Our review shows why the Innova Fitness ITX9600 heavy duty deluxe inversion therapy table delivers the goods. When it comes to a well built, budget priced incline table, I think we found a winner. Read on to learn why this inversion table power user believes this unit is one of the best values under $150 today.
They call it the Innova Fitness ITX9600 heavy duty inversion therapy table for good reason. During my research I discovered that the primary frame is made of 1.5 inch square tube steel. The factory preassembles the two main legs so their hinge system is factory solid. By all indications, if a person follows the well detailed assembly instructions this is a very solid machine for the money.
This model sports what the manufacturer calls a three position bench, combining the footbed, main body support platform, and a separate head support to assist the spine in decompressing. There is a well-designed steel tube frame behind the back and head cushions. This tube frame runs down to the height adjustment bar. I can see why they are able to rate this unit at a capacity up to 300 lbs. because there is a sturdy steel tube assembly supporting everything.
[toc]I liked that the Innova Fitness ITX9600 comes with a padded backrest and separate headrest. Both are attached to the tube steel body frame. The reason I prefer the padded backrest is that when I was testing models for my own use I didn’t like the feel of reclining on the ridged plastic backrest models. In fairness, some people prefer the more expensive ridged models because of options like placing lumbar nodes (small plastic acupressure blocks) to help relieve other pressure points.
In the owner’s manual the Innova Fitness ITX9600 is listed to work for anyone from 4’-10” to 6’-6”. But the actual height adjustment on the unit begins at 5’-1” and goes to 6’-6”. I’m sure the reason for this difference is because of height-weight balance. You’ll find that once you set up your new unit your actual height might not be the setting you end up using. The idea is to find near perfect balance, so you might find one setting higher or lower lets you recline and return upright easier because of your body type balance. For this reason, a few persons 4’-10” might still achieve balance at the 5’-1” setting.
Ankle support has to be the number one concern for most people searching for the right table. Everyone want to know if this model is comfortable on the ankles? In my testing I discovered that no matter which table you will ultimately choose, the end result will be similar and here is why.
Every table of this type relies on supporting a large percentage of your weight by rubber covered pads pressing against the back of your foot above the heel and the front point of your foot-ankle joint area. The steeper you incline the table, the more of your weight will be directed to these two pressure points. This is the one trade-off to the health benefits of using an incline table. Therefore, some people are going to find ankle support more of a problem than others no matter what table they buy. In comparison to similar models this product has done a great job designing supports that will be comfortable for most people. Those who find it uncomfortable can try wearing thick socks with or without shoes or adding some additional padding around their ankles by way of some hand towels wrapped around the ankles.
The Innova Fitness ITX9600 heavy duty inversion table is designed with what I call cuff style rear support pads that are contoured to fit more comfortably around the rear of your heel-ankle area. These two pads will pivot for comfort but are fixed in place. The front adjustable sections are round contoured foam pads that will move in and secure against the front of your foot-ankle area with a push release bar-pin combination that creates a positive lock when secured.
It’s important to note that you will climb onto the tube steel foot rest to begin a session, but once inversion begins it is common to slip just a bit and your feet will likely leave this foot rest. This is perfectly OK and to be expected.
I like what I saw when researching the Innova Fitness ITX9600 when I found out it features a 4 position positive locking inversion control. This unit is perfect for anyone new to inversion therapy who might not be comfortable with full upside down incline.
The ITX9600 is designed with 4 fixed positions that you adjust before mounting the table. The first setting is a 20 degree incline which is ideal for anyone wishing to achieve minimal traction without excessive strain.
The next setting is a 40 degree incline which creates enough incline to exceed hospital based traction therapy. From there you move to a 60 degree incline setting which is the range I use every day. The final setting is 80 degrees which is almost full inversion but for the purist you will still be laying on your back and not in full suspension. If your plans include full incline where you are at 90 degrees or more, think no backrest contact, then this unit will not be your best choice.
This table differs from most other models with its pre-set and positive locking incline control. This is why Innova refers to these units as having their new True Balance Technology. Almost all other popular models rely on an adjustable nylon strap that the user must adjust to the desired degree of incline. So the question you should be asking yourself is, will I be happy choosing one of 4 possible incline settings described above or would I prefer an unlimited range of adjustment knowing that I may never get the exact same setting twice with a strap system?
In our household we have 3 different users ranging from 5’-5” to 6’-5” and each likes a different degree of incline. The Innova Fitness ITX9600 table would be a great choice for a group like my household because of its simple adjustments.
One nice feature of this table is the firmly mounted curved handles. You will quickly find that going into incline is rather easy, you simply lie back. Getting back upright requires a bit more effort and this is where these well designed handles will make that effort much easier to pull yourself back upright.
If you are searching for a unit that will also let you perform an abdominal workout, then I don’t think this model is the right choice for you. This unit has no option to lock the table in an inverted position. This is a feature you will find on more expensive models. So when you would attempt to lean forward into your crunch the table will want to right itself. On the other hand, I like to do torso twists from side to side and this unit will work fine for that movement.
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Assembly & Storage
The assembly process is very straight forward with clear pictures and written instructions. The included manual does a very thorough job of covering step by step assembly with highlighted notes about every possible safety concern during assembly. It also includes detailed instructions on how to safely use the inversion table.
I noticed during my research a few people stating that their table arrived without instructions so I decided to check out their customer service. I was very pleasantly surprised. Since I wanted an instruction manual to do a thorough review, I emailed customer support after I got off work on a Friday night and asked if they could email me a manual. Since they are on the West Coast and two hours behind me, I was surprised to have an email response with 2 different versions of the manual and detailed instructions on how to decide which copy I needed within 15 minutes of my original email.
This table is designed so you can fold it up for storage. The process is simple. There is a locking pin on one leg hinge that you remove and the front legs fold back to the rear legs. If you are looking to store this unit, plan on a folded size of 28” wide about 72” long and it will be 16” deep when folded.
I want to warn you that while this unit is not terribly heavy, actual weight is about 52 lbs, it is very bulky. So the idea of setting it up to use it and storing it away between daily use is probably not a good one. I recommend that you find an area at least 3’ wide, more if you need to walk around it. Plan on 7’ the long way, imagine the table hanging straight across with a 6’-6” person on it.
I found this video while researching the Innova Fitness ITX9600 Inversion Table. By all accounts this IT9600 model by Elite Fitness is built exactly like the Innova ITX9600 and sports almost the same model number. I found the Elite Fitness IT9600 model to be higher priced from two different sources but thought the video might be helpful with this review.
Safety is a top issue with any inversion table. When it comes to safety with the Innova Fitness ITX9600, I found 5 key safety features that I’ll briefly mention here. The first two are the positive locking pins installed in the leg hinge area. One is a removable pin that should always be left in place except to fold the unit up. This pin prevents the frame from collapsing while the unit is in use. The second pin is the pull-lock pin used to set the inversion limit position and this pin should also be securely set before each use.
Next are the two locks that work together at the height adjustment bar. First you have a pull-lock pin which is the primary set pin for the height adjuster. There is a second loose lock-in pin that you install as a backup to insure that the leg support lock never fails while your upside down which would cause a violent drop based on your height and weight.
The last safety item is the mounted arch handles on both sides which assist you in righting yourself once your session ends.
Last note here would be that this unit includes skid proof plastic feet on all 4 corners of the base for a more stable position on hard floors but if you have wood floors I’d recommend putting something underneath it so you don’t end up scratching the floors during any shifting that might happen as you go into or come out of an inversion position.
I’m not going to go into the details of the health related safety concerns you should check out, because I’ve talked about them in detail in another article. But it’s important to note that if you have any current health issue I advise that you check with your doctor or chiropractor before beginning any inversion therapy program.
I mentioned a few details about assembled space requirements as well as folded storage sizes and unit weight above, but here is a recap. Expect to have a space at least 3′ wide by about 7′ overall length available for pivoting the table. If you decide to fold the unit down, its bulky and weighs 52 lbs, plan on taking up a space 28″x72″ and folding to a minimum of 16″ deep.
For anyone interested in shipping information the shipping carton size is 50″ x 23″ x 5″ in a heavy cardboard box and shipping weight is 56.8 lbs.
This unit includes a 1 year factory warranty
- Heavy Duty Steel Frame
- Easy to Assemble
- Large Padded Back and Head Rest
- 4 Position Positive Inversion Lock
- Folding Frame
- Curved Safety Rails
- Heavy Padded Ankle Safety Locks
- Good Customer Support
- 1 Year Warranty
- 4 Position Limited Inversion Settings
- No Stop Lock for Abdominal Workout
- Not Designed to Fold Flat for Storage
Innova Fitness ITX9600 Inversion Table Price
I found the Innova Fitness ITX9600 heavy duty inversion table to be a very good value for the economical price tag. While the list price runs around $200 we found offerings ranging between $120-$130. I’ve included two links below if you’d like to check out todays lowest prices.
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