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).

  • Publication number: 20160199691
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing dip exercises, including a flip and dip handle system that allows the left and right dip handle assemblies to be rotated between an exercise position and a storage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventor: Bruce Hockridge
  • Publication number: 20160199686
    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 7, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Meredity, Bruce Hockridge, Billy Y. Kim
  • Publication number: 20160184630
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing prone leg curl exercises, including a moving support platform or frame that allows a user to perform prone leg curl exercises without excessively arching his or her lower back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Meredith, Bruce Hockridge, Thao V. Doan
  • Publication number: 20160082312
    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 the 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 platform, to provide a greater challenge to the user's core muscles in balancing the platform while performing an exercise motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Publication number: 20150375035
    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: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey Owen Meredith, Adam S. Guier
  • Patent number: 9205298
    Abstract: An unstable user support device designed for mounting on a rotary torso exercise machine has a base or mounting bracket and an unstable user support platform configured for engagement by the 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 platform, to provide a greater challenge to the user's core muscles in balancing the platform while performing an exercise motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: 9126081
    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: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey Owen Meredith, Adam S. Guier
  • Publication number: 20150246258
    Abstract: An exercise machine has at least one hollow column rotationally mounted between upper and base members of a frame. A pulley carriage is mounted inside the column in engagement with an internal track for travel up and down the track, and a cable linked to an exercise resistance extends through the pulley carriage before terminating at a cable pull attachable to a selected user engagement accessory. A pulley cover pivoted to the carriage extends partially out of a column opening and extends over one or more pulleys mounted in the pulley carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce Hockridge
  • Publication number: 20150011366
    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: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20140378282
    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: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8870720
    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: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20140302972
    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: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: 8852060
    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: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8734304
    Abstract: A low back exercise machine has a pivotally mounted user support frame carrying a user seat and a foot rest assembly, an exercise arm carrying a back pad pivotally mounted relative to the user support frame, and a connecting linkage which translates movement of the exercise arm into rotation of the user support frame about its pivot axis, whereby the user support including the foot rests moves from an upright into a rearwardly reclined orientation as the user pushes the back pad rearward and downward to lean backwards so as to exercise the lower back muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8702573
    Abstract: A glute exercise machine has a stationary main frame, a pivotally mounted upper torso support, a knee support, and an exercise arm having a foot support for engaging a user's foot and configured for rotation from a start position by user engaging the knee support with one leg and the exercise arm with the other leg. A connecting linkage translates movement of the exercise arms into rocking movement of the upper torso support. A load is linked to one of the moving parts to provide exercise resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Randall T. Webber, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20140045664
    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: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: 8562496
    Abstract: A thigh exercise machine has a stationary main frame, a pivotally mounted user support seat, and a pair of exercise arms mounted for rotation between inner and outer positions, each arm having a pad positioned to engage part of a user's leg such as a user's inner or outer thigh. A connecting linkage translates movement of the exercise arms into rocking movement of the user support seat. The connecting linkage is arranged so that user is positioned in an upright or slightly reclined posture when their legs are together and a more reclined posture when their legs are spread apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20130274079
    Abstract: An unstable user support device designed for mounting on an exercise machine has a base or mounting bracket and a user support platform configured for engagement by the user and pivotally mounted on the base for pivotal movement through a limited angle about a pivot axis extending in a plane parallel to the user support platform, The pivoting movement may be a side to side tilting movement. Stops between the base and support platform control the amount of pivoting movement. This arrangement provides a degree of instability to the platform, to provide a greater challenge to the user's core muscles in balancing the platform while performing an exercise motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith, Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: 8328698
    Abstract: A dual action weightlifting machine has a stationary frame including a racking portion and spaced vertical guides slidably mounted on opposite sides of the frame for horizontal movement relative to the frame. A horizontally extending exercise bar assembly has spaced first and second vertical slides slidably mounted on the vertical guides, at least one rotatable user engaging portion for gripping by a user, at least one rack engaging portion comprising a rotatable wear sleeve which rotates independently from the user engaging portion, and opposite first and second end portions for receiving one or more selected weights. The user engaging portion is located between the opposite sides of the frame and has a central longitudinal axis which is coaxial with the cylindrical surfaces of the wear sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge
  • Patent number: D746388
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Hockridge