HAND PAD FOR GRIPPING A LIFTING DEVICE AND OTHER DEVICES
A hand protective and padding device and athletic training system for gripping an exercise device, particularly a weight lifting bar, barbell or tension device. The system includes a protective pad covering the palm area and finger loops on the pad through which three fingers extend for an absolute hold between the hand pad and the user's hand. The hand pad possesses an oval like shape with concave center, providing the user with enhanced comfort and protection against the entire palm side of a user's hands. The hand pad may utilize a rubber-like material, which accommodates movement, and tolerance on rough surfaces. The hand pad has a generally high coefficient of friction which provides a non-slip grip, is smooth for a soothing grip for the user and can be easily cleaned and maintained for enhanced hygiene.
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
This application takes priority from and claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/836,747 filed on Jun. 19, 2013, the contents of which are herein incorporated by reference.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to exercise systems, and more particularly to hand pads for protecting the palm of a hand while simultaneously providing aid during the gripping of lifting devices used for various sports, including, but not limited to weight lifting and recreational exercise.
2. Description of the Related Art
Present day fitness buffs and athletes alike are afforded many options when it comes to improving the ability to grip lifting devices, such as a weight lifting bar, barbells, tension rigging or other instruments used in various fitness and athletic activities. Most users of gripping devices look for many common attributes when choosing their gripping device, including, but not limited to, improved control and gripability, improved hand protection, heightened hygiene, and enhanced aesthetics. Depending upon the fitness or athletic activity, different gripping techniques are used, which gives the user many options to enhance their gripping performance. The many devices or methods include, bare hands, wrist wraps, exercise gloves, combination gloves, and hand grips. Each is used based on the grip technique needed to improve grip on lifting devices.
Many hand grip techniques exist when it comes to lifting devices, such as a weight lifting bar or barbells. A user may use an overhand grip, underhand grip, alternate grip or a false grip. Overhand grip is when your palms are facing away when gripping a lifting device. An underhand grip is when palms are facing the user when gripping a lifting device. An alternate grip is when one hand is facing the user, and the other hand is facing away when gripping a lifting device. A false grip is when using one of the three stated techniques, but the user does not wrap the thumb around the lifting device. Instead the thumb is lined up with rest of fingers on a lifting device. This is an increasingly popular lifting technique but does require increased hand strength and grip strength, as the thumb is removed from securing bar around user's hand.
Direct contact with bare hands allows the user to develop a grip on a lifting device with no external glove or pad, and allows the user to perform all hand grip techniques. But frequency, intensity and resistance increases may lead to greater perspiration by the user, which increases slippage between the user and the gripping device the user is holding. Overtime the direct contact of skin to a lifting device will result in callous, blister and bacteria formation, specifically, at the metacarpal phalangeal and intercarpal phalangeal joints. Both are painful and unsightly, and if not treated properly can lead to skin infections or other serious medical conditions.
Wrist wrap mechanisms provide assistance with many grip techniques but include several downsides as, although wrist wraps may increase gripping ability, wrist wraps tend to restrict the range of motion of the wrist, and also constricts blood circulation temporarily. Wrist wraps expose a user's hands to callouses, blisters and bacteria formation, because only the wrist is protected.
Exercise gloves offer hand protection for hand grip techniques, but suffocate the hand with excess material leading to hand perspiration, and foul smell. Over time the material of most gloves are thin and begin to wear down causing the finger stalls to wrinkle which can decrease gripping power of device. Also, leads to callous, and blister formation. Exercise gloves are not easily cleanable and can lead to bad hygiene if user does not properly sanitize the gripping device. Sanitizing is tedious and time consuming and adds increase wear and tear on the product.
Additionally, combination gloves afford the user the combined advantages of both wrist wraps and exercise gloves to increase grip in all hand grip techniques, but also leads the user to many disadvantages, such as excess material causing perspiration, which leads to slippage and less gripping power for the user. Also overtime, the finger stalls tend to wrinkle causing callous and blister formation. The wrist wrap portion of the glove may close circulation temporary, when lifting a device, for the user causing hand pain and discomfort for prolonged usage. Cleaning and maintaining the combination gloves are difficult and may expose the user to increase bacteria build up and result in bad hygiene for user.
Lastly, hand grips offer palm protection and increased gripping power in all hand grip techniques. But, prior art doesn't provide evidence of hand protection and proper securing of hand gripping device to user's hands to maximize grip strength in various hand grip techniques. Existing hand grips use material such as leather, which easily dries up and hardens overtime, because of hand perspiration, which in turn decreases the gripping power of the hand grip. Other types of hand grips use material like neoprene or soft foam like material that makes cleaning and maintaining good hygiene difficult for the user.
Prior art inventors have failed in multiple areas as discussed above because of lack of concept, excessive materials, and flawed design.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The instant apparatus and system, as illustrated herein, is clearly not anticipated, rendered obvious, or even present in any of the prior art mechanisms, either alone or in any combination thereof. Thus the several embodiments of the instant system are illustrated herein including a versatile system, method and series of apparatuses for creating and utilizing a set of protective pads for a user's hands.
It is an object of the instant system to provide a hand pad mechanism for gym or fitness activities such as, but not limited to, weight lifting, athletic training or recreational exercise.
It is another object of the instant system to be mounted on the user's hand, to cover palm and base of fingers.
It is another object of the instant system to provide a hand pad that enables an individual to achieve a secure grip of a lifting device, during gym, fitness, or recreational activities.
It is yet another object of the instant system to provide a hand pad apparatus that comprises finger loops to secure a user's hand on to the pad, while also allowing for the user's fingers to extend through the loops for a comfortable grip.
It is yet another object of the instant system to provide a hand pad that is preferably made of a highly durable and flexible type of rubber or related elements which provide a high level of friction to assist in a strong grip around a lifting device.
In one embodiment of the instant system, the hand pad preferably is oval-like in shape, further comprising a concave center, for a more comfortable grip. The hand pad allows and enables the user to experience a full range of motion of the user's wrist. This configuration of the hand pad provides for adequate air flow to minimize perspiration, while also protecting against callouses, blisters and bacteria, and can easily be cleaned after use, with soap and water to maintain good hygiene.
There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of an improved hand pad in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the system that will be described hereinafter and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.
In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the system in detail, it is to be understood that the system is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The system is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting.
These together with other objects of the system, along with the various features of novelty, which characterize the system, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed to and forming a part of this disclosure. For a better understanding of the system, its operating advantages and the specific objects attained by its uses, reference should be made to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which there are illustrated preferred embodiments of the system. To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends, certain illustrative aspects are described herein and these aspects are indicative of the various ways in which the principles disclosed herein can be practiced and all aspects and equivalents thereof are intended to be within the scope of the claimed subject matter.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
Advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following detailed description of exemplary embodiments thereof, which description should be considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL EMBODIMENTS
As a preliminary matter, it will readily be understood by one having ordinary skill in the relevant art (“Ordinary Artisan”) that the present invention has broad utility and application. Furthermore, any embodiment discussed and identified as being “preferred” is considered to be part of a best mode contemplated for carrying out the present invention.
Other embodiments also may be discussed for additional illustrative purposes in providing a full and enabling disclosure of the present invention. Moreover, many embodiments, such as adaptations, variations, modifications, and equivalent arrangements, will be implicitly disclosed by the embodiments described herein and fall within the scope of the present invention.
Accordingly, while the present invention is described herein in detail in relation to one or more embodiments, it is to be understood that this disclosure is illustrative and exemplary of the present invention, and is made merely for the purposes of providing a full and enabling disclosure of the present invention. The detailed disclosure herein of one or more embodiments is not intended, nor is to be construed, to limit the scope of patent protection afforded the present invention, which scope is to be defined by the claims and the equivalents thereof. It is not intended that the scope of patent protection afforded the present invention be defined by reading into any claim a limitation found herein that does not explicitly appear in the claim itself.
Thus, for example, any sequence(s) and/or temporal order of steps of various processes or methods that are described herein are illustrative and not restrictive. Accordingly, it should be understood that, although steps of various processes or methods may be shown and described as being in a sequence or temporal order, the steps of any such processes or methods are not limited to being carried out in any particular sequence or order, absent an indication otherwise. Indeed, the steps in such processes or methods generally may be carried out in various different sequences and orders while still falling within the scope of the present invention. Accordingly, it is intended that the scope of patent protection afforded the present invention is to be defined by the appended claims rather than the description set forth herein.
Additionally, it is important to note that each term used herein refers to that which the Ordinary Artisan would understand such term to mean based on the contextual use of such term herein. To the extent that the meaning of a term used herein—as understood by the Ordinary Artisan based on the contextual use of such term—differs in any way from any particular dictionary definition of such term, it is intended that the meaning of the term as understood by the Ordinary Artisan should prevail.
Furthermore, it is important to note that, as used herein, “a” and “an” each generally denotes “at least one,” but does not exclude a plurality unless the contextual use dictates otherwise. Thus, reference to “a picnic basket having an apple” describes “a picnic basket having at least one apple” as well as “a picnic basket having apples.” In contrast, reference to “a picnic basket having a single apple” describes “a picnic basket having only one apple.”
When used herein to join a list of items, “or” denotes “at least one of the items,” but does not exclude a plurality of items of the list. Thus, reference to “a picnic basket having cheese or crackers” describes “a picnic basket having cheese without crackers”, “a picnic basket having crackers without cheese”, and “a picnic basket having both cheese and crackers.” Finally, when used herein to join a list of items, “and” denotes “all of the items of the list.” Thus, reference to “a picnic basket having cheese and crackers” describes “a picnic basket having cheese, wherein the picnic basket further has crackers,” as well as describes “a picnic basket having crackers, wherein the picnic basket further has cheese.”
Furthermore, the present invention sometimes has been described herein in terms of various functional components and processing steps. It will be appreciated that such components and steps may be realized by any number of hardware components and software features configured to perform the specified functions. A chronometric apparatus may be mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical, optical, chemical, astronomical, or any combination thereof and include means or combination of means of maintaining the passage of time, including extended time or dates which determine the applicability of Daylight Savings Time (DST) adjustments. Moreover, portability of a chronometric apparatus may refer to the ability of the apparatus to be moved from one location to a different location, including semi-portable objects that are not typically moved as well as those that are worn or otherwise carried on one's person.
The detailed description set forth below is intended as a description of presently preferred embodiments of the invention and does not represent the only forms in which the present invention may be construed and/or utilized. The description sets forth the functions and the sequence of the steps for producing the system and accompanying apparatus. However, it is to be understood that the same or equivalent functions and sequences may be accomplished by different embodiments also intended to be encompassed within the scope of the invention.
The hand pad for gripping lifting devices 25 of the present invention comprises a hand pad 30, wherein in one embodiment the hand pad 30 is preferably oval-like in shape. The hand pad 30 further comprises a concave center 65, a plurality of rounded edges, and a plurality of finger loops to secure the hand pad 30 to the user's hand (not shown).
In one embodiment, the plurality of rounded edges further comprises a top edge 40, a medial edge 45, a bottom edge 55, and a lateral edge 60. Additionally, the plurality of finger loops preferably comprises an index finger loop 70, a middle finger loop 72, and a third finger loop 74, wherein the plurality of finger loops is securedly attached to at least one layer of the hand pad 30 by a heat adhesive seal 75. The heat adhesive seal 75, secures the plurality of loops to the hand pad 30. The loops are made from the group consisting of nylon, knit polyester elastic, microfiber co-polymer felt substrate, polyurethane and a single piece of silicone rubber out of which the hand pad 30 is made; formed into three finger loops to secure the hand pad 30 to the user's hand.
As described above, the hand pad for gripping a lifting device 25 comprises the hand pad 30, which further includes, at least one layer 35 (see
In one embodiment, the top edge 40 and the bottom edges 55 are rounded for a distance. Preferably both the top edge 40 and bottom edge 55 conjoin with lateral edge 60, wherein the plurality of edges run straight but are convex over its length. The medial edge 45, preferably is the shortest and runs straight and is convex over its length similar to lateral edge 60. The curves of the plurality of edges, the top edge 40, the medial edge 45, the bottom edge 55, and the lateral edge 60 resemble the outline of an ellipse, wherein they include convex curves and have at least one line of symmetry, and thus define almost an oval shape.
The instant embodiment may further comprise a hand pad 30 to be wide, long and thick enough for a comfortable grip when holding a lifting device (refer to
The hand pad 30 further comprises of a thickness of about 2 mm-4 mm for cushioning, and to provide a protective padding between the user's hand and the lifting device they hold. The depth of the concave center 65 of the hand pad 30 comprises of a range from 20 mm-40 mm. The concave pocket 30 makes it easier for users to grip a lifting device because most gripping techniques require the user's hands to be in a concave shape when gripping a lifting device.
In one embodiment of the hand pad 30 the plurality of finger loops is constructed wherein the total distance of the index finger loop 70, middle finger loop 72, and third finger loop 74, comprises of a range of 60 mm-100 mm horizontally across the back surface 52 (refer to
Additionally, the hand pad 30 embodiment in
The serrated pattern 51 may comprise a rhombus or rhombi shape which further comprises two diagonal connecting pairs of opposite vertices, and two pairs of parallel sides. The serrated pattern 51 further comprises of a length and width of (6.5 mm 6.75 mm-8.5 mm 8.75 mm.) The serrated pattern 51 provides a high level of friction to assist in a strong grip around lifting device.
The advantages of the present invention include, without limitation that it is portability, ease of transport, and ease of donning and removal, particularly for a non-slip grip disposed for use with lifting devices. The hand pad 30 has the index finger loop 70, middle finger loop 72, and third finger loop 74, to secure user's hand on to pad, while the fingers extend through loops for a comfortable grip, whereas concurrent gripping devices such as wrist wraps do not provide such comfort.
The hand pad 30 is made of highly durable and flexible type of silicone rubber. The grip surface 50 has a serrated pattern 51, which provide a high level of friction to assist in a strong grip around a lifting device without reducing circulation to the hand like combination gloves. The hand pad 30 has an oval like shape, with a concave center 65, for a more comfortable grip. The hand pad gives the user full range of motion of their wrist, provides adequate air flow to minimize perspiration, unlike gloves that have excess material that cover the hand and increase perspiration causing slippage. The hand pad 30 provides protection against callouses, blisters and bacteria because of the pad's thickness.
The hand pad 30 does not have finger stalls, that can wrinkle down over time, rather the hand pad 30 is made of strong durable silicone rubber that does not crease which are common with gloves. Finally, the hand pad 30 can easily be cleaned after use, with soap and water to maintain good hygiene; it doesn't require tedious cleaning methods as other such gripping devices.
Further, the apparatus may be produced in different sizes and materials. The below product specification chart illustrates some of the different embodiments as follows:
While the foregoing written description of the invention enables one of ordinary skill to make and use what is considered presently to be the best mode thereof, those of ordinary skill will understand and appreciate the existence of variations, combinations, and equivalents of the specific embodiment, method, and examples herein. The invention should therefore not be limited by the above described embodiment, method, and examples, but by all embodiments and methods within the scope and spirit of the invention as claimed.
1. A hand protective device for fitness activities comprising:
- a flexible padding member;
- a concave center portion;
- at least one serrated portion;
- a set of at least three externally located retaining loops.
2. The hand protective device of claim 1 wherein the flexible padding member further comprises:
- a top edge;
- a medial edge;
- a bottom edge;
- a lateral edge; and wherein the set of at least three externally located retaining loops comprises:
- an index finger loop;
- a middle finger loop; and,
- a third finger loop.
3. The hand protective device of claim 2 wherein the top edge and the bottom edge are in communication with the lateral edge, and wherein the construction of the lateral edge is selected from the group consisting of linear and convex.
4. The hand protective device of claim 2 wherein the medial edge comprises a convex construction and wherein the device comprises a material hardness between 20 Shore A and 45 Shore A silicone rubber.
5. The hand protective device of claim 2 wherein the curves of the edges comprise a shape selected from the group consisting of elliptical and oval.
6. The hand protective device of claim 2 wherein the concavity of grip is between 30 mm and 40 mm.
7. The hand protective device of claim 2 wherein the set of at least three externally located retaining loops restrain the second through fourth fingers of the user and wherein the index finger loop, the middle finger loop, and the third finger loop are heat adhesive sealed to at least one layer of the flexible padding member.
8. The hand protective device of claim 12 wherein the set of at least three externally located retaining loops comprise materials selected from the group consisting of polymers, rubbers, nylon, knit polyester elastic, a single piece of silicone rubber, microfiber co-polymer felt substrate, polyurethane, and composites.
9. The hand protective device of claim 1 wherein the flexible padding member does not secure at the wrist of a user.
10. An exercise training system comprising:
- a durable and flexible pad comprising a contact portion and a non-contact portion wherein the contact portion is disposed to protect the user's palm and lower area of the fingers; and,
- a securing device for removable attachment to the hand of a hand of a user.
11. The exercise training system of claim 10 wherein the securing device covers only a portion of the user's fingers.
12. The exercise training system of claim 10 wherein the grip surface comprises a serrated portion.
13. The exercise training system of claim 10 wherein the hand padding assistance system comprises training apparatuses selected from the group consisting of weight lifting bars, barbells, tension apparatuses or lifting apparatuses for activities selected from the group consisting of gym, fitness, weight training and recreational activities.
14. The exercise training system of claim 10 wherein the securing device for removable attachment to the hand of a user comprises a set of annular receiving members.
15. The exercise training system of claim 10 wherein the durable and flexible pad comprises a friction portion to assist in a strong grip around a lifting device.
16. The exercise training system of claim 13 wherein the durable and flexible pad comprises comprising a concave center and an oval configuration which does not physically contact the thumb of the user.
17. The exercise training system of claim 13 wherein the durable and flexible pad does not secure at the wrist of a user.
18. The exercise training system of claim 13 wherein the grip surface comprises a concave center comprising a concavity of 20 mm to 40 mm.
19. The exercise training system of claim 12 wherein the serrated pattern comprises of a length of 6.5 mm, a width selected from a range of 6.75 to 8.5, and a height of 8.75 mm.
20. The exercise training system of claim 14, wherein the set of annular receiving members comprise a total distance selected from the range of 60 mm to 100 mm, horizontally across the back surface.
Filed: Jun 19, 2014
Publication Date: Dec 25, 2014
Inventor: Kunal Jhaveri (Salem, MA)
Application Number: 14/308,775
International Classification: A63B 71/14 (20060101); A63B 71/08 (20060101);