Relocatable Exit Guide Patents (Class 482/103)
  • Patent number: 10918899
    Abstract: An exercise machine comprises an arm support, including: a carriage configured to slide within a track attached to the exercise machine; and a support assembly that floats the carriage relative to the track, wherein the support assembly is disengaged by the application of force via the arm. An exercise machine comprises a rotatable column, wherein the column supports an arm, and a gear detent mechanism to support a discrete number of positions for the rotatable column. An exercise machine comprises a tiltable arm, and a mechanism to support a discrete number of positions for the tiltable arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tonal Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yevgeniy Mikhaylovich Gisin, Michael Valente, David Jonathan Zimmer
  • Patent number: 10744365
    Abstract: A weight training machine generally includes a supportive frame, a first mechanism, and a second mechanism. The first mechanism includes a first weight stack, a first cable system, and a second cable system. The second mechanism includes a second weight stack, a third cable system, and a fourth cable system. In each of the first and second mechanisms, one end of a cable can be easily attached to a moving pulley block to have the moving pulley block converted to a fixed pulley block. As a result, the force applied to a handle for lifting the associated weight stack becomes double as compared to the cable being not attached to the moving pulley block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sports Art Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hai-Pin Kuo
  • Patent number: 10500442
    Abstract: An actuator and an exercise equipment using the same are disclosed. The exercise equipment comprises a post which is a main body of the exercise equipment, a shoulder installed on an upper side of the post and rotates in left and right direction, an arm combined with the shoulder and rotates in up and down direction, a hand combined with one terminal of the arm and rotates by using the arm as an axis, a handle located on one terminal side of the hand, a force control actuator outputs a force corresponding to weight set by a user, and a wire passes via plural sheaves included in the hand, the shoulder and the post and deliver a force generated by pulling of the handle, one terminal of the wire being connected to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MICROAUTOMATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoon Shik Hong, Sung Nam Oh, Han Jong Ju, Hyun Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10486010
    Abstract: An exercise machine including a support frame, a weight stack slidably connected to the support frame, a weight ratio pulley arrangement engaged with the support frame, the weight stack, and an attachment extending from the support frame, the weight ratio arrangement including an exercise cable and at least two movable pulley blocks, a weight stack pulley arrangement engaged with the support frame, the weight stack, and one of the movable pulley blocks of the weight ratio pulley arrangement, the weight stack pulley arrangement including a weight stack cable, the weight stack cable being in operative connection with one of the movable pulley blocks of the weight ratio pulley arrangement, and a locking mechanism movable between a locked position in which only one movable pulley block is movable and an unlocked position in which the two movable pulley blocks are movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Specialty Fitness Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jerry K. Leipheimer
  • Patent number: 10449409
    Abstract: A stowable rowing machine is provided. The stowable rowing machine may include a frame, a seat rail selectively movable relative to the frame between storage and use configurations, and an adjustment assembly movably coupling the seat rail to the frame and operable to releasably secure the seat rail to the frame. The adjustment assembly may include a plurality of securing elements configured to selectively engage the seat rail to secure the seat rail in position. The adjustment assembly may include a plurality of guide elements configured to selectively engage the seat rail, the plurality of guide elements including at least one disengagement guide element. When the seat rail is engaged with the disengagement guide element(s), the seat rail may be disengaged from the securing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan W. Hamilton, John P. Shepard
  • Patent number: 10441845
    Abstract: The exercise assembly for squats includes a support frame, a foot plate, a seat member, a wall frame, an upright beam, and a trolley member. The support frame includes a base member, a base post, and a support arm. The seat member is placed relative to the support frame by the foot plate. The seat member is adjustable. The wall frame includes curved knee frame, a knee wall, and a horizontal support beam. The upright beam extends upward from the base member at an angle toward the seat member. The support arm connects the base member, the horizontal support beam, and the upright beam at an angle to allow performance of a squat in a proper and safe posture throughout the complete squatting movement. The trolley member slides along the upright beam so that the complete squatting movement tracks along the angle of the upright beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MKH LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Moreno, Kenneth Su Chua, Hunter Banks, John Kutsch, Vincent Lackowski, Marla Moreno
  • Patent number: 10350445
    Abstract: An exercise machine has at least one hollow column rotationally mounted between upper and base members of a frame. A pulley carriage is mounted inside the column in engagement with an internal track for travel up and down the track, and a cable linked to an exercise resistance extends through the pulley carriage before terminating at a cable pull attachable to a selected user engagement accessory. A pulley cover pivoted to the carriage extends partially out of a column opening and extends over one or more pulleys mounted in the pulley carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Hockridge
  • Patent number: 10294682
    Abstract: An outrigger netting system configured for installation on a building slab such as a balcony to protect against falling projectiles. The system includes one or more spaced apart brackets attached to a target slab, each bracket having an outrigger to support a net suspended across. The outriggers each extend outward from the edge of the slab and are each optionally angled slightly upward from the surface of the slab. A spring-dampened cable assembly is attached between the bracket and outrigger in order to dampen the impact of and resiliently catch and retain falling debris. Each bracket includes hardware to secure and level the bracket to the slab to enhance rigidity and security and prevent displacement or dislodgment of the brackets during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Safety Guys, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Cockerell
  • Patent number: 10080916
    Abstract: A fitness structure includes a bar having a first end portion and a second end portion, a pair of bar support portions provided at each side of the bar and having a plurality of bar support members to place the bar at a plurality of heights, a first load portion and a second load portion spaced apart from the bar to a certain degree and facing each other, a first cable coupled between the first end portion of the bar and the first load portion, a second cable coupled between the second end portion of the bar and the second load portion. Heights of the first load portion and the second load portion vary depending on a height of one of the plurality of bar support members at which the bar is detachably placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Ki Won Lee
  • Patent number: 9968819
    Abstract: An exercise machine has at least one hollow column rotationally mounted between upper and base members of a frame. A pulley carriage is mounted inside the column in engagement with an internal track for travel up and down the track, and a cable linked to an exercise resistance extends through the pulley carriage before terminating at a cable pull attachable to a selected user engagement accessory. A pulley cover pivoted to the carriage extends partially out of a column opening and extends over one or more pulleys mounted in the pulley carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Hockridge
  • Patent number: 9682276
    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: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey Owen Meredith, Adam S. Guier
  • Patent number: 9597539
    Abstract: A gym system is described. The gym system includes multiple vertical support members, each support member comprising a set of locking receptacles, and a moveable bar catch having a tubular body adapted to slide along at least one vertical support member, and a pivoting locking feature comprising a protuberance adapted to engage a particular locking receptacle from among the set of locking receptacles. A bar catch including a tubular body adapted to be able to be positioned along a support member of a weightlifting support apparatus is also described. The bar catch includes a solid hook adapted to support a weightlifting bar and to pivot at one end, allowing the solid hook to be placed in a moveable first position and a locked second position, a safety support adapted to provide support to the solid hook and the weightlifting bar, and a handle coupled to the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Sherman P. Grider
  • Patent number: 9517375
    Abstract: An exercise machine support system for providing increased versatility including inclination or declination of an exercise surface, a reduction in the overall length and width of the exercise machine, and an enhanced user interface which reduces the risk of injury. The exercise machine support system generally includes a cantilevered exercise machine which is adapted to have a variable angle of incline or decline with respect to a horizontal ground surface. The exercise machine will generally include a base and a support which extends between the base and the exercise machine. The upper end of the support is connected to the exercise machine by a first pivot such that the exercise machine pivots about the support. An adjustment device may be utilized to pivot the exercise machine and thus adjust its angle of incline. Various types of adjustment devices are disclosed, including an actuator, ratchet-and-pawl, gears, and cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 9364702
    Abstract: An example apparatus for a user in a wheelchair includes an exercise device providing an exercise area configured to receive a wheelchair. A primary handle is moveable by a first user in the wheelchair from a first position to a second position. A resistance assembly opposes movement of the at least one primary handle. A spotter handle is coupled to move together with the at least one primary handle. The spotter handle accessible by a second user from a position outside the exercise area. An example exercise device for a user in a wheelchair includes an automatically adjustable pick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Rogers Athletic Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Edward Staten, Tyler James Hobson, Brian Lesley Staten, Kyle R. Camp
  • Patent number: 9289644
    Abstract: The exercise apparatus of the present invention includes a supporting frame of limited height to which the pulley-carrying system is rotationally connected. The pulley frame is releasably movable by the operator utilizing a swivel locking mechanism. By this locking mechanism, the operator releases a handle to cause the frame to rotate 360 degrees. The pulley frame contains multiple pulley units engaged with multiple bands. A handle mechanism allows the operator to selectively choose from the various bands which allows various levels of resistance and various exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Sonny L. Carson
  • Patent number: 8926480
    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: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Grzegorz Lyszczarz
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8550964
    Abstract: Resistance training apparatus and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, an exercise assembly includes an exercise station having a support portion and at least one user interface operatively coupled to the support portion by an anchor assembly. The anchor assembly includes a housing attached to the support portion, and a coupling device pivotably attached to the housing and moveable throughout an angular range, the coupling device being coupled to the at least one user interface and configured to move through at least a portion of the angular range during use of the at least one user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Vectra Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: A. Buell Ish, III, L. Kent Lines, Robert A. Rasmussen, Mark Tollison
  • Patent number: 8523743
    Abstract: The present invention includes a user-operated stretching machine for stretching limbs and other body parts of a user. The machine includes a cable system extending from a user operated double reel cable drum to pulleys located at the end of a pair of arms extending angularly from a carriage. The carriage is attached to a curved upright in such a way as to be movably attached to the upright enabling stretching to take place at various angles relative to the upright and user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Blue Rooster Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Miles, Charles J. Kron
  • 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
  • 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: 8308620
    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: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Grzegorz Lyszczarz
  • Patent number: 8157710
    Abstract: This is an exercise apparatus and system charactered generally by the presence of a user interface member haying a point of attachment to the apparatus that is posttionable at different locations along an arcuate path determined, dicated and/or supported/braced bv an arcuate guide The central axis of the arcuate oath mav intersect the ball joint of a user. The arcuate oath and the arcuate guide mav lie in spaced substantially parallel planes and the user interface member be one of a rigid arm with a handio or forearm interface, or a flexible member with a froo handle at its end forming the user interface. A flexible linkage forms pan of the operative connection betwoen the user interface and a weight stack or other apparatus providing adjustable resistance, with the flexible linkage being reeved through a centering cuiley proximate the central axis of the arcuate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Bryan Gautier
  • Patent number: 8152702
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Icon Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad R. Pacheco
  • Publication number: 20120035026
    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: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Grzegorz Lyszczarz
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8057368
    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: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Grzegorz Lyszczarz
  • Patent number: 8057367
    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: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Scott Lee, Arnold Gillen
  • Patent number: 7998037
    Abstract: An adjustable resistance training apparatus that is provided with one or more elongated elastomeric members that are supported by a carrier. The adjustable resistance training apparatus also includes a slide that is configured to be moved along a guided path in response to a force exerted by a user's body. The slide includes an engagement member that is configured to permit selective engagement to the second end of one or more of the elastomeric members, once positioned by the carrier, to cause the selected elastomeric member or members to be stretched along a second plane in response to movement of the slide along the guided path. The adjustable resistance training apparatus can be coupled to isotonic weights in the form of a selectable weight stack that moves along a second guided path in response to a force exerted by a user's body or used with plate loaded devices. The combination of resistance tubes and weights results in progressive resistance regardless of the speed of movement of the weight stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Spri Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Luquette
  • Patent number: 7927262
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus that provides a complete body workout, folds up into a small footprint, and can be hidden inside of a closet or decorative cabinet. The two arms rotate both horizontally and vertically, and move up and down, permitting the cable ends to be positioned anywhere from near the ground to well over head, thus allowing for infinite exercise variation. Cable ends that exit the arms freely and move independently of each other simulate working out with free weights. The counterweighted arms combined with convenient locking levers facilitate rapid and effortless arm repositioning. A counterweighted fold out seat assembly with leg extension completes the versatile and compact workout station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: David Jon Clark
  • Patent number: 7922631
    Abstract: Adjustable supports for exercise machines are disclosed. In one embodiment, an exercise machine includes a load, a force-transferring assembly operatively coupled to the load, a support frame operatively coupled to the force-transferring assembly, and an exercise station coupled to the force-transferring assembly proximate a support member of the support frame. The support member is operatively coupled to an upright member of the support frame by an adjustment assembly. The adjustment assembly is adjustable to enable the support member to project from the upright member at a plurality of support positions such that the exercise station is correspondingly adjustable over a plurality of vertical positions. In some embodiments, the support member is pivotable relative to the upright member. Alternately, slideable members may allow the support member to be selectively retracted and extended to provide the desired vertical position adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Vectra Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: A. Buell Ish, III
  • Patent number: 7922632
    Abstract: A multipurpose personal training device with a pair of press arms that can be set to numerous different lateral angles. Each press arm can be equipped with a functional trainer handle coupled by cable and pulleys to an adjustable weight engine. The final pulley at the end of each arm is free to rotate to any angle. In addition to exercises involving the arms, the device can supply a full complement of most standard training exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Body Solid Inc.
    Inventor: Cheng I Chou
  • Patent number: 7874965
    Abstract: Gymnastic machine (1) including a frame (10), at least one gymnastic implement supported by the frame (10), in association with a load group (30) to provide a resistive load to each implement (20) during the execution of a physical exercise; the load group (30) including a first circuit (40) and a second circuit (50), both having respective flexible members (41) (51); each implement (20) being coupled to a first transmission member (41) for the first circuit (40), and the second circuit (50) including at least one load unit (60) capable of exercising a resistive action on the first transmission member (41); the first circuit (40) and the second circuit (50) being interfaced mechanically with each other through modulating means (70) capable of mechanically activating the load unit (60) to regulate its intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nerio Alessandri, Simone Casagrande, Roberto Maffei
  • Patent number: 7841971
    Abstract: A golf exercising apparatus is provided. The apparatus can include a horizontal base member with platform, a vertical lower frame member attached to the base member and a vertical upper frame member pivotally attached to the lower frame member whereby the upper frame member can tilt side-to-side relative to the lower frame member to accommodate right-handed and left-handed golf swings. A pivoting pulley assembly can be supported at an elevated position by the upper frame member. A cable can be anchored at one end to the upper frame member or to the pulley assembly. The other end of the cable can pass through the pulley assembly and can have a handle attached thereon. The cable can be tensioned to provide resistance by suspending weights from the cable between its anchored end and the pulley assembly. The golf swing is exercised by pulling the handle in a golf swing-like motion. Increasing the weights suspended on the cable increases the resistance in the golf swing motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Murray W. Smith
  • Patent number: 7815552
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention involve an exercise device configurable to allow a user to perform various exercises. The exercise devices include an adjustable bench assembly connected with a frame supporting adjustable arm and cable-pulley assemblies providing a user interface with a resistance system. In some embodiments of the invention, the adjustable bench assembly includes a bench seat and a pivotal back support supported on an adjustable bench frame. The exercise devices also utilize various configurations of adjustable arm assemblies that are selectively positionable for numerous exercises and to suit a user's particular body size and shape. Other embodiments of the exercise devices include a resistance system with a transmission supporting a plurality of resistance packs. The transmission allows a user to conveniently engage any number of resistance packs to change the resistance level for a particular exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan R. Dibble, Patrick A. Warner, Eric D. Golesh, Brent Christopher
  • Publication number: 20100144497
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus that provides a complete body workout, folds up into a small footprint, and can be hidden inside of a closet or decorative cabinet. The two arms rotate both horizontally and vertically, and move up and down, permitting the cable ends to be positioned anywhere from near the ground to well over head, thus allowing for infinite exercise variation. Cable ends that exit the arms freely and move independently of each other simulate working out with free weights. The counterweighted arms combined with convenient locking levers facilitate rapid and effortless arm repositioning. A counterweighted fold out seat assembly with leg extension completes the versatile and compact workout station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: David Jon Clark
  • Patent number: 7670270
    Abstract: Exercising machine (1) provided with a frame (10) (110) (210) and with at least one operating apparatus (30) (130) (230) which can be used to perform a physical exercise and comprising a load group (15) (115) (215) supported by the frame (10) (110) (210) and connected to the operating apparatus (30) (130) (230) by means of at least one cable (26) (126) (226) wound around a plurality of transmission members (25) (140) (240) supported by the frame (10) (110) (210) and arranged so as to define a path (P) for the cable (26) (126) (226); the load group (15) (115) (215) comprising at least two load units (16, 17) separate from each other and connected together by means of the said cable (26) (126) (226) and arranged at ends of the path (P) on opposite sides of the operating apparatus (30) (130) (230) so that the latter can be tensioned on respective opposite sides by means of different loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nerio Alessandri, Antonio Cascini, Federico Martini, Simone Casagrande
  • Patent number: 7651443
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mrako A. Fenster, Hai Jun Zhu
  • Patent number: 7625321
    Abstract: A highly versatile exercise apparatuses is disclosed. More particularly, the invention relates to an exercise apparatus including a central weight stack and opposed extension arms. Upper and lower pulleys direct a cable into the opposed extension arms such that variations in the cable reaction and tension are minimized when either arm is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Icon IP, Inc
    Inventors: Roy Simonson, William T. Dalebout
  • Patent number: 7608024
    Abstract: A multiple exercise performance or positioning apparatus comprising a generally upright stationary frame on which is mounted an elongated arm mechanism which is mounted on a pivot mechanism, the arm mechanism extending from a proximal end to a distal end relative to the frame, the pivot mechanism enabling pivoting of the arm mechanism such that the distal end of the arm mechanism is adjustably movable between positions of variable distance away from the frame, wherein a cable mechanism is mounted around one or more pulleys, the cable mechanism having a first end interconnected to a handle mechanism which is mounted at the distal end of the elongated arm mechanism, the cable mechanism being interconnected to a weight resistance mechanism such that a user may grasp and pull the handle mechanism against an opposing force exerted by the weight resistance mechanism through the cable mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Sechrest, Raymond Giannelli, Stephen C. Wendt, Scott Lee
  • Patent number: 7601106
    Abstract: A multi-axes exercise machine for strengthening muscles surrounding shoulder joint of a user allows the user a range of motions about lines of motion perpendicular to an arc of circumduction of the shoulder joints. A pair of handholds is suspended from an arcuate guide plate, which extends above a user station. By moving the point of securing the handholds along the length of the arcuate guide plate, the user can re-position the upper ends of the handholds from a location above the user station to a position behind the user station. At all times, the axes of rotation of the handholds are parallel to each other and extend along a plane that contains the axis of circumduction of the user's shoulders. A centerline of each handhold passes through the center of the corresponding glenohumeral joint of the user during the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Kenneth Bryan Gautier
  • Patent number: 7601105
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a support structure having a base portion, the support structure housing a resistance assembly (e.g., including a weight stack). At least one arm assembly is mounted to the support structure. Each of the one or more arm assemblies includes: (i) an elongate member, and (ii) a mounting bracket assembly. The mounting bracket assembly is pivotally mounted to the elongate member and also pivotally mounted to the support structure at a location spaced apart from the base portion of the support structure. One pivot mount allows the elongate member to pivot up and down, while the other pivot mount allows the mounting bracket assembly (and thus the arm assembly) to pivot in and out (i.e., laterally). At least one cable extends from the resistance assembly to the at least one arm assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: ICON IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Heyson Gipson, III, Richard Allen Compton, Gerald Daines Nelson
  • Patent number: 7588520
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dumbbell of the type commonly found in a fitness center to be used as a weight training device during a weight training or exercise program. The dumbbell includes a gripping handle and a pair of collars fixedly connected to opposites ends of the handle. A series of weight plates having correspondingly different weights are adapted to be detachably connected to each other and to each one of the collars so as to enable a user to selectively and incrementally adjust the gross weight of the dumbbell to conform to his weight training program. Each weight plate carries a lock cartridge having an engagement pin moving therethrough between retracted and extended positions in response to a manual pushing force. In the extended position, the engagement pin of an additional weight plate is received within an engagement pin extension channel of an existing weight plate being carried by the dumbbell, whereby to prevent a disconnection of the additional weight plate from the existing weight plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Mark Nalley
  • Patent number: 7575538
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus that provides a complete body workout, folds up into a small footprint, and can be hidden inside of a closet or decorative cabinet. The apparatus has an arm assembly with two arms pivotally attached to a guide assembly that translates vertically within a frame assembly to a multitude of locations. At the free ends of the arms are cable ends that allow an exercise bar or handgrips to be attached to a resistance assembly. Rotating pulley assemblies there allow the cables to exit the arms freely. The cable ends move independently of each other, which simulates working out with free weights. A counterweight offsets the weight of the arm and guide assemblies to permit easy positioning of the arm assembly for different exercises. A counterweighted fold out seat assembly with lower member completes the versatile and compact workout station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Inventor: David Jon Clark
  • Publication number: 20090170669
    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: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Scott Lee, Arnold Gillen
  • Patent number: 7553262
    Abstract: Exercise equipment of the type comprising a frame structure; a handle coupled to the frame structure and adapted for movement by a user, back and forth in a first direction and in an opposite second direction; and at least one weight, coupled to the handle for applying a gravitational force to the handle in the second direction. According to the invention, a spring device, having two ends, is coupled to the handle at one end and to the frame structure at the opposite end to apply a spring force to the handle in the second direction. With proper choice of the spring constant of the spring device, when the handle is rapidly moved by the user in the first direction and then suddenly moved in the second direction, the total force applied to the handle in the second direction is maintained above minimum threshold value which is sufficient for “high-speed training”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: BVP Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Piane, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7503882
    Abstract: A multiple exercise performance or positioning apparatus comprising a generally upright stationary frame on which is mounted an elongated arm mechanism which is mounted on a pivot mechanism, the arm mechanism extending from a proximal end to a distal end relative to the frame, the pivot mechanism enabling pivoting of the arm mechanism such that the distal end of the arm mechanism is adjustably movable between positions of variable distance away from the frame, wherein a cable mechanism is mounted around one or more pulleys, the cable mechanism having a first end interconnected to a handle mechanism which is mounted at the distal end of the elongated arm mechanism, the cable mechanism being interconnected to a weight resistance mechanism such that a user may grasp and pull the handle mechanism against an opposing force exerted by the weight resistance mechanism through the cable mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Sechrest, Raymond Giannelli, Stephen C. Wendt, Scott Lee
  • Patent number: 7341546
    Abstract: A multi-axes exercise machine for strengthening muscles surrounding shoulder joint of a user allows the user a range of motions about lines of motion perpendicular to an arc of circumduction of the shoulder joints. A pair of handholds is suspended from an arcuate guide plate, which extends above a user station. By moving the point of securing the handholds along the length of the arcuate guide plate, the user can re-position the upper ends of the handholds from a location above the user station to a position behind the user station. At all times, the axes of rotation of the handholds are parallel to each other and extend along a plane that contains the axis of circumduction of the user's shoulders. A centerline of each handhold passes through the center of the corresponding glenohumeral joint of the user during the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Kenneth Bryan Gautier
  • Patent number: 7282016
    Abstract: A highly versatile exercise apparatuses is disclosed. More particularly, the invention relates to a cable crossover exercise apparatus including a central weight stack and opposed extension arms. The invention also relates to a functional lift exercise apparatus including a central weight stack and substantially parallel extension arms. The invention further relates to a cable type exercise apparatus employing a pulley assembly with a 4:1 load ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Icon IP, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Simonson