User Manipulated Force Resisting Apparatus, Component Thereof, Or Accessory Therefor Patents (Class 482/92)
  • Patent number: 10470961
    Abstract: There is provided a multifunctional apparatus for the passive physical rehabilitation comprising a main frame (1), and a second frame (2) which incorporates a seat (3) and a backrest (20) for supporting a user (10), the apparatus is characterized in that is movable onto a surface while performing the physical rehabilitation exercise, and in that it further comprises first supporting means (41) for supporting the lower limbs ends of the user (10) associated to a transmission shaft (40), said first supporting means being mounted in oscillating manner onto said main frame (1); and second supporting means (43,44) for supporting the upper limbs ends of the user (10) associated to said transmission shaft (40), said supporting means (44) being mounted in oscillating manner relative to said main frame (1); the arrangement being such that as a result of the motion of the apparatus the same causes a reciprocating elliptical motion of said first supporting means (41) and said second supporting means (44) for supporting
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: M.C. FUTURA INNOVAZIONI SRL
    Inventors: Claudia Pisano, Rocco Pisano, Marcin Tadeusz Sobala Carvana
  • Patent number: 10220244
    Abstract: An exercise machine handle indicia system for facilitating efficient and proper exercise movements by an exerciser. The exercise machine handle indicia system generally includes a frame, a carriage movably positioned upon the frame, a bias member connected between the carriage and the frame that applies a bias force upon the carriage, and a first handle and a second handle connected to the frame near the first end of the frame. The first handle includes a first indicia to indicate where to position a first hand of an exerciser to perform a first exercise and the second handle includes a first indicia to indicate where to position a second hand of the exerciser to perform the first exercise. During the performance of an exercise, the exerciser is instructed by a human instructor or an electronic device which indicia on the handles to position their hands or other body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 10029141
    Abstract: An exercise machine handle indicia system for facilitating efficient and proper exercise movements by an exerciser. The exercise machine handle indicia system generally includes a frame, a carriage movably positioned upon the frame, a bias member connected between the carriage and the frame that applies a bias force upon the carriage, and a first handle and a second handle connected to the frame near the first end of the frame. The first handle includes a first indicia to indicate where to position a first hand of an exerciser to perform a first exercise and the second handle includes a first indicia to indicate where to position a second hand of the exerciser to perform the first exercise. During the performance of an exercise, the exerciser is instructed by a human instructor or an electronic device which indicia on the handles to position their hands or other body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 9974200
    Abstract: A universal cable bracket that enables one or more cables to be secured to a telecommunications chassis accommodates cables of various sizes and styles. The cable bracket is configured to be mounted in one of multiple orientations relative to the chassis. One or more fasteners can be inserted through apertures in the bracket and a chassis mounting surface to secure the bracket into the desired orientation. Cables or fanout arrangements can be secured to a platform of the bracket via cable ties or other windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Kostecka, Steven J. Brandt, John P. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9908026
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of an exercise apparatus. In certain embodiments, an exercise apparatus comprises a frame and a seat assembly, the seat assembly comprising a seat, the seat configured to move between a first position and a second position, wherein the first position accommodates use of the exercise apparatus by a user sitting on the seat and wherein the second position accommodates use of the exercise apparatus by a user sitting in a wheelchair. The seat assembly may be pivotably coupled to the frame. The seat assembly may comprise a stop configured to inhibit movement of the seat, and may further comprise a biasing element that is biased to disengage the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Gordon M. Heideman
  • Patent number: 9636538
    Abstract: A multidirectional exercise apparatus is disclosed. The multidirectional exercise apparatus has a center bar and two handles pivotably coupled at opposite ends of the center bar. Each handle may rotate through 360° about the end of the center bar. The apparatus may also have a locking mechanism coupled to each handle, wherein the locking mechanism may lock the handle into place and prevent the handle from rotating about the end of the center bar. The apparatus may also have a rotation bar removably coupled about the center bar that may rotate through 360° about the center bar. The apparatus may be operated by two users simultaneously and may also be adapted for operation by a single user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher DiPasquale
  • Patent number: 9498664
    Abstract: A foot/leg/arm rest that is fully height and width adjustable. In addition, support cups can be positioned over a wide range of fixed angles to accommodate any user. The supports have a wide base that provides strong, firm and stable support for the device when it is used. The invention has two horizontal end members and a central connecting track. Two vertical post supports are positioned in the track and are slidably installed so that they can be positioned at any desired location within the track. In fact, one of the posts can be removed if desired so that only one post is in use. Each post is height adjustable independent of the other. This allows that supports to be positioned at two different levels, if desired. Each post has a support secured to it using a bracket that can be set to a wide range of angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Robert A. Lorentz, II
  • Patent number: 9393453
    Abstract: An exercise device includes a frame having a cable and pulley system connected thereto. The cable and pulley system includes at least one pulley and at least one cable strand. The at least one cable strand has a handle connected thereto for use in performing exercises. One or more vibration assemblies are connected to the at least one pulley in order to vibrate the at least one cable strand. The vibrations from the vibration assemblies are transferred to a user during the performance of exercise to provide various physiological benefits to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Watterson
  • Patent number: 9302139
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a frame with a pair of vertical guides. A carriage is slidably carried on each of the guides. Each of the carriages has a locking mechanism to lock the carriage at a selected vertical position and a release to disengage the locking mechanism. A horizontal exercise bar is slidably carried on guide rods. First and second cables are coupled to a selectable exercise resistance, each of the cables having an end selectively coupled to either the respective carriage or to a respective bracket at the end of the exercise bar. Secondary brackets on the exercise bar are configured to engage respective ones of the carriage releases and grab the carriage so as to selectively engage and disengage the locking mechanisms upon axial rotation of the exercise bar and raise and lower the carriages with the exercise bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Dream Visions, LLC
    Inventors: Theodore G. Habing, Jeff Laborde
  • Patent number: 9289646
    Abstract: A weight training assembly which attaches to a weight bar to train an athlete in upward thrust movements, specifically football linemen, the assembly including a T-handle attachment for application to one end of the weight bar and an anchor attachment mounted to the floor or a floor and wall junction securing the other end of the weight bar for pivotal movement, the T-handle portion held by the user for a standing military press motion or other creative lifting movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Tommy Tully
  • Patent number: 9138607
    Abstract: A portable pulley training system includes a cable having a first end and a second end, a first handle adapted to the first end of the cable to enable a first user to control movement of the cable, the second end of the cable configured to be coupled to a resistance element, a pivot pulley to be moveably adapted about the cable at a first location between the ends, an anchor pulley to be moveably adapted about the cable at a second location between the first location and the second end, a first retention member associated with the pivot pulley to control positioning of the pivot pulley, the first retention member configured to be controlled by a second user, and a second retention member associated with the anchor pulley to control positioning of the anchor pulley with respect to an anchor point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventors: Migdoel Miranda, Ruben Serrano
  • Patent number: 9125785
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus generally includes a base frame and a support deck supported on the base frame, the support deck comprising a seat portion. A segmented patient support surface is slidably coupled to the support deck. A lift system is coupled to the support deck and the segmented patient support surface. The lift system raises, lowers and tilts the support deck with respect to the base frame, and pivots a torso support segment of the support surface with respect to a leg support segment of the support surface. A foot plate assembly is removably positioned proximate a free end of the support deck, the foot plate assembly receiving a patient's feet when a patient is positioned on the segmented patient support surface thereby enabling the patient to slide the segmented patient support surface relative to the support deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Darin Trees
  • Patent number: 9089737
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus and method with selectively variable stabilization enabling a user to progressively increase his/her core body muscular strength. In various embodiments, the exercise apparatus includes a resistance cabling system providing a user defined line of motion, and a partial stabilizer pad being adjustably positionable offset from the line of motion, wherein the user's core body is positionable against the pad and required to resist the torque created by the offset. The user can progressively increase the distance between the line of motion and partial stabilizer pad, in order to progressively increase the force which the user's core body must resist to maintain an upright stature. In this way, the user can progressively, over time, increase his or her core body strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Scott Lee, Arnold Gillen
  • Patent number: 8992383
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exercise apparatus (1), which has a running surface or a sitting surface (9), provided with a holding arrangement for the exercising person. The holding arrangement has a crossbar (6). In order for the exercising person to be able to carry out writing work on a computer (20) during exercise, a keyboard (7, 8) is arranged in such a way that the keyboard lies on the side of the bar (6) facing away from the running surface or sitting surface (9). In particular, the keyboard is also tilted downward. Said arrangement of the keyboard enables physical exercise and writing work to be carried out at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Bilang
  • Patent number: 8986177
    Abstract: Disclosed is a muscle specific exercise device. The device may provide passive or active resistance training throughout an angular range of motion. The device may be low profile, and worn by a wearer, such as beneath conventional clothing. Exercise of selective joints or motion of the body may thereby be accomplished throughout the wearer's normal daily activities, without the need for access to conventional exercise equipment. Alternatively, the device may be worn as a supplemental training tool during conventional training techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tau Orthopedics, LLC
    Inventors: Kaitlin von Hoffmann, Gerard von Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8968167
    Abstract: A resistance system for an exercise device includes a plurality of cord plates which may be selectively engaged by one or more pins which may include an engagement lock. One or more of the cord plates may be received by a pin with each cord plate that is received by a pin being secured relative to a frame. A cord plate that has received a pin is engaged and a cord plate that is not received by a pin is disengaged. A carriage may be provided which receives a plurality of elastic cords which may be attached to the cord plates. The carriage may be displaced relative to a base frame, to provide elongation of the elastic cords coupled to engaged cord plates and no elongation of the cords coupled to the disengaged cord plates which provide a selective resistance for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Exersmart, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin G. Abelbeck, Brad Olschansky
  • Patent number: 8961376
    Abstract: An arm and/or leg stretching apparatus and method where one end of a steel (or other rigid material) cable can be connected to a post, tree or to anything that it can be wrapped around, and the other end fits a cuff that can be placed around the wrist or ankle so that the user can stretch by leaning or pulling against the cable. An alternate embodiment of the present invention can use a waist belt where again, the user uses his or her own weight to stretch against the cable. In the case of an arm stretch, the cuff relieves the user of having to grip something by attaching around the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Sweeney, Brett Harker
  • Patent number: 8944972
    Abstract: A descent apparatus (1) including a housing (3) with a liquid conduit (4) therethrough and a float (8) constrained within the liquid conduit (4) and capable of slideable movement along a first path between an upper and a lower position. A moveable element (6) is located outside the liquid conduit (4) and is slideably coupled to the housing (3). A mechanical connector (9) physically connects the movable element (6) to the float (8) such that in use, the liquid conduit (4) contains liquid and the position of the float (8) is variable by applying a force to the movable element (6) and wherein the slideable movement of the float (8) along a first path produces a corresponding movement of the moveable element (6) outside the housing (3) along a second path co-axial, or parallel with the first path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Archimedes Applied Limited
    Inventor: Geofrrey Neil McConnell
  • Patent number: 8944970
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first unit having a frame comprising a top and bottom arm and a first pivot point. A track comprises two rods disposed between the arms. A pad unit is configured to be slidably joined to the first track. The pad unit comprises a base portion having two grooves for joining to the rods, and a top portion to contact for moving the pad unit. A second unit has a frame comprising a top and bottom arm and a second pivot point. The second pivot point is configured for pivotal joining to the first pivot point. A second track comprises two rods disposed between the arms. A pad unit is configured to be slidably joined to the second track. The pad unit comprises a base portion having two grooves for joining to the rods, and a top portion to contact for moving the pad unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Kelvin A. Raumann, Wanda L. Raumann
  • Patent number: 8944962
    Abstract: A gymnastic tool (1) is formed by at least two impermeable external walls (2, 3) which are each concave shaped and provided with respective edges (4,5). The at least two impermeable walls (2, 3) are mutually fixed together by a connector (6), the gymnastic tool having at least one inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Trial S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giovanni Montanari
  • Publication number: 20150005140
    Abstract: A versatile exercise apparatus and system is provided. A cylindrical apparatus having first and second surfaces of either planar or arcuate configuration is configured with plural polygonal openings useable for manipulation of the apparatus or as openings into which various modules may be set to increase the activity versatility of the apparatus. The provided exercise apparatus provides flexibility while economizing on occupied space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Adkins, Austin Anderson, Mark Adame
  • Patent number: 8905902
    Abstract: A kit for performing exercises. The kit includes a back board, a standing board and a bench press bar. The kit also includes a plurality of bungee cords that are of different strengths and which can be attached to the various elements of the kit to establish a precise resistance to accommodate a particular user for a particular exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: David Earl Burcham
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140336015
    Abstract: Exercise equipment can be used in a wide range of settings by a wide range of users of varying strengths and abilities to gain strength, fitness and mobility using an internally variable resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Roger James Forsyth
  • Patent number: 8882643
    Abstract: An exercise system provides a bed component having a frame portion and a liner portion disposed in the frame portion. The frame is formed to provide a pair of upwardly extended opposed wings. A ball component is sized to fit between the upwardly extended opposed wings of the bed frame portion and selectively removable therefrom, so that the bed component and the ball component are selectively utilized independently for exercise or combined into a unified exercise apparatus. The exercise system further provides a plurality of recommended exercise regimens for utilizing the bed component and the ball component, separately or in combination, for exercise. Each one of the plurality of recommended exercise regimens is assigned a unique color code. The plurality of recommended exercise regimens is available to a user on a subscription basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Mary S. Calkins
  • Patent number: 8870727
    Abstract: An abdominal exercise device is disclosed. The exercise device can include a flexible substrate having a first end and a second end. At least one of the first end and the second end can be configured to move with respect to each other. The exercise device can also include a curved portion between the first end and the second end. The curved portion can be configured to flex upon application of a force to the flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis D. Palmer
  • Patent number: 8864635
    Abstract: Resistance training exercise apparatus includes a boom arm pivotally mounted to a frame and having an anchor segment pivoting along a first arc about a first pivot point on the frame. A press arm is coupled to a resistance mechanism and is pivotally mounted to the anchor segment of the boom arm and pivots along a second arc about a second pivot point. The user may adjustably vary the location of the second pivot point of the press arm relative to the frame by pivoting the boom arm about the first pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Lee M. Atwood, Westin W. Nelson, John R. Lindemeier
  • Patent number: 8858406
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a base, a handle, and a connecting device detachably and adjustably connecting the base to the handle to form a weight supporting cavity for supporting a predetermined number of weight plates, wherein a height of the weight supporting cavity is adapted to be adjusted to receive a corresponding number of the weight plates so as to optimally adjust an overall weight of the exercise apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Daryl Klukas
  • Publication number: 20140296038
    Abstract: A progressive resistance device is provided having a cylinder having an outer wall which defines an inner chamber. The cylinder is carried on an axle and is rotatable thereabout. An eccentric axle surrounds the axle and is rotatable relative the axle. A magnet carrier partially encircles the eccentric axle and carries a magnet. A bearing is nested between the magnet carrier and the eccentric axle. The magnet carrier is rotatable about the eccentric axle on an axis which is eccentric to the axle's axis, whereby the distance between the magnet and the outer wall is variable as defined by the rotative position of said housing relative said outer wall, which rotative position is governed by the speed of rotation of the cylinder. The progressive resistance device described herein is adapted for use as a roller on a bicycle trainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SportCrafters, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Colan
  • Patent number: 8834329
    Abstract: A bench press and a power rack system having a combination of moving uprights to hold a barbell and safety arms to prevent dropping of the barbell on the user's body. The moving uprights being in the same plane as the safety arms and move inside them to provide maximum freedom for the users arms during the exercise, while protecting users entire upper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Sean Kelly
  • Patent number: 8834326
    Abstract: Apparatus for bi-directional torso exercise movements has a main-frame base with a seat and upwardly extending columns at either side to support a “U” shaped first sub-frame, mounted so that it pivots about a horizontal first axis passing above the seat, and a second sub-frame mounted to the first sub-frame cross bar for pivotal movement about a second axis generally perpendicular to the horizontal first axis and thereby, mounted for pivotal movement about both axes. A motion transfer linkage is provided to force simultaneous pivotal movement of both sub-frames when either is moved, so as to involve compound muscle groups in an exercise movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Kent Fulks
  • Patent number: 8827875
    Abstract: An apparatus including first, second, third, and fourth vertical members, a first top horizontal member which joins a top of the first and a top of the second vertical members, a second top horizontal member which joins a top of the third and a top of the fourth vertical members, and a third top horizontal member which joins a top of the first top horizontal member and a top of the second top horizontal member. The first, second, third, and fourth vertical members, and the first, second, and third top horizontal members form a cage structure. The apparatus may also include first and second dumbbell holder members adjustably fixed to the cage structure. The apparatus may also include devices for suspending a first and a second dumbbell from the cage structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Schiano
  • Patent number: 8821356
    Abstract: A multi-piece fitness bar may include an outer, a middle, and an inner bar. The three bars may be annular and nested, one inside of the next in size. The inner bar may protrude from the ends of the middle bar, and the middle bar may protrude from the ends of the outer bar. A end-cap may be configured to hold the bars in place and in a staggered manner with respect to each other. The end-cap may include staggered internal surfaces, each designed to mate with and hold in place a specific bar. The multi-piece fitness may provide from several combinations of weight, depending upon which of the bars are used in combination or individually. Each bar may be coated with an external grip. The end-cap may provide for clearance fits between the three bars to protect the external grips and facilitate interchangeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan Burke
  • Patent number: 8814760
    Abstract: A lower extremity alignment device for maintaining proper form while engaging in squat or other weight lifting exercises is disclosed. More specifically, a user's knee joints will resist rotating inward or outward during repetitions due to support provided by the device while core muscled benefits are still realized. In a first preferred embodiment, the device is optimally shaped with a tapered end to provide comfort to the user's groin area. Additionally, the device comprises a softer inner core and a more rigid outer core also aiding in comfort to a user. The invention further provides grip material to lateral side portions so the device will not slip when in use, as well as other novel features as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Flora Hyacinth
  • Publication number: 20140209399
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating passenger exercise may comprise one or more pedals provided arranged to be operated by a passenger of a vehicle and allow the passenger to exert pressure on the pedal, while occupying a passenger seat of the vehicle. A compression unit coupled to the at least one pedal to receive the exerted pressure on the at least one pedal. The compression unit may function in at least one of a passive mode or an active mode. The apparatus may further comprise one or more handles operable by a passenger of a vehicle to exercise, and configured to allow the passenger to pool the one more handles, while occupying a seat of the vehicle. A string may be coupled to the one or more handles, and may be applicable to receive a force resulting from pooling the handle. A pulley may be operable to receive the string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Ali Mireshghi
  • Patent number: 8790226
    Abstract: This trunk rotation device uses dynamic movement of one's body such as, shoulder, hip, knee, back, thigh, and abdominal musculature. The device provides a method for exercising the spinal column and the muscles of the torso, including those in the abdominal lumbar and thoracic regions involving rotational torque. In a preferred embodiment, the device is a golf exercise and flexibility apparatus. The golf exercise apparatus provides resistance to a golfer during a golf swing to strengthen and condition the muscles of the axial skeleton of the golfer in a functional posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The University of Toledo
    Inventors: Vijay K. Goel, Danny M. Pincivero, David Dick, John Jaegly, F. Alan Schuitheis, Kathleen Herndon
  • Patent number: 8777821
    Abstract: An exercise device for exercising hand, wrist, arm, and upper body muscles having adjustable force resistance and a force setting indicator. The exercise device includes a housing, a first handle connected to one end of the housing, a second handle connected to the opposite end of the housing, an inner spring disposed inside the housing, and an outer spring disposed inside the housing. The outer spring is connected to the inner spring and encases the inner spring. An adjuster knob disposed on the second handle and coupled to the inner spring and configured to adjust a tension of the inner spring and compression of the outer spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Paul F Lando, Kent D Russell, Donald C Early
  • Publication number: 20140162852
    Abstract: An exerciser machine applicable for strengthening a user's muscles via wave like movements is described. The exerciser can include a base assembly a resilience member and a seat pan. The seat pan may be rotatably attached to the base assembly via the resilience member. The seat pan may have a seat protrusion movably attached to a top end of the resilience member. The base assembly may have a base protrusion to secure a bottom end of the resilience member. A separation distance between the seat protrusion and the base protrusion along an axis of the resilience member can allow the resilience member to distort along the separation distance to provide resilience force with movement of the seat pan. The resilience force can allow exercising a user's body via the movement of the seat pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Wei-Teh Ho, Willy Ho
  • Publication number: 20140155231
    Abstract: An apparatus for replicating swimming, rowing, cycling or other exercise modalities. An apparatus includes a base, a frame extending up from the base, and a support member coupled to a top portion of the frame. The apparatus further includes a forward-ascending bench. The bench includes a torso support section to support a user's torso, pivotally coupled to the support member, and configured for limited angular rotation about an axis parallel to at least a portion of the support member. The bench further includes left and right leg support sections, pivotally coupled to the torso support section, to support at least the user's thighs. The apparatus also includes a coupling member extending forward from the base, and configured to interchangeably couple with an exercise module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Zuckerman
  • Patent number: 8679041
    Abstract: A joint drive type link mechanism provided with a link including a joint portion at an intermediary thereof, and a driving source for the joint portion, wherein a link member configuring the link is mounted with the driving source and electric components used for the control of the driving source, in which the link is prevented from being heated by the heat of the electric components is provided. The link member includes an interior space in which the electric components are arranged and has the driving source is arranged thereon with an air inlet connecting to the interior space and an exhaust outlet for exhausting the air passing through the interior space. Further, the interior space is provided with fans as well as a heat sink for cooling the air after air-cooling the electric components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Tatsuya Noda
  • Patent number: 8663075
    Abstract: A change of direction machine provides training for various muscles and body structures of a user. In one embodiment, the machine provides focused training for the muscles and body structures associated with making changes in the body's direction. The machine may comprise a pivoting arm assembly supported by a structure. The arm assembly may be configured to provide a resistance such that when a user engages the arm assembly a downward resistance may be applied to the user. The user may engage the arm assembly with his or her upper body and perform training or exercises involving lifting and lowering the user's body, moving laterally, or both. The machine may have various adjustable components to fit a user and to provide the desired resistance to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: GRAA Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Gil Reyes
  • Patent number: 8641585
    Abstract: An exercise machine having a rolling platform and adjustable bar members. The platform is supported on frame rails, and is biased by springs towards an end of the machine. The rails have a rectangular cross-section angled 45° to horizontal, and roller assemblies on the platform include wheels angled to engage the surfaces of the rails substantially normal thereto. The adjustable bar assemblies include upwardly extending bars having upper members that are rotatable about a generally vertical axis so that handle portions at the upper ends thereof extend in different direction. At least one of the bar assemblies is also selectively pivotable about a horizontal axis to positions in which it is engaged by a locking assembly on the frame of the machine. The machine enables the user to perform a wide variety of exercises in reclined, prone, seated and standing positions, both on and off the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Sebastien A. LaGree
  • Patent number: 8641587
    Abstract: A device is provided that includes a post, an arm assembly being pivotably connected to the post at one or more connection points, a set of beams comprising an upper beam set and a lower beam set, wherein the upper beam set and the lower beam set each comprise one or more beams, the set of beams being pivotably connected to the post, wherein the post is connected to the upper beam set and the lower beam set such that the lower beam set and the upper beam set are positioned at a first distance apart from one another at their connection point with the post, a platform being pivotably connected to the set of beams, wherein the platform is connected to the upper beam set and the lower beam set such that the lower beam set and the upper beam set are positioned at a second distance apart from one another at their connection point with the platform and a lift tube having a length and being pivotably connected to the upper beam set at one or more connection points and the arm assembly at one or more connection points
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Triactive America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian K. Hongo, Brian K. Theiss
  • Patent number: 8617038
    Abstract: The improved exercise apparatus comprises a housing assembly having first and second arm members. The apparatus may be used to perform a variety of full body exercises generally by moving the first and second arms about an axial stem of the housing assembly. In one embodiment, the arm members rotate or pivot about the axial stem. A tension assembly provides resistance to the movement of the arm members while a positioning assembly allows the arm members to be positioned and secured in various positions relative to one another. One or more handle attachments may be provided to allow the apparatus to be grasped or used in various ways. A method of training various portions of the body with the apparatus is also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventors: Stan Batiste, Steven Achstein
  • Publication number: 20130337983
    Abstract: A suspended training exercise device includes an anchor, a post, and exercise stations. The anchor securely engages a mounting surface. The post securely engages the anchor assembly. The exercise stations are secured relative to the post member, and each includes a foot ladder, and strap members. The foot ladder securely engages the anchor, and includes steps securely engaging and oriented transversely relative to a rail. The steps accommodate a foot of a user. The straps engage and are suspended from the post member, each adapted to support the bodyweight of the user. A separate foot ladder apparatus, anchor assembly, method of providing an exercise device, and kit for assembly of a suspended training exercise device are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: HANGTIME FITNESS INC.
    Inventor: Mark McTavish
  • Patent number: 8602951
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes a resistance chamber for use in an exercise system. The resistance chamber includes a first chamber and a second chamber. The second chamber is configured to attach to the first chamber and rotate relative to the first chamber. The resistance chamber also includes a core rod. The core rod resides within the first chamber and the second chamber and is attached to the interior of the second chamber. The resistance chamber further includes a resistance tube, where at least of a portion the resistance tube is configured to be placed between the interior surface of the first chamber and the core rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Nicholas Morris
  • Patent number: 8602945
    Abstract: The laser light weightlifting training appliance and guidance system will apply visible horizontal and vertical line or lines to a wall or chart during weight training exercises. A laser light housing holds the light source and attaches it to a weight or weightlifting bar. The housing is preferably provided with three laser light conveyance windows which may be used by the lifter or his coaches to receive immediate feedback as to the quality of his weight training technique and work out. The laser light housing is affixed to the weight training apparatus in any number of known manners. A built-in bubble-type level ensures the level mounting of the appliance housing onto the weight system. The combination of the laser and a landing position of the manipulated laser's light line or cross-shape on a wall or a chart permits a lifter to guide, improve, or correct his weight training technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Gene Haubrich
  • Patent number: 8591386
    Abstract: A connection assembly is provided for connecting a user-coupled link to a resistance-bearing cable in exercise apparatus. An inner collar is provided in an axial gap between an outer collar and a barrel trappingly engaging the cable. A removal method is provided facilitating low cost component replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Mathew R. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20130303336
    Abstract: An exercise device with a body having recesses for receiving fingers of a user. The body can be squeezable or not. An elastic band surround the periphery of the body, and permits the user to move fingers against the tension of the elastic band. A guide/hook device prevents accidental separation of the guide/hook device from the body, and prevents accidental separation of the elastic band from the guide/hook device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: ELLIOTT GOLDBERG
  • Publication number: 20130303341
    Abstract: Physical training apparatus, at least comprising a frame, a load which is to be gripped by a user and which is provided as a load shaft arranged on the frame and rotatable through a determined rotation angle, wherein an electric motor is provided to produce a torque exerted on the load shaft, the electric motor being coupled by means of first coupling means to a reaction shaft, which reaction shaft is coupled by means of second coupling means to the load shaft, wherein the rotation angle of the load shaft is limited to a value of less than 360°, and the second coupling means are adapted to exert a torque on the load shaft during a rotation of the load shaft limited to this value of less than 360°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Johannes Dominicus Schröer