Patents Examined by Tam Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8460161
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a substantially flat, rigid platform for supporting a user during exercise. An inflatable tubular support having an upper portion with a first radial outside diameter, and a lower portion with a second radial outside diameter that is greater than the first radial outside diameter, is coupled to the platform by a fastener. The tubular support defines a central opening that communicates between the platform and a support surface. The platform includes a venting structure for releasing air from the central opening during use. The inflatable support includes an intermediate portion between the upper portion and the lower portion of the tubular support, the intermediate portion including a support feature to restrain the intermediate portion from radial expansion induced by an air pressure internal to the integral inflatable support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: iStep Global, LLC
    Inventors: John Cole, David C. Pratson, Tien Le, Jeff Harlan, Irene Elisa Mnich
  • Patent number: 8343015
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an exercise device that allows the user to strengthen the muscles that close the hand, against the resistance of a flexion member, as well as to strengthen the muscles that open the hand and spread the digits, against resistance of an extension member, all through full natural planes of motion, without lulls of resistance during the exercise. The device is always taut, due to its unique design, either resisting finger and thumb flexion and adduction or finger and thumb extension and abduction. The result of consistent use is maximum strength, balance and blood flow to the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Terry Zachary
  • Patent number: 8328699
    Abstract: An exercise step with air-cushioning legs. The exercise step (1) includes a plate-shaped panel (10), and air-cushioning legs (30). Each of the air-cushioning legs is provided under the panel to support the panel, and absorbs a load applied to the panel by air cushioning effect. The exercise step has a high air cushioning effect, thus protecting a user's knees from injury, allowing the user to exercise in comfort and safety, and minimizing noise generated during a cushioning operation. Further, the exercise step prevents the panel from being deformed due to a load applied to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Equbic Product Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hee-sun Park
  • Patent number: 8313419
    Abstract: A bicycle trainer provides variable resistance to pedaling and allows for a rider to simulate a real-world bicycle course. The trainer engages both the front tire and the back tire of the bicycle and adjusts each according to the rider's preferences during a training session. The front tire lifts up and down as the bicycle moves forward and backward on the trainer. The back tire is adjusted by incorporating magnets thereon in the form of magnetic elements on a sleeve or a clip that engages the back tire and/or the back tire rim. The magnets on the back tire may also be attached to the spokes. The trainer includes magnets as well, usually of opposite polarity, and adds resistance to pedaling when the magnetic fields of the magnets interact to resist back tire revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Brian H. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8303472
    Abstract: The shoulder stretcher assembly detachably connects to a chair frame of a chair. It includes an elongated support assembly that includes a substantially vertical portion securely supportable adjacent to a rear portion of a chair frame of a chair. An upper portion of the elongated support assembly projects forwardly from the substantially vertical portion so as to extend over the chair. The upper portion includes a pulley assembly attaching element for attaching a pulley assembly for supporting a cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: VQ Actioncare, LLC
    Inventor: John Bowser
  • Patent number: 8277366
    Abstract: A portable stair-stepping exercise machine having independent movable stepping pedals for each foot along with an independent pneumatic or hydraulic cylinder is herein disclosed. A support arm and bracket either collapses or comes apart for storage and transportation. The machine is generally of a smaller size and profile than its conventional counterparts and as such, its size and weight make it ideal to be transported while traveling, or for use in an area with restricted space in which the machine must be stored away after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Mahamadou Savane
  • Patent number: 8262543
    Abstract: A leg exercise machine comprises a user support assembly pivotally attached to a sub frame that is linearly attached to a main support frame. The sub frame linearly travels back and forth during leg press exercise and extended leg calf raise exercise. The user support assembly pivots up and down during seated calf raise exercise. A movable brace assembly mounted to the user support assembly adjusts to a first position for engaging a user's legs during seated calf raise exercise and a second position storing the brace assembly during leg press exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Roger Batca
  • Patent number: 8262547
    Abstract: A pneumatic exercise foot pad device includes two primary tubes and a secondary tube disposed between left and right foot pads having air chambers. The primary tubes intercommunicate fluidly the foot pads in proximity to front and rear ends of the foot pads. The secondary tube intercommunicates fluidly central portions of the foot pads. A shell is disposed between the left and right foot pads to cover the primary and secondary tubes. Two adjustment screw rods extend respectively through screw holes formed in the shell to press or unpress the primary tubes so that the primary tubes block or unblock an air flow between the foot pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Asia Regent Limited
    Inventor: William Lin
  • Patent number: 8216115
    Abstract: An oval transmission structure utilizes lower ends of swaying moving shafts at two sides thereof to pivot to front ends of push-pull shafts, whose front portions slope to a determined angle. Rear portions of the push-pull shafts offer treadle frames for treadles to dispose with feet. Rear portions of the push-pull shafts further offer a track frame. An assistant device provides a sliding block with a fixing bolt superimposed at a side of the lower portion of the swaying moving shaft. An attached shaft pivoted to a side of the sliding block connects to an axle bolt of a transmission shaft, whose front end axially connects to a crank, whose rear end serially connects to a track wheel and whose middle determined position disposes a sliding wheel thereunder. The reciprocation brought about by the feet, the two cranks axially trigger the front ends of the two transmission shaft for achieving a relative oval action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Ying-Chou Lai
  • Patent number: 8206275
    Abstract: A balance training device includes at least one supporting base and at least one plank member. The supporting base includes a plank connecting portion formed with a plank coupling groove that opens upwardly. The plank coupling groove includes a first groove section and a second groove section that intersects the first groove section. The plank member includes a plate portion and a rib structure disposed on a bottom face of the plate portion. The rib structure removably engages the plank coupling groove of the supporting base. The rib structure includes a first rib part to engage the first groove section and a second rib part to engage the second groove section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Chang
  • Patent number: 8206272
    Abstract: An exercise machine suitable for exercising a person's muscles contains a frame (100), a seat (102) situated over the frame, a seatback (104), a connection mechanism (106) for flexibly and adjustably connecting the seatback to the frame or/and the seat, and a pedaling mechanism (112) connectable to the frame. The pedaling mechanism has a pair of movable pedals (140) that revolve generally around a pedaling axis. The seatback is capable of swiveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Ab Rider L.L.C.
    Inventor: Donald D. Greene
  • Patent number: 8177695
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an abdominal training machine that uses an adapted reverse crunching motion to minimize stress to the knees, back, shoulders, and neck when training the abdominal muscles. The machine combines weight resistance training with a replicated natural motion of each leg to produce the adapted reverse crunching motion. The adapted reverse crunching motion is performed using a section of the lower part of the body closest to the abdominal muscles while the upper body or torso remains stationary. In some embodiments, the abdominal training machine includes a frame, a body support member, and two individually rotating resistance members. Each resistance member includes a weight assembly for providing a user adjustable amount of resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Fabio Dellino
  • Patent number: 8172732
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a user support movement arm rotatably mounted on a support frame for rotation about a first pivot axis, and a user support assembly pivotally connected to the movement arm for rotation about a second pivot axis so that the user support assembly rotates in two directions about different pivot axes. An exercise arm pivotally mounted on the frame is linked to the user support assembly or user support movement arm so that movement of the exercise arm automatically moves the user support assembly. Movement about one pivot axis may be a free pivoting, non-resisted movement while movement about the other pivot axis may be associated with a resistive load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8162806
    Abstract: The invention is a bicycle trainer to which a standard bicycle temporarily attaches for exercise and simulated rides. A lifting mechanism raises and lowers the front tire, and in preferred embodiments, a frame engages the rear tire to hold the rear tire in an elevated position against a resistance cylinder. The resistance cylinder provides a force against rear tire revolution and varies the resistance to pedaling. The resistance cylinder can vary resistance against back tire revolution by pumping a resistance fluid into and out of the cylinder, by changing the position of the resistance cylinder in relation to the back tire, or by translation of the bicycle back and forth. In other embodiments, the trainer is electronically controlled to simulate real-world geographical courses programmed into a readable format for electronically maneuvering front tire and back tire positions as necessary to provide resistance to pedaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Brian H Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8162805
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for simulating a back and forth leg or foot movement, the apparatus comprising: a pair of pivotable support mechanisms supported on a frame, a pair of foot pedals mounted on the support mechanisms for back and forth movement along an arcuate path of translation movement, the foot pedals being adjustable to a selected segment of an overall arcuate path of translation movement. The apparatus includes handles or arms interconnected or interlinked to the foot pedals for upper body pushing or pulling energy input. The handles or arms pivot together with and in the same back or forth direction as the pedals to which they are interlinked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Scott Lee
  • Patent number: 8152700
    Abstract: A multistation weight machine including a cam pivotally connected to the base on an lever axle that functions as the sole and central pivot point for a class II lever in the machine's lever system. A plurality of handles storable on the apparatus are removably insertable into a plurality of variously positioned handle receptacles operatively connected to the lever axle and provide means for performing a wide variety of exercises in a standing position. One or more foot pedals or any handle connected to the lever axle through a handle receptacle results in the smooth upward linear translation of all or a portion of a weight stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Frederick R. Adams
  • Patent number: 8152705
    Abstract: A reformer includes a combined mount that serves to attach and support a foot bar assembly, a jump board, and a spring bar. The combined mount is easily and quickly attached to a side rail of a frame of the reformer. A carriage of the reformer include a combined wheel axle and strap attachment point, which eliminates the need for a separate strap attachment bracket. The carriage also include side wheels which are mounted on the sides of the carriage, and which are biased outward so that they contact the side rails of the frame of the reformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Rooks
  • Patent number: 8147384
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus links rotation of a crank to generally elliptical motion of a foot supporting member. A foot supporting linkage is movably connected between a rocker and a crank in such a manner that the foot supporting member moves through paths of motion which are fixed, adjustable or variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Stearns, Joseph D. Maresh
  • Patent number: 8147386
    Abstract: An integral treadmill resistance training apparatus includes a treadmill having a treadway; left and right support columns, each support column including a base portion connected to the treadmill and an upper portion extending upward from the base portion; first and second translation members, each of the first and second translation members rotatingly connected to the left and right support column upper portions, respectively, at a translation axis, each of the translation members including one or more resistance strap connection points radially distal from the translation axis; first and second articulated handles connected to the first and second translation members, respectively; first and second handle locking mechanisms engageable with the first and second translation members and the first and second handles, respectively; and, one or more resistance straps removably connectable between each of the first and second translation members and the left and right support columns, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: AVERO Fitness LLC
    Inventors: Rick Farnsworth, Douglas G Dixon
  • Patent number: 8147388
    Abstract: A bike trainer operable by a user for stationary riding when a conventional bicycle is coupled thereto. The bike trainer may be used by removing the rear wheel of the bicycle and selectively coupling the rear dropouts of the bicycle to an axle of the bike trainer. The bike trainer is operative to simulate the “feel” of riding a moving bicycle by providing resistance and inertia similar to that of a bicycle when used normally. To provide these features, the bike trainer includes a fan/flywheel as well as a freewheel mechanism. The bike trainer also includes features that permit simple coupling and decoupling to the bicycle using a “quick release skewer,” which allows users to easily use the bike trainer without required a substantial amount of time. The bike trainer also includes a base configured to support a user of the bike trainer in a fashion such that the user is sturdily supported during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lemond Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Bingham, Ryan P. Selby, Neil P. Everson