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Similar to other older Ironman tables, the Ironman 5800 inversion table represents a solid table without the glamour of a more premium model.
When buying an Ironman inversion table, you can usually be assured that the table will be both durable and sturdy. They are made to especially accommodate users who weigh up to 350 pounds. Not only this, they also have an extra wide frame. Other models, including the Teeter Hang Ups (which you’ll pay $100 more for) can only generally hold 300 pounds.
The drawback of this is that they’re not easy to fold away, or move to another room. When purchasing with Ironman, you should probably make sure you have a room with sufficient space, where you are willing to leave your table out. If you’re using this thing 3 times a day, you’re not going to want to be setting it up and folding it away every time.
Again, as with other Ironman models, you get the tough, powder coated finish. This doesn’t matter too much, what matters more is the lack of sturdiness you will encounter with cheaper tables.
Perhaps another drawback of the Ironman is that you can’t really accessorize.
Your feet will be locked in by what Ironman call their “ratchet gear system” which includes their patented “push
release”. This refers to the metal bar that reaches up from your feet. Upon pushing the top of this, your ankles will be released. You do have to bend a little to reach it, but it’s definitely better than having to lean all the way down and release your ankles manually.
Other conveniences include an optional lumbar pillow (which actually works for many users, unlike Teeter’s acupressure nodes), foam covered long safety handles, that enable you to lower yourself more comfortably, and non-skid floor stabilizers – a feature to be expected in any decent inversion table.
Takes about 30 minutes, and isn’t particularly difficult. Most of the bigger branded tables come with pretty clear instructions. Should you run into any problems, the customer service is probably a bit better than Teeter’s.
Many customers report with the Ironman 5800 and other Ironman models that when they arrive, quite often they are either missing a part, or more notoriously the button for the ratchet gear release system (that holds your ankles in) is broke. Paradigm (who bought now own Ironman’s inversion tables) have pretty good customer service and will usually sort this out pretty quick, but none-the-less it can be really annoying.
Further to this, other customers have pointed out that the cross bar (that supports the rest surface) can get in the way and be a nuisance when the user is attempting full inversion.
If you want an inversion table but you don’t want to shell out for the top model, the Ironman 5800 does the trick. Sturd
iness, durability, and a brand name you can rely on. For the price, you’re probably better off getting an Ironman – you’ll pay a premium for a lot of features you won’t necessarily use if you go for a Teeter. The downside is it comes with no warranty, and you lose the special something that the Teeter offers.
Below is Ironman’s advertisement for the 5800.