Having Common Force Transmitting Support Frame For User And For Force Resister Patents (Class 482/133)
  • Patent number: 10369397
    Abstract: A jumping assistance system is disclosed herein. The jumping assistance system includes a base frame assembly, a support stand, an upper frame assembly, and a training harness that combine to provide a secure support structure from which a user may perform a training or exercise routine that involves repeated jumping movements or pull-ups. The jumping assistance system is useful for suspending a user beneath the upper frame assembly by a set of resistance bands or other secure means that may still allow the user's feet to come in contact with the ground. From this supported position, the user may engage in a series of jumping exercises or extended workout routines while minimizing the impact of repeated jumps to their joints, feet, and other body parts. The jumping assistance system also features a series of hinges that allow the support device to be conveniently folded for storage purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Damien Allen
  • Patent number: 10252102
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus having a pulley, a pair of stabilizing assemblies each configured to couple a front portion of a respective pedal element to each side of the pulley, a looped belt configured to couple the pulley to a resistance assembly, a tension stabilizer configured to maintain a tension of the looped belt on the pulley, and the resistance assembly configured to assert an adjustable resistance to the pedal elements through the looped belt. The exercise apparatus also comprises a resistance band extension for performing additional exercise using resistance bands and a transport mechanism for transporting the exercise apparatus and securing the exercise apparatus to a chair wheel or other structure during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FITNESS CUBED INC.
    Inventor: Arnav Dalmia
  • Patent number: 10245461
    Abstract: An exercise system having a pair of stationary support members, each having a lower portion and an upper portion, the upper portion being at an acute angle relative to the lower portion. Some embodiments have a pair of rotatable support members configured to rotate between a first position wherein the first rotatable support member is generally adjacent to the upper portion of the stationary support members and a second position wherein the first rotatable support member is generally adjacent to the lower portion of the stationary support members. Some embodiments have a first and a second carriage member translatable along at least a portion of the rotatable support members and a barbell coupled with the first and second carriage members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Dave Peter Bruni, Kelly Ann Bruni
  • Patent number: 10150003
    Abstract: An exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method for efficiently varying the workout resistance for an exercise machine. The exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method generally includes a control unit in communication with a resistance adjustment system of an exercise machine and a biometric monitoring device used by an exerciser on the exercise machine. The control unit receives biometric data from the biometric monitoring device and sends a control signal to the resistance adjustment system to adjust the resistance of the exercise machine based on the biometric data received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 10130838
    Abstract: An abdominal exercise assembly for exercising abdominal muscles includes a plate that is rigid. The plate has a first end that is configured to insert between a mattress and a box spring of a bed. A second end of the plate is positioned proximate to an edge of the bed. A support is slidably coupled to the second end. The support is configured to position proximate to and parallel to the edge of the bed. A bar, coupled to the support distal from the plate, extends bidirectionally from the support in parallel with the second end of the plate. The bar is configured to be selectively vertically positioned relative to the plate. The plate is retained in a substantially horizontal configuration by a combination of the weight of the mattress and a user positioned on the mattress. The bar is configured to selectively position legs of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Murrell
  • Patent number: 10058264
    Abstract: A universal sensor pod provides a native sensing function during a first mode of operation and a secondary sensing function during a second mode of operation. The universal sensor pod may transition from the native sensing function to the secondary sensing function upon detecting that a sensor capable of the secondary sensing function is connected to the universal sensor pod via a smart connector. The universal sensor pod may continue one or more native sensing functions along with the secondary sensing function upon detecting that a sensor capable of the secondary sensing function is connected to the universal sensor pod via a smart connector. A code embedded within the smart connector is transmitted to a processor contained within the universal sensor pod and in response, the processor executes a firmware application that is tailored to the secondary sensing function code in response to receiving the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Noraxton U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Brent R Perkins, David K Byman
  • Patent number: 10016655
    Abstract: An exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method for efficiently varying the workout resistance for an exercise machine. The exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method generally includes a control unit in communication with a resistance adjustment system of an exercise machine and a biometric monitoring device used by an exerciser on the exercise machine. The control unit receives biometric data from the biometric monitoring device and sends a control signal to the resistance adjustment system to adjust the resistance of the exercise machine based on the biometric data received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 9776043
    Abstract: An exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method for efficiently varying the workout resistance for an exercise machine. The exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method generally includes a control unit in communication with a resistance adjustment system of an exercise machine and a biometric monitoring device used by an exerciser on the exercise machine. The control unit receives biometric data from the biometric monitoring device and sends a control signal to the resistance adjustment system to adjust the resistance of the exercise machine based on the biometric data received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 9643051
    Abstract: An exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method for efficiently varying the workout resistance for an exercise machine. The exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method generally includes a control unit in communication with a resistance adjustment system of an exercise machine and a biometric monitoring device used by an exerciser on the exercise machine. The control unit receives biometric data from the biometric monitoring device and sends a control signal to the resistance adjustment system to adjust the resistance of the exercise machine based on the biometric data received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 9586089
    Abstract: An exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method for efficiently varying the workout resistance for an exercise machine. The exercise machine adjustable resistance system and method generally includes a control unit in communication with a resistance adjustment system of an exercise machine and a biometric monitoring device used by an exerciser on the exercise machine. The control unit receives biometric data from the biometric monitoring device and sends a control signal to the resistance adjustment system to adjust the resistance of the exercise machine based on the biometric data received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 9566022
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining 3D load displacement characteristics of an anatomical joint formed by a first body portion and a second body portion moveable with respect to the first body portion. The apparatus includes a first frame for receiving and securing the first body portion and a load displacement assembly. The load displacement assembly includes a first axis for alignment with a first anatomical plane of the joint, a second frame for receiving and securing the second body portion. The second frame is movable relative to the first frame. The load displacement assembly also includes a first counterweight configured to balance the weight of the second frame, a force for applying a load to the second frame, and a displacement sensor for measuring displacement of the second frame relative to the first frame upon application of the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hospital for Special Surgery
    Inventor: Carl Imhauser
  • Patent number: 9526938
    Abstract: A multifunctional leg training machine includes a framework, a weight-bearing mechanism mounted at said framework and movable in direction toward or away from said framework and adapted to impart a downward pressure to the shoulders of the user using the machine, allowing the user to perform a squat exercise, a lunge exercise, a calf-raise exercise, a simple transverse body movement exercise, or a mixed training exercise of moving the body transversely and upwardly to fully train different muscle groups of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: JOONG CHENN INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: James Chen
  • Patent number: 9265685
    Abstract: A compliant bimanual rehabilitation system. The device allows for the user or operator's hands to be coupled with a variety of coupling stiffnesses and in a variety of symmetry modes, leading to enhanced rehabilitation of the impaired arm. Structurally, the device includes a carrier assembly slidably coupled to a base along a y-axis, an upper assembly rotatably coupled to the carrier assembly along a z-axis, handle slides slidably coupled to the upper assembly along an x-axis, compliant handle assemblies coupled to the handle slides, and handles coupled to the compliant handle assemblies. Encoders and load cells can also be positioned accordingly to monitor the position of the components and force applied to the device. Spring stacks can be coupled to the compliant handle assemblies to adjust coupling stiffnesses. The handles are indirectly linked to each other to facilitate rehabilitation of the paretic arm using the sound arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
    Inventors: Samuel Houston Lawrence McAmis, Kyle B. Reed
  • Patent number: 9180331
    Abstract: A leg rehabilitation apparatus is provided. The leg rehabilitation apparatus includes a base, a seat, an oscillating set, a linking-up set, a resisting device and a buffer. The seat is disposed on the base. The oscillating set is pivotally connected to the base. The linking-up set is connected with the oscillating set and coupled with the oscillating set. The resisting device is connected to the oscillating set and provides a resisting force to the oscillating set during the leg rehabilitation. The buffer is disposed on the base and connected to the linking-up set. The buffer provides a buffering force during the leg rehabilitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: PREVENTIVE MEDICAL HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ching-Yu Yeh
  • Patent number: 9039581
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a base providing a relatively higher first terminal end, a relatively lower second terminal end, and a track between the first and second terminal ends. The exercise apparatus also includes a seat unit movable along the track between a first position adjacent to the first terminal end and a second position located far apart from the first terminal end. A distance difference relative to the seat unit is produced by a wheel pedal unit movable along the track between a first pedaling position adjacent to the second terminal end and located horizontally far apart from the seat unit, and a second pedaling position located far from the second terminal end and horizontally adjacent to the seat unit. Thus, changing the position of the wheel pedal unit and the position of the seat unit can change the distance difference between the seat unit and the wheel pedal unit in both the vertical and horizontal directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: REXON INDUSTRIAL CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Benjamin Chia, Yi-Chun Liao
  • Patent number: 9022911
    Abstract: An exercise or fitness board having a deck adjustably attached to a base to adjust the angle of incline of the deck relative to the base, and a plurality of straps attached to the deck for the user to grasp for balance and exercise. The deck and/or base contains various contours, scallops, cutouts, and the like to facilitate comfortable and varied positioning of the body. A rail and/or channel may be placed on the underside and along the perimeter of the board to facilitate grip. A pad or mat may be placed on top of the board and/or base for comfort, stability, and protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Five Giri, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnny Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9022909
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to an adaptive, multi-functional exercise device. In one embodiment, the exercise device includes a split carriage formed of separate carriage platforms that may optionally be used in a unified mode, in which the carriage platforms move in unison, or in a split mode, in which the carriages move independently. The device also includes at least one set of ropes that are tied to the carriage platforms such that they translate the resistance of the carriage platforms when manually manipulated. The device further includes split hand and/or foot rests that may be adjusted in multiple directions depending on the demands of the particular exercise in practice. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Reform 180, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Joanna Kermath, Gregg Luconi
  • Patent number: 8876676
    Abstract: A portable exercise chair that includes a chair frame, a chair seat and a resistance system. The resistance system includes first and second resistance arrangements. Each of the resistance arrangements includes first and second resistance hubs and a stretchable resistance member. The resistance hubs on the first and second resistance arrangements are releasably and swivelly connected to the chair frame. The resistance system is designed to enable a user to perform a variety of exercises. The portable exercise chair can include a retractable foot plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nabile Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Nabile Lalaoua
  • Patent number: 8852128
    Abstract: A computer system for assessing dynamic bone quality is provided, including a memory that stores executable instructions, a central processing unit (CPU) capable of accessing the memory and executing the instructions to provide an output, and a receiver for receiving data input and transmitting it to the CPU, wherein the receiver is operably connected to: (1) a plurality of accelerometers, each accelerometer adapted to contact an exterior surface of a human subject at a load-bearing anatomical site and to receive input from each point of contact including acceleration response data; and (2) a force plate adapted to receive input including vertical ground reaction force data provided by a heel strike on the force plate, wherein the CPU executes the instructions to process the input data transmitted from the receiver to provide the output as a bone damping value. A method for assessing dynamic bone quality is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: University of Cincinnati
    Inventors: Amit Bhattacharya, Nelson B. Watts
  • Publication number: 20140274609
    Abstract: A high knees exercise apparatus includes a base, a driving mechanism, a linkage mechanism and two magnetic resistance. The driving mechanism is located on the base and includes two driving member which is driven swung along arc path. The linkage mechanism is for leading the driving members swung reversely in response to each other. The two magnetic resistance devices are for providing magnetic resistances in accordance with swings of the two driving members respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PREVENTIVE MEDICAL HEALTH CARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ching-Yu YEH
  • Patent number: 8821428
    Abstract: A traction apparatus which impresses a desired traction force to a body to be pulled is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ito Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Tanaka, Yoshiharu Ootomo, Toshimasa Sakagami
  • Patent number: 8801583
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus has a plate with a primary side located opposite a secondary side. The primary side of the plate is supported by a user's torso. The plate has at least one portion flaring at an angle between 0 degrees and 60 degrees in relation to the plate. The plate has a primary opening and a secondary opening that receives a securing strap configured to secure the plate to a user's torso. The secondary side of the plate has at least one protruding structure that has an opening being substantially perpendicular to a user's torso when the plate is secured to a user's torso. The opening receives a pliable material that has a primary end located opposite a secondary end. The primary end has a primary grip and the secondary end has a secondary grip. The primary grip and the secondary grip are grasped by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Robert Shenkin
  • Patent number: 8758203
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to exercise equipment and more specifically, to an isometric exercise apparatus and a storage rack therefor. The isometric exercise apparatus includes a frame which has a base and a sidewall joined to the base. The base has an exercise platform for supporting a user's body. Also provided is a restraint arm assembly connected to the frame. The arm restraint assembly includes a swing arm pivotally connected to the base, a restraint arm carried by the swing arm and positionable above the exercise platform to inhibit movement of a portion of the user's body so as to allow the user to perform isometric exercises. An indexing assembly is provided to fix the swing arm in a predetermined angular position selected from a set of discrete angular positions relative to the base. At least one limb restraint accessory is positionable at predetermined locations along the base for inhibiting movement of the user's limb so as to allow the user to perform isometric exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Brad Thorpe
  • Patent number: 8696531
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to furniture that facilitates the performance of various exercises. In one exemplary embodiment, an article of furniture, such as a chair, a sofa, a love seat, a table, a desk, a dresser, an ottoman, a trunk, or a chest, for example, is used to perform various exercises. The article of furniture has at least one attachment device, such as a hook or handle, to which an exercise band is coupled. The exercise band is elastic and can be pulled by a user to perform one or more exercises. The exercise band deforms when pulled and resists the pulling motion of the user as it is being stretched. In addition, when deformed, the exercise band generates a force that tends to return the band to its pre-deformation shape. By countering the force generated by the exercise band, the user's muscles are strengthened and toned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Elizabeth McElvy Spiller
  • Publication number: 20140100089
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to an adaptive, multi-functional exercise device. In one embodiment, the exercise device includes a split carriage formed of separate carriage platforms that may optionally be used in a unified mode, in which the carriage platforms move in unison, or in a split mode, in which the carriages move independently. The device also includes at least one set of ropes that are tied to the carriage platforms such that they translate the resistance of the carriage platforms when manually manipulated. The device further includes split hand and/or foot rests that may be adjusted in multiple directions depending on the demands of the particular exercise in practice. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Reform 180, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Joanna Kermath, Gregg Luconi
  • Patent number: 8668632
    Abstract: A complex exercise machine utilizes a horizontally extending frame assembly having a plurality of resistance elements. A plurality of foot pedals are included that are slidably mounted on the frame assembly. The foot pedals are moveable between a first position, proximate to the user, and a second distal position. The resistance elements have a first end and a second end. The first end of the resistance element is removably anchored to the frame assembly A first resistance element includes a handle at its second to exercise upper body muscle groups, while a second resistance element includes the pedals at its second end to exercise lower body and abdominal muscle groups. A seat is provided that is adjustably mounted to the frame assembly. The angulation between the seat back and seat bottom is also adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Ellis
  • Publication number: 20140038792
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring plasma parameters in plasma doping systems. A plasma doping system includes a plasma doping chamber, a platen located in the plasma doping chamber for supporting a workpiece, an anode spaced from the platen in the plasma doping chamber, a process gas source coupled to the plasma doping chamber, a pulse source for applying pulses between the platen and the anode, and a plasma monitor. A plasma containing ions of the process gas is produced in a plasma discharge region between the anode and the platen. The pulses accelerate ions from the plasma into the workpiece. The plasma monitor may include a sensing device which senses a spatial distribution of a plasma parameter, such as plasma density, that is indicative of dose distribution of ions implanted into the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: AVERO FITNESS LLC
    Inventors: Rick Farnsworth, Douglas G. Dixon, Shawn Kautz
  • Patent number: 8632444
    Abstract: An exercise device is disclosed that is useful for performing various exercises including Pilates exercises. The exercise device includes a pilates tower having first and second sides. A first padded surface extends horizontally from the first side of the pilates tower. The first padded surface pivotally mounts to the pilates tower. A second padded surface extends horizontally from the pilates tower. A third padded surface is removably attached to the first padded surface. A pivot frame pivotally attaches to the pilates tower. The pivot frame extends over the second padded surface in one embodiment. In addition, the pivot frame can include a first horizontal bar. The exercise device can also include a second horizontal bar for use as a plie bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Stamina Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert McBride, Kevin Gerschefske, Sarah Simpson
  • Patent number: 8597221
    Abstract: A traction exercise apparatus comprises a rectangular shaped metal frame including a pair of metal vertical members, a metal horizontal member on a bottom side, and a pair of metal horizontal members on a top side. A first rotating metal shaft and a second rotating metal shaft are located across the pair of metal horizontal members. Further a pair of ankle braces is attached to a snap hook. A cable pulley on each side of the first rotating metal shaft supports a first metal cable attached to the snap hook. A first cable reel on each side of second rotating metal shaft supports the first metal cable. A second cable reel on each side of the second rotating metal shaft supports a second metal cable attached to a hand grab bar. Second rotating metal shaft rotates to transmit a tension to the first metal cable to perform different traction exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Lisowski
  • Patent number: 8562496
    Abstract: A thigh exercise machine has a stationary main frame, a pivotally mounted user support seat, and a pair of exercise arms mounted for rotation between inner and outer positions, each arm having a pad positioned to engage part of a user's leg such as a user's inner or outer thigh. A connecting linkage translates movement of the exercise arms into rocking movement of the user support seat. The connecting linkage is arranged so that user is positioned in an upright or slightly reclined posture when their legs are together and a more reclined posture when their legs are spread apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • 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: 8425384
    Abstract: An exercise machine which includes a frame which is connected to a series of pivotable links. A user sits on one of the links and applies force, typically with his legs, to a drive link. At least two of the links are connected by some form of resistance, such as hydraulic cylinder. When the user presses against one of the links, resistance is applied, through the links, by the weight of the user and the hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Baylor University
    Inventor: Brian Garner
  • Patent number: 8409121
    Abstract: A therapy tool designed to assist therapist to manually control and facilitate patient elbow and knee flexion-extension during walking, sit to stand, control in standing, and other functions is provided. The therapy tool includes a first cushion adapted to receive at least a portion of a person's shin or forearm, a second cushion adapted to cushion a person's knee, a elongate handle attached the first and second cushions in a manner such that the second cushion is disposed above the first cushion, and a horizontal extension adapted to provide a support surface for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Waleed Al-Oboudi
  • Publication number: 20130072360
    Abstract: A chair-like exercising apparatus comprises a back, a seat, front legs, rear legs, and resistance element(s) which provide a broad range of resistance force adjustable by the user for the back extension exercise. The chair back pivotally connects to the rear legs directly, and pivotally connects to the front legs or rear legs through the resistance element(s). The resistance element comprises a compress-coil-spring cylinders (or constant-force-spring devices) and the cylinder holders (or the device holders). The resistance level of the back extension exercise is adjusted by switching the interchangeable compress-coil-spring cylinders (or constant-force-spring devices) of appropriate loads inside the cylinder holders (or device holders). A user sits on the chair and sway backward to perform back extension exercise after selecting an appropriate resistance level based on his/her physical condition. The apparatus is simple, affordable and can be used as a regular chair in its locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Yu Li
  • Patent number: 8376917
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to exercise equipment and more specifically, to an isometric exercise apparatus and a storage rack therefor. The isometric exercise apparatus includes a frame which has a base and a sidewall joined to the base. The base has an exercise platform for supporting a user's body. Also provided is a restraint arm assembly connected to the frame. The arm restraint assembly includes a swing arm pivotally connected to the base, a restraint arm carried by the swing arm and positionable above the exercise platform to inhibit movement of a portion of the user's body so as to allow the user to perform isometric exercises. An indexing assembly is provided to fix the swing arm in a predetermined angular position selected from a set of discrete angular positions relative to the base. At least one limb restraint accessory is positionable at predetermined locations along the base for inhibiting movement of the user's limb so as to allow the user to perform isometric exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Brad Thorpe
  • Publication number: 20130017932
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for an exercise mechanism including: a base for a user to sit or stand on; a track arranged near the base; at least one handle bar comprising a handle and a paddle blade attached to the track so as to allow sliding movement alongside the track; and a resistance mechanism to provide resistance as the user moves the handle bar in a selected motion depending on the user's exercise goals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Sean K. Tayebi
  • Patent number: 8348816
    Abstract: A storable exercise apparatus for home use. The apparatus includes an upright tower, a base structure, a bench frame, and a bench attached to the bench frame. A set of flexible pull lines coupled to a resilient spring system are carried within the tower structure. The user exercises by pulling the pull lines against the bias of the spring system. The grips for the pull lines are mounted at the top of the tower and generate significant tipping force on the tower when the apparatus is in use. To prevent tipping, the bench frame has pivotal and load-transmitting connections with the tower structure; the tower is stabilized by the weight of the user on the bench. The bench may be placed in either a raised or lowered position, and can be stored by collapsing and pivoting it so that it abuts the tower vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Stamina Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Gerschefske, Juliu Horvath, Lee San-Ping, Marjolein Brugman
  • Publication number: 20120329607
    Abstract: A rehabilitation exercising equipment includes a main frame, a first geared member rotatably mounted on the main frame, a second geared member rotatably mounted on the main frame, two handlebars secured on the first geared member and the second geared member respectively, a connecting mechanism mounted between the first geared member and the second geared member to connect the first geared member and the second geared member, and a transmission mechanism mounted between the main frame and the second geared member. Thus, a user's two hands can hold the handlebars to pivot the handlebars in two opposite directions by connection of the connecting mechanism so as to achieve an exercising or rehabilitating function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Shih-Jung Wang
  • Patent number: 8267843
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a gluteus weight training machine for progressive overload resistance training of the gluteus muscles. The gluteus weight training machine includes a frame, a support member linked to the frame, and two resistance members that provide resistance against a downward arcing rotation of the resistance member. Each resistance member includes a pad against which a user's leg applies force in order to perform the downward arcing rotation of the resistance member. Each resistance member further includes a weight assembly that adjusts the amount of weight used as resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Fabio Dellino
  • Patent number: 8197393
    Abstract: A resistance exercise apparatus is provided which, includes structures for receiving a body extremity of a user, the means for receiving a body extremity subject to a force provided by the body extremity, structures for maintaining the means for receiving a body extremity in a predefined plane during movement; and resistance providing devices to impose resistance against, the movement of the body extremity. Versions of the apparatus may positioned on a floor, on a wall, or be free standing. Various embodiments of the invention are particularly suited to provide range-of-motion exercises for legs, arms, and hands of the user for both recreational strengthening and physical therapy applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Isopulse, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Shane Harmon
  • Patent number: 8192332
    Abstract: A rowing machine or rowing machine attachment with an energy absorbing component configured to add responsive and compliant roll, pitch, and yaw motions to the rowing machine. The energy absorbing component is also configured to change shape so as to absorb energy in response to a compressive force by the user. Said energy absorption component returns substantially to its first shape in response to the removal of the compressive force. The energy-absorbing apparatus is configured to reduce a reaction force exerted on the user of the rowing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Blackstone Automation, LLC
    Inventors: David Gardner Baker, Patrick Michael Guida, Laurie A. Smith, Michael D. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20120100970
    Abstract: A thigh exercise machine has a stationary main frame, a pivotally mounted user support seat, and a pair of exercise arms mounted for rotation between inner and outer positions, each arm having a pad positioned to engage part of a user's leg such as a user's inner or outer thigh. A connecting linkage translates movement of the exercise arms into rocking movement of the user support seat. The connecting linkage is arranged so that user is positioned in an upright or slightly reclined posture when their legs are together and a more reclined posture when their legs are spread apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8070659
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an orthopedic exerciser and its actuating mechanism which, more specifically, are used for therapy, post-surgery rehabilitation or healing of a knee, of a joint, or the muscles of a leg or any other body member. Such exercisers usually allow a combination of exercises that help in the recovery of the joint, but to minimize the chances of further injuring the body part and therefore increase the recovery process, the exerciser must submit the body part to a controlled level of force. The orthopedic exerciser of the present invention includes an actuating mechanism cooperating with a resistance assembly which provides resistance and/or assistance along different directions of movement of the actuating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Robovic, NC.
    Inventors: Guy Gagnon, André Foucault, Patrick Marcoux
  • Publication number: 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: 8029423
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to exercise equipment and more specifically, to an isometric exercise apparatus and a storage rack therefor. The isometric exercise apparatus includes a frame which has a base and a sidewall joined to the base. The base has an exercise platform for supporting a user's body. Also provided is a restraint arm assembly connected to the frame. The arm restraint assembly includes a swing arm pivotally connected to the base, a restraint arm carried by the swing arm and positionable above the exercise platform to inhibit movement of a portion of the user's body so as to allow the user to perform isometric exercises. An indexing assembly is provided to fix the swing arm in a predetermined angular position selected from a set of discrete angular positions relative to the base. At least one limb restraint accessory is positionable at predetermined locations along the base for inhibiting movement of the user's limb so as to allow the user to perform isometric exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Brad Thorpe
  • Publication number: 20110237411
    Abstract: A child exercise device including a base assembly, a kick panel support assembly, a kick panel assembly, and a seat assembly. The base assembly includes a housing and a plurality of tracks oriented substantially parallel to each other. The kick panel support assembly is supported by the base and includes a plate coupled to the housing and a front panel coupled to the plate, the front panel having a plurality of apertures. The kick panel assembly is received by the plurality of apertures and includes a frame and a panel supported by the frame. The seat assembly includes a seat adapted to support the child and a plurality of wheels coupled to the seat and adapted to be received in one of the tracks in the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Kyle Nanna, Jennifer M. Long, John Kearney, Michael T. Kane
  • Publication number: 20110224058
    Abstract: A thigh exercise machine has a stationary main frame, a pivotally mounted user support seat, and a pair of exercise arms mounted for rotation between inner and outer positions, each arm having a pad positioned to engage part of a user's leg such as a user's inner or outer thigh. A connecting linkage translates movement of the exercise arms into rocking movement of the user support seat. The connecting linkage is arranged so that user is positioned in an upright or slightly reclined posture when their legs are together and a more reclined posture when their legs are spread apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8016731
    Abstract: A sports fitness/rehabilitation machine assists in strengthening the abdominal muscle region and includes a base having a main adjustment assembly, an upper adjustable support pivotally attached to the main adjustment assembly, and a lower adjustable support pivotally attached to said main adjustment assembly. The machine may also include an upper adjustable support arm, handle bars, a back and headrest pad, a leg adjustment member, and a foot rest, or any combination of these additional features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Rael Vanterpool
  • Patent number: 7981011
    Abstract: A combination exercise machine comprises a movable platform assembly to perform leg presses and extended leg calf raises, a movable user support assembly which includes an adjustable brace pad assembly to perform seated isolated calf raises, a multi-function handle bar assembly, and a wrist rolling assembly to exercise the forearms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Roger Batca
  • Patent number: 7976446
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus containing a supporting stand and at least one force transmission element, which is associated with a handle element and a pressure exerting element, the apparatus being suitable to exert pressure onto the knee area of a human user and the apparatus allowing the movement of the pressure-exerting element from a first position, in which the pressure-exerting element is in an anterolateral position relative to the body of the user, to a second position of the pressure exerting element, in which the pressure-exerting element is in an posterolateral position, while the pressure-exerting element exerts pressure onto the knee area of the human user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Edward Chen