Utilizing Frictional Force Resistance Patents (Class 482/114)
  • Patent number: 10843031
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adjustable handlebar for an exercise machine. The handlebar is movable between a plurality of orientations when unlocked, and is held in a substantially secure position when locked. The handlebar generally includes a support attached to the machine. A bar assembly with a handle is slidably disposed through an opening in the support. The adjustable handlebar includes first and second locking devices. An upper portion of the bar assembly is rotatable when a first locking device is unlocked and substantially not rotatable when the first locking device is locked. When both the locking devices are unlocked, the bar assembly is longitudinally slidable for adjusting the height of the handle. When either locking device is locked, the assembly is substantially not slidable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Mahlum Anne
  • Patent number: 10795444
    Abstract: A wearable device, a control method for the same and a control system are provided. The wearable device is coupled to a terminal device for generating a virtual scene and includes: a device body, a controller and a resistance adjusting mechanism. The controller is coupled to the resistance adjusting mechanism and configured to generate a control signal based on environmental information in the virtual scene generated by the terminal device. The resistance adjusting mechanism is configured to adjust a resistance parameter of the device body in a working state according to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS
    Inventors: Zuoxin Yu, Jinzhao Zhou, Guochun Wang, Xinfeng Gong, Gang Ci, Baolei Guo, Zhenhua Luo, Wei Su, Na An, Xuzhong Liu, Dianzhong Liu, Xiao Ma, Bin Xu, Shaopeng Xu, Qingzhu Guan, Zheng Zhang, Zongwei Luo, Hao Wu
  • Patent number: 10780313
    Abstract: An exercise stick, including a main pole, and a tensioning assembly disposed at a substantially center portion of the main pole to move up the main pole in a first direction toward a first end of the main pole, and to move down the main pole in a second direction toward a second end of the main pole, the tensioning assembly including a large gear disposed on the tensioning assembly to change a resistance between the tensioning assembly and the main pole in response to a rotation of the large gear, and a plurality of tension clamps connected to opposing sides of the large gear to expand and contract in response to the rotation of the large gear. The tensioning assembly may further include a first worm gear to contact one of the plurality of tension clamps, and a second worm gear to contact another one of the plurality of tension clamps, such that the rotation of the large gear causes the first worm gear and the second worm gear to turn to expand or contract the plurality of tension clamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Patrick Pinkart
  • Patent number: 10773144
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a sports training aid that may be useful in performing training exercises for improving, modifying or maintaining the swing, stroke or strike of an athlete or sportsperson, for sports such as tennis, table tennis, badminton, baseball, hockey, and fencing or other martial arts, and in particular golf, involving a club, bat, racquet or the like. The sports training aid includes a handle member and a spacing member that are configured to define a desired hand position relative to the torso of the athlete or sportsperson, and to maintain a desired relationship between the torso and hand position during the training exercise. The sports training aid may be adjustable to set the hand position relative to the torso differently for different exercises. The sports training aid may be modular and provide different training members attachable to the handle member, to facilitate practising different sporting actions, or different parts or variations of the same sporting action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SURE-SET GOLD LTD
    Inventors: Daniel Alexander Frost, Thomas Stuart Robson, Michael Andrew Robson
  • Patent number: 10702730
    Abstract: An exercise machine resistance adjustment system for providing an exerciser the ability to immediately adjust the resistance force by changing their body position on the movable carriage or end platforms. The exercise machine resistance adjustment system generally includes a frame, a carriage movably positioned on the frame, a spring connected to the carriage to apply a biasing force to the carriage, one or more left projections within the carriage adapted for a left hand of an exerciser to grasp, and one or more right projections within the carriage adapted for a right hand of an exerciser to grasp. The exerciser is able to efficiently adjust the amount of resistance force applied to the carriage by repositioning their hands (or feet) from a first set of projections at a first distance to a second set of projections at a second distance from the first end of the exercise machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, Samuel D. Cox, Todd G. Remund
  • Patent number: 10695256
    Abstract: An Active Ankle Foot Orthosis (AAFO) is provided where the impedance of an orthotic joint is modulated throughout the walking cycle to treat ankle foot gait pathology, such as drop foot gait. During controlled plantar flexion, a biomimetic torsional spring control is applied where orthotic joint stiffness is actively adjusted to minimize forefoot collisions with the ground. Throughout late stance, joint impedance is minimized so as not to impede powered plantar flexion movements, and during the swing phase, a torsional spring-damper (PD) control lifts the foot to provide toe clearance. To assess the clinical effects of variable-impedance control, kinetic and kinematic gait data were collected on two drop foot participants wearing the AAFO. It has been found that actively adjusting joint impedance reduces the occurrence of slap foot, allows greater powered plantar flexion, and provides for less kinematic difference during swing when compared to normals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Hugh Herr, Joaquin Blaya, Gill A. Pratt
  • Patent number: 10695645
    Abstract: An exercise machine rail system for improved exerciser mounting and dismounting, improved functional ergonomics, and reduced risk of exerciser injury when using an exercise machine. The exercise machine rail system generally includes either two rails in close relationship which are linked together via connectors or a singular rail. Bias members are disclosed as either extending along either outer side of the rails, internally to the rail, or underneath the rail. Due to the narrow nature of the rails used by the present invention, an exerciser is able to mount and dismount the exercise machine easily and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 10682543
    Abstract: The present invention includes a rehabilitation apparatus that can assist a patient that has been impaired, injured/traumatized, or subject to degenerative conditions in his or her lower limbs. The apparatus may be designed to exercise the extension and flexion movements for a patient's leg after knee surgery. A thigh support link may be connected to an upper leg link, which is connected to a lower leg link for supporting the patient's leg during the extension and flexion range of movements. A foot plate with wheels may be connected to the lower leg link, and the wheels enable the foot plate to slide along a base as the patient moves in both directions. A sled or connector provides a flexible connection between the thigh support link and the base, which allows the thigh support link to travel along the base in conjunction with the foot plate wheels. The present invention provides adjustable, constant resistance as the extension and flexion exercises are done.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Jamie Alvarez
  • Patent number: 10507351
    Abstract: A wearable device that enables adjustable resistance to the extremity of a user using an attachment system and associated eddy current braking system. The wearable resistive device can be used for physical therapy made necessary due to weakness caused by neuromuscular diseases, such as stroke and cerebral palsy, orthopedic disorders, general disuse, or even for overall fitness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Chandramouli Krishnan, Edward Peter Washabaugh, IV, Richard Brent Gillespie, Stephanie Goretski, Sarah Abdulhamid, Elizabeth Mays
  • Patent number: 10426994
    Abstract: An exercise device handle for an exercise device comprises a handle tube including at least one straight portion, at least one bent portion, and opposite ends; and a stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) grip at one or both of the opposite ends of the handle tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TOTAL GYM GLOBAL CORP.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Campanaro, Jesse T. Campanaro
  • Patent number: 10238909
    Abstract: A chest mounted, adjustable, exercise device comprising a base plate, a forward extension rail coupled to the base plate, an adjustment slide coupled to the forward extension rail, a track slide coupled to the adjustment slide, and a resistive means being coupled to the forward extension rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Eric D. Teeman
  • Patent number: 9968825
    Abstract: A collapsible exercise machine for strengthening the core muscles (transverse abdominal, internal obliques, external obliques, rectus abdominis, and erector spinae) includes a frame mounted on a base on which a user sits and manipulates an upstanding lever arm. A seat is convertible between two differently-angled positions for back extension or abdominal exercises. The lever arm rotates a curved tube having a plurality of force adjustment holes. The tube passes through a frame at the upper end of a gas spring, and engaging an adjustment pin on the frame with different adjustment holes changes the amount of resistance. The entire frame above the base can be vertically adjusted to accommodate different sizes of user without altering the relative position between the seat (and user's hips) and the axis of rotation of the lever arm thus not affecting/changing the designated resistance between users of different heights (resistance is affected when the lever arm is lengthened).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Michael J Snyder
  • Patent number: 9868009
    Abstract: The exercise machine with a variable resistance system includes a frame, an exercise implement movably connected to the frame, a main shaft rotatably connected to the frame, a main connector attached between the main shaft and the exercise implement, a plurality of resistance assemblies and a plurality of actuation assemblies adapted for selectively engaging or disengaging at least one of the plurality of resistance assemblies with respect to the main shaft. The plurality of resistance assemblies apply a total level of rotational resistance against the main shaft based on which of the plurality of resistance assemblies are engaged with the main shaft by the plurality of actuation assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, Matthew O'Brien, William Balzer
  • Patent number: 9814923
    Abstract: Ankle band 1 for guiding a line of a fitness apparatus. The ankle band comprises a fastener 2, a base element 3 and a guidance element for guiding the line of the fitness apparatus. The guidance element 4 is connected by a linkage member 5 to obtain a movable connection from an initial position to a working position in case that a force is exerted via the line. A resilient member 51 is provided to generate a spring force when the linkage member 5 is moved away from its initial position. The resilient member 51 returns the guidance element 4 back from the working position to the initial position in case that an exerted force reduces. The predetermined initial position is advantageous when attaching the line of the fitness apparatus to the device. The line can be connected to the device by using just a single hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: INTELECT B.V.
    Inventor: Robbert Jacobus Johannes Boekema
  • Patent number: 9731162
    Abstract: A free-motion dynamic resistance trainer to be used to train the muscular coordination, dynamic stability and gait mechanics of athletes and physical therapy patients. Adjustable tension shock cords or bungee cords and resistance tubing are used in conjunction with a spinal support harness and jib in order to allow for the adjustment of progressive resistance and to create a heightened sense of proprioceptive awareness in those muscles and joints that are meant to be targeted depending upon the particular movement pattern being exercised. While providing resistance to improve strength and stamina, the shock cords or bungee cords and resistance tubing simultaneously guide and assist the trainee through certain aspects of each movement in order to train muscle memory of the proper kinetic sequence and body positioning. The apparatus, which is meant to be worn, can be used during sport specific movements other than running, in order to train and improve performance in myriad sports and activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Rephel Demarco Martin
  • Patent number: 9656117
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technical training garment configured for use with modular, interchangeable electronics and resistance modules. The garment provides resistance to movement throughout an angular range of motion and tracks biomechanical parameters such as stride length, stride rate, angular velocity and incremental power expended by the wearer. The garment may be low profile, and worn by a wearer as a primary garment or beneath or over conventional clothing. Alternatively, the device may be worn as a supplemental training tool during conventional training protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: TAU Orthopedics, LLC
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Belinko K. Matsuura, David G. Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9623279
    Abstract: Lever-type rowing machine, whose main rigging dimensions meet the corresponding parameters of sweep rowing or sculling boat is mounted to the base frame by using front and rear elastic suspension so that the simulator makes it possible to rotate (tilt) about its transverse and longitudinal axes and move vertically, thus making it possible to simulate the boat swings on the transverse and longitudinal axes and movement in the vertical direction. In addition, the simulator has passive and active stabilization systems, enabling the athlete to maintain a balance, and stiffness of its front and rear suspension and stabilizer system can be adjusted depending on the weight and balancing ability of user. There is also a possibility to constraint the suspension thus ensuring full stability of the simulator and exercise regime, corresponding to the exercising on common rowing machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LAUNAS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Aurelijus Domeika, Vytautas Grigas, Pranas Ziliukas
  • Patent number: 9586079
    Abstract: An apparatus for human exercise in certain configurations includes first and second foot pads attached to first and second guided carrier members, respectively. A first curved guide rail portion is coupled to the first guided carrier member, and prevents motion of the first guided carrier member except for translation along the first curved guide rail portion. A second curved guide rail portion is coupled to the second guided carrier member, and prevents motion of the second guided carrier member except for translation along the second curved guide rail portion. A first motion resistor is coupled to the first foot pad and opposes a translation of the first foot pad along the first curved guide rail portion. Each of the first curved guide rail portion and the second curved guide rail portion is curved away from an underlying ground plane, to define a distally increasing rail height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: TCDP, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Gilbert Jones, Scott Lee
  • Patent number: 9498677
    Abstract: A game table for resistance training including walls defining a game space of the game table, wherein at least one of the plurality of walls is a side wall having a plurality of non-uniform diameter openings, a plurality of game table rods extending through the plurality of non-uniform diameter openings, wherein at least one foosmen is attached to each of the plurality of game table rods, and a resistance article at least partially wrapped around at least one of the plurality of game table rods, the resistance article having a tapered thickness, wherein the non-uniform diameter openings of the side wall is defined by a first section and a second section, the first section having a constant radius from a center point of the non-uniform opening, and the second section having a smaller radius than the constant radius of the first section, is provided. A resistance device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: FIRST PRINCIPLES, INC.
    Inventor: Keith A. Raniere
  • Patent number: 9468799
    Abstract: An orthopedic support and exercise device may be used to help patients regain strength and mobility during lower limb rehabilitative exercises. An orthopedic support and exercise device may include a foot support body; a rotation restraint wall extending vertically upward on one side of the foot support; a divider wall extending vertically upward from the support body and extending transversely from an opposing side of the foot support body; an ankle bed rest defined by a space between the rotation restraint wall and the divider wall such that a foot placed on the orthopedic support and exercise device with ankle in the ankle bed rest is prevented from rotational movements during extension and flexion of a leg; and a weighted slider with a smooth bottom surface that is attached at a base of the foot support body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: PIPECONTROL LLC
    Inventor: Arthur Nelson Ware
  • Patent number: 9440105
    Abstract: An apparatus for human exercise in certain configurations includes a first foot pad attached to a first guided carrier member. A first curved guide rail is coupled to the first guided carrier member. The first curved guide rail prevents motion of the first guided carrier member except for translation along the first curved guide rail. A weight stack includes a first plurality of weights coupled to a first cable. The first cable is also coupled to the first foot pad. A tension in the first cable may oppose a translation of the first foot pad along the first curved guide rail. A stationary foot platform is fixed to the apparatus between the first curved guide rail and the weight stack. The first curved guide rail is curved away from an underlying ground plane, to define a rail height that decreases towards the stationary foot platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: TCDP, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Lee, Thomas Gilbert Jones
  • Patent number: 9308414
    Abstract: A robotic module which can be attached to an exercise apparatus provides enhanced physical therapy for victims of stroke or other maladies or accidents by simulating normal or arbitrarily modified profiles of angular position of an extremity such as a foot in accordance with a position of that extremity along a locus of repetitive motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Inventors: Peter E. Pidcoe, Jessica Cortney Bradford
  • Patent number: 9216318
    Abstract: A resistance training device comprising a mounting device, the mounting device configured to removably mount onto a game table, a resistance article configured to be operably attached to a game table rod that extends into a game space of the game table, the resistance article having a thickness that tapers from a minimum thickness to a maximum thickness, wherein the resistance article extends through a non-uniform opening of the mounting device, wherein a resistance is gradually increased during rotation of the resistance article is provided. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: FIRST PRINCIPLES, INC.
    Inventor: Keith A. Raniere
  • Patent number: 9199110
    Abstract: A Multi-User Athletic Performance Training Apparatus is a flat rectangular exercise platform that utilizes an arrangement of pulleys in combination with resistance bands to allow exercises to be performed, which includes an outer support frame connected to a deck and an inner support frame positioned underneath the deck and within the outer support frame for durability and stability of the platform. The pulleys are arranged on various sides of the top of the platform to allow various configurations of resistance bands to facilitate a wide variety of exercises and training to be performed. The invention also allows up to five people to exercise or train simultaneously, off the four rectangular sides and on the top of the platform. The Multi-User Athletic Performance Training Apparatus also includes eye hooks on the platform for additional resistance band configurations as well as wheel caster supports for easy relocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Jerry Wayne Jones
  • Patent number: 9180332
    Abstract: A compressive exercise device facilitates exercises utilizing compressive force to develop multiple parts of the body. The device includes an elongated tube. A top section of the tube is slidably inserted into a bottom section wherein the tube is telescopic. A longitudinal slot extends through the bottom section of the tube. A resilient loop has a first end coupled to the bottom section of the tube proximate a bottom end of the bottom section. Each of a pair of rollers is coupled to an associated side of the bottom section between the top end of the slot and a top end of the bottom section. The loop extends over each roller. A pin coupled to the top section extends through the slot and slides in the slot when the tube is compressed. The loop is coupled to the pin such that the loop resists compression of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Juan M. Tenorio, Luis Tenorio
  • Patent number: 9060914
    Abstract: A robotic module which can be attached to an exercise apparatus provides enhanced physical therapy for victims of stroke or other maladies or accidents by simulating normal or arbitrarily modified profiles of angular position of an extremity such as a foot in accordance with a position of that extremity along a locus of repetitive motion. A closed-loop control system which is included in the module provides regulation which reduces or avoids spastic responses often found in poststroke patients during gait rehabilitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Viginia Commonwealth University
    Inventors: Peter E. Pidcoe, Jeffery A. Frankart, Jessica Cortney Bradford
  • Patent number: 9044629
    Abstract: A multi-purpose, adjustable fitness apparatus is provided for performing exercises; in particular, sliding pull-ups and push-ups. Two in-line metal bars are interposed by a T-connector. A sliding handle grip may be disposed on each bar between a pair of retaining collars. A radius elbow including a foot is attached to each bar. A first adapter for a first setting includes a crossbar and elbow tube is slidably locked to the perpendicular leg of the T-connector. The apparatus may be mounted over a doorframe; the elbow tube and T-connector provides adjustability to fit frames of various widths. A second adapter for a second setting includes a third foot fitted to the T-connector, and provides stability on a horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Exemplar Design, LLC
    Inventor: Adam L. Ross
  • 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: 8986175
    Abstract: The total body exercise apparatus comprises a unique movable structure to provide resistance for a variety of exercises. In one or more embodiments, the exercise apparatus comprises arms rotatably secured via a joint that allows the arms to provide resistance in virtually any direction. The exercise apparatus utilizes this capability to resist motions of various exercises and body motions to tone and strengthen a user's muscles. The resistance provided may be adjustable by an adjustable resistance assembly or by a cuff and socket assembly that applies variable force to a spherical head of the joint of the exercise apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Myopower, Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Batiste, Steven Achstein, Daniel Batiste
  • Publication number: 20150080195
    Abstract: An exercise equipment includes a base, an operating device and a magnetic resistance device. The operating device is movably disposed on the base. The magnetic resistance device is connected to the operating device and the base, wherein the magnetic resistance device is for providing a magnetic resistances in accordance with an operation of the operating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Preventive Medical Health Care Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Yu YEH
  • Publication number: 20140206508
    Abstract: A training device includes a sack into which weights may be inserted, and a tether. A method using a training device includes attaching the device to a person's leg, placing the sack on the ground, moving forward along the ground, and pulling the sack along the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: William B. Hall
  • Patent number: 8529416
    Abstract: An exercising device includes a disc shaped member capable of rotating about a point of rotation. The exercising device also includes an elongated supporting member connected to the point of rotation of the disc shaped member. Further, the exercising device includes a braking mechanism carried by the elongated supporting member. The braking mechanism is capable of contacting the disc shaped member to apply a resistance to the rotation of the disc shaped member. Moreover, the exercising device includes a foot engaging member connected to the disc shaped member. The foot engaging member is adapted to be operated by feet of an individual. The operation of the foot engaging member by the individual against the resistance to the rotation applied by the braking mechanism exercises the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: TK Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jennings
  • Patent number: 8523745
    Abstract: A person lies supine on a floor surface with her knees bent and her feet resting on a foot supporting portion of an exercise assembly. The person uses her hands to grasp respective left and right handles on the exercise assembly proximate her left and right hips. The person positions her abdomen beneath a strap secured in series with at least one resistance device. The person moves her pelvis off the support surface subject to resistance from the resistance devices. Parts of the assembly may be used apart from the overall assembly to perform other sorts of exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen P. Ihli, Mark A. Krull
  • Publication number: 20130203566
    Abstract: A convertible push and pull exercise machine capable of providing a user with a total body workout using resistance in two lines of motion. The exercise machine can include a base, an adjustable secured seat positioned on the base, and an arm assembly including opposed first and second arm members each having a first end and a second end. The first end of each of the opposed first and second arm members can pivotally be attached to the base. Additionally, the exercise machine can include a resistance arrangement capable of providing a resistance to each of the opposed first and second arm members in at least two lines of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Ian Finestein, Jeffrey Raimo
  • Patent number: 8235874
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to rowing machines, and, more particularly, to such rowing machines with internal environments that duplicate actual Olympic-class rowing shells in terms of both dimensions and appearance, and simulate the specific rowing motion and technique that occurs on the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Michael D'Eredita
  • Publication number: 20120190513
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new innovated exercise machine comprising a universal exercise machine designed with extreme ergonomic designs with dimensions less than 34 inches square and no high than 6 inches when compacted and a total weight under 60 pounds. The device is cleverly designed for easy and quick break down for storage under the bed, closet or in any corner of any room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Jerry Bonds
  • Publication number: 20120077650
    Abstract: A friction-based exercise device is disclosed. Contemplated exercise devices comprise a segmented shaft having one or more longitudinal patterns running the length of the shafts or shaft segments. Cylindrical sliders can be slid onto the shaft where an interior surface of the slider comprises a complimentary pattern to and frictionally engages with the longitudinal pattern of the shaft. When under a gripping force of a user, the sliders flex inward toward the shaft and increases friction resistance as the user slides the sliders along the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: MAX EXERCISERS INC.
    Inventors: Robert Amstler, James Grimes
  • Patent number: 8070659
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an orthopedic exerciser and its actuating mechanism which, more specifically, are used for therapy, post-surgery rehabilitation or healing of a knee, of a joint, or the muscles of a leg or any other body member. Such exercisers usually allow a combination of exercises that help in the recovery of the joint, but to minimize the chances of further injuring the body part and therefore increase the recovery process, the exerciser must submit the body part to a controlled level of force. The orthopedic exerciser of the present invention includes an actuating mechanism cooperating with a resistance assembly which provides resistance and/or assistance along different directions of movement of the actuating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Robovic, NC.
    Inventors: Guy Gagnon, André Foucault, Patrick Marcoux
  • Publication number: 20110237407
    Abstract: A portable, variable-resistance exercise device comprised of a retractable cable connected to a spring assembly, the spring having a plurality of springs that are selectively connectable to each other to vary the resistance exerted on the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Robert L. Kaleal, Dominic G. Carbone
  • Patent number: 8025608
    Abstract: A unique rope-pulling exercise apparatus that includes a support structure, a continuous rope, and a means for applying resistance to the force applied on the rope by the user, as the rope is pulled in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Marius Popescu
  • Patent number: 8012070
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a handle bar and a resistance assembly, coupled to the handle bar. The resistance assembly includes a housing having first and second opposed parts, and permitting movement of the handle bar about a rotational axis upon applying force to the handle bar. A resistance mechanism resists movement of the handle bar about the rotational axis. A screw, mounted lengthwise along the rotational axis, and engaging a threaded receptacle, adjustably compresses the spacing between the housing parts and modifies resistance to movement of the handle bar. One of the screw and the receptacle is coupled to an adjustment knob setting a user-defined resistance. A clamp, coupled to the housing, removably attaches the exterior of the first housing part to a member. A user grasps the handle bar and moves it by applying force corresponding to the resistance setting. The clamp can be utilized without operating the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Jamos LLC
    Inventors: Joanne G. James, Mary P. Moschos, Neal Rosenblum, Stephen B. Douglas
  • Publication number: 20110190101
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and devices for conditioning and the development of strength, particularly for skaters, while maintaining proper skating mechanics. In one aspect, the present invention provides a strength training device for skaters. The device includes a hollow receptacle defining a first chamber in fluid communication with a first opening for placement and removal of fluid within the first chamber. The device further includes a friction surface disposed proximate a bottom member of the hollow receptacle. The device also includes an engagement feature for releasable engagement with a controller suitable for causing movement of the device, wherein during movement the friction surface generates a reactionary counter-force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Kirk Schlappi
  • Patent number: 7976444
    Abstract: A shoulder rehabilitation and exercise device is disclosed which enables a user to perform internal and external rotations of both right and left shoulder. The device is comprised of a base plate, hydraulic damper, restrictor arm, actuator arm, elbow cup and hand grip. A smooth, fluid-like movement is achieved during performance of arcuate internal and external shoulder rotations while also providing automatic increases and decreases in resistance to such motion in response to user effort. In certain preferred embodiments, in addition to such automatic adjustment of resistance, the device includes a means of manually adjusting resistance. The device may be utilized to perform the aforementioned internal and external rotations on a user's right or left side without need for making any adjustments to the machine. Range of motion limitations may be set to control the arcuate degree of internal and external rotations performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventors: Matthew Binns, Eugene David Protas, Scott Avenarius
  • Publication number: 20110092343
    Abstract: Principles of exercise machine construction, an exercise machine, components of an exercise machine, and methods related to exercising on or constructing an exercise machine that allows for the performance of multiple different exercises, where the user utilizes related arcs of an arm with a fixed path of motion for the different exercises. Generally the arcs will be utilized for both pull-type exercises and push-type exercises and/or for diverging and converging exercises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas J. Habing
  • Patent number: 7927265
    Abstract: The disclosure shows and describes a resistance training apparatus that enables one to use a single machine to exercise antagonistic muscle groups by enabling one to select a first level of resistance in a first direction and select a second level of resistance in a second direction. The apparatus will include a frame assembly, and shaft rotatably mounted to the frame assembly. The apparatus has first and second disks, first and second calipers respectively engaging the disks, and first and second adjustment means that respectively provide varying resistance when one imparts rotating torque is imparted to a first direction or second direction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventors: Clifford A Stock, Glen Heman
  • Publication number: 20110065553
    Abstract: A portable, easily body-mounted, light-weight hinged brace to build muscle groups by adding adjustable resistance at the joint
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Steven M. Cersonsky
  • Patent number: 7905816
    Abstract: Provided is exercise equipment for performing a variety of exercises for upper body exercises such as push-up, pull-up, and dip styles of exercise as well as core strengthening exercises. In some embodiments, the device allows for vertical and horizontal adjustments to a variety of positions allowing for general use for persons of all sizes and levels of abilities, from the beginner to the highly experienced and athletic person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: G. Lane Murphy
  • Patent number: 7722301
    Abstract: A headgear device for assisting a user in performing bridge exercises to strengthen the muscles of the neck, and exercises performed using the device. The headgear outer surface has an area of low-friction material to allow the headgear to slide on an exercise surface while the user's head supports a portion of his body weight in the bridge position. This allows the user to introduce dynamic resistance into the exercise by moving around on the surface. One or more straps connectable to the user's arms and/or legs can be used to provide stability and/or resistance during the exercise. A friction pad adapted to be removably attached to the outer surface of the headgear can be used to provide resistance to the headgear sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lee Rosenblum
  • Publication number: 20090239720
    Abstract: An apparatus for exercising the abdominal muscles of a user includes an elongate track having first and second ends and a middle portion wherein the elongate track is positionable transverse to a user. The apparatus further includes a carriage movable along the track, wherein that carriage is biased toward the middle portion of the track, and an arm extending substantially perpendicular from the carriage. The arm has a free distal end such that application by user of an alternating torque to the free distal end of the arm urges the carriage in a corresponding reciprocating motion on the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Gordon Albin Osbak
  • Publication number: 20090082181
    Abstract: The gymnastics apparatus, particularly for exercising the extensor muscles of the inferior limbs, thigh muscles and gluteus muscles, comprises a support frame for a gradually-yielding resistant element suitable for contact with a pelvic-abdominal region of the torso of a user moving from an initial position, in which the lower limbs of the user are bent, to a final orthostatic position, the resistant action of the resistant element being directed along a direction transversal to the longitudinal axis of the thigh bones of the user in movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Mario Salvioli