Patents by Inventor Carl K. Towley, III

Carl K. Towley, III 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: 20210379441
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell includes a horizontal stack of nested left weight plates and a horizontal stack of spaced right weight plates with the stacks being separated by a gap into which a handle may be inserted. A selector is movable into different positions relative to the handle to vary how many nested left and right weight plates from the stacks thereof are coupled to the handle to vary the exercise mass of the handle. Each left weight plate has a counterpart right weight plate counterpart which are coupled together by at least one interconnecting member having a first keyhole slot connection between the left end of the interconnecting member and the left weight plate and a second keyhole slot connection between the right end of the interconnecting member and the right weight plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 11110315
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell includes a horizontal stack of nested left weight plates and a horizontal stack of spaced right weight plates with the stacks being separated by a gap into which a handle may be inserted. A selector is movable into different positions relative to the handle to vary how many nested left and right weight plates from the stacks thereof are coupled to the handle to vary the exercise mass of the handle. Each left weight plate has a counterpart right weight plate counterpart which are coupled together by at least one interconnecting member having a first keyhole slot connection between the left end of the interconnecting member and the left weight plate and a second keyhole slot connection between the right end of the interconnecting member and the right weight plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 10953264
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a handle that comprises a selector receiver and a hand grip that are separated from one another to allow a weight selector to be installed in the selector receiver. The position of the weight selector in the selector receiver determines how many of a plurality of nested weights are joined to the handle to thereby select the exercise mass of the dumbbell. After the weight selector is so installed, the hand grip is dropped into the selector receiver and is joined thereto by a connector so that the selector receiver and hand grip then act as a unitary handle to permit exercise with the selected number of weights. When so installed, the hand grip telescopically fits into the weight selector to affirmatively prevent the weight selector from inadvertently dislodging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Publication number: 20210016124
    Abstract: A set of dumbbells comprises a plurality of dumbbells of different weights with the dumbbells having a common length. A plurality of adder weights is provided with each adder weight having a cavity that is sized to receive the common length of any one of the dumbbells. Any one of the dumbbells is dropped down into the cavity of any one of the adder weights. A slide retainer is then slid into a slideway on the any one adder weight to overlie the dumbbell and secure the dumbbell to the any one adder weight. The slide retainer has a window therein to allow a user to reach through the slide retainer and grip a hand grip of the dumbbell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Publication number: 20210008403
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell includes a horizontal stack of nested left weight plates and a horizontal stack of spaced right weight plates with the stacks being separated by a gap into which a handle may be inserted. A selector is movable into different positions relative to the handle to vary how many nested left and right weight plates from the stacks thereof are coupled to the handle to vary the exercise mass of the handle. Each left weight plate has a counterpart right weight plate counterpart which are coupled together by at least one interconnecting member having a first keyhole slot connection between the left end of the interconnecting member and the left weight plate and a second keyhole slot connection between the right end of the interconnecting member and the right weight plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 10864403
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a plurality of nested weights that provide a stack of left weight plates and a stack of right weight plates. A handle is dropped between the stacks and a selector is inserted into one of a plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle to couple a selected number of the weights to the handle. The selector has a continuous periphery enclosing an open interior. A user who is exercising with the dumbbell will be alerted to unintended dislodgement of the selector since a portion of the selector's periphery will contact a portion of the user's grip hand, wrist or forearm during such dislodgement. This prevents complete dislodgement and prompts the user to restore the selector to a fully installed position. Side walls of the selector may become curved when the selector is installed to provide an additional frictional force resisting dislodgement of the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 10792530
    Abstract: A set of dumbbells comprises a plurality of dumbbells of different weights with the dumbbells having a common length. A plurality of adder weights is provided with each adder weight having a cavity that is sized to receive the common length of any one of the dumbbells. Any one of the dumbbells is dropped down into the cavity of any one of the adder weights. A slide retainer is then slid into a slideway on the any one adder weight to overlie the dumbbell and secure the dumbbell to the any one adder weight. The slide retainer has a window therein to allow a user to reach through the slide retainer and grip a hand grip of the dumbbell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 10702732
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell includes a horizontal stack of nested left weight plates and a horizontal stack of spaced right weight plates with the stacks being separated by a gap into which a handle may be inserted. A selector is movable into different positions relative to the handle to vary how many nested left and right weight plates from the stacks thereof are coupled to the handle to vary the exercise mass of the handle. Each left weight plate has a counterpart right weight plate counterpart which are coupled together by at least one interconnecting member having a first keyhole slot connection between the left end of the interconnecting member and the left weight plate and a second keyhole slot connection between the right end of the interconnecting member and the right weight plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Power Block Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Publication number: 20200147440
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a handle that comprises a selector receiver and a hand grip that are separated from one another to allow a weight selector to be installed in the selector receiver. The position of the weight selector in the selector receiver determines how many of a plurality of nested weights are joined to the handle to thereby select the exercise mass of the dumbbell. After the weight selector is so installed, the hand grip is dropped into the selector receiver and is joined thereto by a connector so that the selector receiver and hand grip then act as a unitary handle to permit exercise with the selected number of weights. When so installed, the hand grip telescopically fits into the weight selector to affirmatively prevent the weight selector from inadvertently dislodging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Publication number: 20190192896
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a plurality of nested weights that provide a stack of left weight plates and a stack of right weight plates. A handle is dropped between the stacks and a selector is inserted into one of a plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle to couple a selected number of the weights to the handle. The selector has a continuous periphery enclosing an open interior. A user who is exercising with the dumbbell will be alerted to unintended dislodgement of the selector since a portion of the selector's periphery will contact a portion of the user's grip hand, wrist or forearm during such dislodgement. This prevents complete dislodgement and prompts the user to restore the selector to a fully installed position. Side walls of the selector may become curved when the selector is installed to provide an additional frictional force resisting dislodgement of the selector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Publication number: 20190175979
    Abstract: A set of dumbbells comprises a plurality of dumbbells of different weights with the dumbbells having a common length. A plurality of adder weights is provided with each adder weight having a cavity that is sized to receive the common length of any one of the dumbbells. Any one of the dumbbells is dropped down into the cavity of any one of the adder weights. A slide retainer is then slid into a slideway on the any one adder weight to overlie the dumbbell and secure the dumbbell to the any one adder weight. The slide retainer has a window therein to allow a user to reach through the slide retainer and grip a hand grip of the dumbbell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 10166431
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a plurality of nested weights that provide a stack of left weight plates and a stack of right weight plates. A handle is dropped between the stacks and a selector is inserted into one of a plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle to couple a selected number of the weights to the handle. The selector has a continuous periphery enclosing an open interior. A user who is exercising with the dumbbell will be alerted to unintended dislodgement of the selector since a portion of the selector's periphery will contact a portion of the user's grip hand, wrist or forearm during such dislodgement. This prevents complete dislodgement and prompts the user to restore the selector to a fully installed position. Side walls of the selector may become curved when the selector is installed to provide an additional frictional force resisting dislodgement of the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Publication number: 20180296871
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a plurality of nested weights that provide a stack of left weight plates and a stack of right weight plates. A handle is dropped between the stacks and a selector is inserted into one of a plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle to couple a selected number of the weights to the handle. The selector has a continuous periphery enclosing an open interior. A user who is exercising with the dumbbell will be alerted to unintended dislodgement of the selector since a portion of the selector's periphery will contact a portion of the user's grip hand, wrist or forearm during such dislodgement. This prevents complete dislodgement and prompts the user to restore the selector to a fully installed position. Side walls of the selector may become curved when the selector is installed to provide an additional frictional force resisting dislodgement of the selector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 10010742
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a plurality of nested weights that provide a stack of left weight plates and a stack of right weight plates. A handle is dropped between the stacks and a selector is inserted into one of a plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle to couple a selected number of the weights to the handle. The selector has a continuous periphery enclosing an open interior. A user who is exercising with the dumbbell will be alerted to unintended dislodgement of the selector since a portion of the selector's periphery will contact a portion of the user's grip hand, wrist or forearm during such dislodgement. This prevents complete dislodgement and prompts the user to restore the selector to a fully installed position. Side walls of the selector may become curved when the selector is installed to provide an additional frictional force resisting dislodgement of the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Publication number: 20180140888
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell includes a horizontal stack of nested left weight plates and a horizontal stack of spaced right weight plates with the stacks being separated by a gap into which a handle may be inserted. A selector is movable into different positions relative to the handle to vary how many nested left and right weight plates from the stacks thereof are coupled to the handle to vary the exercise mass of the handle. Each left weight plate has a counterpart right weight plate counterpart which are coupled together by at least one interconnecting member having a first keyhole slot connection between the left end of the interconnecting member and the left weight plate and a second keyhole slot connection between the right end of the interconnecting member and the right weight plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Publication number: 20170209731
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a plurality of nested weights that provide a stack of left weight plates and a stack of right weight plates. A handle is dropped between the stacks and a selector is inserted into one of a plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle to couple a selected number of the weights to the handle. The selector has a continuous periphery enclosing an open interior. A user who is exercising with the dumbbell will be alerted to unintended dislodgement of the selector since a portion of the selector's periphery will contact a portion of the user's grip hand, wrist or forearm during such dislodgement. This prevents complete dislodgement and prompts the user to restore the selector to a fully installed position. Side walls of the selector may become curved when the selector is installed to provide an additional frictional force resisting dislodgement of the selector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 9616270
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell comprises a handle assembly that comprises a generally triangularly shaped handle housing having an upwardly extending loop style handle in the manner of a kettlebell handle. The handle housing has angled side walls that provide surfaces on which the user's forearm can rest when doing certain exercises. The handle housing is hollow inside. A set of generally triangularly shaped add-on weights of progressively decreasing size can be nested inside one another with the set of weights being nested inside the handle housing. A repositionable connecting pin can be placed into different positions on the handle housing to selectively couple a desired number of the add-on weights to the handle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mattson K. Towley, Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 9289638
    Abstract: An exercise equipment frame, such as a power cage, is formed from uprights that comprise at least two sections that are telescopically interfit with one another. The sections have an interference fit between them when the telescopic interconnection is made that is tight enough to require the use of a tool that enables leverage greater than that achievable by the hand pressure of a user. The sections may be of substantially equal length to one another when forming the main uprights of the frame to allow packaging of the sections when disassembled in a carton of more regular dimensions. The sections may also be unequal length to allow coupling of a frame extension to the top of a completed power cage type frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl K. Towley, III, Gregory S. Olson
  • Patent number: 9168412
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing barbell type free weight lifting exercises has a power cage or Smith press type frame, an elongated bar held on the frame in a substantially horizontal resting position, and an adjustable exercise mass assembly that allows a user to select an exercise weight from among a plurality of choices of different exercise weights provided by the exercise mass assembly. The exercise mass assembly is separate from the bar and any auxiliary weight plates carried on the bar. A cable and pulley system operatively connects the bar to a movable portion of the exercise mass assembly that provides the selected exercise weight. A powered actuator sets up the bar for performing a weight lifting exercise by lifting the movable portion of the exercise mass assembly up above a second portion of the exercise mass assembly that remains stationary during the particular weight lifting exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Power Block Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl K. Towley, III, Gregory S. Olson
  • Patent number: 9138611
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a plurality of nested weights which each have a box-shaped configuration comprising spaced left and right weight plates joined by planar, substantially imperforate, front and rear walls. The front and rear walls of the nested weights are very thin in comparison to the weight plates, extend over substantially the full height of the weight plates, and are joined to the weight plates along substantially their entire height. A selector comprises a pair of connecting members that coact between a handle of the dumbbell and upper portions of the front and rear walls of the nested weights to select a desired number of the weights for use with the handle depending upon the selected positions of the connecting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III