The Teeter Fit Spine LX9 is the most advanced inversion table to date and includes a lot of very nice features.
The LX9 is part of Teeters new for 2019 FitSpine range and possesses many of the same features as the slightly cheaper Teeter FitSpine X3 inversion table.
However, since the LX9 is the most advanced inversion table from the range it has a few more useful features when compared to the X3 inversion table from Teeters X-Series.
We will take a look at all of these features in the next section.
Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table Features
Teeter FlexTech backrest:
The new FlexTech backrest can be found on this LX9 inversion table and on the other Teeter X-series inversion tables.
As you can see in the product images, the FlexTech backrest really makes the inversion table stand out from the vast majority of inversion tables available.
You will also notice that the bed is not padded like many inversion tables these days, however there is a good reason as to why Teeter opt for this style of backrest.
As with the iconic ComforTrak backboards found on the Teeters EP-560 and EP-960 inversion tables, the LX9 and the X Series inversion tables have a smooth surface.
This is to allow for a better body slide, which allows for better spinal decompression when using a Teeter inversion table.
Padded and upholstered backboards can often cause friction while inverting whereas the smooth surface on Teeter tables let you slide down the backrest more easily, giving a better stretch with less effort.
Another reason for the molded contoured backrest is so that accessories (see next section) can be added to the backrest in order to enhance the users inversion sessions.
In addition to this, the non-padded backboard has 3 additional stretch grips surrounding the small black headrest cushion.
The stretch grip handles are great for providing additional stretching options while you invert.
The FlexTech bed also has an 8 point floating suspension system at the back which moves with your body and offers a wider range of motion and great comfort, thanks to its flexible design.
Lumbar Bridge and Accupressure Nodes accessories included:
The lumbar bridge and acupressure nodes were previously accessories that were only included on the LTD model of the Teeter EP range.
On the LX9 and the XSeries from Teeter they have now been included in the standard package.
As you can see in the image to the right, the bed on the Teeter LX9 inversion table has numerous ridges for placement of the accessories.
The lumbar bridge can be easily attached to the inversion table and there are numerous adjustment slots allowing the user to adjust the curve of the bridge.
You can set the lumbar bridge to a higher curve or a more subtle protrusion depending on the amount of lower back support you require. A great accessory for adding extra support and traction to the lower regions of the back.
You will also see there are a number of placement options for the acupressure nodes, allowing you to place them wherever you feel they may be beneficial for adding a little extra pressure.
You can simply rest upon the acupressure nodes while you invert to apply a steady pressure on troublesome areas of the back.
Or you can shift your weight around the nodes to apply a shiatsu style massage to any problematic areas of the back.
Both the lumbar bridge and the acupressure nodes are fairly unique and useful accessories not often found on inversion tables by other brands.
And while they may seem like small or perhaps irrelevant additions, they can make a a big difference and certainly enhance the inversion experience a great deal.
Extra Long Ankle Lock Lever, Boarding Platform and Arched Frame
The deluxe EZ-Reach ankle lock lever is a very useful addition for reducing the need to bend down while securing your ankles into the ankle holders.
The aerospace-grade stainless steel ankle lock provides the user with a very easy and safe solution to mounting the table. Significantly reducing the risk of straining your back while mounting the table due to the excessive pressure which may be caused by arching your back.
A great feature for those who are a little less flexible or those who need to be cautious when bending over.
The boarding platform and arched frame are new additions that that make mounting the inversion table more accessible process.
The raised platform is non skid and is a very unique feature that is not available with any other inversion table currently.
While the boarding platform may not seem a particularly useful feature to the more agile among us, it is certainly a nice feature to help with stability and safety when using the inversion table.
Traction Handles, StretchMax Side Handles and Tether Strap with preset markings
The traction handles are another feature that are generally found on other Teeter inversion tables such as the EP-960 and the FitSpine X3.
They are an excellent addition that allows the user to apply pressure at lower inversion angles to increase spinal decompression.
In addition to this the user can also rhythmically apply pressure add oscillation while inverting.
The Stretch Max handles are a fairly standard feature found on most inversion tables. They are basically long side handles which are fairly common. They do however help with balance and movement when using the table.
The Tether strap is also a common sight on most inversion tables. It is an optional strap that attaches to the backrest and the table frame that can be adjusted to limit the angle of inversion.
In many cases the inversion tether strap is just a plain black strip of fabric so there is a little trial and error when adjusting it.
On this model however, Teeter have marked the tether strap with angular markings of 20, 40 and 60 degrees so you can be a little more precise when adjusting the angle you wish to invert at.
You also have the option to not use the strap at all, which allows for optional lockout in full inversion.
The Lx9 inversion table also features precision balancing like all other Teeter inversion tables.
This allows you to control the rotation of the bed area simply by moving your arms above your head or down by your side, in order to rotate and balance the table as you invert.
Other features and quick specs:
- Max weight capacity: 300 lbs
- User height adjustment: 4’8” – 6’6″
- Easy assembly required
- FlexTech backrest with stretch grip handles
- Acupressure nodes and lumbar bridge included
- Precision rotation inversion control
- Ergonomic ankle supports
- Tether strap angle limitation system with markings
- Deluxe EZ-Reach ankle lock lever
- Long side safety handles
- Boarding base
- Curved frame
- Traction handles
- Small padded headrest
- Rear floor stretch handle
- Bluetooth Teeter link tracker (syncs inversion session with app)
- Storage caddy for acupressure nodes, drinks or phone
- 5 year full warranty from manufacturer
- Registered FDA 510(k) medical device
- Getting started DVD included
Is the Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion tables a worthwhile investment?
If the price of the LX9 inversion table from Teeter is within your budget then this inversion table is certainly a worthwhile choice.
At the time of writing (Oct 2018) the LX9 has only just been released and it is one of (if not) the most advanced inversion tables on the market. It is also likely to be the most advanced inversion table for a fair few years, probably until Teeter release another upgraded model.
Teeter as always, have everything covered and have packed this inversion table with very useful features to help newcomers to inversion therapy and more seasoned users.
Although it is true that many of the features on the LX9 inversion table can be found on other Teeter models such as the X3 FitSpine Inversion table (also newly released at time of writing) and the very popular EP-960 Teeter inversion table. This inversion table possesses features never before seen such as the mounting base and Bluetooth technology.
If however, the new features like the curved frame and mounting base do not seem particularly important to you personally, the X3 FitSpine inversion table may be a better, more affordable option. You may even wish to consider the X1 or X2 Fitspine inversion tables which are also similar in design to the LX9 but also lack a few of the more advanced features.
Since Teeter inversion tables tend to all be built on the same design it is often the additional features that boost the price up with each model.
This is true for both the EP range and the FitSpine Teeter inversion table range.
If for example you do not feel an extra long ankle lever is especially necessary, you can save a bit of cash and opt for the more entry level Teeter inversion tables like the X1 or EP-560. So be sure to have a look and compare the different features offered by each Teeter table and decide which will be most beneficial for your individual needs.
Overall regardless of what Teeter inversion table you consider you are likely to be very pleased with the quality and comfort provided.
Teeter inversion tables are some of the easiest to assemble and often considered the best inversion tables for spinal decompression.