In my review of the Body Champ IT8070 Inversion Therapy Table I wanted to find out why it was the second most popular incline bed by sales on many retail sites. I was surprised by the answers I found while collecting my research. Be sure and read what I learned about the overall construction and warranty information that I have detailed for you in my review.
The Body Champ IT8070 comes with a round tube steel leg assembly. By comparison most heavier built models, like the Ironman Gravity 4000 use either an oblong reinforced or square tube steel design for better side to side strength. The round tube design used in the Body Champ does not have the side to side strength that you will find in designs that use either a square tube or elongated tube design.The Body Champ unit uses four snap on plastic feet to avoid scuffing the floor. This feature sounds good in design but many people have complained about these feet falling off.
[toc]When it comes to the backrest, the only description anywhere says you will get good support from the high density foam back support.
However, I ran across many complaints about backrest discomfort during my research. For models that use foam in their backrest you will find two different products available, high density or memory foam. Memory foam is a more desired product because it has the ability to retain its shape better and will not break down or go flat like high density foam can do with repeated use.
It probably makes more difference from a users perspective how thick the foam is, many products comparable in design to the Body Champ IT8070 only offer a 3/4″ thick foam pad over the backrest as compared to the Ironman Gravity 4000 which has 2-1/2″ of memory foam.
The Body Champ IT8070 is rated at only 250 lbs. which is on the lowest end of all products we researched.
Body Champ IT8070 Inversion Therapy Table Ankle Support
The Body Champ IT8070 uses the most basic ankle support system available. By this I mean that they provide a positive pin-lock T-bar front ankle support bar. You will find four simple foam roller pads are your only ankle support from a comfort standpoint. If it seems like I’m being hard on this review it would be because I place a great deal of value on a comfortable user experience. You are going to be making an investment in both safety and comfort here and I’m having a hard time with the thought of recommending any product that will deliver a poor user experience just because it costs less. (More on this later)
The Body Champ IT8070 is designed with a 4-hole pivot bar adjustment that you set during assembly. This pivot bar setting affects overall arc swing and controls the ability to decide between a gradual arc or immediate arc swing. For anyone looking for a full incline setting, you will set this pin assembly at the closest setting to the pivot bar.
The Body Champ IT8070 uses a safety tether strap to set and limit the degree or angle of inversion before you mount the table. This type of inversion control is pretty standard and should give you a safe user experience.
The user will find the two cushion grip handles mounted on the rear of the A-frame to be helpful when returning to an upright position.
The Body Champ IT8070 is rate to work for people 4’-7” to 6’-8” tall which is another concern for me since the top rated units on the market including ones that carry a UL safety rating only recommend users up to 6’-6” tall. Sorry if you are over 6’-6” tall but safety first here. This unit is rated for a maximum of 250 lbs. user weight. Based on its construction I would never recommend exceeding these limits. Now understand that an incline unit works like a simple fulcrum. You have a centered pivot point and you must have equal weight at both sides of the fulcrum for the system to work right. So overloading the unit with someone too tall or even too short will cause an imbalance and the unit will never perform correctly. One added note that I found reading the owners manual. In the manual the recommend this unit not be used by anyone over 6′-5″ tall and they also recommend setting the height adjuster from 2-3″ taller than your height when first using the machine until you establish a good balance. (think fulcrum above) So if you follow the owners manual instructions, this would limit safe usage down to someone around 6′-2″ max height.
The manufacturer claims that this unit can be used in full inversion (think back completely off the table) but I’m certain that no one could comfortably support their weight by the included ankle supports for more than a few seconds unless you are really into pain, and we are trying to eliminate pain here, not add more.
This unit is designed to be a very budget priced option for someone in a mid-height and weight range looking for the benefits of a 20 to 60-degree decompression session only.
Assembly & Storage
Assembly of the Body Champ IT8070 seems to be pretty straight forward. As always I have printed out the complete assembly instructions and read through them for you. This table has more than the average number of pieces to put together but the instructions are fairly well detailed in clear English. So just allow yourself at least an hour to work through the instructions and be sure to tighten every bolt according to the instructions.
The unit does offer a quick release hook over each pivot bar which will allow you to unlatch the table and remove the entire table and ankle support assembly for storage. From there you would unlock the leg hinge supports and close the leg assembly for storage. It is possible to also store the unit with the table left in place. There is a safety lock included to keep the leg assembly closed during storage.
One note on unit weight, this unit weighs only 47 lbs. for storage and moving it around. Is the fact that it weighs almost 30 lbs less than well-built units a good thing? You’ll have to decide that for yourself. Because of its lighter weight and design to fold down to only 13 inches tall, this model will work well for anyone who’s main concern is storage when not in use.
Here is a link to compare all my inversion table reviews on one page. With individual unit details and links to each of my reviews.
Safety here is a big question for me. Yes, the manufacturer offers well explained details for safe assembly and use of this incline table, but is the Body Champ IT8070 solid enough for a larger regular user? I don’t see enough safety features built into this unit not to leave me concerned.
As always, this is where I recommend you read a couple of my articles on inversion table health and safety concerns if you are looking for information on whether or not an inversion table purchase will be right for you.
One solid point for the Body Champ IT8070 would be a child resistant safety lock which amounts to a J shaped bolt that secures the leg support bar to the cross bar with a lock nut you install for storage. This bolt assembly is mounted through a hole in the leg support and a locking nut must be install during safe time and removed for use.
I looked high and low for optional accessories for the Body Champ IT8070, but finding much beyond the basic information was hard to come across.
The body Champ IT8070 unit is rated at 55-1/2 by 29-1/2 by 57-7/8 inches assembled but you should plan on about 84” of space for that last measurement when the unit is being used by a taller person at a straight or horizontal position.
When folded down for storage, plan on a space requirement of 13 by 29 by 75 inches.
Warranty on the Body Champ IT8070 is another interesting subject. The owner’s manual claims a 1-year frame and 90 days’ parts warranty from the company Body Flex Sports. They even tell you to contact customer support on the west coast for help, but they don’t give you any contact information like a phone number, email address, or even company web address. I finally hunted down their web site and found out it doesn’t even list the Body Champ IT8070 therapy table as a product they sell.
- Holds up to 250 lbs.
- Height Adjustment Range 4’-7” to 6’-8” (see notes above)
- Safety Tether inversion control
- Folds almost flat for storage
- Entry level price
- Light weight construction
- Poor ankle support pad design
- Loose plastic foot pads
- No warranty or customer support information
Body Champ IT8070 Inversion Therapy Table Price
So here we are, we’ve been talking about the Body Champ IT8070 and here are my thoughts on its price. I’ve been in sales and more importantly helping people make informed buying decisions for almost 40 years now and I learned a saying a long time ago that rings true with this unit. “I’m not upset with those who sell their product for less, after all, they know what it’s worth” In the end, this is the second best selling unit at most online retailers. That means a lot of people decided it was a good enough value for the price they were willing to pay. I have included 2 links for the lowest prices available on this unit today if you’d like to check it out further.
Body Champ IT8070 Inversion Therapy Table Reviews and Summery
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