How to use Inversion Boots

What are Anti Gravity Inversion Boots?

Inversion gravity boots are a pair of fairly simple devices that can be easily and securely wrapped around your ankles. They feature metal or plastic hooks at the front that allow you to invert while hanging from a bar.

Inversion boots feature a padded inner layer to provide comfort while fastened around the ankles and a metal or plastic clip style lock to keep the boot securely on the ankle.

Although they are called anti gravity inversion boots, modern gravity boots do not cover any area of the foot.


How do you use Anti Gravity Inversion Boots?

Attaching inversion boots to your ankles is a very easy task as they have a simple locking mechanism.

The slightly more challenging aspect of using gravity inversion boots is the actual process of inversion. Although anyone who is fairly fit and healthy shouldn’t have much issue.

Many users of inversion boots simply get into a pull up position on a suitable pull up style bar and swing their bodies forward so their feet are next to the bar and can be hooked on. Once the boots are attached to the bar you can hang very securely.

To dismount the bar you then need to swing up and grab the bar with your hands in order to steady yourself while you unhook the boots and return to the pull up position. As you can probably imagine this requires a bit of agility and strength.

An alternative way of mounting and dismounting the bar would be doing a handstand (Providing the bar is low enough).

Mounting the bar from a handstand position is a good option if you are using a doorway style pull up bar.

Since this style of pull up bar is not physically attached to the door frame the handstand option may feel like a safer technique to use for some. Especially for those who perhaps feel less confident with swinging their body up on the bar out of fear of the bar dislodging out of place.

The first few times you use gravity inversion boots it is recommended that you have someone else on hand to help support your body while you get used to the process. This is especially helpful if you are trying the handstand variation as they can help hook your legs to the bar.

If the process of using inversion boots does sound a little overwhelming to you, or you do not think you are agile enough. An inversion table is probably a better option to consider, as they do require less effort.

Inversion Boots Benefits

Save Space and Money

Anti gravity inversion boots can be an excellent option for inversion especially for those in need of a more space saving solution.

In addition to taking up a lot less space than an inversion table, anti gravity inversion boots can also be a cheaper option, even when you include a hanging bar in the purchase.

Generally speaking the most common price for anti gravity inversion boots in the UK is around £40.

The main exception to this is the Teeter EZ-Up Gravity boots which cost in excess of £100.

You may also find some fairly standard looking inversion boots on marketplace style websites that are for sale for over £70. These boots however, are often a similar design to many of the cheaper £40 boots available and are generally set at varying (and in some cases ridiculous) prices by different sellers.

In addition to purchasing gravity inversion boots, something to hang off is also required for inversion. We will take a look at the various options available further down the page.

Health Benefits

Using inversion products is considered a great way of improving and maintaining a range of health aspects and aesthetic aspects.

These include:

  • Spinal Decompression
  • Maintained Height
  • Improvement in Posture
  • Increased Blood Circulation throughout the body
  • Improved Respiratory & Lymphatic System function

You can read more about these health benefits here on our homepage.

More Mobility when doing Inversion Exercises

When using inversion boots there is no backrest as there is when you use an inversion table.

Therefore, inversion boots are likely to be a more preferable for more active users. Since they can perform inversion exercises more freely due to the lack of a backrest area that may restrict movement a little.

In addition to the restriction of movement, on some inversion table models when you do invert fully they are not ideal for doing exercises such as sit ups and crunches. This is because the shift in weight can occasionally cause the table not to stay in place and the backrest can flip back up.

If you are looking for an inversion device that allows you to invert as well as do inversion exercises anti gravity inversion boots may be a better option over an inversion table.

Is There any Reason Not to Use Gravity Inversion Boots?

Inversion Boots Risks

As with all inversion items there are people with certain health conditions that shouldn’t use them.

This includes people with High Blood Pressure or Heart Problems. Also users with ear and eye issues such as glaucoma due to increased pressure in the head.

You can read more about the risks of inversion on our homepage.

Another reason you may not want to opt for anti gravity inversion boots is due to the amount of agility you need compared to using an inversion table. This is something mentioned a great deal on this page as inversion boots aren’t going to be a great choice if you have trouble moving your body freely.

If you do find it hard to bend and stretch, an inversion table is going to be a far better choice as they are a lot easier to use and require a lot less effort.

The Current Top 3 Best Rated Inversion Anti Gravity Boots in the UK

The Teeter Difference

If this is your first time looking at inversion products, you may now be wondering why the Teeter inversion boots are a lot more pricey than other anti gravity inversion boots.

Teeter inversion products are simply much higher in quality than other brands.

Whether you are looking for an inversion table or inversion boots. You will notice Teeter products are always way more expensive, you will however, often notice that the ratings and reviews are a lot better also.

Teeter are a company that are devoted to making comfortable and high quality inversion products that undergo vigorous health and safety checks making them great for doing inversion boot exercises.

Teeter products are also FDA regulated.

It is understandable why many choose Teeter products, however if the extra cost is not something you like the look of there are lower priced options that do the same job.

As well as being more comfortable there are also plenty of other reasons to choose Teeter over other brands of inversion therapy boots as the video below explains.

Hanging Bars and Other Options to Use with Inversion Boots

Apparatus Options to Hang from Inversion Boots

It is clear inversion tables are fairly large items to have set up in your home and despite many featuring a folding design they are still quite bulky even when closed.

In addition to this, many only use their inversion table for a short period of time a few times a day and it is a fairly tedious task to unfold the table every time you use it.

The most space saving option for inversion is clearly the anti gravity inversion boot path combined with a heavy duty pull up bar that fits in a door frame.

As you may have already guessed there is a Teeter door rack available (pictured right) which is as you would expect, the more expensive but most high quality option. You can get the Teeter inversion boots and bar for around £200. The rack alone costs around £140 at the time of writing. You can see the updated prices in the section below.

A cheaper option would be use a regular door pull up bar, however using one that is very secure and strong is obviously recommended so the type that hang around the door frame are the most secure choice. We will look at these in more detail below.

The 3rd option would be to use a pull up bar rack with your inversion boots. Although if your looking to save on space this option isn’t ideal. One positive is that most pull up bar racks can be used for other exercises in addition to being good for inversion and pull ups.

We will look at all 3 options below.

Teeter Hang Ups EZ Up Inversion and Chin Up System with Rack

The Teeter EZ-Up inversion chin up system is considered one of the best options by many, unfortunately it is not one of the cheapest.

The rack is fairly similar to some raised bar pull up bars that can be mounted around a door frame.

The double bar system makes mounting and dismounting easy and the raised bar ensures there is enough clearance space from the ground while inverting from the frame of a doorway.

The Teeter EZ-Up inversion rack can be purchased with Teeter inversion boots included or without, should you want to use the rack with other brands of inversion boots. Both options can be seen below with their current prices, you can also see the cost of the inversion boots when bought alone.

If you are going to opt for the Teeter gravity boots option, buying the rack with the boots included is usually the cheapest option and far better value for money. Going by the prices that are currently listed* buying the Teeter boots and rack separately would cost around £70 more than buying the rack and boot set combo.

*This is a price comparison at the time of writing. Prices may change.

As is generally to be expected every one of the Teeter options mentioned here and listed below have very high ratings making the Teeter option a good choice overall.

There are also a set of XL Teeter inversion boots available for larger users.

Pros of using Teeter Hang Ups

Professional and high quality design that is often safer to use than other systems. All Teeter products are highly trusted and highly rated making them a very safe choice overall. The Teeter Hang Ups system and bar are also great for saving space and a lot less cumbersome than an inversion table.

Cons of using Teeter Hang Ups

Teeter goods are very expensive making them a bit off putting to some, despite their high quality.

Some less agile users would be better off buying an inversion table as the Hang Ups system does require a little more mobility to use.

Highly Rated and Recommended Teeter Inversion Boot Products

The Pull Up Bar Option

As mentioned previously the pull up bar option is recommended more for those who are more confident in their agility. It is probably the least safe option if you are using an unfixed pull up bar that mounts a door frame, however if you are fairly careful especially the first few times it should be completely fine.

The main thing to think about when choosing an adequate pull up bar for inversion is making sure you have enough clearance from the ground to invert fully in the door frame.

This means a pull up bar with a raised bar like the one pictured upper right may be the best choice if you are taller.

If you are shorter the (often) slightly cheaper style pull up bar (pictured lower right) should be fine to use.

The main issue with using these 2 styles of pull up bar is the mounting and dismount since the bars are not fixed to the door frame.

This style of bar hooks over the door frame at the back and therefore when inverting on it, it will stay firmly in place.

However, if it is accidentally knocked upwards while you are mounting the bar or while dismounting it could move it out of place and cause the bar to fall from the frame.

The 3rd option would be a pull up bar that can be mounted to the wall such as the JX fitness bar below right. A fairly cheap piece of kit that is similar in price to other door frame style pull up bars and very well rated.

The main issue with this style of pull up bar is obviously that you need to mount it to the wall. This makes it a great choice if you have a specific room for exercise, but maybe not such a great option if you are going to use it in a living area.

Pros of using a pull up bar with inversion boots

The main pro of the pull up bar method is clearly the price, a £40 pull up bar used with a £40 pair of inversion boots is cheaper than buying an inversion table.

The second clear benefit is the space saving design. The pull up bars do not take up a great deal of space and if you have a door frame bar they are very quick and easy to put up and take down.

Cons of using a pull up bar with inversion boots

The main con of this method is the mounting and dismounting. If you are quite agile or can do a handstand fairly easily, using the pull up bar method shouldn’t be an issue. On the other hand if you aren’t particularly mobile an inversion table is probably the best option for you! As with anything the more you practice mounting the pull up bar the easier it will become.

Highly Rated and Recommended Pull Up Bars for Inversion Boots

Pull Up Station Option / Using A Park Exercise Area

Using a pull up station is a more fixed option when compared to a pull up bar, unfortunately it doesn’t really solve the issue of saving space. Some will also have an issue with mounting and dismounting as discussed earlier in the pull up bar section.

On a positive note you can use some pull up stations for a range of other exercises and you can pick some models up for around £60.

Another similar alternative to the pull up station would be to use inversion boots at an exercise park or gym, provided you have one close to you.

*It is worth noting that some of the pull up bars in parks have fairly thick bars and therefore the hooks on most inversion boots will not be big enough. 

If you have a gym or park near you that does have a thinner style pull up bar and have no issue using your inversion boots in public this is an option that will save money and space.

Highly Rated and Recommended Pull Up Stations for Inversion Boots