Torsion Type Resister Patents (Class 482/127)
  • Patent number: 11065507
    Abstract: A multifunctional balance exercise machine comprises a balancing mechanism including loading board, spring, elastic column, and motion-tracking sensor; a first display unit and an electronic control device loaded with motion sensor game program arranged on the exercise equipment; whereby when the fitness user stands on the loading board, the user body weight and the stress applied by feet transmit to the elastic column and the spring via the loading board, cause the elastic column and the spring compressed or stretched, and force the loading board to oscillate, then achieve the effect of balance exercise; furthermore, the motion tracking sensor transmit signal of oscillation data to electronic control device, the processor unit operates the data, and present the image of the motion sensor game via the first display unit to achieve entertaining effect of virtual reality game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Jian Ling Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-Ya Liu, Chin-Yuan Liu
  • Patent number: 11033768
    Abstract: A restoring mechanism for providing a restoring force to an exercising device which includes a fixing structure and a wheel is provided. The restoring mechanism includes a restoring set, a driving set and a connecting set. The restoring set includes a fixed portion and a link-up portion. The fixed portion is connected to the fixing structure. The driving set is connected to the link-up portion. The connecting set is selectively coupled to the driving set. When the connecting set is coupled to the driving set, rotation of the wheel causes the driving set to drive the restoring set such that the restoring set is allowed to accumulate energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Lung-Fei Chuang
  • Patent number: 10864399
    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 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, Matthew O'Brien, William Balzer
  • Patent number: 10688340
    Abstract: An adjustable hand exerciser preferably includes a torsion spring, a handle, a handle cover, an adjustment plug and a center plug. The torsion spring preferably includes at least one spring coil, a first spring leg and a second spring leg. The handle includes a first spring hole to receive the first spring leg. The handle cover includes a first pivot extension and a second pivot extension. The adjustment plug preferably includes a sliding plug and a thumb screw. An inner sliding perimeter of the handle cover is sized to receive the sliding plug. The center plug includes a plug hole. The center plug is sized to be received by an inner perimeter of the at least one spring coil. A pivot pin is retained in the first and second pivot extensions and the plug hole, such that the handle pivots relative to the handle cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Robert L. Aldredge
  • Patent number: 10471322
    Abstract: A training device comprising a track having one or more channels extending along part of the length of the track, and one or more skates comprising bearings that can spin freely and are positioned to engage the one or more channels of the track. One or more foot blocks are affixed to the top surface of the one or more skates, wherein the skates can move along the length of the channels in the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Beau James Craig
  • Patent number: 10251804
    Abstract: A walking training apparatus includes a walking assistance apparatus for a leg of a trainee, a first wire winding mechanism for pulling a wire for the leg upward and forward, pulling control means for controlling the first wire winding mechanism to pull the wire with a first pulling force, and storage amount detection means for detecting a storage amount of the wire. The pulling control means controls the first wire winding mechanism so that the first wire winding mechanism pulls the wire with a second pulling force larger than the first pulling force in a swinging start period in which the storage amount of the wire detected by the storage amount detection means is equal to or smaller than a predetermined storage amount of the wire in a period including a timing when the wire of the first wire winding mechanism changes from a pulling-out state to a winding state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hikaru Sugata
  • Patent number: 10004972
    Abstract: A stationary strength training equipment includes a frame assembly, a lockable bilateral user interface installed on the frame assembly, a balancing structure connected to the lockable bilateral user interface, a plurality of user selectable weights supported by the frame assembly and connected to the balancing structure, a load detecting strain gauge disposed on the user selectable weights to detect a weight of the user selectable weights being lifted, and an informing device connected to the lockable bilateral user interface to detect and show a warning signal to a user. The lockable bilateral user interface further includes a locking mechanism assembly and a central pivot assembly; the balancing structure is able to rotate along the central pivot assembly, and the locking mechanism assembly selectively restricts a rotation of the balancing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: CALGYM GROUP HOLDINGS PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: Leo Young
  • Patent number: 9945383
    Abstract: A fan damping device for adjusting magnetic resistance includes: a support frame, a fan wheel, a ring-shaped magnetic core, a magnetic control unit, and a control unit. The fan blades of the fan wheel can provide air resistance, and the magnetic control unit and the control unit provide adjustable magnetic resistance. By such arrangements, resistance can be increased without increasing the size and weight of the present invention. Besides, the resistance is adjustable as desired to improve convenience of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Keen Neek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Liu Wang
  • Patent number: 9868015
    Abstract: An exercise device has a pair of axially spaced reels 102a, 102b, which are each biased by a spiral spring 108. Each reel is attached to one end of a respective strap 130a, 130b and an outer end of each strap is attached to a carabiner 134a, 34b. Each reel is selectably releaseable by a locking arrangement 112a, 112b, 16, 117, that is able to interfere with rotation of the reels 102a, 102b, in dependence upon action by a user. Each reel is independently rotatable and each strap 130a, 130b may be extended or retracted independently of one another. Using the carabiners 134a, 134b, each strap may be secured to an attachment 10 beam so that the straps form a V-configuration and it is envisaged that two such exercise devices may be used so that a user may perform exercises such as push-ups, triceps dips, back pulls and pull-ups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Gary Bowles
  • Patent number: 9694237
    Abstract: A finger weight device is provided with two arcuate jaws. Each jaw having a lower portion with tines extending therefrom and are connected together at an upper portion by a hinge. The jaws have an inwardly facing surface configured to enclose around a finger of a person. A spring is configured to urge the tines towards each other such that the inwardly facing surface of the jaws secure the device about the finger. Each jaw has an handle extending from the upper portion, which when moved towards each other causes the tines to separate from each other. At least one weight receiving portion, and at least one weight corresponding to the receiving portion is provided for adding a desired weight to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Gemma Palmenco-Geller, Jason M. Geller, Pamela J. Caplan
  • Patent number: 9662528
    Abstract: A torsion bar includes a housing and at least one inner core. The housing has a receiving space, two opposite fixing grooves defined in a sidewall of the housing and communicating with the receiving space, and a plurality of stripes positioned at an outer surface thereof. The inner core is received in the receiving space, and includes two opposite fixing elements corresponding to the fixing grooves. Each of the fixing elements includes a plurality of first protruding portions located at a side end thereof to facilitate a user to disengage from the housing, and a plurality of second protruding portions located at a surface thereof adjacent to the side end to prevent the inner core from disengaging accidently from the housing. A cross-section of the receiving space is similar to a cross-section of the inner core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: GOOD SHINE DEVELOPMENT LTD.
    Inventor: Ka Leung Wong
  • Patent number: 9649522
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes an upper assembly and a lower assembly for coupling with the upper assembly. A plurality of engaging channels are provided at an inner surface of the lower assembly at a variety of orientations. A plurality of resistance media are provided with the exercise apparatus in configurations enabling selective coupling with the engaging channels. In a method of using the exercise apparatus, a user couples one or more of the plurality of exercise media with the engaging channels, performs at least one first exercise by pulling the coupled exercise media from a contracted position to a stretched position and changes the orientation of the exercise media to perform at least one second exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Maurice Wyatt, Darlene Wyatt
  • Patent number: 9427618
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: William Morway
  • Patent number: 9119989
    Abstract: An exercise machine handle system which provides a unique handle and rotatable handle hub configuration to aid in performing a variety of exercises. The exercise machine handle system generally includes one or more handle assemblies each having a mounting bracket adapted to be removably secured to an exercise machine and including an upwardly-extending mounting hub shaft. A handle hub having a pair of curved handles extending in opposite directions therefrom is rotatably securable around an upper end of the handle hub shaft into a variety of locked positions. A third curved handle extends from an upper end of the handle hub in a similarly rotatably securable position. By removably securing one or more handle assemblies to an exercise machine, a user can benefit from a wide range of exercises supported by the adjustable handle assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: SPX Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, John C. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9011303
    Abstract: A wheeled exercise device includes a first wheel part and a second wheel part coupled to the first wheel part, with the first and second wheel parts coupled together on a central axle therethrough so as to form a central main wheel with a generally flat center circumference and angled outer circumferential sides. The device includes a pair of handles, each handle extending outward and downward at an angle from the central axle from a corresponding wheel part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Implus Footcare, LLC
    Inventors: Ian Coats MacColl, Tylor Hilton Garland, Jayson White Pegler, George A. Clark, Alden Morris Mills
  • Patent number: 8944977
    Abstract: Apparatus for both supporting an occupant as a task chair and exercising the lumbar extensors. The chair has two configurations. One configuration is as a task chair. A second configuration is as an exercise device in which the arm rests move to restrain the anterior pelvic region and the lumbar support becomes a posterior pelvic restraint. The seatback moves through a range of motion with a strength curve ratio of about 1.4:1 between flexion and extension. The chair has a resistance mechanism that includes a four-bar linkage connected to a selectable group of coil springs. The chair includes a range of motion monitor and detectors that communicate with a feedback system, which indicates if the occupant is performing the exercise correctly. The feedback system displays a screen showing the angular position of the seatback with a comparison of the ideal position for the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel N. Foster, Michael Chris McGlaughlin
  • Patent number: 8926477
    Abstract: An apparatus combines a beverage holder (e.g., a mug) with a compressible device (i.e., a gripper or handgrip) that is usable as an exercise apparatus for a users hands, wrists or forearms. This dual purpose apparatus can function not only as a mug or insulator but also a squeezable exercise device whereby flexing and relaxing a user's hand, the user conditions their hands, wrists or forearms. The device may also include lights or audio. In some embodiments the handgrip may be detachably attached to the beverage container to allow the independent use of the holder and handgrip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: John Morris Lynn
  • Patent number: 8900105
    Abstract: A slimming machine, comprising U-shaped left and right arm tubes and resiliently retractable mechanisms that are attached to the two ends thereof, in which each resiliently retractable mechanism includes an inner joint cover, an outer joint cover and a torsion spring, left and right splice sleeves that are fixed on the respective inner and outer joint covers are connected with inner chambers of the joint covers, the outer joint cover can be rotationally mounted on the inner joint cover via a connecting shaft, the torsion spring is sheathed on the connecting shaft with one end disposed in the left splice sleeve and the other end in the right splice sleeve, and the left and right splice sleeves are fixed on the respective left and right arm tubes. Such structure is simple, reasonable, easy to operate, cost effective, and meanwhile it has excellent fitness effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Xiangjun Zhu
  • Patent number: 8845497
    Abstract: An exercise machine that provides a generally consistent resistive force against a user who walks, steps, or runs away from the machine as part of a strength training exercise program. The machine is built upon a movable frame having transport wheel assemblies that allow the exercise machine to be placed on an indoor floor surface or on the ground outdoors. The frame of the device further supports three parallel spinning assemblies that together allow a length of linear strap attached to the user to run out from the machine and thereafter be retracted or rewound back into the machine. The spinning assemblies include a flywheel assembly, a spool assembly, and a spring assembly, each co-axially arranged on a spin axle extending across the frame. The spring assembly is fixed against the frame and incorporates a coil spring that tightens with the rotation of the spin axle in a first direction (allowing the linear run-out strap to extend out from the spool assembly).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Turner
  • Publication number: 20140274603
    Abstract: An exercise device is provided. The exercise device has an upper bar and lower bar pivotally joined together by a spring housing. The bars resist movement towards each other by the force of a spring within the spring housing. The exercise device is configured to be mounted under a chair such that it may be utilized while a user is seated in the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mei Howes, Glenn Howes
  • Patent number: 8790225
    Abstract: A hand therapy system including a post having an upper end and a lower end, a support base secured to the lower end of the post for supporting the post atop a surface, and a hand exercise housing mounted on the post for moving between the upper and lower ends of the post. The hand exercise housing includes a plurality of first hand tool openings provided on a first side of the hand exercise housing, a plurality of second hand tool openings provided on a second side of the hand exercise housing, a progressive resistance system in communication with each of the first and second hand tool openings, and a plurality of resistance level adjustment elements coupled with the progressive resistance system. Each of the resistance level adjustment elements is associated with one of the first and second hand tool openings for selectively adjusting the resistance level of each of the first and second hand tool openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Zaida R. Mayes, Alan A. Valentine, Thomas G. Valentine
  • Patent number: 8777821
    Abstract: An exercise device for exercising hand, wrist, arm, and upper body muscles having adjustable force resistance and a force setting indicator. The exercise device includes a housing, a first handle connected to one end of the housing, a second handle connected to the opposite end of the housing, an inner spring disposed inside the housing, and an outer spring disposed inside the housing. The outer spring is connected to the inner spring and encases the inner spring. An adjuster knob disposed on the second handle and coupled to the inner spring and configured to adjust a tension of the inner spring and compression of the outer spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Paul F Lando, Kent D Russell, Donald C Early
  • Publication number: 20140162852
    Abstract: An exerciser machine applicable for strengthening a user's muscles via wave like movements is described. The exerciser can include a base assembly a resilience member and a seat pan. The seat pan may be rotatably attached to the base assembly via the resilience member. The seat pan may have a seat protrusion movably attached to a top end of the resilience member. The base assembly may have a base protrusion to secure a bottom end of the resilience member. A separation distance between the seat protrusion and the base protrusion along an axis of the resilience member can allow the resilience member to distort along the separation distance to provide resilience force with movement of the seat pan. The resilience force can allow exercising a user's body via the movement of the seat pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Wei-Teh Ho, Willy Ho
  • Publication number: 20140121078
    Abstract: An exercise machine tension system for improving functionality and linear resistance of a Pilates machine. The exercise machine tension system generally includes an exercise machine including a carriage slidably positioned thereon. A plurality of tension units are connected between the exercise machine and the carriage for creating linear resistance as the carriage is drawn in a first direction and reverting the carriage back to its original position absent application of force. Each tension unit includes a housing, a reel rotatably positioned within the housing, a torsion spring secured to the reel, and a flexible member wound around the reel and extending out of the housing. The housing is secured to the exercise machine and the distal end of the flexible member is secured to the carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: The Superformers, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, John C. Hamilton, Andy H. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 8708874
    Abstract: An abdominal exercise equipment is provided with two front wheels and two rear wheels to ensure that the abdominal exercise equipment can move stably without tipping over during movement, preventing the exerciser from losing balance and getting hurt. A return gear assembly is disposed between the two rear wheels to produce a recovering force. Therefore, when the abdominal exercise equipment is pulled back, the recovering force will assist the exerciser to pull the abdominal exercise equipment back, which consequently lowers the difficult level of exercise. Furthermore, the abdominal exercise equipment is provided with a vibration device which is capable of softening the muscles and fat, and speeding up fat loss by producing vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Tristar Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jui-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 8678984
    Abstract: A hand, wrist, arm and fingers therapy and exercising device which includes a push bar pivotally connected to a base and a wrist support portion. The push bar is moveable between a neutral position, an extended position and a stretching position. The push bar includes finger cams at the end thereof for exercise of the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Poillucci
  • Patent number: 8636631
    Abstract: A method is provided for exercising a human appendage that includes placing the appendage in contact with a user interface and placing a force on the user interface where the user interface based on a net user force becomes displace from an unbiased position to a biased position, where the user interface when moving from the unbiased position to the biased position moves about a path defined by a semispherical surface having defined by an origin, a radius and an angle of displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Alan L Carlson
  • Patent number: 8622879
    Abstract: Exercise shoe assemblies include a shoe body, at least one support bracket integrated into the shoe body, and a resistance device connected to the support bracket. The resistance device preferably includes a flexible member, and may include a housing from which the flexible member is extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen P. Ihli, Mark A. Krull
  • Patent number: 8617038
    Abstract: The improved exercise apparatus comprises a housing assembly having first and second arm members. The apparatus may be used to perform a variety of full body exercises generally by moving the first and second arms about an axial stem of the housing assembly. In one embodiment, the arm members rotate or pivot about the axial stem. A tension assembly provides resistance to the movement of the arm members while a positioning assembly allows the arm members to be positioned and secured in various positions relative to one another. One or more handle attachments may be provided to allow the apparatus to be grasped or used in various ways. A method of training various portions of the body with the apparatus is also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventors: Stan Batiste, Steven Achstein
  • Publication number: 20130331233
    Abstract: A flexible ring is disclosed comprising one or more coiled springs and/or polymeric ring(s). In some embodiments, the coiled spring envelopes one or more inner coiled springs. In other embodiments, one or more handles circumscribe a portion of the outer coiled spring. Various embodiments of the present invention substitute flexible polymeric members for the coiled spring. In other embodiments, a disc is substituted for the polymeric ring(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Vaughan WILSON
  • Patent number: 8602951
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes a resistance chamber for use in an exercise system. The resistance chamber includes a first chamber and a second chamber. The second chamber is configured to attach to the first chamber and rotate relative to the first chamber. The resistance chamber also includes a core rod. The core rod resides within the first chamber and the second chamber and is attached to the interior of the second chamber. The resistance chamber further includes a resistance tube, where at least of a portion the resistance tube is configured to be placed between the interior surface of the first chamber and the core rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Nicholas Morris
  • Publication number: 20130303345
    Abstract: According to certain aspects, the invention includes a limb-exercising system for coupling (i.e., attaching, retrofitting) to or manufacturing with the swivel chair. The limb-exercising system includes a rigid framework, at least one limb-exercising unit, a force resistor and a cable. The rigid framework includes at least one chair coupler that couples the rigid framework with the swivel chair (e.g., so that the limb-exercising apparatus is disposed underneath the chair leg base), such that the relative movement between the rigid framework and the swivel chair is minimal. The rigid framework is coupled with the limb-exercising unit and with the force resistor, which in turn is coupled with the limb-exercising unit via the cable. The limb-exercising unit is operative to provide movement exercise for at least one muscle group of the body of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Misha Shauli
  • Patent number: 8562495
    Abstract: An upper body exercise apparatus includes a spring positioned in a housing interior area. First and second cables have respective first ends operatively coupled to the spring and respective second ends extending away from the housing. Respective movements of the first and second cables away from the housing cause the spring to move toward a biased configuration. The exercise apparatus includes a transmission configured such that an outward movement of the first cable in the absence of an outward movement of the second cable causes all of the springs resistance to be transmitted to the first cable, an outward movement of the second cable in the absence of movement of the first cable causes all of the spring's resistance to be transmitted to the second cable, and an outward movement by both cables causes the spring's resistance to be distributed equally between the first and second cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: HD Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Holly Ladd, David Ladd
  • Patent number: 8556777
    Abstract: The Individual Workout System allows an user to perform a complete workout regiment to build muscles without the use of weights, while achieving a cardiovascular workout at the same time. The system could be worn by an individual during aerobics, walking, jogging or doing menial tasks. The Individual Workout System is uniquely design to use resistance to build muscle without restricting an individual to weights or equipment. By placing a thin devise used to create resistance in the place of the bodies joints and flex points, such as the shoulders, elbows, knees and waist, causes resistance for the muscles in that region of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Freeman D. Fields, I
  • Publication number: 20130267395
    Abstract: The therapeutic equipment according to the present invention is designed to heal and strengthen the joints and muscle in the body. The equipment comprises a plastic material molded bottom base and a plastic material molded top base which is connected to the bottom base by a swivel allowing both clockwise and counterclockwise rotational movements while an individual placing their hand or foot into and applying force within the holster that is mounted on top of the top base. The equipment comprises resistance bands and adjustable resistance levers to adjust for the desired resistance force. The equipment is light weight and small in size and thus is portable. Both the top base and bottom base can be manufactured by plastic molding process and thus is easy for manufacturing and economic in production cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Eric Wayne Boykin
  • Patent number: 8506461
    Abstract: A multifunction dumbbell includes a handle having two projections on both ends respectively; two hollow weight members each having a protrusion extending toward the handle; two spacer sleeves each having a closed flange fixedly secured to a joining portion of the handle and either projection, with the spacer sleeves fixedly fastened between the protrusions and the projections; two rings each having an inner diameter less than an outer diameter of the weight member so that the rings can be put on the weight members and retained thereon respectively; two half-spherical members each fixedly secured to the ring and complimentarily engaged with the weight member; and two truncated conic springs each put on the protrusion and a portion of the weight member to be retained between the spacer sleeve and the ring. The rings and the half-spherical members together are adapted to rotate about the weight members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Ming-Hsiung Huang, Wei-Chen Wang
  • Publication number: 20130123076
    Abstract: The invention relates to a personal training device that prevents the need for complex gym apparatus, said novel simple and portable device enabling the user to carry out various types of exercise anywhere, in a simple and comfortable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jose Victor Alapont Boigues
  • Patent number: 8328700
    Abstract: A resistance apparatus for use with exercise devices includes an axle and outer housing for rotatably mounting the axle therein. At least one inner housing includes an opening for receiving the axle therethrough so that the inner housing is fixably mounted on the axle. The inner housing is rotatably mounted inside the outer housing to permit rotation of the inner housing along with the axle within the outer housing. At least a first tensioned member is disposed within the inner housing. The first tensioned member includes a first end and a second end. The first end of the tensioned member engages an engagement area of the inner housing. The second end of the tensioned member engages an engagement area of the outer housing. The tensioned member creates a rotational restoring force between the inner housing and the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Product Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Humble, Hans A. Barth
  • Publication number: 20120245003
    Abstract: A resistance device for use with an exercise machine includes an arbor member structured to be rotatably coupled with respect to the exercise machine. The arbor member having a first end and an opposite second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Georgi Asenov MIRCHEV, Asen Georgiev MIRCHEV
  • Patent number: 8273001
    Abstract: A muscle toning kit includes an exercise garment having a first resistance article and a second resistance article. The first resistance article and the second resistance article cooperate to facilitate the exercise of at least one muscle group of a user. The first resistance article is adjustable to provide a range of user selected resistance levels, while second resistance article has another range of user selected resistance levels so that as the user maneuvers the exercise garment, its adjustable pressure opposing structures facilitate the toning and conditioning of the at least one muscle group of the user. The method includes wearing and deforming the exercise garment from its original shape through natural extension and flexing actions of the user to facilitate providing a resistive force to condition the at least one muscle group of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Linda Karecki, Michael M. Potempa, Brian Potempa
  • Patent number: 8241232
    Abstract: A foot pain relief device can advantageously provide multiple angles of inclination, directed pressure against the plantar fascia, as well as ease of manufacturing and assembly. A toe strap, which is fastened around the ankle and the toe(s), ensures that the toes are flexed up. This toe flexing tenses the plantar fascia of the foot. A ball strap can be threaded through a hole in a ball and then operatively coupled with the toe strap. When operatively coupled to the toe strap, the ball strap keeps the ball positioned on the bottom of the foot while allowing ball mobility. The mobility of the ball can provide directed pressure on at least one component of the plantar fascia. Notably, the simultaneous combination of tension to the plantar fascia and directed pressure to the component(s) of the plantar fascia can be particularly effective at relieving foot pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Jeannie B. Sanders
  • Publication number: 20120184419
    Abstract: A slimming machine, comprising U-shaped left and right arm tubes and resiliently retractable mechanisms that are attached to the two ends thereof, in which each resiliently retractable mechanism includes an inner joint cover, an outer joint cover and a torsion spring, left and right splice sleeves that are fixed on the respective inner and outer joint covers are connected with inner chambers of the joint covers, the outer joint cover can be rotationally mounted on the inner joint cover via a connecting shaft, the torsion spring is sheathed on the connecting shaft with one end disposed in the left splice sleeve and the other end in the right splice sleeve, and the left and right splice sleeves are fixed on the respective left and right arm tubes. Such structure is simple, reasonable, easy to operate, cost effective, and meanwhile it has excellent fitness effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Xiangjun Zhu
  • Patent number: 8167780
    Abstract: A physical training device includes two arm portions connected to each other and movable toward and away from each other. Two grip portions are provided at the respective arm portions. The grip portions together have the shape of a ball, such as a basketball or football. A resilient device urges the grip portions away from each other toward an extended position. The physical training device is particularly useful in training for basketball rebounding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Ralph C. Allen
  • Patent number: 8152697
    Abstract: An exercise tool is provided to ensure a good degree of freedom in the direction of movement of the wrists and allows the magnitude of the load applied to the wrists during the exercise to be changed easily so as to enable more effective strengthening of the deep muscles. The exercise tool has a first rod body 10 and a second rod body 20 which are rotatable in opposite directions and also movable away from each other against the biasing force of a coil spring 70. Ring-shaped latch portions 71 and 72 provided at respective ends of the coil spring 70 are removably latched by first and second elastic-member latch bodies 50 and 60, respectively, so that the coil spring 70 can readily be replaced with another coil spring 70 having a different elastic force, thereby facilitating changing the magnitude of the load applied during the wrist exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignees: Sanriki Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeki Wakuda
  • Patent number: 8070657
    Abstract: An improved exercise apparatus is described. The apparatus comprises a cylindrical element and a flexible member associated with the cylindrical element. The flexible member is movable between a wound configuration, in which the member is wound around the cylindrical element, and an unwound configuration, in which the member is unwound from the cylindrical element. The apparatus further comprises a recoil means biased to move the flexible member to the wound configuration and a resistance means that resists movement of the flexible member from the wound to the unwound configurations. The resistance means comprises an energy storage device, which is in a geared relationship with the cylindrical element. In a preferred embodiment the energy storage device is a flywheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Andrew Robert Loach
  • Patent number: 8066621
    Abstract: A method and system for exercising areas of the body such as the neck, the wrist, the ankle, and the torso which require a wide range of motion and effective resistance over this range. A first member can rotate in relation to a frame and a user interface (second member) is moveable in relation to the first member. As a user pushes on the user interface in any of an X-Y direction the user interface travels in a controlled arcuate three-dimensional motion. The user interface is attached to a lead (rope or cable) which holds the user interface at a rest position and also provides a force on the user interface in the opposite direction of the users force. The lead is attached to an adjustable resistive system and/or a damping system that resists the movement of the sliding assembly. The lead spools in and out of from a central location through a fairlead. Many mechanical configurations can be utilized to allow the user interface to travel in an arcuate path in the direction which it is pushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Alan L. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20110287910
    Abstract: An upper body exercise apparatus includes a spring positioned in a housing interior area. First and second cables have respective first ends operatively coupled to the spring and respective second ends extending away from the housing. Respective movements of the first and second cables away from the housing cause the spring to move toward a biased configuration. The exercise apparatus includes a transmission configured such that an outward movement of the first cable in the absence of an outward movement of the second cable causes all of the springs resistance to be transmitted to the first cable, an outward movement of the second cable in the absence of movement of the first cable causes all of the spring's resistance to be transmitted to the second cable, and an outward movement by both cables causes the spring's resistance to be distributed equally between the first and second cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Holly Ladd, David Ladd
  • Patent number: 8007420
    Abstract: A portable exercise device. The portable exercise device includes a recoil assembly, a clutch assembly, an adjustable resistance assembly, a housing assembly, and a flexible cable member. The clutch assembly is coupled to the recoil assembly. The adjustable resistance assembly is coupled to the clutch assembly. The housing assembly includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion defines and opening therethrough and surrounds the recoil assembly and the clutch assembly. The second portion is rotatably coupled to the first portion, defines a configured projection, and surrounds the adjustable resistance assembly. The flexible cable member is coupled to the recoil assembly, and extends through the opening defined by the first portion of the housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Mullin
  • Patent number: 8002677
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention involve an exercise device configurable to allow a user to perform various exercises. The exercise devices include an adjustable bench assembly connected with a frame supporting adjustable arm and cable-pulley assemblies providing a user interface with a resistance system. In some embodiments of the invention, the adjustable bench assembly includes a bench seat and a pivotal back support supported on an adjustable bench frame. The exercise devices also utilize various configurations of adjustable arm assemblies that are selectively positionable for numerous exercises and to suit a user's particular body size and shape. Other embodiments of the exercise devices include a resistance system with a transmission supporting a plurality of resistance packs. The transmission allows a user to conveniently engage any number of resistance packs to change the resistance level for a particular exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan R. Dibble, Patrick A. Warner, Eric D. Golesh, Brent Christopher
  • Publication number: 20110190102
    Abstract: A health and fitness device is described, which may be operated hands-free without requiring the user to remain in a single position. The health and fitness device S includes a casing with multiple openings, multiple cables where an end of a cable is configured to detachably couple with an end of another cable, and a tension mechanism unit housed within the casing is configured to retract the multiple cables into the tension mechanism unit through the multiple openings. When the one cable is coupled to the other cable, the health and fitness device may be secured onto an object or the positioned on the body of the user and used for various practical applications such as self-massage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Adam LaSala