Patents by Inventor Gregory M. Webb

Gregory M. Webb 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: 20150265870
    Abstract: A weight stack for an exercise machine includes a plurality of weights arranged in a vertical stack. Each of the weights has a body portion with substantially parallel upper and lower surfaces and includes at least one open-ended, forwardly facing recess in the lower surface. Each of the recesses has a height and a width, with an aspect ratio of height divided by width being between about 0.06 and 0.375.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 8894556
    Abstract: A multi-functional handle assembly for an exercise machine includes: a strap arranged in a Figure-8 configuration to form a near loop and a far loop extending in generally opposite directions from a crossing point in the strap; a handle having a cavity formed therethrough, wherein the near loop extends to the near side of the handle and the far loop extends from the far side of the handle, the crossing point of the strap positioned in the cavity; a cushioning cuff attached to the far loop; a bearing member having a slot, wherein portions of the near loop are threaded through the slot, such that the bearing member is slidable relative to the portions of the near loop; and means for attaching the handle assembly to the exercise machine, the means for attaching the handle assembly being attached to the near loop. The handle can be drawn between the bearing member and the cushioning cuff, the strap sliding within the handle, such that the near loop and the far loop change in size with sliding of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Med-Fit Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 8876674
    Abstract: A weight stack for an exercise machine may include one or more primary and secondary load elements that are selectively joined to a weight carriage. The load elements may be supported from below by one or more support beams and positioned at spaced apart locations on the support beam when the weight carriage is located at its rest position or when the load elements are not joined to the weight carriage during an exercise. The load elements may include engagement surfaces that engage the beam either directly by contacting the beam or indirectly via a divider structure positioned between the load elements and the beam. For some load elements, the engagement surfaces define a portion of a slot in the load element. The exercise machine may further include a single guide pole that constrains the weight carriage to move substantially linearly and vertically relative to the exercise machine's support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Webb, Eric D. Golesh
  • Patent number: 8845498
    Abstract: A lockout mechanism for a selection mechanism on an exercise machine, the selection mechanism being associated with a carriage for selectively carrying load. The carriage may include a support system adjustable by the selection mechanism for adjusting the amount of load to be carried. The lockout mechanism may include a lockout member configured to prevent adjustment of the selection mechanism during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 8585564
    Abstract: A weight stack assembly for an exercise machine includes: a plurality of weights arranged in a vertical stack; a post extending through the weights, and a selector unit. Each of the weights includes an open-ended, forwardly facing slot, wherein the slots of each of a first set of the weights form a first column, and wherein the slots of each of a second set of the weights form a second column that is parallel to but non-coincident with the first column. The vertical stack is formed by alternating first and second weight. The post is configured to connect with a movement arm of an exercise machine and includes a first column of apertures that align with the slots of the first set of weights and a second column of apertures that align with the second set of weights. The selector unit is configured to be inserted into one of the slots and one of the apertures to select a portion of the weights to provide resistance for exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Med-Fit Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Publication number: 20120322629
    Abstract: A weight stack for an exercise machine includes a plurality of weights arranged in a vertical stack. Each of the weights has a body portion with substantially parallel upper and lower surfaces and includes at least one open-ended, forwardly facing recess in the lower surface. Each of the recesses has a height and a width, with an aspect ratio of height divided by width being between about 0.06 and 0.375.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Publication number: 20120238409
    Abstract: A stair-step exercise machine includes: a frame; first and second rotary members rotatably mounted on the frame; an endless member engaged with the first and second rotary members; a plurality of steps, each comprising a vertical riser panel and a horizontal treading panel, wherein a rearward edge portion of the treading panel is pivotally attached to an upper edge portion of the riser panel, and wherein each step is mounted to the endless member, with the lower edge portion of the riser panel and the forward edge portion of the treading panel being pivotally mounted to the endless member, thereby forming an endless chain of steps that follows a travel path around the first and second rotary members; and a resistance control unit attached to the frame and operatively associated with one of the first and second rotary members. Each step is between about 4 and 7.5 inches in height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: William F. Halsey, Wadiatur Rahim, Gregory M. Webb
  • Publication number: 20120225760
    Abstract: A multi-functional handle assembly for an exercise machine includes: a strap arranged in a Figure-8 configuration to form a near loop and a far loop extending in generally opposite directions from a crossing point in the strap; a handle having a cavity formed therethrough, wherein the near loop extends to the near side of the handle and the far loop extends from the far side of the handle, the crossing point of the strap positioned in the cavity; a cushioning cuff attached to the far loop; a bearing member having a slot, wherein portions of the near loop are threaded through the slot, such that the bearing member is slidable relative to the portions of the near loop; and means for attaching the handle assembly to the exercise machine, the means for attaching the handle assembly being attached to the near loop. The handle can be drawn between the bearing member and the cushioning cuff, the strap sliding within the handle, such that the near loop and the far loop change in size with sliding of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Publication number: 20120208679
    Abstract: A weight stack assembly for an exercise machine includes: a plurality of weights arranged in a vertical stack; a post extending through the weights, and a selector unit. Each of the weights includes an open-ended, forwardly facing slot, wherein the slots of each of a first set of the weights form a first column, and wherein the slots of each of a second set of the weights form a second column that is parallel to but non-coincident with the first column. The vertical stack is formed by alternating first and second weight. The post is configured to connect with a movement arm of an exercise machine and includes a first column of apertures that align with the slots of the first set of weights and a second column of apertures that align with the second set of weights. The selector unit is configured to be inserted into one of the slots and one of the apertures to select a portion of the weights to provide resistance for exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Publication number: 20120010055
    Abstract: A weight stack for an exercise machine may include one or more primary and secondary load elements that are selectively joined to a weight carriage. The load elements may be supported from below by one or more support beams and positioned at spaced apart locations on the support beam when the weight carriage is located at its rest position or when the load elements are not joined to the weight carriage during an exercise. The load elements may include engagement surfaces that engage the beam either directly by contacting the beam or indirectly via a divider structure positioned between the load elements and the beam. For some load elements, the engagement surfaces define a portion of a slot in the load element. The exercise machine may further include a single guide pole that constrains the weight carriage to move substantially linearly and vertically relative to the exercise machine's support frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Webb, Eric D. Golesh
  • Publication number: 20120004080
    Abstract: A lockout mechanism for a selection mechanism on an exercise machine, the selection mechanism being associated with a carriage for selectively carrying load. The carriage may include a support system adjustable by the selection mechanism for adjusting the amount of load to be carried. The lockout mechanism may include a lockout member configured to prevent adjustment of the selection mechanism during exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 8016729
    Abstract: A weight exercise machine may include an exercise member, one or more weights, and one or more weight selectors. When using the machine to exercise, the user exerts an exercise force against the exercise member. A weight selector may be rotated, pivoted, or otherwise moved to operably couple the exercise member to at least one of the weights such that displacement of the exercise member causes at least one of the weights to displace, thus providing resistance to displacement of the exercise member. The weights may include main weights and add-on weights for operative coupling to the exercise member via a movable frame. The one or more weight selectors allow for selection of different combinations of weights for providing resistance to displacement of the exercise member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Publication number: 20100311550
    Abstract: A weight exercise machine may include an exercise member, one or more weights, and one or more weight selectors. When using the machine to exercise, the user exerts an exercise force against the exercise member. A weight selector may be rotated, pivoted, or otherwise moved to operably couple the exercise member to at least one of the weights such that displacement of the exercise member causes at least one of the weights to displace, thus providing resistance to displacement of the exercise member. The weights may include main weights and add-on weights for operative coupling to the exercise member via a movable frame. The one or more weight selectors allow for selection of different combinations of weights for providing resistance to displacement of the exercise member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 7740568
    Abstract: The present invention is a weight exercise machine for use by a user. The machine comprises an exercise member, a plurality of weights, and an index. The user exerts an exercise force against the exercise member when using the machine to exercise. The index is rotated to operably couple the exercise member to at least one of the weight plates such that the displacement of the exercise member causes the at least one of the weight plates to displace. The plurality of weight plates includes a first weight plate type and a second weight plate type having configurations and masses that differ. The index allows selection of different combinations of weight plates for operable coupling to the exercise member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 7736283
    Abstract: A weight exercise machine may include an exercise member, one or more weights, and one or more weight selectors. When using the machine to exercise, the user exerts an exercise force against the exercise member. A weight selector may be rotated, pivoted, or otherwise moved to operably couple the exercise member to at least one of the weights such that displacement of the exercise member causes at least one of the weights to displace, thus providing resistance to displacement of the exercise member. The weights may include main weights and add-on weights for operative coupling to the exercise member via a movable frame. The one or more weight selectors allow for selection of different combinations of weights for providing resistance to displacement of the exercise member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 7662074
    Abstract: The present invention is a weight exercise machine for use by a user. The machine comprises an exercise member, a plurality of weights, and an index. The user exerts an exercise force against the exercise member when using the machine to exercise. The index is rotated to operably couple the exercise member to at least one of the weight plates such that the displacement of the exercise member causes the at least one of the weight plates to displace. The plurality of weight plates includes a first weight plate type and a second weight plate type having configurations and masses that differ. The index allows selection of different combinations of weight plates for operable coupling to the exercise member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 7658701
    Abstract: An abdominal exercise apparatus is provided that includes at least a lower carriage, an upper carriage, and a frame supporting the lower and upper carriages. A linkage mechanism operably associates the upper and lower carriages together to allow coordinated movement relative to one another. The upper carriage includes an upper pivot axis relative to the frame, and an upper carriage pivot axis relative to the upper carriage, and the lower carriage includes a lower pivot axis relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Webb, Roxanne C. Anders
  • Patent number: 7553263
    Abstract: An exercise machine for exercising the calf muscles of a seated exerciser includes: a frame configured to rest on an underlying surface; a seat assembly mounted on the frame on which the exerciser sits; a movement arm pivotally interconnected with the frame forwardly of the seat assembly; a heel pad mounted on the frame forwardly of the seat assembly and configured to receive the heel of the exerciser; a trailing link pivotally attached to the movement arm; a foot engagement member attached to the trailing link such that the foot engagement member is positioned above and forwardly of the heel pad, the foot engagement member having an engagement surface configured to receive a portion of the sole of the foot of the exerciser; and a resistance-imparting unit interconnected with the movement arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Nautilus Human Performance Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Webb, Benjamin Ball
  • Publication number: 20080254952
    Abstract: The present invention is a weight exercise machine for use by a user. The machine comprises an exercise member, a plurality of weights, and an index. The user exerts an exercise force against the exercise member when using the machine to exercise. The index is rotated to operably couple the exercise member to at least one of the weight plates such that the displacement of the exercise member causes the at least one of the weight plates to displace. The plurality of weight plates includes a first weight plate type and a second weight plate type having configurations and masses that differ. The index allows selection of different combinations of weight plates for operable coupling to the exercise member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 7150702
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing leg curl and leg extension movements includes: a frame configured to rest on an underlying surface; an upper leg-supporting assembly pivotally interconnected with the frame, the upper leg-supporting assembly having a seat pad; a torso-supporting assembly pivotally interconnected with the frame and with the upper leg-supporting assembly, the torso-supporting assembly having a backrest pad; a leg curl assembly arm pivotally interconnected with the frame about a first pivot axis; a leg extension assembly arm pivotally interconnected with the frame about a second pivot axis; a resistance-imparting unit coupled with the leg curl movement arm and the leg extension movement arm; and a conversion mechanism interconnected with the frame and/or the torso-supporting assembly and the upper leg-supporting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Nautilus Human Performance Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Webb, Michael Wayne Morris