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As many as 16 million American adults experience persistent or chronic back pain, and nearly 65 million Americans have reported a recent episode of back pain. If you count yourself among these individuals, you may be on a search for anything that will help alleviate your symptoms (1).
One option for back relief: a reverse hyper machine.
If you belong to a gym, chances are you’ve seen one of these machines, but you might not have known what it was, its potential benefits, or how to use it.
To use the machine, you’ll lay your belly down on the pad of the machine with your hips off the edge. Your legs will hang down, with your feet pointed inward toward your torso.
Once you’re properly situated on the machine, you’ll simply lift your heels, trying to straighten out your body. As you do this, your hamstrings, glutes, and lower back muscles will all contract. Doing this repeatedly will increase blood flow to your lower back.
Reverse hyper machines can offer several benefits, including (2, 3, 4):
- strengthening your lower back, glutes, and hamstrings
- reducing lower back pain and rehabilitating injuries, because stretching and depressurizing the spine allows the lower spine to fill with spinal fluid and the lower back muscles to fill with nutrient-rich blood
- improving core control
- increasing flexibility and improving posture
Here are Healthline’s picks of the 3 best reverse hyper machines of 2022.
- Best updated: Rogue Fitness Z Hyper
- Best for the price: Titan Fitness H-PND
- Best portable: Rogue Fitness Westside Scout Hyper
Feeling overwhelmed? Here are a few tips to help you sort through all the options and choose the ideal reverse hyper machine for you.
First, be sure to measure your space. Some reverse hyper machines may require more space than you want to give up!
Then, determine a budget. Knowing the amount you’re comfortable spending will help you decide which models and add-ons you can afford before you fall in love with a style that’s not in your price range.
Test out a few if you can. A reverse hyper machine is an investment, so you’ll want to make sure you find one with padding and a style that feels right to you.
Don’t forget to read the fine print. You may want to research warranties as well as options for delivery and assembly. Reverse hyper machines can be heavy, so you may need some extra help to get one moved in and set up.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to do some bargain hunting. In addition to comparing what’s available online, it can be worth your time to see whether any local stores are running clearance sales or have floor models available at a discount.
How we chose
When determining which reverse hyper machines to include on our list, we considered the following factors:
- Footprint. Reverse hyper machines can take up a fair amount of real estate. We tried to include only machines that are worth the space they require.
- Durability. A reverse hyper machine is an investment, so we looked for options made from quality materials that are built to last.
- Portability and adjustability. The best reverse hyper machines can be adjusted for different body sizes, fitness levels, and other factors, and we gave bonus points to machines that could be moved out of the way after use.
- Weight capacity. We looked at not only how much the machines weigh but also how much weight they can support.
- Price. We know budgets can vary, so we included options at a variety of price points.
- Consumer feedback. There’s nothing like consulting folks who have actually used a machine to find out all its best features — and where it might be lacking.
All the products included have been vetted to ensure that they meet Healthline’s medical and business standards.
A note on price
General price ranges with dollar signs ($–$$$) are indicated below. One dollar sign means the product is rather affordable, whereas three dollar signs indicate a higher cost.
Generally, prices range from $385–$915, though this may vary depending on where you shop.
- $ = under $400
- $$ = $400–$800
- $$$ = over $800
Best updated reverse hyper machine
Rogue Fitness Z Hyper
- Price: $$$
- Weight: 323 pounds (146.5 kg)
- Loadable length: 10.5 inches/26.7 cm (700-pound/317.5-kg swing arm capacity)
- made of steel
- handles adjust 2–14 inches from pad’s edge
- footprint of 51.5 x 43 inches (130.8 x 109.2 cm)
- includes 1 Spud Inc. hyper strap and 1 set of Rogue metal axle collars
The Rogue Z Hyper is an updated version of the Rogue RH-2 and costs less than $200 more.
One of the updates is the bolted-together design to make the device more portable. The ability to adjust the handles more fully is another upgrade you’ll find on the Z Hyper.
While you’ll need to pay extra for the base cross member ($50) and the hyper roller attachment ($270), many models similar to the Rogue Z Hyper sell for closer to $1,500. That means this model is still a good deal for the price.
User reviews are generally positive. Many consumers love that the machine is sturdy and effective at alleviating their back pain, but some people say it can be difficult to assemble. A few reviews mention that the machine may squeak after some time.
- very durable
- handles that adjust 2–14 inches
- 700-pound (317.5-kg) swing arm capacity
- takes up a lot of space
- time consuming assembly
- extra cost for base cross member and hyper roller attachment
Best for the price
Titan Fitness H-PND
- Price: $$
- Weight: 250 pounds (113.4 kg)
- Loadable length: 10 inches (25.4 cm)
- made of steel
- handles adjust in 2-inch increments to 8 positions
- footprint of 52.25 x 41 inches (132.7 x 104.1 cm)
- comes with a cross brace for resistance bands as well as 2 spring collars and a strap
Titan Fitness also offers a reverse hyper machine made of steel that is a good bit cheaper than the Rogue Z Hyper.
The two machines have similar footprints and loadable arm lengths, but the Titan weighs substantially less.
The product has very positive reviews online, with users reporting that it’s very sturdy, durable, and made of high quality materials. They also mention good experiences with customer service and quick shipping.
Notably, this machine carries a California Proposition 65 warning, meaning it contains compounds that California requires manufacturers to label as having potential to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Therefore, it may not be advisable for pregnant people.
- adjustable handles
- some assembly required
- carries a California Proposition 65 warning
Best portable reverse hyper machine
Rogue Fitness Westside Scout Hyper
- Price: $
- Weight: 86 pounds (39 kg)
- Loadable length: 5.25 inches (13.3 cm)
- footprint of 38 x 32 inches (96.5 x 81.3 cm)
- includes 1 hyper strap and 1 set of spring collars
- comes with 6-inch handles and the option to buy a handle extension kit for those who need it
The Westside Scout Hyper has hinged legs that use pop-pins to lock in place. It’s only 13 inches when folded, so it’s ideal for smaller spaces.
To make it more stable, the machine includes rubber feet. Rubber covering on the step also makes it more secure to climb on and off.
Although the Westside Scout Hyper comes with only a set of 6-inch handles, a handle extension kit is available for sale if you feel you’ll need it.
While it is possible to store the Westside Scout upright when folded, it is recommended to lay the machine flat.
User reviews are generally positive, and many people love that assembly is straightforward and the machine is sturdy but not as expensive as other models on the market.
Some less favorable reviews say that people who are taller or shorter than average may have trouble using this machine. And while some people raved about easy assembly, others wrote that it was difficult and said the machine is too heavy to move easily.
- easy assembly
- easy to transport and store
- relatively low price point
- not as sturdy as other options
- can’t hold or support as much weight as other options
|Rogue Z Hyper||Titan Fitness H-PND||Westside Scout Hyper|
|Cost||$915 (option to add a base cross member for $50 and a hyper roller attachment for $270)||$599.99||$385 (optional handle extension kit available for $16)|
|Dimensions/ footprint||51.5 x 43 inches (130.8 x 109.2 cm)||52.25 x 41 inches (132.7 x 104.1 cm)||38 x 32 inches (96.5 x 81.3 cm)|
|Weight capacity||machine weighs 323 pounds (146.5 kg) and has a loadable arm length of 10.5 inches/26.7 cm (700-pound/317.5-kg swing arm capacity)||machine weighs 250 pounds (113.4 kg) and has a loadable length of 10 inches (25.4 cm)||machine weighs 86 pounds (39 kg) and has a loadable arm length of 5.25 inches (13.3 cm)|
|Warranty||limited lifetime||1 year||2 years|
|Accessories||1 Spud Inc. hyper strap and 1 set of Rogue metal axle collars||1 cross brace for resistance bands, 2 spring collars, and 1 strap||1 hyper strap and 1 set of spring collars|
If your back is hurting, you may be willing to try anything to be pain-free. A reverse hyper machine is one way to take pressure off the muscles in your back and build lower back strength. It can also help you stretch out tight muscles.
Choosing the perfect reverse hyper machine means thinking about space constraints, weight capacity, price, and durability. Because it’s a bigger investment, you may want to test out a few before making your decision!
Remember that a reverse hyper machine is not a substitute for regular or emergency medical care. If you’re experiencing back pain, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to check with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your exercise routine, especially if you have any health conditions or injuries.