Utilizing Fluid Resistance Patents (Class 482/111)
  • Patent number: 10022608
    Abstract: A board paddling training apparatus for assisting in improving a user's paddling technique and strength. In particular, the board paddling training apparatus includes a buoyant board, such as a board adapted for surfing, bodyboarding, paddleboarding, or other board-related sport that entails paddling, and includes a resistance mechanism that creates drag or resistance against a user's paddle stroke. Some implementations of the resistance mechanism can be adjustable in order to create a variety of resistance against the user's paddle stroke and board movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Jay Haldeman
  • Patent number: 9889336
    Abstract: A chain wheel locking device of an exercise apparatus includes a wheel frame mounted on a main frame of the exercise apparatus, wherein the wheel frame is a U-shaped structure and has two supports corresponding to each other. The exercise apparatus includes a chain wheel axle rotatably extending through a chain wheel and the two supports. The chain wheel axle has two opposite ends each having a locking device mounted thereon for positioning the chain wheel axle and preventing the chain wheel axle from being moved relative to the wheel frame such that a tension of a chain on the chain wheel is maintained to prevent the chain from being detached from the chain wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Ya-Chi Chen
  • Patent number: 9861853
    Abstract: A turbine damping device is mounted on a fitness device, and has a housing assembly, a turbine assembly, and a regulating unit. The turbine assembly is mounted inside the housing assembly and has a turbo casing, a turbo wheel, and an adjusting plate. The turbo casing has an exhaling hole. The adjusting plate is controlled by the regulating unit and mounted movably in the exhaling hole. The turbo wheel is mounted rotatably inside the turbo casing. The turbo casing and the turbo wheel generate an airflow resistance that is an exercising load for users using the fitness device. The adjusting plate regulates an opening size of the exhaling hole to adjust the airflow resistance. The turbine damping device has a simple structure and maintenance thereof is easy. A user adjusts the exercising load easily by controlling the adjusting plate. The fitness device with airflow resistance is helpful to environmental protections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: ZHONGSHAN SHENGDONGLI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yongjun Chen
  • Patent number: 9855462
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a Kegel health system can include: inserting an insertable body into a user, the insertable body connected to a tail outside of the user, the insertable body including a bulbous body coupled to a connecting body, the bulbous body including a control unit, the connecting body coupled to the tail, and the connecting body including sensors; sensing sensor data with the sensors, the sensor data indicating the presence of contractions from a pelvic floor muscle of the user; providing feedback to the user with graphics and written information displayed on an external device, the graphics and the written information indicating attributes of the contractions from the pelvic floor muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Kalikha Inc.
    Inventor: Julia Rose
  • Patent number: 9498020
    Abstract: Cell flow device and method provides a sequential linear flow of pressure resistance includes a family cell of two or more continuance cells. These continuance cells have the same or different size and shape. They also have different degrees of elastomeric capability and are in fluid connection with the advantage of a properly calibrated valve(s) and will transfer air, gas, liquid, or other substance or media, or mixture thereof by a sequential linear flow of pressure resistance from a reservoir or external source through different degrees of elastic potential energy, geometric advantages, or introduction of a force. Thereby, the family cell performs the predetermined function in any device that uses the technology for a wide array of uses for users and operators thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: CELLFLO, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Scott Almeida, Douglas Evan Stern
  • Patent number: 9352182
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a pneumatic sock exercise device utilizing pneumatic resistance transmitted to a user by a pneumatic sock capable of slidable movement within a pneumatic conduit configured to be removably interfaced with a source of airflow. The pneumatic sock is a tubular structure made of a flexible material that includes various aspects and features. When an embodiment is interfaced with the source of airflow, the pneumatic sock enables airflow within the pneumatic conduit or pneumatic conduit structure to oppose the user and his/her movement of the sock in either direction (with or against airflow) during exercise. Some embodiments may include an extension means and/or an anti-friction means to extend the range of movement of the pneumatic sock. The same or other embodiments may include a housing including a pneumatic conduit structure. A cushion of a resilient material may be included in an embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Douglas Paul Cook
  • Publication number: 20150119211
    Abstract: A practice device for use with a bat in batting sports to instruct a batter on proper swing technique and form. It is a batter assist power trainer for sports exercise. This relates to an exercise method and apparatus for improving performance in sports that include swinging of a device such as a bat. It is a batter assist power trainer device made of an airtight airfoil structure made of flexible and durable material and a method or way for connecting the structure to a bat so that the batter assist power trainer device permits a batter to power train and to controllably increase hitting strength which allows the batter to achieve longer hits of a ball for baseball and/or softball. Other configurations include structures made with end sections, with reinforcing splines; and a various ways to connect the device to the bat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Tim Parnell
  • Patent number: 9017233
    Abstract: A lower body reciprocating exerciser includes a frame having two posts on two sides thereof. Two swing units are respectively connected to the two posts and an arm of each swing unit is connected with a cam of a transmission unit corresponding thereto. The cam is connected with a piston rod of a resistance unit corresponding thereto and the piston rod is connected with a piston located in a cylinder. An enclosed loop pipe is connected to outside of each of the cylinders and includes two sets of a check valve and an adjustable control valve. The loop pipe communicates with the space in the cylinder. The check valves and the adjustable control valves control the fluid in the cylinders to adjust the resistance force when the user swings the pedals and the arms, so that the user's bones and muscles of the lower body are exercised properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Tzu-Yao Tai, Cheng-Yu Kuo
  • Patent number: 9011301
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus that provides multiple different exercises for a User, including both resistance movements and isometrics. The User interacts with the apparatus by grasping a bar. A resistance mechanism is symmetrically mounted on a second bar and provides infinitely variable resistance to the User, as well as soundproof operation. There is a vertical column that allows infinite positioning of the bars for different bodily exercises, and a bench for support. The User can change the exercise resistance by verbal commands, or the apparatus can vary the exercise resistance in response to the force applied by the User. The apparatus can be operated at locations where electric service is permanently unavailable, or in zero gravity; and the apparatus can be mounted inside a shallow closet and hidden from view. To verify accuracy, the resistance can be calibrated against a known quantity of weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Balandis Taft Patents, LLC
    Inventors: Adolph James Balandis, Andrew Aspee Taft
  • Patent number: 8992397
    Abstract: To ensure easy and secure placement of a belt for KAATSU muscle training on a target compressed site near the proximal portion of a limb. A belt 100B has a longer first band-shaped member 110 and a shorter second band-shaped member 120 both of which have a band shape and are connected to a ring-shaped joint member 130 at their respective ends. In order to place the belt 100B on the target compressed site, the limb (right leg in this case) on which the belt 100B is expected to be placed is inserted into a loop of the first band-shaped member 110 formed by passing the end of the first band-shaped member 110 through an opening in the joint member 130, and the belt is moved up to the target compressed site. Then, the first band-shaped member 110 and the second band-shaped member 120 are pulled with both hands in the opposite directions. The belt 100B is placed on the target compressed site with the belt 100B being tensioned appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Kaatsu Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Sato
  • Patent number: 8951174
    Abstract: A core muscle group training equipment includes a seat, a backrest located on the back side of the seat and a damping mechanism provided at the bottom side of the seat. When sitting on the seat and resting the back on the backrest, the user can selectively bend the upper body forwards and backwards to contract the proximal muscles, or keep the upper body immovable and move the lower body up and down to contract distal muscles. By means of biasing of the seat and the damping effect provided by the damping mechanism during operation, the muscle strength of the abdominal muscles is trained. When releasing the pressure, the damping mechanism returns the machine parts smoothly, preventing accidental injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dyaco International Inc.
    Inventor: Mao Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 8944972
    Abstract: A descent apparatus (1) including a housing (3) with a liquid conduit (4) therethrough and a float (8) constrained within the liquid conduit (4) and capable of slideable movement along a first path between an upper and a lower position. A moveable element (6) is located outside the liquid conduit (4) and is slideably coupled to the housing (3). A mechanical connector (9) physically connects the movable element (6) to the float (8) such that in use, the liquid conduit (4) contains liquid and the position of the float (8) is variable by applying a force to the movable element (6) and wherein the slideable movement of the float (8) along a first path produces a corresponding movement of the moveable element (6) outside the housing (3) along a second path co-axial, or parallel with the first path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Archimedes Applied Limited
    Inventor: Geofrrey Neil McConnell
  • Patent number: 8911334
    Abstract: An exercise device having a water-tight, interior compartment into which a destabilizing liquid can be added to fill the device to a desired weight, such as by indicated on weight marks provided on an exterior surface of the exercise device. The device is capable of being filled with the destabilizing liquid via a water port of the device, which may be releasably securable to a water hose or faucet. The destabilizing liquid filling the interior compartment of the exercise device provides resistance to muscular movement and provides destabilization of the device as an aid in improving a user's balance and coordination. Handles and/or at least one protruding knob are provided on the exterior surface of the exercise device, and/or padded straps are provided on the exterior surface of the exercise device for attaching the device to the user's limbs or back. One side of the device may be flattened and padded to increase comfort for the user when the device is attached to the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kamagon Fitness, LLC
    Inventors: James E. Cotter, John Dewey Holt, IV
  • Publication number: 20140357456
    Abstract: A device for training the body of a user (1) includes a mechanism (2) with levers (3) arranged to be operated by no more than two limbs of the user. The levers are linked to a flywheel configuration (4) such that the flywheel configuration is actuated/driven by periodic push and/or pull forces exercised by the user to those levers. The resistance of the flywheel configuration can be varied. The device can be put into at least two orientations with respect to a base plate (13), so that the levers are moved by the user either forward and backward or upward and downward. The levers are arranged to be actuated by either the user's hands or the user's feet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Saileshkoemar RAMDAS
  • Patent number: 8882644
    Abstract: An exercise device (10) is provided with a twist cap (14) spaced apart from a base cap (12) with a resistance assembly (52) therebetween. The resistance assembly (52) includes a spring (20), a rotating member (26) that rotates with the twist cap (14), and a translating member (30) threadably engaged to the rotating member (26) and configured to variably deform the spring (20) due to rotation of the twist cap (14) in order to adjust the resistance level. An annularly pleated sidewall (16) and a vent means (18) may be included to provide a further resistance means. The exerciser compresses the twist cap (14) towards the base cap (12) to experience both compressive and bending resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Henner Jahns
  • Publication number: 20140329647
    Abstract: An exercise device for use when a person is in a pool or other water body. A central boom extends from attachment to a sidewalk around the pool, and extends to a wishbone member that forms a furcated member mounted to the central boom. The wishbone has lateral members that are parallel and spaced with hand-grippable handles at the ends farthest from the central boom, and disposed over the water. A user can grasp the handles and perform numerous exercise movements while buoyed, at least partially, by the water. A lower support member is mounted to the central boom beneath the wishbone, and a handle is mounted to the central boom between the wishbone and the lower support member. The user can rest his shoulders on the lower support member and hold the handle mounted to the boom, and perform abdominal exercises. Many other movements are possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Anthony Lee Shutts
  • Publication number: 20140249003
    Abstract: An upper body reciprocating exerciser includes a frame having a post. A cam is connected to the post and has a guide slot which is cooperated with a piston rod of a cylinder. An enclosed loop pipe is connected to outside of the cylinder and includes two sets of a check valve and an adjustable control valve. The loop pipe communicates with a space in the cylinder. The check valves and the adjustable control valves control fluid in the cylinder to adjust the resistance force when a user pulls a pull unit, so that the user's bones and muscles are exercised properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: TZU-YAO TAI, CHENG-YU KUO
  • Publication number: 20140243170
    Abstract: A sport swinging resistance exercise device is described that is designed for providing air resistance when swinging elongated sports equipment. An athlete can change the amount of air resistance by either using a different air resistance vane, or a resistance vane with variable opening features. An alignment marker for a right-handed athlete and second alignment marker one for a left-handed athlete is used to orient the sports swinging exercise device to operate optimally. The sports swinging exercise device is made mainly from durable, light-weight materials such as rip-stop nylon, for lightness and air blocking capabilities. When not in use the sports swinging exercise device and other optional air resistance devices can be stored in a small storage bag to keep them together and for easy transportation and accessibility in an equipment bag such as a batting bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Steven J. Shiozaki
  • Publication number: 20140213414
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus that provides multiple different exercises for a User, including both resistance movements and isometrics. The User interacts with the apparatus by grasping a bar. A resistance mechanism is symmetrically mounted on a second bar and provides infinitely variable resistance to the User, as well as soundproof operation. There is a vertical column that allows infinite positioning of the bars for different bodily exercises, and a bench for support. The User can change the exercise resistance by verbal commands, or the apparatus can vary the exercise resistance in response to the force applied by the User. The apparatus can be operated at locations where electric service is permanently unavailable, or in zero gravity; and the apparatus can be mounted inside a shallow closet and hidden from view. To verify accuracy, the resistance can be calibrated against a known quantity of weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Adolph James Balandis, Andrew A. Taft
  • Patent number: 8790224
    Abstract: Aquatic exercise system and method for use in a body of water is presented. In particular, the system comprises a sleeve correspondingly disposable in covering relation to at least a portion of a user's appendage, such as an arm or leg, a securing assembly to secure the sleeve to a user, and at least one fin outwardly extending from the sleeve and structured to increase resistance to the user regardless of the particular directional or rotational movement. In some embodiments, the sleeve is further structured to cover an extremity of a user, such as a hand or foot. Further embodiments include a seat assembly connectable to an access pole of a pool or hot tub. The method includes applying an aquatic exercise system to an appendage of a user, submerging the appendage and system, and moving the appendage and system through water in at least one direction to create resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Adam M. Davis
  • Patent number: 8758202
    Abstract: A respiratory muscle endurance training device (RMET) includes a chamber and a patient interface. In one implementation, one or both of a CO2 sensor or a temperature sensor can be coupled to the chamber or patient interface to provide the user or caregiver with indicia about the CO2 level in, or the temperature of, the chamber or patient interface, and/or the duration of use of the device. In another implementation, the RMET may have a fixed volume portion adjustable to contain a measured portion of a specific patient's inspiratory volume capacity. Methods of using the device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Martin P. Foley, Jerry R. Grychowski
  • Publication number: 20140162851
    Abstract: An aquatic exercise device (100) includes a cuff strap (102) for fastening a plurality of fins (106) to a user's leg. The cuff strap (102) is configured to position the plurality of fins (102) to extend outwardly form an interior of the cuff strap (102) when the cuff strap (102) is fastened to an ankle area of the user's leg. The plurality of fins (106) provide resistance in a direction opposite to the direction of motion of the user's foot when the aquatic exercise device (100) is moved through water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Aqualogix, Inc.
    Inventors: Tadlington A. Stout, James P. Cleary
  • Patent number: 8727954
    Abstract: An air management system that allows safe and convenient forms of interval training exercise to be performed on pneumatically elevating rebound exercise equipment. The system includes at least one air intake valve and bleed valve. By providing repeatable degrees of difficulty for both air intake and air release from the extendable air springs employed for the exercise, competitive athletes and their coaches can design, employ, repeat, and compare individualized medium- or high-intensity interval protocols for optimal cardiovascular training programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Plyo Systems, LLC
    Inventor: George Steven Morrow
  • Patent number: 8684891
    Abstract: A waist-mounted parachute deployment and retracting system for training runners and other athletes that provides a user a method for selectively deploying and retracting the parachute during training without stopping or breaking stride. The parachute provides drag to increase resistance to improve performance by overloading the muscles. The user selectively deploys the parachute by pressing a button to release and open the parachute. Air flow created by the user's forward motion flows through a pair of ports on the side of a case holding the parachute. The air flow expands the parachute, causing the cords attaching the parachute to the case to extend and wind a recoil mechanism. The user selectively retracts the parachute by pressing a button to close the parachute and the recoil mechanism rewinds the cords, pulling the parachute into the case, ready to be deployed again when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Archie Davidson
  • Publication number: 20140038791
    Abstract: An aquatic training device (150) including: a drag member (160) including an inlet (161), an outlet (162) and at least one side wall (163) extending between the inlet (161) and the outlet (162); and a link (170), for towing the drag member (160), coupled to the at least one side wall (163) adjacent the inlet (161); wherein the drag member (160) includes at least one drag inducer (164) formed in or attached to the at least one side wall (163).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: DR. PETER BELL & ASSOCIATES PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Peter James Bell
  • Publication number: 20140031180
    Abstract: A piece of aquatic training equipment is provided that comprises a glove, made substantially from neoprene, for, in use receiving a user's hand. The glove is provided with a pocket that can receive one or more pieces of closed cell foam so as to varying its buoyancy. The pocket is located so that the foam is wrapped around the hand to produce ergonomically and uniformly balanced buoyancy in the glove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Rhiannon Jones
  • Publication number: 20140031179
    Abstract: An aquatic resistance ball is provided that comprises a containment skin substantially filled with, and surrounding, a non-toxic soluble material such as salt. The containment skin is made of a water resistant material and the bulk density of the contents of the containment skin is greater than 1 g/cm3. The resistance ball is substantially spherical, ovoid or tubular in shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Rhiannon Jones
  • Patent number: 8585562
    Abstract: A skiing simulating exercise machine includes a supporting base for supporting a user, a pair of retractable couplers attached to the supporting base, and a pair of handle devices coupled to the retractable couplers for being grasped by the user and for simulating a skiing operation. The supporting base includes a beam for attaching the retractable couplers, the retractable couplers each include a rod slidably engaged in a housing, and a spring biasing member coupled between the rod and the housing for retracting the rod into the housing. The retractable couplers each include a wheel attached to the rod for allowing the rod to be smoothly moved into and out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Publication number: 20130260968
    Abstract: A muscle training and physical rehabilitation device is disclosed. The device is controllable by liquid based resistive units. The liquid based resistive unit utilizes either smart magnetorheological (MR) liquid whose resistance to motion can be adjusted by electromagnetism or by proportional valves with various liquids whose resistance can be controlled by an electronic signal. The MR fluid resistive units comprises a rotor supported by a bearing inside a housing, a stator mounted together with the housing to the mounting plate, and the MR liquid that flows inside the cavity formed by the vane of the rotor and chamber of the stator. The MR liquid is controlled by the applied electromagnetic field to adjust the resistance according to the exerted toque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Alexandr Shkolnik
  • Publication number: 20130172158
    Abstract: An exercise device for exercising may include a blade section for resistance movement in a fluid, a handle section to connect to the blade section to hold the exercise device with a hand of the user and a wrist section to connect to the handle section to guide the exercise device with the wrist of the user. The blade section may include a first convex surface at the distal end of the blade section. The blade section may include a second convex surface at the distal end of the blade section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: William J. Warren
  • Patent number: 8425385
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of exercise utilizing fluid containing bladders. The bladders may be in communication with each other so that compression of one bladder causes the fluid to be transferred to a neighboring bladder. The system may be used to exercise complementary muscle groups. Additionally, the system may be adjustable to provide different workout levels or so that the device can be used to exercise a variety of muscle groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC.
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 8397885
    Abstract: A magneto-rheological fluid brake includes a housing, a non-magnetically permeable separating ring, a plurality of magnetically permeable blocks, a plurality of magnetically permeable bars, an axle, an upper magnetically permeable block, a lower magnetically permeable block, and a magneto-rheological fluid. The magneto-rheological fluid is surrounded by a plurality of coils and a plurality of pole coils for increasing the area of magnetic permeability of the magneto-rheological fluid subjected to an applied magnetic field. Accordingly, the magneto-rheological fluid brake demonstrates an enhanced braking force and is free from a complete failure of the braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: National Taipei University of Technology
    Inventors: Yaojung Shiao, Cheng-Yang Chang
  • Patent number: 8371993
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a drag chute. An exemplary drag chute is comprised of a canopy from flexible material having a perimeter, a first surface, and a second surface. The drag chute is also comprised of a stiffening member coupled to the canopy along a portion of the canopy perimeter. The drag chute is also comprised of a veil attached to the canopy and a leash attached to the veil. The stiffening member may be maintained in a tunnel that extends along at least a portion of the canopy perimeter. In an additional embodiment, the stiffening member may be a foam material. An additional embodiment may include an integrated bag for storing one or more parts of the drag chute when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ira Brown, William M. Dieter, Susanna Marie Hohmann
  • Publication number: 20130017932
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for an exercise mechanism including: a base for a user to sit or stand on; a track arranged near the base; at least one handle bar comprising a handle and a paddle blade attached to the track so as to allow sliding movement alongside the track; and a resistance mechanism to provide resistance as the user moves the handle bar in a selected motion depending on the user's exercise goals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Sean K. Tayebi
  • Patent number: 8337372
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exercise device for use by a user on a selected surface material comprising a grasping member having a first end and a second end, a first tool head mounted to the first end of the grasping member and a second tool head mounted to the second end of the grasping member. Each of the first tool head and the second tool head has sufficient structural rigidity to be interacted with the surface material without significant deformation whereby a user can perform exercises upon the selected surface material by physically interacting the first tool head and second tool head with the surface material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: BeachFit, LLC
    Inventor: Brenda Boterenbrood
  • Publication number: 20120277071
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an exercise equipment with dual fans for changing fluid resistance, which includes a housing, two fans and two driving members. The housing forms a receiving cavity therein for receiving fluid. Each fan includes a shaft pivotally provided at a central position of the housing and driven by a driven wheel and a plurality of vanes each fixedly provided on the periphery of the shaft and received in the receiving cavity. The driven wheels can drive the corresponding vanes to rotate about the corresponding shafts, thereby causing the fluid in the receiving cavity to form vortices. The driving members are movably provided outside the housing and connected with the corresponding driven wheels respectively by a link assembly. When the driving members are pushed or pulled, the link assemblies drive the corresponding driven wheels respectively and thereby drive the shafts to rotate with the driven wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Zih-Yuan Lin
  • Publication number: 20120258816
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed for improving performance in sports where a swinging motion is needed. In some embodiments, a swing resistance device may be attached to or be built into elongated sport apparatus, such as racquets, clubs, bats, sticks, and the like, configured to resist a swinging motion of the sport apparatus by capturing air and utilizing a force of air resistance, similar to a parachute. The swing resistance device is generally attached to the elongated sport apparatus by coupling components that allow the swing resistance device to freely rotate around the effective longitudinal axis of the elongated sport apparatus. During a swing, air resistance creates dynamic forces that over time may improve swing power and path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas J. Celone, Tim Yablonowski
  • Patent number: 8272998
    Abstract: The present invention includes a treadmill system including a support platform, a liquid tank, and a lift support structure connected to a treadmill assembly by a lifting mechanism. In general, the liquid tank and the lift, support structure including the treadmill assembly move horizontally relative to and independent of one another along the support platform to position the lift support structure away from or about the liquid tank. In addition, the treadmill assembly moves vertically relative to and independent of the lift support structure using the lifting mechanism to lower or raise the treadmill assembly within an interior of the liquid tank or exterior of the liquid tank. More importantly, the combination of the horizontal movement and the vertical movement of the treadmill assembly permits a mammal to step onto the treadmill assembly before the treadmill assembly is raised and then lowered into an interior of the liquid tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Trailblazers Aquatic LLC, A Massachusetts limited liability co.
    Inventors: Marian Macartney, Peter Previte
  • Patent number: 8267842
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ergometer which is particularly suitable for examining a test person or patient in a magnetic resonance apparatus. It comprises at least one drive means which is provided essentially movably and at least one pneumatic piston/cylinder array. The drive means is provided at the piston or the cylinder and pneumatically applied pressure between the piston and the cylinder constitutes a resistance or force to be overcome by the test person or patient by operating the drive means. The resistance or the force necessary to set the drive means in motion, particularly during operation, can be controlled and/or regulated and the piston and the cylinder are sized such that an air cushion is formed between them at least during operation or when they move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ergospect GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schocke, Andreas Greiner
  • Patent number: 8262548
    Abstract: An air management system that allows safe and convenient forms of interval training exercise to be performed on pneumatically elevating rebound exercise equipment. The system includes at least one air intake valve and bleed valve. By providing repeatable degrees of difficulty for both air intake and air release from the extendable air springs employed for the exercise, competitive athletes and their coaches can design, employ, repeat, and compare individualized medium- or high-intensity interval protocols for optimal cardiovascular training programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Plyo Systems, LLC
    Inventor: George Steven Morrow
  • Patent number: 8262547
    Abstract: A pneumatic exercise foot pad device includes two primary tubes and a secondary tube disposed between left and right foot pads having air chambers. The primary tubes intercommunicate fluidly the foot pads in proximity to front and rear ends of the foot pads. The secondary tube intercommunicates fluidly central portions of the foot pads. A shell is disposed between the left and right foot pads to cover the primary and secondary tubes. Two adjustment screw rods extend respectively through screw holes formed in the shell to press or unpress the primary tubes so that the primary tubes block or unblock an air flow between the foot pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Asia Regent Limited
    Inventor: William Lin
  • Publication number: 20120214650
    Abstract: An exercise device (10) is provided with a twist cap (14) spaced apart from a base cap (12) with a resistance assembly (52) therebetween. The resistance assembly (52) includes a spring (20), a rotating member (26) that rotates with the twist cap (14), and a translating member (30) threadably engaged to the rotating member (26) and configured to variably deform the spring (20) due to rotation of the twist cap (14) in order to adjust the resistance level. An annularly pleated sidewall (16) and a vent means (18) may be included to provide a further resistance means. The exerciser compresses the twist cap (14) towards the base cap (12) to experience both compressive and bending resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Henner Jahns
  • Publication number: 20120184417
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed for improving performance in sports where a swinging motion is needed. In some embodiments, a swing resistance device may be attached to or be built into elongated sport apparatus, such as racquets, clubs, bats, sticks, and the like, configured to resist a swinging motion of the sport apparatus by capturing air and utilizing a force of air resistance, similar to a parachute. The swing resistance device is generally attached to the elongated sport apparatus by coupling components, such as bearings, that allow the swing resistance device to freely rotate around the effective longitudinal axis of the elongated sport apparatus. During a swing, air resistance creates dynamic forces that over time may improve swing power and path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Tim Yablonowski, Scott Huff
  • Publication number: 20120178598
    Abstract: The invention provides an exercise apparatus containing a compressible member, which provides physical instability and improves core muscle development in an exercising person. In addition, the invention provides an article of clothing containing a compressible member or material which provides physical instability to a person performing active or passive exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Edward G. Fey, Michael R. D'Angelo
  • Patent number: 8210954
    Abstract: An exercise facility may be part of a water ride. The exercise facility may be coupled to a water amusement system. An exercise facility may include a body of water that assists or resists movement of a participant between stations or apparatus in the facility. Exercise stations may be at least partially submerged in the body of water. Exercise apparatus may float on or be coupled to structures in the body of water. A participant may move from station to station, or apparatus to apparatus, by swimming, floating, traveling underwater, walking or jogging in the body of water, or using a conveyor. A system for providing exercise may include a processing unit that processes information relating to exercise by a participant and a display for displaying information to the participant while the participant is at the exercise stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Water Ride Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Wayne Henry, John Timothy Schooley
  • Patent number: 8202204
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed for improving performance in sports where a swinging motion is needed. In some embodiments, a swing resistance device may be attached to or be built into elongated sport apparatus, such as racquets, clubs, bats, sticks, and the like, configured to resist a swinging motion of the sport apparatus by capturing air and utilizing a force of air resistance, similar to a parachute. The swing resistance device is generally attached to the elongated sport apparatus by coupling components that allow the swing resistance device to freely rotate around the effective longitudinal axis of the elongated sport apparatus. During a swing, air resistance creates dynamic forces that over time may improve swing power and path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas J. Celone, Tim Yablonowski
  • Publication number: 20120077649
    Abstract: A descent apparatus (1) including a housing (3) with a liquid conduit (4) therethrough and a float (8) constrained within the liquid conduit (4) and capable of slideable movement along a first path between an upper and a lower position. A moveable element (6) is located outside the liquid conduit (4) and is slideably coupled to the housing (3). A mechanical connector (9) physically connects the movable element (6) to the float (8) such that in use, the liquid conduit (4) contains liquid and the position of the float (8) is variable by applying a force to the movable element (6) and wherein the slideable movement of the float (8) along a first path produces a corresponding movement of the moveable element (6) outside the housing (3) along a second path co-axial, or parallel with the first path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Archimedes Applied Limited
    Inventor: Geoffrey Neil McConnell
  • Patent number: 8123663
    Abstract: The invention provides an exercise apparatus containing a compressible member, which provides physical instability and improves core muscle development in an exercising person. In addition, the invention provides an article of clothing containing a compressible member or material which provides physical instability to a person performing active or passive exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventors: Edward G. Fey, Michael R. D'Angelo
  • Publication number: 20120021878
    Abstract: An aquatic exercise device is provided that has a body made of foam that extends 360° about an axis and at least partially defines a central aperture that extends through the axis. The body has an inner half with an outer surface oriented generally towards the central aperture. The body has an outer half with an outer surface oriented generally away from the central aperture. The entire outer surface of the outer half is convex in shape, and the outer surface of the inner half is convex in shape along an arc length of at least 270° of the inner half of the body about the axis. A ledge extends from the inner half and at least partially defines the central aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Pamela Josephine Avrett
  • Patent number: 8096902
    Abstract: A substantially hollow exercise and rehabilitation device is disclosed, and is useable by athletes and others in training and/or rehabilitation sessions to develop stronger and more precise movements. A user typically stands in a pool of water approximately chest-deep and moves the device through the water in an approximation of a proper swing for a sport, or in a motion designed to rehabilitate or strengthen one or more muscles or muscle groups. The device includes holes that tend to minimize turbulence that a solid device would generate, yet provides both resistance and good haptic feedback to the user. The holes are adjustable in size to provide variable resistance. These features develop or redevelop strength and consistency in the user's movement. Analogous training benefits are obtained for many activities, such as batting, golfing, and tennis, and for rehabilitation and strength training using devices in the shape of tools and other instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Dale R. Winger