Patents Examined by Stephen R. Crow
  • Patent number: 10569126
    Abstract: A multi-purpose home workout device. The device comprises a resistive weight with an open channel designed to allow an axle to pass therethrough, such that the axle is operably connected to a wheel, and an outer frame. The outer frame further includes a pair of bracer arms designed to receive the axle and to redistribute the weight of a user across the outer frame. The wheel includes an open interior space and is positioned between the bracer arms such that the resistive weight can rest on the axle within the interior space. Furthermore, the orientation of the wheel and the outer frame allow both to rotate about the axle without interfering with one another's movement. As such the outer frame is predisposed to tilting at non-horizontal angles when in use, and thereby forces a user to train their balance, strength and coordination simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Jack Michael Munroe
  • Patent number: 10569152
    Abstract: A braking system for a treadmill having a tread that rotates around a front axle and a rear axle and a side rail on each side of the tread that does not move includes a brake configured to apply a braking force to one of the front axle and the rear axle, a controller in communication with the brake, and a weight sensor under each side rail configured to detect a load indicating that a user is standing on the side rails, each weight sensor in communication with the controller. The controller is configured to, when the tread is moving, engage the brake when a first signal is received from each weight sensor contemporaneously that a load is detected and disengage the brake when a second signal is received from each weight sensor contemporaneously that the load is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Giovanni Project LLC
    Inventor: Giovanni Raoul Fima
  • Patent number: 10569123
    Abstract: A treadmill includes an exercise deck. The exercise deck includes a platform, a first pulley incorporated into the platform at a front end, a second pulley incorporated into the platform at a rear end, a tread belt surrounding the first pulley and the second pulley, and a plurality of tilt actuators incorporated into the platform. The treadmill also includes an upright structure. The upright structure includes a console, a tilt controller incorporated into the console in communication with the plurality of tilt actuators, and the tilt controller having a multi-dimensional input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hochstrasser, William T. Dalebout
  • Patent number: 10569121
    Abstract: A treadmill may include a deck, a first pulley disposed in a first portion of the deck, a second pulley disposed in a second portion of the deck, a tread belt surrounding the first pulley and the second pulley, an upright structure connected to the deck, and a pull cable incorporated into the upright structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Watterson
  • Patent number: 10561896
    Abstract: An exercise machine with multiple platforms for an exerciser to perform a variety of exercises generally includes an elongated frame structure supporting stationary first and second end platforms, a longitudinal rail extending between the end platforms and having an upper surface comprising a central platform, and a slideable carriage platform that reciprocates on the rail over the central platform and between the end platforms. The platforms provide multiple support surfaces at multiple elevations on which exercisers can position parts of their bodies during exercise. The platforms may be provided with positioning indices and provide continuous support surfaces over substantially the entire length of the exercise machine. The central platform may be provided with finger grips for exercisers to grasp. One or more mounting platforms may be provided to facilitate mounting and dismounting of the exercise machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, Samuel D. Cox, Todd G. Remund
  • Patent number: 10561880
    Abstract: An exercise and flexibility assessing apparatus includes a handle having a flexible member opening and a latch opening formed therein. A shaft support is mounted in the handle. The shaft support has a first wall and a second wall, distal from the first wall. A spool is rotatably mounted between the first wall and the second wall. A flexible member with indicia for assessment has a first end fixedly connected to the spool and a second end extending outwardly from the handle through the flexible member opening. A latch mechanism has an activating portion that extends outwardly of the spool toward the latch opening and a latching portion pivotally engaging the first wall. The latching portion is movable between a first position wherein the spool is rotatable with respect to the handle and a second position wherein the spool is fixed with respect to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Pollock
  • Patent number: 10561899
    Abstract: The present invention is a responsive exercise device comprising a base having a first end and a second end, wherein the base has a plurality of compartments, a plurality of measurement sensors, a plurality of support panels secured to the base over the first set of the plurality of compartments, a plurality of positioning rails secured to the plurality of support panels, wherein the positioning rails have a plurality of openings sized to fit a bearing, a plurality of bearings positioned within the openings of the plurality of rails and between the support panels, wherein the plurality of bearings are retained in the openings and freely rotate; a first spring assembly positioned distal to the first end of the base, a second spring assembly positioned distal to the second of the base comprising, a plurality of plates positioned over the plurality of bearing assemblies and mechanically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Tiffaney Florentine, Eugene Ernest Javier
  • Patent number: 10561891
    Abstract: A stationary exercise machine may include reciprocating hand members, such as handles, and/or reciprocating foot members, such as foot pedals. The reciprocating hand members may be operative to apply a first moment to a crankshaft, and the reciprocating foot members may be operative to apply a second moment to the crankshaft. The second moment may be different than the first moment. The reciprocating foot members may cause a user's feet to move along a closed loop path that is substantially inclined, such that the user's foot motion simulates a climbing motion more than a flat walking or running motion. The reciprocating hand members may be configured to move in coordination with the foot members via a linkage operatively coupling the hand members with the foot members. A resistance mechanism may apply resistance to crankshaft rotation, and the resistance mechanism may be adjustable while the user is using the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan R. Luger, Charles J. Rosenow
  • Patent number: 10556168
    Abstract: A lighting system for a treadmill is described. The treadmill includes a tread that rotates around a front axle and a rear axle. The tread defines a cavity and comprises slats each having a tread surface and an underside. Each slat is attached at longitudinal ends to a respective belt that rotates on bearings around the front axle and the rear axle. The slats are configured with a space between adjacent slats. The lighting system comprises lights located in the cavity. The lights are configured to emit light away from the cavity through the space between the adjacent slats along at least a portion of the treadmill. A controller is in communication with the lights and is configured to control the lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Giovanni Project LLC
    Inventor: Giovanni Raoul Fima
  • Patent number: 10556169
    Abstract: A locking system for a treadmill includes a locking mechanism having a locked configuration that prevents the tread from rotating in a front-to-rear direction and an unlocked configuration which allows the tread to rotate in the front-to-rear direction. A presence sensor and a weight sensor are each configured to detect the user on the treadmill, and a display is configured to receive an inputted code indicating the user is on the treadmill. The controller is configured to move the locking mechanism to the unlocked configuration in response to the controller receiving signals from at least two of the presence sensor, the weight sensor and the display indicating that the user is on the treadmill, and move the locking mechanism to the locked configuration in response to the controller receiving signals from both of the presence sensor and the weight sensor indicating the user is not on the treadmill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Giovanni Project LLC
    Inventor: Giovanni Raoul Fima
  • Patent number: 10549149
    Abstract: A resistance trainer that provides for rotational movement, balance training and strength building. The device is an integral one-piece fabricated from wood or plastic that includes a deck that is detachable from the base. The base in includes two separate dome-shaped reservoirs wherein the domes provide instability when in contact with the ground due to the curved surface. Inside of the domed reservoirs is space to add a weighted component, such as standard plate weights or sand or water or other replaceable means of weighting the device. The user can rotate the board using the torso muscles used when surfing or snowboarding and can also balance in a heel to toe direction or a front to back direction for balance and strength building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Ray Long
  • Patent number: 10549147
    Abstract: An exercise device for performing a variety of movement patterns. The exercise device has a pair of linkages, each including an upper link pivotally mounted to a frame and a lower link pivotally coupled to an upper link. A foot support is provided on a distal end of each lower link. A compression link interconnects the lower link to the frame. The compression link includes a shaft coupled to the lower link, a sleeve coupled to the frame and a spring captured between the shaft and the sleeve, whereby the spring provides a resistance to movement of the lower link relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Exerciting, LLC
    Inventors: Joel D. Gordon, Kevin G. Abelbeck, Glenn D. Ross
  • Patent number: 10549148
    Abstract: An exercise device has a main rod, a connecting unit, and a sub rod. The connecting unit has a first plate and a second plate, and the first plate and the second plate are both provided with an axial hole and a rotating axis. The first plate has an arced slot, and the second plate has a closing aperture, a first positioning aperture, a second positioning aperture and a third positioning aperture. The sub rod has a through aperture and a connecting aperture at an end, and the through aperture is inserted with the rotating axis. Another end of the sub rod has a front stand and a control member disposed in the connecting aperture of the sub rod. One end of the control member passes through the arced slot of the first plate to form a pull knob, another end of the control member has an inserting pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Cheng-Yang Hsu
  • Patent number: 10543396
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of stationary exercise machines having reciprocating foot and/or hand members, such as foot pedals that move in a closed loop path. Some embodiments can include reciprocating foot pedals that cause a user's feet to move along a closed loop path that is substantially inclined, such that the foot motion simulates a climbing motion more than a flat walking or running motion. Some embodiments can further include reciprocating handles that are configured to move in coordination with the foot via a linkage to a crank wheel also coupled to the foot pedals. Variable resistance can be provided via a rotating air-resistance based mechanism, via a magnetism based mechanism, and/or via other mechanisms, one or more of which can be rapidly adjustable while the user is using the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Rasmey Yim, Marcus L. Marjama, Kevin M. Hendricks, Thomas H. Moran
  • Patent number: 10543395
    Abstract: A treadmill includes a deck, an incline mechanism attached to the deck, and a lift assist mechanism that offloads a portion of the lifting force from the incline mechanism when the incline mechanism changes an elevation of a portion of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Wade A. Powell, Dale Alan Buchanan, Christopher J. Salvesen
  • Patent number: 10532243
    Abstract: A cable attachable forearm cover assembly for performing upper body workouts without using a person's hands includes a sleeve that is worn on a forearm of a person. A securing unit is positioned on the sleeve and secures a hand of the person to the sleeve to inhibit the sleeve from sliding along the forearm. A plurality of attachment members is positioned on the securing unit and engages cabling of a weight lifting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Vincent Littlejohn
  • Patent number: 10532246
    Abstract: A stationary exercise device having variable footpaths is disclosed. The exercise device includes a frame, a pair of supporting members that have a first end to rotate about an axis and a second end to move along a reciprocating path, a pair of pedals joined to the supporting members, and a guider assembly for adjusting an incline angle of the reciprocating path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Mao Liao, Joe Chen
  • Patent number: 10525302
    Abstract: An exercise bicycle includes an exercise bicycle base body (1), a U-shaped support (2), a handlebar (3), a left sliding rod (4), a right sliding rod (5) and a supporting plate (6), and is characterized in that the supporting plate (6) is located on a front supporting rod of the exercise bicycle base body (1) and disclosed on the U-shaped support (2) through the left sliding rod (4) and the right sliding rod (5), the U-shaped support (2) is fixed to the exercise bicycle base body (1) through screws, and the handlebar (3) has a left end and a right end separately connected to the left sliding rod (4) and the right sliding rod (5) through handlebar adjustment plates. The exercise bicycle has a simple structure, can be adjusted by a certain angle, and allows body builders to study, work or do other activities involving computer operations conveniently while doing exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Xubo Pei
  • Patent number: 10518126
    Abstract: A linkage assembly movably supports a seat relative to a frame for movement of the seat through an elliptical path of motion. The elliptical path may be selectively adjusted by repositioning linkage assembly components relative to one another. At least some of the elliptical paths have a length greater than a diameter defined by a crank that rotates in conjunction with the elliptical motion. Handles are also movably supported by the linkage assembly for movement through an arcuate path of motion. The handle path may be selectively adjusted in conjunction with adjustment of the seat path or independent of adjustment of the seat path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Mark A. Krull
  • Patent number: 10518121
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reversibly installable modular fitness area including a plurality of platform-like islands adapted to support a plurality of systems and equipment in order to allow the user to carry out fitness exercises, the modular fitness area including at least one first central island; at least one second island; at least one third island; at least one fourth island; at least one fifth island; at least one sixth island; at least one seventh island; at least one eighth island; at least one ninth island; the modular fitness area also including an energy supply system adapted to supply power to the electronic components included therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: METALCO ACTIVE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Gian Luca Innocenzi