Alpine Or Towed Skiing Patents (Class 482/71)
  • Patent number: 9868029
    Abstract: An apparatus for balance training and/or fine motor skills training, having at least one movable platform which can be moved in an oscillating manner in at least two dimensions, having at least one counterforce unit which is provided to oppose a force for producing a deflection of the movable platform with a resistance. The apparatus has at least one force transmission interruption unit which interrupts a force flow between the movable platform and the counterforce unit in at least one operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus DS GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Kern, Ulrich Kuebler, Matthias Simnacher, Marcos Esteller Vela
  • Patent number: 9339712
    Abstract: An exercise equipment including a support, a first footboard and a second footboard for supporting the feet of the user, arranged alongside one another and able to slide along the support according to a substantially rectilinear direction (A), and articulated connection elements for connecting the first footboard to the second footboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Raffaele De Biasi, Giorgio De Biasi
  • Patent number: 9232829
    Abstract: A combination of a ski boot and a training aid (110) attached thereto that is suitable for training a user to focus pressure on the sweet spot of a ski; wherein the training aid (110) comprises a balancing member (122) positioned underneath the ski boot at a location that would be vertically aligned with the sweet spot of a ski if the training aid were fitted to the ski boot; the training aid (110) allowing the user wearing a pair of ski boots, without skis and with a training aid attached to each boot, to pivot about the balancing members (122) until a desired balancing position is reached, whereby pressure is focussed at a spot corresponding to said sweet spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: SkiA Designs Limited
    Inventor: Martin Breach
  • Patent number: 9175488
    Abstract: An open chamber of predetermined size and shape is positioned within a pool bed so as to contain telescopic modules which occupy the chamber area. Each of the telescopic modules is independently extended and retracted in length by increase or decrease of the volume of water contained within a bellows, establishing in selected telescopic modules a specific reef size, shape, and orientation. When kinetic-energy within the water passes over the predetermined shape, size, and orientation of the reef, a wave is generated having specific features resulting from the properties of the specific reef configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Phillip James Fricano
  • Patent number: 9138614
    Abstract: An exercise assembly comprises elongated first and second rocker arms that pivot with respect to each other in a scissors-like motion about a first pivot axis. A slider has a slider body that slides along a linear axis extending through and perpendicular to the first pivot axis. A linkage pivotally couples the first and second rocker arms to the slider body. Pivoting the first and second rocker arms with respect to each other causes the slider body to slide in a first direction along the linear axis. Opposite pivoting of the first and second rocker arms with respect to each other causes the slider body to slide in an opposite, second direction along the linear axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Zhi Lu, William James Kreuger, Byron T. DeKnock, Gary Scott Clayton
  • Publication number: 20150126337
    Abstract: This invention relates to a lateral foot sliding mechanism in the field of sport activities, training devices, and more particularly exercise machines, especially adapted to lower extremities. The lateral foot sliding mechanism includes a low platform (1) with a profiled groove (5) in the mid along the platform (1), in which two foot sliding mechanisms move (2), which have two foot supports (6,7) and are equipped with elements (11), which enable lateral movement of the slide mechanisms (2) along the platform (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Miroslav POPOV
  • Patent number: 9022903
    Abstract: A neuromuscular oral appliance comprises a channel with a base adapted to accept teeth from one of an upper and a lower jaw. The oral appliance further comprises a bite pad adapted to accept teeth from the other of the upper jaw and the lower jaw, the bite pad extending from the base and including a pliable chamber that partially deforms when compressed. The oral appliance allows the lower jaw to find a balanced position relative to the upper jaw which will correspond to a position at which the facial muscles are generally at minimal tension. It has been observed that the lower jaw is naturally urged forward relative to the upper jaw in this position. This motion and the position of the lower jaw generally tend to urge the neck backward so that the cervical vertebrae substantially align, thereby facilitating an erect spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Zaki Rafih, Anil Makkar
  • Publication number: 20150119204
    Abstract: A foot pad for a ski exercise apparatus has a heel retainer plate across a width of the foot pad proximate one end of a length of the foot pad, the heel retainer plate spaced above a floor level of the foot pad, and a toe stop spanning the width of the foot pad and adjustable along a portion of the length of the foot pad at a forward end of the foot pad opposite the heel retainer plate. A skier, wearing a ski boot, is enabled to step into the foot pad, engage a portion of the sole at the heel of the ski boot under the heel retainer plate, constraining the heel of the ski boot vertically, and to lower a toe of the ski boot to lie behind the toe stop, constraining the toe portion horizontally not vertically. The foot pad is provided with ski exercising apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: R Joel Loane, Ty Hargroder
  • Patent number: 9017222
    Abstract: A machine for testing and training jumping and reaching ability for use by athlete or by other people for recreation is disclosed having the following attributes: centrally balanced, light weight and portable, usable indoors or outdoors, resets to starting position after each use, signals contact by flashing light or sound, and has means of measuring the height reached by the extended hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Herman Hofeldt, Albert John Hofeldt
  • Patent number: 8944973
    Abstract: A lower body exerciser mainly comprises: a central base; two support brackets located at each side of the central base respectively; two slide tracks connecting the central base with each of the two support brackets respectively; two foot pedals mounted on each of the two slide tracks respectively; a connecting base being fixed under each foot pedal, matched with the slide track, and used for rotating around and sliding along the longitudinal direction of the arc-shaped slide track. A plurality of O-Ring elastic bands are mounted around the pulley sets to generate tension for exercise. The two slide tracks are hinged at each side of the central base respectively, so the exerciser is foldable for convenient carry and storage. This lower body exerciser could help to strengthen and define thighs, legs, buns and hips muscles with minimizing time and maximizing positive results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Nabile Lalaoua
  • Patent number: 8894551
    Abstract: An exercise device comprising a foot carriage slideably mounted on tracks, the tracks are held together parallel to one another and resistance elements provide opposition against the relative motion of the foot carriage. The foot carriage can be a frame carrying wheels and a foot support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Mohamed Kerdjoudj
  • Patent number: 8888661
    Abstract: A machine for exercising at least a user's abdominal muscles, the machine having a base having front and back ends; an arm lever mounted to the base near the front end of the base; a user platform moved by a user and/or by the arm levers, the user platform slidably and pivotably mounted to the base; and a linkage mechanism operatively connecting the arm lever to the user platform so that when the arm lever is moved towards the user platform, the user platform is moved towards the arm lever and a front end of the user platform is moved upwards, pivoting the user platform into an angled configuration, and when the arm lever is moved away from the user platform, the user platform is moved away from the arm lever and the front end of the user platform is moved downwards, pivoting the user platform into a horizontal configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph K. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8870716
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a base, an axle rotationally supported on the base and two cranks connected to the axle. The cranks are rotational synchronously with the axle. A drive wheel unit includes an active wheel provided on the axle so that the active wheel is rotational synchronously with the cranks. A passive wheel unit includes a load wheel supported on the axle so that the load wheel is rotational relative to the axle and a passive connected to the load wheel so that the passive wheel is rotational synchronously with the load wheel. A step-up device includes a shaft rotationally supported on the base and small and large wheels connected to the shaft so that they are rotational synchronously. The small wheel is connected to the active wheel so that they are rotational together. The large wheel is connected to the passive wheel so that they are rotational together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Dyaco International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Murray, Kuang-Shiung Kao
  • Publication number: 20140243162
    Abstract: The ski or snowboard simulator composed of a base, on which there is placed a trolley travelling parallelly along the longer sides of the base with the sockets for feet of training person that are able to rotate around the longitudinal axis, characterized in that there is connected the rail (6) with the base (1), on which there is seated, preferably transitionally, a boom (7) with a saddle (8) and the set for games or training and the method of training with its usage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Piotr Smolka
  • Patent number: 8814766
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for exercising using an apparatus that includes an upper assembly, equipped with pedal platforms or a snowboard attachment, which is pivotally attached to a lower frame assembly. The lower frame assembly includes ski pole attachments that enable a user to maintain balance while using the apparatus. When the user stands on the pedals, elastic members coupled to the lower frame assembly and the upper frame assembly maintain level of the upper assembly while also providing some resistance to lateral movement. As the user shifts weight to simulate downhill skiing, the resistance by the elastic members, and an adjustable brake component, provide strength and core exercises similar to skiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: John A. Scimone
  • Patent number: 8808148
    Abstract: An elliptical exercise machine includes a base support structure adapted to be positioned on a support surface. The machine includes first and second reciprocating foot supports, each foot support being movably linked to the base support structure. Additionally, a ramp assembly is situated on the base support structure, the ramp assembly having first and second guide rails for guiding the respective second ends of the first and second foot supports such that the foot supports move in an elliptical path when the elliptical exercise machine is operating. Moreover, a first support member is linked to the base support structure, wherein the first support member is pivotably linked to the ramp assembly at a point above the base support structure. Furthermore, a lift mechanism is linked on a first end to the base support structure and pivotably linked on a second end to the ramp assembly above the base support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Icon IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Watterson, William Dalebout, Keith Taylor, Robert Alleman
  • Patent number: 8808150
    Abstract: An exercise bicycle wherein when rotating the wheels by rotating pedals, the user feels the bicycle moving forward and being tilted left and right as when riding a bicycle outdoors, and also feels as if the user is riding on a slope, a plain road, etc., thus preventing the user from feeling monotonous and tedious and allowing the user to feel as if the user is riding a bicycle outdoors, thereby increasing the amount of exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Jang Won Choi
  • Patent number: 8721343
    Abstract: A ski instructional apparatus and method for teaching young children that allows for dry land training of a student on skis. The apparatus includes a pole that the student straddles. The pole has a cross piece that extends behind the students legs and beneath the buttocks and handlebars for the student to hold onto. Pulling the pole forward causes the cross piece to push the student from behind so little or none of the student's arm strength is needed to pull the student on skis along a dry surface. The tips of the skis are connected by a tether and a line attached to the tether is connected to the pole. The arrangement allows the instructor to move the student forward and, at the same time, to move the ski tips one towards the other or allow the tips to move apart by respectively raising or lowering the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua Thomas Davis
  • Patent number: 8708867
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a frame; a platform configured to receive a person in a standing position, the platform connected to the frame; a handheld component configured to be held by a person standing on the platform; and an impeller-driven fluid circulation system. Manipulation of the handheld component by a person standing on the platform results in driving of the impeller and circulation of fluid within the fluid circulation system. The platform may rock from side to side, whereby a person standing on the platform must maintain balance while manipulating the handheld component. The handheld component may simulate a paddle and may include an elongate shaft. In this respect, the paddle component is used by a person standing on the platform as if the paddle component were a paddle used in paddleboarding, including manipulating the paddle component through a rowing motion that preferably would be experienced when actually paddleboarding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Season 4, LLC
    Inventors: Charlie Lumsden, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Karl Christopher Gabriel, Arthur Allen Henson, Thomas James Philpott, Michael Starkey
  • Patent number: 8696522
    Abstract: A new method of simulating the experience of surfing the tube of a wave is presented, consisting of a tarpaulin with weights and a handle on one corner. The tarpaulin is pulled up in the air and forward creating a tube shaped form within which a skateboarder can be propelled as if he was surfing a wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Brady
  • Patent number: 8672770
    Abstract: A recreational amusement stand-up swing apparatus consisting of a singular bracing member anchored to a stationary overhead object. A coupling link element, akin to a swivel-eye carbiner, for the bracing member to attach thereto, further providing a member for the apparatus to be convieniently removed from the bracing member by way of a side gate portion, and further providing a member for unrestricted spinning rotation by way of a swivel mechanism. An extension spring providing vertical bouncing member, comprising upper and lower connecting portions attached between the coupling link and a connecting agent centrally located on a line separator element. A line element comprising right and left arm portions equidistantly extending through the line separator and further comprising stopping agents thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: David J Matt
  • Patent number: 8668633
    Abstract: A waist and hip developer includes a track curving smoothly upwardly toward two distal ends thereof and having two stop members respectively located at two distal ends thereof, foot members affixed to the track for supporting the track on the floor steadily, a slide slidably coupled to the track with rollers thereof and movable back and forth along the track between the stop members, a seat rotatably supported on the slide with a ball bearing, two grips respectively affixed to the two distal ends of the track, and a counter for counting of the number of reciprocating cycles of the slide moving by the user sitting on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Wei-Teh Ho
  • Patent number: 8636630
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes a ball nest for providing resistance in an exercise system. The ball nest includes a first portion, where an interior section of the first portion forms at least part of a zone of a sphere. The ball nest also includes a second portion. An interior section of the second portion forms at least part of the zone of the sphere and the second portion is configured to mate with the first portion. The mating of the first portion and the second portion is configured to enclose a ball. The ball nest further includes an adjustable attachment, where the adjustable attachment is configured to adjust the position of the first portion relative to the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Morris
  • Patent number: 8632441
    Abstract: A multi-function exerciser includes a main frame. Two first universal joint units and two second universal joint units are respectively provided at two sides of the main frame. Two action units are pivotally connected to the first and second universal joint units. The two axes of the first and second universal joint units at the same side are at the same level and perpendicular to each other. Thus, the user can swing forward and rearward as well as left and right when standing on the footrests of the two action units for a forward split and a side split. Besides, because the two axes are at the same level and perpendicular to each other, the user can stand with one foot and lift another foot to do an oval turning for getting strong muscles in the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Tsung-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 8602953
    Abstract: A Pilates reformer includes a rectangular frame having two transverse ends connected by longitudinal rails, each transverse end comprising a pair of bases and an interconnecting transverse member. A planar carriage attaches to the frame by springs, and is moveable horizontally against force of the springs by means of rollers along the longitudinal rails. An ergonomic purchase confined to the frame is translatable into a stowed position for spatial efficiency, and into a deployed position that enables a user mounted on the carriage to reach the purchase, one of the transverse ends arresting the purchase when fully translated to the stowed or deployed position. The purchase may be a rotatable bench, a slidable and rotatable jump board, a vertically adjustable ballet bar, or the reformer may include a combination of these purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Amy Christine Jordan
  • Patent number: 8585562
    Abstract: A skiing simulating exercise machine includes a supporting base for supporting a user, a pair of retractable couplers attached to the supporting base, and a pair of handle devices coupled to the retractable couplers for being grasped by the user and for simulating a skiing operation. The supporting base includes a beam for attaching the retractable couplers, the retractable couplers each include a rod slidably engaged in a housing, and a spring biasing member coupled between the rod and the housing for retracting the rod into the housing. The retractable couplers each include a wheel attached to the rod for allowing the rod to be smoothly moved into and out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Patent number: 8556781
    Abstract: A barbell characterized by a longitudinal bar with two hand gripping portions, with sufficient spacing between gripping portions to provide clearance for the torso, head or neck, where the gripping portions are characterized by first and second diamond-like shaped exterior portions enclosing gripping windows, where the windows each contain at least one gripping bar, non-parallel to the longitudinal bar, where the first and second diamond-like portions have a first and second interior end portions which, with the intermediate region, define a cambered gripping portion wherein the gripping bars and the exterior portion of the gripping windows are designed to provide a plurality of gripping positions and angles for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: BTF Global Corp.
    Inventor: Timothy Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 8517899
    Abstract: A ski-simulation assembly includes a vertical member with a first portion coupled to a base and a second portion extending upwardly from the base, a first cable portion slidably engaged with the vertical member at the second portion of the vertical member, a second cable portion slidably engaged with the vertical member at the second portion of the vertical member, and a resistance-producing assembly physically coupled to the first cable portion and the second cable portion, where the resistance-producing assembly operable to apply a selective resistance to the first cable portion independent of movement of the second cable portion and apply a selective resistance to the second cable portion independent of movement of the first cable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventors: Yifeng Zhou, Grayson Hugh Bourne
  • Patent number: 8512142
    Abstract: A game controller includes a plurality of load sensors for detecting a load applied on an exercise support board having at least one stepping exercise platform and attached thereto a sliding platform having concave sides on which player's legs are ridden The game controller transmits a load value detected as manipulation data by the load sensors to a game machine. The game machine determines a necessary quantity of load values, and the game machine computes the necessary quantity of load values based on the detected load value from the game controller. Subsequently, game processing is performed based on the necessary quantity of computed load values on either the stepping exercise portion or the sliding exercise portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: William B. Meldeau
  • Patent number: 8480542
    Abstract: A gymnastic machine (1) comprising a frame (10) supporting a first actuating device (40) provided with at least a pair of first levers (102)(104), each of which presents a respective implement (112)(116) suitable to act as user interface; a load unit (300) being provided in connection with the first levers (102) so as to dissipate power applied to each implement (112)(116) in a proportion definable at will; said load unit (300) being designed to maintain the first levers (102)(104) in phase opposition; second actuating devices (50) of magnetic kind being associated with the load unit (300) to bring and maintain the first levers (102)(104) at rest in a neutral position so as to prevent stopping conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventor: Simone Reggiani
  • Publication number: 20130102442
    Abstract: A treadmill is provided which allows a lateral shift rack to be set over the pedestal of the main framework, and the lateral shift rack is provided with a treading mechanism. The lateral shift rack is driven to yield reciprocating lateral shift through circumferential movement of the crank linking frame when two pedals of the treading mechanism are treaded to shift vertically. When the treadmill is treaded, lateral shift will occur simultaneously. Based on the driving compensation mechanism, when the left and right pedals are treaded, the end point could be further shifted to a preset distance, so as to compensate the treading path of two pedals, and improve the operational flexibility, the fitness effect and value of the treadmill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicants: HEXON Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Min LIANG
  • Publication number: 20130095982
    Abstract: A skiing simulating exercise machine includes a supporting base for supporting a user, a pair of retractable couplers attached to the supporting base, and a pair of handle devices coupled to the retractable couplers for being grasped by the user and for simulating a skiing operation. The supporting base includes a beam for attaching the retractable couplers, the retractable couplers each include a rod slidably engaged in a housing, and a spring biasing member coupled between the rod and the housing for retracting the rod into the housing. The retractable couplers each include a wheel attached to the rod for allowing the rod to be smoothly moved into and out of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Publication number: 20130045841
    Abstract: A skiing simulating exercise machine includes a pair of handles attached to a base support for supporting an upper portion of a user, a cushioning member disposed on the base support, and a platform mounted on the cushioning member for supporting the user thereon and for simulating a skiing operation, the cushioning member includes a chamber for forming a tubular element and for increasing a resilience of the cushioning member, the cushioning member includes an outer peripheral recess for increasing a resilience of the cushioning member and for allowing the cushioning member to be suitably deformed or twisted or squeezed or depressed or compressed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Patent number: 8323160
    Abstract: An exercise device is disclosed having at least a base, first and second knee supports which are bilaterally coupled to first and second pivots located off from the center of the base. Independently rotatable knee pads are coupled to the perimeter-side end of the first and second knee supports arranged around a perimeter of the base. An upper extremity support is coupled to the base, and a first base supporting member is positioned at a rear of the base and a second base supporting member is positioned at a front of the base, wherein at least one of an inclination and elevation of the base is determined by adjustment of the base supporting members, wherein the first and second knee supports move around different arcs to generate an elliptical motion for an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Robson Splane
  • Publication number: 20120277068
    Abstract: A ski-simulation assembly includes a vertical member with a first portion coupled to a base and a second portion extending upwardly from the base, a first cable portion slidably engaged with the vertical member at the second portion of the vertical member, a second cable portion slidably engaged with the vertical member at the second portion of the vertical member, and a resistance-producing assembly physically coupled to the first cable portion and the second cable portion, where the resistance-producing assembly operable to apply a selective resistance to the first cable portion independent of movement of the second cable portion and apply a selective resistance to the second cable portion independent of movement of the first cable portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Yifeng Zhou, Grayson Hugh Bourne
  • Patent number: 8272995
    Abstract: Various exercise machines have foot supporting linkages that move a person's feet through respective left and right paths of motion in respective planes that are skewed relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Stearns, Joseph D. Maresh
  • Patent number: 8113997
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an article of manufacture having at least one curved rail that is supported in an upright position with a supporting mean. The supporting means may be a stand, which may also contain at least one-foot holder and an arm bar. The curved rail or rails contains a seat that is capable of laterally sliding along the curved rail. The seat may swivel and contain handles for additional set of exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Products of Tomorrow, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Fernandez, Robert Kennedy, Paul McGrath
  • Patent number: 8105221
    Abstract: An exercise device for the mid to lower body muscles comprising an inclined base, a base frame to support the base a first support bar and a second support bar, the first and the second support bar each having a mounting end and a support end, wherein the first support bar mounting end is pivotably attached to a first pivot point and the second support bar mounting end is pivotably attached to a second pivot point and the first and the second support bar support end are movably mounted on the perimeter of the base such that the first and the second support ends are movable through an arcuate path along the perimeter of the base a first knee pad pivotably attached to the first support bar at the first support bar support end; a second knee pad pivotably attached to the second support bar at the second support bar support end; and a handle attached to the front portion of the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Robson Splane
  • Publication number: 20110300996
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for exercising the human body comprising a stiff frame accommodating at least two guide tracks and at least one carriage in each guide track, at least one resistance unit, preferably attached to the frame, and for each carriage: a substantially inelastic cord drive system connecting said carriage with said at least one resistance unit, and an elastic cord drive system connecting the substantially inelastic cord drive system with the frame. Specific use of the apparatus according to the invention imitates the pattern of movements in cross-country skiing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: JTO Holding ApS
    Inventor: Jonas Thor Olsen
  • Patent number: 7963897
    Abstract: A resistance apparatus for a waist-twisting exerciser wherein the resistance apparatus includes a spring and an adjuster with a pulley block. The adjuster is mounted on a swing element while the spring is fixed at a proper position of the swing element such that the spring is correctly engaged into the pulley block of the adjuster. In applying force to the swing element in motion, the spring may be pulled to create an effective exercise resistance force for increasing the exercise effect. Moreover, the position of the adjuster is adjustable for changing the tension of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Leao Wang
  • Patent number: 7942751
    Abstract: A sporting facility comprises a plurality of rotary elements having flexible components extending therefrom, the rotary elements being arranged so that the flexible components thereof provide a substantially continuous supporting surface, and means for rotating the rotary elements. The flexible components are preferably filaments or fibers, extending perpendicular to the substantially continuous surface. The facility is of particular use in providing an artificial surface for skiing, snow boarding, surfing or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Kyle Graham John Dent
  • Patent number: 7935032
    Abstract: An exercise system for simulating the motions involved in boarding sports such as surfing or snowboarding in a repetitive manner which allows for a cardiovascular, aerobic exercise that builds and tones the same muscles and reflexes used in boarding sports. The exercise system generally includes a frame including a first track and a second track. The first track is positioned parallel with the second track. A carriage assembly is slidably mounted on the first track and the second track such that the carriage assembly may freely slide back and forth along the tracks. The carriage assembly is adapted to tilt about a horizontal axis of rotation and swivel about a vertical axis of rotation. By sliding the carriage assembly along the tracks and utilizing the swiveling and tilting motions, the operator may simulate the motions and exercises encountered while enjoying boarding sports such as wakeboarding, snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Robert A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7935033
    Abstract: Ski simulation device has at least two arching rails parallel each other on a sloped plane elevated at an angle of a variable degree, joined to frame structure which includes handgrip and cross rail, arching rails providing track; a carriage rides in side-to-side movement on track; whereas carriage on which platform is mounted around axis, whereas platform on which two cradles each is mounted around its axis, whereas cradles wherein two rocking footrests are nested; resistance members providing a constraint on carriage as it rides on track; dampening member extending from front section of frame structure joined to midpoint on transverse bar of which ends joined to cradles; an assembly of rollers mounted on frontal sides of both cradles, whereby rollers as guide roll on cross rail; and rod extending from front section of frame structure to a point where mounted ball can be reached by user's both knees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Blessing
  • Patent number: 7931568
    Abstract: A ski exercising apparatus includes a ski unit including two ski members each having a wavy slide rail extending in a front-to-rear direction, two pedal units mounted slidably and respectively on the slide rails of the ski members, at least one pull rope mounted movably to the ski members and having two opposite ends connected respectively to the pedal units, two handle units connected pivotally and respectively to the ski members, and at least one connection unit disposed between and interconnecting the ski members and adjustable to change the position and orientation of one of the ski members relative to that of the other ski member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Asia Regent Limited
    Inventor: William Lin
  • Patent number: 7922626
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus including: a pair of platforms, each of the pair of platforms having: a base including a lower surface and a pair of opposed flanges extending upwardly from the lower surface; roller units received side-by-side in the base and being independently rotatable, each of the roller units extending between the pair of opposed flanges of the base and including at least two roller bodies spaced from one another by a groove, each of the at least two roller bodies including an outer surface, at least a portion of the outer surface being in continuous contact with the lower surface of the base; a retainer coupled to the base for maintaining the rollers units on the base; and a connector for coupling the pair of platforms to one another to provide a surface for sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Cadmar Larson
  • Patent number: 7896781
    Abstract: A training apparatus configured for skating-type sports whereon a user can perform training, exercising, strengthening and conditioning while wearing footgear designed for use in skating-type sports. The training apparatus comprises a pair of interconnected opposed matching elongate platforms extending backward and away from each other preferably at an angle equal to or less than 90°. Each platform is provided with an abrasion-resistant exercise surface assembly configured to slidingly communicate with and to controllably engage and disengage a user's footgear. Each platform is provided with a controllably pivotable and lockable foot stop assembly. The training apparatus is provided with an electronic device configured to measure, monitor, record and report at least one of a user's vital signs and a physical performance criterion associated with skating-type motions and activities. The training apparatus is optionally provided with a vertically adjustable knee brace apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Cadmar Larson
  • Patent number: 7892151
    Abstract: A sports board simulator (10) comprising a main frame assembly (11) which is suspended from an elevated anchor point so as to be free for at least limited pivoting and swinging movement about the anchor point, the main frame assembly (11) including arms (17) which can be gripped by a user and/or the user can be secured to the frame assembly (11) by a harness (25). An elongated board (40) upon which the user may stand is suspended from the main frame assembly (11) via an intermediate frame (36) which permits the board (40) to move relative to the main frame assembly (11) about a pivot axis (C-C) extending transversely of the main frame assembly (11). The board (40) is also capable of pivoting about further axes D-D, E, and F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Syco Industries Pty Limited
    Inventors: Alan Clifford Colk, Michael Burke Hill
  • Patent number: 7878953
    Abstract: A leg press machine has a floor engaging main frame, a user support pivotally mounted relative to the main frame and having primary and secondary support portions which support spaced locations on a user's body throughout an exercise, and a leg press exercise arm rotatably mounted relative to the main frame. The exercise arm has a first pivot connection which pivotally links the exercise arm to the user support and a second pivot connection which is associated with the main frame to link movement of the exercise arm to movement of the user support. A load resists movement of at least one of the moving parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Christopher E. Brennan, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7874963
    Abstract: An exercise device reciprocates footpads along curved tracks having first pivotally supported ends and second ends that are alternately raised and lowered with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventor: Steven M. Grind
  • Patent number: 7819780
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus including: a pair of platforms, each of the pair of platforms having: a base including a lower surface and a pair of opposed flanges extending upwardly from the lower surface; roller units received side-by-side in the base and being independently rotatable, each of the roller units extending between the pair of opposed flanges of the base and including at least two roller bodies spaced from one another by a groove, each of the at least two roller bodies including an outer surface, at least a portion of the outer surface being in continuous contact with the lower surface of the base; a retainer coupled to the base for maintaining the rollers units on the base; and a connector for coupling the pair of platforms to one another to provide a surface for sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Cadmar Larson