And Flexible Force Transmitting Linkage Element Patents (Class 482/99)
  • Patent number: 10751565
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-gym machine which enables a user to perform a plurality of different exercises for the whole body. More specifically the present invention relates specifically to a power tower machine in which the user utilizes a combination of the user body weight (calisthenics) in addition to variable elastic bands to provide additional assistance or resistance. This advanced power tower hereby disclosed incorporates an arrangement of multiple handles, various pulleys, elastic cables and steel wire connected to a special waist belt to be put on by the user. The elastic cables depending on their anchor points either from the top or the bottom pulley, generates assistance or resistance to the user respectively for the specific workout. A set of sensors, processor and Bluetooth transmission unit is integrated on the power tower to process, transmit, process and manage several workouts performance indicators via a dedicated mobile application offering a virtual coaching capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Fadi Saadallah
  • Patent number: 9795824
    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: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: WHITEROCK EXERCISE, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Muehl
  • Patent number: 9776034
    Abstract: Muscle resistance apparatus comprising a framework, at least one resistive force and a movable section. The movable section is linked to a resistive force, wherein a first part of the movable section is attached to the framework by a connection whereby it can be temporarily displaced, and a second part of the movable section is connected to the first part of the movable section by a second connection whereby it can be temporarily displaced. The first and second parts of the movable section are independently movable with respect to one another in an angular and/or linear fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MUJO MECHANICS LIMITED
    Inventor: Douglas Higgins
  • Patent number: 9604090
    Abstract: A weight stack assembly is for an exercise apparatus. The weight stack assembly comprises a plurality of primary weights and a plurality of secondary weights that are located next to the plurality of primary weights. A head plate is on the plurality of primary weights. A primary weight selector mechanism is on the head plate and is configured to couple a user force receiving member to one or more of the plurality of primary weights. A secondary weight selector mechanism is on the head plate and is configured to couple the head plate to a first secondary weight in the plurality of secondary weights, and to couple the head plate to a second secondary weight in the plurality of secondary weights. The secondary weight selector mechanism is configured to engage with the first secondary weight so that the first secondary weight remains balanced in the horizontal direction when a force is applied to the user force receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Mathew R. Meyer, Lee M. Atwood
  • Patent number: 9211435
    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: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Whiterock Exercise, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Muehl
  • Publication number: 20150105223
    Abstract: The present invention relates to equipment, apparatus and systems used for exercising muscle groups of the body, more specifically, a resistance system for making variable mechanical resistance exercises, which receive voice commands, changes in brain waves and/or any body movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Moises Bucay Bissu
  • Publication number: 20150094193
    Abstract: A multipurpose exercise machine requiring only three points of adjustment centrally located. It has a one point height adjustment and two adjustments for the rotating arm assemblies. Dip and chin up bars are attached to the arm assemblies. The machine contains an integrated swingable workout bench. Through the use of a pulley system and counter balance assembly, the cable system maintains tension and provides a constant length of cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Grzegorz Lyszczarz
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 8864636
    Abstract: Resistance training exercise apparatus provides load resistance with a vacuum load assembly, and has an adjustment mechanism controlling effective vector force between the vacuum load assembly and a user-engaged exercise member. The adjustment mechanism includes a user-controlled adjustment assembly adjustably varying the vector force. The adjustment assembly includes a coupling mechanism adjustably varying a lever arm distance of at least one of a gym cable and a cylinder cable along the adjustment assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Danowski, Lee M. Atwood
  • 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: 20140296037
    Abstract: A portable universal gym is compact and easily stowed in a portable case. The framework is designed to breakdown into easily stowable components. When assembled, the framework may be secured to a stable device, such as, by way of example, the trailer hitch of a typical truck or similar vehicle, permitting the system to be used anywhere whether or not rigid and stable support members are available. The universal gym includes an integrated resistance training system. Various exercise implements may be used in connection with the universal gym system in order to increase versatility. These include but are not limited to: a basketball backboard and basket; a treadmill; an exercise bike; a punching bag; a bench for supporting bends, squats and dips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Abdul Majeed Razzaq
  • Publication number: 20140274592
    Abstract: A gym machine for dip exercises in combination with body twist, includes frame members, a seat, a weight stack, elements for supporting the weight stack movably on the frame members, moving elements for moving the weight stack in response to a performance by the user, a chain element connected to the moving elements, and a handle element attached to one end of the chain element for a user to perform the exercise movement. The gym machine further includes brace elements for steadying the user in a performing position for dip exercise in combination with body twist for the duration of performing the workout, the brace elements including an upper leg support, lower forward leg supports, lower rearward leg supports, and a handgrip for steadying the non-supporting arm. The brace elements support the user with the hand of a performing arm engaging the handle element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Seppo PARVIAINEN
  • Patent number: 8834328
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a flexible connector system that includes at least two flexible line ends that provide multiple resistance ratios for functional and strength training when pulled. The flexible line ends are adjustable to multiple fixed positions along a track and to multiple fixed positions along a curved path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Roger Batca
  • Patent number: 8827877
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing an exercise against a resistance mechanism comprised of one or more incremental resistance members, the apparatus comprising: a frame; a handle mounted to the frame and interconnected to the resistance mechanism via a cable; a traveler having a selected resistance force; a stop mechanism adjustably positionable on the rail at one or more selectable stop positions; wherein the cable is selectively interconnectable to one or more of the resistance members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Stephen Suchanek, Dennis Hilson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140155229
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a mounting assembly and a pulley assembly coupled to the mounting assembly. The pulley assembly includes a first pulley and a second pulley. A first pulley cable is positioned about the first pulley for movement relative thereto and a second pulley cable is positioned about the second for movement relative thereto. The first pulley cable includes a first end and a second end and the second pulley cable includes a first end and a second end. A first handle is coupled to the first end of the first pulley cable and a second handle is coupled to the first end of the second pulley cable and the second end of the second pulley cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Gorgi Nikkaran
  • 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: 20140121072
    Abstract: A hook assembly may comprise a base portion and at least one hook. The base portion may be rotatably coupled to a weighted cable of an exercise machine. The at least one hook may be coupled to the base portion, and the at least one hook may be sized and configured for selective attachment to a handle. The base portion may be sized and configured to facilitate rotation of the at least one hook relative to a frame of an exercise machine when the weighted cable is extended. Additionally, the base portion may be sized and configured to prevent rotation of the at least one hook relative to the frame of the exercise machine when the weighted cable is fully retracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Gaylen Ercanbrack
  • Publication number: 20140121071
    Abstract: An exercise machine may comprise a frame and a weight stack. The weight stack may be positioned within a portion of the frame. The exercise machine may further comprise a weighted cable having a first end configured for selective attachment to weight plates of the weight stack, a guide track defining a path, and a movable pulley assembly slidably coupled to the guide track. A positioning mechanism may be coupled to the movable pulley assembly and configured to move and position the movable pulley assembly along the path defined by the guide track. Additionally, the weighted cable may be routed through the movable pulley assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Jeremy Strom, Patrick McGinnis
  • 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
  • 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: 8652015
    Abstract: A safety device (20) for a gymnastic machine (1) provided with a frame (5) and with a gravitational load group (10) connected to an interface (2) designed to allow a user of the gymnastic machine (1) to perform exercises against the action of the load group (10); the load group (10) comprising a movable equipment (19) provided with at least one load element (11) carried, in a freely sliding manner along a given direction (V), by respective guiding elements (12) associated to the frame (5); the safety device (1) comprising a return group (21) suitable, in use, to exert a given return force (F) on the movable equipment (19) so as to prevent substantially inertial ascending displacements thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Casadei, Davide Neri
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8496566
    Abstract: Regulating member (1) carried by an operating unit (100) provided with a frame (10) coupled in a slidable manner to a support member (M); the regulating member (1) comprising a handle (2) suitable to move the frame (10) relative to the support member (M); a blocking device (70) comprising a pin (72) movable between an engagement position (PI) and a regulating position (PR) transversally to the support member (M) to connect the frame (10) to the support member (M) in a longitudinal position definable at will; a switching member (76) being hinged to the first pin (72) to move it between the engagement position (PI) and the regulating position (PR); the handle (2) being connected rigidly to the switching member (76) to actuate the pin (72) transversally to the support member (M) and move the frame (10) along the support member (M) with the pin (72) arranged in the regulating position (PR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Casadei
  • Publication number: 20130157816
    Abstract: A multipurpose exercise machine requiring only three points of adjustment centrally located. It has a one point height adjustment and two adjustments for the rotating arm assemblies. Dip and chin up bars are attached to the arm assemblies. The machine contains an integrated swingable workout bench. Through the use of a pulley system and counter balance assembly, the cable system maintains tension and provides a constant length of cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Grzegorz Lyszczarz
  • Patent number: 8465400
    Abstract: A linearly adjustable multi resistance ratio exercise apparatus provides at least two linearly adjustable flexible connector ends which can be pressed or pulled for functional and strength training exercises. The flexible connector ends may be interconnected with resistance wherein the pressing or pulling of one flexible connector end will provide the user a different ratio of resistance than the pressing or pulling of an alternate flexible connector end. The user can select a flexible connector end which will provide less resistance and will provide more flexible connector travel for functional training exercises. The user can select a flexible connector end which will provide more resistance and will provide less flexible connector travel for strength training exercises. Some flexible connector ends may share the same swivel pulley assembly. One handle assembly may be attached to multiple flexible connector ends to obtain additional ratios of resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Batca
  • Patent number: 8435163
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a frame, first and second free pulleys, first and second handle portions, first and second frame pulleys attached to the frame, a central pulley, a pull cord, and a resistance member. The first free pulley includes a first pulley wheel and a first hub with the first pulley wheel configured to rotate in relation to the first hub. The second free pulley includes a second pulley wheel and a second hub with the second pulley wheel configured to rotate in relation to the second hub. The first and second handle portions are in mechanical communication with the first and second hubs with the pulley wheels configured to rotate relative to the handle portions. The pull cord is looped about the pulleys with the resistance member configured to resist movement of the pull cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Balanced Body, Inc.
    Inventor: Viktor Uygan
  • Publication number: 20130109544
    Abstract: A triceps exercise machine and method therefor is disclosed herein. Generally, the triceps exercise machine provides a resistance having a force which is directed upward and away from the user. The machine may also support the user's upper arms, or a portion thereof. In this manner, training on the machine is highly focused on the triceps. The machine may comprise a frame, a seat connected to a back support, and a resistance device. The resistance device provides the resistance which resists movement of the user's arm during a triceps extension and may be configured such that the force of the provided resistance is directed upward and away from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Gil Reyes
  • Publication number: 20130109543
    Abstract: A multiple pulley system exercise device is provide herein. Generally, the multiple pulley system exercise device provides resistance devices coupled to multiple adjustable pulley systems positioned on a frame to allow a user to perform various exercises involving a wide range of motions within a limited space. In a specific embodiment, the multiple pulley system exercise device comprises four adjustable pulley systems (a first, second, third, and fourth pulley system) wherein the first and second pulley systems are coupled to a first resistance device and the third and fourth pulley systems are coupled to a second resistance device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Gil Reyes
  • Publication number: 20120295772
    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: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mathew R. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20120289383
    Abstract: “STRENGTH STATION WITH VIBRATORS”, in which the arm of the station that receives lever to the hands, or roll to the legs, is provided of a device of vibration, composed by a receptacle assembled in the arm by elastic cushions which still has in its interior an electrical engine in which axis is attached to a flywheel with unbalanced weight, being the engine controlled by keys of increasing or reduction of rotation, and a display with indication of the rotation and being assembled, in the receptacle the lever or the roll, in one receptacle prolonged axially.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Takashi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8287438
    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: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Mark A. Krull
  • Publication number: 20120178596
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus is disclosed including one or more interface members which allow a user to engage the exercise apparatus with one or more of the user's appendages and encounter resistance with high freedom of motion. The location of the interface member relative to the user is preferably repositionable in both a vertical orientation and a horizontal orientation. Resistance is preferably provided in part by a pulley system including a cord and a movable weight bearing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Larry W. Vittone, Suzanne R. Vittone
  • Publication number: 20120142503
    Abstract: The present invention is a pulley apparatus for resistance exercises comprising: a housing with an upper end, a lower end, an interior channel extending through the housing, and an exterior surface; a weight stack movable within the housing; and a pulley system comprising in the interior: at least two upper pulleys attached to the upper end of the housing, and at least one lower pulley attached to the weight stack; and on the exterior surface: at least two swivel pulleys attached to the upper end of the housing, and first and second outer pulleys, the first outer pulley located below the swivel pulleys and the second outer pulley located below the first outer pulley; and a pulley rope received by the upper pulleys, the lower pulleys, the swivel pulleys and the outer pulleys such that a first end of the pulley rope is secured to one of the outer pulleys and a second end of the pulley rope is received lastly by the other outer pulley, whereby force exerted on the second end of the pulley rope moves the weight s
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Mardig Sevadjian, Chester Lake, Yousef Ghandour
  • Patent number: 8192334
    Abstract: A weight selector for use with a weight lifting machine having a plurality of weights to be lifted and an exertion element configured to exert force so as to lift a preselected amount of weight comprising: a first selector element configured to mechanically select a first amount of weight to be lifted; a second selector element configured to mechanically select a second amount of weight to be lifted, the second selector element being movable relative to the first selector element; and a distance limiting element configured to limit the distance between the first selector element and the second selector element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Ilan Sela
  • Patent number: 8187155
    Abstract: A training machine is provided comprising a base (6) arranged for placement on the floor (4), a movable member (32) provided on the base (6) to be moved by the training action, and a load exerting means (8) for exerting a load to control the movement of the movable member (32). The load exerting means (8) has a weight assembly (22) thereof arranged to be lifted vertically by the movement of the movable member (32) as resisting the gravity and particular is accompanied with a counter-force exerting means (70) arranged at the weight assembly (22) and/or the movable member (32) for exerting a returning force on the movable member (32) at the timing of shift from the upward movement to the downward movement of the weight assembly (22). The counter-force exerting means (70) comprises, for example, coil springs (72, 74) and movement stoppers (76, 78) for restricting the movement of the coil springs (72, 74).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Tanren Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiro Ooka
  • Patent number: 8172733
    Abstract: A linearly adjustable multi resistance ratio exercise apparatus provides at least two linearly adjustable flexible connector ends which can be pressed or pulled for functional and strength training exercises. The flexible connector ends may be interconnected with resistance wherein the pressing or pulling of one flexible connector end will provide the user a different ratio of resistance than the pressing or pulling of an alternate flexible connector end. The user can select a flexible connector end which will provide less resistance and will provide more flexible connector travel for functional training exercises. The user can select a flexible connector end which will provide more resistance and will provide less flexible connector travel for strength training exercises. Some flexible connector ends may share the same swivel pulley assembly. One handle assembly may be attached to multiple flexible connector ends to obtain additional ratios of resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Roger Batca
  • Publication number: 20120094804
    Abstract: A weight-lifting exercise machine enables an athlete to lift a mass from an initial resting position. After the athlete releases the mass, the machine cushions the fall of the mass, such that the mass returns to its resting position without assistance from the athlete. The movements of the athlete and the mass can be tracked, preferably by wireless accelerometers attached respectively to the athlete and the mass, and data on such movements can be stored and analyzed. The machine provides a monitor to enable the athlete to track the progress of the exercise, and to determine whether the exercise is being performed correctly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Edward J. Bell, Igor Grinko, Seamus Woods
  • Patent number: 8157710
    Abstract: This is an exercise apparatus and system charactered generally by the presence of a user interface member haying a point of attachment to the apparatus that is posttionable at different locations along an arcuate path determined, dicated and/or supported/braced bv an arcuate guide The central axis of the arcuate oath mav intersect the ball joint of a user. The arcuate oath and the arcuate guide mav lie in spaced substantially parallel planes and the user interface member be one of a rigid arm with a handio or forearm interface, or a flexible member with a froo handle at its end forming the user interface. A flexible linkage forms pan of the operative connection betwoen the user interface and a weight stack or other apparatus providing adjustable resistance, with the flexible linkage being reeved through a centering cuiley proximate the central axis of the arcuate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Bryan Gautier
  • Patent number: 8152701
    Abstract: An improved counterweight module of a weight trainer having two vertical guide rods as well as top, bottom and intermediate counterweight blocks superimposed along the vertical guide rods. It is mainly characterized in that a liner ring assembly is only assembled onto the bottom and top counterweight blocks. The liner ring assembly has upper liner rings set into the top counterweight block and lower liner rings set into the bottom counterweight block. The annular rings of the upper and lower liner ring are mated slidably with two vertical guide rods. Moreover, a guide rod pulling portion is set onto every intermediate counterweight block for penetration of the vertical guide rod. There is a spacing between the guide rod pulling portion and vertical guide rods. The superimposition surface of the counterweight block is provided with a mating portion to enable limitation of every intermediate counterweight block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Jyun-Wei Shen
  • Patent number: 8137248
    Abstract: A vertical stack of weights is disposed beneath a base member, and at least one selector rod is mounted on the base member and selectively engaged 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 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Mark A. Krull
  • Patent number: 8096926
    Abstract: A multi resistance ratio exercise apparatus may provide at least one arm assembly which includes multiple flexible connector ends exiting which can be pressed or pulled to perform user defined functional and strength training exercises. A handle assembly may be attached to one or more flexible connector ends. The flexible connector ends may be interconnected with resistance wherein the pressing or pulling of one flexible connector end will provide the user with an alternate ratio of resistance and flexible end travel distance capability than the pressing or pulling of an alternate flexible connector end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Roger Batca
  • Patent number: 8016729
    Abstract: A weight exercise machine may include an exercise member, one or more weights, and one or more weight selectors. When using the machine to exercise, the user exerts an exercise force against the exercise member. A weight selector may be rotated, pivoted, or otherwise moved to operably couple the exercise member to at least one of the weights such that displacement of the exercise member causes at least one of the weights to displace, thus providing resistance to displacement of the exercise member. The weights may include main weights and add-on weights for operative coupling to the exercise member via a movable frame. The one or more weight selectors allow for selection of different combinations of weights for providing resistance to displacement of the exercise member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Webb
  • Patent number: 8016730
    Abstract: An exercise machine (1) for developing motor abilities and muscular strength, of the type comprising at least one supporting frame (2), at least one flexible cable (4) wound on a plurality of pulleys (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d) rotatably supported by the frame (2) and connected to at least one resistant load (7), at least one grip element (5a; 5b; 5c) connected to the cable (4) and designed to be operated by a user in order to perform an exercise, the machine being characterized in that it comprises at least one return device (14), to which the ends (4?, 4?) of the cable (4) are connected, said return device designed to return the cable (4) to the initial configuration after an exercise has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nerio Alessandri, Luca Benini, Marco Casadei
  • Publication number: 20110218083
    Abstract: Weightlifting apparatus may be used by a person in a standing position to exercise gluteus muscles. The apparatus may include a pivoting exercise assembly configured to be positioned at hip level of the person and to be pivoted by a leg of the person. A shoulder brace assembly may be configured to provide constraint against a shoulder of the person. A chest brace assembly may be configured to provide constraint against a chest of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: David Staff
  • Patent number: 7988604
    Abstract: A safety cable system for a fitness device including a resistance load and a user interface device. A redundant cable apparatus connects the resistance load to the user interface device for lifting the resistance load by a force applied to the user interface device. The redundant cable apparatus comprises two cables extending in redundant cable paths between the resistance load and the user interface device. The two cables can share the resistance load or one of the cables can be dormant until failure of the other cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Triodyne Safety Systems LLC
    Inventor: Ralph L. Barnett