Grip Patents (Class 482/49)
  • Patent number: 10843032
    Abstract: A bilateral hand rehabilitation device is disclosed. The device includes a pair of left and right handlebar members that are fixedly coupled or connected together. The device further includes a pair of moveable left and right finger grip members, one for each of the handlebar members. Each finger grip member being elongate and having a longitudinal axis that is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of its respective handlebar member, and each finger grip member being moveably mounted with respect to its respective handlebar member for movement toward and away from the handlebar member to facilitate a user finger grasp and release movement when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CALLAGHAN INNOVATION
    Inventors: Marcus James King, Michael John Sampson
  • Patent number: 10786698
    Abstract: Described herein is a muscle trainer including a first and a second curved, elongate spring element, the two spring elements being arranged with their concave sides facing each other, having joint elements at their respective end areas and being connected to each other at their two end areas via joints formed from the joint elements. Also described herein is a method for producing such a muscle trainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Ulrich Endemann, Moritz Endemann
  • Patent number: 10596412
    Abstract: A forearm exercise grip device that implements a frame with a gripping portion, bearings, and a band is used to exercise at least a user's forearm muscles. A connecting portion extends from opposing ends of the gripping portion and includes an arcuate bend that extends to bearings on each side of the connecting portion. An elastic band with a loop wraps around each respective bearing. A user places the gripping portion of the frame in his hand, and then extends his fingers to, depending on size of hand and strength, one or both of a proximal or distal section of the band. The user squeezes the band directionally toward the gripping portion, which thereby exercises the user's forearm and hand muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Ben Sinclair
  • Patent number: 10223557
    Abstract: Hand held weight units of light weight manufactured as a solid unit, a shell unit with core insert combinations or modular units with interlocking ends. Shell units with core inserts and modular interlocking units allow for the changing of held weight by inserting or removing inserts or by locking or unlocking of modular weight unit sets creating varying held weight. The weight units are primarily used with upper body exercises during aerobic exercises in the home, outdoors, or in a gym setting such as walking or running to vary the intensity of workout during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Christian Malcolm
  • Patent number: 10183188
    Abstract: The present invention is an exercise ring accessory device that quickly inserts onto a set of exercise rings for ring strength training as used in gymnastics, cross-fit, and other strength programs that utilize exercise rings. The quickness and ease of installation and removal is a great value for coaches and users, as they can work more drills in less time. The device also provides a comfortable grip, and includes a cutout on the underside, allowing an elastic support band to be placed underneath device to give support to users of varying skill levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: False Grip LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Burke
  • Patent number: 10064577
    Abstract: A multi-level pinch dynamometer or gauge which measures pinch strength. A 5-position mechanism provides quick insert and removal of a bottom pinch plate from a multi-position rack. The digital model gauge head displays strength readings, calculated results, and user demographics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Elliott Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9999803
    Abstract: A pair of therapeutic devices intended for use by persons in rehabilitative, physical or occupational therapy following hand and wrist surgeries or injuries with both of these devices being customized to better fit the needs of the recovering individual, and both provide superior control, monitoring, and feedback than do conventional therapy exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Henschel
  • Patent number: 9974377
    Abstract: A three to six sided lip balm applicator of the present invention comprises a cap, a liner, and a base, having engagement assemblies for engaging the cap to the liner, the liner to the base, and a base from one lip balm applicator to an equivalent base from another lip balm applicator to form a lip balm container. The base comprises a partition with stabilizers which emerge from the partition and extend radially toward and overhang an aperture in the partition. The lip balm applicator may contain a domed lip balm, filled directly into the lip balm applicator or components thereof as a mold for manufacturing the domed lip balm, filled to a fill level approaching the partition top but not touching the partition top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Pfizer Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Clifton Keller, David Dombrowski, David Charles Fuhrmeister, William H. Valls, Zachariah S. Simmering, Jonathon Keith Markey
  • Patent number: 9857261
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for measuring a palmar gripping force, comprising a device (1) for measuring said palmar gripping force, which device comprises: a handle configured to receive a palmar gripping force; a force sensor (3); and an electronic module (6) integrated into the device and comprising at least one microcontroller (61) connected to the sensor (3) and able to process data originating from said sensor (3), characterized in that the force sensor comprises a stress gauge with a minimum precision of 50 g; a controlling system is also provided and comprises means able to do the following: calibrate the sensor using a linear calibration curve; and transmit the sensor measurements to a display unit (8) and/or a storage unit and/or a processing unit, preferably via wired or wireless means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: INSTITUT DE MYOLOGIE
    Inventor: Jean-Yves Hogrel
  • Patent number: 9855455
    Abstract: A hand held supple exerciser is configured with a truncated prolate spheroid body having a transverse radial flange projecting from a closed end and a cylindrical cavity at the other end. Intermediate the ends is a gently curved face. The curved face is dimensioned to be cupped in one's palm for performing underhand or grasped in an overhand orientation for forearm and other exercise routines. The exerciser is molded of a pliable elastic material, such as natural or synthetic rubber, elastomers or blends thereof such that a variety of tension and compression exercise routines may be performed at the cylindrical cavity end while the radial flange at the closed end transitions to an annular channel which functions as a finger grip surface. An internal metal weight is positioned to provide an appropriate center of mass as well as for fixing the total weight of the exerciser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel J. Rohanna
  • Patent number: 9789348
    Abstract: A hand-held exercise weight has first and second segments that are integrally interconnected to one another at a juncture in a manner that defines an acute angle between the two segments. The resulting configuration may be described as a j-shaped weight or a check-mark-shaped weight or an asymmetrical V-shaped weight, with an inside corner filleted by a first rounded curve and an outside corner filleted by a relatively larger, second rounded curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Mark A. Krull, Darrin M. Swagel
  • Patent number: 9782624
    Abstract: A hand strength appliance is provided that may be used in multiple or selected configurations for grip and pinch strength assessment as well as grip and pinch exercises. The appliance includes a frame and a sliding internal handle fitted within and slidable within the frame, and may be positioned for multiple test positions and exercises. The appliance may include and be used with a force sensing device that may transmit information to a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Kiio Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Braier, John McCluskey, Nicholas Ladas, Richard Tejeda
  • Patent number: 9764181
    Abstract: The resistance band system of the disclosure includes one or more resistance bands, and a pair of handles which secure the ends of the one or more resistance bands. Each handle locks onto one of the ends of each resistance band. The handle is adapted to grip the resistance band with greater force when force is applied to the resistance band, such as when it is in use. The handle unlocks to release the ends of one or more of the resistance bands from the handles for changing of one or more of the resistance bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Exemplar Design, LLC
    Inventors: Leslie A. Wagner, Adam L. Ross
  • Patent number: 9616286
    Abstract: A hand exerciser that is structured and arranged to strength the various muscle groups of the user's hand and to improve dexterity of the user's fingers and thumb. The hand exerciser comprises a flexible frame formed into an arc-shaped configuration having an outer surface and an inner surface. On the outer surface of the frame is a first platform at one end and a second platform at the opposite end. A resistance member, such as compressible foam, a bag or the like, is removably positioned against the inner surface inside the arc-shaped frame between the two platforms such that when the user presses the platforms between the fingers and thumb, the resistance member resists compression to exercise the hand. Rails and elongated members on the first platform assist with the improving strength and dexterity. Sensor pads, light and/or audio generators and a cell phone support apparatus can be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Paul Zamarripa
  • Patent number: 9415262
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hand grip comprising: right and left arms in which upper portions thereof are coupled to each other by a rotating shaft so as to rotate around the rotating shaft, thereby approaching each other and being distanced from each other, and lower portions thereof can be held by the hand of a user; and a resilient means for providing an elastic force in the direction obstructing the approaching of the right and left arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Tae Jin An
  • Patent number: 9339690
    Abstract: An exercise device having an elastic band surrounding the periphery of a body, and permits the user to move fingers against the tension of the elastic band. A guide/hook device prevents accidental separation of the guide/hook device from the body, and prevents accidental separation of the elastic band from the guide/hook device. A method of making and using the exercise device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Elliott Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9242133
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an exercise training ring for use in sports such as cross-fit and gymnastics. The training ring is an annular ring of rigid material having a uniform cross-section around at least part of the ring circumference, and inner and outer annular support surfaces which are flat in the axial direction. The flat inner annular support surface forms a platform of predetermined width for supporting at least part of the palm of a user's hand when gripping the ring in a false grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: David R. Newman
  • Patent number: 9233270
    Abstract: A range of motion therapy apparatus and kit according to the present invention includes an elongate body member having a flexible construction and generally tubular configuration defining an open space, the body member having an open proximal end and a closed distal end opposite the proximal end. The apparatus and kit includes a tubular receptacle having a closed bottom and a continuous side wall extending upwardly from the closed bottom that, together, define an interior area and an open top. The tubular receptacle includes a diameter smaller than a diameter of the body member such that the tubular receptacle is selectively received in the open space of the body member. A weighted straight bar, a generally C-shaped bar, and a tubular cushion may also be included. All components may be stored in the tubular receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Catalina Luis Jacobo
  • Patent number: 9072939
    Abstract: A hand and finger exerciser having a frame, and a slide configured to move vertically with respect to the frame. In an example embodiment, the frame includes an upper cross-member, a pair of vertical supports extending downward from the upper cross-member, and a base fixed to a lower portion of the vertical supports. The slide includes an upper cross-member having a pair of guides extending downward from the upper cross-member. The guides are configured to slidably engage the vertical supports of the frame to enable the slide to move vertically with respect to the frame. An axle extends between the lower portions of the vertical supports and includes a plurality of finger rollers rotatable about the axle. Each of the plurality of finger rollers are free to move horizontally along at least a portion of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: COGNATUS INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert Silagy, Dennis Waldman
  • Patent number: 9028378
    Abstract: In general, an exercise device includes a handle having a first end and a second end. A curved member is coupled to the first end of the handle. A movable member is coupled to the curved member, with the movable member configured to travel along a length of the curved member, where the movable member has a first portion and a second portion, and the second portion is configured to move relative to the first portion. An elongate member has a first end and a second end, and the first end of the elongate member is coupled to the second portion of the movable member. A weight is coupled to the second end of the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Shalin N. Shah
  • Patent number: 9028258
    Abstract: The present invention provides method and apparatus to perform combined cognitive and motor rehabilitation on a computerized non-portable system or on single portable device. A patient can play a variety of games that require the patient to perform a variety of memory exercises which involve physical exertion. The activities of the patient are monitored with pattern analysis software which provides feedback to the patient. The feedback can include voice synthesis, video guidance, progression messages etc. Patient data obtained while the patient is performing each of the memory exercises is stored locally on a database module and then uploaded to a cloud server. A remote psychologist/psychiatrist monitors the patient by logging into the same cloud, and updating cognition exercises. The same therapist can have live chats with the patient for further interaction and coaching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Bright Cloud International Corp.
    Inventor: Grigore C. Burdea
  • Patent number: 8998778
    Abstract: An exercise weight comprises a plate having a width, a length and a thickness. The length is substantially greater than the width, and the width is substantially greater than the thickness. The plate has opposed longitudinal edges and opposed end edges, and has opposed lengthwise grip apertures adjacent respective longitudinal edges and opposed end grip apertures adjacent respective end edges. The grip apertures cooperate with their respective edges to form lengthwise handgrips and end handgrips. A barbell comprises a main support portion for receiving exercise weights and which includes at least one mounting projection adapted to be received in a corresponding aperture in one of the exercise weights to support the exercise weight on the barbell. Opposed lifting handles extend outwardly from opposite ends of the main support portion and an elongated lifting bar is carried by and spaced from the main support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Terence Scott Potts, Paul William Dorsett
  • Patent number: 8936536
    Abstract: The invention concerns an exercise apparatus including a movable implement, the implement consisting of a number of movable parts that are mutually connected with at least one further movable part, where the apparatus is a mobile unit, and where the apparatus further includes a base. The new feature of the apparatus according to the invention is that an implement in the form of at least one set of discs consisting of at least a first and a second movable disc is connected to the base, where the first movable disc in a set of discs is rotatably connected to the base via a first rotary connection, and where the second movable disc in the set of discs is rotatably connected to the first disc. The apparatus may furthermore include more than two movable discs, for example three, four, five or more discs. By joining the individual movable parts in this way, free movement of the individual discs is achieved in this way, the individual discs obviously being dependent on the movements and actions of the other discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Detterberg Group ApS
    Inventor: Henrik Detterberg
  • Patent number: 8926477
    Abstract: An apparatus combines a beverage holder (e.g., a mug) with a compressible device (i.e., a gripper or handgrip) that is usable as an exercise apparatus for a users hands, wrists or forearms. This dual purpose apparatus can function not only as a mug or insulator but also a squeezable exercise device whereby flexing and relaxing a user's hand, the user conditions their hands, wrists or forearms. The device may also include lights or audio. In some embodiments the handgrip may be detachably attached to the beverage container to allow the independent use of the holder and handgrip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: John Morris Lynn
  • Patent number: 8915824
    Abstract: An exercise device for improving thumb strength in a user of a thumb-driven throttle machine is provided. The exercise device comprises a shaft component, a grip component, and the throttle component, and generally resembles a right side of a handle of a vehicle having a hand throttle mechanism. The exercise device allows a user to exercise a thumb by moving a throttle component from a relaxed position to a position under tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Russell Roberts
  • Patent number: 8876670
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, generally, an omni-directional exercise device. The device may include a platform base and resistance bands/tubes coupled to the platform base. The device further includes one or more enclosures coupled to the plurality of resistance bands/tubes. The one or more enclosures are positioned on top of the platform base at a home position. The one or more enclosures are configured to slide on top of or above the platform base in a 360-degree range of motion such that the plurality of resistance bands/tubes provide resistance at any point on the platform base and are configured to return to the home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Resistance Dynamics
    Inventor: Catherine Reade
  • Patent number: 8870715
    Abstract: An apparatus for flexing the knee comprising a U-shaped bar having two straight arms each having a distal end and a handle portion generally perpendicular to the straight arms and a perpendicular cross-member adjustably attached to the straight arms; and a method for flexing the knee comprising the steps of providing a patient with device having a handle section and two parallel straight sections with a perpendicular cross-member attached to the straight sections, having the patient to place his or her foot onto the cross-member, and having the patient to pull the device toward the knee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Michelle Stiles
  • Patent number: 8777821
    Abstract: An exercise device for exercising hand, wrist, arm, and upper body muscles having adjustable force resistance and a force setting indicator. The exercise device includes a housing, a first handle connected to one end of the housing, a second handle connected to the opposite end of the housing, an inner spring disposed inside the housing, and an outer spring disposed inside the housing. The outer spring is connected to the inner spring and encases the inner spring. An adjuster knob disposed on the second handle and coupled to the inner spring and configured to adjust a tension of the inner spring and compression of the outer spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Paul F Lando, Kent D Russell, Donald C Early
  • Patent number: 8777816
    Abstract: A bar grip used for grasping a bar or similarly shaped object for physical fitness such as a weightlifting bar, barbell, pull-up bar, or rowing paddle that requires significant grip force. The palm portion of the bar grip includes a palm surface for contacting a region of the palm, and a grip surface for contacting the fitness device. It may include at least one middle layer to provide additional padding, comfort, or weight distribution. The bar grip also has a strap portion for securing the palm portion to the hand. The palm portion has a cross-sectional C-shape that substantially matches an outer shape of a fitness bar. Different embodiments have different radii to accommodate differently sized or shaped fitness bars, or have built-in multi-radius options. The arc of the grip surface may vary to provide coverage ranging from minimal coverage to nearly complete coverage around the circumference of the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Lonny Grafman, Gabriel Krause
  • Patent number: 8771150
    Abstract: An exercise device to provide exercise for a user may include a base panel to provide resistance in a fluid, a finger handle to connect to the base panel and to provide support for the hand of the user and a wrist restraint device to connect to the base panel and to restrain the wrist of the user. The finger handle may be substantially an inverted U-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: William J. Warren
  • Patent number: 8715147
    Abstract: An attachment for exercise equipment is disclosed. The attachment is a handle assembly with a compressible rotating grip mechanism. The grip mechanism includes a swivel grip rotatably attached to the handle, and a floating grip coupled to the swivel grip by one or more pins. The grip mechanism includes one or more springs between the swivel grip and the floating grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Eugene R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20140121064
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device which increases the functionality of standard exercise rings. This device allows the user to maintain a better grip on the rings with decreased strain on joints and muscles. It can be used in a multitude of upper body, lower body and mid-body functional exercises. This device is used in conjunction with exercise rings or other exercise bars use in sports such as cross-fit, and gymnastics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: David R. Newman
  • Patent number: 8684889
    Abstract: A handle for removable attachment to a dumbbell handle including a grip portion and a base portion is provided herein. The grip portion including side grips and top grip resembling a traditional kettlebell handle. An attachment device associated with the handle for attachment of the handle to a dumbbell handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Berrisford
  • Publication number: 20140038786
    Abstract: A device is shown which is utilized to strengthen gripping muscles of the user's hand as well as thumb muscles of the user's hand. The device has first and second handles which may be gripped by the user to strengthen the user's gripping muscles. The device may be oriented upside down so that the user can grasp the first and second handles with his or her left and right hands. The user's thumbs may rest upon thumb pads extending out of the first and second handles. These thumb pads may be depressed cyclically to strengthen the user's thumb muscles. Accordingly, the device provides additional features and benefits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Lemuel Garcia
  • Patent number: 8591384
    Abstract: An exercise device comprising a bottom support plate and a mounting bolt affixed thereto and having an externally threaded vertical stem, one or more plates superposed on the bottom support plates, each plate having a central bore through which extends said vertical stem. A hand gripped uppermost plate has a lower surface in mating relation with the top plate, a central internally threaded bore in said lower surface of the hand grip plate for threadedly engaging the end of said externally threaded stem. A dome shaped palm support on the upper surface of the hand grip plate and five finger gripping holes on the supper surface of the hand grip palm support plate around the dome shaped palm support sized for inserting the fingers of the exerciser and to lift and lower the device during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Sammy Black Marji
  • Patent number: 8585560
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for developing hands muscles, formed by a body comprising a partially or fully hollow container (1) fitted with an upper movable cover (2) having one hole or a series of holes provided at one o more points along the periphery thereof for the coupling of transparent flexible tubes (3) which are open at both ends. According to the invention, the lower end (4) of the tube (3) is used for the insertion of a part having a surface that is fully or partially covered, especially in the peripheral area thereof, with longitudinal segments in the forms of pins or needles (6) inclined in the same direction with a variable degree of inclination. The ends (8) os said longitudinal segments are kept in contact with the inner face or wall of the tube (3). The device can be used for therapeutic uses, as a piece of gym equipment or as a toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Olexander Punchenko
  • Patent number: 8574134
    Abstract: An exercise machine for strengthening the foot and for treating plantar fasciitis includes a foot pad for receiving a patient's foot and a resistance member associated with the foot pad. As the patient pivots the foot pad on a pivot pin located near the heel section of the foot pad, a resistance is applied to the toe section of the foot pad thereby providing strengthening for the plantar fasciitis band of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Stuart Greenburg
  • Publication number: 20130237377
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved universal, multidirectional exerciser for exercising hand, wrist and forearm in multiple planes of motion with adjustable resistance. The invention also provides a method of exercising wrists, hands and forearms by holding the handle in one hand and the knob/grip member in the other hand, and repetitively twisting the handle and knob/grip member in opposite directions. A detachable grip member is mounted over the knob and the detachable grip member further comprises a gyro ring and a squeeze grip strengthener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: William T. WILKINSON, Juan Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20130196825
    Abstract: An improved finger exerciser to exercise each finger individually by depressing directly against the resistance of a spring. Embodiments are described wherein the device includes an electronic controller in operative communication with individual finger exercise elements to sense exercise parameters and provide tactile feedback to a user. In embodiments, the disclosed finger exerciser is configured to communicate sensed measurements to an integrated controller and/or a mobile device, such as a distance each finger is pressed, speed, response time, repetition count, and so forth. In embodiments, the exerciser is configured to provide tactile feedback, such as vibration, to a user via the finger pads. The finger exerciser may receive communications from an integrated controller and/or mobile device to activate a tactile stimulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Silagy, Dennis Waldman
  • Patent number: 8496565
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, a method of increasing grip strength, includes gripping with one hand a weighted block having first and second side gripping surfaces such that the fingers and the thumb of the hand are disposed on the first and second side gripping surfaces, respectively, the fingers and the thumb extending substantially straight along the first and second side surfaces, respectively, and holding the weighted block such that an arm connected to the hand is extended substantially straight along a side of a user and the fingers and thumb are disposed substantially parallel to the side of the user. The weighted block has a width of about 1.75 inches to 3 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Alexander M. Rothacker
  • Patent number: 8491448
    Abstract: A hemispherical grip member has an outer hemispherical surface and a grip layer and a grip member opening. A length of aircraft cable having a first cable end extends through the opening and is crimped in position onto the grip member with a cable nut. A connector is provided on an opposite cable end. A length of a soft flexible tubing surrounds the cable between the grip member and the connector. When a user grasps the hemispherical surface of the grip member, the first cable end is located inside the grasp of the user and the cable and tubing passes between two fingers of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel W. Emick
  • Patent number: 8475343
    Abstract: An exercise assembly includes an exercise handle with a grip base suitable for resting on a floor, and a grip elevated above the grip base. A user can situate the grip bases of a pair of the exercise handles on the floor, grasp their grips, and then perform push-ups. The grip bases can also be mounted to the top of a door or to other overhead structure, and the user can then grasp their grips to perform chin-ups. Preferably, this is done by providing a cradle which mounts to the door or other overhead structure, wherein the exercise handles may be firmly (but removably) nested into the cradles to mount them to the structure. The exercise handles may also bear passages or attachments for receiving elastic (or inelastic) cables for use in performing further exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Robert S. Hinds, Glenn Polinsky, Ray Rollins, John Stephenson, William Sotis
  • Patent number: 8460160
    Abstract: An attractive wrist saver device with an elastomeric body and an adjustable strap is provided for decreasing stress and strain of a user's wrist joint by elevating a heel of a user's hand and lessening the amount and degree of an extension of a user's wrist so as to comfort and cushion the user's wrist and substantially prevent the user's wrist from being positioned at a 90 degree right angle and perpendicular to the user's forearm and hand when the user is performing yoga, pushups, hand stands, dips or other upper body weight bearing exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Stick-E Products, LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth M. Andrews
  • Publication number: 20130143719
    Abstract: An exercise device (20) having a hand graspable movable part (24) mounted to a mounting part (25) for movement with respect to the mounting part. The mounting part (25) is affixable to a hand movable object (12) so that the hand movable object may be moved by a user by hand grasping the movable part (24) while also executing reciprocatory movement of the movable part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Ali SELEK
  • Patent number: 8449436
    Abstract: A wrist exerciser with a handle and multiple hold positions includes a first exercise ball body and a handle. The first exercise ball body has a first opening, a rotor, and a first hold position for driving the rotor to rotate. The first opening is disposed at a side of the first exercise ball body. The rotor is disposed inside the first exercise ball body. The handle is connected to the other side of the first exercise ball body where the first opening is disposed. The handle is coaxially corresponding to the first opening, and has a second hold position for driving the rotor to rotate, so as to provide multiple hold modes for a user to carry out wrist exercise modes of different postures, thereby increasing interests and enhancing comprehensiveness of forearm muscle exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Nano-Second Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pei Sung Chuang, Yun Yu Chuang
  • Patent number: 8394045
    Abstract: A hand orthosis supporting a patient's thumb and fingers spaced apart and separated from contact with the palm of the hand, including an elongated body having a palm surface, a thumb portion, and a finger support portion. The elongated body includes a plurality of unequal cross-sectional areas spaced along the axial length between a distal end and a base end. A plurality of finger concavities are angled in helical orientation along the orthosis, including spaced apart concavities for each finger and the patient's thumb. Each finger and thumb concavity is angled non-perpendicular relative to the orthosis axial length to retain the fingers and thumb spaced apart, curved in a relaxed orientation, and apart from the palm of the hand during extended periods of time without impeding hand or wrist motion. A method of extended use for the hand orthosis is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Russell A. Betcher
  • Patent number: 8394003
    Abstract: A handheld finger manipulating device comprising an elongated plunger assembly that moves longitudinally through a longitudinally aligned bore formed on an outer body. The elongated member is longer than the outer body so that when one end of the plunger body is forced into the outer body, the opposite end of the plunger assembly is extended beyond the opposite end of the outer body. At least one magnet and two magnetic attractive substrates are located between the plunger assembly and the outer body that enables the plunger assembly to move to two preset locations within the outer body. During use, the user holds the device in his or her palm and presses against one end of the plunger assembly to forcibly move it through the outer body. As the plunger assembly moves through the outer body, the magnet and the substrates interact to create a slow and then sudden acceleration of the plunger assembly. In other embodiments, enhanced sound and light producing elements are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: David M. Weinstock
  • Patent number: 8376912
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ball-like exercise device adapted for insertion in the mouth and to be used for exercising, strengthening and/or toning facial and/or jaw muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ball It, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Dedvukaj
  • Publication number: 20130012358
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed which combines a beverage holder (e.g. a mug) with a compressible device (i.e. a gripper or handgrip) that is usable as an exercise apparatus for a users hands, wrists or forearms. This dual purpose apparatus can function not only as a mug or insulator but also a squeezable exercise device where by flexing and relaxing a user's hand the user conditions their hands, wrists or forearms. The device may also include lights or audio. In some embodiments the handgrip may be detachably attached to the beverage container to allow the independent use of the holder and handgrip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: John Morris Lynn
  • Publication number: 20130012362
    Abstract: A hand rehabilitation device includes a base having an arm support. A first actuator is mounted to the base and includes a first output end. A second actuator is connected to the first output end of the first actuator and includes a second output end. A handle is connected to the second output end. One of the first and second output ends rotates about an axis. The other of the first and second output ends reciprocates in a direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Ming-Shaung Ju, Chou-Ching Lin, Meng-Dar Shieh, Shu-Min Chen, Yu-Ching Lin, Yung-Nien Sun, Pin-Cheng Kung, Chia-Chun Hung, Yi-Ting Lee