How do I get started?
Since all of these are pretty straight forward, let’s answer all 3. In all cases, Rule #1 is to listen to your body and do only what feels comfortable. Don’t be afraid to take a break or reduce your angle/duration of inversion if needed.
How long should I invert?
When first inverting, start in 1-2 minute intervals
First time inverters should start inverting 1-2 minutes each session for 1 or 2 weeks. It will take time for your body to adjust and for you to feel comfortable inverting for a longer period of time.
Once you feel you are becoming accustomed to being inverted, gradually increase your time until you can invert for 3-5 minutes each session. Even though there isn’t necessarily a time limit to inversion, remember to listen to your body – it’s important for you to relax and enjoy the experience. If you feel you’ve had enough, then you should slowly return upright.
How often should I invert?
We recommend adding inversion into your daily routine. Many users invert an average of 2 times per day (morning and evening). Some use it more often – after going to the gym, during a break at work or to relax when they get home to help relieve tired and achy muscles and joints. The beauty of inversion is that it addresses the “quiet side of fitness,” which is to say that it doesn’t require a lot of energy to receive a lot of benefit. Teeter inversion tables make it easy to jump on and invert for just a few minutes, whenever you feel the need to stretch and gain a boost of energy.
How do I get started?
Remember Rule #1 - Listen to your body. If you don’t feel relaxed or are at all uncomfortable, then reduce your angle/duration of inversion.
Rule #2 - When using your inversion table for the first time, have a spotter who can help you return upright if needed while you fine-tune your optimal settings to achieve the perfect balance and control.
Rule #3 – Don’t do too much, too soon. You will be more comfortable and gain the most benefits if you gradually increase the angle and duration over time. Full inversion may be uncomfortable and unsatisfying early on until you’ve had a chance to become accustomed to the feeling and allow your body to adjust.
20 degrees is the best angle for beginners
Start at 20 degrees for the first couple of days until you feel comfortable with the balance and control.
If you’re comfortable, increase to 45 degrees through first week 2 or 3. If you have been inverting for 3-5 minutes at 45 degrees, and feel like you need more of a stretch, increase to 60 degrees.
60 degrees is what we call the “magic angle” – where your spine can fully decompress and you can experience the most benefits. Many people find that 60 degrees is where they are most happy… but if you still want more, then disconnect your tether strap and rotate into full inversion.
Inverting at 90 degrees provides freedom of movement for stretching and exercise. This is the position most people think of when they think of inversion. A lot of people think they will never want to fully invert, but over half of Teeter users actually do so on a regular basis!
When returning upright, do so slowly and stop when your body is parallel with the floor for 30-60 seconds to allow your body to adjust. This will also help you keep from feeling lightheaded or dizzy when you exit the inversion table.
Congratulations – you are now a professional Teeter inverter.
During Real NBA’s “24 Hours With Chris Paul: Practice,” you can see the Teeter XL set up in the Hornets training room!
(Paul works with his trainer, left)
Several years ago, trainers from professional sports teams approached Teeter asking for inversion equipment suitable for use by larger-stature athletes. Pro athletes are constantly dealing with back pain and injuries, so who better to help than Teeter? We designed three XL options, built to accommodate users between 6’6″ – 7’7″ and up to 350 lbs. Teeter XL equipment is now being utilized by 18 different professional sports franchises, including the New Orleans Hornets:
Seattle Seahwaks (NFL), Houston Astros (MLB), Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), New Jersey Nets (NBA), Oakland Raiders (NFL), Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL), Utah Jazz (NBA), Houston Texans (NFL), New Orleans Hornets (NBA), Indianapolis Colts (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Kansas City Royals (MLB), Detroit Pistons (NBA), LA Kings (NHL), LA Galaxy (MLS), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), New England Patriots (NFL)
Learn more about how elite athletes use Teeter inversion to keep them on top of their game here.
…because it repairs and strengthens! At least that’s what we have heard from satisfied customers for the past 30 years. Thousands have discovered Teeter’s awesome inverted workout that targets the glutes, legs and core, swearing that there is no tougher sit-up on the planet!
We recently heard from Bruce (AKA Mr. Tuffbody), a satisfied Teeter customer since 2006 who first sought Teeter for back pain relief but quickly fell in love with it for the workout benefits. Bruce is one impressive guy. A 47-year-old Army Veteran and amateur body builder living in Hawaii, he shares his perspective and fitness advice on YouTube and BodyBuilding.com.
Using his inversion table converted for use with Gravity Boots, Bruce performs inverted sit-ups and squats and reports, “These are two awesome exercises that you just can’t safely do without one of theses machines. That’s when I fell in love with this table. It has become a staple in my exercise program to help me keep my back healthy, my posture tall, and my core strong. I use it three days a week for 10 to 15 minutes each time.” Read the rest of Bruce’s testimonial to learn more about his Teeter story.