Alpine Or Towed Skiing Patents (Class 482/71)
  • Publication number: 20030060338
    Abstract: A parallel ski training or exercise apparatus is described. The ski training device provides the combination of parallel motion, edging, and weight shifting that characterizes downhill parallel skiing. Two foot platforms are mounted on a base, on independent rotation axes centered about the balls of the user's feet. The foot platforms are constrained to rotate together, i.e. their longitudinal axes remain parallel. The foot platforms can tilt from side to side to simulate the edging motion of downhill parallel skiing. Varying amounts of resistance to rotation and to tilting can be obtained by changing the springs or other devices that bias the foot platforms to straight-ahead and level alignment. The base of the parallel ski training device can be tilted to an angle by a support having a circular arc or hemispherical shape. With the front of the base raised, the user's ankles assume the leaning forward attitude that is used in parallel skiing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Robert A. Sayce
  • Patent number: 6514180
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for exercising using skating motion are disclosed. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a frame having left and right pedal guides, left and right pedals moveably coupled to the left and right pedal guides, and a pedal control device. The pedal control device is coupled to the left and right pedals such that as one of the left or right pedals is moved along its pedal guide, the other pedal is moved in an opposite direction along its pedal guide, and both the left and right pedals rotate in a first rotational direction. As the pedals are moved back along their respective pedal guides in opposite directions, the pedal control device simultaneously rotates the pedals in a second rotational direction. The apparatus may thereby provide an improved simulation of skating, and may increase the user's enjoyment of the exercise. The pedal control device may include a resistance device, such as an electromagnetic brake, that resists the movement of the pedals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: R. Lee Rawls
  • Patent number: 6508746
    Abstract: A mogul skiing simulating device having a floating platform riding bearings on crank pins of two crankshaft assemblies while accommodating the changing distance between the two crankshaft pins during their rotation. The leader crankshaft assembly is about 30 to 35 degrees ahead of the follower. The platform is tethered by springs to its central support to maintain the platform in the correct relation to both pairs of crankshaft assemblies. The springs pull from a plastic bushings on each crankshaft pin toward the center of the platform. The tilt of the entire machine is higher in the rear to simulate downhill skiing. Cams may be attached to the front and rear crank journals which act upon the ends of a leaf spring to store and release energy. The crankshafts are turned by and electrically powered “V” drive. Railing allows the user to vary hand placement and body position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventors: Terry G. Jacobs, Kevin Creelman
  • Patent number: 6482133
    Abstract: The seat (10) of a training device is connected via parallelogram arms (6a, 6b) to a base frame (2) so that it can execute circular-segment movements in reference to the base frame. A training force transmission frame (26) is articulated to a parallelogram arm, and one end is mounted to a crank mechanism (22) that acts on a belt pulley (24) which is connected via a belt (24) to a flywheel (38). A brake (40) (against which the trainee works) acts on the flywheel. A grip holder (30) with handgrips (32) extends upward from the transmission frame (26) before the seat. Footrests (18) are also provided on the base frame (2). The relative movements between the seat (10), the transmission frame (26) that executes a combined lengthwise and swinging motion, and the base frame (2) allow force to be exerted from the seat via the hand grips to the transmission frame to exercise the arms and upper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Dieter Miehlich
  • Patent number: 6440526
    Abstract: A pad (11) having a non-slip surface, the pad adapted for attachment to a substrate and for use in combination with a garment worn by a person, the pad comprising a layer of a flexible non-slip material. having a lower surface adapted to be removably attached to said substrate and an upper surface which is partially covered by a hook and loop type fastener (14) and the garment has a surface complementary to the hook and loop type fastener, such that in use the person can control the extent of engagement between the complementary surface of the garment and the hook and loop type fastener of the pad by selectively placing the garment on the pad so that the complementary surface can contact both the hook and loop type fastener and non-slip material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: Craig Steven John Gamble, Andrew Glen Roche
  • Publication number: 20020077222
    Abstract: A recreational air board used for “surf-bouncing” on a trampoline. The board is made of at least one soft cushioning layer and a support layer. The cushioning layer provides protection against damage caused to the trampoline and other objects by impact with the board. The cushioning layer also minimizes the risk of injury to the user. The support layer provides stiffness to the board so that the board maintains its proper form. The board may be fastened to a user's feet by a pair of elastic cords. The elastic cords form loops to receive a user's feet and are attached to the board through openings in the board. The elastic cords can stretch to snugly fit different sized feet without the need for special boots and bindings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventor: John Daly
  • Patent number: 6402670
    Abstract: A travel-size exercise device used in pairs to induce muscle-building effect on both upper and lower body comprising an elongated length-reducible rigid member (100) attached to an elongated flexible foot traction member (106). A set of holding provisions comprise a primary handle (44) forming a T-connection due-top on rigid member (100), and an auxiliary handle (54) forming a perpendicular protrusion midwards on member (100). A set of limb-fastening provisions comprise an ankle strap (110) mounted at right angles upwards on rigid member (100), and a corresponding knee support (112) layered upon auxiliary handle (54). Rigid member.(110) has a bottom end engaged to a revolving shoe (62) removably capped with a friction-tip (64) for stable ground engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas Anagnostou
  • Patent number: 6368253
    Abstract: An in-line roller skate exercise device has a pair of, open ended, channel section tracks extending in side by side relation for receiving a pair of in-line roller skates worn by a person. The tracks are arcuate, forming progressively elevated front and rear track ends so that respective in-line roller skates of a pair worn by a person can be rolled by the person in opposed reciprocating motions along said tracks. Each track is of downwardly convergent channel section for engaging wheels of a respective roller skate with a wedging action providing frictional resistance to the motions of the roller skates thereby to increase substantially the effort of the person. The tracks can be formed by elongate stands molded as hollow shells with open bottoms for stacking, one inside another, facilitating compact storage and portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Mathew Harrigan
  • Patent number: 6368254
    Abstract: Hybrid stretching and exercising machine. The machine comprises first and second elongate track members having proximal and distal ends ranged in a co-linear fashion. First and second foot-receiving members are slidably and rotatably mounted upon respective ones of the track members, and are further inwardly biased toward the respective proximal ends thereof. Preferably, the degree of bias may be selectively controlled. In use, the user is able to rapidly stretch and strengthen the muscles of both right and left legs by merely twisting about the device by approximately 180°. The device further preferably includes a handle member to provide support during use of the device, and may be further adapted to enable the user to perform rowing, curl, and abdominal-strengthening type exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Wall
  • Publication number: 20020022558
    Abstract: An angle-adjustable rowing exerciser, which includes a wheeled base frame, a fixed mattress and a pivoted mattress supported on the base frame, a transverse frame bar pivotally mounted on the base frame at the bottom, two handlebars respectively adjustably connected to two adjustable ratchet connectors at the ends of the transverse frame bar for turning by hand to rotate the transverse frame bar, and two actuating bars perpendicularly and fixedly connected to the transverse frame bar and forced to tilt the base frame or the movable mattress up and down upon turning of the handlebars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventor: Michael Casey
  • Publication number: 20010049322
    Abstract: A ski game machine executes a game program in response to a control signal given by rotating imitation skis by a player to display an object of a skier corresponding to the player on a display device. The ski game machine comprises: a ski rotation detector for generating the control signal by detecting direction and degree of a rotation of the imitation ski; a control unit for obtaining position data showing a current position of the skier on a ski course according to data of ski course and the control signal, generating polygon data showing a trace of the skis of the skier according to the position data, storing the polygon data while the skier is skiing on the ski course, and generating display data of the trace to display on the display device according to the stored polygon data of the trace; and a display for displaying the ski course with the trace of the skis according to the display data of the trace generated by the control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Publication date: December 6, 2001
    Inventors: Tatsuya Watanabe, Hideki Inoue, Yuji Sugimori, Makoto Sugawara
  • Patent number: 6280366
    Abstract: A multi-purpose sliding exerciser including a base made of two boards butted and hinged to each other. The hinge joint is threaded with a plurality of elastic ropes. At each end of the base is a tension rope. A plurality of insertion holes are also provided in pairs on the base to restrict the pedals' slide path. The multipurpose sliding exerciser allows the user to remove the elastic ropes threaded through the back side of the base so as to fold up the boards for easy storage or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Jung-Pao Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6234935
    Abstract: A skating training apparatus includes rotating gears positioned in a generally horizontal plane. Linear supporting struts are pivotally attached to the gears for movement therewith and a motion restricting device is engaging with the liner supporting struts and adapted for restricting the linear supporting struts to a combination of pivotal and linear translational motion. Pivots engage the linear supporting struts and restrict it to pivotal motion at one end. Foot rests are mounted on the linear supporting struts at an end opposite to the pivots. The rotating gears, linear supporting struts, motion restricting device and pivots are mutually interconnected for moving the foot rests in a skating motion as driven by a person's feet while training on the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Yong S. Chu
  • Patent number: 6231484
    Abstract: An exercise machine which simulates snow skiing so as to especially develop the muscles of a person particular to snow skiing. A tubular support frame pivotally supports a pair of elongate foot support arms the front end of which are pivotally connected to the frame for multiple axes rotation. The rear end of the foot support arms each have a foot pedal which support the user in an elevated position. A pair of generally vertical pivot arms are pivotally connected at an upper end of each to the support frame with the lower end of each connected to a respective foot support arm. The pivot arms are interconnected by a tie bar for coordinated movement thereof. The movement of the foot support arms is simultaneously about multiple axes comprising lateral horizontal and upward vertical components wherein the foot support arms trace a conical path and the foot pedals trace generally upwardly directed arcuate paths with the foot support arms tilting inwardly to simulate edging of skis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Trace O. Gordon
  • Patent number: 6231483
    Abstract: A sliding exercise apparatus used as a recreational device. The device includes a sport board housed within a carrying case. The carrying case has at least a low friction and board protective bottom surface to facilitate sliding the apparatus upon a suitable contact area. The top of the carrying case is provided with removable portions that would enable the user to access the sports board while the board is housed within its carrying case. A user can be supported by the board while in its case and can employ the board and case to navigate upon a suitable support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Forrest B. Phillips
  • Patent number: 6206808
    Abstract: An angle-adjustable rowing exerciser, which includes a wheeled base frame, a fixed mattress and a pivoted mattress supported on the base frame, a transverse frame bar pivotally mounted on the base frame at the bottom, two handlebars respectively adjustably connected to two adjustable ratchet connectors at the ends of the transverse frame bar for turning by hand to rotate the transverse frame bar, and two actuating bars perpendicularly and fixedly connected to the transverse frame bar and forced to tilt the base frame or the movable mattress up and down upon turning of the handlebars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Sung-Chao Ho
  • Patent number: 6186929
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus comprises a generally rectangular extruded aluminum frame having a head end and a foot end and including a pair of spaced apart parallel track members wherein the head end, the foot end, and the track or rail members are each formed from the same metal extrusion material and have the same cross sectional shape. The apparatus includes a movable carriage mounted on the frame for movement along the rail members between the head and foot ends against one or more resistance members connected between the carriage and the foot end of the frame. Each of the rail members includes an outwardly open T shaped longitudinal slot therein for receiving a T shaped anchor bar for a foot support bar assembly. The foot bar assembly includes a replaceable U shaped foot bar having a pair of spaced parallel leg portions. The assembly accommodates various shapes of foot bars. The leg portions are telescopically joined to support members pivotally mounted to a support bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Balanced Body, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Endelman, Brian Janowski
  • Patent number: 6139473
    Abstract: The present invention provides an action input device for a simulator that requires only a small installation space but can provide an extremely realistic experience.This travel simulator comprises a base portion 40, an input board 20 on which the player stands and rides, and an oscillatory mechanism that attaches the input board 20 in a freely oscillatory manner to the base portion 40, to form a travel simulator in which the input board 20 is made to oscillate in the leftward and rightward direction to control the direction of movement of a virtual player in the leftward and rightward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Namco Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichiro Koyama, Shinichiro Aiki
  • Patent number: 6135930
    Abstract: An exercise device consists of a bottom frame having a frame body, and a leg frame disposed at rear end of the frame body for tilting the frame body, a carrying unit having a seat mounted on the frame body, and a backrest mounted on the frame body, two action units having a pedal rod rotatably fastened at one end thereof with the frame body and at other end thereof with a pedal, a holding frame fastened pivotally with the frame body, a linking member connecting the pedal rod with the holding frame, and a damping device disposed at a pivoting end of the pedal rod. A linking device is disposed at the bottom of the frame body and connected with the linking members for enabling the two action units to operate in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Kevin Yen-Fu Kuo
  • Patent number: 6117052
    Abstract: An aerobic exercise device for performing lateral swinging or swaying motions is disclosed. The device has a base with an upright tubular steel frame and integral handles. A swing assembly or pendulum is pivotally suspended from an upper portion of the frame. The pendulum comprises a pair of vertical bars which are pivotally joined to a short horizontal bar at their lower ends. A pair of foot pad assemblies are pivotally mounted to the horizontal bar. Each foot pad has a shock absorber mounted between it and its adjacent vertical bar for creating resistance to the motion of the pendulum. The user grips the a handle with each hand and places one foot on each foot pad. By moving the legs and lower torso from side to side, the user can exercise by swaying or swinging the pendulum from side to side while the frame remains stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Bollinger Industries, L.P.
    Inventors: Howard M. Frost, George D. Stickler
  • Patent number: 6106442
    Abstract: A ski exercise apparatus for simulating cross-skiing activity which permits variable resistive horizontal pivoting of skis about a vertical axis while allowing vertical lifting of the skis and which also allows pivoting of a ski binding about a horizontal axis of the ski by a user practicing skiing. Also provided is a ski pole support which allows vertical and horizontal pivoting of a ski pole by the user as well as provides resistance to back and forth movement of the ski pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Stan D. Tissue
  • Patent number: 6077202
    Abstract: The exercise device of the present invention has a base having two side members and front member that extends between the side members. At least one truss member extends from the base. A rotatable shaft is positioned on the truss member and a flywheel is mounted on the shaft. A rotatable drive shaft is mounted on the truss member and a first one-way clutch and a second one-way clutch are mounted on the drive shaft. A means is provided for operatively connecting the drive shaft to the rotatable shaft whereby rotation of the drive shaft causes the rotatable shaft to rotate. A pair of arms have a first end that is pivotally mounted on the base and a second end that extends from the base. A foot pad is positioned on the second end of each of the arms. The foot pads are disposed to move in an arcuate path towards and away from the side members of the base and the movement of the foot pads is in a direction that is substantially parallel to the front member of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Gary W. Gray
  • Patent number: 6045486
    Abstract: An apparatus for physical therapy is disclosed herein. The device comprises a rectangular framework portion, including two long and two short sides, in which the long and short sides each have upper surfaces, lower surfaces, and surfaces interior and exterior to the rectangle, thus defining an interior area within said rectangle. A pair of linear cross support members, each having opposite end portions are disposed about the framework in a direction perpendicular to the length dimension of the rectangle defined by the framework. Each cross support member is attached at its opposite ends to the interior surfaces of both of said long sides of said framework, and thus defines a first inner polygon portion, a second inner polygon portion, and a third inner polygon portion within the interior area of said framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Michael L Jensen
  • Patent number: 6042511
    Abstract: An exercise, training and conditioning apparatus for skaters which includes a pair of movable foot platforms that are guided along a pair of coupled track sections, and a latching mechanism that alternatively secures and releases one of the pair of foot platforms while releasing and securing another one of the pair of foot platforms. According to one embodiment, the pair of track sections are coupled together at Resistance to movement is applied to the pair of foot platforms by elastic or inelastic cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Ron C. Bulloch
  • Patent number: 6042516
    Abstract: Apparatus that can be added to an existing ski treadmill provides resistance to a forward, as well as a rearward motion of an exerciser's arm. The apparatus includes a transverse beam attached to a body supporting post that is part of the treadmill. Longitudinal arms are hinged to the ends of this beam and swing away from their normal operating positions to allow an exerciser to mount or dismount from the apparatus. A closed rope loop having an indented portion is formed by connecting the two handgrips of a conventional ski treadmill with another piece of rope that engages, in sequence, a first pulley at the rear end of a first of the longitudinal arms, a second pulley near a hinge connecting that arm to the transverse beam, a third pulley at the other end of the beam, and a fourth pulley at the rear end of the second longitudinal arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: David A. Norton
  • Patent number: 6033227
    Abstract: A training apparatus includes a training device, an operation detection unit, a training condition calculation unit, an image display processing unit, and a display unit. The training device has a movable unit which is displaced according to an action of a trainee who is training with reference to a training image. The operation detection unit detects a displacement of the movable unit during training. The training condition calculation unit calculates a training condition of next time on the basis of a detection result from the operation detection unit in training immediately before and a training condition immediately before. The image display processing unit prepares, on the basis of the training condition obtained by the training condition calculation unit, training image data which changes according to the detection result from the operation detection unit in training under the obtained training condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ishige
  • Patent number: 6022297
    Abstract: A portable device for exercising front thighs having a non-use position for carrying by a hand of a user and a use position for placement on a horizontal surface and for exercising the front thighs of the user. The device includes a base, foot restraints, a pair of support straps, and a rod. The base is placed on the horizontal surface when the portable device for exercising front thighs is in the use position. The feet restraints are disposed on the base for restraining the feet of the exerciser when the portable device for exercising front thighs is in the use position. The pair of support straps extend from the base for supporting the exerciser when the portable device for exercising front thighs is in the use position. The rod is placed behind the knees of the exerciser when the portable device for exercising front thighs is in the use position and engages the pair of support straps for further supporting the exerciser when the portable device for exercising front thighs is in the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Carlos DeJesus
  • Patent number: 6019608
    Abstract: A snowboard training device is provided which allows a an instructor to direct the movement of a snowboard trainee from a reasonable distance. The snowboard training device includes an inner member suitable for attaching firmly to the mid-section of the trainee, a rigid outer member disposed spaced apart from the mid-section of the trainee, and at least one connecting member which acts to fixedly attach the inner member to the outer member in a horizontal disposition. The snowboard training device further includes an elliptical hoop or other rigid device fixedly attached to a harness worn by the snowboard trainee and which extends horizontally about the mid-section of the trainee at a distance that allows an instructor to direct the movement of the trainee while the snowboard trainee is snowboarding on a snow slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Jon Stark
  • Patent number: 5989163
    Abstract: This is a stationary exercise apparatus capable of more accurately representing body motion associated with walking and running. The apparatus includes an inertia system which enables the apparatus to accelerate each reciprocating pedal up to a predetermined velocity. In this manner, the exercise workout is more natural since the user only has to expend energy normally associated with walking or running and not the operation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Robert E. Rodgers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5971891
    Abstract: A roller skating practice and exercise apparatus for combined upper body and lower body exercise has a skating platform with an upper surface for supporting a user wearing a pair of roller skates or in-line skates. The skating platform is foldable for easier portability and storage of the apparatus. Two extensible telescoping arm exercising poles are pivotally attached to the skating platform. The telescoping poles are constructed to provide axial resistance and rotational resistance to pivotal motion in all directions. An elastic tension member inside the hollow telescoping poles provides resistance to axial motion when the arm exercising poles are extended. The resistance to axial motion varies directly with the amount of displacement of the pole from its contracted position. The rotational resistance is provided by ball-and-socket joints which join the lower ends of the telescoping poles to the skating platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Richard H. Humphrey
  • Patent number: 5895340
    Abstract: A training device for use in teaching techniques for snow boarding, skiing, and the like, includes a carriage including two spaced vertical posts. A tubular arcuate track extends between the posts and forms a segment of a circle lying in an inclined plane. An elongated support member formed, for example, in the shape of a snow board or skis, is secured adjacent a first, lower end to the carriage by a ball and socket mechanism. A guide roller assembly mounted for pivotal movement on the bottom surface of the support member allows a user to move the support member along the arcuate track and to incline the support member from side to side, simulating the edging techniques used in the actual turning of skis or a snow board. A plurality of rollers mount the carriage for translational movement along a linear guide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: Martin Keller
  • Patent number: 5871421
    Abstract: A motorless treadmill for exercising the upper body and lower body of a user. Displacement of an upper-body exercise mechanism such as a pair of reciprocating arm members rotates a drive roller. The drive roller is coupled to an endless belt, and a transmission system links the drive roller to the upper body exercise mechanism such that arm movements are translated into belt rotation. In one embodiment, pulleys are used as the transmission system to transmit the energy from the movement of the arm members to the belt. A flywheel may be added to store energy to smooth the belt rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: True Fitness Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank R. Trulaske, Daniel R. Moon
  • Patent number: 5860898
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus of the type for exercising the muscles of a user by providing spring or elastic loaded resistance to repetitive movements of a user having a horizontally extending frame assembly. The exercise apparatus includes biased foot pedals and elastic cables that are user operable to exercise a variety of muscles or muscle groups of a user. An adjustable seat having a back that may be folded for storage is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Eric E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 5813864
    Abstract: A simulator for presenting a simulation movement on a display correspondingly to a movement of an operator. The operator rides on a support plate and the support plate can be turned about a vertical axis line and can be tilted about a horizontal axis line. The support plate is equipped with a first reactive force applying device and a second reactive force applying device. The first reactive force applying device holds the support plate in a natural state in a neutral position with respect to the vertical axis line and applies reactive force to the support plate when the support plate turns from the neutral position. The second reactive force applying device holds the support plate in a natural state in a neutral position with respect to the horizontal axis line and applies reactive force to the support plate when the support plate tilts from the neutral positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Namco Limited
    Inventor: Junichi Ikuta
  • Patent number: 5807210
    Abstract: A stepper exerciser of the teeter-totter type with foot platforms maintained horizontal and in which the foot platforms are rotatable about a vertical axis and its method of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: C. Tim Devlin
  • Patent number: 5800313
    Abstract: A skiing exercise apparatus, has an angled swinging seat at a fore end of a pedestal, on which are installed hydraulic cylinders and a pair of pedals which pull each other when treaded. Two handles are fitted to an upright axle in a socket at the fore end of the pedestal so that the user can hold the handles to exercise by swinging back and forth achieving the effect of body-building through imitating the exercise of skiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Hui-Nan Yu
  • Patent number: 5800312
    Abstract: A goalie training apparatus has a first plurality of semi-circular wedge-shaped barriers attached to an upper glide surface of a slide board along an arc and at least one other barrier attached to the upper glide surface separated from the first plurality of barriers leaving a portion of the glide surface unobstructed. The arcuate faces of the barriers present multi-angular push-off points important for goalie training, as goalies must move in various directions within the goal crease. The barriers are preferably attached to the glide surface with high strength hook and loop fasteners, possibly in combination with bolts, screws or rivets. Wearing a foot covering with a low coefficient of friction in relation to the glide surface, a goalie stands atop the unobstructed glide surface and pushes a foot against one barrier and glides or shuffles along the glide surface to another barrier/push point. The second barrier may be a plurality of barriers and represents the goal or goal posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Sportstec Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Ormondroyd
  • Patent number: 5749811
    Abstract: A ski simulation device for providing training and/or exercise includes a support frame, a track mounted on the support frame, and a pair of foot platforms supported on the track. The foot platforms are each independently slidably supported on track cars which slide along the track. The foot platforms are also independently rotatable around a generally vertical axis on the track and are each independently rotatable around a horizontal axis to enable edging, etc. The track is rotatably supported on the support frame in a pivot bushing at an inclined angle for rotation about the inclined angle. This enables the track to rotate when one's weight is at one side thereof. In addition, the support frame is flexibly mounted on a floor frame via flexible mounts which enable tilting, flexibility, etc., so as to greater simulate actual skiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Roger F. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5718658
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for skate training exercise comprising arms of relatively long length pivotably mounted on a frame. The user's foot is secured in a stirrup on the arm opposite the pivot point. A resistance means is provided to provide resistance as the user pushes his foot away from the body along an arcuate path defined by the arm in simulated skating stroke. A return means is provided to assist the user in returning his foot along the arcuate path after predetermined angle is traversed. Various resistant means include electro-magnetic, fly wheel-fan and weight stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Town Sports International Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Miller, Edward Trainor
  • Patent number: 5692995
    Abstract: An exercise machine that simulates the movements made during snow skiing and has a pair of foot support arms mounted for limited rotational movement about separate axes of rotation so that foot support portions of the foot support arms move simultaneously both vertically and horizontally, coordinates simultaneous movement of both foot support arms through a gear train coupling the foot support arms. In addition, foot support treads which support the feet of a user of the machine are resiliently mounted to the foot support arms to allow angling of the foot support treads to simulate a feeling of edging of skis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Dennis D. Palmer
    Inventors: Matias J. Alvarez, Vladimir Sarpe
  • Patent number: 5690591
    Abstract: A ski training apparatus includes footboards a movable portion, an apparatus body, a braking section, a movement estimating section, a braking control section, and a braking section. The movable portion supports the footboards to allow them to rotate, and displaces the footboards in accordance with ski-sliding movement. The apparatus body supports the movable portion to allow it to swing. The measuring section measures the loads of the feet of a trainee on the footboards to output load information, while measuring the displacement amount of the movable portion and the rotational angles of the footboards to output displacement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Akihisa Kenmochi, Shin'ichi Fukuzumi
  • Patent number: 5665033
    Abstract: An exercise machine that simulates the movements made during snow skiing to exercise the muscles used during such movements includes a pair of elongate foot support arms with foot support portions mounted for simultaneous vertical and horizontal movement with the vertical movement having opposite orientations for the same direction of horizontal movement. Thus, as the foot support portions of the foot support arms move in the same horizontal direction to one side or the other, one foot support portion moves vertically upwardly while the other moves vertically downwardly so that such movement generally defines an X pattern. Movement of the foot support arms is preferably coordinated so that the arms move together in a desired manner with resistance to movement of the arms preferably being adjustable by a user of the machine to adjust the strenuousness of the exercise performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Dennis D. Palmer
    Inventor: Dennis D. Palmer
  • Patent number: 5649865
    Abstract: Sports apparatus having a variably tilting platform providing a continuously sloping surface. The platform is mounted to permit tilting in a plurality of planes. An actuating mechanism for tilting the platform includes at least two actuators and a fixed pivot or at least three actuators. The actuators may comprise rams or a crank mechanism. The actuators operate simultaneously and sequentially to cause a progressive and circulatory movement of the highest point of the tilting platform around the periphery of the platform. The sloping surface of the platform can be used for such sports activities as skiing, skateboarding and even hang gliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Inventor: Robert Edward Harvey
  • Patent number: 5624356
    Abstract: A padded foot pedal assembly for exercise equipment is disclosed. The foot pedal assembly includes a platform, a side plate attached to one side of the platform, and various attachment guides for engaging the foot pedal assembly with a crank handle or other extension member of the exercise equipment. The disclosed embodiment of the side plate is attached to one side of the platform and has a flat surface disposed adjacent to and in a generally perpendicular orientation with the upper surface of the platform. The padded foot pedal assembly also includes a polyurethane foam pad removably shrouding the upper surface of the platform and a retaining shoulder extending upward from the upper surface of the platform opposite from the side plate such that the removable pad is laterally retained by the side plate and the retaining shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Inventor: Jimmie L. Roberts
  • Patent number: 5613856
    Abstract: A device allows a person to practice ski turns, while wearing his or her own skis, and to make the body movements required for turning. The device includes a base unit and an elevated support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Robert Hoover
  • Patent number: 5607375
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus in combination with an incline adjustment mechanism having a support frame, a support rotatably associated with the support frame, a pawl positioned to interact with the support and a spring for urging the pawl into engagement with the support is disclose. The support defines a plurality of notches. The pawl is received into each resistive notch to form a detachable union of the pawl with the support. An engagement of the pawl with each notch orients the support in a predetermined position which corresponds to a respective incline for the exercise apparatus which is connected to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventors: William T. Dalebout, Greg W. Law
  • Patent number: 5595554
    Abstract: An exercise machine designed to condition the lower body comprising a pair of foot receiving platforms which may be established to travel along circular paths following coordinates in all three spacial dimensions--longitudinal, lateral, and vertical. The circular paths which the foot platforms travel along may also be established to be coplanar, inclined, counter rotating, and overlapping; while constraining the foot platforms which cyclically travel along the path to remain mutually parallel and at constant lateral separation. A flywheel and/or frictional resisting means may be incorporated as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Inventor: Joseph D. Maresh
  • Patent number: 5582567
    Abstract: An exerciser includes a base member having a plurality of supporting beams each having two distal ends. A plurality of rollers are each rotatably mounted on each of the two distal ends of each of the plurality of supporting beams. A rocking member is rotatably mounted on the base member and includes a plurality of arcuate tracks each rotatably mounted between the rollers on each distal end of a corresponding one of the plurality of supporting beams. A pedal board is fixedly mounted on the rocking member to rotate therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Kuo-hsing Chang
  • Patent number: 5536225
    Abstract: A system combining ski training and exercise includes side-by-side swing arms which are pivotally mounted on a frame with lower ends being free to swing through first and second arcs, respectively, resulting in both lateral and elevational travel of the lower ends. For receiving the associated foot of a subject, each swing arm has a foot platform mounted for elevational travel therealong as imparted by the subject between the upper and lower ends. The foot platforms are interconnected enabling the subject whose feet are received thereon to selectively cause the left foot platform and the right foot platform to travel elevationally and the left swing arm and the right swing arm to travel through first and second arcs, respectively, to thereby perform a series of successive stances and movements both laterally and elevationally which simulate a skiing run. The system of the invention may use ski boots and bindings, or other arrangements, for receiving the feet of the subject on the foot platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Mogul Master Partners
    Inventors: Gerald W. Neuberg, Peter P. Meserol
  • Patent number: 5496239
    Abstract: A downhill skiing/snowboarding/water skiing simulator and exerciser is disclosed, having an adjustable declined platform on which two simulated skis move, supported on rear wheeled trucks, sideways against tension type resistance riding back and forth its curved back track. Simultaneously with the rear movement, the ski tips or simulated snowboard pivot around the reduced lateral travel of the stacked swiveling, lateral moving front ski tip assembly, while the skis move between wedge and parallel positions freely. Independent height adjustments on either side of the back track allow changes from traversing directional simulations prior to the start of an actual stop movement. Outward angled standing bars provide pulling forces for the feel of the centrifugal force of a snow ski turn or water ski/snowboard turn. The forward end of each ski is capable of lateral and longitudinal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Inventors: Robert Kallman, Mark Plotnick, Burton A. Weinstein