Pivoted User Interface Element Patents (Class 482/100)
  • Patent number: 10420976
    Abstract: A system to facilitate stretching for a user, including a force-applying component and a subject-engaging surface, such that the force applying element is attached to a first end of a rotatable element that rotates about a first point of secured support, or fulcrum, and the subject engaging surface is operatively connected to a second end of said rotatable element, such that application of force via the force-applying component causes rotational movement of the subject-engaging surface toward the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Robert F. Blackmore
  • Patent number: 10391351
    Abstract: A biceps curl machine includes: a resistance element; a user support; a first movement element comprising: a first column; and a first connecting element comprising a first pivot point such that the user support is able to pivot about a first axis associated with the first connecting element, wherein the first connecting element is movably coupled to the first column such that the first connecting element is able to move along a first path defined by the first column; and a second movement element comprising: a second column; and a second connecting element comprising a second pivot point such that the user support is able to pivot about a second axis associated with the second connecting element, wherein the second connecting element is movably coupled to the second column such that the second connecting element is able to move along a second path defined by the second column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Evans Carter, Sherman P. Grider, Pastor Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10357680
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for performing an arm curl exercise comprising: a frame (12), a seat (16), an elbow pad (19) an input arm assembly (24) interconnected to a resistance mechanism (42) and a manually graspable mechanism (30h), the seat (16) being arranged relative to the input arm assembly (24) to position the user in a user start position (USP) that enables the user to manually engage the manually graspable mechanism (30h) with a posterior surface (PSE) of the user's elbow user's elbow (13e) engaged with the engaging surface (ES) of the elbow pad (19), the input arm assembly comprising a first arm (30r) and a second arm (30f) pivotable around a first linear axis (AA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Mark Buontempo
  • Patent number: 10322310
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for performing an abdominal exercise comprising: a frame, a seat having a seating surface (PS) and a pelvic stabilization pad having a lower back engagement surface (ES), an input arm assembly interconnected by a first interconnection to a first resistance mechanism, the input arm assembly including a manually graspable mechanism for manual engagement by a user along a path of travel forwardly away from the pelvic stabilization pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Mark Buontempo, Stephen Wendt
  • Patent number: 10286256
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a weight exercise machine and training methods for development and strengthening of muscles and joints with exercises aimed for overcoming a counteracting force with or without measuring equipment, more specifically, to training devices and training methods with the eccentric phase of the training. The weight exercise machine comprises a frame bearing a seat for a user, the seat fastened to the frame; a touch screen connected with a control unit for controlling training modes and monitoring training parameters; an actuator controlled by the control unit; and an interface interacting with the user. Thus, efficiency of weight training can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Dmitriy Davidovich Slobodnik
  • Patent number: 10265581
    Abstract: A weight training apparatus includes a telescoping pivot arm comprised of a concentric arrangement of an outer tube and an inner tube and configured to pivot about an axis and receive a weight at a predetermined position. The weight training apparatus further includes an actuator attached to the telescoping pivot arm and configured to cause relative motion between the inner tube and the outer tube to change a length between the predetermined position and the axis. The weight training apparatus further includes a sensor configured to output a signal indicative of an angular position of the telescoping pivot arm about the axis and a controller programmed to operate the actuator to cause the length to change based on the signal to achieve a target resistance profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher S. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10220241
    Abstract: The gluteal muscles are exercised using a vertical lift strategy. It is much improved over common buttock exercise methods of sitting, laying, squatting or pushing weight horizontally. The (GM) power lift apparatus is operated in a standing position. Using commercial exercise design methods, the GM power lift apparatus is designed around the lifting of a variable weight plate stack. Three pullies redirect the pull force of the weight plate under the operator's foot as lift on the gluteus maximus muscle group. The new standing design allows improved muscle agitation by making the gluteus maximus muscle group lift a vertical payload, the maximum angle of force. During the power lift stroke, the foot, leg and back muscles are vertically synchronized to horizontal stretched forearms providing greater strength management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth Dwayne Strickland
  • Patent number: 10118071
    Abstract: A machine for exercising the rotator cuff muscles that is operable to individually and separately isolate and exercise each of the four rotator cuff muscles while the user is in a seated position. The exercise machine includes a plurality of structural elements including a main vertical beam and a base frame operable to be positioned on the ground, where the main beam extends vertically from the base frame. The machine includes a plurality of pulleys mounted to the structural elements and a plurality of exercise cables running through the pulleys, where handles are coupled to the exercise cables. A seat is mounted to the vertical beam and the handles are positioned relative thereto to allow the user to grasp the handles and perform the several exercises for each arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Rotator Cuff Rehab, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Cervone, Robert J. Irvine
  • Patent number: 10058726
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus including a base, an arm assembly having first and second arms for engaging the outside of the legs of a human and a coupling assembly for securing the arm assembly to the base. The coupling assembly can include a pivot assembly for permitting the first and second arms to move between a contracted position and an extended position as the legs are pivoted away from each other. The first and second arms can be urged towards the contracted position. Methods for operating the exercise apparatus and other apparatus are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Deanna L. Jones-Guinasso
  • Patent number: 10052515
    Abstract: A cam assembly is disclosed which includes a cam having a first cam pivot, a second cam pivot, and a machine shaft guide; a range plate which is engageable with the cam; a belt connected to the cam; and a machine shaft connected to the range plate. The first cam pivot defines the motion of a first arc and the second cam pivot guide defines the motion of a second arc as the cam is adjusted. A method of using a cam assembly is also disclosed which includes engaging an adjustor on a cam; releasing a connection between the cam and a range plate; rotating the cam; releasing the adjustor; and securing a connection between the cam and the range plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Specialty Fitness Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jerry K. Leipheimer
  • Patent number: 10052514
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for performing a back extension exercise comprising: a frame, a seat having a seating surface (PS) and a pelvic stabilization pad having a lower back engagement surface (ES), an input arm assembly interconnected by a first interconnection to a first resistance mechanism, the input arm assembly including a manually graspable mechanism and being arranged on the apparatus such that the input arm assembly is pivotable beginning from a start motionless position along a path of travel forwardly away from the pelvic stabilization pad under resistance exerted by one or both of the resistance mechanisms, wherein the first resistance mechanism is adapted to increase resistance as the degree of pivoting of the input arm assembly increases along the path of travel forwardly away from the pelvic stabilization pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Mark Buontempo, Stephen Wendt
  • Patent number: 10004935
    Abstract: Apparatus for performing a pull down exercise comprising: a frame, a seat, an input arm assembly interconnected to a resistance mechanism and a manually graspable mechanism disposed vertically above the user's trunk in a start sitting exercise position, the input arm assembly being pivotably mounted on the frame for back and forth travel along a generally forward to rearward direction and along a generally side to side direction orthogonal to the forward to rearward direction, the input arm assembly being rotatably pivotable around a first linear axis and a second linear axis in the respective directions on exertion by the user of a rearwardly downwardly directed force on the manually graspable mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Mark Buontempo
  • Patent number: 9999797
    Abstract: An assisted chin/dip exercise apparatus has a main frame and an assist or foot bar pivotally mounted on the frame and linked to a weight stack or resistance for assisting a user standing on the foot bar during performance of chin and dip exercises. The main frame has a first, overhead handle assembly and a second, dip handle assembly below the first handle assembly. The first handle assembly includes a pair of adjustably mounted handles freely pivotable between a first, chin-up position in which the handles extend towards one another at a rearward angle with a small spacing between the handles and a second, pull-up position in which the handles extend in a forward direction and are spaced apart by a larger spacing sufficient to provide head clearance for a user stepping onto the foot bar or while performing a dip exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Owen Meredith, Billy Y. Kim, Adam Sanders Guier
  • Patent number: 9993683
    Abstract: A physical exercise apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes a frame, a seat, a pair of movable arms, and a pair of cycling foot pedals. The seat may be supported by the frame and configured to support a user in an at least partially supine position. The pair of movable arms may be movably coupled to a first portion of the frame and coupled with a common, linearly movable resistance load. The first portion of the frame may be stationary with respect to the seat. The pair of cycling foot pedals may be movably coupled to a second portion of the frame and independently movable from the pair of movable arms so that the user can cycle the pair of cycling foot pedals while separately engaging the pair of movable arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Moschel
  • Patent number: 9981155
    Abstract: Apparatus for performing a pull down exercise comprising: a frame, a seat, an input arm assembly interconnected to a resistance mechanism and a manually graspable mechanism disposed vertically above the user's trunk in a start sitting exercise position, the input arm assembly being pivotably mounted on the frame for back and forth travel along a generally forward to rearward direction and along a generally side to side direction orthogonal to the forward to rearward direction, the input arm assembly being rotatably pivotable around a first linear axis and a second linear axis in the respective directions on exertion by the user of a rearwardly downwardly directed force on the manually graspable mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Mark Buontempo
  • Patent number: 9943721
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing dip exercises, having: a stationary main frame; first and second mounting brackets connected to the stationary main frame; first and second dip handle assemblies connected to the mounting brackets, each dip handle assembly having a first exercise arm, a first stop plate, and a first arm mount hub, wherein the first and second dip handle assemblies are each configured to be converted between an exercise position and a storage position while connected to the exercise machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Hockridge
  • Patent number: 9878195
    Abstract: A resistance training device for hands-free exercising of the back and shoulders includes a frame. A bench is coupled to the frame and is configured to seat a user. A backrest is coupled to the frame proximate to a rear edge of the bench. A pair of arms is pivotally coupled singly to opposing side supports of the frame. A resistor is operationally coupled to the pair of arms. The arms are positioned on the frame such that the arms are configured to abut elbows of the user seated on the bench. The resistor is positioned to resist the user's effort to pivot the arms relative to the frame, thus exercising the back and shoulders of the user without use of the user's hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Darren Dugan
  • Patent number: 9868025
    Abstract: A contralateral hip and hamstring training device which mimics the body position and biomechanics of walking/running is provided. When using the training device, a user is positioned in a partially supported lunge with the front hip flexed just above 90 degrees and the back hip extended to at least neutral at the hip by use of an incline bench or seat pad with no seat back. This position allows users to engage the hip flexors of their back leg while the hamstring exercise is performed on the front leg creating true pelvic stabilization using the same counterforce mechanics required during walking/running. Because the user is able to adjust the amount of hip extension and muscle activation on the back leg in real time, the training device provides for adequate leverage for training the hamstrings in both Hip Extension and Knee Flexion simultaneously and through a full range of resistance levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GYMBOT, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Cygan, Nicolas Andrew Bartolotta
  • Patent number: 9839803
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved fitness device; specifically, the present invention relates to a stationary fitness machine designed to strengthen multiple muscle groups including the abdominal, chest, intercoastal, latissimus dorsi, rhomboid, deltoid, bicep, forearm, oblique and gluteus maximus muscles using a unique, advanced, combined pull-up, fly movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: XELERATOR FITNESS, LLC
    Inventors: Ronney Richard, Kevin Dowling, Edward Kelley, Brad Richardson
  • Patent number: 9744404
    Abstract: A lat pulldown fitness device includes a base, a magnetorheological fluid (MRF) resistance provider, a motor, a gear train, pulleys, a cable assembly, a pulldown bar and a controller. The MRF resistance provider and the motor provide a resistance functioning as a load weight of pulling down the pulldown bar. The controller controls a current input to the MRF resistance provider to change the strength of the resistance generated from the MRF resistance provider. During a workout, the resistance provided by the lat pulldown fitness device is changeable precisely, conveniently, and quickly. Unlike its conventional counterparts which require bumper plates for use as weights, the lat pulldown fitness device is not limited to weight adjustment based on unit bumper plate but features plenty choices and controllable resolution in terms of strength of training. The MRF resistance provider is more compact and lightweight than its conventional counterparts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIPEI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yaojung Shiao, Ting-Yen Lin
  • Patent number: 9737749
    Abstract: A modular fitness device includes a fitness equipment and a receiving box. The fitness equipment has a power demand side. The receiving box is disposed at one side of the fitness equipment. A counterweight is disposed in the receiving box. The counterweight is connected to the power demand side via at least one follower. At least one connecting member is disposed between the fitness equipment and the receiving box. The receiving box is formed as a module disposed at one side of the fitness equipment. The production and assembly convenience of the modular fitness device is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Cheng-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 9731158
    Abstract: A weight training assembly includes a frame includes a first rail to which a slide member and multiple weights are connected. The slide member has a main rod with multiple through hole. Each weight has a transverse holes and longitudinal holes, each transverse hole has a pin received therein, and each longitudinal hole has a push rod received therein. A first spring is located between the pin and the weight. A second spring is located between the push rod and the weight. A push unit includes a push member which is located corresponding to the front sides of the weights. When the push member pushes the push rod from the first position to the second position, the pin moves from the third position to the third position and extends through one through hole to lock the weight to the main rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Chiu-Hsiang Lo
  • Patent number: 9713741
    Abstract: The pull up dip device is an adjustable exercise device that is intended for home use. The pull up dip device is portable, can be easily folded for storage and optionally incorporates a plurality of spike sleeves for stability in outdoor use. The pull up dip device is adapted for use in pull ups, chin ups, dips, and speed bag use. The pull up dip device comprises a base, a post, a U bar, a plurality of post attachments, and a plurality of base attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Brian Tolliver
  • Patent number: 9687691
    Abstract: A strength training apparatus comprises a frame and press arm that is connected to a resistance arm at a pivot point so that the press arm is pivotable with respect to the resistance arm and so that the press arm and resistance arm are pivotable together with respect to the frame. A locking device is configured to retain the press arm in first and second fixed angular pivot positions with respect to the resistance arm. A resistance device is configured to resist pivoting movement of the press arm together with the resistance arm with respect to the frame. A biasing device is configured to bias the press arm with respect to the resistance arm so as to remove any slop in the locking device that otherwise would be caused by gravity, and so that an initial movement of the press arm is resisted by the resistance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Lee M. Atwood
  • Patent number: 9682271
    Abstract: A gymnastic exercise machine, particularly for anaerobic auxotonic muscle training, that includes supporting footing that is provided with a movable frame that is associated with a folding seat, the movable frame being provided with a lever that can be actuated by a user located on the folding seat in order to move the movable frame with respect to the supporting footing with consequent folding of the folding seat in contrast with the action of the weight of the user, coarse adjustment elements being further provided which are associated with the movable frame in order to reduce or increase the force required to actuate the lever. The machine further includes fine adjustment mechanisms which are associated with the movable frame in order to reduce or increase the force required to actuate the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Vincenzo Canali
  • Patent number: 9669251
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus including a vertical support, an arm assembly having first and second arms for engaging the outside of the legs of a human and a coupling assembly for securing the arm assembly to the vertical support. The coupling assembly can include a slide assembly for permitting the arm assembly to move vertically on the support element between an upper position and a lower position as the human moves downwardly relative to the vertical support and a pivot assembly for permitting the first and second arms to move between a contracted position and an extended position as the legs are pivoted away from each other. The first and second arms can be urged towards the contracted position. Methods for operating the exercise apparatus are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Deanna L Jones-Guinasso
  • Patent number: 9662531
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for performing an arm curl exercise comprising: a frame (12), a seat (16), an elbow pad (19) an input arm assembly (24) interconnected to a resistance mechanism (42) and a manually graspable mechanism (30h), the seat (16) being arranged relative to the input arm assembly (24) to position the user in a user start position (USP) that enables the user to manually engage the manually graspable mechanism (30h) with a posterior surface (PSE) of the user's elbow user's elbow (13e) engaged with the engaging surface (ES) of the elbow pad (19), the input arm assembly comprising a first arm (30r) and a second arm (30f) pivotable around a first linear axis (AA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Mark Buontempo
  • Patent number: 9604089
    Abstract: A machine for exercising the rotator cuff muscles that is operable to individually and separately isolate and exercise each of the four rotator cuff muscles while the user is in a seated position. The exercise machine includes a plurality of structural elements including a main vertical beam and a base frame operable to be positioned on the ground, where the main beam extends vertically from the base frame. The machine includes a plurality of pulleys mounted to the structural elements and a plurality of exercise cables running through the pulleys, where handles are coupled to the exercise cables. A seat is mounted to the vertical beam and the handles are positioned relative thereto to allow the user to grasp the handles and perform the several exercises for each arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rotator Cuff Rehab, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Cervone, Robert J. Irvine
  • Patent number: 9555274
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus has a frame, a seat that is supported by the frame and a body support member that is supported by the frame. The seat extends at a seat angle relative to the frame. A seat adjustment device facilitates adjustment of the height of the seat with respect to the frame and causes adjustment of the seat angle when the height of the seat is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: John Michael Cassidy, Jana Dorothy Hermanson
  • Patent number: 9533188
    Abstract: A leg press machine is described. The leg press machine includes: a cable resistance element adapted to allow for a resistance path that is at least partly defined by a user; a user support adapted to move along a movement path as a leg press is performed; a load including a set of plates that may be selectively coupled to the cable resistance element; a rail; a carriage movably coupled to the rail, wherein the movement path is at least partly defined by movement of the carriage along the rail, and the user support is movably coupled to the carriage at a first pivot axis; a column; and a connecting element movably coupled to the column, wherein the movement path is at least partly defined by movement of the connecting element along the column, and the user support is movably coupled to the connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Kenneth Evans Carter, Sherman P. Grider, Pastor Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9522297
    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: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 9486385
    Abstract: The Compact Cantilevered Ambulatory Assistive Device is intended to give physical support to persons having diminished abilities to walk, stand from a sitting position or to be seated from a standing position or maintain their balance. The design of the Compact Cantilevered Ambulatory Assistive Device supplies an upward force to the user through the Elongated Cantilevered Handles when transitioning from a sitting position to standing and provides stable support to the user when going from standing to a sitting position. The device maintains a stable support for the user by keeping the center of gravity of the device below the center of mass of the user, while walking, standing or transitioning from standing to sitting or from sitting to standing through the incorporation of cantilevered multi-wheeled bogie assemblies with the of the device's vertical support frames, the bogie assembly wheels being of such small diameters as to move without impediment under obstructions such as furniture, fixtures or seating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Rufus Ondy Terrill
  • Patent number: 9468798
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a first foot pedal and a second foot pedal movably attached to a frame and arranged to travel along reciprocating paths. A pedal resistance mechanism is integrated into the exercise machine and arranged to resist movement of the first foot pedal and the second foot pedal along the reciprocating paths. A first arm support and a second arm support are movably attached to the frame where the first arm support and the second arm support are mechanically independent of the first foot pedal and the second foot pedal. Further, a dampening assembly is arranged to resist movement of the first arm support and the second arm support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Dalebout
  • Patent number: 9457219
    Abstract: A squat exercise apparatus includes a support structure, a plurality of weight members, at least one lift arm, and an actuator. The plurality of weight members is positioned in the support structure. The at least one lift arm has a first end coupled to the support structure and a second end arranged for contact by a user to move the at least one arm vertically during a squat exercise. The actuator assembly is operable by the user to selectively couple the at least one lift arm to at least one of the weight members during the squat exercise. A portion of the actuator assembly is carried by the at least one lift arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Kent M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9358416
    Abstract: It is possible to change the torque produced by a force on a joint during a repetition of an exercise having a kinetic chain comprising one or more several successively arranged intermediary joints dispersed between the said force and the said joint by changing the angles of the said intermediary joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Hugh Gene Loebner
  • Patent number: 9265987
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved fitness device; specifically, the present invention relates to a stationary fitness machine designed to strengthen multiple muscle groups including the abdominal, chest, intercoastal, latissimus dorsi, rhomboid, deltoid, bicep, forearm, oblique and gluteus maximus muscles using a unique, advanced, combined pull-up, fly movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Xelerator Fitness, LLC
    Inventors: Ronney Richard, Kevin Dowling, Edward Kelley, Brad Richardson
  • Patent number: 9242134
    Abstract: A portable spring loaded selector pin device comprising of an automatic release mechanism for use in performing intense weight lifting exercises involving reduced weight lifting sequences on weight lifting machines having weight stacks comprising of a plurality of weight plates. One or more spring loaded selector pin devices may be deployed, allowing the selection of multiple weight reductions to be preset. The spring loaded selector pin device utilizes the friction created by the weight plates to remain engaged while the weight is lifted, and automatically releases immediately after the weight is set down, making the next preset weight ready to be lifted without any interruption in the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventors: Heinz Richard Miltner, Julie Lynn Adams
  • 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: 9162103
    Abstract: Regulating group for adjusting the initial operating position of an interface associated with a gymnastic machine comprising a frame; a load group connected to the interface through a respective transmission device; a support group designed to carry the interface movable relative to the frame; the regulating group comprising a return device suitable, in use, to define, at the initial operating position, a stop for the movement of the interface relative to the frame; wherein the return device can be connected, in use, to the transmission device through a given coupling, so that to each variation in the initial operating position actuated through the return device corresponds a respective given variation in the operating configuration of the transmission device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: TECHNOGYM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Marco Lorusso
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9050497
    Abstract: An isolated curl machine and method therefor is disclosed herein. Generally, the isolated curl machine provides a resistance having a force which is directed upward and away from the user. The machine may also support the user's upper arms, or a portion thereof. In this manner, training on the machine is highly focused on the biceps. The machine may comprise a frame, a seat, an arm rest, and a resistance device. The user may engage the machine by sitting in the seat and placing his or her arms on the arm rest. In this position, the user may engage the resistance device such as by grasping a handle of the resistance device. The resistance device provides the resistance which resists movement of the user's arm during a bicep curl and may be configured such that the force of the provided resistance is directed upward and away from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: GRAA INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Gil Reyes
  • Patent number: 9017230
    Abstract: An upper body strengthening system features a generally U-shaped planar base having a vertical frame perpendicularly located in a base middle section. A seat is perpendicularly and adjustably located on a vertical frame middle along with a cushioned back rest. The system features a first arm having a first arm first end pivotally located on a vertical frame first side and a second arm having a second arm first end pivotally located on a vertical frame second side. A first palm plate is located offset from a first arm inside surface and a second palm plate is located offset from the second arm inside surface. A plurality of weight components is located close to a vertical frame bottom. The plurality of weight components is stackably located on a cable assembly (pulley system) that traverses a weight component rack and is connected to the first arm, and the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Desmond Charlton Pitts
  • Patent number: 8992393
    Abstract: A change of direction machine provides training for various muscles and body structures of a user. In one embodiment, the machine provides focused training for the muscles and body structures associated with making changes in the body's direction. The machine may comprise a pivoting arm assembly supported by a structure. The arm assembly may be configured to provide a resistance such that when a user engages the arm assembly a downward resistance may be applied to the user. The user may engage the arm assembly with his or her upper body and perform training or exercises involving lifting and lowering the user's body, moving laterally, or both. The machine may have various adjustable components to fit a user and to provide the desired resistance to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GRAA Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Gil Reyes
  • Patent number: 8888664
    Abstract: An exercise bench allows a user to practice both legs together while each one has an independent weight load for the user's preference. The exercise bench has a pivotably adjustable back support, seat panel. The bench is disposed between a base frame and top frame with three connection columns. The first two columns have weight support displaced at the lower end and an opening on the top end for a pulley for each column. The top frame also supports an adjustable pulley support panel with two additional pulleys disposed on two opposite sides of the panel. Two independent cables connect weight through the pulley to the user's foot. The user can apply the same or different weight load to each leg and thus can practice accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jose R. Butler
  • Patent number: 8876665
    Abstract: A neck exercise machine is provided for standing use. The machine has a head pad which can be vertically adjusted to accommodate different user heights. The head pad is mounted on an arm, which is pivotally connected to the machine frame for movement about a first horizontal axis, so that the arm and head pad can be raised and lowered, and then locked in place for use. The head pad is connected to a cam for rotation about a second horizontal axis in use, with selected resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Conner Athletic Products
    Inventor: Larry H. Isom
  • Patent number: 8870721
    Abstract: Functional group (1) for a gymnastic machine (100) provided with a frame (110) supporting a load group (120) usable for executing a gymnastic exercise; the machine (1) comprising an actuating group (130) provided with at least one user interface (132) carried movable by the frame (110) to exchange power with the load group (120); a modular transmission member (10) being arranged between each user interface (132) and the load group (120) to exchange power between these latter so as to facilitate the assembling and disassembling of the frame (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Casadei
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8864635
    Abstract: Resistance training exercise apparatus includes a boom arm pivotally mounted to a frame and having an anchor segment pivoting along a first arc about a first pivot point on the frame. A press arm is coupled to a resistance mechanism and is pivotally mounted to the anchor segment of the boom arm and pivots along a second arc about a second pivot point. The user may adjustably vary the location of the second pivot point of the press arm relative to the frame by pivoting the boom arm about the first pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Lee M. Atwood, Westin W. Nelson, John R. Lindemeier
  • Patent number: 8834328
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a flexible connector system that includes at least two flexible line ends that provide multiple resistance ratios for functional and strength training when pulled. The flexible line ends are adjustable to multiple fixed positions along a track and to multiple fixed positions along a curved path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Roger Batca
  • Patent number: 8827876
    Abstract: A chest press machine having a pair of converging exercise arms rotating around an arm pivot axle. Subsequent circular motion causes user's elbow extension to decelerate through the stroke. The direction of resulting force at start position is normal to direction of the resulting force at end position. A sweep arm attached to the exercise arm is attached via cords to some form of resistance. Changing leverage is exerted on the exercise arms as they rotate, thus counteracting the increasing difficulty of the stroke due to decreasing involvement of the tricep muscles. Attached to each exercise arm a hand-grip where gripped area rises from the horizontal to allow lateral movement of wrist through the stroke. The radius of the circular motion is adjusted by the telescoping hand-grip. As the exercise arms are pressed and squeezed together, the upper arms horizontally adduct, the elbows joints extend, and wrist joints move laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Eamon Shields