Teeter wants to encourage you to get more limber! Yes, we know that getting more flexible is difficult, but there are so many benefits that you’re missing out on if you don’t try! Flexibility is one of the keys to relieve stress, have better posture, and relieve back pain.
With our Special Edition EP-970 Ltd. Red promotion/charity fundraiser last month, Teeter was able to donate $3,000 to Childhaven thanks to YOU!
Our founder and spokesman Roger Teeter frequently talks about the importance of maintaining functional fitness into one’s senior years. And he lives by example – here’s Roger earlier this month teaching his 5-year old grandson how to waterski! To Roger, and so many other super seniors out there, it’s all about the ability to stay active and do what you love.
When you are suffering from a bout of acute back pain, it may feel like the discomfort will never end. In the moment, we make promises to ourselves that we’ll start exercising, lose weight or whatever it takes to never have to experience the pain again. Many of our customers have found tremendous relief from back pain using a program of inversion with a Teeter Hang Ups, but ask what they should do when they no longer have back pain to help them resist future incidents?
Establish a Routine
At Teeter, we often compare the routine of inversion to brushing your teeth. You don’t just brush your teeth when you feel like they are dirty and need a good scrubbing – you brush them morning and night to prevent cavities and gum disease. You practice good dental hygiene so you don’t have to pay the price later on, and we think of inversion in much the same way.
Inversion for a few minutes a day can help keep your discs healthy and your skeleton in alignment so you decrease your potential for future injuries and discomfort. Ideally, you will invert every day to keep pain at bay… and not just when you feel like you need it. Morning inversion will help you stretch, get your blood circulating and feel energized, while evening inversion will help you decompress and relax. Take 3 minutes on your Teeter morning and night to start your day off with enthusiasm and end it with some quiet relaxation.
Inversion is not only a great tool for decompression, but using a Teeter Hang Ups can help you improve your flexibility. By staying flexible, you ensure your joints remain lubricated and you can prevent stiffness throughout your body. When you feel flexible, you are more active and less prone to injury.
Perform regular stretching exercises on your Teeter to stay flexible and decrease overall soreness after workouts.
Many injuries are a result of weak muscles that are not able to support your body properly, and a root cause of back injuries in particular is weak core strength (back & abdominal). By using a Teeter Hang Ups to perform key strengthening exercises, you are building up a foundation for your body to help protect yourself from future injuries and doing so without placing harmful loads on your back. When these same exercises are performed on a mat or the floor, you put an uncomfortable load on your spine that could possibly lead to injury.
You may initially be drawn to use your Teeter Hang Ups for relief of nagging back pain, but as you recover, the Teeter can be your greatest ally in keeping your joints and spine healthy, keeping your core strong and your body more flexible… helping to avoid future joint and back pain.
One of our favorite things about what we get to do everyday at Teeter is talk to our customers! You all have lots of great questions and we try to address some of the most common ones on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Every Friday, we’ll focus on one FAQ in more detail. We encourage you to email us or post a comment with additional questions and we’ll send you an answer you may even see your question pop up on a future blog post!
How To Exercise On Your Teeter
With over 2 million inversion table users in the past 30 years, Teeter has a lot of fans… but perhaps none more energetic than those who have inverted their way to flat abs, defined legs and cuter buns!
While a nice tush can make a fan out of anybody, perhaps the real reason why they are advocates is because they get results faster with less pain!
So once Teeter has helped you lose the back pain (which was most likely caused by weak and tired core muscles), don’t hide your inversion table under the bed or behind the door. Get back on it and work on strengthening the key groups of muscles that will help you combat back pain for years to come with these 4 exercises.
#1 – Inverted Back Extension
- Place both hands behind your head.
- Use your lower back muscles to slowly arch backward.
- Hold, release and repeat.
- Be careful not to rely on momentum and risk hyper-extension.
Benefit: Erector spinae, Multifidus, Biceps Femoris, Quadriceps, Gluteus Maximus, Adductor Magnus, Hamstrings. This will help promote good posture (the body position that best resists gravity) and support for your spine.
#2 – Inverted Crunches
- Cross both arms on your chest.
- Use your abdominals to crunch forward.
- Hold, release and repeat.
Benefit: Rectus Abdominis (Add obliques by bringing your right shoulder toward your left knee, then your left shoulder to your right knee).
#3 – Inverted Sit-Up
- Bend your knees slightly and contract your abs.
- Reach your arms toward your knees, lifting your entire torso upward.
- For assistance, place your hands behind your knees to finish the motion.
Benefit: Hip Flexor, Abdominis Muscles, Iliopsoas, Tensor Fasciae Latae, Rectus Femoris, Sartorius, Tibialis Anterior (Add obliques by bringing your right shoulder toward your left knee, then your left shoulder to your right knee). This is the only form of full-range sit-up that does not place loads on your back.
#4 – Inverted Squats
- Hold onto the A-frame legs to stabilize your body.
- Bend your knees, bringing you buns towards your heels.
- Hold, release and repeat.
Benefit: Gluteus Maximus, Quadriceps, Adductor Magnus, Soleus, Hamstrings, Gastrocnemius, Erector Spinae, Obliques, Rectus Abdominis.
One of our favorite things about what we get to do everyday at Teeter is talk to our customers! You all have lots of great questions and we try to address some of the most common ones on our Frequently Asked Questions Page (FAQ). Every Friday, we’ll focus on one FAQ in more detail. We encourage you to contact us or post a comment with additional questions and we’ll send you an answer, you may even see your question pop up on a future blog post!
A lot of Teeter users have told us that they always leave their inversion table up and ready to use, but even the die-hard inverter needs to store their table once in a while. Is your brother’s family coming into town? Having a party? Getting your carpets shampooed? Whatever the reason, no need to fear – Anthony is here! Watch Anthony as he shows us 4 of the easiest ways to store your Teeter Inversion Table.
Meet Cody Goodfellow
Cody is our Inventory Manager here at Teeter. Cody uses his crystal ball to predict the future (how much product we will need and when) and works with the factories to ensure on-time delivery.
~ Richard Watson Gilder
Thank you to our Veterans, for holding up our flag – both physically and in principle.
It’s not like we think we are the only company ever that has been in business for over 30 years, but when you look at who else was making inversion tables 30 plus years ago, Teeter is the only one that is still around. Why?
Are you inspired by Roger Teeter and his love of inversion? Wether you love it, laugh at it or want to learn more, Roger’s love of inversion is catching attention.