Track Or Way Guided User Interface Element Patents (Class 482/101)
  • Patent number: 10926153
    Abstract: A weight stack isolator comprises an impact damper having a rail void therein configured to receive a guide rail of a selectorized machine. The impact damper is shaped to at least partially surround a section of the guide rail when received in the rail void, to secure the weight stack isolator to the selectorized machine. The weight stack isolator may include a slit extending from its outer perimeter to the rail void or the rail void may extend to the outer perimeter, to removably receive the guide rail in the rail void. The weight stack isolator can be positioned under a weight stack of the selectorized machine to absorb or dampen noise and vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Pliteq, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Downey, Paul Gartenburg
  • Patent number: 10905916
    Abstract: A device for logging exercise data, the device includes a body for engaging with an exercise machine; an electrical system with a power source incorporated into the body and to record data; an image sensor incorporated into the body and to capture an image; a motion sensor incorporated into the body and to detect movement; the image sensor determines a weight load associated with the exercise machine; the motion sensor detects and records a number of repetitions of movement; and the device creates an exercise log associated with a user's workout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Tarun Malik
  • Patent number: 10709924
    Abstract: A system comprising an exercise system having a resistance structure of an exercise bar connected to cables, which cables are connected to at least one pneumatic cylinder that creates resistance, wherein the resistance is adjusted by the user via actuators in the exercise bar, so that the user does not need to release the exercise bar to adjust the resistance. The system may be supported by a frame, and the pneumatic cylinder may be connected to an equalizing tank that may be housed within or integrated into the frame. The system may include a monitor to visually display system parameters and other information to the user. The system may calculate resistance and work done by the user by measuring piston displacement and speed, as well as using accelerometers or other devices integrated into the exercise bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: FLEXLINE FITNESS, INC.
    Inventor: Brandon Kennington
  • 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: 10589163
    Abstract: Sensor data is collected from a sensor monitoring a tension generating device of an exercise machine. The sensor data is analyzed to determine whether the sensor data is within a specification. In the event the sensor data is not within the specification, an error stop mode is entered for the tension generating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Tonal Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aly E. Orady, Bret G. Stott
  • Patent number: 10463902
    Abstract: A magnetic control exerciser includes a base, a pulley device and damping device respectively disposed on the base. A first rope is coiled on the pulley device, wherein a first handlebar and a second handlebar are respectively transversally connected to a first end and a second end of the first rope. A second rope has two opposite ends respectively connected to the pulley device and the damping device for providing a damping and promoting the effect of the magnetic control exerciser in accordance with the present invention. The first handlebar has an original horizontal height higher than that of the second handlebar for providing different exercising modes. A seat is secured on the base for user to easily operate the first handlebar and the second handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Yung-Sung Yeh
  • Patent number: 10434369
    Abstract: A system and method of using an exercise system having a resistance structure of handles connected to cables, which cables are connected to at least one pneumatic cylinder that creates resistance, wherein the resistance is adjusted by the user via actuators in the handles, so that the user does not need to release the handles to adjust the resistance. The system is typically supported by a frame to surround the user, and the pneumatic cylinder may be connected to an equalizing tank that may be housed within or integrated into the frame. The system may include a monitor to visually display system parameters and other information to the user. The system may calculate resistance and work done by the user by measuring piston displacement and speed, as well as using accelerometers or other devices integrated into the handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FLEXLINE FITNESS, INC.
    Inventor: Brandon Kennington
  • Patent number: 10420975
    Abstract: The present invention provides an active and passive exercise training equipment comprising a swinging device, a supporting device, and a front supporting device. The swinging device comprises a seat cushion with moving function for a user to sit. The supporting device comprises a telescopic rack and a top rack for the user to grip. The top rack is set on the telescopic rack for being located at different heights. The front supporting device comprises a front telescopic rack and a front grip for the user to bend forward to grip. The grip is set on the front telescopic rack for being located at different horizontal distances and vertical heights. The height and the distance can be adjusted according to the stature or requirement of the user so that the user can train his muscular strength efficiently and also make his body to achieve a relaxed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CHENG SHIU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Pin-Hung Chuang, Yi-Ta Chuang, Yu-Hsien Chiu
  • Patent number: 10391355
    Abstract: A back exercise machine includes: a resistance element; a user support; a first movement element, the first movement element having: a column; and a first connecting element having a 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 column such that the first connecting element is able to move along a path defined by the column; and a second movement element, the second movement element having: a rail; and a second connecting element having a 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 rail such that the second connecting element is able to move along a path defined by the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Evans Carter, Sherman P. Grider, Pastor Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10343008
    Abstract: A squat exercise apparatus may comprise a support structure, a user adjustable resistance source and lift arms supported by the support structure and operably coupled to the user adjustable resistance source. In one implementation, the lift arms may be pivotable relative to the support structure about three orthogonal axes. In one implementation, shoulder pads carried by the lift arms may automatically pivot in response to pivoting of the lift arms relative to the support structure. In one implementation, at least one weight movement arm may have an adjustable length. In one implementation, a weight movement arm rest may be pivotable between a weight movement arm engaging position and a retracted position, wherein interacting portions of the weight movement arm rest and the weight movement arm are magnetically attracted to one another to magnetically retain the weight movement arm rest in the weight movement arm engaging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventors: Bradly J. Pullins, Mickey Jay Hall, Roy R. Simonson
  • Patent number: 10173102
    Abstract: The exercise machine in the present disclosure utilizes novel machine mechanics that accommodate and adjust to the spines shifting axis of rotation. Through the use of a multiple, articulating axes a back exercise machine or device that promotes pure and isolated spinal flexion and extension with no need for mechanical anatomical restraint to succeed has been created. Using these mechanics when users attempt to extend their trunk, the device adjusts to the natural shifting axis of rotation of the spine thereby dis-involving the contribution of the hip extensor muscles. In other works, the exercise back machine of the present disclosure is designed to accommodate the complex biomechanics of the spine and to facilitate targeted strengthening of the spinal erectors and deep intrinsic spinal muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GYMBOT, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Cygan, J. P. Stockton, Clay J. Steffee
  • Patent number: 10149999
    Abstract: A physical exercise apparatus includes a frame, a seat, an arm, and a pair of cycling hand pedals. The seat is supported by the frame and is configured to support a user in an at least partially supine position. The arm is movably attached to a first portion of the frame and coupled with a linearly movable resistance load. The pair of cycling hand pedals is attached to a second portion of the frame and is independently movable from the arm so that the user can cycle the pair of cycling hand pedals while separately moving the arm with a portion of his or her lower body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Moschel
  • Patent number: 10124211
    Abstract: A device is used for carrying out movements by shifting the center of gravity and/or actuating muscles of a human body. A user lies on the device and shifts the center of gravity by moving his or her hip region in order to incline a movable part of the device including the user's own body in different directions. Furthermore, the user wears video goggles or the like during the process and can move in a virtual environment using the overall system, which includes the video goggles and the movement device and can interact with these. The movements caused by the user can be generated solely using gravity by shifting the center of gravity. Additionally, the movements of the device are influenced by motors or dampers arranged in or on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Icaros GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Scholl, Michael Schmidt-Gabriel
  • Patent number: 9844692
    Abstract: This invention is a portable exercise system capable of performing multiple exercises for strength and endurance training. The key component is the force generation unit (FGU) which is small and light enough to be suspended during the exercise yet capable of producing a force of 50 lbs. The FGU is programmable allowing it to generate various force vs distance, time or velocity profiles. Different handles, cables and attachments can be connected or used with the FGU perform different exercises. The FGU can charge its battery from the user's energy during use. The FGU can communicate bidirectionally with computers and smart phones for setup and to track the user's performance. Multiple FGUs may be used simultaneously each performing a separate function. The entire system is small enough to fit in a drawer or suitcase. The accompanying software can track the user's performance and function as an automated personal trainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph Gregory Rollins
  • Patent number: 9757607
    Abstract: A weightlifting apparatus having free weight simulation and a safety mechanism includes at least one upright support having a bar engaging pulley assembly and a weight engaging pulley assembly. The upright support includes a universal joint for allowing the upright support to pivot. A lifting bar having an end movably coupled to the bar engaging pulley assembly is also included. The lifting bar includes a grip portion having switch contact disposed therein that is engaged when the grip portion is depressed. A clutch assembly is provided for enabling the bar engaging pulley assembly and weight engaging pulley assembly to move together in unison when a voltage is supplied by engaging the grip portion. Disengagement of the grip portion opens the switch contact and causes voltage to be cut off from the clutch assembly, thereby disengaging the weight support element and the lifting bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Rodney Rogers
  • Patent number: 9750969
    Abstract: A chest exercise machine includes: a resistance element; a user support coupled to the resistance element; a first movement element coupled to the user support; and a second movement element coupled to the user support. A chest 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 chest press is performed; and a load including a set of plates that may be selectively coupled to the cable resistance element. A pectoral fly 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 pectoral fly is performed; and a load including a set of plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Kenneth Evans Carter, Sherman P. Grider, Pastor Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9713735
    Abstract: A polyvalent apparatus for physical therapy including a support to which is fastened a first tool provided for a specific treatment, a second and a third tool provided for a specific treatment, the second and the third tool being connected to the support in combination with the first tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Gianni Lanfranco
  • Patent number: 9649524
    Abstract: A gymnastic machine having a frame defining a support area for the back of a user and a platform for the support of the feet, where the support area and the platform are inclined on opposite sides with respect to the vertical and are mutually convergent downwards. A work unit is associated with the frame and has a loading unit for the execution of a gymnastic exercise and movement means for moving the loading unit. The work unit has a bearing element associated with the frame and the movement means has a grip element which can be gripped by the user, the shift of the grip element causing the loading unit to shift. The movement means has at least a pulley placed between the grip element and the loading unit and connected in a kinematic manner to the latter by means of at least a flexible element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Marco Giunchi
  • Patent number: 9302136
    Abstract: A multipurpose exercise machine requiring only three points of adjustment centrally located. It has a one point height adjustment and two adjustments for the rotating arm assemblies. Dip and chin up bars are attached to the arm assemblies. The machine contains an integrated swingable workout bench. Through the use of a pulley system and counter balance assembly, the cable system maintains tension and provides a constant length of cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Grzegorz Lyszczarz
  • Patent number: 9272179
    Abstract: Machines, apparatuses, systems and methods for providing adjustable tension to a cable system using a pivotally mounted leverage mechanism that employs an adjustably positionable weight. Embodiments are used in exercise and other muscle strengthening devices, and may include an electronic control system for monitoring, recording a user's progress, and for altering or releasing tension to the cable system based on feedback from the user. Embodiments include a user interface for inputting information for particular exercises or workouts, as well as outputting/downloading information following exercises or workouts. Other embodiments allow adjustment to the starting point of the lifting bar so that such machines may be used for bench presses, squats, cleans or curls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: THE PERSONAL TRAINER, INC.
    Inventors: Robert F. Lemos, Kenfield Alldrin
  • Patent number: 9126073
    Abstract: An exercise machine applicable for strengthening a user's abdominal muscles is described. The exercise machine can include a base frame to provide ground support, a mounting assembly rotably mounted over the base frame, a backrest assembly movably coupled to the mounting assembly via one or more pivot joints for swivel movements along the base frame and a handle assembly adjustably affixed to the backrest assembly to allow a user sitting on the seat pad to induce the swivel movements via the backrest assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Wei-Teh Ho, Willy Ho
  • Patent number: 9044643
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a weight support assembly including a main support mountable to an upright frame member to define a coarse position and a secondary support movable relative to the main support to define a fine position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Rogers Athletic Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Staten, Kyle R. Camp
  • Patent number: 9011298
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus having a slidable weight bar assembly with hand brake assemblies is provided for engaging and disengaging the weight bar assembly with a support frame. The exercise apparatus can be configured as a squat machine or a bench press. The exercise apparatus can include an adjustable back support that facilitates proper positioning and support of the operator's upper and lower back while performing squat exercises. The exercise apparatus can further include spring assemblies that increase the kinetic load during downward movements of the slidable weight bar assembly. Alternatively, the spring assemblies can be incorporated into exercise apparatus having a slidable weight bar assembly without the hand brake system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rhiannon Corp.
    Inventor: Roberto Bonomi
  • Patent number: 8814764
    Abstract: An exercising apparatus for exercising muscles in the abdominal region of a user's body may include a stationary primary body support configured to support upper portions of the user's body including the abdominal region. The primary body support may include a primary body support surface oriented to support a user's back in a rearwardly inclined position and a secondary body support surface for supporting the user's buttocks. A movable carriage may be configured to be engaged by the user's lower leg portions and may be movable along a substantially linear path extending generally toward and generally away from the secondary body support surface. A resistance application assembly may be configured to apply an adjustable degree of biasing force to the carriage in a direction generally away from the secondary body support surface to resist movement of the carriage toward the secondary body support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Torrey Vaughns
  • Patent number: 8500608
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus having a slidable weight bar assembly with hand brake assemblies is provided for enaging and disengaging the weight bar assembly with a support frame. The exercise apparatus can be configured as a squat machine or a bench press. The exercise apparatus can include an adjustable back support that facilitates proper positioning and support of the operator's upper and lower back while performing squat exercises. The exercise apparatus can further include spring assemblies that increase the kinetic load during downward movements of the slidable weight bar assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Rhiannon Corp.
    Inventor: Roberto Bonomi
  • Patent number: 8246524
    Abstract: An exercise device with an arc shaped track having a concave side that is mounted upon a support structure that supports the arc shaped track at a position in which the concave side of the arc faces downward and in which the arc shaped track can be fixed at a location centered above a user's head to extend to each side of the user. When in use, a track follower engages the track and moves along a length of the track to follow a course defined by the arc shape of the track. A handle is coupled to the track follower to be gripped by the user's hand to guide the user's side to side bends. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Ivonne Castillo
  • Patent number: 8047972
    Abstract: An adjustable exercise bar comprises a bar (145) and one or more rails (100, 105) upon which one or more bar retainers are constrained to move. The rails are secured to a vertical surface such as a wall or post (110). A plunger assembly (400) contained within the bar retainers is coupled to the bar by a stiff metal band that is attached to the bar. A plunger in each plunger assembly is normally inserted in a hole (115) in the rail or rails, preventing the bar retainer from moving. The plunger assembly is actuated by rotating the front of the bar upward (from the user's perspective). This actuation causes the plunger (405) to be removed from the hole, enabling movement of the bar upward or downward. When the rotational force on the bar is removed, a spring (435) within the plunger assembly returns the bar to its original rotational position and returns the plunger to a hole in the rail. An optional weight (155) secured to the bar retainers by cords (160, 161) acts as a counterbalance to bar movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventors: Randy Theodore Dean, Robert Roland LeRoy
  • Patent number: 7976442
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for exercising multiple body parts includes a frame and a front user bearer assembly which is angularly and height adjustable relative to the frame. The front bearer assembly is mounted to a guide for guiding upward and downward movement of the front bearer assembly. A compensator to ensure that the front assembly travels in a substantially vertical plane during exercise includes a number of support elements, which are pivotally mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Quinn
  • Patent number: 7955233
    Abstract: An abdomen exercising device includes a soft cushion, a base combined with the cushion, a sliding unit slidably mounted on the base, an elastic cord biased between the base and the sliding unit to provide a damping force to the sliding unit and a top cover mounted on the base to cover the elastic cord and to partially cover the sliding unit. Thus, the parts of the abdomen exercising device are almost hidden between and covered by the base and the top cover to prevent the user from being clamped or scratched by the elastic cord or the sliding unit during the exercising process so as to protect the user's safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Twinsonic Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong-Her Wu
  • Patent number: 7867144
    Abstract: Apparatus for exercising muscles of the chest and back includes a frame, parallel bars and overhead bars attached to the frame. A seat supports a user during exercise and a weight stack can be adjusted to suit the user. The seat is vertically movable relative to the frame as exercises are being performed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Quinn
  • Patent number: 7850579
    Abstract: A device and method for bilateral upper extremity training for patients with a paretic upper extremity, the device facilitating cortical remodeling, sustained relearning, and improvement in functional outcomes in paretic and possibly non-paretic upper extremities. In one variation, the device includes a base, an adjustable chest plate for placing the user at a set distance from the device and isolating arm movement, an incline plate attached and inclinable relative to the base, two width plates adjustably attached to the incline plate, and two swivel plates adjustably attached to the width plates. In one variation, the swivel plates are swivalable relative to a fixed point in a plane parallel to the plane of the width plates. In another variation, the swivel plates are pivotably attached to the width plates. Other features of the device include a counter for counting user activity, and audible and visual cueing devices for facilitating sustained learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Inventors: Jill Whitall, Sandy McCombe-Waller, David Grant
  • Patent number: 7727128
    Abstract: A leg press exercise machine that provides translational and rotational motion of the user support structure by translating the user support structure along two intersecting non-orthogonal linear paths. A front portion of the user support structure travels along an inclining linear path and a rear portion of the user support structure travels along a declining linear path. The translation of the user support structure along the inclining and declining linear paths results in the user support structure exhibiting a rational motion, defining an arcuate path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Stephen C. Wendt, Scott Lee, Scott Sechrest, Gary Lurken, Arnold B. Gillen
  • Patent number: 7722509
    Abstract: A handicapped accessible exercise apparatus having a central housing with two pivoting extension arms. Cables extend from weight stacks within the housing to movable cable guides on the arms for engagement by a user. By adjusting the positions of the arms and the cable guides, the apparatus can be configured to facilitate various exercises and to accommodate users of various sizes. The apparatus is provided with button-operated locks for allowing users with limited manual dexterity to easily lock and unlock the positions of the extension arms and the cable guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: James Ryan Eder
  • Patent number: 7666124
    Abstract: The present invention is an exercise machine which includes a moveable section connected to a frame such that the moveable section is independently and simultaneously moveable along an horizontal direction and vertical direction. The exercise machine further includes and a weight stack operably connected to the moveable section, such that the weight stack providing resistance to movement of the moveable section; and a frame operably supporting the moveable section and the weight stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: John Vaes
  • Publication number: 20100022363
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an exercise apparatus which is a multiple functions exercise apparatus. One function of the exercise apparatus allows the user taking chin-up exercise substantially solely by his fingers. The exercise apparatus comprises a frame, two guiding mechanisms respectively connected to the left and right sides of the frame, a load unit positioned on the frame, a cable-and-pulley device connected to the frame and linked the load unit and the guiding mechanisms, and the cable-and-pulley device further having two pulling portions engaged with respective guiding mechanisms, at least an exercise accessory operable connected to at least one pulling portion, at least two climbing-holds mounted on the frame for the user gripping thereon and taking chin-up exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mrako A. Fenster, Hai Jun Zhu
  • Patent number: 7604576
    Abstract: A multi-purpose exercise apparatus used for linear and rotational resistance exercises with varying heights, diameters, angular ranges and planes. The apparatus relates to a frame (frame 430) and at least one carriage (300) supported by and movable on the frame. The carriage (300) supports at least one spooling force transmitter (102), and/or at least one translating force transmitter (101), which is connected to a resistance source (resistance source 494) through a flexible connector (476). The spooling force transmitter (102) is connected to a rigid arm (390) to which the user can apply rotational force against the spool and connected resistance. The spooling force transmitter (102) pivots on a positioning axis that is coincident with the longitudinal axis of the flexible connector (476) immediately before the connector attaches to the spooling force transmitter (101). The user can apply force to the translating force transmitter (101) to perform guided straight-line motions in a variety of directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Arthur J. Drechsler
  • Publication number: 20090227432
    Abstract: Apparatuses having selective having selective resistance, related mechanisms and devices, and methods to operating exercise equipment are provided. In one embodiment, the exercise apparatus includes a frame and at least one guide member coupled with a portion of the frame. A weight stack, including a plurality of weight plates, is associated with the at least one guide member. The exercise apparatus also includes a resistance selector having at least one rail coupled to an uppermost weight plate of the plurality of weight plates. A body is slidably coupled to the at least one rail. A pin is slidably coupled to the body and configured to be displaced between at least a first position and a second position relative to the body. An engagement structure is coupled with the pin and configured to selectively engage at least one abutment shoulder of at least one weight plate of the plurality of weight plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: ICON HEALTH & FITNESS, INC.
    Inventor: Chad R. Pacheco
  • Patent number: 7556593
    Abstract: An inferior limb muscle force training apparatus is provided with a supporting strut standing vertically, a seat body provided so as to be capable of ascending/descending along the supporting strut, and a weight balancing mechanism which applies a lift force to the seat body, wherein the seat body is provided with a saddle type seat portion and a pair of shoulder pads, and the weight balancing mechanism is constituted to be capable of adjusting a lift force applied to the seat body properly by winding ropes on pulleys provided on an upper portion of the supporting strut, linking one ends of the ropes to the seat body, and linking the other ends thereof to a weight placing stand provided on a back side of the supporting strut so as to be capable of ascending and descending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Hidefumi Sato
  • Publication number: 20090163334
    Abstract: A weight system includes a selector configured to selectively couple incremental weights that extend through a weight stack to a weight lift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: Ronald S. Gibson, Blakely T. Pennington, David L. Albert
  • Patent number: 7549950
    Abstract: A weight bar slide assembly, for use with weightlifting equipment having vertical guide bars that provide for an accurate simulation of the free weight lifting motion. The weight bar slide assembly has a weight bar sleeve to rotatably receive a weight bar. A rod is attached to the weight bar sleeve and extends outwardly therefrom. A rod sleeve rotatably receives the rod. The rod may rotate along its longitudinal axis inside the rod sleeve. The rod sleeve is attached to a vertical guide. The vertical guide is movably mounted to a vertical guide bar. The longitudinal axis rotation of the rod within the rod sleeve allows for the freedom of motion found in the free weight lifting motion. The weight bar slide assemblies attached to opposing ends of the weight bar may move linearly along the vertical guide bar independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Recreation Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Randal L. Lundquist, Alan W. Gore
  • Publication number: 20090098986
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for exercising multiple body parts comprises a frame 1 and a front user bearer assembly 2 which is angularly and height adjustable relative to the frame 1. The front bearer assembly 2 is mounted to a guide means for guiding upward and downward movement of the front bearer assembly 2. Compensating means to ensure that the front assembly travels in a substantially vertical plane during exercise comprises a number of support elements 50, 51 which are pivotally mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Anthony Quinn
  • Patent number: 7455629
    Abstract: A safety locking system is used on an exercise device. The locking system includes a first pawl that is mounted to a pawl shaft. The pawl shaft is movably mounted to a lock frame, which can also support a weight collar, adapted to receive weight plates to provide additional resistance to exercise. A second pawl is movably mounted to the lock frame and is connected to the first pawl by way of a spring or other bias mechanism. The lock frame limits the movement of the second pawl so as to provide a bias of the first pawl toward engagement of the pawl to a rack provided with the exercise device. The engagement of either pawl with the rack restricts movement of the lock frame in at least one direction, with gravity. If the bias spring breaks or becomes disengaged from either the first pawl or the second pawl, the second pawl is counterweighted to engage with the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin G. Abelbeck
  • Patent number: 7364535
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus has a biased tolerance-compensating engagement system between a seat-supporting carriage and a tubular support column to provide zero clearance between adjustment rollers and the support column, to minimize wobble during user adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Charles J. Rosenow, Lon L. Monsrud
  • Patent number: 7335141
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus is disclosed which enables a user to pull a cable against a source of resistance from a pulley arranged at one of a number of points around a substantially circular arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: BVP Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Piane, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7331908
    Abstract: A multi-function weight training apparatus including a support base, a linear motion beam, a resistance adjusting carriage, a main carriage, a weight carriage and a cable. The linear motion beam is rotatably mounted to the base. The resistance adjusting carriage is mounted to the linear motion beam, wherein the resistance adjusting carriage is selectively positionable on the linear motion beam. The main carriage is mounted to the linear motion beam. The weight carriage is mounted with respect to the support base. The cable operably connects the weight carriage to the main carriage while an intermediate portion of the cable engages the resistance adjusting carriage. Moving the main carriage with respect to the linear motion beam causes the weight carriage to move with respect to the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Extreme Degree Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Olsen
  • Publication number: 20080039298
    Abstract: This leg press exercise machine is comprised of a single movable foot-plate arranged to move up and down a vertical path for exercising one leg at a time. It is designed to be used in the standing position. A controlled weight resistance mechanism is connected to the movable foot-plate for providing adjustable resistance to movement. At least one hand rail is positioned to aid entry to and exit from the machine and to stabilize the user while exercising. A lumbar pad (or backrest) is positioned to provide counter stability while exercising. A selector lever arm is used to select a maximum range of movement of the foot-plate. This selector lever arm can also be used to help leverage-up the leg to a position from which it is about to start exercising. The foot-plate is dynamic on its horizontal axis to reduce stress on the exercising foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: Zeev Steinmetz
  • Publication number: 20080039293
    Abstract: This dorsal flex exercise machine is comprised of a static seat connected to the frame of the said machine. There is a foot-plate pivoted approximately under the position of the heel, when feet rest on the said foot-plate. The upholstered cylindrical lifting roller pads, one for each foot, are lifted by the upper side of the foot, lifting the said roller pads simultaneously. The said roller pads are adjustable vertically to fit the range of peoples' feet and shoe sizes. The dorsal flex exercise machine exercises the shin muscles otherwise known as the tibialis anterior muscles. The movement performed by use of this exercise machine is called the dorsal flex. At least one hand bar is positioned to aid entry to and exit from the machine and to stabilize the user while exercising.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: Zeev Steinmetz
  • Publication number: 20080039294
    Abstract: This rowing exercise machine is comprised of an inclined seat with a weight resistance mechanism attached to handles for providing adjustable resistance to hand and arm movement. At least one hand rail is positioned to aid entry to and exit from the machine and to stabilize the user while exercising. A method for using the rowing exercise machine is to lie on the inclined seat, hold onto the weight resistance handles and pull down the said handles towards the direction of the user's body. The handles are then controllably returned to their starting position and the exercise is repeated as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: Zeev Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 7303514
    Abstract: Moveable exercise benches are disclosed. In one embodiment, an exercise machine includes a load, an exercise station, and a force-transferring assembly operatively coupling the exercise station and the load. A moveable support is positioned proximate the exercise station and is adapted to support a user during an exercise. The force-transferring assembly is adapted to allow the moveable support to move without decoupling the force-transferring assembly from the exercise station and to allow use of the exercise station at any location of the moveable support without adjustment. The force-transferring assembly may be a cable-and-pulley assembly. In an alternate embodiment, the force-transferring assembly may be adapted to apply a counter force on the moveable support that at least partially counters a reactive force applied by the user to the moveable support during the exertion of the exercising force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Vectra Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: A. Buell Ish, III, W. Douglas MacLean
  • Patent number: 7172535
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for isolating and strengthening upper back and shoulder muscles including opposed first and second outboard support members containing separate and opposed sets of stacked weights supported for reciprocation vertically, and an upper cross-member containing a pair of aligned upper roller tracks. The frame includes a pair of inboard first and second crossbars supported at opposed ends in upper and lower roller tracks of the frame, such that the crossbars are manipulated in opposed outwardly directions by the user positioned therebetween. Separate cables and supporting pulleys are utilized to extend between first and second crossbars for connections to respective opposed sets of stacked weights, allowing for concurrent movement of weights when each crossbar is moved laterally outwardly and inwardly by user's right and left hands in palm-out orientation, thereby isolating and strengthening the user's upper back and shoulder muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: John F. Volmar