1. Gravity boots and gravity racks are both effective devices for inversion therapy, which uses gravity to stretch the spine and back muscles, resulting in increased flexibility, stress relief, and reduced back pain. Many people also use gravity boots and racks to add the extra challenge of inverted crunches or squats to their workout.
2. Gravity boots work by securing your feet directly into the rack and supporting your body in an inverted position to relieve spinal tension. Thanks to advanced locking mechanisms and safety levers, today's gravity boots allow home users to stay comfortable and safe while inverted. Gravity boots and other inversion therapy can also increase bloodflow to the brain, which has been shown to relieve headaches and other common ailments.
3. The two main types of gravity boot support systems are floor-standing inversion racks and wall-mounted inversion bars. Floor-standing gravity boot systems are often integrated with complete inversion table setups, while wall-mounted systems are designed to be easy to set up and store away.
4. Wall-mounted inversion bars require more strength, effort, and dexterity to secure yourself into position than floor-standing racks do, but many people choose this in exchange for the free floor space that a temporary rack allows. Most systems can be hung in a doorframe without any screws or other damaging elements.
5. Many floor-standing gravity racks fold down to a compact size, which is perfect for those who want the best of both worlds. Teeter Gravity Boots come with the popular EP-550 SPORT inversion table, and allow a wide range of upside-down activities. Body Solid Gravity Boots come separately and can be added to almost any existing inversion table or gravity rack system.
6. Foam lining is essential to the overall comfort of gravity boots, as they support the full weight of your body. Ideal cushioning combines a soft feel with minimal compression for comfort and support. Many gravity boot manufacturers use proprietary material to ensure that nothing gets in the way of a safe, comfortable inversion experience.
7. Key gravity boot features include adjustable width and length, ratcheting straps and locking buckles for security, and calf loops to relieve pressure from the knees. By inverting your entire body, gravity boot therapy and workout can undo many of the aches and pains caused by gravity, but must be done safely.