Rotatably Movable Patents (Class 482/136)
  • Patent number: 10219968
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, it is possible to implement a joint assembly operating similar to a user's actual ankle joint. An ankle joint included in a walking assistant robot is pivotable around a rotation axis located outside the ankle joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Won Lee, Yong Jae Kim, Young Do Kwon, Jeong Hun Kim, Youn Baek Lee, Se Gon Roh, Min Hyung Lee, Byung June Choi, Hyun Do Choi
  • Patent number: 9595733
    Abstract: A battery module is provided. The battery module includes a first battery cell; a heat transfer plate contacting the first battery cell and defining a perimeter, the heat transfer plate having a first thickness; a heat transfer fin extending from the perimeter of the heat transfer plate, the heat transfer fin having a second thickness that is greater than the first thickness; and a fluid conduit coupled to the heat transfer fin, whereby, during operation, heat is transferred from the first battery cell, to the heat transfer layer, to the heat transfer fin, and to the fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Pablo Valencia, Jr., Kanthasamy Elankumaran
  • Patent number: 9295877
    Abstract: A user-actuated stretching device (10) activates an alarm and/or a controller (48) in response to a stretch velocity condition or stretch load condition being detected. Exemplary stretch velocity conditions may be a detected drop in stretch velocity and/or a detected excessive stretch velocity. The alarm may be visual, audible or tactile. The controller preferably takes the form of a solenoid (48) which can lock a hydraulic damper (46) in response to a stretching velocity condition being detected. The device optimizes stretching and reduces the risk of over-stretching and injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Stuart John Andrews
  • Patent number: 8998781
    Abstract: Exercise equipment is for performing exercises in an exercise zone. The exercise equipment comprises a frame and a band peg that is connected to the frame so as to be selectively movable between an active position wherein the band peg extends from the frame into the exercise zone and an inactive position wherein the band peg is retracted away from the exercise zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Westin Nelson
  • Patent number: 8998782
    Abstract: An adjustable band peg assembly is for exercise equipment in an exercise zone where a user performs exercises. The assembly comprises a housing and a band peg that is connected to the housing so as to be selectively movable between an active position wherein the band peg extends into the exercise zone and an inactive position wherein the band peg is retracted away from the exercise zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Westin Nelson
  • 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: 8790226
    Abstract: This trunk rotation device uses dynamic movement of one's body such as, shoulder, hip, knee, back, thigh, and abdominal musculature. The device provides a method for exercising the spinal column and the muscles of the torso, including those in the abdominal lumbar and thoracic regions involving rotational torque. In a preferred embodiment, the device is a golf exercise and flexibility apparatus. The golf exercise apparatus provides resistance to a golfer during a golf swing to strengthen and condition the muscles of the axial skeleton of the golfer in a functional posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The University of Toledo
    Inventors: Vijay K. Goel, Danny M. Pincivero, David Dick, John Jaegly, F. Alan Schuitheis, Kathleen Herndon
  • Patent number: 8740753
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a frame, a resistance lever pivotably attached to the frame, a resistance engagement member moveably attached to the resistance lever, the resistance engagement member being positionable at a plurality of attachment points on the resistance lever, and a resistance element disposed adjacent to the resistance engagement member. The resistance element includes a deflection member having a first end and a second end, a first anchor attached to and positionally fixing the first end of the deflection member, and a second anchor attached to and positionally fixing the second end of the deflection member. When a force is input to the resistance lever, the resistance lever pivots about the pivot point and the resistance engagement member transversely engages the deflection member. The apparent resistance provided by the resistance element is adjusted by positionally adjusting the resistance engagement member along the attachment points relative to the anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: ICON IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Olson, William Dalebout, Steven M. Shorten
  • 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: 8177693
    Abstract: A calf exercise machine has a floor engaging main frame, a user support pivot, a user support assembly pivotally mounted on the main frame via the user support pivot, and a pivotally mounted user engagement device. A user engaging foot plate assembly is pivotally mounted to track movement of the user's feet during a calf exercise, and may comprise either the user support in a standing calf machine or the user engagement device in a seated calf machine. A connecting link translates movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support so that pivotal movement in the user engagement device results in a self-aligning, pivoting movement of the user support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8075459
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adjustment device (2) for a training machine (1), especially a triceps extension or a biceps curl, for strengthen training and rehabilitation, having an arm or elbow rest member (50, 51) and pivotably connected handles (23, 24) are provided on each side of a seat (17). Furthermore, the arm or elbow rest members (50, 51) as well as the handles (23, 24) are provided at the lower ends of at both sides of the seat arranged arms (18, 19) pivotably suspended at a position at the top of the training machine (1). Moreover, the adjustment device (2) includes control element (41, 42, 48, 49) for laterally adjusting the positions of the arms and in turn also the arm or elbow rest members (18, 19) as well as the handles (23, 24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Kjell Axelsson
  • Patent number: 8007421
    Abstract: This trunk rotation device uses dynamic movement of one's body such as, shoulder, hip, knee, back, thigh, and abdominal musculature. The device provides a method for exercising the spinal column and the muscles of the torso, including those in the abdominal lumbar and thoracic regions involving rotational torque. In a preferred embodiment, the device is a golf exercise and flexibility apparatus. The golf exercise apparatus provides resistance to a golfer during a golf swing to strengthen and condition the muscles of the axial skeleton of the golfer in a functional posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignees: University of Toledo, The Turning Point LLC
    Inventors: Vijay K. Goel, Danny M. Pincivero, David Dick, John Jaegly, F. Alan Schultheis, Kathleen Herndon
  • Patent number: 7951054
    Abstract: A therapeutic and/or exercise apparatus is provided for use in connection with structured, multiaxial, multi-pattern movement that aids in rehabilitation or enhances conditioning. The apparatus generally includes a base and a posture bar that is attached to and extends upwardly from the base. The posture bar is affixed to a top surface of the base and can be removable or collapsible for ease of storage. The top surface of the base also includes a recess therein for receiving one of a variety of controlled motion devices such as a rotary disk that moves freely or is restrained by resistance means or other proprioceptive tools. This feature provides a much more balanced exercise process while also naturally working the entire set of muscle groups related to the exercise rather than simply isolating a single motion or muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Lifting Up Life, LP
    Inventors: Donna Snow, Robert Ayres
  • Patent number: 7938761
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for an exercise apparatus is disclosed that includes a base structure, a multiple axes pivotal mechanism disposed adjacent to the base structure, and an arm. The arm further includes a distal end portion and a proximal end portion with a longitudinal axis spanning therebetween. The distal and proximal end portions are each adapted to provide independent resistive force to muscle exertion, with the proximal end portion being adjacent to the mechanism such that operationally at least two independent axes of movement occur in the arm relative to the structure. Also included in the exercise apparatus is an assemblage for creating selectable variable resistance forces to the movement of the arm relative to the structure, such that each axis of movement has an independent selectable variable resistance force to the arm movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventors: Tom Simonson, Nate Fryer, Paul R. Jeselnick
  • Patent number: 7887471
    Abstract: Neuromuscular training apparatus configured to maintain a body unit in a suitable geometry for performing neuromuscular training therapy or athletic training. The neuromuscular training apparatus comprises a center support member and a pair of transverse support members coupled to opposing ends of the center support member in a parallel spaced relationship. A plurality of arcuate members span the spaced relationship between the transverse support members. The arcuate members are axially repositionable about a common vertical axis which parallels the center support member. Each arcuate member is configured to maintain a radial element in a suitable geometry with the body unit for performing the neuromuscular training by providing a bias force, movement restriction or inhibition to a range of movement of the body unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Tyrone G. McSorley
  • Patent number: 7833138
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for bi-directional exercising of upper body muscle groups including the steps of mounting lever arms for pivotal movement about primary and secondary axes; arranging the axes so that they are essentially perpendicular and intersect at a shoulder of a user, wherein the user exercises by grasping the lever arms and pivoting each of them independently about both axes simultaneously moving them close together from an extended position, with resistance opposing such exercise movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Kent Fulks
  • Patent number: 7811211
    Abstract: Principles of exercise machine construction, an exercise machine, components of an exercise machine, and methods related to exercising on or constructing an exercise machine that allows for the performance of multiple different exercises, where the user utilizes related arcs of an arm with a fixed path of motion for the different exercises. Generally the arcs will be utilized for both pull-type exercises and push-type exercises and/or for diverging and converging exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Douglas J. Habing
  • Publication number: 20100216602
    Abstract: This trunk rotation device uses dynamic movement of one's body such as, shoulder, hip, knee, back, thigh, and abdominal musculature. The device provides a method for exercising the spinal column and the muscles of the torso, including those in the abdominal lumbar and thoracic regions involving rotational torque. In a preferred embodiment, the device is a golf exercise and flexibility apparatus. The golf exercise apparatus provides resistance to a golfer during a golf swing to strengthen and condition the muscles of the axial skeleton of the golfer in a functional posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Vijay K. Goel, Danny M. Pincivero, David Dick, John Jaegly, F. Alan Schultheis, Kathleen Herndon
  • Patent number: 7766802
    Abstract: A rowing or mid-row exercise machine has a main frame and a user support frame pivotally mounted relative to the main frame for rotation between start and end positions. The user support frame supports spaced positions on a user's body in the same relative orientation throughout an exercise movement. A user engagement device is movably mounted relative to the frames and has at least one handle gripped by the user in performing exercises. The handle is movable in a predetermined rowing exercise path between a start position spaced in front of a user's chest and an end position closer to the chest. A connecting linkage translates movement of the user engagement device to rotational movement of the user support frame. A load resists movement of at least one of the user support, user engagement device, and connecting linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20100190622
    Abstract: A method for passive and active exercises of the human knee using an apparatus having a substantially rigid support member having two substantially similar sides joined at one end, which forms an apex, and having a third side including two opposing linear surfaces separated by a cavity; and an adjustable strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Lanny L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100145233
    Abstract: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most commonly injured knee ligament in sports-related activities, especially in pivoting sports. Considering that the knee is free to flex/extend but has much more limited motions about the off-axis (tibia rotation and valgus/varus), ACL injuries are often associated with excessive off-axis loadings. A pivoting/sliding mechanism combined with sagittal plane movement/exercise is described as a diagnostic tool to evaluate off-axis neuromechanical and anatomical risk factors of noncontact ACL injuries. The pivoting/sliding mechanism is also described as an intervention tool for off-axis training, possibly based on the diagnosis, to reduce the incidence of ACL injuries. Training outcome can also be evaluated using the pivoting/sliding mechanism. In general, the pivoting/sliding mechanism can be used with many sagittal plane exercise machines and used to improve off-axis control of the lower limbs and reduce lower limb injuries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: REHABTEK LLC
    Inventors: Li-Qun Zhang, Hyung-Soon Park, Yupeng Ren
  • Patent number: 7731642
    Abstract: A training apparatus including an operation part to which a load is applied for performing a training of a front deltoid muscle, a pectoralis major muscle and a triceps brachii muscle. The training apparatus includes a pair of armrests on which trainee's forearms are to be rested, and a pair of grips provided to the operation part and having lower end sections. In the training apparatus, the armrests have surfaces on which the trainee's forearms are to be rested, at a height of the lower end sections of the grips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Senoh Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Kashiwaya
  • Patent number: 7695415
    Abstract: This trunk rotation device uses dynamic movement of one's body such as, shoulder, hip, knee, back, thigh, and abdominal musculature. The device provides a method for exercising the spinal column and the muscles of the torso, including those in the abdominal lumbar and thoracic regions involving rotational torque. In a preferred embodiment, the device is a golf exercise and flexibility apparatus. The golf exercise apparatus provides resistance to a golfer during a golf swing to strengthen and condition the muscles of the axial skeleton of the golfer in a functional posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignees: University of Toledo, The Turning Point LLC
    Inventors: Vijay K. Goel, Danny M. Pincivero, David Dick, John Jaegly, F. Alan Schultheis, Kathleen Herndon
  • Patent number: 7654940
    Abstract: An arm exercise machine for performing isolation arm exercises has a self-aligning pivoting seat or user support on a main frame and an exercise arm for performing biceps curl and/or triceps extension exercises which is linked to the pivoting user support to translate movement of the exercise arm into movement of the user support. The user support is pivotally mounted on the main frame so as to automatically align in order to maintain positioning of the user throughout the exercise motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7641596
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment of the invention, an exercise device comprises a support structure comprising a support member and a support arm having an upper support arm portion and a lower support arm portion. The support arm is mounted to the support member by a pivot assembly comprising a longitudinal pivot control mechanism and a lateral pivot control mechanism. The longitudinal pivot control mechanism is configured to allow the support arm to be selectively positioned at a first angular orientation in a longitudinal plane and the lateral pivot control mechanism is configured to allow the support arm to be selectively positioned at a second angular orientation in a lateral plane orthogonal to the longitudinal plane. The exercise device further comprises a yoke pivotably attached to the upper support arm by a yoke attachment member for rotation about a yoke rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Chester H. Sharps
  • Patent number: 7641595
    Abstract: An exercise device is provided that comprises a support arm having an upper support arm member defining an upper support arm axis and a lower support arm member defining a lower support arm axis. The exercise device further comprises a support structure to which the support arm is pivotably attached by a longitudinal pivot mechanism and a lateral pivot mechanism. The longitudinal pivot mechanism is adapted so that the support arm may be selectively rotated about a longitudinal pivot in a pitch plane that includes the upper support arm axis. The longitudinal pivot mechanism is also adapted so that the support arm may be selectively locked at a selected pitch rotational position. The lateral pivot mechanism is adapted so that the support arm may be selectively rotated about a lateral pivot point in a vertical plane that is orthogonal to the pitch plane. The lateral pivot mechanism is also adapted so that the support arm may be selectively locked at a selected lateral rotational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Chester H. Sharps
  • Patent number: 7597655
    Abstract: An exercise arm assembly for mounting on an exercise machine frame has a main arm, a swing arm, and a handle. The main arm has a first pivot connection to a frame of the machine for pivoting about a first pivot axis. The swing arm has a first end pivoted to the second end of the main arm for pivoting about a second pivot axis. The handle is pivoted to the swing arm for pivoting about a third pivot axis, with each pivot axis being perpendicular to the other two pivot axes to form a perpendicular, tri-pivot arm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, George M. Zink
  • Patent number: 7563214
    Abstract: An exercise arm assembly for mounting on an exercise machine frame has a main arm, a swing arm, and a handle. The main arm has a first end for pivoting on a frame of the machine to pivot about a first pivot axis. The swing arm has a first end pivoted to the second end of the main arm for pivoting about a second pivot axis. The handle is pivoted to the swing arm for pivoting about a third pivot axis, with each pivot axis being non-parallel to the other two pivot axes, and at least one pivot axis being non-perpendicular to the other two pivot axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20090156362
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for exercising muscles with the aid of an exercise apparatus and, where appropriate, for measuring exercise conditions, where the person exercising loads the relevant muscles by increasing or decreasing the rotational energy (E(kin)), kinetic energy, of at least one rotatably mounted flywheel, by means of a traction element which is wound up and designed for acting on the flywheel (1), the flywheel (1, 1a) being braked in a controlled manner by means of a brake element (40). The invention also relates to an exercise apparatus for exercising muscles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Ernst Hans Erik Berg
  • Publication number: 20090062090
    Abstract: A rocking type exercising apparatus includes a movable unit on which a user rides and a driving unit for causing the movable unit to perform a rocking motion. The driving unit is designed to drive the movable unit to rock in forward/backward directions of the user riding on the movable unit and to move the movable unit forward at a greater acceleration than when the movable unit is moved backward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryusuke Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 7485078
    Abstract: A waist and buttocks exerciser has a base, a seat being mounted pivotally on the base, multiple connectors being mounted on the base, a resilient rope being wrapped around the connectors and two leg supporters being attached rotatably onto the base. Each leg supporter has a pin being mounted through the leg supporter and being mounted between and abutting the resilient rope. When a user sits on the seat and places his feet on the leg supporters, the leg supporters can be driven toward different directions. With pins abutting and keeping pushing the resilient rope, user's waist, buttocks and thighs can be exercised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Chih-Liang Chen
  • Publication number: 20080318741
    Abstract: A machine is for exercising the muscles of the lower back. The machine includes a base frame and a resistance arm including a resistance pad engaged by the user, the resistance arm coupled to the base frame at a first rotation point and having a center of rotation about the first rotation point. The machine further includes a seat frame member carrying a seat, the seat frame member coupled to the base frame at one or more seat rotation points and having a center of rotation about each of the seat rotation points. The resistance arm and seat frame member are rotated in opposite directions during a repetition cycle about the respective first rotation point and at least one seat rotation point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Philip Sencil, Larry Berry
  • Patent number: 7465258
    Abstract: An exercise device, having a pair of handles—namely a first handle and second handle, and an elastic cord extending through the handles. The elastic cord has a fixed end, the first handle located adjacent to the fixed end. The second handle located along the elastic cord further away from the fixed end than the first handle. The second handle can selectively slide freely along the elastic cord toward and away from the first handle. A novel stopping device is attached to at least one of the first handle and second handle, which is capable of fixing the position of its associated handle along the elastic cord so that the elastic cord may then be tensioned to allow exercises to be performed. The novel stopping device includes a keyhole type slot for the cord terminating in a circular opening and forming a pair of pinch points with a tapering slot whereby the cord is securely held in the circular opening against slippage or accidental removal from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Peter Mortorano
  • Publication number: 20080293551
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for a joint linkage device suitable for training multi-joints in a single limb. The joint linkage device is capable of rotation at a proximal end and a distal end. The device includes a proximal end having an upper plate, a middle plate, and a lower plate, a distal plate, a side bar, a main bar, a switch mechanism, and an extended bar. In use, a torque from a motor is applied to the upper plate to provide a user with an assistance torque, a resistance torque, or a assistance/resistance torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Inventors: Kai Yu Tong, Rong Song, Chiu Hoi Lam, Wai Man Tam, Kwok Kuen Kwong, Tak Chi Lee, Man Kit Peter Pang, King Lun Kwok, Mau Wah Chan, Woon Fong Wallace Leung
  • Patent number: 7396319
    Abstract: An inner and outer thigh exercise apparatus has a framework, and a seat and backrest mounted on the framework. Right and left leg supports are pivotally mounted on the framework about spaced apart pivot shafts relative to the seat and are interconnected with one another so as to pivot simultaneously in opposite angular directions between start and finish positions. A resistance arrangement is operatively connected to the leg supports for imposing a resistive force on the leg supports during pivoting movement thereof between start and finish positions. A motion transfer assembly is controllably mounted for selective rotation about a single pivot axis on one of the leg supports for enabling changing of the start positions of the leg supports, and allowing the imposition of resistive force on the leg supports during pivoting movement of the leg supports between start and finish positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Northland Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20080153682
    Abstract: An exercise training system primarily comprises a guiding-track generating unit and a controlling unit wherein the controlling unit can direct the guiding-track generating unit to produce a variable circulative guiding track for an exerciser to move accordingly and detect the exerciser's motion to provide objective data of performance assessment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Chun-Ho Chen, Chia-Hsiun Chuang
  • Patent number: 7384381
    Abstract: An exercise arm assembly for mounting on an exercise machine frame has a main arm, a swing arm, and a handle. The main arm has a first end for pivoting on a frame of the machine to pivot about a first pivot axis. The swing arm has a first end pivoted to the second end of the main arm for pivoting about a second pivot axis. The handle is pivoted to the swing arm for pivoting about a third pivot axis, with each pivot axis being perpendicular to the other two pivot axes to form a perpendicular, tri-pivot arm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, George M. Zink
  • Patent number: 7377884
    Abstract: There is provided an exercise machine in which resistance to movement of an actuation member, such as a handle, is provided and that resistance is able to be varied through the course of a single repetition of a series of repetitive exercises. The variation of resistance with distance along the movement path of the actuation member is, in a preferred embodiment, able to be changed by the selection and fitting of a component having a contoured surface, with which a follower means in the machine interacts to vary the resistance. There is also provided a multi-function exercise machine, that lends itself well to provision of the variable resistance feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: John Michael Schopf
  • Patent number: 7374518
    Abstract: The construction of a collapsible rotary torso exercise machine is disclosed. The machine's extended parts fold down and/or detach so that it may be stored in a small space. The machine is also lightweight and therefore portable. Three different types of resistance mechanism are specifically disclosed: 1) piston in cylinder resistance 2) friction resistance and 3) elastic member resistance. The collapsible rotary torso exercise machine preferably has variable resistance and for each type of resistance mechanism disclosed, a mechanism or method for varying the resistance is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bruce Ratner
  • Publication number: 20080058181
    Abstract: An arm exercise machine for performing isolation arm exercises has a self-aligning pivoting seat or user support on a main frame and an exercise arm for performing biceps curl and/or triceps extension exercises which is linked to the pivoting user support to translate movement of the exercise arm into movement of the user support. The user support is pivotally mounted on the main frame so as to automatically align in order to maintain positioning of the user throughout the exercise motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7331910
    Abstract: A dual purpose physical rehabilitation orthopedic and physical fitness exercise device for use within physical therapy facilities. The rehabilitation and exercise device includes a frame hosting a hydraulic or pneumatic system means for applying variable levels of resistance for specified exercise regimens; an activating assembly including a torsion bar, indexed platen, exercise arm assembly and a lever to act against hydraulic/pneumatic pressurized cylinders. The exercise arm assembly includes equally spaced ports and locking pins to allow altering the active length of the arm. Further, the platen contains ports, radially positioned around its facial surface to permit adjusting the angular displacement of the exercise arm through 90° either side of the horizontal. The platen also has inscribed degree indexes to define angular displacement from preset azimuth during the exercise routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventors: Anthony John Vallone, John Frank Vallone, Sr., John Frank Vallone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7316637
    Abstract: A mechanical device that performs single, orthogonal, alternate, and independent movements which, adapted in an apparatus, can be applied to the prevention of lower limb thrombosis suffered by people who spend long hours in a sitting position. The device includes a solid cylinder shaped as a horizontal axis with a solid, centered, and jointly-moving sphere with grooves on its surface, along which runs a guiding bolt that guides the movement all along the grooves. The guiding bolt is joined to one of the arms of a fork-shaped piece. On the other arm of the fork, there is a ball-holding cavity with a spring to push a ball into a depression on the sphere surface opposite to the grooves. The guiding grooves engraved on the piece, which are read by the guiding bolt, are transferred to the pedals adhered to the gym apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventors: Jaime Alberto German, Norberto Hugo Baldoni, Natalio Hupert, Julio Cesar Bralo
  • Patent number: 7306549
    Abstract: A resistance exercise machine has a frame that includes a base on the floor and upright posts on the base. Resistance packs mounted for adjustment up and down on the posts are equipped with cams that compensate for the increased resistance resulting from increasing deformation of the resistance elements in the packs. The resistance packs are interconnected by teeth on their rims which allow the packs to be arranged in a stack. An adjustable bench and seat are provided. One alternative is a direct drive system having angularly adjustable levers. Another alternative has a fixed number of resistance packs that can be selectively activated to add resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: SpiraFlex, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul S. Francis
  • Patent number: 7204791
    Abstract: An exercise station for an exercise device such as a shoulder press or other device includes a dock extending from the exercise device, and a user support such as a shoulder press bench or other support engaging the dock in docking relation and releasably locked thereto. The user support is removable and replaceable in a one handed operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas K. Baumler, Nathan R. Luger
  • Patent number: 7195584
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus for resistance training includes a first disk rotational about an axis, a second disk axially aligned with the first disk and resisting rotation about the axis, and a resiliently deformable coupling coupled between the first and second disks and tensionable in a spiral about the axis upon rotation of the first disk about the axis, such that rotation of the first disk about the axis tensions and stretches the coupling along a spiral and is resisted by the second disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Zhi Lu, Mark C. Termion, Eric C. White
  • Patent number: 7128695
    Abstract: A gymnastic apparatus for pectoral muscles is equipped with two push arms (20) fitted to oscillate from initial positions to final positions and normally maintained in initial positions by means of a weight unit (2); a support element (32) for the user's forearm fitted to each push arm (20) to oscillate with respect to the push arm (20) at least during part of the movement of the push arm (20) from initial to final positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Panatta Sport S.R.L.
    Inventor: Rodolfo Panatta
  • Patent number: 7121987
    Abstract: Disclosed is a golf exercise weight machine for anaerobically strengthening the large rotary muscles of the body—including the upper thigh, trunk and abdomen, and shoulders—most used in performing a golf swing. Preferably, the device includes a floor mounted base to which a yoke is rotatably attached to fit around the shoulders and arms of a user, so that during operation the user's body remains oriented in the proper swing position so as to mimic and improve the golf swing by strengthening the appropriate muscles. A weight stack provides variable resistance during the simulated golf swing, and the device offers adjustment over multiple degrees of freedom and it can accommodate both right-and left-handed swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: Chester H. Sharps
  • Patent number: 7101327
    Abstract: An exercise device includes a frame, a press arm pivotally attached to the frame at a main pivot, a pair of press handles extending from the press arm, an adjustment link having a first portion pivotally mounted to the press arm at an adjustment pivot between the main pivot and the press handles, and having a second portion adjustably extensible and retractable from the first portion, a bracket mounted to the second portion of the adjustment link and guided by the frame for movement therealong, and a pulley mounted to the bracket and receiving a cable trained therearound from a source of resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas K. Baumler, Nathan R. Luger
  • Patent number: 7087004
    Abstract: A massaging device which is straddled over the doorstop of a door opening at an elevated location coincident with a hard-to-reach back area and held in place by the leaning weight of a user moving back and forth and up an down permitting a self-administered back massage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Michael N. Berke
  • Patent number: 7029427
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes: a frame configured to rest on an underlying surface; a seat mounted to the frame; a backrest mounted to the frame above the seat, the seat and backrest being configured to receive a seated user; a pair of movement arm units pivotally interconnected with the frame and movable about respective generally parallel first and second axes of rotation; and a resistance system connected with the movement arm units. Each of the movement arms is configured to engage at least one of the elbows, forearms and hands of the user and is movable, within a range of motion plane that is generally normal to the first and second axes of rotation, between an extended position and a flexed position. The range of motion plane forms an angle of between about 30 and 80 degrees with the backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Nautilus Human Performance Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Henri Vuurmans, Gregory M. Webb