Flexible Element Drawn Out Through Exit Guide Patents (Class 482/102)
  • Patent number: 10898754
    Abstract: A gym tower which includes a base and a plurality of internal weights vertically stacked on the base. A frame is connected to the base and extends upward from the base to engage with the plurality of internal weights. A top plate is connected to the frame, so that the base and the plate enclose the plurality of internal weights within the frame. The tower also includes a spine is adapted to selectively engage the plurality of internal weights. A main pulley is connected to the top plate and a main cable is fed through the main pulley. The main cable is connectable to the spine at a first end and includes a connector device at a second end. The tower also includes a rod adapted to engage with the spine and to select an internal weight and is adapted to secure to external weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Jesse Sandhu
  • Patent number: 10857424
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fitness tracking are provided. An exercise apparatus is in networked communication with a fitness tracking computing system. The configuration and location of movable components of the exercise apparatus is determined based on sensors. This information is provided to the fitness tracking computing system via networked communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: INCLUDEHEALTH, INC.
    Inventor: James Ryan Eder
  • Patent number: 10849815
    Abstract: A wearable hand rehabilitation system includes a base, multiple actuating units configured to the base, hand assistive unit and multiple sheaths connected with the actuating units and the hand assistive unit. The base is composed of a cover and a base plate to create a space. The cover is provided with a perforation closed to the middle of the cover to allow every sheath to pass through the perforation, so as to connect with actuating units. When a user put on the wearable hand rehabilitation system, the user could move or rotate his arm to make his five fingers to grab something. The usage of the wearable hand rehabilitation system could evaluate the hand rehabilitation condition of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: REHABOTICS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jian-Jia Huang, Shu-Wei Pu
  • Patent number: 10779645
    Abstract: A cabinet, for storing and conveniently deploying a box-like exercise apparatus, has a small footprint, and receives and secures the exercise apparatus on the inside surface of the cabinet's front wall. The exercise apparatus may be quickly and easily deployed from its storage position upright and inside the cabinet, to its in-use position, horizontally in front of the cabinet on top of the inside wall surface, while the outside wall surface of the cabinet, in turn, rests horizontally on the floor. Overhead rods are extendable from the cabinet and securable in one or more extended positions, for use of the rods in various exercises. The cabinet may be at least temporarily secured to a wall to secure the cabinet, and also the exercise apparatus, including the overhead rods, in place during exercises. The cabinet allows a consumer to keep its fitness equipment easily accessible and ready to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Siaperas
  • Patent number: 10675501
    Abstract: An adjustable exercise suspension system and related methods of use and exercise are disclosed. The system includes a length-adjustable suspension strap assembly attached at one end to a fixed overhead support structure and at an opposite end to a weight element. The strap assembly comprises a plurality of straps detachably connected together. The weight element is suspended from the overhead support structure creating a tensile force in the strap assembly establishing a taut condition. The weight element is manually movable by a user during the exercise routine along an arcuate path in a plane of stable motion while the tensile force maintains the taut condition of the strap assembly. The strap assembly advantageously provides guided and stabilized motion of the weight element for the user thereby minimizing risk of injury. The resistance force of the system is user-variable by attaching different size weight elements to the strap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DV LV LIMITED
    Inventor: David Vorozilchak
  • Patent number: 10406398
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes: a resistance element; a user support; a first movement element coupled to the user support, the 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 it is able to move along a first path; and a second movement element coupled to the user support, the 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 it is able to move along a second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Evans Carter, Sherman P. Grider, Pastor Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10293206
    Abstract: A collapsible lower body fitness apparatus is disclosed, providing enhanced gluteal muscle engagement, body stability, and range of motion. The apparatus includes a base, a frame, a line-swiveling assembly, and a gripping device that is horizontally displaced from the line-swiveling assembly's swivel axis, allowing a user to stabilize themselves in tripod posture during exercise. Thus a user can perform full range of motion for any combination of hip extension and hip abduction under resistance transmitted by a line, all from a central standing position that substantially straddles the swivel axis. This functional framework of elements can be realized through a variety of possible embodiments. While the frame provides space for leaning during exercise, it may otherwise vary in structural design. In all cases, the frame can be collapsed into a stowable position that is substantially parallel with and adjacent to the base, thereby rendering the apparatus portable and stowable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Kamins
  • Patent number: 10265576
    Abstract: A lower body fitness apparatus is disclosed, which provides enhanced gluteal muscle engagement, body stability, and range of motion. The apparatus includes a base, a frame, a line-swiveling assembly, and a gripping device that is horizontally displaced from the line-swiveling assembly's swivel axis, allowing a user to stabilize themselves in tripod posture during exercise. Thus a user can perform full range of motion for any combination of hip extension and hip abduction under resistance transmitted by a line, all from a central standing position that substantially straddles the swivel axis. This functional framework of elements can be realized through a variety of possible embodiments. While the frame provides space for leaning during exercise, it may otherwise vary in structural design. The line's resistance can be generated by any means contemplated by one of ordinary skill, such as lifting weight, stretching an elastic band, bending a flexible rod, or other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Kamins
  • Patent number: 10065064
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a weight attachment connected to a track where the weight attachment is shaped to attach to a support structure of an independent adjustable dumbbell and to carry the support structure as the weight attachment travels along the track. A cradle of the exercise machine has a trough sized to receive the independent adjustable dumbbell, and an input mechanism in communication with a selection mechanism incorporated into the exercise machine. The selection mechanism includes a selector arranged to adjust a connection of a weight set associated with the independent adjustable dumbbell, and a subset of the weight set is carried by the support structure as the weight attachment moves along the track based at least in part on an input into the input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent M. Smith, William T. Dalebout
  • Patent number: 9914013
    Abstract: Various systems, processes, and techniques may be used to achieve a wheelchair-accessible exercise system. In particular implementations, a wheelchair-accessible exercise system may allow a user to perform strength and cardiovascular exercises without having to reposition his/her wheelchair. For example, a user may perform seven different exercises without moving his/her chair, or possibly even the trunk of their body. Thus, the exercise system may provide a comprehensive workout without requiring repositioning of the wheelchair, which can be quite cumbersome to those that are mobility challenged. Moreover, the exercise system may be adjustable and safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: Scott David Uhlrich, Meka Narrise Sintim, Rachel Leigh Patterson, Travis Blake Watson
  • Patent number: 9914003
    Abstract: An unweighting system includes a frame having a base and a vertical bar extending therefrom. The base is configured to connect to or at least partially encircle an exercise device. A height adjustable cantilevered arm assembly is coupled to the vertical bar at a fulcrum, and the cantilevered arm assembly is configured to receive and couple to the user. A resilient member is coupled to the cantilevered arm assembly and configured to unload a portion of the user's weight while the user is coupled to the cantilevered arm assembly and exercises on the exercise device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: AlterG, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Kuehne, Clifford T. Jue
  • Patent number: 9878200
    Abstract: A rowing exercise device in which the return force for the rowing handle is provided by the force of gravity rather than an elastic cable. The rowing exercise device includes a stationary base and a moveable frame, which rotates or slides upwardly relative to the stationary base when a pulling force is applied to the handle, and then rotates or slides back down to the initial position under the force of gravity when the pulling force is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Edmondson
  • Patent number: 9827459
    Abstract: A collapsible exercise machine includes a stationary base, a moving member, and a supporting frame. The stationary base includes a pivotally connecting portion and a first supporting portion. The moving member is pivotally connected to the pivotally connecting portion of the stationary base, can be pivoted to an extended position and a collapsed position with respect to the stationary base, and includes a second supporting portion. The supporting frame includes a third supporting portion, is fixedly connected to the stationary base, and lies under the pivotally connecting portion. When in the extended position, the stationary base and the moving member are supported by the third supporting portion as well as the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Great Fitness Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Yung Hsu
  • Patent number: 9776036
    Abstract: The upper body exercise device is a resistance based training device that is adapted for use by a person. Specifically, the upper body exercise device uses the weight of the exerciser to generate a counterforce that provides resistance to specific upper body exercises. The upper body exercise device comprises a frame, a first resistance system, a second resistance system, and a third resistance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Angelo Agosto Nieves
  • Patent number: 9675510
    Abstract: An exercise and massage treatment table system that includes a housing unit mounted on a vertical surface. The housing unit accepts a massage table having foldable legs, headrests, and side platforms. The massage table may be stored in the housing unit or placed in a standing position. The housing unit may also include a storage unit or an exercise unit. The exercise unit may include a pair of cable and pulley systems mounted on vertical exercise tracks. The massage table may also include rotator discs in the upper surface for added rotational action during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Michele Moerth-Cross
  • Patent number: 9498668
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a frame and a weight assembly with multiple plates moveably disposed along a vertical length of the frame. The exercise machine also includes a lifting member selectively engaged with the weight assembly, and the multiple plates each include at least one lift opening to receive the lifting member. The lifting member is oriented transverse to a plate length and to travel in a transverse direction with respect to the plate length. Further, the exercise machine includes a locking member associated with at least one plate of the multiple plates, and a selector having a first position and a second position. When the selector is in the first position, the locking member is interlocked with the lifting member. When the selector is in the second position, the locking member is disengaged from the lifting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Kent M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9427611
    Abstract: An adjustable mount pull-up bar. A first strut has a mounting plate at one end and an attachment point at the other end, with an offset between the two ends. A second strut is similarly constructed, but the offset of the first strut is a mirror image of the offset of the second strut. A bar has two attachment points to connect to either of the first and second struts. When the struts are connected to the bar in one orientation, the mounting plates at the ends of the struts are relatively closer together, and when the struts are connected to the bar in a second orientation, the mounting plates at the ends of the struts are relatively farther apart. This enables the pull-up bar to be mounted, for example, to wall studs or ceiling joists that are disposed at different distances from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Franklin A Balentine
  • Patent number: 9314659
    Abstract: A resistance exercise machine having cable and pulley linkage assemblies attached to a single weight stack or other resistance means. Each cable and pulley linkage assembly, which is independent of the other(s), can be used by one arm or leg during bilateral exercise training (that is, training in which both limbs of a pair are used to simultaneously to lift a weight or work against various resistance means). A biofeedback assembly measures and displays in real-time how much each limb of a pair is contributing to such effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: William Gvoich
  • Patent number: 9265990
    Abstract: A housing assembly includes a plurality of hollow pipes forming a base section horizontally disposed and a support section vertically disposed with a top pipe. An operational assembly includes a plurality of block and tackle subassemblies. Each block and tackle sub assembly includes a fixed block with a plurality of upper pulleys depending from the top pipe. Each block and tackle sub assembly includes a movable tackle with a plurality of lower pulleys. Each movable tackle includes a cord with a fixed end, a movable end, and an intermediate section. The intermediate section winds back and forth between the lower pulleys and the upper pulleys. A belt has a clip attached to the movable end of each cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin A. Reese, Randolph H. Reese
  • Patent number: 9192800
    Abstract: Exercise equipment comprises a weight stack configured to oppose a given exercise motion through a cable and pulley system and an elongated connector connecting the cable to a weight stack. The elongated connector comprises a first threaded portion located proximate to the weight stack and a second portion located distal from the weight stack. The first threaded portion is engaged with the weight stack and has a diameter that is greater than a diameter of the second portion such that an operator can visually determine whether the connector is fully engaged with a threaded receptacle in the weight stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Mathew Meyer, Dennis Whaley
  • Patent number: 9186537
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus comprises an incremental weight system. The incremental weight system comprises an incremental weight and an incremental weight selector. The incremental weight selector is liftable by a weight lift and has a lever movable between a lowered position and a raised position to actuate the selector between an engaged position engaging the incremental weight such that the incremental weight is liftable with a first weight by the weight lift and a disengaged position disengaged from the incremental weight such that the first weight is liftable independent of the incremental weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter J. Arnold, Jonathan M. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9056221
    Abstract: User-manipulated exercise equipment of the type utilizing a weight-plate stack comprises a stack of weight plates, of which a user-selected portion moves as a unit along a pair of guide rods in response to an exercise movement by the user. The selected portion of the stack moves with virtually no cross-wise (i.e., lateral) shifting among the plates and virtually no friction between the moving portion of the stack and the guide rods because (1) a keystone bushing below the weight plate stack provides virtually error free alignment with the guide rods by setting the non-selected portion of the stack at a highly accurate “home” position that resets the moving stack if it has shifted laterally during movement, even if that shift is very slight, and (2) the guide rod holed in the weight plates carry bushings which align with the bushings of the adjacent weight plates to prevent the plates within the moving portion of the stack from shifting laterally with respect to each other and thereby contacting a guide rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignees: Ace Specialty, Inc., Grace Premier Fitness and Wellness Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Anderson, Mark Harigian
  • 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: 8968164
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus and method including a slidable handle assembly. In one embodiment, a support arm structure, pivotally mounted on an upright frame, enables alternatively fixed positioning of a rod at various vertical distances above a ground plane, in a generally horizontal orientation. A pair of left and right handle bracket assemblies are sildably mounted on the rod, and can be engaged by a user for moving the slidable handle bracket assembly across the rod while overcoming a resistance established by an adjustable resistance mechanism (e.g., weight stack). In one embodiment, the apparatus and method are used for developing muscles used during trunk rotation of a user in a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Giannelli
  • Publication number: 20140336018
    Abstract: A fitness equipment unit comprises a member rotatable about an axis and a source of resistance against rotation of the member. Rotation of the member is facilitated by pulling on a first end of the line while the other end of the line is stationary, pulling on a second end of the line while the first end is stationary or concurrently pulling on both the first end and the second end of the line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Precor Incorporated
    Inventor: Gregory A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8876674
    Abstract: A weight stack for an exercise machine may include one or more primary and secondary load elements that are selectively joined to a weight carriage. The load elements may be supported from below by one or more support beams and positioned at spaced apart locations on the support beam when the weight carriage is located at its rest position or when the load elements are not joined to the weight carriage during an exercise. The load elements may include engagement surfaces that engage the beam either directly by contacting the beam or indirectly via a divider structure positioned between the load elements and the beam. For some load elements, the engagement surfaces define a portion of a slot in the load element. The exercise machine may further include a single guide pole that constrains the weight carriage to move substantially linearly and vertically relative to the exercise machine's support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Webb, Eric D. Golesh
  • Patent number: 8827877
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing an exercise against a resistance mechanism comprised of one or more incremental resistance members, the apparatus comprising: a frame; a handle mounted to the frame and interconnected to the resistance mechanism via a cable; a traveler having a selected resistance force; a stop mechanism adjustably positionable on the rail at one or more selectable stop positions; wherein the cable is selectively interconnectable to one or more of the resistance members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Stephen Suchanek, Dennis Hilson
  • Publication number: 20140171273
    Abstract: The current invention is an exercise apparatus that relates to the field of exercise. The apparatus is a freestanding machine with the primary purpose of exercising the lower abdominal muscles, although other muscle groups may be exercised secondarily. The primary muscles targeted include the rectus abdominis and the tendinous inscriptions. The following muscles may be exercised secondarily while either engaged in lower abdominal exercises or while performing exercises specific to each muscle group: the tensor fasciae, rectus femoris and the vastus lateralis; the biceps femoris, adductor magnus, semitendinosus gracillis and semimembranosus; the gluteus medialis and the gluteus maximus; thoracolumbar fascia and the erector spinae, triceps brachii.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Rapp
  • Patent number: 8727952
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for performing a wide range of full body motions against cabled weight resistance by providing user-selectable arrangements of pulleys. A pulley carriage carries one or more carriage pulleys and is slidable on a vertical stanchion. Each pulley arrangement comprises the combination of a user-selectable, vertical height for the carriage pulleys together with user-selectable locations on the frame of the apparatus for attachment of a pair of hand pulleys, whereby the amount of slack in cables routed through the pulleys is adjustable by varying the height of the carriage pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: John T. Carle
  • Patent number: 8715142
    Abstract: Embodiments of a user-adjustable resistance mechanism, and embodiments of an exercise apparatus employing such a user-adjustable resistance mechanism, are provided. In one embodiment, the exercise apparatus includes a support structure, a user-manipulated element movably coupled to the support structure and configured to be moved by a user during the performance of an exercise in opposition to an output resistance, and a user-adjustable resistance mechanism. The user-adjustable resistance mechanism includes, in turn, an input resistance assembly and a lever assembly comprising a first plurality of levers rotatably coupled in series between the user-manipulated element and the support structure. The input resistance assembly is configured to be selectively coupled by a user to the lever assembly at any one of a plurality of locations to determine the cumulative load arm length of the first plurality of levers and the output resistance opposing movement of the user-manipulated element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Justin James Leach
  • Patent number: 8708872
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus and method with selectively variable stabilization enabling a user to progressively increase his/her core body muscular strength. In various embodiments, the exercise apparatus includes a resistance cabling system providing a user defined line of motion, and a partial stabilizer pad being adjustably positionable offset from the line of motion, wherein the user's core body is positionable against the pad and required to resist the torque created by the offset. The user can progressively increase the distance between the line of motion and partial stabilizer pad, in order to progressively increase the force which the user's core body must resist to maintain an upright stature. In this way, the user can progressively, over time, increase his or her core body strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Scott Lee, Arnold Gillen
  • Publication number: 20140080685
    Abstract: A multifunctional exercise machine includes carriages associated with resistance. Cable arm assemblies are mounted on the machine for use in performing desired exercises using the carriages and/or resistance. At least one of the cable arm assemblies is rotatable in a generally horizontal plane and includes arm segments, where one arm segment is rotatable relative to the other arm segment in a generally vertical plane. The machine also includes a vertically adjustable monolift assembly having arms for supporting a barbell in the machine, where the arms are adjustable between multiple different rotatable positions as well as in a direction generally parallel to longitudinal axes of the arms. A bench is provided that can be docked in the machine, and that includes a telescoping support for providing added stability to the bench when desired. A spotting assembly is also provided for use in catching barbells at desired locations in the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: BodyForce Inc.
    Inventor: Brian C. Butler
  • Publication number: 20140005009
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus and method including a slidable handle assembly. In one embodiment, a support arm structure, pivotally mounted on an upright frame, enables alternatively fixed positioning of a rod at various vertical distances above a ground plane, in a generally horizontal orientation. A pair of left and right handle bracket assemblies are sildably mounted on the rod, and can be engaged by a user for moving the slidable handle bracket assembly across the rod while overcoming a resistance established by an adjustable resistance mechanism (e.g., weight stack). In one embodiment, the apparatus and method are used for developing muscles used during trunk rotation of a user in a standing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Giannelli
  • Publication number: 20130331239
    Abstract: Weight lifting machines and methods are described including angularly adjustable leg press unit and hack squat unit whereby the user may quickly change between any desired angular orientation of the units relative to the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Todd Richards
  • Publication number: 20130296144
    Abstract: A resistance exercise machine having cable and pulley linkage assemblies attached to a single weight stack or other resistance means. Each cable and pulley linkage assembly, which is independent of the other(s), can be used by one arm or leg during bilateral exercise training (that is, training in which both limbs of a pair are used to simultaneously to lift a weight or work against various resistance means). A biofeedback assembly measures and displays in real-time how much each limb of a pair is contributing to such effort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: William Gvoich
  • Publication number: 20130288861
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new and improved article of exercise assembly. The device is adapted for attachment onto an upper portion of a doorway and is retained thereon without requiring attachment of permanent fixtures to the doorframe. The device includes a plurality of pulley wheels and a cable running therethrough. The cable is attached to a weight on a first end and a handle on a second end. The cable facilitates user exercises by raising or lowering the weights when a user pulls the handle and attached cable downward. The assembly is capable of supporting weighted plates, thereby providing resistance variety. Individuals can use the assembly at a variety of positions to exercise different muscles of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Erin Cole
  • Publication number: 20130274075
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a frame with a pair of vertical guides. A carriage is slidably carried on each of the guides. Each of the carriages has a locking mechanism to lock the carriage at a selected vertical position and a release to disengage the locking mechanism. A horizontal exercise bar is slidably carried on guide rods. First and second cables are coupled to a selectable exercise resistance, each of the cables having an end selectively coupled to either the respective carriage or to a respective bracket at the end of the exercise bar. Secondary brackets on the exercise bar are configured to engage respective ones of the carriage releases and grab the carriage so as to selectively engage and disengage the locking mechanisms upon axial rotation of the exercise bar and raise and lower the carriages with the exercise bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Theodore G. Habing, Jeff Laborde
  • Publication number: 20130267392
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a portable pulley training system includes a cable having a first end and a second end, a first handle adapted to the first end of the cable to enable a first user to control movement of the cable, the second end of the cable configured to be coupled to a resistance element, a pivot pulley to be moveably adapted about the cable at a first location between the ends, an anchor pulley to be moveably adapted about the cable at a second location between the first location and the second end, a first retention member associated with the pivot pulley to control positioning of the pivot pulley, the first retention member configured to be controlled by a second user, and a second retention member associated with the anchor pulley to control positioning of the anchor pulley with respect to an anchor point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Migdoel Miranda, Ruben Serrano
  • Patent number: 8506459
    Abstract: A freestanding exercise apparatus comprises a frame, a right door, a left door, and an exercise resistance source. The frame defines a sagittal plane dividing the frame into a left half and a right half with anterior and posterior ends. The right door is pivotally attached to the right half of the frame proximate the anterior end of the frame for pivoting about a right pivot axis. The left door is pivotally attached to the left half of the frame proximate the anterior end of the frame for pivoting about a left pivot axis. The exercise resistance source is connected to the frame. The frame, right pivot axis, and left pivot axis are configured and arranged such that the angle formed at the intersection of a first plane defined by the right pivot axis and the posterior end of the right half of the frame and a second plane defined by the left pivot axis and the posterior end of the left half of the frame is less than 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Torque Fitness, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Cassidy, Michael G. Novak, Nathan R. Luger
  • Publication number: 20130203565
    Abstract: An exercise device (100) comprises a frame (120) and a resistance component (130) coupled to the frame (1 20). The exercise device (100) further comprises a cable (140) coupled to the resistance component (130) and supported by the frame (120), configured to transmit a force from motion end (142) of the cable (140) to the resistance component (130). The exercise device (100) also comprises a pulley system (150) movably coupled to the frame (120) along a track (124), the pulley system (150) supporting the cable (140) as the cable (140) transmits the force to the resistance component (130), the pulley system (150) configured to be reversibly fixed in position relative to the frame (120). The pulley system (150) includes a first pulley 124 member (152) and a second pulley member (156), the second pulley member (156) being removably attachable to the first pulley member (152) such that at least one of the first pulley member (152) and second pulley members (156) can be independently moved along the track (124).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Lee Floyd
  • Patent number: 8500607
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus is disclosed including one or more interface members which allow a user to engage the exercise apparatus with one or more of the user's appendages and encounter resistance with high freedom of motion. The location of the interface member relative to the user is preferably repositionable in both a vertical orientation and a horizontal orientation. Resistance is preferably provided in part by a pulley system including a cord and a movable weight bearing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Larry W. Vittone, Suzanne R. Vittone
  • Patent number: 8496566
    Abstract: Regulating member (1) carried by an operating unit (100) provided with a frame (10) coupled in a slidable manner to a support member (M); the regulating member (1) comprising a handle (2) suitable to move the frame (10) relative to the support member (M); a blocking device (70) comprising a pin (72) movable between an engagement position (PI) and a regulating position (PR) transversally to the support member (M) to connect the frame (10) to the support member (M) in a longitudinal position definable at will; a switching member (76) being hinged to the first pin (72) to move it between the engagement position (PI) and the regulating position (PR); the handle (2) being connected rigidly to the switching member (76) to actuate the pin (72) transversally to the support member (M) and move the frame (10) along the support member (M) with the pin (72) arranged in the regulating position (PR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Casadei
  • Patent number: 8491448
    Abstract: A hemispherical grip member has an outer hemispherical surface and a grip layer and a grip member opening. A length of aircraft cable having a first cable end extends through the opening and is crimped in position onto the grip member with a cable nut. A connector is provided on an opposite cable end. A length of a soft flexible tubing surrounds the cable between the grip member and the connector. When a user grasps the hemispherical surface of the grip member, the first cable end is located inside the grasp of the user and the cable and tubing passes between two fingers of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel W. Emick
  • Publication number: 20130184128
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing barbell type free weight lifting exercises has a power cage or Smith press type frame, an elongated bar held on the frame in a substantially horizontal resting position, and an adjustable exercise mass assembly that allows a user to select an exercise weight from among a plurality of choices of different exercise weights provided by the exercise mass assembly. The exercise mass assembly is separate from the bar and any auxiliary weight plates carried on the bar. A cable and pulley system operatively connects the bar to a movable portion of the exercise mass assembly that provides the selected exercise weight. A powered actuator sets up the bar for performing a weight lifting exercise by lifting the movable portion of the exercise mass assembly up above a second portion of the exercise mass assembly that remains stationary during the particular weight lifting exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Carl K. Towley, III, Gregory S. Olson
  • Patent number: 8435163
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a frame, first and second free pulleys, first and second handle portions, first and second frame pulleys attached to the frame, a central pulley, a pull cord, and a resistance member. The first free pulley includes a first pulley wheel and a first hub with the first pulley wheel configured to rotate in relation to the first hub. The second free pulley includes a second pulley wheel and a second hub with the second pulley wheel configured to rotate in relation to the second hub. The first and second handle portions are in mechanical communication with the first and second hubs with the pulley wheels configured to rotate relative to the handle portions. The pull cord is looped about the pulleys with the resistance member configured to resist movement of the pull cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Balanced Body, Inc.
    Inventor: Viktor Uygan
  • Publication number: 20130065737
    Abstract: An apparatus for communicating exercise resistance includes a carriage assembly with at least one upper and at least one lower pulley. First and second cable ends are reeved around the upper and lower pulleys, respectively, and are coupled to a source of selectable exercise resistance. An exercise member is selectively coupled to the two cable ends such that movement of the exercise member away from the carriage is subject to a first exercise resistance when only one of the cable ends is attached and is subject to a second, greater exercise resistance when both cable ends are attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: DREAM VISIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Theodore G. Habing
  • Patent number: 8235876
    Abstract: An abdominal training apparatus provides focused training on the abdominal muscles using a resistance provided by a resistance device. The user may be supported in an elevated position by a seat support. A cable may transfer the resistance from the resistance device to the user. One or more pulleys may guide the resistance such to the user such that a force vector below and away from the user is provided to the user. In use, the user may perform abdominal training by engaging or grasping the cable to engage the resistance. The user may also support or secure one or both legs using a leg support of the apparatus. The force vector of the resistance is highly beneficial in that it allows the resistance to target and strengthen the abdominal muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: GRAA Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Gil Reyes
  • Patent number: 8210995
    Abstract: A shoulder flexion apparatus tones and strengthens the shoulder muscles, including the anterior deltoid muscles. The apparatus may provide a resistance having a downward force vector. The resistance may be applied to a user via a cable guided by one or more pulleys to the user. In one or more embodiments, a guide assembly may be provided to quickly and easily reposition the cable and the force vector of the resistance that the cable provides. The guide assembly thus allows rapid switching between shoulder exercises to tone and strengthen the shoulder muscles. The apparatus may comprise one or more sections corresponding to the left and right side of the user's body. In this manner, the sections may independently provide resistance to each of the user's shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Graa Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Gil Reyes
  • Patent number: 8187155
    Abstract: A training machine is provided comprising a base (6) arranged for placement on the floor (4), a movable member (32) provided on the base (6) to be moved by the training action, and a load exerting means (8) for exerting a load to control the movement of the movable member (32). The load exerting means (8) has a weight assembly (22) thereof arranged to be lifted vertically by the movement of the movable member (32) as resisting the gravity and particular is accompanied with a counter-force exerting means (70) arranged at the weight assembly (22) and/or the movable member (32) for exerting a returning force on the movable member (32) at the timing of shift from the upward movement to the downward movement of the weight assembly (22). The counter-force exerting means (70) comprises, for example, coil springs (72, 74) and movement stoppers (76, 78) for restricting the movement of the coil springs (72, 74).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Tanren Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiro Ooka
  • Patent number: 8070658
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus and method with selectively variable stabilization enabling a user to progressively increase his/her core body muscular strength. In various embodiments, the exercise apparatus includes a resistance cabling system providing a user defined line of motion, and a partial stabilizer pad being adjustably positionable offset from the line of motion, wherein the user's core body is positionable against the pad and required to resist the torque created by the offset. The user can progressively increase the distance between the line of motion and partial stabilizer pad, in order to progressively increase the force which the user's core body must resist to maintain an upright stature. In this way, the user can progressively, over time, increase his or her core body strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Scott Lee, Arnold Gillen