About A Horizontal Axis Patents (Class 482/137)
  • Patent number: 10052513
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for exercising muscles comprises a power arm (2), which is pivotable about a pivot shaft (5), which is disposed on a holding element (6). The first articulation point (7) at which a compression spring element (9) is linked to the power arm (2) is adjustable along the power arm (2). To achieve this, one end region (8) of the compression spring element (9) is provided with a first joint surface (14), and a series of second joint surfaces (16), which are designed complementary to the first joint surface (14), is disposed across an adjustment zone (10) along the power arm (2). The first joint surface (14) is operatively connectible to one of the second joint surfaces (16), and the power arm (2) is pressed via a further spring element (18) toward the one end region (8) of the compression spring element (9) such that the two operatively connected joint surfaces are kept in contact with each other. Resulting thereby is a simple possibility of adjustment of the force to be applied to the power arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BLBW AG
    Inventor: Michael Schrag
  • Patent number: 9821212
    Abstract: A method for controlling an exercise apparatus via a control interface of an exercise apparatus, including steps of controlling a touch screen to display an information field, and then monitoring the touch screen to detect whether a touch has occurred on the surface of the touch screen and whether the touch is located in an input zone which has a plurality of sensing areas in the information field. A user can use specific actions to operate the exercise apparatus from one condition of using a first speed value to another condition of using a second speed value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON HEALTH TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Andrew J Kolman, Matthew D Wittenberg, Timothy E Bank, Mark J Van Handel, Shanan Galligan
  • Patent number: 9662261
    Abstract: An orthotic system includes a controller, a joint and a fail-safe system for the joint. In a preferred embodiment, the orthotic system is an exoskeleton, the joint is a knee joint and the fail-safe system is a normally engaged brake that is controlled by the controller. The brake is engaged when the controller fails or the exoskeleton is powered off. The exoskeleton also includes an electrical or mechanical brake disengagement mechanism, separate from the controller, so that an exoskeleton user can disengage the brake when desired. The exoskeleton can also include an override mechanism that prevents the brake disengagement mechanism from functioning when the exoskeleton is powered on and the controller has not failed. Additionally, the exoskeleton can include a user interface at one location, with the brake disengagement mechanism located at a different, limited access location, so that the user cannot accidentally activate the brake disengagement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Ekso Bionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Julin, Reuben Sandler, Tom Smith, Adam Zoss
  • Patent number: 9586076
    Abstract: An exercise machine in the form of a stationary rigid metal construction is provided, which includes a support frame having an axle. The axle is provided on the outer side of levers. The levers are pivotally mounted on the uprights of the support frame. Limiters for limiting the movement of a weight are in the form of transverse connections between the levers and are installed on both sides of the axle. A load guide is provided between the limiters and is in the form of a bent rod having two rectilinear portions and an arc. A limiter of lever position is in the form of a U-shaped frame and is affixed to the levers. A bench is mounted on the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Vadim Evgenevich Markelov
  • Patent number: 9472999
    Abstract: A damper with linear power generation and reluctance includes a tube body, a movable driving rod, and a generator whereby the driving rod displaces in linear movement in the tube body and drives a screw rod by a screw sleeve to connect and drive a driving mechanism to rotate a shaft of a generator thereof, rotating a rotor thereof and producing a torque by the electromagnetic loading from the operation of the magnet and group of coil as the buffer and damping force for the linear displacement. The present invention complements the defect of oil leakage in the prior art and produces reluctance by the generator thereof, producing the damping force in a short time and being able to keep the balance of the force, therefore featuring itself longer durability with high quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Chi Hua Fitness Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying-Che Lee
  • Patent number: 9468788
    Abstract: The present invention relates to equipment, apparatus and systems used for exercising muscle groups of the body, more specifically, a resistance system for making variable mechanical resistance exercises, which receive voice commands, changes in brain waves and/or any body movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Moises Bucay Bissu
  • Patent number: 9358420
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments herein provide an exercise device having a frame, comprising a first and a second arm, a first end of each arm meeting in fixed angular relationship at a vertex and a second end of each arm extending away from the vertex; a lever arm, having a first and a second end, the first end constrained to rotate about a pin located near the vertex; and a resistance arrangement, configured to convert rotation by a user of a first rotational assembly about an axis on the second end of the first arm into rotation of a second rotational assembly about an axis on the second end of the lever arm, which is converted into rotation of a third rotational assembly about an axis on the second end of the second arm, with the rotation of the third rotational assembly being resisted by a resistive element, the resistance arrangement providing a substantially constant resistance against the rotation of the first rotational assembly by the user over the entire range of the rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Funk Engineering LLC
    Inventors: Nathan W. Funk, Justin H. Funk
  • Patent number: 9248329
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of an exercise apparatus. In certain embodiments, an exercise apparatus comprises an exercise station coupled to a resistance system, the exercise station comprising a frame, an arm assembly, and a seat assembly comprising a seat, the seat having a first position and a second position and configured to move between the first and second positions, wherein the first position accommodates use of the exercise apparatus by a user sitting on the seat and wherein the second position accommodates use of the exercise apparatus by a user sitting in a wheelchair. In some embodiments, the seat assembly may comprise a biasing element which allows users to move the seat from the first position to the second position without needing to lift the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Gordon M. Heideman
  • Patent number: 9233273
    Abstract: A recumbent fitness equipment with synchronized pedals and armrests and a seat adjustment device includes a frame, a rotary wheel assembly, a pair of pedal assemblies, a pair of armrests, a seat mounting rack, and seat. When the user stamps the pedals, the armrests also move along with the pedals, so that the user's feet and hands can move simultaneously during exercise, so as to improve exercise effect. Besides, the distances from the seat member and the armrest rods to the pedal assemblies can be adjusted to meet the demands of different users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: KEEN NEEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chin-Liu Wang
  • Patent number: 9095492
    Abstract: A bilateral upper limb exercise device (10) for exercising a user's arms comprising a central mounting structure (12) that is mountable to a fixed surface or structure (15), left and right limb supports (14a, 14b) for supporting the forearm and/or hand of a respective arm of the user, and a pair of articulated linkage arms (22a, 22b) that are pivotably coupled to opposite sides of the central mounting structure (12) and which are arranged to support a respective limb support (14a, 14b) for movement in at least two degrees of freedom in a two-dimensional (2D) movement plane. A mirroring mechanism is also operatively coupled to the articulated linkage arms (22a, 22b) such that movement of the opposing limb support relative to a central line of symmetry of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Industrial Research Limited
    Inventors: Julian Kyle Verkaaik, Jason Murray Nicholls, Marcus James King, Joseph John Olson
  • Patent number: 8992393
    Abstract: A change of direction machine provides training for various muscles and body structures of a user. In one embodiment, the machine provides focused training for the muscles and body structures associated with making changes in the body's direction. The machine may comprise a pivoting arm assembly supported by a structure. The arm assembly may be configured to provide a resistance such that when a user engages the arm assembly a downward resistance may be applied to the user. The user may engage the arm assembly with his or her upper body and perform training or exercises involving lifting and lowering the user's body, moving laterally, or both. The machine may have various adjustable components to fit a user and to provide the desired resistance to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GRAA Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Gil Reyes
  • Patent number: 8944977
    Abstract: Apparatus for both supporting an occupant as a task chair and exercising the lumbar extensors. The chair has two configurations. One configuration is as a task chair. A second configuration is as an exercise device in which the arm rests move to restrain the anterior pelvic region and the lumbar support becomes a posterior pelvic restraint. The seatback moves through a range of motion with a strength curve ratio of about 1.4:1 between flexion and extension. The chair has a resistance mechanism that includes a four-bar linkage connected to a selectable group of coil springs. The chair includes a range of motion monitor and detectors that communicate with a feedback system, which indicates if the occupant is performing the exercise correctly. The feedback system displays a screen showing the angular position of the seatback with a comparison of the ideal position for the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel N. Foster, Michael Chris McGlaughlin
  • Patent number: 8936537
    Abstract: An exercise arm apparatus and method of use. The exercise arm comprises at least one finger, a spindle attached to the finger, and weights sized to reside on the spindle. One end of the exercise arm is rotatably attached at a pivot point to a frame or to a vertical surface; a belt is attached to an opposite end of the exercise arm by means of a belt line. Where the exercise arm is rotatably attached to a frame, dip bars and chin bars are disclosed wherein an exerciser may perform dips and chins. Upward motion by an exerciser wearing the belt is impeded by spindle weights, a belt elastic attached at one end to the belt and at an opposite end to the exercise arm, and/or an elastic member attached at one end to the frame and at an opposite end to the exercise arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Richard J. Hoole
  • Publication number: 20140378282
    Abstract: A swiveling user support assembly has a user support or seat rotatably mounted on a user support mounting device or frame for rotation about a first pivot axis, while the mounting device or frame is pivotally or rigidly connected to a main frame of an exercise machine. The user support has a base, and a primary user support and stabilizing device mounted on the base. A pivot connection between the base and mounting device or frame allows the user support to swivel from side to side about the first pivot axis. A centering mechanism helps to orient the user support in a central position for user entry or exit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Publication number: 20140296042
    Abstract: A collapsible exercise machine for strengthening the core muscles (transverse abdominal, internal obliques, external obliques, rectus abdominis, and erector spinae) includes a frame mounted on a base on which a user sits and manipulates an upstanding lever arm. A seat is convertible between two differently-angled positions for back extension or abdominal exercises. The lever arm rotates a curved tube having a plurality of force adjustment holes. The tube passes through a frame at the upper end of a gas spring, and engaging an adjustment pin on the frame with different adjustment holes changes the amount of resistance. The entire frame above the base can be vertically adjusted to accommodate different sizes of user without altering the relative position between the seat (and user's hips) and the axis of rotation of the lever arm thus not affecting/changing the designated resistance between users of different heights (resistance is affected when the lever arm is lengthened).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Michael J. Snyder
  • Patent number: 8827880
    Abstract: The method and system of this invention provides for core muscle strengthening. The method comprises the step of: providing an apparatus (10) that provides resistance and assistance during core muscle training using dynamic therapeutic movement for chest, back, abdominal and leg musculature to strengthen and condition muscles of the axial skeleton and lower extremities of a performing user. In one embodiment, the method also is for non-invasive physical therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: The University of Toledo, The Turning Point LLC
    Inventors: Vijay K. Goel, Kenneth Germano, F. Alan Schultheis, David Dick
  • 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: 8708871
    Abstract: The invention relates to a training machine for strength training and rehabilitation comprising pull or press means (42, 43), which are arranged to be moved to and fro, while a predetermined number of weights (18) of a weight package via connection means (22) are brought to be lifted and lowered, respectively, along an inner frame (8), and driving means (48, 49, 50) for lifting said predetermined number of weights in a continuous cycle by means of a first user force towards said pull or press means, and for lowering said predetermined number of weights by means of a second user force, wherein said first force is smaller than said second force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Mats Thulin
  • Patent number: 8702573
    Abstract: A glute exercise machine has a stationary main frame, a pivotally mounted upper torso support, a knee support, and an exercise arm having a foot support for engaging a user's foot and configured for rotation from a start position by user engaging the knee support with one leg and the exercise arm with the other leg. A connecting linkage translates movement of the exercise arms into rocking movement of the upper torso support. A load is linked to one of the moving parts to provide exercise resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hockridge, Randall T. Webber, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8545373
    Abstract: A human shoulder stretcher and method of use for gradual, progressive posterior capsular stretching to rehabilitate the shoulder, in particular to address tightness of the posterior capsule of the glenohumeral joint through use of a lever arm and ratcheting mechanism that permits a patient to stretch his or her shoulder without the need for a therapist present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Scott Borden
  • Patent number: 8540610
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a frame, a body support assembly in pivotable engagement with the frame, and a counter balance assembly connected to the body support assembly, wherein, in operation, the body support assembly is pivotable from a downward position to a top position. The counter balance assembly partially balances a body weight of a user in a prone position against the body support assembly as the body support assembly is pivoted from the downward position to the top position. The counter balance assembly may include a reaction arm extending from a rear portion of the body support assembly and pivotable about the frame, and may include a weight bearing end opposite the body support assembly. A method of using an exercise machine includes positioning a user body prone against a body support assembly, wherein the body support assembly is pivotally engaged with an exercise machine frame and counterbalancing the user's bodyweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: John D. Derrick
  • Patent number: 8529414
    Abstract: A neck exercise machine includes a position plate fixed to a cam for rotation therewith about an axis of rotation. The position plate has a multiple of apertures which defines a multiple of start positions for the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rogers Athletic Company
    Inventors: Tyler James Hobson, Kenneth Edward Staten, Michael Gittleson
  • Patent number: 8469866
    Abstract: A wheelchair gym having a support bar releasably connected to the frame of the wheelchair. A vertical post is attached to the support bar and hand grips are slidably mounted on the vertical post. The hand grips are resiliently biased and may be moved conjointly or opposite to one another to provide arm exercise for a patient in the wheelchair. The gym also has leg supports on which resiliently biased foot rests may be moved conjointly or opposite to one another. The leg supports may be moved up and down or may be splayed laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Randall J. Hochberg, Daniel T. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8333682
    Abstract: Swim training apparatus comprising, a pair of leg bands, each having posterior sides and adapted to be secured around the thigh portion of a swimmer's legs, a waist band having a posterior side and adapted to be secured around the waist of a swimmer, a lever arm attached to waist band and having distal ends and a center and a pair of connecting straps each having distal and proximate ends where the proximate ends are attached to the respective distal ends of the lever arm and the distal ends of the straps are attached to the respective posterior sides of the leg bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph S. Sporn
  • Patent number: 8323158
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus combines weight and pneumatic resistance to provide a user with options to work against either or both types of resistances. In one mode, the exercise apparatus includes a user interface, such as, for example, a weight-lifting bar, that a user can move either toward or away from a stationary portion of the user's body. A weight (e.g., a free weight plate) can be selectively coupled to the user interface. A pneumatic resistance device can also be selectively coupled to the user interface independent of whether the user interface is also coupled to the weight. The pneumatic resistance device includes at least one valve to regulate the amount of resistance that the pneumatic resistance device applies to oppose movement of the user interface in at least one direction. At least one actuator may be provided for controlling the at least one valve, the actuator being configured to be manipulated by the user while the user is in an exercise position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Keiser Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis L. Keiser
  • Patent number: 8317665
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a stationary main frame, a pivotally mounted user support frame, a user engagement device pivotally mounted on one of the frames for engagement by the user in performing an exercise, and a connecting link which links movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support frame. A load resists movement of one of the moving parts of the machine. An elongate flexible, load-bearing connecting linkage extends between the load and user support frame, and first and second anchors are selectively connectible to a first end of the load-bearing connecting linkage to vary the resistance felt by a user. At least one of the anchors is located on the user support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8292837
    Abstract: The present application describes a combination exercise-massage unit consisting of a base platform with enclosed weight enclosure at one end and a pivoting bed assembly at the other. The bed assembly can easily be tipped having the effect of increasing the weight lifted, reducing the pressure of the rollers on the back or relieving tension by elevating the head. A continuous belt covers a plurality of massage rollers that have replaceable outer sleeves with a variety of different configurations and softness. There is a translating framework that has elevated head rest and two shoulder supports on either side. The person can hold the upright handles or the side support bars with the padded side members of the translating framework. The translating framework can be adjusted in length to accommodate the height of the person using the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Tiffany Du
  • 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: 8187156
    Abstract: A wheelchair gym having a support bar releasably connected to the frame of the wheelchair. A vertical post is attached to the support bar and hand grips are slidably mounted on the vertical post. The hand grips are resiliently biased and may be moved conjointly or opposite to one another to provide arm exercise for a patient in the wheelchair. The gym also has leg supports on which resiliently biased foot rests may be moved conjointly or opposite to one another. The leg supports may be moved up and down or may be splayed laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventors: Randall J. Hochberg, Daniel T. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8187153
    Abstract: An exercising machine for exercising of a user's torso, arm, leg or other body part, including an exercising attachment for exercising of the user's torso, arm, leg or other body part, a computer-controlled resistance actuator operatively connected to the exercising attachment to impart a resistance for concentric exercising of the user's torso, arm, leg or other body part through a forward range of motion, a computer-controlled force actuator operatively connected to the exercising attachment to impart a force for eccentric exercising of the user's torso, arm, leg or other body part through a reverse range of motion, a computer for controlling the actuators and a method for exercising, including imparting a resistance for concentric exercising of a user's torso, arm, leg or other body part through a forward range of motion and imparting a force for eccentric exercising of the user's torso, arm, leg or other body part through a reverse range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Center for Rotational Exercise, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Scott Douglas, John D. Webb, Alexis D. Webb
  • Patent number: 8162807
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a main frame and a user support movably mounted relative to the main frame for movement between a start position and an end position during an exercise. At least one multi-function user engagement device is movably mounted relative to the frames for engagement and actuation by a user during an exercise, and a connecting linkage translates movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support. The user engagement device has two different modes of operation selectable by a user for performing different exercises which exercise distinct muscles or muscle groups. A load provides resistance for both exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: 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
  • Patent number: 8052585
    Abstract: An exercise machine designed to enhance flexibility and allow for controlled stretching of torso muscles is herein disclosed. The machine comprises a padded cushion upon which a user is situated in a seated position. The machine also comprises a padded bolster which moves in a circular arc which the user pushes against with their back, chest, or side, depending on the seated position. The bolster supports and guides the user through a full arcuate motion from a vertical position downwardly toward the floor. The machine comprises a stationary second pad which supports a user's pelvis or waist area during the stretching therapy. The positions of both the bolster and stationary pad are adjustable in order to accommodate the user's size. The exercise machine utilizes a series of counterbalancing springs housed within a main enclosure to enable the user to easily return to a sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Stuart Donaldson
  • Patent number: 8052584
    Abstract: An apparatus and method evaluate the power of a muscle group of a user by measuring velocities of an engagement assembly coupled to a resistance element and moved by the user at a highest achievable velocity through a selected number of exercise strokes at each of two resistance levels. A first velocity is determined at a first resistance level. A second velocity is determined at a second resistance level. The first and second velocities are used in combination with the two resistance levels to determine a relationship between the velocity and the resistance level for a particular user. The resistance level where the resistance level and the velocity correspond to an overall maximum power is determined and is displayed for the user so that the user may use the optimum resistance level for training for maximum power generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Keiser Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis L. Keiser
  • Patent number: 8033967
    Abstract: A gym machine comprising a ground resting base, a structure for supporting a user which is associated with the resting base so that it can rotate about a rotation axis, at least one maneuvering body which is associated movably with the supporting structure and flexible elements which are stretched between the maneuvering body and the ground resting base, the supporting structure rotating about the rotation axis between a first configuration and a second configuration when a user supported by the structure moves the maneuvering body, applying to the maneuvering body an action which is opposite with respect to the action applied thereto by the flexible elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Vincenzo Canali
  • Patent number: 8029424
    Abstract: A training machine for strength training and rehabilitation includes: a machine frame, a weight carrying frame, a weight package carried by the weight carrying frame, pull or press elements which are turnably provided on the machine frame and which are arranged to be moved backwards and forwards while a selected pre-determined number of weights in the weight package is arranged to be turned about a first axis, alternatively, by connection elements connected to the pull or press elements, and drive members to lift weights by a first force and to lower the weights by a second force, the first force being less than the second force, the weight carrying frame being turnable on the machine frame about a substantially horizontal second axis and the first and second axes being substantially perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Mats Thulin
  • Patent number: 8007422
    Abstract: A device for an exercise machine comprising a base, forming at least one substantially flat supporting surface, at least one resistant load connected to the base, at least one seat for a user, being positioned in front of the supporting surface, connected to the base in such a way that it can move from a forward position to a back position relative to the supporting surface, the seat being connected to the resistant load for performing an exercise; the device being characterized in that it comprises at least one footplate which can be selectively connected to the base at the supporting surface by removable supporting means, at least one actuator portion connected to the supporting means being designated to generate a vibration for the footplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventor: Leo Zaccherini
  • Patent number: 8007414
    Abstract: An exercise machine to train the hamstring group of muscles including a base, said base being formed of frame members, a knee rest provided upon the base, a frame member extending rearwardly supporting a cross support, whereby the exerciser rests upon the kneel rest and places his/her ankles under the ankle support, a vertical framework pivotally mounted to the base, the upper end of the vertical framework including a chest support, while various weights may be attached to the proximate bottom of the vertical framework to regulate the amount of stress exerted upon the user while exercising upon the exercise machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventors: Dennis P. Riney, Brady Joseph Mattingly
  • Patent number: 7993251
    Abstract: A pectoral fly exercise machine which is designed for performing exercises similar to a free weight pectoral fly exercise has a stationary main frame, a user support frame pivotally mounted on the main frame, a user engagement device or exercise arm assembly pivotally mounted on one of the frames for engagement by the user in performing a pectoral fly exercise, and a connecting link which links movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support frame. A load resists movement of one of the moving parts of the machine. The user support frame has an exercise start position which supports a user's body in a slightly rearward reclined position, and movement of the user engagement device to perform a pec fly exercise moves the user support from the start position to an end position in which a user's body is in a more rearwardly reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7981010
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a main frame and a user support movably mounted relative to the main frame for movement between a start position and an end position during an exercise. At least one multi-function user engagement device is movably mounted relative to the frames for engagement and actuation by a user during an exercise, and a connecting linkage translates movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support. The user engagement device has two different modes of operation selectable by a user for performing different exercises which exercise distinct muscles or muscle groups. A load provides resistance for both exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • 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: 7938760
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a main frame and a user support movably mounted relative to the main frame for movement between a start position and an end position during an exercise. At least one user engagement device is movably mounted relative to the main frame for engagement and actuation by a user during an exercise, and a connecting linkage translates movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support. A lifting arm is movably mounted relative to the main frame and associated with at least one of the user support, user engagement device, and connecting linkage so as to move during an exercise. A load associated with the lifting arm provides exercise resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7935038
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a rocker and a weight bearing frame pivotally interconnected with the rocker. The rocker and weight bearing frame are each pivotally mounted on a support frame or base. The weight bearing frame opposes movement of the rocker when the rocker moves in one direction and assists movement of the rocker when the rocker moves in another direction. The rocker can move from an upright orientation to a second orientation in which the rocker is canted below horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy Tyree
  • Patent number: 7922620
    Abstract: An exercising machine for exercising of a user's torso, arm, leg or other body part, including an exercising attachment for exercising of the user's torso, arm, leg or other body part, a computer-controlled resistance actuator operatively connected to the exercising attachment to impart a resistance for concentric exercising of the user's torso, arm, leg or other body part through a forward range of motion, a computer-controlled force actuator operatively connected to the exercising attachment to impart a force for eccentric exercising of the user's torso, arm, leg or other body part through a reverse range of motion, a computer for controlling the actuators and a method for exercising, including imparting a resistance for concentric exercising of a user's torso, arm, leg or other body part through a forward range of motion and imparting a force for eccentric exercising of the user's torso, arm, leg or other body part through a reverse range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Center of Rotational Exercise, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Scott Douglas, John D. Webb, Alexis D. Webb
  • Patent number: 7901337
    Abstract: An arm exercise machine for performing isolation 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: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7867149
    Abstract: A swiveling user support assembly has a user support or seat rotatably mounted on a user support mounting device or frame for rotation about a first pivot axis, while the mounting device or frame is pivotally or rigidly connected to a main frame of an exercise machine. The user support has a base, and a primary user support and stabilizing device mounted on the base. A pivot connection between the base and mounting device or frame allows the user support to swivel from side to side about the first pivot axis. A centering mechanism helps to orient the user support in a central position for user entry or exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7867153
    Abstract: A gymnastic machine (1) includes a first frame (10), a first support member (22) carried by the first frame (10) by means of a guiding device (20) to be movable along at least one given direction (D), the first support member (22) being shaped to be interfaced with a first body region of a user and a bearing member (30) being rotatably supported by the first frame (10) around an axis (32) transverse to the given direction (D), the bearing member (30) being shaped to be interfaced to a second body region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Roman, Leo Zaccherini
  • Patent number: 7862490
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a reactant force generating mechanism and a force application device. The force application device is coupled to the force input structure of the reactant force generating mechanism and is configured for transmitting force generated by a user to the force input structure. At least a portion of the force application device protrudes from within an opening in the force input structure. The force application device includes a non-compliant base portion, a compliant outer shell coupled to the base portion and pressure displaceable material contained within an interior space of the compliant outer shell. The force application device allows the user-generate force to be transmitted through the pressure displaceable material and exerted on the reactant force generating mechanism of the exercise machine so as to cause the force input structure to exert a proportional reactant force on the force application device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Sean Glynn
  • Patent number: 7837604
    Abstract: A training machine includes a seat assembly, a loading device, and a positioning device. The seat assembly includes a transverse main tube fitted to an elongated rail of the loading device. The seat assembly is provided with rollers to help the seat assembly having a smooth movement on the rail. The positioning device is able to fix the seat assembly to any desired position of the rail of the loading device. The present invention further provides a swinging device with two handles to be operated by users for arm training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Gee Hoo Fztec Corp.
    Inventor: Ching-Lu Hsu
  • Patent number: 7806813
    Abstract: An exercise machine in one embodiment includes a frame, a pivot arm, an adapter mounted on the pivot arm to adjust between various adapter positions, and an operator engagement device mounted on the adapter to adjust between various engagement device positions. The adapter is typically telescopically mounted on the pivot arm to extend and retract along a first axis about which the adapter is also rotatable. The engagement device is typically telescopically mounted on the adapter to extend and retract along a second axis which is transverse to the first axis and about which the engagement device is rotatable. The embodiments may include a pivotal connection between the pivot arm and a generally T-shaped handle for positioning the handle and for enhancing the use of the handle. Handle extenders may be included to lengthen a typical T-shaped handle. Unique cable and pulley configurations are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Frank A. Campitelli