Utilizing Force Resistance Generated By User Only Patents (Class 482/131)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9549576
    Abstract: A device that provides support for sailors while hiking from a sailing vessel is disclosed. The device includes a garment that is shaped and/or configured to resist the backwards leaning moment of a sailor whilst hiking thereby reducing muscular strain and effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Zhik Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Brian John Conolly, Thomas Kenneth Hussey, Bartosz Milczarczyk, Andrue Kerr
  • Patent number: 9526942
    Abstract: An exercise device for performing exercises employing upper body and abdominal muscles includes a hinge and a pair of guide tracks, each guide track attached to a corresponding side of the hinge. Each guide track includes a central longitudinal slot formed in the guide track, the slot having a plurality of stop positions formed therein, a rotatable pushup handle assembly slidable over the slot between stop positions, and a locking device insertable into a portion of the rotatable pushup handle assembly to lock a lower portion of the rotatable pushup handle assembly in one of the stop positions in the slot, an upper portion of the rotatable pushup assembly still able to rotate while the assembly is in a locked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: IMPLUS FOOTCARE LLC
    Inventors: Alden Morris Mills, Ian Coats MacColl
  • Patent number: 9526945
    Abstract: A knee range-of-motion exercise device includes a rail assembly, foot sled, and single continuous stretch-control rope. The rail assembly has opposing first and second ends, and at least one longitudinal rail extending between the ends. The foot sled is carried on the longitudinal rail, and is adapted for longitudinal sliding movement between the first and second ends of the rail assembly. The stretch-control rope has a first free end attached to the foot sled, a second free end attached to the first end of the rail assembly, a first looped end passed around a first pass-around rope guide fixed to the second end of the rail assembly, a second looped end passed around a second pass-around rope guide fixed to the foot sled, and a third looped end extending freely outwardly from the first end of the rail assembly for access by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Edmondson
  • Patent number: 9463347
    Abstract: A pull handle that is ergonomically designed to avoid unnatural stresses on the user's body through the range of motion is disclosed. The invention enables a user to perform exercises that cannot be accomplished with existing handles or may be more difficult to do so. These objects are achieved by providing one or more axes of rotation or flexibility in the pull handle so that the user's hand, wrist and/or arm (or foot, ankle and/or leg) may bend and/or rotate more naturally through the user's range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: David Kristiansen
  • Patent number: 9387363
    Abstract: An exemplary exercise device includes a deck, a track, and a ball. Opposing ends of the deck include foot supports. The track bulges upwardly from the deck to form a dome that receives the ball. With the ball and deck on the floor, a user balances herself on the foot supports and may move along multiple axes as the ball rolls on the floor. The user may (for example) pivot and rock the exercise device (as she balances herself), rolling the ball along the track while alternately touching the ends of the deck to the floor, or the user may twist the exercise device clockwise and/or counterclockwise. The exercise device allows for enhanced strength and cardiac training, in addition to balance training, as the user engages in motions and repetitions that may include rolling the ball in the track and contacting different portions of the deck with the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: NAUTILUS, INC.
    Inventor: Glenn Polinsky
  • Patent number: 9254415
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a stretching device which makes it possible for a user to stretch muscles such as the calf muscles and Achilles tendons. The foothold unit (10) includes a base plate (12), and an inclined foothold (11) disposed above the base plate at a position spaced apart from the base plate. A support pole unit (30) is disposed in a central portion of the foothold unit. The support pole unit includes a lower tubular member (31) fixed to the base plate (12), an upper tubular member (32) disposed in the lower tubular member so as to be adjustable in height, with a handle (36) provided on an upper end of the upper tubular member, and a fastener (33) fastening the upper tubular member to the lower tubular member. The inclined foothold is provided so as to be rotatable with respect to the support pole unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Sung Eui Ha
  • Patent number: 9248330
    Abstract: A leg exercising apparatus includes a back support having a brace connected thereto, a seat support attached to the brace and spaced from the back support, a plurality of deformably flexible leg supports having proximal ends pivotally coupled to the seat support, and a plurality of foot supports pivotally coupled to distal ends of the leg supports, respectively. In this manner, the leg supports are independently pivoted along arcuate leg support paths defined about mutually exclusive leg fulcrum axes located at the proximal ends of the leg supports, respectively. Similarly, the foot supports are independently pivoted along arcuate foot support paths defined about mutually exclusive foot fulcrum axes located at the distal ends of the leg supports, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Nybil Ghanem
  • Patent number: 9199112
    Abstract: A lower limb stretching workout device includes a frame unit, two sliding plates, a motor assembly, and two cranks. The frame unit has two guide rails opposing each other. Rollers are disposed at the sliding plates and slidingly movable along the guide rails. The cranks each have a driving end and an acting end. The driving end is pivotally connected to a cam. The acting end is pivotally connected to a lug beneath each of the sliding plates. The motor assembly drives a rotating shaft to rotate through a transmission module. The torque of the rotating shaft is converted by the cams into a push/pull for driving the cranks to push/pull the sliding plates, thereby causing the sliding plates to slidingly move toward each other and away from each other. A user's two feet rest on the sliding plates, respectively, to stretch the user's lower limbs by extension and flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: ST LIFE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jue-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 9123256
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for controlling of movement of limbs of a user in a substantially mirror symmetrical manner, a user's limb or limbs being held in position via support arms, said device comprising a bar (or bars) adapted to move about a point of rotation, said bar (or bars) having a first end and a second end, said ends separated by the point of rotation, a first support arm(s) operatively coupled at or towards one end of said bar and a second support arm(s) operatively coupled at or towards a different end of the bar wherein the first and second support arms are adapted to substantially support and/or hold the limbs of a user of said device, the first and second support arms and the bar (or bars) configured such that, in use, as the bar (or bars) rotate(s) the support arms move in a substantially tandem synchronized manner with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Auckland Uniservices Ltd.
    Inventors: Winston Dean John Byblow, James William Stinear, Raymond Wayne Prikkel
  • Publication number: 20150133277
    Abstract: A fitness device for fully suspending a user in air includes at least four holds, at least four strap segments, and at least one attachment member. Each hold is configured to allow a user to interface with a hand or a foot. The four holds are configured to allow a single user to concurrently interface the four holds with a separate hand or foot. At least one strap segment is adjustable in length between the corresponding hold and a suspension point. The strap segments are configured to move independently of each other strap segment. The at least one attachment member is configured to attach to a corresponding mounting support structure to enable a user to fully suspend the user's body from a ground surface by contact with the holds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: VELEX CORP.
    Inventors: Kiril Stefan Alexandrov, Peter Hristov Velikin
  • Patent number: 9028375
    Abstract: An exercise machine applicable for strengthening users abdominal muscles is described. The machine can include a track frame and a support frame adjustably coupled to the track frame. The track frame can include a pair of parallel rails to provide gliding support for movement along the parallel rails. Two sliding assembly may be movably mounted on the parallel rails respectively. Each sliding assembly may be configurable to move together or separately along the parallel rails. Two seat pads may be adjustably secured to the two sliding assembly respectively. Each seat pad may be rotationally adjustable to change angular relationship between the seat pad's longitudinal direction and movement direction along the parallel rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventors: Wei-Teh Ho, Willy Ho, Michael Edward Casey
  • Patent number: 9028376
    Abstract: An exercise machine applicable for strengthening users abdominal muscles is described. The machine can include a track frame and a support frame adjustably coupled to the track frame. The track frame can include parallel rails to provide gliding support for movement along the parallel rails. Two sliding assembly may be movably mounted on separate pairs of the parallel rails respectively. Each sliding assembly may be configurable to move together or separately along the parallel rails. Two seat pads may be adjustably secured to the two sliding assembly respectively. Each seat pad may be rotationally adjustable to change angular relationship between the seat pad's longitudinal direction and movement direction along the parallel rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventors: Wei-Teh Ho, Willy Ho
  • Patent number: 8936540
    Abstract: A portable exercise device for the posterior muscle chain. The portable exercise device can include a first anchor and a second anchor, the anchors being oriented substantially vertically, and at least one central member coupled to and extending between the first anchor and the second anchor. The anchors can include a housing, a handle portion rotatably disposed at a first end of the housing, and an anchoring portion operatively coupled to the handle portion and disposed at a second end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Lanell Kueckelhan
  • Patent number: 8915828
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ergonomic, rotational muscle stretching device and method for use by an individual to rehabilitate one or more muscles groups after injury or surgery, or for use by an individual for general muscle exercise purposes. The device and method allow for stretching, strengthening, and increasing flexibility of the one or more muscle groups while placing minimal stress and/or strain on associated joints due to the ability of the device to ergonomically rotate along x, y and z axes in tandem with the joints associated with the muscles being exercised, i.e., the device effectively mimics motion of the joints. This allows joints to move freely through their full range of motion so that a complete, symmetrical stretch of the exercised muscles is achieved without placing negative stress and/or strain on the joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Donald Stalnaker, Steve McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20140342884
    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: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Aldridge, Shari Aldridge
  • Patent number: 8888668
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an exercise apparatus for assisting in performing a push-up exercise. The apparatus includes a base with a convex outer surface connected to the handle support structure and a handle. The convex outer surface of the base of the apparatus provides a user with a means to engage muscle groups not normally exercised during a conventional push-up exercise, through the action of continuously stabilizing their weight on the apparatus, and by providing a means to rotate the wrists during the exercise. The apparatus also provides a user with a means to perform the exercise at different widths and positions during the exercise, by repositioning (sliding or moving) the apparatus during the exercise, on an appropriate surface. The apparatus is also intended to be lightweight and compact enough to be transportable for activities such as jogging or running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Allen Delisle
  • Publication number: 20140329649
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a rehabilitation flexor having a center piece and two twisting assemblies. The center piece may include a top section, a bottom section, and a curved section longitudedly connected to form a continuous body partially surrounding a leg recess, which is configured to accommodate a human leg behind the knee. Each twisting assembly has at least a handle bar that can be held by the user and used to manipulate the rehabilitation flexor. The rehabilitation flexor may be used to improve the rehabilitation and recovery of a person's leg mobility and flexibility after injury or surgery. In one alternate embodiment, the center piece and twisting assemblies are one piece formed from an injection molding or similar process. In this alternate embodiment, the leg recess has a padded covering such as memory foam to help support and cushion the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Boutros
  • Patent number: 8876677
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus, method and system for a human individual to exercise his body in a novel manner wherein the user, when he is in the prone position, is able to move his arms, while holding the instant apparatus placed on a relatively flat surface, in all three planes of human motion simultaneously; i.e. saggital, frontal and transverse planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Meant-2-Move LLC
    Inventors: Justin B. Meininger, Steven J. Miller
  • Patent number: 8870724
    Abstract: A device (101) for supporting or exercising the pelvic floor muscles in a female human. The device has a unitary elongate body having a first enlarged end (103), a second enlarged end (105), and a relatively narrow interconnecting region (107) that interconnects the first enlarged end and the second enlarged end. The first enlarged end (103) generally extends in a first direction from the interconnecting region (107) and from one end of the interconnecting region. The second enlarged end (105) generally extends in a second generally opposite direction from the interconnecting region (107) and from the other end of the interconnecting region. The first enlarged end (103), the second enlarged end (105), and the narrow interconnecting region (107) are substantially fully insertable into the vagina to provide resistance to contraction of the pelvic floor muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Orelle Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Carol Armitage, Ralph Elliott Schneideman, Patricia Ann Coombes
  • Patent number: 8864632
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus and method allows a user to perform exercises while seated or otherwise supported. Such exercises can assist in avoiding DVT and help those who otherwise might have difficulty exercising due to various conditions. The apparatus requires a base element formed of substantially flat sheet material dimensioned to accommodate a portion of a user's foot, and a leash element attached to a periphery of the base element and dimensioned for retention of the base element. The sheet material reduces friction between a user's foot and the exercise surface to allow a user to exercise their lower extremities via a sliding motion. The leash element allows the base element to be deployed to a floor or other surface for use, and then retrieved without requiring the user to bend over. The leash element is preferably formed of elastic to allow resistive forces to be applied to the base element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Gartay LLC
    Inventor: Kim Johnson
  • Patent number: 8858408
    Abstract: A double loop exercise strap that includes both an outer strap anchored to a fixed object (e.g., a wall, rail or other fixed platform) and an inner strap that wraps firmly around a limb, extremity (e.g., hand or foot) or torso of the human body. The inner strap has two ends, a fixed end that may advantageously be sewn or attached to the outer strap and a free end that wraps around the human limb, extremity or torso and is threaded through an outer strap slot before being attached to the outside of the outer strap using VELCRO™, buckles or other types of fasteners to thereby create a closed double loop system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Meridian Research and Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald F. DeMeo