Utilizing Force Resistance Generated By User Only Patents (Class 482/131)
  • Patent number: 11890500
    Abstract: The present application relates to a fitness apparatus having a housing on which are arranged a first supporting element and also a second supporting element. The first and the second supporting elements can be moved linearly in each case in two spatial dimensions located at right angles to one another. The housing has at least one active element, by means of which a movement of the first supporting element or of the second supporting element out of a respective starting position is counteracted by a force. The housing also has at least one coupling element, which couples the linear movement of the first supporting element in a first direction of a first of the two spatial dimensions to a linear movement of the second supporting element in the second direction, which opposes the first direction in this first of the two spatial dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Korkut Tekerlek
  • Patent number: 11872440
    Abstract: A supplemental multi-purpose exercise strap for customizing an exercise machine to accomplish a variety of exercises. The strap includes a center attachment member and a plurality of loop members. A first set of loop members is attached to the front of the strap and extend from the center of the strap towards the first end of the strap, while a second set of loop members is attached to the front of the strap and extend from the center of the strap towards the second end of the strap. The loop members are configured to accept a variety of exercise accessories and machines, which allows the strap to assist a user in accomplishing a wide variety of exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Michael Paliwoda
  • Patent number: 11752387
    Abstract: Disclosed is an exercise device includes an elongated body having a top surface, bottom surface, a first end surface and a second end surface, a first bore hole located proximate the first end surface, the first bore hole extending from the top surface through to the bottom surface, a first vertical member sized in relative proportions to be slidably received in the first bore hole, a first locking hole orthogonal to the first bore hole, a first pin sized in relative proportions to be slidably received in the first locking hole, and a first height adjustment hole of the first vertical member, the first height adjustment hole sized in relative proportions to slidably receive the first pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Delsa LLC
    Inventor: Azad Homayouni
  • Patent number: 11701288
    Abstract: A pivoting lower limb therapy device formed from a lever frame having a handle portion integral with its proximal end and a first orthotic portion adjacent to its distal end, a base frame having a second orthotic portion integral with its proximal frame end and a surface support portion integral with its distal frame end, with the lever frame rotatably attached to the base frame so as to permit the first orthotic portion to move across two dimensions relative to the second orthotic portion in response to an exertion of mechanical force on the handle portion. The pivoting lower limb therapy device may also include a strap assembly connected to and extending between the proximal end of the lever frame and the proximal frame end of the base frame so as to exert mechanical force on the two frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Inventor: Eduardo Marti
  • Patent number: 11679297
    Abstract: An exercise including a horizontal rail having a proximal end and a distal end. The rail is supported at a height by two or more vertical supports at the proximal end and distal end. A fixed member is positioned at the proximal end of the rail and have a pair of handles and a pair of arm support, wherein the positions of the pair of handles correspond to the positions of the two arm supports. The exercise apparatus includes a slide member slidably mounted to the rail and slide between the distal end and the fixed member. A user can kneel on the slide member while gripping the two handles and having the arms supported by the two arm supports. Once in position, the user can pull the slider member towards the fixed member against the resistance of a resistance mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventor: Justin Davis
  • Patent number: 11638847
    Abstract: A stretch exercise tool having both ends of a band that can adjust a use length passed through a pair of fittings in a retaining state, and a root portion of a stretchable elastic ring is sandwiched by the fittings in the retaining state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SANKEI
    Inventors: Maika Ito, Michiyo Ito
  • Patent number: 11628116
    Abstract: A portable modular stretching apparatus has a basic structure of a base, central rod, pulley, cable system, and two legs jointed at the central rod and alongside the base. Attachments are then added for customized stretching. Attachments provide for hamstring, hips, quadriceps, knees, gastrocnemius, ankle, and metatarsal stretching, limberness, and extension, and hyperflexion. A person adds and removes the attachments based on the desired stretch routine, controls the tension, and removes the attachments, and folds the apparatus when complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventor: Ricardo Sosa
  • Patent number: 11541271
    Abstract: A multi-functional exercise device that enables a user to exercise different muscle groups. The exercise device has a first planar support member, a second planar support member extending from the first planar support member, and a handle having a first end coupled to the first planar support member, a second end coupled to the second planar support member, and a gripping portion therebetween. The gripping portion of the handle is oriented generally parallel to the first planar support member and generally perpendicular to the second planar support member. The exercise device also includes a first plurality of rotatable components engaging the first planar support member and adapted to rotate relative thereto, and a second plurality of rotatable components engaging the second planar support member and adapted to rotate relative thereto. The rotatable elements may comprise spheres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: C. John Cotton
  • Patent number: 11478677
    Abstract: An exercise machine with a slidable carriage and accessories providing for a plurality of exerciser positioning surfaces and gripping handles. The exercise machine generally includes one or more lifting handles for raising or lowering either end of the exercise machine with respect to a ground surface. The exercise machine may also include a plurality of wheels each including a ridge adapted to engage with a corresponding groove in a track of the exercise machine. The exercise machine may also include a handle including a pair of arms which are positioned at a distance just greater than a width of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, Todd G. Remund, Samuel D. Cox, Andy H. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 11458345
    Abstract: An improved compact exercise machine includes a resistance system with respect to a base for allowing an exerciser to perform a wide range of exercises on a resistance system exercise machine. The compact exercise machine generally includes an exercise machine that has a resistance system with respect to a base. The exercise machine may assume one or more compact configurations to adjust the base of the exercise machine. One or more actuators may be connected to the base of the exercise machine to effectuate the resistance system of the exercise machine with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Sandra Annette Belcher
  • Patent number: 11364408
    Abstract: An exercise or training device that includes a first pulley, a second pulley, and a two ended line trained through the first and second pulley, the line having a first end and a second end, the first end of the line affixed to a first handle for gripping, a second handle for gripping affixed to the line at a position between the first end and the second end of the line. The pulleys may be fixed in position to a wall or rack such that they are horizontally spaced apart. In some embodiments, the pulley or pulleys may be attached to the fixed position by a spring assembly or other device to increase the linear force in the handles or bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Richard Charnitski
  • Patent number: 11351410
    Abstract: A muscle strengthening system is provided having a functional core endurance training device and a pair of rolling blocks for supporting the functional core endurance training device. Each rolling block in the pair of rolling blocks includes an elongated opening for receiving a wheel of the functional core endurance training device. Additionally, each rolling block in the pair of rolling blocks includes a pair of rollers, a stabilizer and a bumper guard for grounding the surface of the wheels of the functional core endurance training device allowing the wheels to spin with increased intensity. Optionally, an individual may utilize a stationary foot pedestal or a wheeled foot pedestal that provides for both the strengthening of the muscles of the individual while simultaneously stimulating an endurance building effect on the muscular and fascial systems of the body, all of which is achieved with minimal to no impact/pounding on the joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Todd Anthony Person
  • Patent number: 11338166
    Abstract: A physical stretching apparatus having: an anchor strap, wherein the anchor strap is configured to be operable for attaching the apparatus to any stationary object; an anchor joint, the anchor joint is configured to attach the anchor strap and a rope implement; an elastic looped strap configured to secure the apparatus to various points on a user; an attachment contrivance, wherein the attachment contrivance is configured to be operable for attaching the elastic looped strap to the rope implement; a rope lock that is configured to permit the rope implement to pass in one direction when pulled and restricts the rope implement from passing in an opposite or reverse direction; a release mechanism that disables this restriction; and a sliding restrainer, wherein the sliding restrainer is configured to be operable for adjusting a size of the looped strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Isaac Eida
  • Patent number: 11154751
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of an exercise apparatus are provided, both as a stationary and a portable unit, the exercise apparatus including a base frame, a base plate provided on the base frame, the base plate including a plurality of holes on a top surface of the base plate and configured to rotate with respect to the base frame, a foot plate provided on the base plate, the foot plate including a tapered pin on a bottom surface of the foot plate that can engage with one of the plurality of holes of the base plate, wherein when the tapered pin is engaged to one of the plurality of holes of the base plate, the foot plate and base plate are configured to rotate with respect to the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Greg Bosch
  • Patent number: 11154752
    Abstract: A report of a state of a local exercise device based at least in part on a user response to an electromagnetic resistance unit in the local exercise device is sent. An update based on a state of a remote exercise device is received. The electromagnetic resistance unit is caused to change state in reaction to the received update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Tonal Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Azaria, Sumner Browning Paine, Justin Ziccardi, Sarah Wilson Lewis
  • Patent number: 11117014
    Abstract: A wearable connection and resistance training system having a waist strap, and left and right upper leg straps and an attachment point device which serves as a connection piece configured to be held underneath a user's torso and between the user's legs to provide rotational resistance to improve and strengthen rotational abilities of a user. An alignment attachment piece and foot straps can also be attached to provide downward force/tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Phillip Scott
  • Patent number: 11083662
    Abstract: A pivoting lower limb therapy device formed from a lever frame having a handle portion integral with its proximal end and a first orthotic portion adjacent to its distal end, a base frame having a second orthotic portion integral with its proximal frame end and a surface support portion integral with its distal frame end, with the lever frame rotatably attached to the base frame so as to permit the first orthotic portion to move across two dimensions relative to the second orthotic portion in response to an exertion of mechanical force on the handle portion. The pivoting lower limb therapy device may also include a strap assembly connected to and extending between the proximal end of the lever frame and the proximal frame end of the base frame so as to exert mechanical force on the two frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Eduardo Marti
  • Patent number: 11042219
    Abstract: A smart wearable apparatus, smart wearable equipment, and a control method of the smart wearable equipment are provided. The smart wearable apparatus includes a rigid body, at least one hinge mechanism, a brake and a controller. The hinge mechanism is arranged on the rigid body, and the hinge mechanism includes a first pivot portion, a second pivot portion, and a pivot arranged between the first pivot portion and the second pivot portion. By means of the hinge mechanism, two portions of the rigid body, which are connected, respectively, to the first pivot portion and the second pivot portion of the hinge mechanism, can pivot relative to each other in a first direction. The brake is connected to the hinge mechanism, and the brake can receive a first control signal from the controller to stop the hinge mechanism, thereby stopping the two portions of the rigid body from relatively pivoting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Zhaosheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10949798
    Abstract: A device and method for multimodal localization and mapping for a mobile automation apparatus is provided. Features are extracted from images acquired by a ceiling-facing image device of the mobile automation apparatus in an environment, and stored in association with estimated positions of the mobile automation apparatus in the environment as determined from one or more sensors, as well as in association with features extracted from depth data acquired from a depth-sensing device, for example as map data. The map data is later used by the mobile automation apparatus to navigate the environment based, at least in part, on further images acquired by the ceiling-facing image device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kingsford, Chengzhi W. Liu, Harsoveet Singh, Timothy D. Barfoot
  • Patent number: 10932974
    Abstract: A rotating and articulating bed includes a fixed bed frame with a horizontal support surface, an articulating bed member and a rotating and pivoting frame mounted on the horizontal support surface and in communication with the articulating bed member. The rotating and pivoting frame includes a bearing plate and a plurality of discrete bearings disposed between the bearing plate and the horizontal support surface. The rotating and pivoting frame is rotatable with respect to the horizontal support surface on the plurality of discrete bearings around a vertical axis passing through the horizontal support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: PPJ, LLC
    Inventors: Horace Robert Eskridge, III, Philip Reid Sherman, Philip Woods McCarty, Chuan-Hang Shih
  • Patent number: 10925795
    Abstract: A device for stretching either the quadriceps or hamstring muscles of an individual's legs while the individual is in a standing position. The device includes a frame assembly and a rotational mount connected thereto. A stretching member is rotationally mounted on the rotational mount intermediate its ends to provide a first section extending on one side of the rotational mount and a second section extending on a second side of the rotational mount. The stretching member includes a foot support adjacent a distal end of the first section spaced from the rotational mount and a gripping member adjacent a distal end of the second section spaced from the rotational mount. The gripping member is engageable by an individual in a standing position to apply a rotational force to the stretching member with the individual's foot on the foot support to stretch either the quadriceps or hamstring muscles of the individual's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Serge Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10849813
    Abstract: A device for stretching either the quadriceps or hamstring muscles of an individual's legs while the individual is in a standing position. The device includes a frame assembly and a rotational mount connected thereto. A stretching member is rotationally mounted on the rotational mount intermediate its ends to provide a first section extending on one side of the rotational mount and a second section extending on a second side of the rotational mount. The stretching member includes a foot support adjacent a distal end of the first section spaced from the rotational mount and a gripping member adjacent a distal end of the second section spaced from the rotational mount. The gripping member is engageable by an individual in a standing position to apply a rotational force to the stretching member with the individual's foot on the foot support to stretch either the quadriceps or hamstring muscles of the individual's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Serge Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10850389
    Abstract: A multi-axis robotic platform for studying neuromechanics comprises a bottom plate, a middle plate, and a top plate is disclosed herein. The middle plate is movably coupled between the bottom plate and the top plate. The top plate comprises a support surface for receiving an ankle. A first actuator is disposed upon the bottom plate and is connected to the middle plate via a first coupling such that a shaft of the first actuator rotates the middle plate along a dorsiflexion-plantarflexion (DP) axis of the ankle. A second actuator is disposed upon the middle plate and is connected to the top plate via a second coupling such that a shaft of the second actuator rotates the top plate along an inversion-eversion (IE) axis of the ankle. The multi-axis robotic platform can analyze ankle impedance and reflex characteristics in two degrees-of-freedom (DP movement and IE movement) during postural and locomotion tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Varun Nalam, Hyunglae Lee
  • Patent number: 10758774
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a walking therapy station having multiple right linkages and multiple left linkages, where at least one of the right or left linkages is operably coupled to an actuator to transition the station from a standing mode to a walking mode. In an illustrative example, the station may have five right linkages and five left linkages, with a set of knee pads and foot pads. The station may include an actuator operably coupled to transition the station between walking and standing modes, for example. Various embodiments of the station may enable a user who is disabled or paralyzed to transition from sitting position, to a standing position, and then to a walking position, and provide the user with a very accurate gait and walking motion without putting excessive shear and pressure at the contact points between the station and the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ALT INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Alan Tholkes, DuWayne Dandurand, Nathaniel Hallée
  • Patent number: 10737136
    Abstract: A fully portable exercise system and apparatus utilized for exercising, stretching, and training multiple muscle groups of the body of a user. The apparatus has at least one closeable pocket and fixation rings for securing and carrying accessories, such as attachable handgrips, adjustable suspension straps or lines, and elastic bands. Another configuration illustrates a suspension training system comprising non-elastic suspension sub-assemblies, elastic suspension sub-assemblies and handgrips, configurable with or without the portable exercise apparatus. The apparatus and methods of use provide the user with a plurality of configurations for assisted exercise regimens and the flexibility to exercise anywhere. The apparatus is adaptable to be worn about the waist of a user, carried as a bandolier about the user's body or utilized as a releasably fixed suspension trainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GOWOA, LLC
    Inventor: Colin M. Burkinshaw
  • Patent number: 10737139
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus with an adjustable rotating element around which a force transferring material wraps either clockwise or counterclockwise to provide bidirectional rotational resistance for exercising. The force transferring material is preferably guided to remain in close proximity to the rotating element while wrapping around the rotating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Aaron Joseph Walker
  • Patent number: 10688337
    Abstract: An exercise device comprising a base frame comprising one or more belt members, a front axle configured to interface with one of the belt members, a rear axle configured to interface with one of the belt members and a port disposed on an underside of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Isoped, Incorporated
    Inventors: Lani Arst, Peter Hollingworth, Jacob W. Ensign
  • Patent number: 10639518
    Abstract: Apparatus for bi-directional ankle exercise movements has a main-frame with a seat and upwardly extending columns at either side to support a “U” shaped sub-frame, mounted so that it pivots about a horizontal axis passing very nearly through the ankles of a seated user and interconnecting linkages simultaneously enforcing ankle inversion, with plantarflexion and then ankle aversion, with dorsiflexion, about perpendicularly intersecting axes, while resisting such movements, so as to provide bidirectional ankle exercises according to a progressive resistance program, thus strengthening the ankle muscle groups for enhanced balance and dynamic stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Kent Fulks
  • Patent number: 10486008
    Abstract: A looped suspension exercise system comprising a mounting plate, wherein the mounting plate has a plurality of openings and a plurality of tabs, a length of non-elastic, wherein the length of non-elastic fabric is attached to the mounting plate the length of non-elastic fabric by trying the length of fabric around the plurality of tabs, a split length of fabric having a first end, a second end, and a third end and the first end, the second end, and the third end have an opening, wherein the first end of the split length of fabric is attached to the second end of the length of non-elastic fabric, a plurality of elastic bands are attached to the second end and the third end of the split length of fabric, and a padded sling, wherein the padded sling is attached to the elastic bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Liron Prihar
  • Patent number: 10422473
    Abstract: Multi-use mounting brackets having an extension configured to support one or more therapeutic apparatuses or other equipment accessories. A single multi-use mounting bracket fits gym rigging or gym racks of different sizes and hole configurations. This accomplished by including multiple pairs of holes that are sized and positioned to be compatible with different gym rigging configurations. The multi-use mounting brackets are advantageously designed to resist both downward and upward forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Warren Inouye
  • Patent number: 10391411
    Abstract: The present invention provides a swing that is operable to promote attunement between a child and caretaker. The swing comprises two seats, one of the two seats being configured to be occupied by a caretaker, such as a parent, and another of the two seats being configured to be occupied by a child. The two seats are arranged so that the caretaker and the child can face one another and comfortably see each other's eyes. The two seats are also configured such that, during operation of the swing, both the caretaker and child share the experience of swinging. Thus, using the swing of at least one embodiment of the present invention, a caretaker and child may share the mutual enjoyment of the swinging action while maintaining eye contact with one another, resulting in attunement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: PLAYCORE WISCONSIN, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Robert Norquist, Kim Corvin Blackwood, Charles Lebron Griffith, IV
  • Patent number: 10279207
    Abstract: An exercise machine support system for providing increased versatility including inclination or declination of an exercise surface, a reduction in the overall length and width of the exercise machine, and an enhanced user interface which reduces the risk of injury. The exercise machine support system generally includes a cantilevered exercise machine which is adapted to have a variable angle of incline or decline with respect to a horizontal ground surface. The exercise machine will generally include a base and a support which extends between the base and the exercise machine. The upper end of the support is connected to the exercise machine by a first pivot such that the exercise machine pivots about the support. An adjustment device may be utilized to pivot the exercise machine and thus adjust its angle of incline. Various types of adjustment devices are disclosed, including an actuator, ratchet-and-pawl, gears, and cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 10265574
    Abstract: An abdominal twist exercise device includes a device frame, front and rear rotational axles, a main handle bar, a rotation converter, an adjustable gear, a disengaging lever, a weight, a weight bar, a support rail, a safety handle bar, rotation counters, and a user platform, such that when the main handle bar rotates to one side, the user platform rotates to an opposing side. A rotation converter can include a front chain sprocket, an intermediate rotational axle, an intermediate chain sprocket, a roller chain, an intermediate gear, a rear gear; or a front belt sprocket, a rear belt sprocket, and a twisted belt, connecting the sprockets. Optionally, the front and rear axles can be telescoping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Spencer L. Maholmes
  • Patent number: 10213638
    Abstract: An exercise device for a person exercising on a support surface includes an elongated bar having two opposed ends. A weight has an aperture therethrough and slides along the bar. At least two rigid weight stops are fixed with the bar at selected locations along the bar, the weight free to slide along the bar therebetween. An end caps may be fixed to each end of the cylindrical bar to capture the weight and any weight stops on the cylindrical bar. In use, with the weight slidably captured on the bar, and at least two of the weight stops fixed with the bar on opposing sides of the weight, the person exercises by moving the bar to slide the weight between the at least two weight stops, or by rolling the weight along the support surface while holding on the cylindrical bar in a sit-up style position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Nichole Mary Black
  • Patent number: 10172758
    Abstract: A portable stretching device is provided having a gear housing and gear mechanism that move stretching poles in opposing rotational directions to provide a maximum stretching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Curtis Downs
  • Patent number: 10159866
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus has at least one vertical wall structure, a floor and a ceiling forming a cage that can be square, rectangular, circular, oval or another suitable configuration. An arrangement of strategically placed attachment points on the wall structure, floor and ceiling enables easy attachment and detachment of a variety of resistance devices (e.g., a handheld and/or inline cable operated resistance creation device, or a stretch band resistance device) to any of the vertical and/or horizontal structures within the gym cage, thereby providing a nearly 360 degree dimensional point of resistance to perform a wide variety of exercises for different muscle groups and subgroups of the body. In one embodiment, the cage includes an arrangement of spaced apart vertical and horizontal frame members forming a rear wall and opposite side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Marcus Carter
  • Patent number: 10159619
    Abstract: A system for providing continuous passive motion of a subject's leg through hip extension and flexion. The system may have an actuator, a leg support member, a retention surface, and a base. The leg support member may be a support frame with a proximal member and a distal member. The subject places his/her leg on the leg support and the actuator provides a moment of force to the subject's upper leg to move the upper leg through the desired range of motion. The system may be controlled allowing the device to operate at different speeds and for different ranges of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation
    Inventors: Laura W. Lee, Kenneth A. Garrett, Muhaimeinul Khan
  • Patent number: 10143611
    Abstract: A rehabilitation apparatus for facilitating joint movement in a patient having a limb with a joint, the apparatus including an actuation member and an actuation strap extending from the actuation member, the actuation member selectively retracting the actuation strap, the actuation strap having a strap end engageable with the limb of the patient. A security strap is connected to the actuation member. When the limb of the patient is engaged with the strap end of the actuation strap and the actuation member retracts the actuation strap, the actuation strap produces a force on the limb. The security strap can be a harness receivable about a patient's upper torso. The apparatus can further include a brace, the joint of the patient's limb receivable in the brace, the actuation strap engageable with the brace, the actuation strap producing a force on the limb via the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: William N. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10086229
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing prone leg curl exercises, including a moving support platform or frame that allows a user to perform prone leg curl exercises without excessively arching his or her lower back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Meredith, Bruce Hockridge, Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: 10029136
    Abstract: A stretching device comprises a shoulder or body harness with an adjustable central hold arranged around the upper body connected with an adjustable extension strap configured to engage a foot at a distal end. The extension strap is slidably connected to the central strap to move along the length of the central strap. The wearable device and method of using the device provides a comfortable tension and facilitates hands free stretching in the supine position, for improving duration of the stretching and range of motion. The device straps may be quickly disassembled with a strap independently used, or in a combination rearranged for connection by interlocking the central strap with either a shoulder strap or the extension strap, for upper body and shoulder stretching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: BAM Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Aldridge, Shari Aldridge
  • Patent number: 9950210
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing prone leg curl exercises, including a moving support platform or frame that allows a user to perform prone leg curl exercises without excessively arching his or her lower back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Meredith, Bruce Hockridge, Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: 9937096
    Abstract: A stretching device comprises a wearable body harness with an adjustable central hold arranged around the upper body connected with an adjustable extension strap configured to engage a foot at a distal end. The extension strap is slidably connected to the central strap to move along the length of the central strap. The extension strap comprises a non-elastic material, divided by a single elastic segment. The extension strap having incremental markings designating amount of adjustment. The device and method of using the device provides a comfortable tension, facilitates hands free stretching in the supine position, improving duration of stretching and range of motion. An independent adjustable stretching strap for upper body and shoulder stretching, further comprises a non-elastic material looped at each distal end, divided by a discrete elastic segment and having incremental visual markings designating amount of adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BAM Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Aldridge, Shari Aldridge
  • Patent number: 9925405
    Abstract: An exercise system comprises an anchor and at least one extendible tether extending from a mooring on the anchor to a grip end. Each extendible tether is longitudinally movable between an extended configuration and a retracted configuration. At least one sensor alignment arm is movably coupled to the anchor, and a sensor is associated with each sensor alignment arm and extendible tether. The sensor alignment arm carries a first sensor element and the extendible tether carries a second sensor element. Each extendible tether is longitudinally movable relative to its sensor alignment arm and angular movement of the extendible tether relative to the anchor moves the sensor alignment arm to maintain longitudinal alignment between the first sensor element and the second sensor element. The sensor detects movement of the second sensor element past the first sensor element as the extendible tether moves between the extended configuration and the retracted configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Konstantine Matthews
  • Patent number: 9868023
    Abstract: The exercise device includes an elevated base, including a single track, diverging forwardly into a plurality of elevated arms, each including an elongated track member disposed between opposing first and second ends such that the first end is proximal to a forward end of the elevated base. An elevated beam provided with a stationary knee support protrudes rearwardly from the elevated base. A single slider including a steering mechanism is capable of being slidably disposed on the single track and selectively disposed onto an elongated track member of any one of the plurality of elevated arms. Preferably, a plurality of legs are used to elevate the plurality of elevated arms, elevated base and elevated beam from a supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: James Darryl Boykin
  • Patent number: 9821189
    Abstract: A foot harness is disclosed for use with cable machines to provide improved range of motion for lower body exercises. The foot harness includes a sole strap and a heel strap. The heel strap includes forward ends that attach to a cable. The forward ends rise at an angle from the plane of the sole so that the point of resistance for the exercise is emphasized on the foot rather than on the attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Jeffrey Saar
  • Patent number: 9772015
    Abstract: A linear powered input device that utilizes linear input from a user and converts the linear input rotational energy to perform work. The linear input is generated by lever arms having a slotted attachment at a pivot point that allows a free end of the lever arms to move linearly rather than in an arcuate path. The lever arms are connected to a power transmission mechanism that wraps around one or more drive wheels having one-way bearings mounted on one or more output shafts. The output shafts can be connected to any type of auxiliary device to perform the desired work. Output wheels may be mounted on the output shafts and operatively connected by a transmission link that allows linear motion of any lever arm in any allowable direction to cause the output shaft to rotate in the same rotational direction so as to receive continuous input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: LPID LLC
    Inventor: John P Fitzsimmons
  • Patent number: 9750975
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an exercise device that makes push-ups more physically challenging by reducing the area of contact that the push-up device makes with a surface while in use. A distal end of the device has a minimal radius of curvature, such that the surface area of the device in contact with the ground is minimized, thereby inducing instability. The user is challenged to overcome the inherent instability of the push-up device, thereby recruiting more muscle groups, placing higher demand on involved muscle groups, and practicing balance and proprioception. Additionally, by elevating the user's hands above the ground, the device can also enable the user's chest to move below the plane of the palms of his or her hands, thus inducing a larger range of motion with each push-up and further challenging the user's muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Stanley Russell Hunter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9744399
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an exercise machine that has all the functionality of a standing, bulky, multifunctional exercise machine, but can be mounted on a door frame so that it can quickly and conveniently change from full exercise functionality to full doorway functionality without any removal or disassembly of any components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Jason Sheeler, Anthony Sheeler
  • Patent number: 9682278
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a base having a rear end and a front end. A support extends upright from the front end of the base and supports a handle assembly disposed at an elevated location relative to the front end of the base. A framework, between the rear end of the base and the front end of the base, is mounted to the rear end of the base for movement of the framework between a lowered inclined position relative to the rear end of the base and a raised inclined position relative to the rear end of the base, and for side-to-side pivotal movement of the framework about a longitudinal axis. Opposed foot supports are mounted to the framework on either side of the longitudinal axis for movement in reciprocal directions relative to the handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Bryan A. Jones
  • Patent number: 9662537
    Abstract: An exercise attachment apparatus including a pair of spaced vertically disposed hollow base supports having a plurality of spaced first apertures. A horizontally disposed cross support has a plurality of spaced second apertures and is attached to the pair of base supports with a pair of screws slidably securable through one of the plurality of first apertures and one of the plurality of second apertures. One of a pair of tubular sleeves is continuously disposed through one of a pair of openings disposed through the pair of base supports. One of a pair of tubular rods is slidably engageable through one of the pair of sleeves. One of a pair of hooks is attached to a front side of one of the pair of base supports, and one of a pair of padded supports is slidably moveable along one of the pair of rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Tony Graves, Ryan Kinser