Having Guide Around Or Through Weight Patents (Class 482/98)
  • Patent number: 10398928
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes: a support track including a first channel on a first side, a second channel on a second side, and a row of fixation holes, the first channel, the second channel, and the row of fixation holes being parallel to each other; a carriage including a carriage frame, a pin rod, a first side roller, and a second side roller, wherein: the pin rod is coupled to the carriage frame and positioned to be removably inserted into at least one of the fixation holes to fix a position of the carriage with respect to the support track, the first side roller is coupled to the carriage frame and positioned within the first channel, and the second side roller is coupled to the carriage frame and positioned within the second channel; and at least one support bar affixed to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Miguel Perez Gomez
  • Patent number: 10201726
    Abstract: A weight system having at least one weight stack moveable in a vertical direction on a lift rod, and a bearing block for housing a linear bearing. The invention further includes a method and apparatus for aligning the linear bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: WHITEROCK EXERCISE, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Muehl
  • Patent number: 10065076
    Abstract: A more efficient exercise system can be facilitated by interactive components. A system can comprise receiving distance data, from a wireless network device, associated with a selection of a weight of an exercise machine. Based on the distance data, the system can generate resistance data representative of a resistance associated with the exercise machine. Additionally, in response to the generating the resistance data, the system can assign the resistance data to a user identity associated with a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Braxton K. Davis
  • Patent number: 9662529
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus is provided where a user selectively changes the amount of effort required to operate the machine on demand without interrupting the workout. A manual shifting process allows the user to selectively change the amount of resistance with the gravity included positioning of a resistance weight on a lever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Bart Miller
  • Patent number: 9468791
    Abstract: A compact, portable weight stack selector pin for use with exercise equipment commonly known as selectorized weight equipment. This invention will allow the user to pre-select multiple resistances to be used in a controlled descending resistance sequence without the need for the trainee to dismount said equipment to reposition the selector pin or pins during the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Steven Lojek
  • Patent number: 9468792
    Abstract: A permanently affixed and travelling selector pin, car and weight plate selection mechanism for use with physical fitness equipment is disclosed including a segmented track and/or cut out cavern within the plate body for the car to travel within in either vertically or horizontally in order to select a different weight plate or cumulatively, more or less weight for an exercise. The selector pin and car mechanism features a selector pin which is not removable from the car and is inserted through the car which is contained by the track and or plate body shape and into a throughbore in the weight plate in order to engage with the selector stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Bronze Fist Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic A. Simonetti
  • Patent number: 9415287
    Abstract: A balance rehabilitation and training apparatus and method of using the apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a support member, an optional base member, a handle carriage structure, a free-floating handle container member and a free-floating handle member. The apparatus allows the user to perform balance enhancing exercises while holding the free-floating handle member within the area inscribed within the free-floating handle container member thus allowing the user to experience postural sway during the course of the exercise to reinforce the appropriate motor program. The apparatus provides rehabilitation and training in balance impaired patients and in individuals without balance impairment but who seek to enhance postural stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: BIODEX MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Greiwe
  • Patent number: 9320937
    Abstract: A fitness equipment unit includes a member rotatable about an axis and a source of resistance against rotation of the member. Rotation of the member is facilitated by pulling on a first end of the line while the other end of the line is stationary, pulling on a second end of the line while the first end is stationary or concurrently pulling on both the first end and the second end of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventor: Gregory A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9162102
    Abstract: A means and method for automatically selecting an amount of weight to be connected to a cable system in a fitness machine. When a dial is rotated to select a weight, a connected computer receives the rotational position information, operates a program to determine the amount of each weight to attach to the cable system and actuates solenoids accordingly to attach the weight to the cable by inserting pins fully into weight stacks to connect weights to a rod connected to a cable. The computer also displays the selected weight on the dial. When the new weight is selected, one or more retracting solenoids draw any inserted pins partially out before any new pins are fully inserted to connect the weights to the rod. This ensures that the system is cleared before attaching any weights to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: IncludeFitness, Inc.
    Inventors: James Ryan Eder, Jamison Joseph Float
  • Patent number: 9144703
    Abstract: An exercise machine may comprise a plurality of weights arranged in a stack, a stem, and a plurality of weight selector switches mounted to the stem. Each weight selector switch of the plurality of weight selector switches may be positioned and configured to selectively couple a corresponding weight of the plurality of weights to the stem. A method of manufacturing a weight selecting device may comprise providing a stem, and mounting a plurality of weight selector switches to the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Dalebout, Paul C. Ricks
  • Patent number: 9079068
    Abstract: A weight system having at least one weight stack moveable in a vertical direction on a lift rod, and a bearing block for housing a linear bearing. The invention further includes a method and apparatus for aligning the linear bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: WHITEROCK EXERCISE, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Muehl
  • Patent number: 9079069
    Abstract: Fitness equipment has a wheelchair space, a base, a frame assembly, an arm assembly, and a resistance. The base, the frame assembly, and the arm assembly do not extend into the wheelchair space. The arm assembly extends from the frame assembly into or adjacent a user space above the wheelchair space, such that a user in the wheelchair can reach the arm assembly. The resistance is attached to the arm assembly for providing resistance to movement of the arm assembly during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Greenfields Outdoor Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Sam Mendelsohn
  • Patent number: 9072937
    Abstract: A training apparatus for training the upper part of the body of a human user. The training apparatus includes a support member with a length axis and an essentially plane support surface intended to carry the user during use of the training apparatus. The support surface is arranged to be turned away from the surface during use of the training apparatus, and two handles for application of forces from the user's hands. The training apparatus includes a first leg member the first end of which is rotatably attached to the support member, and a second leg member the one end of which is rotatably attached to the support member. When applying a force on the handles so that the arms are rotated around the third axis of rotation, the leg members are rotated so that the distance between the support member and the surface increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: KATZ TEKNIK AB
    Inventor: Karl Katz
  • Patent number: 9067102
    Abstract: An improved weight training device is configured to allow horizontal, vertical and rotational movement while ensuring safety. The improved weight training device includes a barbell that is immediately adjacent to two swivel bearing assemblies. The barbell is configured to slide through the two swivel bearing assemblies. A horizontal guide bar is immediately adjacent to each swivel bearing assembly. Each swivel bearing assembly is configured to slide along its horizontal guide bar. At least four vertical guide assemblies are in the improved weight training device. A vertical guide assembly is mechanically coupled to each end of each horizontal guide bar. Each vertical guide assembly is configured to slide vertically along its vertical guide bar. There are at least two brakes. Each brake is mechanically coupled to the barbell and further mechanically coupled to two of the vertical guide assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Brady Paul Poppinga
  • Publication number: 20150133274
    Abstract: A permanently affixed and travelling selector pin, car and weight plate selection mechanism for use with physical fitness equipment is disclosed including a segmented track and/or cut out cavern within the plate body for the car to travel within in either vertically or horizontally in order to select a different weight plate or cumulatively, more or less weight for an exercise. The selector pin and car mechanism features a selector pin which is not removable from the car and is inserted through the car which is contained by the track and or plate body shape and into a throughbore in the weight plate in order to engage with the selector stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Dominic A. Simonetti
  • Patent number: 9017238
    Abstract: An assisted chin/dip exercise apparatus has a main frame and an assist or foot bar pivotally mounted on the frame and linked to a weight stack or resistance for assisting a user standing on the foot bar during performance of chin and dip exercises. The main frame has a first, overhead handle assembly and a second, dip handle assembly below the first handle assembly. The first handle assembly includes a pair of adjustably mounted handles freely pivotable between a first, chin-up position in which the handles extend towards one another at a rearward angle with a small spacing between the handles and a second, pull-up position in which the handles extend in a forward direction and are spaced apart by a larger spacing sufficient to provide head clearance for a user stepping onto the foot bar or while performing a dip exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Owen Meredith, Billy Y. Kim, Adam Sanders Guier
  • Publication number: 20150111708
    Abstract: A squat exercise apparatus includes a support structure, a plurality of weight members, at least one lift arm, and an actuator. The plurality of weight members is positioned in the support structure. The at least one lift arm has a first end coupled to the support structure and a second end arranged for contact by a user to move the at least one arm vertically during a squat exercise. The actuator assembly is operable by the user to selectively couple the at least one lift arm to at least one of the weight members during the squat exercise. A portion of the actuator assembly is carried by the at least one lift arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Kent M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9011298
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus having a slidable weight bar assembly with hand brake assemblies is provided for engaging and disengaging the weight bar assembly with a support frame. The exercise apparatus can be configured as a squat machine or a bench press. The exercise apparatus can include an adjustable back support that facilitates proper positioning and support of the operator's upper and lower back while performing squat exercises. The exercise apparatus can further include spring assemblies that increase the kinetic load during downward movements of the slidable weight bar assembly. Alternatively, the spring assemblies can be incorporated into exercise apparatus having a slidable weight bar assembly without the hand brake system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rhiannon Corp.
    Inventor: Roberto Bonomi
  • Patent number: 8992393
    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: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GRAA Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Gil Reyes
  • Patent number: 8961375
    Abstract: A squat exercise apparatus for use with a hip belt comprising an elevated platform with a hole, a weight holder and a guide rod or other guide, as disclosed herein. The weight holder may be designed to hold free weights and to attach onto a hip belt. As the user performs the squat exercise supported by the platform, the guide rod guides the weight holder as it is lowered into the hole, limiting movement of the weight holder in the horizontal direction. Alternatively, the apparatus comprises a weight holder and a guide rod and base, for use with a user-supplied platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Brian P. Henesey
  • Patent number: 8944971
    Abstract: The present invention is a progressive multi-purpose exercise device, which can be configured as 1) an exercise ball (no handles), 2) a kettle bell (one handle), 3) a medicine ball (two opposing handles), 4) a kettle bell-2 (two handles and 90 degrees) and 5) a rope attached ball with stretch cord and/or rope. For illustration purposes, it may be comprised of a series of elements and systems including, but not limited to, a Connection System, an Attachment Technology System, a Progressive System and a Retainment System with a top hemisphere, a bottom hemisphere, a series of circular weighted discs, a variety of single slot handles or double slot handles and an alignment shaft. The user friendly system allows any user to easily add or change handle configurations and add or change weights for a wide variety of over sixty different combinations of fitness equipment described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Thomas Shorter
  • Patent number: 8932187
    Abstract: A resistance exercise apparatus is disclosed including a weighted object, an elongate beam, a first engagement member, a second engagement member, a frame, a first bearing and a second bearing. The elongate beam extends in and through weighted object such that when the beam rotates about its lengthwise axis, the weighted object rotates with the beam. Proximal ends of the engagement members are connected to the beam and include a cavity defined and a slot. The frame includes support extensions supporting the bearings, the bearings allowing the beam to rotate along its lengthwise axis within the bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Larry W. Vittone, Suzanne R. Vittone
  • Publication number: 20140364286
    Abstract: An exercising apparatus for exercising muscles in the abdominal region of a user's body may include a stationary primary body support configured to support upper portions of the user's body including the abdominal region. The primary body support may include a primary body support surface oriented to support a user's back in a rearwardly inclined position and a secondary body support surface for supporting the user's buttocks. A movable carriage may be configured to be engaged by the user's lower leg portions and may be movable along a substantially linear path extending generally toward and generally away from the secondary body support surface. A resistance application assembly may be configured to apply an adjustable degree of biasing force to the carriage in a direction generally away from the secondary body support surface to resist movement of the carriage toward the secondary body support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: TORREY M. VAUGHNS
  • Publication number: 20140364285
    Abstract: A physical exercise apparatus is disclosed, and comprises a frame, a seat, an upper arm movably coupled to a first portion of the frame, and a lower arm movably attached to a second portion of the frame. The seat is supported by the frame and configured to support a user in an at least partially supine position. The upper arm is symmetrically arranged in front of the seat and coupled with a linearly movable resistance load, and is stationary with respect to the seat. The lower arm is coupled with a linearly movable resistance load so that the user can move the upper arm while separately engaging the lower arm with a portion of his or her lower body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Moschel
  • Patent number: 8888664
    Abstract: An exercise bench allows a user to practice both legs together while each one has an independent weight load for the user's preference. The exercise bench has a pivotably adjustable back support, seat panel. The bench is disposed between a base frame and top frame with three connection columns. The first two columns have weight support displaced at the lower end and an opening on the top end for a pulley for each column. The top frame also supports an adjustable pulley support panel with two additional pulleys disposed on two opposite sides of the panel. Two independent cables connect weight through the pulley to the user's foot. The user can apply the same or different weight load to each leg and thus can practice accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jose R. Butler
  • Publication number: 20140336017
    Abstract: An example apparatus for a user in a wheelchair includes an exercise device providing an exercise area configured to receive a wheelchair. A primary handle is moveable by a first user in the wheelchair from a first position to a second position. A resistance assembly opposes movement of the at least one primary handle. A spotter handle is coupled to move together with the at least one primary handle. The spotter handle accessible by a second user from a position outside the exercise area. An example exercise device for a user in a wheelchair includes an automatically adjustable pick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth Edward Staten, Tyler James Hobson, Brian Lesley Staten, Kyle R. Camp
  • Patent number: 8876674
    Abstract: A weight stack for an exercise machine may include one or more primary and secondary load elements that are selectively joined to a weight carriage. The load elements may be supported from below by one or more support beams and positioned at spaced apart locations on the support beam when the weight carriage is located at its rest position or when the load elements are not joined to the weight carriage during an exercise. The load elements may include engagement surfaces that engage the beam either directly by contacting the beam or indirectly via a divider structure positioned between the load elements and the beam. For some load elements, the engagement surfaces define a portion of a slot in the load element. The exercise machine may further include a single guide pole that constrains the weight carriage to move substantially linearly and vertically relative to the exercise machine's support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Webb, Eric D. Golesh
  • Patent number: 8870718
    Abstract: A flexible shroud is used to cover weights and hide pulleys and cables on exercise machines. The flexible shroud can be a coarse mesh or screen for see through areas, cloth such as canvas or other fabrics, or other flexible sound absorbing materials. The material may be supported around or between a framework of ribs, poles, or metal screen and takes the shape of the framework. The material may also be supported only at the top and bottom of a weight stack or structure by a rigid template from which the material takes shape. The top or bottom support may be adjusted to stretch the fabric taut so it takes shape better and tightens to provide a better safety shield. The material may be attached to the supports or framework by snaps, hook and loop material, or other removable fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Dream Visions, LLC
    Inventor: Theodore G. Habing
  • Patent number: 8870721
    Abstract: Functional group (1) for a gymnastic machine (100) provided with a frame (110) supporting a load group (120) usable for executing a gymnastic exercise; the machine (1) comprising an actuating group (130) provided with at least one user interface (132) carried movable by the frame (110) to exchange power with the load group (120); a modular transmission member (10) being arranged between each user interface (132) and the load group (120) to exchange power between these latter so as to facilitate the assembling and disassembling of the frame (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Casadei
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140274591
    Abstract: A portable spring loaded selector pin device comprising of an automatic release mechanism for use in performing intense weight lifting exercises involving reduced weight lifting sequences on weight lifting machines having weight stacks comprising of a plurality of weight plates. One or more spring loaded selector pin devices may be deployed, allowing the selection of multiple weight reductions to be preset. The spring loaded selector pin device utilizes the friction created by the weight plates to remain engaged while the weight is lifted, and automatically releases immediately after the weight is set down, making the next preset weight ready to be lifted without any interruption in the exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Heinz Richard Miltner, Julie Lynn Adams
  • Publication number: 20140256516
    Abstract: An apparatus for the development of upper body parts and muscles is disclosed. The apparatus includes a base on which is mounted a seat supported above the base and a forearm pad disposed forward of the seat and supported above the base. A pivoted lever is pivoted at a first end to a seat support, a second end of the lever extends past the forearm pad a distance and includes a weight supporting pin which extends vertically upward. A lifting device is selectively and pivotally attached to the pivoted lever forward of the forearm rest. A plurality of weights are selectively attached to the weight support pin to vary the amount of force required to use the lifting device and raise the weights. A variety of attachments are selectively affixed to the lifting device to exercise various body parts and muscles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: MICHAEL P. CALDERONE
  • Patent number: 8827876
    Abstract: A chest press machine having a pair of converging exercise arms rotating around an arm pivot axle. Subsequent circular motion causes user's elbow extension to decelerate through the stroke. The direction of resulting force at start position is normal to direction of the resulting force at end position. A sweep arm attached to the exercise arm is attached via cords to some form of resistance. Changing leverage is exerted on the exercise arms as they rotate, thus counteracting the increasing difficulty of the stroke due to decreasing involvement of the tricep muscles. Attached to each exercise arm a hand-grip where gripped area rises from the horizontal to allow lateral movement of wrist through the stroke. The radius of the circular motion is adjusted by the telescoping hand-grip. As the exercise arms are pressed and squeezed together, the upper arms horizontally adduct, the elbows joints extend, and wrist joints move laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Eamon Shields
  • Patent number: 8777820
    Abstract: An adjustable weight assembly includes a weight device and an adjustment device. The weight device includes a rail, a movable member and multiple weights. The movable member is connected to a rod and receives a force applied by a force applying unit so as to move along the rail. The rod has multiple through holes and each weight has a latitude hole and a longitudinal hole. Each latitude hole has a pin extending therethrough and the rod extends through the longitudinal holes. The adjustable device includes a driving unit, a movable part and multiple pivotal members. The driving unit drives the movable part and each weight is pivotably connected to one of the pivotal members. When the movable part moves along the rail, the pivotal member is pivoted to decide the engagement between the pin and the through hole so that the user can adjust the number of the weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Chiu-Hsiang Lo
  • Publication number: 20140187390
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus comprises an incremental weight system. The incremental weight system comprises an incremental weight and an incremental weight selector. The incremental weight selector is liftable by a weight lift and has a lever movable between a lowered position and a raised position to actuate the selector between an engaged position engaging the incremental weight such that the incremental weight is liftable with a first weight by the weight lift and a disengaged position disengaged from the incremental weight such that the first weight is liftable independent of the incremental weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: PRECOR INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Peter J. Arnold, Jonathan M. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8727953
    Abstract: An exercise system utilizes exercise apparatus having at least two operative positions, a first operative position with a base fixedly contacting a floor, and a second operative position with the base spaced apart from the floor and horizontally moveable over the floor in any desired direction of travel. When a barbell is mounted at rest on the exercise apparatus the apparatus is in the first operative position. When the barbell is disengaged from the at rest position, the exercise apparatus moves to the second operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Arthur J Drechsler
  • Patent number: 8727952
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for performing a wide range of full body motions against cabled weight resistance by providing user-selectable arrangements of pulleys. A pulley carriage carries one or more carriage pulleys and is slidable on a vertical stanchion. Each pulley arrangement comprises the combination of a user-selectable, vertical height for the carriage pulleys together with user-selectable locations on the frame of the apparatus for attachment of a pair of hand pulleys, whereby the amount of slack in cables routed through the pulleys is adjustable by varying the height of the carriage pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: John T. Carle
  • Publication number: 20140135185
    Abstract: An exercise machine may comprise a plurality of weights arranged in a stack, a stem, and a plurality of weight selector switches mounted to the stem. Each weight selector switch of the plurality of weight selector switches may be positioned and configured to selectively couple a corresponding weight of the plurality of weights to the stem. A method of manufacturing a weight selecting device may comprise providing a stem, and mounting a plurality of weight selector switches to the stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: William T. Dalebout, Paul C. Ricks
  • Publication number: 20140128228
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus having a slidable weight bar assembly with hand brake assemblies is provided for enaging and disengaging the weight bar assembly with a support frame. The exercise apparatus can be configured as a squat machine or a bench press. The exercise apparatus can include an adjustable back support that facilitates proper positioning and support of the operator's upper and lower back while performing squat exercises. The exercise apparatus can further include spring assemblies that increase the kinetic load during downward movements of the slidable weight bar assembly. Alternatively, the spring assemblies can be incorporated into exercise apparatus having a slidable weight bar assembly without the hand brake system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: RHIANNON CORP.
    Inventor: Roberto Bonomi
  • Patent number: 8708871
    Abstract: The invention relates to a training machine for strength training and rehabilitation comprising pull or press means (42, 43), which are arranged to be moved to and fro, while a predetermined number of weights (18) of a weight package via connection means (22) are brought to be lifted and lowered, respectively, along an inner frame (8), and driving means (48, 49, 50) for lifting said predetermined number of weights in a continuous cycle by means of a first user force towards said pull or press means, and for lowering said predetermined number of weights by means of a second user force, wherein said first force is smaller than said second force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Mats Thulin
  • Patent number: 8708870
    Abstract: A weight plate for use with physical fitness weightlifting equipment so that the weight plate may be coupled to other weight plates and lifted together in a stack. Each weight plate includes a pivotal switch arm including a first end at which to receive a pushing force to cause the switch arm to rotate relative to the weight plate and an opposite end at which a curved fork is carried. In one embodiment, a center post runs continuously through the center bore holes of the weight plates. In another embodiment, an insert is located in the center bore hole of each weight plate to be mated to the insert from an adjacent plate. When the pivotal switch arm of any weight plate is rotated to a locked position, the curved fork is rotated with the switch arm into surrounding engagement with the center post or the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Nalley
  • Publication number: 20140106943
    Abstract: A permanently affixed and travelling selector pin, car and weight plate selection mechanism for use with physical fitness equipment is disclosed including a segmented track and/or cut out cavern within the plate body for the car to travel within in either vertically or horizontally in order to select a different weight plate or cumulatively, more or less weight for an exercise. The selector pin and car mechanism features a selector pin which is not removable from the car and is inserted through the car which is contained by the track and or plate body shape and into a throughbore in the weight plate in order to engage with the selector stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Dominic A. Simonetti
  • Patent number: 8696529
    Abstract: A vertical stack of weights is disposed beneath a base member, and at least one selector rod is rotatably mounted on the base member and selectively rotated into engagement with a desired number of the vertically stacked weights. A horizontal stack of weights is disposed on opposite sides of a base member, and at least one selector rod is movably mounted on the base member and selectively moved into engagement with the desired number of horizontally stacked weights. Various combinations of these arrangements may be used to provide adjustable resistance to exercise on dumbbells and/or weight stack machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Core Health & Fitness, LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Krull
  • Patent number: 8690741
    Abstract: Devices, apparatuses, systems and/or methods related to weight plates. Specifically, the disclosed devices, apparatuses, systems and/or methods relate to nested weight plates including a first weight plate increment and a second weight plate increment configured to receive the first weight plate increment. The nested weight plates may include a turning mechanism including a turning circle and/or a screw. The screw may be received by the first weight plate increment such that rotation of the turning circle engages and/or disengages the second weight plate increment. In this manner, a user may select to total weight desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Exemplar Design, LLC
    Inventors: Adam L. Ross, Benjamin P. Boyer
  • Publication number: 20140073492
    Abstract: An exercise machine which can be configured to perform a plurality of different exercises, and which can include a base, a vertical support column attached to the base, a cylinder and piston assembly adjustably attached to the vertical support column, and a horizontal weight beam carriage adjustably attached to both the vertical support column and the cylinder and piston assembly, which includes adjustable provisions for attaching weights and for manipulating the exercise apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Terrance Gerod HUNTER
  • Patent number: 8632442
    Abstract: Disclosed is a weight control apparatus for a weight training machine. The weight control apparatus includes a plurality of stacks which are fitted to a pair of guides standing upright between supports on a base such that the stacks slidably move up and down, and which have rectangular locking holes; a body arranged on a front surface of the base, in which the body has a plurality of insertion holes corresponding to the locking holes of the stacks and is provided at an upper portion thereof with a holder; and a cover arranged on the front surface of the body and having a plurality of locking pin members inserted into the insertion holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Byung Don Lee
  • Publication number: 20130345030
    Abstract: A flexible shroud is used to cover weights and hide pulleys and cables on exercise machines. The flexible shroud can be a coarse mesh or screen for see through areas, cloth such as canvas or other fabrics, or other flexible sound absorbing materials. The material may be supported around or between a framework of ribs, poles, or metal screen and takes the shape of the framework. The material may also be supported only at the top and bottom of a weight stack or structure by a rigid template from which the material takes shape. The top or bottom support may be adjusted to stretch the fabric taut so it takes shape better and tightens to provide a better safety shield. The material may be attached to the supports or framework by snaps, hook and loop material, or other removable fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: DREAM VISIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Theodore G. Habing
  • Patent number: 8585564
    Abstract: A weight stack assembly for an exercise machine includes: a plurality of weights arranged in a vertical stack; a post extending through the weights, and a selector unit. Each of the weights includes an open-ended, forwardly facing slot, wherein the slots of each of a first set of the weights form a first column, and wherein the slots of each of a second set of the weights form a second column that is parallel to but non-coincident with the first column. The vertical stack is formed by alternating first and second weight. The post is configured to connect with a movement arm of an exercise machine and includes a first column of apertures that align with the slots of the first set of weights and a second column of apertures that align with the second set of weights. The selector unit is configured to be inserted into one of the slots and one of the apertures to select a portion of the weights to provide resistance for exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Med-Fit Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Publication number: 20130296143
    Abstract: An exercise device including at least one attachment structure configured to be mounted to a support assembly. A first arm and a second arm pivotably connected to the at least one attachment structure. At least one bracket pivotably connecting an end of the first arm with an end of the second arm. At least one of catch member pivotably connected to at least one of the first arm, the second arm, and the at least one bracket. The at least one catch member is configured for accepting a weight bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Rogers Athletic Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Staten, Kyle R. Camp
  • Publication number: 20130296142
    Abstract: Weight changing systems and methods as well as fitness equipment incorporating weight changing systems are provided. One weight changing system includes a frame, weights individually movable relative to the frame, a weight carriage movable relative to the frame, and a control system. Each weight has a receiving member bordered by an opening. The weight carriage has latch assemblies, biasing members, and actuators. Each latch assembly has a pivotally-reciprocating member with opposed hook and trigger portions. Each hook portion is configured to extend around and engage a receiving member. The control system is configured to select at least one of the weights for coupling to the weight carriage, and to activate at least one of the actuators to impart force on at least one of the trigger portions to cause at least one of the hook portions to extend around and engage at least one of the receiving members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Ronald D. Robertson, Randy M. Nuttall, Ryan A. Jorgensen