Ironman IFT 1000 Infrared Therapy Inversion Table ReviewJust finished researching the Ironman IFT 1000 Infrared Heat Therapy Inversion Table and I think this unit turned out to be a great value with full F.I.R. (Far Infrared Rays) therapy heat for under $200. In my review I will outline what makes this unit a well-built model worthy of a closer look.

I will also touch on a few things I learned about incorrect information posted about this table on other web sites including one of the big sales sites. So be sure and read everything here if you want to make your decision based on all the facts.

Construction

One thing I like about the entire line of Ironman incline units is their commitment to a quality frame construction and the Ironman IFT 1000 infrared therapy inversion table is certainly no exception. Constructed of solid heavy gauge oval tube steel that is coated with a durable powder-coated finish insures a solid and safe platform for your decompression therapy sessions as well as incline workouts.

[toc]You will like the factory assembled leg structure that is ready for you to install heavy duty skid resistant feet that you’ll blot into place on each corner. This means more stability and no worries about feet falling off like many competitor’s products.

There is a positive locking ring which holds the steel on steel pivot arms (no plastic bushings here) in place for years of safe and solid use. I’d simply remove one bolt in each of these rings to remove the complete table for more permanent storage, but the unit folds for storage with the table in place.

The backrest is attached to a square tube steel substructure that also is the connection for the adjustable ankle support lower boom. All of this combines for a safe and solid table rated for users weighing up to 275 lbs. (Interesting note here that this table is incorrectly listed at a higher weight rating on many sites as well as the top selling site, but the correct limit is 275 lbs. from the manufacturer. I also confirmed this in the owner’s manual.)

The backrest itself is designed to include a heating element of Carbon Fiber F.I.R (Far Infrared Rays) which will be helpful in soothing tired muscles during decompression sessions. This heating element is hard wired to a controller that mounts on the back of the backrest (more on that under inversion options) with an added remote control.

Ankle Support

The ankle support system for the IFT 1000 unit is designed with user comfort in mind. It features an extended pull handle lock release so you won’t have to bend over as far with a sore back to lock in and out of the table.  The ankle support system is designed with comfort cuff pads on the rear ankle pads and soft round foam roller pads for the front ankle contacts. The front ankle bar is designed with a spring loaded T-bar design which means you might have to press against it once in a while in order to insure a snug fit against your ankles when locking in.

This combination of rear comfort contoured pads and front roller pads have been shown to be fairly comfortable even during full 90-degree inversion.

Inversion Options

Ironman IFT 1000 Infrared Therapy Inversion Table ReviewThe Ironman IFT 1000 Infrared Therapy inversion table is designed to offer a full 90-degree incline experience with its 3 position pivot bar adjustments. If you’re not familiar with the pivot bar adjustments, these are a setting you decide on during assembly which cause the backrest to pivot more gradually for beginners in the farthest setting or in a quicker arc and full incline at the closest setting.

The incline control is unlimited from 0 to a full 90-degrees of incline which is often referred to as full lockout. The degree of incline can easily be limited with the heavy duty safety tether strap which you simply adjust before getting on the unit.

When it comes to the weight limit on the IFT 1000 I found many sites including the main selling site to have listed the wrong weight limit for this unit. The correct weight limit as stated by the manufacturer’s page as well as the Owner’s manual is a limit of 275 lbs.

This unit is designed for users from 4’-10” to 6’-6” tall but keep in mind that you’ll want to experiment with height adjustment from 1 to 2 positions higher or lower than your actual height until you find a point of perfect balance. You’ll know when your there when you can simply lean back and begin to incline. From there simply lift one or both arms over your head to shift the balance into as much incline angle as you like. You’ll lean forward with the assistance of the extended side padded stretch handles when you are ready to set the unit back upright.

The Ironman IFT 1000 does not have any type of angle breaking system so while the tether strap will limit your incline angle there is no system to lock the backrest in that position. This should not limit an experienced user from achieving desired results during a workout session. You will be able to achieve full lockout for exercises like incline squats, sit-ups, and crunches.

The FIR (Far Infrared Rays) system is a nice added feature for anyone wanting the added benefit of soothing heat therapy that allows the unit to provide deeper penetrating heat directly to sore muscles without the concerns related to conventional heating pad units. This is because an infrared system does not use electromagnetic heat technology like traditional pads. The actual heating surface on the IFT 1000 is 11.81” wide by 23’62” tall which covers most of the lower backrest area.

Keep in mind that it takes the heating element about 10-15 minutes to heat up so plan to turn it on in advance of your decompression session. While the unit promotes an LED temperature indicator, it’s worth noting here that the control unit mounts on the back of the backrest so you will not be able to see it while on the table. There is an included remote which allows you to adjust temp settings but it does not show the unit temperature so I’m not sure how much good it will do you during use.

Also keep in mind that the temperature setting on the IFT 1000 heat controller is the actual temp at the heating element and not the temperature you will feel on the backrest, so the manufacturer recommends checking the backrest surface and possibly even using a towel between you and the unit during use.

Ironman Far Infrared Heat Inversion Table Video

Assembly & Storage

Product assembly of the Ironman IFT 1000 is pretty straight forward with the exception of stringing the electrical wires for the FIR heating system through the backrest main assembly. Be sure and pay attention to this step which is well documented with photos.

The unit comes with a Philips screw driver as well as multi hex tools to complete the assembly in a little under one hour on average. Paradigm Health & Wellness does a good job of writing their assembly and user manuals and they offer good customer support if you have any questions.

When it comes to space required to use this table, you should plan on a footprint of 25” wide by 49” long with a pivot length of about 7’ which centers at the pivot bar location for both end to end and ceiling height requirements. The assembled unit weight is 50 lbs. which makes the table fairly easy to move around but keep in mind like all units of this type, it will be bulky and can be tough to move around by one person.

The unit does fold for storage and the folded size is 25” by 80” long and 17” deep so don’t plan on sliding it under the bed without at least a partial disassembly.

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Safety

When it comes to safety the Ironman IFT 1000 has all the safety features I’ve come to expect from anything Paradigm Health & Wellness puts out. The FIR Far Infrared Heating system is certified to have passed the ETL/CETL standards for electrical safety.

Like all my incline table reviews this is the point where I recommend that you read my article Health Concerns to Avoid Inversion Therapy just to make sure that you don’t have any health concerns that would restrict you from the benefits of decompression therapy.

Warranty

The Ironman IFT 1000 Infrared Therapy Inversion Table comes with a one-year warranty directly from Paradigm Health & Wellness the parent company of Ironman Fitness.

Dimensions

As mentioned above the IFT 1000 has a base footprint of 25” wide by 49” long but you should plan on a centered space of 7’ when the table is horizontal and also 7’ of ceiling height during full 90-degree incline. With an assembled weight of 50 lbs. the unit rather bulky to move around by will fold down to 25” by 80” by 17” deep for storage.

When your unit ships you’ll be looking for a box that measures 53” by 28” by 5.5” that weighs 66 lbs. So plan on two people to place the box where you intend on setting it up for use.

Pros

  • Far Infrared Heating Technology
  • Weight capacity up to 275 lbs.
  • Height adjusts from 4’-10” to 6’-6”
  • Folds for easy storage
  • Padded extended inversion stretch handles
  • Comfortable ankle support locks

Cons

  • Pivot control bar difficult to adjust
  • Limited to 275 lb. weight capacity
  • Ankle lock may require two hands to set

Ironman IFT 1000 Infrared Therapy Inversion Table Price

I think you will find the price of the Ironman IFT 1000 to be right in line with other models with similar features. I did find prices ranging between $190-$250 and I’ve included links to the two lowest sites right here today.

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