I have looked through the boards and one common idea that many people mention is using gravity boots to gain some extra height. The basic idea is that by attaching one’s ankles and feet to a raised bar, the force of gravity can be use to push down on your spine, thus elongating it. The vertebrate can be realigned, and the disks between them can be decompressed.
The gravity boots somehow became popular during the 80s when a few famous people and movies started featuring the product as a part of their exercise routine or lifestyle. The original benefits were believed to be relieve from lower back pain and headaches. The increased flow of blood to the brain was supposed to help with one’s cognitive ability. What was eventually reported was that the inversion of one’s body can lead to increased likely hood for stroke, heart problems, and eye damage from the increased pressure. The gravity boots came and gone as mostly a fad but some people still use it and swear to its effectiveness.
Here is my own thoughts on the idea. The idea of using gravity boots operates on the exact same principles as the inversion table and the hanging on to a bar or doing pull-ups. You are trying to use the downward force of gravity to push the parts of your body apart from each other to elongate your body in the vertical direction.
I have used an inversion table myself to relieve back pain once and it helped a little. I learned about the likelihood of using it to gan height and I tried it. I spent about 10-15 minutes two times a day on the machine for only 2 weeks. I did notice a gain of 0.25 inches in height but that gain disappeared after only 15 minutes standing upright. In my opinion, the gravity boots would do the same. They will increase one’s height because the back is being elongated and decompressed, but the height gain is only temporary. Once one goes back to the upright position, the downward force of gravity will negate any effects you have created from being upside down.
To read more about Gravity Boots, go HERE to the wikipedia article about it.
As an example, I wanted to take a sample case of someone who did use the gravity boots for height increase reasons. The posts by the individuals can be found by clicking HERE
Note: Below are all the emails & message posts we’ve received & collected from our fellow height seekers telling about the wonders of inversion exercises. We’re convinced that inverted sit-ups is possibly a cure for short stature! Read on and tell us if you agree! For your convenience, some bogus claims & exaggerated statements have been removed. Finally, keep in mind that the inverted sit-up exercises with weights (from the Lumbar Routine) is the COMBINATION of all the success story ingredients which are listed below. In other words, stationary inversion does NOT work. Again, the quickest & most proven way to grow taller is possibly through inverted sit-ups with weights.
Last updated: Jan. 1, 2006
I gained 1.5 inches in 3 months through inversion, but LOST IT ALL!
April 30 2002 at 2:19 AM No score for this post
Forum Owner (Shawn_c)
To Mark and Every One…Please Read about my Routine
I’m 20 years old and (5’9″)… I’m trying to achieve my ultimate goal and that is reaching the 6 feet mark.. In answering your question, yes i did grow TEMPORALLY about an 1.5” and it’s not only just doing inversions. There’s more to it then just plain inversion.
Because during the 3 months of my routine, I had a strong will, desire and a NO to never give up hope on achieving my goals. I was really focused on growing and keep saying to myself every time in the mirror, mourning when I wake up and at night just before going to sleep…”you are growing taller,” repeat several times…”you are growing taller everyday”, repeat several times, “you will grow taller, you must grow taller”, repeat several times. And there’s many more…but things like that I would say to myself…you get the picture….
Also I did leg stretches on my bed(while lying down flat on my back…stretch out each leg for about 10 sec on each for 10 reps) and did a few other simple exercises on the bed….and did the same thing when waking up in the morning…
During the day I would always maintain a straight posture….while walking and sitting(it wasn’t very easy at first…but I got used to it very soon)…posture is a very important factor in trying to gain height….
For the inversion…I did that 3 times a day on some occasions depends on how I personally felt…but most of the times I did it 2 times a day…I did it for 3 days straight…1 days off (need a break)… and then 3 days straight…repeat….that’s 6 out of 7 days a week…it seems like its too much, but its not because I would take a break on every 3 days of inversion…remember don’t ever do 6 days straight if your going to do it 2-3 times a day……because doing too much can be very unhealthy and can lead to injures and problems…it all depends on u, and how u feel…its very important to listen to yourself..
And that’s the routine I followed for 3 months or so (plus eating at least 3-4 meals a day)…and I grew about 1.5 inches…But of course I then got really lazy (it’s the truth…it happens to us all at some point) and stopped following my routine for about 4 weeks approx and guess what…I LOST IT ALL…
It was very disappointing because of all that hard work I had put in… but it goes to show that I HAD GROWN….so there is hope for u all, .it’s possible to grow after 19 years of age…
And the keys to reaching your goals are: NEVER GIVE UP HOPE, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, BE STRONG, COMMITTED AND DEDICATED TO YOUR ROUTINE (FOR EXAMPLE) AND U TOO CAN SUCCEED AND Achieve YOUR GOALS.…GOOD LUCK TO U ALL, Forum Owner(Shawn_C)
i forgot to mention this, while inverting i used a pair of hexbells (about 20lbs)
April 30 2002 at 2:48 AM No score for this post
Response to To Mark and Every One…Please Read about my Routine that i followed…..
Hey guys, before the inverting phase…I would set up two hexbells (dumbbells) of 20lbs each on the floor then hang on the bar upside down and grab the hexbells with each hand…and lay there MOTIONLESS for about 1-3 min then drop the weight on floor curl back up for some air..then go back down and grab the weights and then start swinging fluently back and forth for about 1-3 min….then did some punches with the weights (trying to punch the ground) and then did other kinds of various stretches with the weights that I could think of while inverting…the whole inversion process last about 10-15mins…
But remember when starting to invert for the first time it is best to go small (that is 30s to 1min)…then gradually increase your time of 30secs for each day… not on successive inversion… for example, say today I’ll be inverting 3 times.. on my first invert i do 30s…on my second invert and third invert i do also 30s or so…then on the next day after getting enough sleep of course…I increase my inversion time to about 1 min for that day….got the picture? ..adding weights while inverting helps a lot in the growing process… However, remember to be extra careful and cautious while inverting with weights….Good luck, Forum Owner(Shawn_C)
To Jen And Mark about inversion…please read!!!
April 28 2002 at 11:26 PM No score for this post
Response to tom, have you tried inversion yourself?
I personally have tried inversion…i would do it 2-3 times a day…morning, afternoon and at night just before going to bed…do it at least 10-15min each session…of course when starting to invert for the first few times it is best to do 30sec to 1min…then slowly gradually increase your time about 30sec each day of inversion…just remember not to do more than 15min..
I did that for 3 months straight…6-7 days a week..and grew about 1.5 inches...but then i got really lazy after and stopped inverting for about 4 weeks straight and guess what.. I LOST WHAT I HAVEGAINED..i suppose the results are not permanent.. that is why i’m doing it again and i’m on my second week of inversion..and this time i will not quit..if i can attain 1″1/2″ before then i can do it again and this time keep the results permanent…
Remember the key to success is commitment, dedication, and hard work…cant give up and never give up..believe in yourself and the power of the mind…and u can grow too. Good luck, Forum Owner(Shawn_C)
May 4 2002 at 3:51 AM No score for this post
Shawn_C (Forum Owner)
Response to What’s the most we can increase our height?
There’s no guarantee that you will gain any permanent height after your bones have fused…ages 16-18 for males and 14-16 for females in my opinion…but yes it is possible to grow after 19..i have at one point…it was temporary gains of 1.5 inches over a 3-month span of a routine that I used…read my previous post on this matter…but if I hadn’t got lazy and kept it up for a year or so…then just maybe the results may have been permanent…however, it all depends on a lot of factors as to how much we can actually grow…
YOU must be dedicated and committed and have a strong will power to never give up Hope and never quit…its’ not very easy to do especially if you’re going to follow a routine for more than 3 months… It takes hard work to achieve your goals…IF YOU HONESTLY PUT 100% EFFECT INTO…THEN YOU’LL SUCCEED AND GROW TOO…TAKE MY WORD FOR IT…. AND you may grow as much as 1-4 inches in my opinion…But it all depends on a lot of factors, such as age, environment, nutrition, sleep, just to name a few…
Listen..I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO GET AT(I’LL CREDIT U WITH 100% ON THIS, BECAUSE EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT REALLY WORKs, RIGHT???SO GOOD QUESTION)…AND HERES THE ANSWER TO YOUR REAL QUESTION…NO pun intended!!!
None of these products that you have seen being advertised such as Prolex, B-Growth, Growth-booster, and many, many others that your familiar with….if not there are many out there!!!
THEY JUST DONT WORK!!! IT’S THE FACT!!!.. IT’S THE TRUTH!!! JUST ACCEPT IT!!!…
Don’t even try to Argue/Disagree with me…by saying U have to try it first to believe it… I know what I’M SAYING…NOW IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT REALLY WORKS(Your second supposedly question)…again no pun intended!!! I’LL TELL YOU:
AND JUST MAYBE YOGA …
IF THERES ANYTHING THAT I LEFT OUT OR FORGOTTEN TO ADD which I probably did… I’LL UPDATE U… Cheers, Shawn_C
Response to hanging on a bar
I Believe that you need to do it for more than a year to see permanent results…. It doesn’t hurt to try…. But hanging is LESS effective than inversion… Many people who tried hanging grew longer arms… Good luck, Shawn_C
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Sky’s NOTE: The reason that Shawn gained 1.5 inches of temporary height gain (which he quickly lost it all) is because what he did was STATIONARY inversion (inverting motionless while holding dumbbell weights). Our experiments have proved that stationary inversion is NOT effective and that kinetic inversion (inverted sit-ups with weights) is possibly the preferred method for achieving PERMANENT growth.
Me: Overall, I would not recommend a routine or program to increase height through gravity boots. If you choose to use it, it might be a good idea to focus on doing a few sit-ups to help strengthen one’s core and make the toro sleeker to create the illusion that the body is thinner and taller than it really is. The gravity boots can definitely be used as an exercise equipment and it will give one temporary height increase. Remember that you are responsible for any injuries or problems you develop from using or trying out any form of exercise program.