Homemade Inversion Machines

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Homemade Inversion Machines
A weight bench can be converted to an inversion table. (Chris Clinton/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Inversion machines are devices that hold the user upside down. This helps relieve pressure on the spine and feels good to the user; inversion machines are also used for exercise. It is possible to make your own machine.

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Inversion Table

A weightlifting bench can be converted into a makeshift inversion table. The bench must be put into an inclined position, and you need something to keep your ankles secured to the high point on the table. Gravity boots can be used for this.

Inversion Swing

A chinning bar designed to do chin-ups in a doorway can be converted to an inversion rack or swing. This involves hanging upside down from the bar; you can use gravity boots to hang or create a secure strap that wraps around the thighs for you to swing.


Because you are upside down while using the inversion machine, it is very important that the machine is stable and will not break due to risk of severe head and spinal injuries. Do not attempt to make an inversion machine unless you have appropriate materials and skills to make one. It may be preferable to find positions or stretches that you can do instead of using an inversion machine; many people find that lying on foam wedges can help relieve back pain.

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