Amount Of Resistance Patents (Class 482/5)
  • Patent number: 10343010
    Abstract: An adjustable dumbbell device includes a handle bar, a housing attached to one end of the handle bar, a weight element engageable into the housing, a pawl slidably received and engaged in the housing, and an actuating device rotatably engaged onto the handle bar and having a cam member for engaging with the pawl and for actuating the pawl to engage with the weight element and for detachably anchoring the weight element to the housing and the handle bar. The housing includes a guide channel for slidably engaging with the pawl, and a guide pin engaged with the pawl for guiding and limiting the pawl to slide relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Patent number: 10286286
    Abstract: A treadmill safety system that detects the runner or treadmill user without the need for attaching a string to the runner. It includes two basic components: 1) a distance or proximity sensor, laser, ultrasonic, IR, or other and 2) a method to kill treadmill power in the case the runner is not detected in position by the sensor. This can be by deactivation by electromagnet as in present treadmills, interruption of main power, or by any other method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Gerald P. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10272287
    Abstract: A post-mountable exercise apparatus includes an exercise device, a 3-walled bracket and a bridge. The exercise apparatus is attachable to a post by surrounding the post with the 3-walled bracket and bridge, which tighten together in place on the post. The exercise device has a frame that supports a horizontal shaft rotatably mounted in the frame such that two crank arms extending outside the first side and the second side of the frame can be rotated to turn the horizontal shaft. A band tensioning device using a threaded member may be added so that tightening or loosening the threaded member causes a change in the tension of the pliant band and resistance of the exercise device to being rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Michael A. Rector
  • Patent number: 10238166
    Abstract: Disclosed is a force measuring article of athletic equipment and method of monitoring caloric output during a physical exercise. Force transducers are positioned within the palm region of a lifting glove or sole portion of an athletic shoe for measuring force versus time data and storing the data for later retrieval and analysis. The force output for a given exercise is analyzed such that the user is able to monitor and gauge energy output during an activity without the use of a heart rate monitor or larger, external equipment. The data can be used to determine caloric output, from which the user can directly measure the energy required for a specific exercise and the necessary calories required to complete the exercise. The method involves gather this information and using it as means to further understand caloric output, and thus meter caloric intake and maintain a proper daily caloric balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 10150002
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for promoting healthy behavior. The methods, systems, and apparatus include an action of receiving device capability information for multiple devices. The device capability information from each device describes capabilities of the device. Additional actions include receiving an indication of a health goal of a user and receiving health information of the user sensed by a first device of the multiple devices. Further actions include generating a health related instruction for a second device of the multiple devices based on the health information of the user sensed by the first device of the multiple devices, the health goal of the user, and the device capability information of the second device. An additional action includes providing the health related instruction to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Alex M. Kass, Dadong Wan
  • Patent number: 10065062
    Abstract: An apparatus and method operably coupled a movable member of an exercise apparatus to a carriage such a movement of the movable member moves the carriage along a rail. A magnetic portion carried by the carriage induces eddy currents in the rail to resist movement of the carriage along the rail to resist movement of the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventor: Jonathan M. Stewart
  • Patent number: 10010745
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing therapeutic rehabilitation exercise to bedridden individuals and patients, including comatose individuals. A vertical support column extends upwards from a base, with one or more arms extend from the vertical support column, each providing a rotary mechanism at the distal end, with pedals or handles attached thereto. The individual's feet or hands are secured to the pedals or handles, respectively. Straps, brackets, or other fastening means may be used to secure the feet and hands. An electric motor causes the rotary mechanism to move the pedals or handles in a rotary fashion, thereby providing movement and exercise for the individual's legs and arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Kent Brumit
  • Patent number: 10004893
    Abstract: A wearable device and method of monitoring the condition of a patient. The wearable device includes at least one sensor and at least one processor operatively connected to the at least one sensor. The wearable device also includes an operator interface device operatively connected to the at least one processor. The at least one processor causes the device to allow for customization of at least one output message to be delivered via the operator interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: John D Macho, Shane S Volpe, Richard A Rattanni, Philip C Skalos, Thomas E Kaib, Marshal W Linder
  • Patent number: 10005182
    Abstract: A robot includes a yielding element for mechanically coupling first and second arm segments of a robot arm. A motor moves the second arm segment relative to the first arm segment. A sensor determines a relative position of the first arm segment in relation to the second arm segment and outputs a position sensor signal representing the relative position. A control unit controls the motor in accordance with the position sensor signal such that the first arm segment is moved into a desired relative position in relation to the second arm segment, when no external force is applied to the robot arm, and when an external force is applied to the robot arm, the motor generates a counterforce which depends on the deviation between the actual and desired positions. The control unit has a predetermined time constant so that changes in the external force are substantially absorbed by damping elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FerRobotics Compliant Robot Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Ronald Naderer, Paolo Ferrara
  • Patent number: 9808621
    Abstract: A method and system for applying therapeutic stimulation to a patient stricken with paralysis or other condition. The inventive method includes the steps of: inserting an acupuncture needle against the spine of the patient and applying an electrical potential to the needle with a signal that mimics natural neural impulses in the body. The needle is located depending on the nature of the patient's condition. In the illustrative application, the needle is inserted against the ligamentum flavum of the patient's spine at L3. In the best mode, the patient's legs are moved during the application of the electrical potential. The inventive system is adapted to minimize a notch reaction and includes an electrode inserted into a tissue of the patient and a circuit for applying an electrical potential to the electrodes with a signal that mimics natural neural impulses in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Laura Kelly
  • Patent number: 9775619
    Abstract: Provided are a method for strengthening blood vessels with extreme ease and a compression and decompression control system used for performing the method. A compression and decompression control system 1 includes a band adapted to be placed around a particular part of a limb of a user and to apply a compression force to the particular part and a controller for controlling the compression force applied to the particular part with the band. The controller controls the compression force applied with the band in a manner that a compression operation applying a predetermined compression force to the particular part and a decompression operation completely removing the compression force applied to the particular part by the compression operation are alternately repeated. Repetition of the compression operation and the decompression operation allows the vascular endothelial cells of blood vessels of the user to generate a larger amount of nitric oxide, thereby strengthening the blood vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KAATSU JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Sato
  • Patent number: 9717952
    Abstract: A resistance exercise system having, in certain embodiments, a DC power supply system, a DC motor connected to the DC power supply system, a drive section connected to a drive element, a resistance delivery element connected to the drive element, and an extractable exercise resistance delivery section, a predetermined variable resistance section intermediate the DC power supply system and DC motor, an electrical condition sensor, and a variable resistance section control in communication with the electrical condition sensor and the predetermined variable resistance section. In some embodiments, the resistance exercise system includes a computing facility providing the ability to configure the exercise system to provide predetermined static or variable exercise resistance during exercise, and for example, during a positive or negative exercise stroke. Some embodiments allow users to create and, if desired, display varying and complex resistance exercise routines with or without use of resistance weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: John M. Bird
  • Patent number: 9717987
    Abstract: A frame storage stores an image obtained by imaging a region of at least part of the body of a user. A vital sign signal detector detects a signal sequence of a vital sign that cyclically varies from plural imaged regions of the body of the user by using captured images of a predetermined number of frames stored in the frame storage. A correlation calculator obtains the correlation between the signal sequences of the vital sign detected from the respective imaged regions of the body. An identity determining section determines whether or not the respective imaged regions of the body belong to the same user based on the correlation between the signal sequences of the vital sign detected from the respective imaged regions of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiko Sugawara, Akio Ohba, Toshiyuki Hiroi
  • Patent number: 9692276
    Abstract: A system and method for mechanically coupling an energy harvester to strength training type exercise equipment is disclosed. An energy harvester with unwanted vibration forces is mechanically isolated from exercise equipment by a system comprising a plurality of mechanically compliant vibration isolators and a ballast mass; a flexible cord, pre-loaded with a near constant force spring is used to transmit motion from the weight stack to the energy harvester; the flexible cord has a force limiting feature to pre-excessive force from being transmitted from the energy harvester to the weight stack during an exercise motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Strength Companion, LLC
    Inventors: David G. Oteman, Jin W. Lee
  • Patent number: 9636539
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing therapeutic rehabilitation exercise to bedridden individuals and patients, including comatose individuals. A vertical support column extends upwards from a base, with one or more arms extend from the vertical support column, each providing a rotary mechanism at the distal end, with pedals or handles attached thereto. The individual's feet or hands are secured to the pedals or handles, respectively. Straps, brackets, or other fastening means may be used to secure the feet and hands. An electric motor causes the rotary mechanism to move the pedals or handles in a rotary fashion, thereby providing movement and exercise for the individual's legs and arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Kent Brumit
  • Patent number: 9586091
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and/or an apparatus using a computer configured exercise system equipped with an electric motor to provide physical resistance to user motion in conjunction with means for sharing exercise system related data and/or user performance data with a secondary user, such as a medical professional, a physical therapist, a trainer, a computer generated competitor, and/or a human competitor. For example, the exercise system is used with a remote trainer to enhance exercise performance, with a remote medical professional for rehabilitation, and/or with a competitor in a competition, such as in a power/weightlifting competition or in a video game. The exercise system is optionally configured with an intelligent software assistant and knowledge navigator functioning as a personal assistant application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Alton Reich, James Shaw
  • Patent number: 9492676
    Abstract: A wearable device and method of monitoring the condition of a patient. The wearable device includes at least one sensor and at least one processor operatively connected to the at least one sensor. The wearable device also includes an operator interface device operatively connected to the at least one processor. The at least one processor causes the device to allow for customization of at least one output message to be delivered via the operator interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John D. Macho, Shane S. Volpe, Richard A. Rattanni, Philip C. Skalos, Thomas E. Kaib, Marshal W. Linder
  • Patent number: 9418470
    Abstract: A method for determining a viewing configuration of a rendered figure of a rehab-patient or a sports trainee, aiming to deliver a suitable view on the rendered figure, the method comprising the steps of capturing motion data in the 3D space of one or more body parts of the rehab-patientor the sports trainee and providing them to a computer; and further the step of performing on the computer measurements of deviation of the captured motion data from a reference list of motion data and/or measurements of main motion direction; and based on the results of the above measurements, determining the viewing configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Juergen Te Vrugt, Richard Daniel Willmann, Gerd Lanfermann, Stefan Winter, Privender Kaur Saini, Annick Timmermans
  • Patent number: 9339692
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to exercise equipment for enabling a user to vary the effective muscle tension during the course of the performance of an exercise and, more particularly, to an exercise system for shifting an optimum length of peak muscle tension. In some embodiments, the system is an apparatus which comprises a force-generating element, e.g. a fluid cylinder, a user-input element which a user forcibly moves during the course of performance of an exercise, and also a coupling means, which is preferably a cable-pulley system, which transfers forces between the force-generating element and the user-input element. Finally, the apparatus comprises a control unit which controls and varies the level of force generated by the force-generating element during the course of performance of the exercise. The apparatus effectively varies the effective muscle tension through the generation of forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Rami Hashish
  • Patent number: 9278254
    Abstract: A resistance exercise apparatus comprising a mechanism for allowing the machine to inhibit in intervals along a range of motion for an amount of time, movement in a direction caused by an external force applied to a movable surface on the machine, while allowing movement of the surface in the opposite direction to the external force, wherein said movable surface is linked to a resistance source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Wilfred Washington Holness
  • Patent number: 9272186
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and/or an apparatus using a computer configured exercise system equipped with an electric motor to provide physical resistance to user motion in conjunction with means for sharing exercise system related data and/or user performance data with a secondary user, such as a medical professional, a physical therapist, a trainer, a computer generated competitor, and/or a human competitor. For example, the exercise system is used with a remote trainer to enhance exercise performance, with a remote medical professional for rehabilitation, and/or with a competitor in a competition, such as in a power/weightlifting competition or in a video game. The exercise system is optionally configured with an intelligent software assistant and knowledge navigator functioning as a personal assistant application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventors: Alton Reich, James Shaw
  • Patent number: 9265988
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus is provided, which includes pedals on which a user can exert loads in a first direction, and a motor that is configured to drive the pedals in the opposite direction and that is controlled to run at a predetermined speed, so that the loads from the user are exerted by using muscles eccentrically. The apparatus is configured such that the user's body is in a generally upright orientation when using the apparatus—preferably in a standing orientation, without using a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Willem Mare van der Merwe
  • Patent number: 9192810
    Abstract: A dual treadle treadmill. The dual treadle treadmill includes a frame, a first treadle, a second treadle, and a generator. The first treadle and the second treadle are each pivotally coupled with the frame and each have a moving surface. The generator is operably associated with the first treadle such that the generator is driven in response to the first treadle pivoting relative to the frame. Other embodiments of dual treadle treadmills are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: David Beard, Kevin Corbalis, Victor Cornejo, Steve Neill, Jeremy Johnson, Jeff Lassegard
  • Patent number: 9168418
    Abstract: A portable physical therapy/rehabilitation/exercise device is provided for evaluating the condition of a patient and for evaluating and tracking the progress made by a patient over time. The device is hand held and has an evaluation mode to determine the current condition of the patient. The device also has a manual exercise mode and a preset exercise mode. During exercises in each mode all of the data pertaining to the forces (compression, tension, torque, and the like) are all stored in the device along with other kinds of quantitative and qualitative data. The stored data may be uploaded to the internet or external computer system in order to be further analyzed. The device is suitable for use by doctors, health care providers, insurance companies and other entities having an interest in the medical condition of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Adamchick, Daniel L. Adamchick
  • Patent number: 9101791
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing muscle development are disclosed. A method includes identifying one or more parameters of a user and force data associated with the user. The force data corresponds to an exercise to be performed by the user. The method further includes generating an exercise program to be executed using an exercise device, and determining a resistance to be applied by the exercise device during execution of the exercise program. The resistance is determined based at least partially on the force data and the one or more parameters of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Robert B. Boyette
  • Patent number: 9089736
    Abstract: A system and process that selectively provides lifting assistance during the concentric phase and possibly during the eccentric phase during lifting of weights for rehabilitation or training, the system being programmable to provide a variety of exercise programs dedicated to a particular user, and the system monitoring the progress of the user during the exercise to selectively respond to certain trigger conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: XCENTRIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Draper, Johnnie Paulus
  • Patent number: 9084712
    Abstract: A walking-trainer device for persons with a walking disorder to relearn walking has a movable tread surface and a display unit for displaying target indications of the corresponding and consecutive foot positions for movements made by a person walking on the tread surface. The target indications have the form of a number of consecutive patterns located above a target surface at the height of and in the longitudinal direction of the tread surface moving in the direction of the person, which visibly move from a distance of between 0.5 m and 0.5 m, preferably between 15 m and 5 m and more preferably between 0.7 m and 2.5 m, from the target surface in the direction of and over the tread surface up to the feet of the person. The speed of movement of the patterns is substantially equal to the speed of movement of the tread surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: FORCELINK B.V.
    Inventors: Melvyn Roerdink, Peter Jan Beek
  • Patent number: 9072941
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for providing resistance to movement of a wearer. The system includes a plurality of wearable actuators, a plurality of wearable sensors, and a processor. Each of the wearable sensors measures an indication of an orientation of a corresponding one of the wearable actuators with respect to a vertical direction. Each of the sensors also measures an indication of a motion experienced by the corresponding one of the wearable actuators. The processor receives data from each sensor indicating the orientation and the motion of the sensor. The processor determines an amount of resistance to apply using each of the actuators based on the vertical direction and sends instructions to the actuators. The instructions cause the actuators to apply a resistance to the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Duda, Douglas J. Zimpfer, Seamus T. Tuohy, John J. West
  • Publication number: 20150148194
    Abstract: A resistance exercise system having, in certain embodiments, a DC power supply system, a DC motor connected to the DC power supply system, a drive section connected to a drive element, a resistance delivery element connected to the drive element, and an extractable exercise resistance delivery section, a predetermined variable resistance section intermediate the DC power supply system and DC motor, an electrical condition sensor, and a variable resistance section control in communication with the electrical condition sensor and the predetermined variable resistance section. In some embodiments, the resistance exercise system includes a computing facility providing the ability to configure the exercise system to provide predetermined static or variable exercise resistance during exercise, and for example, during a positive or negative exercise stroke. Some embodiments allow users to create and, if desired, display varying and complex resistance exercise routines with or without use of resistance weights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: John M. Bird
  • Publication number: 20150141200
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to recumbent exercise machines and associated systems and methods. In one embodiment, for example, a recumbent exercise apparatus can include a seat, two linear guide tracks forward of the seat, and two pedal assemblies movably coupled to corresponding linear guide tracks positioned forward of the seat. The pedal assemblies can be configured to move back and forth along the linear guide tracks. The recumbent exercise apparatus can further include linear actuators operably coupled to each of the linear guide tracks and configured to move the linear guide tracks up and down in a vertical direction. The pedal assemblies can be configured to move in elliptical patterns when the pedal assemblies move back and forth along the linear guide tracks and the linear actuators move the linear guide tracks up and down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Brian Murray, Yuhsiang Chen, Kuang-Shiung Kao
  • Patent number: 9011293
    Abstract: A system for monitoring performance of a physical exercise routine comprises a Pilates exercise device enabling a user to perform the physical exercise routine, a plurality of motion and position sensors for generating sensory information that includes at least position and movements of a user performing the physical exercise routine; a database containing routine information representing at least an optimal execution of the physical exercise routine; a training module configured to separate from sensory information at least appearance of the Pilates exercise device, compare the separated sensory information to the routine information to detect at least dissimilarities between the sensory information and the routine information, wherein the dissimilarities indicate an incorrect execution of the physical exercise routine, the training module is further configured to feedback the user with instructions related to correcting the execution of the physical exercise routine by the user; and a display for displaying
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Flow-Motion Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Shavit, Idit Perl Shavit, Alon Shavit
  • Publication number: 20150099608
    Abstract: Training system including: a training machine including: a Magnet Rheological fluid (MR-fluid) load generating unit generating a load to be exerted on the trainee, by using an MR-fluid having a variable viscosity depending on a magnetic field strength; mechanical arrangements; a displacement detection sensor; a power-assisting motor; a storage unit configure to store MR-fluid load characteristic information on a relationship between a current through the MR-fluid load generating unit and the load generated by the MR-fluid load generating unit; and chain and sprocket arrangements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroshi ISHII, Sizuo TAKATOU, Kenichi HONDA, Hajime WATANABE, Kouichi YAMADA, Yasuyuki MURAYAMA, Toshihiko SHIRAISHI, Shin MORISHITA
  • Patent number: 8992385
    Abstract: Machines, apparatuses, systems and methods for providing adjustable tension to a cable system using a pivotally mounted leverage mechanism that employs an adjustably positionable weight. Embodiments are used in exercise and other muscle strengthening devices, and may include an electronic control system for monitoring, recording a user's progress, and for altering or releasing tension to the cable system based on feedback from the user. Embodiments include a user interface for inputting information for particular exercises or workouts, as well as outputting/downloading information following exercises or workouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Personal Trainer, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Lemos
  • Patent number: 8986166
    Abstract: An electromechanical system for selecting weights in fitness station weight towers, wherein a vertical hollow rod, fixed to the cursor which fastens to the steel cable, which lifts the plates of unit weight, extends traversing central holes of these plates, traversing the upper wall of the base of the tower, which is hollow, this rod having a rotating shaft or screw that moves the weight selector upwards and downwards, mounted on the rod by bearings, and projecting below this bearing where it has at the end radial teeth that incase between protrusions existing in a circular low relief of a pulley, which is mounted on a bearing whose shaft is collinear to the rod and fixed to the lower face of the base, this pulley having a channel for a belt, driven by an electric motor fixed to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Takashi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8974353
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stair exercise device for simulating stair climbing, the device having a plurality of steps which are activated by the weight of a person walking up them. A stationary platform at the base of the stair exercise device sends a signal to a controller to bring the exercise device to a controlled stop when an operator steps onto the platform. The steps of the exercise device stop in a predetermined location when the exercise device comes to a controlled stop, ensuring proper step location to allow the operator to easily enter and exit the exercise device. Steps have a step platform of a different color than the risers between steps to aid in foot placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mrako A Fenster, Derek L Nelson, Chih-Ming Lai, Kung-Lung Lai, Chieh-Wen Lin, Ming-Hsin Chi, Chinh-Kuo Huang, Yung-Fa Wang
  • Patent number: 8968155
    Abstract: A resistance exercise system having, in certain embodiments, a DC power supply system, a DC motor connected to the DC power supply system, a drive section connected to a drive element, a resistance delivery element connected to the drive element, and an extractable exercise resistance delivery section, a predetermined variable resistance section intermediate the DC power supply system and DC motor, an electrical condition sensor, and a variable resistance section control in communication with the electrical condition sensor and the predetermined variable resistance section. In some embodiments, the resistance exercise system includes a computing facility providing the ability to configure the exercise system to provide predetermined static or variable exercise resistance during exercise, and for example, during a positive or negative exercise stroke. Some embodiments allow users to create and, if desired, display varying and complex resistance exercise routines with or without use of resistance weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: John M. Bird
  • Publication number: 20150031505
    Abstract: A hybrid electric weight device applying to exercise equipment, comprising: a frame body, a load mechanism having a main shaft, a motor torque member and a spring member, a force mechanism having at least a set of rods, load cells and handles, an acceleration processing board having an acceleration sensor and a microprocessor, a digital watch arranged on the frame body for users inputting an exercise set value; and a servo controller. When operating the force mechanism, the users feel the load generated by both motor torque member and spring member of the load mechanism; the servo controller continues to compare differences in the value of the load cell, digital watch and acceleration processing board and then corrects the current value to drive the motor torque member for the users feeling smooth while operating the force mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: CHIA HUA FITNESS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: LI-MIN HSIEH
  • Patent number: 8932185
    Abstract: A brake device with built-in power generation mechanism and permanent magnetism eddy current comprises: an external rotator including a flywheel and a permanent magnet fixed at an inner periphery of the flywheel; an internal stator including a fixing bracket and a tile-shaped armature mounted at an outer periphery of the fixing bracket; a brake mechanism including a magnetic-conductive plate; when the external rotator is rotated the tile-shaped armature generates a three-phase alternating current, and the arc-shaped metal plate generates eddy current and braking torque of magnetic resistant; a cooling fan mounted on the flywheel to produce a cooling effect; an adjustment mechanism provided for adjusting a gap between the arc-shaped metal plate and the permanent magnet to adjust magnetic flux, and thus change the braking resistant load; a controller transferring the three-phase alternating current into direct current for required power of the control panel and server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Chi Hua Fitness Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Min Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8932183
    Abstract: A training system for training of part of a trainee's body includes a training machine, a control device controlling the training machine, and a display unit displaying a game screen. The training machine imposes a load on the trainee, with an MR-fluid load generating unit using MR fluid, which has viscosity varying with a magnetic field strength. The load is calculated on the basis of a target load and a relationship between the current in the MR-fluid load generating unit and the load generated by the MR-fluid load generating unit. The control device produces the game screen in correspondence with the trainee's training motion detected by a displacement detection sensor, and makes the display unit display the game screen, while controlling the load in the training machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Takei Scientific Instruments Co., Ltd., Yokohama National University
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishii, Sizuo Takatou, Kenichi Honda, Hajime Watanabe, Kouichi Yamada, Yasuyuki Murayama, Toshihiko Shiraishi, Shin Morishita
  • Patent number: 8926474
    Abstract: An exercise device for exercising a user's arms and upper body includes an endless belt of hingedly connected articulating panels guided in channels of a supporting frame. A pair of hand grip assemblies are slidably attached to the endless belt through a ratcheting mechanism that allows relative movement of the hand grip assemblies in a first direction while preventing said relative movement in a second direction. Movement of the endless belt may be retarded by a tensioning mechanism and completely ceased by a braking mechanism actuated by signals provided from first and second sensors provided on the supporting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Adam Morris Beal
  • Patent number: 8900099
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing muscle development are disclosed. A method includes identifying a plurality of parameters of a user, and generating an exercise program based at least partially on the plurality of parameters. The exercise program includes a plurality of exercises. The method further includes, for each of the plurality of exercises, identifying one-rep maximum data associated with the exercise, and determining, for the exercise, a resistance to be applied by the exercise device during execution of the exercise program, in which the resistance is determined based at least partially on the one-rep maximum data associated with the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert B. Boyette
  • Patent number: 8900097
    Abstract: An apparatus providing an assist force to user moved weights of a existing weight exercise or rehab machine or stand can be supplied as a kit including servo motor/transmission/reel assembly. A cable has a first end securable to the reel and a second end configured to be coupled directly or indirectly with the user moved weights of the existing machine/stand. A control interface accepts input of variable parameters for assist control including entry of at least a user selected assist force. The kit also has a servo drive and a main digital controller connected with at least the servo motor, motor drive and control interface, the controller programmed to provide a user selected non-zero assist force essentially only during part of an exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Omegamax Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Griggs, Matthew Cubbler, Glenn R. Siegele, Leonard A. Dube
  • Patent number: 8858397
    Abstract: A training machine for enabling the exerciser to exercise under a load appropriate for the individual exercise capability and physical function of the exerciser. The exerciser (E) enters a desired velocity-load characteristic into a load characteristic input device (7), and the velocity-load characteristic is stored in the load characteristic memory device (8). A load instruction value is determined according to the velocity-load characteristic and to the velocity inputted from a velocity calculation means (6) into the load characteristic memory device (8) and transmitted to a control means (1). The control means (1) rotates a servomotor (2) with a torque instruction value corresponding to the load instruction value. A movement mechanism (3) converts the rotation into linear movement to move a movable unit (4). With this, the exerciser can carry out training of reciprocal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Keiyo Engineering & Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishii, Kouichi Ohno, Hiroshi Yaegashi, Kazuo Yuge, Masahiro Katou, Yukihide Iwamoto, Makoto Hashizume, Hajime Kenmotsu, Shinichiro Takasugi
  • Patent number: 8845493
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to exercise systems, and more particularly to exercise cycles and systems for generating exercise programs simulating real-world terrain. In accordance with at least some aspects, a stationary exercise cycle includes an incline mechanism adjusting the vertical and/or lateral incline of the stationary exercise cycle. The incline mechanism may respond to control signals that change vertical incline to simulate an ascent or descent of a hill, or a lateral incline to simulate a turn. A communication system may provide exercise programs to the exercise cycle by operating in connection with third party providers of topographical, map, or other information. Such information can be used to automatically determine corresponding incline or resistance changes, as well as visual information for an exercise program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: ICON IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Watterson, William Dalebout, Dale Buchanan
  • Publication number: 20140287876
    Abstract: An exercise system adapted to provide a truly interactive level of exercise with timed exercise intervals that are shown to be optimal in various physiological studies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Dana V. Etter, Thomas A. Etter, Robert E. Etter, Roger G. Etter
  • Publication number: 20140274564
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a systems devices and methods for an exercise gaming platform particularly suited for multiple users. The exercise gaming platform has a variable resistance exercise device operatively coupled to a virtual reality environment rendered by a computer such that user exercise motion on the variable resistance exercise device translates to movement of an avatar representing the user in the virtual reality environment and wherein the virtual reality environment has collision objects capable of a collision with the avatar representing the user in the virtual environment, and wherein the collision of a collision object with the avatar representing the user in the virtual environment causes the resistance level of the user's variable resistance exercise device to change. Also disclosed are methods for providing power to virtual machines and methods for procedurally generating virtual terrain changes in response to changes of resistance on a variable resistance exercise device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Eric A. Greenbaum
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140228175
    Abstract: Machines, apparatuses, systems and methods for providing adjustable tension to a cable system using a pivotally mounted leverage mechanism that employs an adjustably positionable weight. Embodiments are used in exercise and other muscle strengthening devices, and may include an electronic control system for monitoring, recording a user's progress, and for altering or releasing tension to the cable system based on feedback from the user. Embodiments include a user interface for inputting information for particular exercises or workouts, as well as outputting/downloading information following exercises or workouts. Other embodiments allow adjustment to the starting point of the lifting bar so that such machines may be used for bench presses, squats, cleans or curls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: The Personal Trainer, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Lemos, Kenfield Alldrin, Jennifer A. Power
  • Publication number: 20140228174
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a training machine, in particular a muscular strength machine, with automatic control of a gravitational load, including a gravitational load (10, 10?) coupled to force transmission means (20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70), by means of which the gravitational load (10, 10?) is movable by a user exerting a force on said force transmission means (20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70), the training machine being characterised in that it further comprises a first shaft (80), rotatably coupled to said transmission means (20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70) and to a first end of a torsion spring (90), and an electric motor (110) having a rotatable second shaft (100) coupled to a second end of the torsion spring (90), the training machine also comprising first rotation angle sensing means (120) sensing a rotation angle (B) of the first shaft (80) and second rotation angle sensing means (130) sensing a rotation angle (A) of the second shaft (100), the training machine also comprising processing means (200) receiving sense
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Ole Jakob Olsen
  • Publication number: 20140213414
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus that provides multiple different exercises for a User, including both resistance movements and isometrics. The User interacts with the apparatus by grasping a bar. A resistance mechanism is symmetrically mounted on a second bar and provides infinitely variable resistance to the User, as well as soundproof operation. There is a vertical column that allows infinite positioning of the bars for different bodily exercises, and a bench for support. The User can change the exercise resistance by verbal commands, or the apparatus can vary the exercise resistance in response to the force applied by the User. The apparatus can be operated at locations where electric service is permanently unavailable, or in zero gravity; and the apparatus can be mounted inside a shallow closet and hidden from view. To verify accuracy, the resistance can be calibrated against a known quantity of weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Adolph James Balandis, Andrew A. Taft