Patents by Inventor Kit W. Spelman

Kit W. Spelman 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: 20220249902
    Abstract: A reformer exercise apparatus is disclosed that has a generally rectangular frame, a carriage movably supported on the frame, and a foot support member supported by the side rail portions of the frame. The foot support member has an inverted U shape carbon fiber tube having ends each fixed to a foot bar support member having a cylindrical base, a cylindrical post welded to the base, and a foot bar support arm welded to one end of the cylindrical base, for connection to a foot support assembly operable to selectively position the foot support member at various positions along the side rail portions of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Kit W. Spelman, Albert R. Harrison
  • Patent number: 11253745
    Abstract: A chair arm exercise apparatus includes three distinct back positions with hand resistance members such as springs supported from a pair of supports spaced from the upper end of the back. The arm chair includes a base configured to rest on a horizontal floor surface, a seat, a pair of spaced apart trapezoidal shaped upright frame sides, a front upright end wall beneath and supporting a front end of the seat, a seat back pivotally supported from the frame sides behind the seat, and a seat cross member beneath the rear edge of the seat fastened to the frame sides. In a first position the back is at about 90 degrees to the seat. In a second position the back is about 80 degrees to the seat. In the third position the back is reclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: BALANCED BODY, INC.
    Inventor: Kit W. Spelman
  • Patent number: 11198029
    Abstract: A reformer includes a generally rectangular frame, a movable carriage mounted on the frame for movement between head end and foot end of the frame, and a plurality of springs biasing the carriage toward the foot end of the frame. The carriage has at least four roller wheels. A carriage drag adjustment device in accordance with the present disclosure generally includes a drag generator configured to apply an opposing force to at least one roller wheel of the wheeled reformer carriage, a mounting assembly fastening the drag generator to the wheeled reformer carriage, and an adjustment mechanism coupled to the drag generator to adjust the amount of drag applied to at least one roller wheel mounted to an underside of the reformer carriage, thereby opposing movement of the wheeled reformer carriage between the head and foot ends of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: BALANCED BODY, INC.
    Inventor: Kit W. Spelman
  • Publication number: 20210121739
    Abstract: A chair arm exercise apparatus includes three distinct back positions with hand resistance members such as springs supported from a pair of supports spaced from the upper end of the back. The arm chair includes a base configured to rest on a horizontal floor surface, a seat, a pair of spaced apart trapezoidal shaped upright frame sides, a front upright end wall beneath and supporting a front end of the seat, a seat back pivotally supported from the frame sides behind the seat, and a seat cross member beneath the rear edge of the seat fastened to the frame sides. In a first position the back is at about 90 degrees to the seat. In a second position the back is about 80 degrees to the seat. In the third position the back is reclined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventor: Kit W. Spelman
  • Patent number: 10973324
    Abstract: A frame corner member includes an elongated hollow extrusion having a central corner portion and two leg portions extending from the central portion. Each leg portion includes an inner side wall spaced from and parallel to an outer side wall, and merging with the central portion. An outer end wall joins the inner and outer side walls, which each include an inner surface facing the inner surface of the other side wall. An opening through the outer end wall defines a space between the inner and outer side walls adjacent one end of the extrusion for receiving one end of one of frame side members and end members. At least one of the inner surfaces in the space has discrete surface features adapted to grip and retain the one end of one of the side members and end members in the space when received through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: BALANCED BODY, INC.
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Kit W. Spelman
  • Publication number: 20210015259
    Abstract: A frame corner member includes an elongated hollow extrusion having a central corner portion and two leg portions extending from the central portion. Each leg portion includes an inner side wall spaced from and parallel to an outer side wall, and merging with the central portion. An outer end wall joins the inner and outer side walls, which each include an inner surface facing the inner surface of the other side wall. An opening through the outer end wall defines a space between the inner and outer side walls adjacent one end of the extrusion for receiving one end of one of frame side members and end members. At least one of the inner surfaces in the space has discrete surface features adapted to grip and retain the one end of one of the side members and end members in the space when received through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Kit W. Spelman
  • Patent number: 10820698
    Abstract: A frame corner member includes an elongated hollow extrusion having a central corner portion and two leg portions extending from the central portion. Each leg portion includes an inner side wall spaced from and parallel to an outer side wall, and merging with the central portion. An outer end wall joins the inner and outer side walls, which each include an inner surface facing the inner surface of the other side wall. An opening through the outer end wall defines a space between the inner and outer side walls adjacent one end of the extrusion for receiving one end of one of frame side members and end members. At least one of the inner surfaces in the space has discrete surface features adapted to grip and retain the one end of one of the side members and end members in the space when received through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BALANCED BODY, INC.
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Kit W. Spelman
  • Publication number: 20200121969
    Abstract: A reformer includes a generally rectangular frame, a movable carriage mounted on the frame for movement between head end and foot end of the frame, and a plurality of springs biasing the carriage toward the foot end of the frame. The carriage has at least four roller wheels. A carriage drag adjustment device in accordance with the present disclosure generally includes a drag generator configured to apply an opposing force to at least one roller wheel of the wheeled reformer carriage, a mounting assembly fastening the drag generator to the wheeled reformer carriage, and an adjustment mechanism coupled to the drag generator to adjust the amount of drag applied to at least one roller wheel mounted to an underside of the reformer carriage, thereby opposing movement of the wheeled reformer carriage between the head and foot ends of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventor: Kit W. Spelman
  • Patent number: 10610723
    Abstract: A rectangular frame for a reformer exercise apparatus is disclosed which includes a pair of spaced apart side rail members, a head end member, a foot end member; and four corner members, each joining one of the side rail members to one of the end members. Each side rail member and each end member is a rigid generally rectangular extrusion. The top wall, the bottom wall and the inner vertical wall have interior screw races. The outer vertical wall has a pair of spaced interior projecting screw races. Each corner member is fastened to one of the end members and one of the side members by threaded fasteners projecting from the screw races through apertures in the L shaped elongated corner member, and an L shaped cover hides these fasteners from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BALANCED BODY, INC.
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Kit W. Spelman
  • Patent number: 10569119
    Abstract: A spring ring retainer device is described for retaining a spring ring on a spring anchor in an exercise apparatus such as a Pilates chair. The retainer device eliminates metal to metal contact between the spring ring and the anchor to minimize wear and also provide tactile feedback to a user of proper spring position on the anchor. The device is preferably an elongated unitary body having a central semi-cylindrical portion having a first radius, a first curved end portion, and a semi-cylindrical connector portion joining the first curved end portion to one end of the central semi-cylindrical portion, a second curved end portion and a second semi-cylindrical connector portion joining the second curved end portion with the central semi-cylindrical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BALANCED BODY, INC.
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Kit W. Spelman
  • Patent number: 10449405
    Abstract: A rotatable disc exercise apparatus includes a first disc having a first outer planar surface and a first inner surface, a second disc fastened to the first disc and rotatably supported on the first disc by a first annular set of ball bearings and a second annular set of ball bearings. The second disc has a second outer planar surface and a second inner surface facing the first inner surface. A single biasing member sandwiched between the first and second discs resiliently biases the second disc to a neutral rotational position between the discs. The first annular set of bearings is captured between the inner surfaces by an annular outer wall of one of the discs and an inner annular rib of the other one of the discs. The second set of bearings is carried in an annular race between the first and second inner surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Balanced Body, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Christopher J. Savarino, Kit W. Spelman
  • Publication number: 20190308058
    Abstract: A rectangular frame for a reformer exercise apparatus is disclosed which includes a pair of spaced apart side rail members, a head end member, a foot end member; and four corner members, each joining one of the side rail members to one of the end members. Each side rail member and each end member is a rigid generally rectangular extrusion. The top wall, the bottom wall and the inner vertical wall have interior screw races. The outer vertical wall has a pair of spaced interior projecting screw races. Each corner member is fastened to one of the end members and one of the side members by threaded fasteners projecting from the screw races through apertures in the L shaped elongated corner member, and an L shaped cover hides these fasteners from view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Kit W. Spelman
  • Publication number: 20190275362
    Abstract: A spring ring retainer device is described for retaining a spring ring on a spring anchor in an exercise apparatus such as a Pilates chair. The retainer device eliminates metal to metal contact between the spring ring and the anchor to minimize wear and also provide tactile feedback to a user of proper spring position on the anchor. The device is preferably an elongated unitary body having a central semi-cylindrical portion having a first radius, a first curved end portion, and a semi-cylindrical connector portion joining the first curved end portion to one end of the central semi-cylindrical portion, a second curved end portion and a second semi-cylindrical connector portion joining the second curved end portion with the central semi-cylindrical portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Kit W. Spelman
  • Publication number: 20190142159
    Abstract: A frame corner member includes an elongated hollow extrusion having a central corner portion and two leg portions extending from the central portion. Each leg portion includes an inner side wall spaced from and parallel to an outer side wall, and merging with the central portion. An outer end wall joins the inner and outer side walls, which each include an inner surface facing the inner surface of the other side wall. An opening through the outer end wall defines a space between the inner and outer side walls adjacent one end of the extrusion for receiving one end of one of frame side members and end members. At least one of the inner surfaces in the space has discrete surface features adapted to grip and retain the one end of one of the side members and end members in the space when received through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Kit W. Spelman
  • Publication number: 20180117384
    Abstract: A rotatable disc exercise apparatus is disclosed that includes a first disc having a first outer planar surface and a first inner surface, a second disc fastened to the first disc and rotatably supported on the first disc by a first annular set of ball bearings and a second annular set of ball bearings. The second disc has a second outer planar surface and a second inner surface facing the first inner surface. A single biasing member sandwiched between the first and second discs resiliently biases the second disc to a neutral rotational position between the discs. The first annular set of bearings is captured between the inner surfaces by an annular outer wall of one of the discs and an inner annular rib of the other one of the discs. The second set of bearings is carried in an annular race between the first and second inner surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Christopher J. Savarino, Kit W. Spelman
  • Patent number: D953452
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: BALANCED BODY, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Smith, Kit W. Spelman, Harbir Singh