Body Part Of User Utilized As Weight Patents (Class 482/95)
  • Patent number: 9873012
    Abstract: There is provided an exercise machine. The machine includes an upright mounting assembly having a top and a bottom spaced-apart from the top. The machine includes a seat operatively connected to the mounting assembly. The machine includes a first pair of space-apart pulley assemblies rotatably mounted adjacent to the top of the mounting assembly. The machine includes a second pair of spaced-apart pulley assemblies rotatably mounted adjacent to the bottom of the mounting assembly. The machine includes a plurality of exercise resistance cables connected at proximal end portions to the mounting assembly and extending around and outward from the pulley assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Liberty Active Body & Mind Inc.
    Inventors: Roman Huppée, Robert F. Huppée
  • Patent number: 9039585
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a frame, a pivotable body support assembly, a lifting mechanism in parallel linear engagement with the frame, and a counter balance assembly connected to the body support assembly, wherein the body support assembly is pivotable from a downward position to a top position. The lifting mechanism includes a foot plate, an ankle pad, and a foot pad. The lifting mechanism also includes a lifting assist mechanism, such as a spring or gas shock. The counter balance assembly partially balances a body weight of a user as the body support assembly is pivoted from the downward position to the top position. A method of using an exercise machine includes stepping onto the foot plate and securing the back of a user's foot against the ankle pad, releasing the lift assist mechanism, and bringing the foot plate to the toe pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: John D. Derrick
  • 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: 8876673
    Abstract: An exercise device for training the Biceps, Posterior Deltoids and Latissimus Dorsi using an exerciser's body weight that has a support pad and a fixed curl bar on a frame at an elevated position. The exerciser grasps the curl bar, rests his or her forearms on the support pad and lift his or her body to perform the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Derrick Jeffrey Inglut
  • Patent number: 8870720
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a main frame and a user support movably mounted relative to the main frame for movement between a start position and an end position during an exercise. At least one user engagement device is movably mounted relative to the main frame for engagement and actuation by a user during an exercise, and a connecting linkage translates movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support. A lifting arm is movably mounted relative to the main frame and associated with at least one of the user support, user engagement device, and connecting linkage so as to move during an exercise. A load associated with the lifting arm provides exercise resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8834332
    Abstract: An exercise device includes a vertical support member; an adjustable incline having a first end and a second end, the first end of the adjustable incline vertically movable with respect to the vertical support member for setting the incline of the adjustable incline, the adjustable incline including a top rail and a bottom rail pivotally coupled to each other at a first location; a strut with a first end and a second end, the first end of the strut being pivotally coupled to the vertical support member and the second end of the strut being pivotally coupled to the adjustable incline at a second location that is not the same as the first location; a user support platform movably attached to the adjustable incline; pulleys and one or more cables coupled to the adjustable incline and user support platform for movement of the support platform along the adjustable incline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Total Gym Global Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Campanaro, Dan McCutcheon
  • Patent number: 8821428
    Abstract: A traction apparatus which impresses a desired traction force to a body to be pulled is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ito Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Tanaka, Yoshiharu Ootomo, Toshimasa Sakagami
  • Patent number: 8814761
    Abstract: A bodyweight resistance exercise apparatus has a base portion, a platform secured to the base portion, main vertical supports coupled to an end of the base portion, upper vertical supports coupled to an upper end of the main vertical supports and angled relative thereto, and lifting straps coupled through the upper vertical supports and to the main vertical supports. Adjustability may be provided in a number of ways, including with respect to the location of the platform along the base portion, the angle of the main vertical supports relative to the base portion, the rotational position of the upper vertical supports relative to the main vertical supports, and the attachment of the lifting straps along the main vertical supports. When a desired configuration is achieved, a user may perform bodyweight resistance exercise in a core-stabilized position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Douglas J. Rich, Aaron K. Radelow
  • Patent number: 8777822
    Abstract: An exercise device for use in a doorway including resistance bands extending from slidable carriages is provided. The exercise device includes a pair of vertical rail members attachable to sides of a doorway. The vertical rail members are engageable with carriages such that the carriages are capable of being slid longitudinally along the vertical rail members. Resistance bands extend along the vertical rail members and extend out from the carriages. The tension in the resistance bands may be altered by manipulating the distance between the carriages. The resistance bands extending from the carriages are attachable at each end to an athletic accessory such as a hand grip, belt, or crossbar. A pull-up bar may also be attached to the exercise device, the pull-up bar capable of vibration for enhanced performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Scott C. Agostini
  • Patent number: 8771151
    Abstract: An exercise assembly simulating the muscular movements of a kayaker includes an elongate seat resiliently mounted on an elongate spine structure supported on adjustable pedestals that are each further resiliently mounted. At the front end an adjustably aligned pivot engages through a U-joint a simulated kayak paddle with the motion of the pivot resisted by restricted orifice cylinders mounted in the spine structure. A generally uniform adjustment arrangement is utilized to conform the assembly to the various users and/or various exercise levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Lars Larsson
  • Patent number: 8734305
    Abstract: An exercise arm apparatus and method of use. The exercise arm comprises at least one finger, a spindle attached to the finger, and weights sized to reside on the spindle. One end of the exercise arm is rotatably attached at a pivot point to a frame or to a vertical surface; a belt is attached to an opposite end of the exercise arm by means of a belt line. Where the exercise arm is rotatably attached to a frame, dip bars and chin bars are disclosed wherein an exerciser may perform dips and chins. Upward motion by an exerciser wearing the belt is impeded by spindle weights, a belt elastic attached at one end to the belt and at an opposite end to the exercise arm, and/or an elastic member attached at one end to the frame and at an opposite end to the exercise arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Richard J. Hoole
  • Patent number: 8696527
    Abstract: An exerciser includes two straps and a handle mounted to an end of each strap by an adjusting member having a movable rod movable between two positions respectively allowing and not allowing adjustment of the length of the strap. A connecting member is mounted to the other end of each strap. A stop is engaged with an end of an inelastic strap on a suspension member. A retaining ring is engaged with the other end of the inelastic strap. A plurality of rings is fixed to the inelastic strap. The retaining ring is releasably engageable with one of the rings, so that the inelastic strap forms a loop. The connecting member is releasably engaged with one of the rings. The inelastic strap is mounted around a rod or extended through a gap between a door and a door frame, allowing user to perform exercises resisting the weight of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ying-Ching Wu
  • Patent number: 8678983
    Abstract: An exercise device comprises a connector, a strap, and a T-bar. The connector is configured to be attached to a substantially stationary object. The strap is configured to extend longitudinally from the connector, and is adjustable in length. The T-bar has two grips positioned at the two ends of the T-bar. The T-bar is attachable to the end of the strap opposite the connector at substantially the center of the T-bar, such that the two grips of the T-bar are substantially equidistant from the location on the T-bar at which the strap is attached to the T-bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Chad Brown
  • Patent number: 8663074
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus including a frame, a carriage, a central pulley, first and second frame pulleys, a pull cord, and a locking mechanism. The frame defines a longitudinal axis. The carriage is mounted on the frame and movable along the longitudinal axis. The central pulley is attached to the carriage. The first and second frame pulleys are attached to the frame. The pull cord has first and second handle portions. The pull cord is looped about the pulleys. The central pulley is between the first and second frame pulleys along the pull cord. The first frame pulley is between the first handle portion and the central pulley along the pull cord. The second frame pulley is between the second handle portion and the central pulley along the pull cord. The locking mechanism is configured to engage the central pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Balanced Body, Inc.
    Inventor: Viktor Uygan
  • 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: 8562492
    Abstract: An exerciser including a movable body carriage mounted on an exerciser frame for movement along tracks provided by the frame. A resilient foot engaging assembly extends from the exerciser frame. The resilient foot engaging assembly is adapted to be engaged by the user's feet to absorb the energy of movement in a first direction and to provide the user with a bouncing movement, which the user may translate into a movement of the movable body carriage in the opposite direction. The resilient foot engaging assembly may be provided as an attachment and retrofitted to existing exercisers. The resilient foot engaging assembly includes a unit mounting frame assembly and an independent usable exercising unit, such as an inflated dome or trampoline unit, removably secured thereon. The exerciser may include a resilient resistance system coupled to the movable body carriage and a set of pull lines with user grips trained over pulleys carried by the exerciser frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Stamina Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Gerschefske, Jack S. Barufka
  • Patent number: 8550965
    Abstract: An exercise device that allows a user to strengthen the entire anatomical core muscles with a lightweight, compact, and portable design. A device includes a housing that is substantially spherical in shape with a hollow portion therein. The housing has at least one protrusion. A ball that is substantially spherical in shape is positioned within said hollow portion such that said housing at least partially encloses the ball therein. A plurality of bearings are disposed between said housing and said ball. The bearings contact the housing and the ball, thereby allowing said housing to rotate about said ball. A plurality of handles detachably connect to the at least one protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Elizabeth A Candela, Ronald J Hedenberg
  • Patent number: 8550964
    Abstract: Resistance training apparatus and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, an exercise assembly includes an exercise station having a support portion and at least one user interface operatively coupled to the support portion by an anchor assembly. The anchor assembly includes a housing attached to the support portion, and a coupling device pivotably attached to the housing and moveable throughout an angular range, the coupling device being coupled to the at least one user interface and configured to move through at least a portion of the angular range during use of the at least one user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Vectra Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: A. Buell Ish, III, L. Kent Lines, Robert A. Rasmussen, Mark Tollison
  • Patent number: 8529417
    Abstract: The pushup exercise device first is rugged and sturdy, for even the heaviest user. The vertical columns and bases may be square for best rigidity. The cross supports may be rectangular for the same reason. Finger holes are optionally provided for best grip, but a user can also place hands atop the upper blocks as chosen. Importantly, the device allows a user to elevate upper body off of the floor for less back and other body part strain, and to slightly decrease the resistance provided in a floor performed pushup. The device is highly portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Ricardo Velasquez
  • Patent number: 8523744
    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: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Triactive America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian K. Hongo, Brian K. Theiss
  • Patent number: 8449438
    Abstract: The present invention is an adjustable standing muscular releasing and stretching exercise device for a user. The device has a vertical linear column base, a support handle that can be vertically moved and attached along the linear base, a pair of adjustable releasing rollers on a horizontal bar with a roller connection that is movably connected to the linear base, a horizontal floor base that is attached to and supports the linear base, a raised non-skid foot platform that is attached to and extends over said floor base and an adjustable non-skid calf step perpendicularly and slidably attached to said foot platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Morin
  • Patent number: 8425384
    Abstract: An exercise machine which includes a frame which is connected to a series of pivotable links. A user sits on one of the links and applies force, typically with his legs, to a drive link. At least two of the links are connected by some form of resistance, such as hydraulic cylinder. When the user presses against one of the links, resistance is applied, through the links, by the weight of the user and the hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Baylor University
    Inventor: Brian Garner
  • Patent number: 8409121
    Abstract: A therapy tool designed to assist therapist to manually control and facilitate patient elbow and knee flexion-extension during walking, sit to stand, control in standing, and other functions is provided. The therapy tool includes a first cushion adapted to receive at least a portion of a person's shin or forearm, a second cushion adapted to cushion a person's knee, a elongate handle attached the first and second cushions in a manner such that the second cushion is disposed above the first cushion, and a horizontal extension adapted to provide a support surface for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Waleed Al-Oboudi
  • Patent number: 8398530
    Abstract: An exercise device has a bar with attached two arms which press by their free ends with sharp elements against and dig into the ground on the left and right sides of person's body when person is laying on his back and together with rope block and rope with stirrups create support and leverage to lift person's legs and in some cases almost whole body above the ground in the air. Positioning the free ends of the arms in different places along a person's body gives possibility to redistribute tension between person's arms, legs and stomach muscles and creates different intensity of exercises. The numerous stretching and straining exercises can be accomplished by interaction between exercise device and person's legs and hands using body weight. The exercise device has freedom of movement and its arms' ends are not permanently connected to the ground or to anything else.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Efin Rubens
  • Patent number: 8376915
    Abstract: An exercise bicycle is provided with a planar four bar linkage with cranks. The bicycle frame (5) is used as the machine frame of the planar four bar linkage, the seat (2) of the bicycle is fixed on a connecting rod (8) of the planar four bar linkage, and the connecting rod (8) is not directly connected with the bicycle frame (5). A middle axle (10) is used as the crank shaft, and one end of the connecting rod (8) is rotationally connected with a crank pin journal of the crank shaft (10), the other end thereof is connected with the member of the bicycle frame (5). The seat of the bicycle can do periodic movement with translation and rotation while a person rides the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Liqun Hu
  • Patent number: 8337372
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exercise device for use by a user on a selected surface material comprising a grasping member having a first end and a second end, a first tool head mounted to the first end of the grasping member and a second tool head mounted to the second end of the grasping member. Each of the first tool head and the second tool head has sufficient structural rigidity to be interacted with the surface material without significant deformation whereby a user can perform exercises upon the selected surface material by physically interacting the first tool head and second tool head with the surface material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: BeachFit, LLC
    Inventor: Brenda Boterenbrood
  • Patent number: 8323156
    Abstract: A leg training equipment has a base fixed in place, a support portion configured to support a part of a user's body, and a coupling mechanism provided between the base and the support portion. The coupling mechanism movably couples the support portion to the base such that a load applied to a leg of the user by the user's own weight changes by a relative positional displacement between a foot position and a position of center of gravity of the user. In addition, the coupling mechanism limits a movable direction of the support portion such that at least when the load applied to the leg increases, a direction of the relative positional displacement between the foot position and the position of center of gravity is substantially limited to a direction of flexion and extension of knee joint. Thereby, it is possible to efficiently provide the user with an exercise that applies less load on the knee joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takahisa Ozawa, Youichi Shinomiya, Kazuhiro Ochi, Yuritsugu Toyomi, Kouichi Ishino, Minoru Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 8267840
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus allowing a user to get an excellent whole-body work out. The invention includes a frame that has a region for completing a pull up type movement, a region for completing a push up style movement and a region for completing a dip style movement as well as variations of movements within. Additionally the assembled unit may act in a similar fashion to a ballet or balance bar to allow completion of a variety of movements and exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Neal P. Barnes
  • Patent number: 8162810
    Abstract: A saddle for an exercise equipment for allowing a user to perform an exercise in a sitting posture is provided, which has the capability of suppressing variations in sitting posture to achieve stable exercise effects. The exercise equipment has a base, the saddle for supporting the user's buttocks, and a coupling mechanism configured to movably couple the saddle to the base such that a load acted on a leg by the user's own weight varies according to a relative positional displacement between a foot position and a position of center of gravity of the user, and also configured to limit a movable direction of the saddle such that a direction of the relative positional displacement between the foot position and the position of center of gravity is limited to a direction of flexion and extension of knee joint. The saddle has a pair of curved recesses at its outer periphery, which are configured such that parts of the femoral regions of the user fit the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takahisa Ozawa, Youichi Shinomiya, Kazuhiro Ochi
  • Patent number: 8137251
    Abstract: An exercise assembly structured to facilitate the performance, by an individual, of a plurality of different exercises depending on the orientation or position in which the exercise assembly is disposed. A base includes an elongated configuration and has a track assembly mounted thereon. Hand grips are movably connected to the base a manner which allows there reciprocal movement in opposite directions along different lengths of the base while also being capable of disposition in any one of a plurality of fixed locations along the track assembly. A support assembly is movably connected to the base and disposable in a supporting orientation and a non-supporting orientation, wherein the base is cooperatively disposed in a first or a second operative position depending on the supporting or non-supporting orientation of the support assembly. One or more accessories are connectable to the base and/or track assembly and are structured to facilitate the performance of an additional plurality of exercises thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Gino Adolfo Tozzi
  • Patent number: 8062196
    Abstract: An abdominal exercise apparatus having a seat attached to a frame, a swing bar rotatably attached to the frame about a swing bar axis, a back rest rotatably attached to the swing bar about a back rest axis which is substantially perpendicular to the swing bar axis, and a handle bar rotatably attached to the swing bar about a handle bar axis which is substantially parallel to the back rest axis; and a method for performing an abdominal exercise includes sitting on the seat, laying one's back against the back rest and gripping the handle bar while twisting one's torso about one's hips to cause the swing bar to rotate relative to the frame about the swing bar axis and rotating the handle bar about the back rest axis to cause a rotation of the back rest about the back rest axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: International Edge Inc.
    Inventor: Ajit Khubani
  • Patent number: 8047968
    Abstract: An apparatus and method permitting a user to perform a simulated climbing and full body exercise is provided. The design includes a frame and a pair of lever arms and a pair of foot platforms and a torso support. The frame is configured to place the operator's center of gravity in a position of falling away from the frame, lever arms, foot platforms and providing a torso support enabling the operator to be supported by hanging from the hands and supported by the feet and torso support. The frame may be rotated through varying angles from vertical permitting the operator's center of gravity to fall away from the frame and allow the operator to hang away from the frame further enhancing the climbing experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventors: Brian Charles Stewart, Michael Shane Lofgren
  • Patent number: 8043199
    Abstract: An exercise machine for providing a low impact workout that targets the core muscles. The exercise machine generally includes a lower frame adapted to rest upon a floor surface, an upper frame movably connected to the lower frame and movable between an upright in-use position and a folded compact position, an arced track supported in an inclined orientation by the upper frame, a pair of sway bars each pivotally connected adjacent an upper end of the upper frame, wherein the pair of sway bars are adapted for swinging movement along a length of the track and wherein the pair of sway bars move in unison, and a pair of knee retainers each movably connected to a respective sway bar, wherein the pair of knee retainers slidably and rotatably move independently of each other. Other components, such as handlebars, foot bars, seats, and elbow retainers are also utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry Barker
  • Patent number: 8007413
    Abstract: An exerciser includes two straps and a handle mounted to an end each strap. A connecting member is mounted to the other end of each strap. The exerciser further includes a suspension member having an inelastic strap. A stop is engaged with an end of the inelastic strap. A retaining ring is engaged with the other end of the inelastic strap. A plurality of rings is fixed to the inelastic strap. The retaining member is releasably engageable with one of the rings, so that the inelastic strap forms a loop. The connecting member is releasably engaged with one of the rings. The inelastic strap is mounted around a rod or the like or extended through a gap between a door and a door frame, allowing user to perform exercises resisting the weight of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Ying-Ching Wu
  • Patent number: 8007414
    Abstract: An exercise machine to train the hamstring group of muscles including a base, said base being formed of frame members, a knee rest provided upon the base, a frame member extending rearwardly supporting a cross support, whereby the exerciser rests upon the kneel rest and places his/her ankles under the ankle support, a vertical framework pivotally mounted to the base, the upper end of the vertical framework including a chest support, while various weights may be attached to the proximate bottom of the vertical framework to regulate the amount of stress exerted upon the user while exercising upon the exercise machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventors: Dennis P. Riney, Brady Joseph Mattingly
  • Patent number: 8002679
    Abstract: A chest exercise machine has a main frame, a user support frame pivotally associated with the main frame and movable between a start position and an end position during an exercise, a user engagement device movably mounted relative to the frames and having at least one handle for gripping by a user positioned on the user support, and a connecting linkage which translates movement of the user engagement device to movement of the user support frame. The user engagement device provides articulated motion so that the handle moves in a user-defined chest exercise movement path between a start position and an end position. A load resists movement of at least one of the user support, user engagement device, and connecting linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Christopher E. Brennan, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7976440
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a main frame and a user support frame pivotally mounted relative to the main frame for rotation between start and end positions. The user support frame supports spaced positions on a user's body throughout an exercise movement. A user engagement device is movably mounted relative to the frames and has at least one handle gripped by the user in performing exercises, and a connecting linkage translates movement of the user engagement device to rotational movement of the user support frame. A load resists movement of at least one of the user support, user engagement device, and connecting linkage. The user engagement device is at least partially non-rigid to allow a user to define the path of the handle and thus the type of back exercise performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Christopher E. Brennan, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7963890
    Abstract: An exercise machine has a main frame and a user support frame pivotally mounted relative to the main frame for rotation about a user support pivot axis between start and end positions. The user support frame has at least a primary support and a secondary support for supporting spaced positions on a user's body throughout an exercise movement. A user engagement device is movably mounted relative to the frames for engagement by the user in performing exercises, and an at least partially flexible connecting linkage translates movement of the user engagement device to rotational movement of the user support frame. The connecting linkage includes at least two axially spaced winding portions mounted for rotation about a common cam axis. A load resists movement of at least one of the user support, user engagement device, and connecting linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Christopher E. Brennan, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7918770
    Abstract: An adjustable weight-loaded dip-chin machine. Dip bars and chin bars with means for vertical adjustment are mounted on columns, which in turn are mounted on a base. An arm is pivotally attached to the base, and weights can be added to an arm spindle attached to the arm. A belt is attached to the arm, and weights added to the arm spindle resist upward motion of an exerciser performing dips or chins. Elastic bands may be added connecting the arm to the base, and/or the belt to the base, which serve to render the exercise more strenuous. Dip bars incorporate a plurality of dip bar legs, each a differing distance from the other dip bar. Chin bars incorporate a downwardly-sloping dogleg. An alternate embodiment adjustable dip-chin machine incorporates a weight stack which can be attached to the belt. Stack weights selected from the weight stack render exercise more strenuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventor: Richard J. Hoole
  • Publication number: 20110028281
    Abstract: Resistance training apparatus and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, an exercise assembly includes an exercise station having a support portion and at least one user interface operatively coupled to the support portion by an anchor assembly. The anchor assembly includes a housing attached to the support portion, and a coupling device pivotably attached to the housing and moveable throughout an angular range, the coupling device being coupled to the at least one user interface and configured to move through at least a portion of the angular range during use of the at least one user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: A. Buell Ish, III, L. Kent Lines, Robert A. Rasmussen, Mark Tollison
  • 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: 7878951
    Abstract: Gymnastic machine (1) includes a frame (10), a slide (20) carried movable by the frame (10) along a given direction (D) from and to a starting station (30), with the slide (20) being suitable for coupling with a first limb in such a way as to guide it along the given direction (D) and to enable, in use, to control a scissor movement of the first limb with respect to a second limb retained at the starting station (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Roman, Leo Zaccherini
  • Patent number: 7819784
    Abstract: A piece of exercise equipment or gym that is secured to either side of a door frame via brackets that are permanently secured to the sides of the door frame across the upper end of a doorway. The gym has an adjustable length rod that is removably suspended between the brackets. A rotatable ring or connection point secured centrally on the rod supports two adjustable length straps. The free end of each strap is provided with a ring to which handles or stirrups can be attached. Also, the rod itself has rubber grips on it and is provided with additional multi-purpose rings where handles or stirrups can be attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Gofit, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Charles Caswell, Richard Davis
  • Patent number: 7819782
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a supporting stage; a saddle arranged relatively for said supporting stage; a pedaling stage with a pair of pedals arranged relatively for said supporting stage; and a handle arranged relatively for said supporting stage. The pedaling stage is configured such that the pair of pedals are connected with one another via a first air pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Ya-Man Ltd.
    Inventor: Iwao Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 7819781
    Abstract: Devices and methods providing for improved training of isolated regions of the human physiological system are disclosed and described herein. The devices and methods provide isolated training of muscle groups that may be transferrable to the sport of cycling or other athletic activities. An exercise apparatus is disclosed to enable training. In an embodiment, the exercise apparatus includes a front portion adapted to provide a vertically supported hand support assembly. The apparatus further includes a back portion adapted to be coupled to the front portion. The back portion is constructed to present an exercise support member with at least one exercise support surface adapted to receive an exercise ball such that a user may grip at least one gripping member presented by the hand support assembly and position him or herself upon the exercise ball to perform exercises according to various aspects of the invention described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Maldonado
  • Patent number: 7806814
    Abstract: An exercise device having many advantageous features is described, including the ability to provide a combination of grips to the user, and the ability to easily mount the device to a wall. One exercise device described is an inelastic resistance device having a combination grip that includes hand grips and a loop. The hand grip and loop may be used as a foot grip, or alternatively, just the hand grip can be used by the hand. The selection of a specific accessory grip allows the user to exercise by specific body parts and provides for a greater number of possible exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Fitness AnyWhere, Inc.
    Inventor: Randal Hetrick
  • Patent number: 7794376
    Abstract: An abdominal muscle exercise machine that generally contains a diagonal member with an adjustable seat and a backrest and a pivot member that pivots with respect to the diagonal member. A chest push can be mechanically coupled to the pivot member through an adjustable force multiplier. An optional counterweight can be placed near one end of the pivot member to lighten the force, or an optional load weight can be placed near the other end of the pivot member to increase the force. The pivot member can be constructed to telescope or otherwise adjust for different body sizes. The machine provides a smooth exercise where the top and bottom portions of the body move together in a linked fashion. The machine of the present invention works without heavy external weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Body Solid, Inc.
    Inventor: Cheng I. Chou
  • Patent number: 7794371
    Abstract: A lat exercise machine has a self-aligning pivoting seat or user support on a main frame and an exercise arm for performing lat pulldown or lat row exercises which is linked to the pivoting user support to translate movement of the exercise arm into movement of the user support. A four-bar linkage pivoting mechanism which pivotally connects the user support to the main frame is designed to automatically align in order to maintain proper positioning of the user throughout the exercise motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Jeffrey O. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7789812
    Abstract: A rope climbing apparatus (15) comprising a frame (16), a seat (18) supported by the frame and adapted to move relative to the frame from a first position (19) to an elevated second position (20), a lower pulley assembly (21) connected to the seat, an upper pulley assembly (22) connected to the frame, a rope (23) extending between the lower pulley assembly and the upper pulley assembly and having a rope climbing portion (24) graspable by a user (25) when the user is seated on the seat, and the rope, the seat, the lower pulley assembly and the upper pulley assembly configured and arranged such that a downward force (26) on the rope climbing portion of the rope causes an upward force (28) on the seat. The downward force on the rope climbing portion may result in an upward force on the seat at a mechanical advantage provided by the lower pulley assembly and the upper pulley assembly, and the mechanical advantage may be four.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph M. Anderson, Steven M. Nichols
  • Patent number: 7771328
    Abstract: An exerciser including a movable body support mounted on an exerciser frame for movement along tracks provided by the frame. A movable foot support extends from the exerciser frame. The movable foot support is adapted to be engaged by the user's feet to absorb the energy of movement in a first direction and to provide the user with a bouncing movement, which the user may translate into a movement of the movable body support in the opposite direction. The movable foot support may be provided as an attachment and retrofitted to existing exercisers. The exerciser may include a resilient resistance system coupled to the movable body support and a set of pull lines with user grips trained over pulleys carried by the exerciser frame. Also disclosed are methods for enabling users to exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Stamina Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Gerschefske