Having Securing Member (e.g., Locking Collar, Etc.) For Retaining Weight On Bar Patents (Class 482/107)
  • Patent number: 10953262
    Abstract: A weight plate with a contained clamp inside a housing formed from features of the weight plate. The clamp is enclosed by the weight plate features and held in place from coming out of the housing using a fastener. Once the clamp is held, the clamp will not rotate on its own axis of rotation inside the housing. This prevents the clamp from being lost and provides easy clamping of the weight plate to a bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Hevert Adolfo Garcia Castillo
  • Patent number: 10953264
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a handle that comprises a selector receiver and a hand grip that are separated from one another to allow a weight selector to be installed in the selector receiver. The position of the weight selector in the selector receiver determines how many of a plurality of nested weights are joined to the handle to thereby select the exercise mass of the dumbbell. After the weight selector is so installed, the hand grip is dropped into the selector receiver and is joined thereto by a connector so that the selector receiver and hand grip then act as a unitary handle to permit exercise with the selected number of weights. When so installed, the hand grip telescopically fits into the weight selector to affirmatively prevent the weight selector from inadvertently dislodging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 10942085
    Abstract: An oscillating device including a vibrating table, an actuator configured to oscillate the vibrating table in a first direction, a coupling mechanism configured to couple the vibrating table with the actuator in such a manner that the vibrating table is movable relative to the actuator in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and a counter balancer attached to the vibrating table and configured to compensate an imbalance of an oscillated portion including at least the vibrating table, the imbalance being caused by attaching the coupling mechanism to the vibrating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KOKUSAI KEISOKUKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sigeru Matsumoto, Hiroshi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Murauchi
  • Patent number: 10918931
    Abstract: A cradle for supporting an adjustable free weight assembly that includes first and second weight plate sets. End walls and side walls of the cradle define a cavity sized to receive the free weight assembly. The end walls engage plate portions and locking element portions of outermost weight plates of the free weight assembly when received in the cradle. Inboard surfaces of the side walls engage portions of weight plates in at least the first weight plate set to substantially inhibit the first weight plate set from moving vertically or laterally between the side walls. The configuration of the inboard surfaces of the side walls aligns the weight plates in the first weight plate set both vertically and horizontally so that central openings in the weight plates for receiving a selector shaft are substantially concentric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: VINTAGE GOLD HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Jake Myre
  • Patent number: 10792530
    Abstract: A set of dumbbells comprises a plurality of dumbbells of different weights with the dumbbells having a common length. A plurality of adder weights is provided with each adder weight having a cavity that is sized to receive the common length of any one of the dumbbells. Any one of the dumbbells is dropped down into the cavity of any one of the adder weights. A slide retainer is then slid into a slideway on the any one adder weight to overlie the dumbbell and secure the dumbbell to the any one adder weight. The slide retainer has a window therein to allow a user to reach through the slide retainer and grip a hand grip of the dumbbell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 10773118
    Abstract: A weight apparatus includes a handle, first and second anchorages mounted to first and second ends of the handle, respectively, the handle and the first and second anchorages having an axially extending opening, first and second rods axially movable inside the axially extending opening and adapted to be moved axially relative to the axially extending opening in opposite directions upon rotation of first and second pinion gears in the first and second anchorages, respectively, that engage with first and second racks on the first and second rods, respectively, and a lock having a locked condition in which rotation of the first and second pinion gears is prevented and an unlocked condition in which rotation of the first and second pinion gears is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Personality Gym AB
    Inventor: Tomas Svenberg
  • Patent number: 10702732
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell includes a horizontal stack of nested left weight plates and a horizontal stack of spaced right weight plates with the stacks being separated by a gap into which a handle may be inserted. A selector is movable into different positions relative to the handle to vary how many nested left and right weight plates from the stacks thereof are coupled to the handle to vary the exercise mass of the handle. Each left weight plate has a counterpart right weight plate counterpart which are coupled together by at least one interconnecting member having a first keyhole slot connection between the left end of the interconnecting member and the left weight plate and a second keyhole slot connection between the right end of the interconnecting member and the right weight plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Power Block Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 10478657
    Abstract: A novel weight lifting plate is disclosed. The novel weight lifting plate has a large shaped central aperture. The central aperture is shaped to receive the hand of a user. The central aperture has a plurality of ball bearings extending into the central aperture. There are four lateral ball bearings which hold a barbell in the center of the central aperture when the plate is mounted on the barbell. The plate also has two central ball bearings. The central ball bearings are disposed in recesses with springs within the recesses. When the plate is placed on the barbell the barbell pushes the central ball bearings into the recesses. When the user desires to use the plate by hand, the user places their hand in the central aperture with the ball bearings disposed between the user's fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew Demo
  • Patent number: 10328299
    Abstract: An adjustable barbell or dumbbell or exercise device includes a handle device having a handle bar engageable into grooves of a number of weight members, the weight members each having two pivotal arms, a link pivotally connected between the arms, a hand grip disposed on the handle bar, and a number of plates disposed on the handle bar and rotated in concert with the hand grip, the plates are engageable between the weight members, and the plates each include an engaging element for engaging with the link and for moving the arms toward each other to engage with the handle device when the plates and the hand grip are rotated relative to the handle bar, and for anchoring a selected number of weight members to the handle device with the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 10265569
    Abstract: Provided is an exercise lifting bar having at least two hand grips, an integral loading surface for holding optional plate weights coupled to each hand grip, the paired or coupled grips and loading surfaces thereby defining a member; the members further being substantially cylindrical, collinear, and operable to translate relative to one another. Also included is a translation limiter to limit the motion between the members. Methods of assembly of the exercise lifting bar are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Edge Prototype LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Donald Scott Yeager, Martin Carlos Todd
  • Patent number: 10232216
    Abstract: A weight apparatus includes a handle, first and second anchorages mounted to first and second ends of the handle, respectively, the handle and the first and second anchorages having an axially extending opening, first and second rods axially movable inside the axially extending opening and adapted to be moved axially relative to the axially extending opening in opposite directions upon rotation of first and second pinion gears in the first and second anchorages, respectively, that engage with first and second racks on the first and second rods, respectively, and a lock having a locked condition in which rotation of the first and second pinion gears is prevented and an unlocked condition in which rotation of the first and second pinion gears is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Personality Gym AB
    Inventor: Tomas Svenberg
  • Patent number: 10195477
    Abstract: An adjustable dumbbell system having a weight sensor is provided. The adjustable dumbbell system may include a handle assembly, a plurality of weights selectively fixedly connectable to the handle assembly, a sleeve rotatably coupled to the handle assembly, an indexing wheel rotatably coupled to the handle assembly and arranged to rotate with the sleeve, at least one sensor configured to detect the rotational position of the indexing wheel, and a computing device in communication with the at least one sensor. The rotational position of the sleeve may correspond to a different combination of the plurality of weights fixedly connected to the handle assembly. The computing device may be configured to determine the different combination of the plurality of weights fixedly connected to the handle assembly based on the rotational position of the indexing wheel detected by the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus L. Marjama, Thomas H. Moran, Peter L. Crabb
  • Patent number: 10166429
    Abstract: An adjustable kettlebell device includes a kettlebell base having a housing formed below a handle, the housing includes a chamber formed by an upper wall and a bottom wall, one or more weight elements each include a tubular member for engaging into the chamber of the housing, and a latch is slidably received in the housing and movable to engage with the tubular members of the weight elements for detachably attaching the tubular member of the weight elements to the kettlebell base. The tubular member includes a channel formed by a rib, and the latch includes a projection for engaging with the channel of the tubular member of the weight elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Patent number: 10166427
    Abstract: A selectable weight set apparatus includes a handle assembly including a handle having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion. A first weight set is adapted to be supported on the first end portion of the handle and a second weight set is adapted to be supported on the second end portion of the handle. Each of the first and second weight sets includes a plurality of weight plates. An adjustment assembly selects a number of weight plates to be retained to the handle assembly. The adjustment assembly includes at least one selector for movement relative to at least one of the first and second weight sets to engage and select the weight plates in said at least one of the first and second weight sets. A locking assembly fixes the selector relative to said at least one of the first and second weight sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Vintage Gold Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Jake Myre
  • Patent number: 10092790
    Abstract: A weight apparatus includes a handle, first and second anchorages mounted to first and second ends of the handle, respectively, the handle and the first and second anchorages having an axially extending opening, first and second rods axially movable inside the axially extending opening and adapted to be moved axially relative to the axially extending opening in opposite directions upon rotation of first and second pinion gears in the first and second anchorages, respectively, that engage with first and second racks on the first and second rods, respectively, and a lock having a locked condition in which rotation of the first and second pinion gears is prevented and an unlocked condition in which rotation of the first and second pinion gears is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Personality Gym AB
    Inventor: Tomas Svenberg
  • Patent number: 10039949
    Abstract: A barbell collar system which is both easy to connect or disconnect from the barbell and secure enough to maintain weights on a barbell during extreme use. The barbell collar system generally includes a collar which is adapted to easily and quickly be connected to or removed from a barbell to retain a weight on the barbell. The collar is adapted to adjust between a first position in which the collar is curled around the barbell outside of the weight and a second position in which the collar is elongated in a linear orientation. The collar may include a ribbon spring for snapping between the two positions and an outer covering for increasing friction between the collar and the barbell. One or more magnets may be included with the collar to magnetically engage the collar with the barbell or the collar with itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PRX Performance, LLC
    Inventors: Brian B. Brasch, Erik S. Hopperstad
  • Patent number: 10022583
    Abstract: A dumbbell assembly includes a number of weight members, a handle device engageable with the weight members for anchoring a selected number of the weight members to the handle device, a base support includes a number of socket openings for accommodating the weight members, and a follower is slidably engaged in the base support, and the follower includes one or more catches for selectively engaging with the weight members that are supported on the base support and for selectively retaining the weight members to the base support. A spring biasing member is engaged with the follower for biasing the catches of the follower to engage with the weight members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 10010742
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a plurality of nested weights that provide a stack of left weight plates and a stack of right weight plates. A handle is dropped between the stacks and a selector is inserted into one of a plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle to couple a selected number of the weights to the handle. The selector has a continuous periphery enclosing an open interior. A user who is exercising with the dumbbell will be alerted to unintended dislodgement of the selector since a portion of the selector's periphery will contact a portion of the user's grip hand, wrist or forearm during such dislodgement. This prevents complete dislodgement and prompts the user to restore the selector to a fully installed position. Side walls of the selector may become curved when the selector is installed to provide an additional frictional force resisting dislodgement of the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 9974994
    Abstract: A weight apparatus includes a bar including a handle, an anchorage rotatably mounted to an end of the handle, the handle and the anchorage having an axially extending opening, a pinion gear rotatably mounted in the axially extending opening, a rod slidably disposed inside the axially extending opening and having a rack arranged to be moved axially relative to the axially extending opening upon rotation of the pinion gear, and a gear drive arrangement for rotating the pinion gear upon rotation of the handle relative to the anchorage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Personality Gym AB
    Inventor: Tomas Svenberg
  • Patent number: 9943719
    Abstract: A dumbbell assembly includes a cradle. The cradle includes a body, a trough defined in the body and sized to receive a weight of an adjustable dumbbell, an input mechanism incorporated into the body, and a selection mechanism incorporated into the body. The selection mechanism includes a selector that adjusts a connection of the weight with the adjustable dumbbell in response to a command received from the input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent M. Smith, William T. Dalebout
  • Patent number: 9889331
    Abstract: A dumbbell with a selectable number of weight disks includes a handle with pins projectable in opposing directions, a base assembly for accommodating two sets of weight disks standing upright, and having through-going openings. Neighbouring weight disks have mutually cooperating connecting arrangements which axially interconnect the weight disks but which permit radial separation. The projection lengths of the pins are stepwise selectable in order thereby to permit selection of the number of weight disks carried on the handle. The handle has, in opposing ends, connecting arrangements for interconnecting with the connecting arrangements of the innermost weight disks in the base assembly. Further, the space between the connecting arrangements of the handle is free through 360° about the handle throughout its entire length, the openings of the weight disks being centrally located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Tomas Svenberg
  • Patent number: 9795822
    Abstract: A dumbbell assembly includes a cradle shaped to receive a first dumbbell having a first weight set and a second dumbbell having a second weight set. The dumbbell assembly further includes an input mechanism in communication with a selection mechanism incorporated into the cradle where the selection mechanism is in communication with both a first selector arranged to adjust a first connection of the first weight set to the first dumbbell and a second selector arranged to adjust a second connection of the second weight set to the second dumbbell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent M. Smith, William T. Dalebout
  • Patent number: 9784695
    Abstract: The invention relates to a test body for checking the transmission properties of volume tomographs, in particular radiological tomographs, which comprises several plates (2) that are connected to form a stack, in which adjacent plates (2) contact each other and said body comprises spheres (4) made of at least one material that is different from the plates (2) and having different diameters, wherein the respective spheres (4) are arranged in and/or between at least some of the plates (2), and wherein on/in the test body, preferably in the stack, at least one rod-shaped hollow profile, in particular at least one pipe having a circular cross section, is arranged. The invention further relates to a method for checking the transmission properties of a tomograph using such a test body (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE KOELN
    Inventor: Christian Blendl
  • Patent number: 9776032
    Abstract: An adjustable dumbbell system may include a handle assembly, at least one weight, at least one sensor, and a computing device. The at least one weight may be selectively fixedly connectable to the handle assembly. The least one sensor may be positioned on the handle assembly. The at least one sensor may be configured to detect a handle assembly attribute indicative of whether the at least one weight is fixedly connected to the handle assembly. The computing device may be in communication with the at least one sensor and may be configured to receive information regarding the handle assembly attribute from the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: NAUTILUS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Moran, Jason Pharis Petersen, Marcus L. Marjama, Todd D. Anderson, Peter L. Crabb, Glen A. Wooldridge, P J M. Bush
  • Patent number: 9682269
    Abstract: A weight selector apparatus includes a tube including a radially extending through opening, a body non-rotatably disposed inside the tube, a finger pivotably mounted on the body and adapted to be pivoted relative to the body between a first finger position inside the tube and a second finger position in which a portion of the finger extends outside of the tube through the radially extending through opening. A rod can be provided that has a finger engaging portion in engagement with a rod engaging portion of the finger, the rod being rotatable relative to the tube between a first rotated position in which the rod causes the finger to pivot to the first finger position and a second rotated position in which the rod causes the finger to pivot to the second finger position, and an arrangement for rotating the rod relative to the tube. A weight lifting arrangement including such a weight selector apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Automatic Weightstack i Jönköping Kommanditbolag
    Inventor: Per Höglund
  • Patent number: 9669252
    Abstract: A dumbbell with a selectable number of weight disks includes a handle with pins projectable in opposing directions, a base assembly for accommodating two sets of weight disks standing upright, and having through-going openings. Neighboring weight disks have mutually cooperating connecting arrangements which axially interconnect the weight disks but which permit radial separation. The projection lengths of the pins are stepwise selectable in order thereby to permit selection of the number of weight disks carried on the handle. The handle has, in opposing ends, connecting arrangements for interconnecting with the connecting arrangements of the innermost weight disks in the base assembly. Further, the space between the connecting arrangements of the handle is free through 360° about the handle throughout its entire length, the openings of the weight disks being centrally located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Tomas Svenberg
  • Patent number: 9643042
    Abstract: A weight plate for use in an adjustable weight set includes a weight plate member having a plate surface. A locking mechanism on the weight plate member secures the weight plate to another weight plate of the set. The locking mechanism comprises a plurality of spaced apart locking elements each being formed by at least one cut in the weight plate member. At least a portion of each locking element is displaced from the plate surface forming a slot behind the locking element. The slot receives a locking element on another weight plate of the set to secure the weight plate to the other weight plate. The locking elements are arranged relative to each other and to a centrally disposed hole in the weight plate for securely retaining the weight plate and the weight plates to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Vintage Gold Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Marshall Madden
  • Patent number: 9616270
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell comprises a handle assembly that comprises a generally triangularly shaped handle housing having an upwardly extending loop style handle in the manner of a kettlebell handle. The handle housing has angled side walls that provide surfaces on which the user's forearm can rest when doing certain exercises. The handle housing is hollow inside. A set of generally triangularly shaped add-on weights of progressively decreasing size can be nested inside one another with the set of weights being nested inside the handle housing. A repositionable connecting pin can be placed into different positions on the handle housing to selectively couple a desired number of the add-on weights to the handle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mattson K. Towley, Carl K. Towley, III
  • Patent number: 9616271
    Abstract: A weight apparatus includes a bar including a handle, an anchorage rotatably mounted to an end of the handle, the handle and the anchorage having an axially extending opening, a pinion gear rotatably mounted in the axially extending opening, a rod slidably disposed inside the axially extending opening and having a rack arranged to be moved axially relative to the axially extending opening upon rotation of the pinion gear, and a gear drive arrangement for rotating the pinion gear upon rotation of the handle relative to the anchorage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Personality Gym AB
    Inventor: Tomas Svenberg
  • Patent number: 9616273
    Abstract: An adjustable dumbbell device includes a handle bar having two plates extended from end portions and two extensions, a number of weight members each having a groove and a passage, two blocks are secured to the extensions, two pairs of beams are secured between the plates and the blocks and engageable into the groove of the weight member, two latches are slidably engaged onto the extensions, two rods are secured to the latches for moving the latches relative to the beams, two catches are engaged onto the rods and biased to engage with the beams, and two weight elements are detachably attached to the blocks, the weight elements each has a weight of one half (½) of that of the weight member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Patent number: 9604092
    Abstract: An exercise dumbbell includes a handle member and weights positioned at opposite ends of the handle member. An additional weight forms a box about the handle member and the end weights. At least one weight selector is movably mounted on the handle member to selectively engage the end weights. At least one connector is movably mounted on the box weight to selectively engage the handle member. A circuit includes at least one sensor that generates a signal that represents how much force is required to lift the handle member and any weights secured thereto, and a display that displays the force. At least one latch prevents movement of the selector and/or the connector when the handle member is removed from a support base for the weights and the handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: NAUTILUS, INC.
    Inventor: Mark A. Krull
  • Patent number: 9597543
    Abstract: A new weight for exercise and physical fitness is disclosed. The invention combines a kettlebell with the dumbbell, so a user can gain the swinging, aerobic benefits of a kettlebell and at the same time utilize the invention as a traditional dumbbell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Jamie Kaszer
  • Patent number: 9555281
    Abstract: New donning-actuated clips and other fastening and tightening techniques for garments are disclosed. In one aspect of the invention, a garment includes a self-contained fitting and fastening system that, preferably, is reversibly actuated by donning, and therefore requires no additional fastening or fitting step to use—a user need only don the garment in an ordinary fashion. In one embodiment, a lateral tightening and fitting mechanism is provided, which translates donning movements into fitting and fastening force via channeled bands, eliminating lateral play in the garment when worn. In other aspects, the fitting and fastening system is configured to aid in compressing and folding the garment when the system is released and the garment is removed by a user. The techniques of the invention are also applied in the context of sporting garments, such as running shoes, allowing a user to put on well-fitted shoes quickly, with easy entry, and no need for separate lacing or binding steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 9375601
    Abstract: The problems of efficiency and safety when exercising the pectoral muscles are solved in at least one aspect while maintaining low-complexity and portability by a free weight barbell with translating hand grips, with the grips having an integral weight application loading surface that moves with the grip. Provided is an exercise lifting bar having at least two hand grips, an integral loading surface for holding optional plate weights coupled to each hand grip, the paired or coupled grips and loading surfaces thereby defining a member; the members further being substantially cylindrical, collinear, and operable to translate relative to one another. Also included is a translation limiter to limit the motion between the members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Edge Prototype LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Donald Scott Yeager, Martin Carlos Todd, Brian Paul Overbeck
  • Patent number: 9138611
    Abstract: A selectorized dumbbell has a plurality of nested weights which each have a box-shaped configuration comprising spaced left and right weight plates joined by planar, substantially imperforate, front and rear walls. The front and rear walls of the nested weights are very thin in comparison to the weight plates, extend over substantially the full height of the weight plates, and are joined to the weight plates along substantially their entire height. A selector comprises a pair of connecting members that coact between a handle of the dumbbell and upper portions of the front and rear walls of the nested weights to select a desired number of the weights for use with the handle depending upon the selected positions of the connecting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl K. Towley, III
  • Publication number: 20150148201
    Abstract: A space frame apparatus for lifting plates of various weights and sizes is disclosed. This invention allows for weights to be quickly loaded and unloaded and secured to the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: John G. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20150141214
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a weightlifting bar. The apparatus further includes a set of cams each having an opening and a weight loading bar protruding therefrom and being substantially perpendicular to the cam, wherein each of the set of cams is suspending from the weightlifting bar. A linear bearing slidably engages with the weightlifting bar, and the linear bearing is fitted in the opening of the cam. A set of shaft collars secure the linear bearing in a position on the weightlifting bar between the set of shaft collars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: WILLIAM MORWAY
  • Patent number: 9011299
    Abstract: A weight lifting system includes a handle unit having a handle bar, two head units attached to two end sections of the handle bar in a manner that allows the two head units to rotate about a longitudinal axis of the handle bar, two screw rods disposed through holes in the two head units into hollow sections in the handle bar, wherein the two screw rods have threads of opposite directions, two thread-engaging mechanisms fixedly disposed at the two end sections of the handle bar to fit snugly on the threads of the two screw rods, and a lock mechanism disposed in a head unit for controlling rotation of the handle bar; and a plurality pairs of weight discs, wherein each of the weight discs has a center hole configured to accommodate one of the two screw rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: USA Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis Lien
  • Publication number: 20150105224
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new handle for adapting kettlebell weights and for new modes of lifting weights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Odneal, Quinn Simpson
  • Patent number: 9005088
    Abstract: A barbell assembly includes a bar and a weight subassembly adjacent each end of the bar. Each weight subassembly includes a wheel with a predetermined pattern of through holes and an inflatable component around the periphery of the wheel. A hub defines a flange having a plurality of through holes corresponding to the through holes on the wheel for securing the wheel to the hub with fasteners. The hub is secured to the bar with fasteners, or the flange is secured to the bar by welding or with fasteners. An outer end of the bar is provided with a U-shaped swivel having a hook that rotates freely relative to the outer end and the grip portion of the bar. The barbell assembly may be utilized to perform weight training exercises without causing damage to an exercise surface, and may be locked to an immovable fixture using a tether and a lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Richard D. Sides, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150094194
    Abstract: A weight apparatus includes a bar including a handle rotatably attached to an anchorage. The anchorage includes a body and at least one radially extendable and retractable pin, the pin being movable relative to the body between an innermost position and an outermost position. An end of the pm extends radially beyond an external surface of the body when the pm is in the outermost position. The apparatus further includes a weight including a weight opening in which the anchorage is adapted to be received. The weight includes a radially extending pin opening adapted to receive the pin when the pm is in the outermost position to attach the weight to the anchorage. An arrangement is provided for driving the pm to the outermost position upon rotation of the handle relative to the anchorage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Personality Gym AB
    Inventor: Tomas Svenberg
  • Patent number: 8992396
    Abstract: An adjustable barbell or dumbbell or exercise device includes a handle having an end member, a spring biased latching element engaged in the end member, a weight member attached onto the end member and having an aperture for engaging with the spring biased latching element and for anchoring the weight member to the end member, a button is slidably engaged in the weight member for selectively depressing the spring biased latching element into the end member and for disengaging the spring biased latching element from the weight member and for allowing the weight member to be engaged onto and disengaged from the end member of the handle. The other outer weight members are attachable onto the weight member in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Beto Engineering & Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lo Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 8986174
    Abstract: A barbell includes a bar assembly that includes a sleeve rotatably fitted over a rotating-locking mechanism at an end of a shaft; and an end cap attached to an open end of the sleeve to enclose the rotating-locking mechanism and the end of the shaft inside the sleeve, in which the rotating-locking mechanism includes a supporting ring rotatably fitted over the shaft and a joining ring attached to the end of the shaft, in which the supporting ring abuts, on one side, a shoulder on an inner surface of the sleeve and, on the other side, the joining ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: USA Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis Lien
  • Patent number: 8979718
    Abstract: An exercise weight includes a weight member, a handle member spaced apart from and substantially surrounding the weight member, and at least one attachment member joining the weight member to the handle member so that the weight member is located inside the handle member. The exercise weight has a relatively narrow profile, or width, to avoid contact with the body during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Mathews
  • Patent number: 8968165
    Abstract: The means for securing weight plates (16) on weight rods (10?, 12) or holder bars provides at least one groove (14) formed in an end region (10?) of a weight rod (10?, 12) or in the holder bar. The weight plates (16) are formed with a radial protrusion (17) in their central bore, preferably extending over only a portion of the circumference. The diameter of the bore at the protrusion (17) is greater than the diameter of the end region (10?) of the weight rod (10?, 12) or holder bar axially next to the groove (14). The protrusion (17) falls into the groove (14) and prevents the weight plate (16) from slipping off the weight rod (10?, 12) or holder bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Hermann Josef Becker
  • Patent number: 8951171
    Abstract: Embodiments of a spring collar are provided for removably securing a disc weight to the sleeve of a barbell, as are embodiments of a magnetic spring collar attachment and associated methods. In one embodiment, the spring collar includes a resilient wire form having a permanent magnet mounted thereto. The spring collar includes a coiled body having a central aperture, and first and second radial arms extending from the coiled body. The first and second radial arms can be moved toward one another to increase the diameter of the central aperture and permit a user to slide the coiled body over the sleeve. The permanent magnet enables a user to removably secure the spring collar to a ferromagnetic surface when the spring collar is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Justin J. Leach, Chad G. Fuller, Edward Kazor, Patrick A. Sidener
  • Patent number: 8951169
    Abstract: A therapeutic exercise device includes an elongated, hollow tube having a sleeve slidably and rotatably mounted thereon. The sleeve is held on the tube by a pair of opposing retainers, each having a rounded end cap attached thereto. Either cap is removable to expose an interior chamber for receiving a desired number of weighted cylinders that vary the overall weight of the tube. Accordingly, a user loads the chamber with a desired number of weighted cylinders and grasps the tube with one hand. The sleeve is grasped and reciprocally rotated with the other hand to exert the hand, wrist and forearm muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Dwight E. Casper
  • Patent number: 8951170
    Abstract: The bar bell having a plurality of differently oriented hand grips integrated therein is composed of two generally parallel members defining a horizontal axis and in between a plurality of hand grips are provided at varying angles along a vertical axis. The hand grips can be used to conduct weight-lifting exercises involving multiple symmetrical and asymmetrical gripping patterns thereby forming different weight-lifting techniques and exercises. The two generally parallel members include protruding members extending from the respective distal end on which weights may be added and locked in place via a screw lock. The two generally parallel members may include a track therein so as to enable movement of the hand grips along the horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Abolade N. Tayo
  • Publication number: 20150038302
    Abstract: A weightlifting barbell includes a steel shaft and sleeves constructed of engineered plastic (e.g., POM, Teflon®, Nylon, UHMW, and the like). The engineered-plastic sleeve is relatively light weight and provides impact strength suitable for executing weightlifting exercises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Daniel O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8944971
    Abstract: The present invention is a progressive multi-purpose exercise device, which can be configured as 1) an exercise ball (no handles), 2) a kettle bell (one handle), 3) a medicine ball (two opposing handles), 4) a kettle bell-2 (two handles and 90 degrees) and 5) a rope attached ball with stretch cord and/or rope. For illustration purposes, it may be comprised of a series of elements and systems including, but not limited to, a Connection System, an Attachment Technology System, a Progressive System and a Retainment System with a top hemisphere, a bottom hemisphere, a series of circular weighted discs, a variety of single slot handles or double slot handles and an alignment shaft. The user friendly system allows any user to easily add or change handle configurations and add or change weights for a wide variety of over sixty different combinations of fitness equipment described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Thomas Shorter