Patents Examined by Glenn E. Richman
  • Patent number: 7060001
    Abstract: A trampoline system has a rebounding bed and a resilient member located below the bed at such a position that the bed depresses the resilient member when the bed is sufficiently depressed by a person jumping on the bed. The presence of the resilient member makes it easy tune the system to adjust the performance of the trampoline and to minimize impacts on a jumper and thereby reduce the likelihood of bed-impact injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Mark W. Publicover
  • Patent number: 7060008
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods for controlling an exercise device with one or more control signals associated with an exercise program received from a telephone answering service. The exercise device includes an input device through which a user can request an exercise program from the telephone answering service. The telephone answering service delivers selectable options to the exercise device, which presents the options to the user. In response to the user selecting a particular option, the telephone answering service delivers the selected exercise program, including one or more control signals, to the exercise device. The exercise device identifies the one or more control signals, either by detecting the audible representation of the one or more control signals or analyzing the electronic representation of the received exercise program, and controls one or more operating parameters of the exercise device based upon such one or more control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Icon IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, William T. Dalebout, Darren C. Ashby
  • Patent number: 7060010
    Abstract: Control means for controlling the activation of exercising loads are disclosed. According an embodiment of the invention the control means comprising at least one linking channel connectable to a control system, and at least one link terminal in active communication with the linking channel, wherein said at least one link terminal is associatable with said exercising load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Yifat Gurion Ofer
    Inventor: Nir Daniel
  • Patent number: 7056267
    Abstract: A physical fitness professional assesses an individual for whom a personalized fitness video is to be created with respect to flexibility, cardiovascular condition, body fat composition, muscular strength and condition, as well as other health conditions and limitations. Based on this assessment a specific fitness plan is determined and which includes a detailed workout program of specific exercises in at least one sequential arrangement. The physical fitness professional selects a plurality of video segments from a series of video segments stored in a computer wherein each selected video segment is a specific exercise of the detailed workout program and arranges the selected video segments into a sequence corresponding to the sequential arrangement of specific exercises of the specific fitness plan and records the same on a digital versatile disc or video cassette tape or makes the selected video segments of the specific fitness plan available on a secure web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Donald P. Demas
  • Patent number: 7048676
    Abstract: A method of the present invention provides a sensor detecting a motor whether it is an idle running condition or a loading running condition. The idle running condition indicates that nobody on the treadmill, so that the motor keeps a designated running. If the motor is in the loading running condition, it has to be determined whether it is in continuous loading condition or an intermittent loading condition. The intermittent loading condition indicates that user is running on the treadmill, so that the motor keeps a designated running. The continuous loading condition indicates that user has stopped running but still standing on the treadmill or the belt is jammed, so that the motor is shut. The method of the present invention provides the treadmill to be shown and safety stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Strength Master Health Corp.
    Inventor: Shen Yi Wu
  • Patent number: 7044891
    Abstract: An exercise cycle apparatus displays audio/visual data while in use. The apparatus includes means for displaying audio/visual data positioned at the handlebars of the cycle. A pedal mechanism generates rotational energy and energy converter is connected between the pedal mechanism and the audio/video display means. The energy converter converts the generated rotational energy into electrical energy and the electrical energy is provided to the audio/video display means for displaying the audio/video data thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Juan Rivera
  • Patent number: 7041032
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying data regarding a weightlifting workout or other exercise routines, specifically repetitions, sets performed, and durations of rest for various exercises. The apparatus includes a watch and a means for holding one of a plurality of data cards. Each data card comprises a specific workout routine including various exercises, the number of repetitions for each exercise and durations of rest between each exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Robert T. Calvano
  • Patent number: 7041035
    Abstract: An exercise device has left and right rails that are supported on respective pairs of equal length rocker arms, and left and right skates that are movably mounted on respective rails. Left and right cranks move the rails relative to a frame, and move the skates along the rails in a manner that defines adjacent paths of generally elliptical foot motion, while maintaining the foot supports in a fixed orientation relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Stearns, Joseph D. Maresh
  • Patent number: 7037241
    Abstract: An exercise device providing treadmill and stationary bicycle configurations. The exercise device has a running device with a tread belt, a bicycle device with a pair of pedals, and a transmission device detachably connecting the running device and the bicycle device. Further, a controlling device for controlling the running device and the bicycle device, a sensing device for detecting exercise information of the running device and the bicycle device, a computer module comprising a program of an interactive game for the running device and the bicycle device, and a processor performing the program, and a displaying device connected to the computer module for showing the interactive game thereon according to a plurality of parameters of the program are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Via Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Parkson Kuo
  • Patent number: 7033176
    Abstract: A motion platform system includes a support and a motion platform supported by the support and rotatable about a plurality of bearing axes. The motion platform is further rotatable with respect to the support about at least one axis that is offset from the plurality of bearing axes. The motion platform may include an intermediate frame supported by the support, where the intermediate frame is rotatable about a first bearing axis with respect to the support. The motion platform may further include an inner frame supported by the intermediate frame, where the inner frame is rotatable about a second bearing axis with respect to the intermediate frame. Rotations of the inner and intermediate frames about the first and second bearing axes facilitate rotation of the inner frame with respect to the support about at least one axis offset from the bearing axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Powergrid Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Feldman, Thomas Bruni, Greg Merril
  • Patent number: 7029425
    Abstract: A dumbbell stand includes first and second dumbbell supports that pivot about a common pivot axis between a first, relatively compact configuration and a second, spread apart configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Mark A. Krull
  • Patent number: 7022046
    Abstract: A device for exercising and the associated method of using the device to exercise. The exercise device has a first handheld element on which is located a first surface. A second handheld element is also provided. A second opposing surface is located on the second handheld element. The first surface on the first handheld element can be aligned with the second opposing surface on the second handheld element when both the first handheld element and the second handheld element are positioned in a predetermined orientation. A biasing mechanism is provided between the first handheld element and the second handheld element. The biasing mechanism applies a force that opposes the positioning of the first handheld element and the second handheld element into the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: C. Eli Kim
  • Patent number: 7022048
    Abstract: A fitness apparatus for providing a cardiovascular workout to a user is disclosed. The fitness apparatus includes a video display apparatus for selectively displaying video data thereon. A processor is connected to the cardiovascular workout means and the video display apparatus and a storage device connected to the processor for storing said video data thereon. The video data represents at least one exercise course and the processor retrieves the video data from the storage device and directs the video data to be displayed on the video display apparatus while the user uses the cardiovascular workout means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventors: John Fernandez, Juan Fernandez
  • Patent number: 7022047
    Abstract: A computer-implemented interface method for use with a display device associated with an exercise device includes connecting a network connection to the exercise device capable of accessing information stored over a network, partitioning a first portion of the display device associated with the exercise device to display content, partitioning a second portion of the display device associated with the exercise device to display one or more controls that control the exercise device, and providing a selectable element on the display device that upon selection removes the second portion of the display used to display the one or more controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Netpulse, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Alvarez Cohen, Tom Proulx, Kent Kobuchi
  • Patent number: 7011605
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an exercise method for the elderly, individuals with impaired joint control, and a system for individuals who are suffering from muscular paralysis and who may or may not be confined to a wheelchair by the implementation of an exercise device that can safely provide actively supported standing exercise options to persons who either have limited physical mobility or complete loss of mobility due to muscular paralysis. An embodiment of the present invention relates to a standing wheelchair that is used to passively restrain an operator. The axial and tangential loads that are exerted upon the skeletal system of the operator are derived and recorded from a force-sensing device. Further, an angle or position sensor is situated in contact with the standing wheelchair or standing exercise system in such a manner that the standing angle of an individual or the angle of the standing wheelchair can be logged and stored for long periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: University of Iowa Research Foundation
    Inventor: Richard Shields
  • Patent number: 7008350
    Abstract: To permit a person to take a power-striding most effective to be healthy the quantity of exercising is managed by using, in combination, bioelectrical impedance measuring means 110; personal data inputting means 120; body fat rate calculating means 130 for determining the body fat rate on the basis of the personal data and the value of bioelectrical impedance; target body fat rate setting means 140; target calorie consumption calculator means 150 for calculating the calorie consumption required to attain the target body fat rate; management period setting means 160 for setting a length of period required to attain the target body fat rate; healthful calorie consumption calculator means 170 for calculating the calorie consumption per day within the management period; walking calorie per minute calculating means 180 for calculating caloric quantity consumed by walking per minute in consideration of the individual basal metastasis; healthful exercise quantity calculating means 190 for calculating the healthful e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Ya-Man Ltd.
    Inventors: Iwao Yamazaki, Kimiyo Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 7008355
    Abstract: A safety strap for lifting barbells and dumbbells includes a wrist strap which is wrapped around and secured to the wrist of a user. A tongue is attached to said wrist strap which extends toward an open palm of a hand of the user. The tongue has a plurality sleeves which may receive a lifting hook member. The lifting hook member has a central portion and a pair of hooks. Each hook has a connection point located on a line of pull, an angled portion extending inwardly away from said line of pull and closer to the palm of a user, a downwardly extending portion, and an arcuate portion having an approximate midpoint positioned on said line of pull. With this arrangement, a bar positioned on the pair of hooks will remain at the approximate midpoint of said arcuate portions when lifted by said pair of hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel W. Emick
  • Patent number: 7004889
    Abstract: The grasping and lifting aid, according to the present invention, comprises a flexible strap having a first and second end portion. Doubling back and fixedly securing the first end portion to a remainder of the flexible strap, a first loop is formed. The first loop has an opening commensurate with a width of the flexible strap, so that the second end portion can freely pass through. Thus, a second loop adaptable for attaching about a user's wrist is formed. The flexible strap includes a wrist securing portion formed by the second loop, followed by a palm grasping portion having a length adaptable to be spirally wrapped around a weight bar or the like by using several coils in close proximity to each other, without overlapping. The flexible strap also has anti-slip proprieties on a side adaptable for confronting a palm, fingers and thumb of a user. A material for providing anti-slip proprieties is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: James McBride
  • Patent number: 6997852
    Abstract: A portable system retrieves one or more exercise programs from a remote communication system that provides motivational content for a user exercising upon an exercise mechanism. The exercise program further includes at least one control signal that controls one or more operating parameters of the exercise mechanism. The portable system includes a control device configured to retrieve the exercise program and deliver the motivational content to the user by way of an audio delivery device, while delivering the control signals to the exercise mechanism. A sensor communicates with the control device and tracks one or more measurable parameters of the user during the user's performance of the exercise program. Data representative of the one or more measurable parameters can be delivered to the control device for delivery to the remote communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Icon IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, William T. Dalebout, Darren C. Ashby
  • Patent number: 6997853
    Abstract: A communication interface is coupled to an exercise machine and the public communication network. The communication interface receives first exercise information from an exercise machine wherein the first exercise information indicates exercise performance. Some examples of exercise information are video and audio files for competitive tracking with voice and video interaction. The communication interface then generates first communication information based on the first exercise information. In one embodiment, the communication information is in Internet Protocol packets. The communication interface then transmits the first communication information over the public communication network. The communication interface then receives second communication information from the public communication network. The communication interface then generates second exercise information based on the second communication information wherein the second exercise information indicates a response to the exercise performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Cuskaden, Arvid G. Evans