Patents by Inventor Bruce Hockridge

Bruce Hockridge has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9943721
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing dip exercises, having: a stationary main frame; first and second mounting brackets connected to the stationary main frame; first and second dip handle assemblies connected to the mounting brackets, each dip handle assembly having a first exercise arm, a first stop plate, and a first arm mount hub, wherein the first and second dip handle assemblies are each configured to be converted between an exercise position and a storage position while connected to the exercise machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Hockridge
  • Publication number: 20180093128
    Abstract: A detachable stabilizing support system for use on an exercise machine, such as a functional trainer exercise machine, has adjustable support positions and is capable of being configured between an exercise position and a more compact storage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. MEREDITH, Bruce Hockridge, Billy Y. Kim
  • Publication number: 20180085621
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a main frame and a user support movably mounted relative to the main frame for movement between a start position and an end position during an exercise. At least one user engagement device is movably mounted relative to the main frame for engagement and actuation by a user during an exercise, and a connecting linkage translates movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support. A lifting arm is movably mounted relative to the main frame and associated with at least one of the user support, user engagement device, and connecting linkage so as to move during an exercise. A load associated with the lifting arm provides exercise resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Randall T. WEBBER, Bruce HOCKRIDGE, Jeffrey O. MEREDITH
  • Patent number: 9925448
    Abstract: A swivel joint system for hanging a heavy punching bag from an overhead support has a swivel joint defining at least first and second perpendicular pivot axes and a hanging shaft having a lower end pivotally connected to the universal joint for rotation about the first pivot axis and an upper end configured for rotatable attachment to an overhead support for free rotation about a third pivot axis. A hanging tube is pivotally connected to the universal joint for rotation about the second pivot axis, and releasably secured to a mounting plate. A plurality of attachment members are rigidly attachable at spaced locations around the mounting plate to surround the hanging tube and configured for attachment to straps at the upper end of a heavy punching bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20180036581
    Abstract: An exercise machine with a two directional pivoting user support assembly has a user support or platform which supports the user and pivots about a first pivot axis during an exercise movement, and is also pivotable about at least one second pivot axis to involve the user's core muscles in balancing and maintaining the user support in a stable position. A manually operable locking device with a simple flip switch lever is provided for selectively locking the user support against rotation about the second pivot axis, so that the user can easily chose whether to perform the exercise with a stable support or to add a level of difficulty by using the unstable seat mode and exercising core muscles during the exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Publication number: 20180021651
    Abstract: A swivel joint system for hanging a heavy punching bag from an overhead support has a swivel joint defining at least first and second perpendicular pivot axes and a hanging shaft having a lower end pivotally connected to the universal joint for rotation about the first pivot axis and an upper end configured for rotatable attachment to an overhead support for free rotation about a third pivot axis. A hanging tube is pivotally connected to the universal joint for rotation about the second pivot axis, and releasably secured to a mounting plate. A plurality of attachment members are rigidly attachable at spaced locations around the mounting plate to surround the hanging tube and configured for attachment to straps at the upper end of a heavy punching bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 9868016
    Abstract: A detachable stabilizing support system for use on an exercise machine, such as a functional trainer exercise machine, has adjustable support positions and is capable of being configured between an exercise position and a more compact storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Meredith, Bruce Hockridge, Billy Y. Kim
  • Patent number: 9861850
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a main frame and a user support movably mounted relative to the main frame for movement between a start position and an end position during an exercise. At least one user engagement device is movably mounted relative to the main frame for engagement and actuation by a user during an exercise, and a connecting linkage translates movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support. A lifting arm is movably mounted relative to the main frame and associated with at least one of the user support, user engagement device, and connecting linkage so as to move during an exercise. A load associated with the lifting arm provides exercise resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 9833656
    Abstract: An exercise machine with a two directional pivoting user support assembly has a user support or platform which supports the user and pivots about a first pivot axis during an exercise movement, and is also pivotable about at least one second pivot axis to involve the user's core muscles in balancing and maintaining the user support in a stable position. A manually operable locking device with a simple flip switch lever is provided for selectively locking the user support against rotation about the second pivot axis, so that the user can easily chose whether to perform the exercise with a stable support or to add a level of difficulty by using the unstable seat mode and exercising core muscles during the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: 9808699
    Abstract: A swivel joint system for hanging a heavy punching bag from an overhead support has a swivel joint defining at least first and second perpendicular pivot axes and a hanging shaft having a lower end pivotally connected to the universal joint for rotation about the first pivot axis and an upper end configured for rotatable attachment to an overhead support for free rotation about a third pivot axis. A hanging tube is pivotally connected to the universal joint for rotation about the second pivot axis, and releasably secured to a mounting plate. A plurality of attachment members are rigidly attachable at spaced locations around the mounting plate to surround the hanging tube and configured for attachment to straps at the upper end of a heavy punching bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 9707448
    Abstract: An exercise machine with a two directional pivoting user support assembly has a user support or platform which supports the user and pivots about a first pivot axis during an exercise movement, and is also pivotable about at least one second pivot axis to involve the user's core muscles in balancing and maintaining the user support in a stable position. A manually operable locking device with a simple flip switch lever is provided for selectively locking the user support against rotation about the second pivot axis, so that the user can easily chose whether to perform the exercise with a stable support or to add a level of difficulty by using the unstable seat mode and exercising core muscles during the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Publication number: 20170182354
    Abstract: An exercise machine with a two directional pivoting user support assembly has a user support or platform which supports the user and pivots about a first pivot axis during an exercise movement, and is also pivotable about at least one second pivot axis to involve the user's core muscles in balancing and maintaining the user support in a stable position. A manually operable locking device with a simple flip switch lever is provided for selectively locking the user support against rotation about the second pivot axis, so that the user can easily chose whether to perform the exercise with a stable support or to add a level of difficulty by using the unstable seat mode and exercising core muscles during the exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: 9682276
    Abstract: A lateral deltoid exercise machine has a floor engaging main frame, a user support pivot, a user support assembly pivotally mounted on the main frame via the user support pivot, and a pivotally mounted user engagement device or exercise arm assembly having arm pads for engagement by the user's forearms while pushing the arm pads outward and upward from a start position. A connecting link translates movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support so that pivotal movement of the user engagement device results in a self-aligning, pivoting movement of the user support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey Owen Meredith, Adam S. Guier
  • Publication number: 20170087401
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing triceps press exercises, including a moving user support that supports the user in a seated position. The exercise machine includes a linkage assembly that allows the user support to tilt as the user performs a triceps press exercise. As the user extends his or her arms from the exercise starting position to the exercise ending position, the user support frame—and thus the user's torso—reclines progressively backwards. The user's natural reaction to this reclining sensation is to bring his or her head forward, which encourages the user to plant his or her lower back firmly into a stable position against the back pad and in turn reduces the risk of injury associated with excessively arching of the lower back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Meredith, Bruce Hockridge, Billy Y. Kim
  • Publication number: 20170056707
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing a variety of different exercise routines includes a rotating arm assembly and a swing-away workout station. The workout station may include a bench seat and a stabilizing support, and may be adjusted to provide for a number of different configurations. For example, the bench seat and the stabilizing support may pivot forward and backward, and the stabilizing support may extend upward and downward for supporting the user's body in different positions, while performing different exercise routines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Grzegorz Lyszczarz
  • Patent number: 9522297
    Abstract: A swiveling user support assembly has a user support or seat rotatably mounted on a user support mounting device or frame for rotation about a first pivot axis, while the mounting device or frame is pivotally or rigidly connected to a main frame of an exercise machine. The user support has a base, and a primary user support and stabilizing device mounted on the base. A pivot connection between the base and mounting device or frame allows the user support to swivel from side to side about the first pivot axis. A centering mechanism helps to orient the user support in a central position for user entry or exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 9517379
    Abstract: An unstable user support device designed for mounting on an exercise machine has a base or mounting bracket and an unstable user support platform configured for engagement by user and pivotally mounted on the base for pivotal movement through a limited angular range about a non-vertical pivot axis. The pivoting movement may be a side to side tilting movement. Stops between the base and the unstable user support platform control the amount of pivoting movement. This arrangement provides a degree of instability to the unstable user support platform, to provide a greater challenge to the user's core muscles in balancing the unstable user support platform while performing an exercise motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: D807446
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Meredith, Bruce Hockridge
  • Patent number: D807447
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Meredith, Bruce Hockridge
  • Patent number: D808475
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Meredith, Bruce Hockridge