Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise device employing side-by-side pivotally supported moving surfaces. In one particular example, an exercise device employs a first belt deployed about a front roller and a rear roller and an adjacent second belt deployed about a front roller and a rear roller. The rear of the belts in the area of the rear rollers are pivotally secured and the front of the belts in the area of the front roller are adapted to reciprocate in an up and down motion during use. In some implementations, the moving surfaces include an interconnection structure such that a generally downward movement of one surface is coordinated with a generally upward movement of the other surface. In other implementations, the moving surfaces are operably associated with one or more resistance elements that effect the amount of force required to pivot or actuate the moving surfaces.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise device, for example a dumbbell or barbell, for weightlifting and other fitness activities, which includes a lifting bar having an axis and opposed axial ends, and a pair of weight sections mounted spaced apart on the respective opposed axial ends of the lifting bar. The lifting bar extends between the spaced apart weight sections defining a handle. Each weight section has an outer circumferential surface, one embodiment in which is a barrelled shape to match and fit in the palm of a user's hand. The circumferential surface of at least one of the weight sections comprises a plurality of grooves, each extending generally circumferentially around only part of the outer circumferential surface of the weight section and spaced substantially axially from an adjacent groove. The sets of grooves define grip areas on the weight section to enable a user to better grip and lift the exercise device.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn 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.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA martial arts training system has a solid body formed of resilient material with a front surface, a back surface, side surfaces, a top surface, and a bottom surface. The front surface has a number of holes arranged thereon for receiving at least one accessory member. The system has at least one accessory having an attachment section shaped and sized to be received in a hole of the front surface and a training section adapted to extend from the front surface to form a contact target, such as an arm, leg, or weapon.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA foot exercise machine has a base, a rotation disk, a linkage rod, a pedal, two elastic ropes, two elastic strips and two elastic pulling strings. The foot exercise machine having simple structure and light weight. The manufacturing cost of the foot exercise machine is lower so it is more approachable for everyone. The foot exercise machine can also improve user's balance skill.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA bicycle trainer with a hill training apparatus is described. The hill training apparatus enables bicyclists to simulate uphill riding (incline), downhill riding (decline), and hill resistance or lack thereof. The hill training apparatus also provides for correct body positioning while riding uphill or downhill, and with or without resistance. Riding on a trainer with correct body positioning provides for improved training.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise apparatus includes a base providing a relatively higher first terminal end, a relatively lower second terminal end, and a track between the first and second terminal ends. The exercise apparatus also includes a seat unit movable along the track between a first position adjacent to the first terminal end and a second position located far apart from the first terminal end. A distance difference relative to the seat unit is produced by a wheel pedal unit movable along the track between a first pedaling position adjacent to the second terminal end and located horizontally far apart from the seat unit, and a second pedaling position located far from the second terminal end and horizontally adjacent to the seat unit. Thus, changing the position of the wheel pedal unit and the position of the seat unit can change the distance difference between the seat unit and the wheel pedal unit in both the vertical and horizontal directions. This enables a user to selectively perform different exercise modes in either a normal sitting posture or a recumbent sitting posture.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA manually operated treadmill is provided. The treadmill includes a treadmill frame, a front shaft rotatably coupled to the treadmill frame, a rear shaft rotatably coupled to the treadmill frame, a running belt including a contoured running surface upon which a user of the treadmill may run, wherein the running belt is disposed about the front and rear shafts such that force generated by the user causes rotation of the front shaft and the rear shaft and also causes the running belt to rotate about the front shaft and the rear shaft without the rotation of the running belt being generated by a motor, and a one-way bearing assembly configured to prevent rotation of the running surface of the running belt in one direction.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA convertible treadmill belt apparatus in which base belt (10) is transformable both into an endless belt with prickly acupressure massaging surface by releasable attachment of at least one acupressure patch (20), and into a regular smooth surfaced treadmill belt, also by releasable attachment of at least one bald treadmill patch (50). Unique patches (20) and (50) can also be assembled to create different sized acupressure mats. These are used for massages in a variety of ways including on the floor, in a chair, and suspended on a wall.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise device includes a first frame, a second frame that is pivotally connected to the first frame and movable relative to the first frame between a storage position and an operating position, and a latching mechanism that selectively holds the second frame in the storage position. The latching mechanism includes a seat having a seat engagement surface, a seat engagement member selectively positioned on the seat engagement surface to hold the second frame in the storage position, and a lever that selectively rotates the seat engagement member off of the seat to allow the second frame to move from the storage position to the operating position.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn elliptical treadmill has a main framework, guiding wheel set, rocker bar, upper connecting rod, pedal assembly and a crank set. Of which, the crank sets are fitted with first and second swinging arms arranged in pair at interval. The top of the first and second swinging arms is fixed by two pin joint members separately onto preset spaced locations of the upper connecting rod. The bottom of said first swinging arm is pivoted on the front side of the pedal linked to the lower connecting rod, while the bottom of said second swinging arm is pivoted on the rear side of the pedal. When the upper connecting rod shifts circumferentially along the rotary guiding wheel, the first and second swinging arms could swing by taking the pin joint member as a rotary pivot, increasing the swinging range and the step pitch during rotary shift of the pedal assembly.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTDisclosed is a curved track simulation device. The curved track simulation device is configured such that a base board can rotate and tilt to the left or right and embody left or right cornering motion on an upper surface of a track belt that is rotating and circulating forward and rearward, thus making it possible for a user to feel a sensation as if he/she is enjoying a driving-based or sliding-based leisure activity or sport, and which can appropriately use a combination of frictional force and slippage which are created when the track wheel rotates to the left or right on the track belt, thereby satisfying the dual function of providing both amusement and exercise.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA sports training agility ladder is usable in a flat ladder position with the ladder rungs on or close to the ground. The ladder may also be moved into and used in a hurdle position where a bridge or center section of each rung is raised up off of the ground. The ladder accordingly provides advantages of an agility ladder and of hurdles. Each rung may have permanently attached left and right tubes forming a frame. Left and right elastic cords may extend through the left and right tubes. The ladder is consequently easily and compactly folded up for storage and transport, and quickly and easily unfolded for use in either the ladder position or the hurdle position.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA flexible ring is disclosed comprising one or more coiled springs and/or polymeric ring(s). In some embodiments, the coiled spring envelopes one or more inner coiled springs. In other embodiments, one or more handles circumscribe a portion of the outer coiled spring. Various embodiments of the present invention substitute flexible polymeric members for the coiled spring. In other embodiments, a disc is substituted for the polymeric ring(s).
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTTrampolines and trampoline frames configured to support a rebounding mat that extends from a horizontal plane into a vertical plane that is below the horizontal plane. The trampoline includes a horizontal frame that connects to a first portion of the rebounding mat to hold the mat in a substantially horizontal plane and a vertical frame that connects to a second portion of the rebounding mat to hold the mat in a substantially vertical plane that extends downward from the horizontal plane.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA training script device is described that conveniently allows a user to create a training script defining one or more steps of a workout routine, where each step may include an activity, a duration for performing that activity, and an intensity at which the activity is to be performed. Further, one or more steps of the training script can be self-starting in response to performance data detected by sensors of training script device executing the training script. This conveniently frees the athlete from having to continuously monitor the status of his or her workout activities. Still further, the training script device conveniently allows a user to transfer training scripts to other training script devices, so that athletes can share successful training scripts.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA swing training device and system that includes a sequence of LED lights that are used to simulate the movement of a pitched ball along a horizontal line and act as a cue for initiating a swing. The swing training device will help develop visual skills by using the eyes to track a light source along a path to the ball such that a bat or striking object hits the ball at the same time the moving light intersects or passes over the ball. The light carrying cable is of a durable design so that the user may practice with the game used bat.
Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn athletic training device, comprising a resilient member adapted to be worn behind a knee of a leg with at least one strap coupled to the resilient member so that the resilient member is located behind the knee. Two straps may be used where the first strap is coupled to the resilient member and securable to the leg above the knee; and the second strap coupled proximate to the first strap and securable to the leg below the knee. The strap or straps of the athletic training device are constructed of resilient flexible elastomeric material. Alternatively or additionally, the straps may be adjustable and held fast about the leg by one or more of the following: hook and loop fastener material, clips, snaps, buttons, and buckles.
Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA forearm exercise apparatus includes a frame having a pair of rear vertical support legs and a pair of front vertical support legs with upper longitudinal bars coupling the respective rear and front vertical support legs. A seat platform is disposed over the upper longitudinal bars and a pair of pivoting forearm support platforms is disposed in front of the seat platform. The pivoting forearm support platforms have sleeves disposed on an underside thereof. An angle of the forearm support platforms relative to a horizontal plane of the apparatus is adjustable by rotating the respective sleeve around the respective upper longitudinal bar.
Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA pneumatic tube jumping structure system to increase the safety and enjoyment of jumping and other physical activities. The pneumatic tube jumping structure employs a metal frame to support a pneumatic tube upon which a single user or multiple users may jump, bounce, or otherwise play. The frame provides safety handrails that serve dual purposes: ensuring the safety of a user; and aiding a user in jumping and otherwise making use of the pneumatic tube jumping structure system. The frame also allows for the connection of an activity attachment, such as a rope swing, for the enjoyment of a user, making the structure a multi-purpose amusement and exercise device.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA core provides a form for rolling an accessory around it. The accessory wrapped around the core may include a mat. The core includes a bottle and a container, utilizing what would otherwise be a void at the center of a rolled up mat for storage. The bottle and container may have twist-off lids which form resealable closures. The bottle and container may also couple with one another via opposing reverse threads at the bottom of each of the bottle and container. The twist-off lids may also include connection points for a carry-strap, the carry-strap including a buckle for adjusting the length of the carry-strap to make it a yoga stretching-strap. The mat includes elastic bands through grommets at an end of the mat. The bands are tensioned to secure the core when it is rolled inside the mat via the bands being wrapped around the rolled-up mat and core.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn extremity supporting exercise system is described. The system includes two knee sliders and two hand sliders. Each knee slider includes a knee pad and a knee base. The knee pad includes a recessed portion that is adapted to receive a user's knee. A patella support is disposed within the knee portion to support the user's patella when using the knee slider. Alternatively, each hand slider includes a hand pad and a hand base. The hand pad includes a series of finger indentations that are flanked by thumb receptacles. Importantly, the knee base and hand base are formed of a rigid and slippery material to allow the sliders to easily slide across a ground surface. Thus, through use of the exercise system, a user can support their hands and knees while sliding the hands and knees across a ground surface to perform a variety of exercises.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA fitness device for mounting on a door is useful for performing resistance exercises. The fitness device includes an upper member including a door anchor for securing the upper member to the door and a pulley support bracket having a pivot pin. The fitness device also includes a lower member including a door anchor for securing the lower member to the door and a pulley support bracket having a pivot pin. An elastic cord extends generally between the upper and lower members and is associated with two pulley members. The pulley members are configured to be removably received on the pivot pins. The pulley members include bores having keyways and the pivot pins include nubs configured to be received in the keyways.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA resistance band tensioner is disclosed. The tensioner includes a main body and a pivot pin disposed on the main body proximate a first end, where the main body is configured to rotate about the pivot pin between an up position and a down position. The tensioner also includes a handle extending from a second end of the main body configured for a user to grasp with a hand. A cantilever shaft extends outward perpendicular from the main body and is interposed between the handle and the pivot pin, where the shaft is adapted to secure a first portion of a resistance band around its periphery. In addition, the tensioner includes a locking pin to lock the tensioner in the down position when the resistance band is placed under tension by rotating the main body from the up position to the down position.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn apparatus and system are disclosed for a fitness stick. The apparatus includes an elongated rod, a first track, and a second track. The elongated rod has a center point, a first end, and a second end. The first track extends helically away from the center point along an outer surface of the elongated rod toward the first end. The second track extends helically away from the center point along the outer surface of the elongated rod toward the second end. The first track extends helically around the outer surface of the elongated rod in a first rotational direction and the second track extends helically around the outer surface of the elongated rod in a second rotational direction. The second rotational direction is opposite from the first rotational direction.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTIn general, an exercise device includes a handle having a first end and a second end. A curved member is coupled to the first end of the handle. A movable member is coupled to the curved member, with the movable member configured to travel along a length of the curved member, where the movable member has a first portion and a second portion, and the second portion is configured to move relative to the first portion. An elongate member has a first end and a second end, and the first end of the elongate member is coupled to the second portion of the movable member. A weight is coupled to the second end of the elongate member.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention relates to apparatuses for increasing strength through exercise and training. Specifically, the present invention relates to apparatuses that increase the difficulty of well-known exercises and weight lifting techniques in order to increase the efficiency of work-outs. More specifically, the present invention relates to apparatuses that promote whole-body stabilization.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise machine applicable for strengthening users abdominal muscles is described. The machine can include a track frame and a support frame adjustably coupled to the track frame. The track frame can include parallel rails to provide gliding support for movement along the parallel rails. Two sliding assembly may be movably mounted on separate pairs of the parallel rails respectively. Each sliding assembly may be configurable to move together or separately along the parallel rails. Two seat pads may be adjustably secured to the two sliding assembly respectively. Each seat pad may be rotationally adjustable to change angular relationship between the seat pad's longitudinal direction and movement direction along the parallel rails.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise machine applicable for strengthening users abdominal muscles is described. The machine can include a track frame and a support frame adjustably coupled to the track frame. The track frame can include a pair of parallel rails to provide gliding support for movement along the parallel rails. Two sliding assembly may be movably mounted on the parallel rails respectively. Each sliding assembly may be configurable to move together or separately along the parallel rails. Two seat pads may be adjustably secured to the two sliding assembly respectively. Each seat pad may be rotationally adjustable to change angular relationship between the seat pad's longitudinal direction and movement direction along the parallel rails.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA rowing exercise device simulates rowing including lateral pivoting movement to require control of core muscles, thus providing a more complete exercise experience. The device includes a frame having a pair of spaced supports and an elongated track coupled to and extending between the supports. A handle is coupled to the frame proximate a first end of the track. A seat is slidably coupled to the track wherein the seat is movable along the track to simulate a rowing motion. The seat is laterally pivotable relative to the track to require a user positioned on the seat to utilize core muscles to maintain balance on the seat as the seat moves along the track.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn apparatus permitting a user to perform a simulated bicycling exercise is provided. The design includes a base, a frame comprising a head tube, and a lower front pivoting point connected to the base and an upper rear pivoting axial member positioned a fixed distance above the base. The lower front pivoting point and the upper rear pivoting axial member include a multiple component resistive element arrangement and collectively defining an axis of rotation, the axis of rotation forming a fixed angle relative to the base of 30 to 45 degrees, sloping upward in a rearward direction from the front pivoting point to the upper rear pivoting axial member. The design further includes a stem connected to a handlebar arrangement, the stem passing through the head tube and connected to the base by a connection arrangement comprising an arm.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise device (20) includes a frame (22) and a drive mechanism (100) attached to the frame. The drive mechanism includes a first shaft (122) having a first fixed gear (128) and a second shaft (124) having a second fixed gear (130). The first fixed gear and the second fixed gear are mechanically linked to cause the first shaft to rotate in an opposite direction than the second shaft. A first linear input is mechanically linked to the first shaft and a second linear input is mechanically linked to the second shaft.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA hand exerciser device that includes a body having a thumb opening and a plurality of finger openings spaced apart from the thumb opening. Between the finger openings and the thumb opening, there is provided at least one and preferably a corresponding number of projections, which can be independently depressed and manipulated by the fingers.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn embodiment of an exercise system includes an exercise monitoring device that gathers data regarding an outdoor exercise routine. Additionally, a remote communication system communicatively connectable to the exercise monitoring device is receptive to the data regarding the outdoor exercise routine such that the remote communication system generates an exercise program based on the data regarding the outdoor exercise routine. Furthermore, an exercise device that is communicatively connectable to the remote communication system may receive the exercise program and simulate one or more aspects of the outdoor exercise routine.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention relates to an exercise apparatus for exercising muscle groups in a person's legs by stretching and/or retraction, which exercise apparatus comprises at least a first frame and at least a first foot platform which foot platform is rotatable fastened to a hearing, which hearing is placed in relation to the person's foot for exercise at least plantar flexion and/or dorsal flexion, which exercise apparatus further includes a leg support. Hereby can be achieved exercising of the muscle groups by stretching and/or retraction (quadriceps lemons, biceps femoris, semitendinosus, semimembranosus, gastrocnememius, tibialis posterior, tibialis anterior, peroneus longus, peroneus brevis and soleus) in the legs of a person, and the muscles (soleus, gastrocnemius, tibialis posterior, peroneus brevis, peroneus longus, biceps femoris, semitendinosus, semimembranosus) at the back side of the legs.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise system includes one or more exercise devices that communicate via a network with a communication system. The communication system stores and/or generates exercise programming for use on the exercise device. The exercise programming is able to control one or more operating parameters of the exercise device to simulate terrain found at a remote, real world location. The exercise programming can include images/videos of the remote, real world location. The control signals and the images/videos can be synchronized so that a user of the exercise device is able to experience, via the changing operating parameters, the topographical characteristics of the remote, real world location as well as see images of the location.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention provides method and apparatus to perform combined cognitive and motor rehabilitation on a computerized non-portable system or on single portable device. A patient can play a variety of games that require the patient to perform a variety of memory exercises which involve physical exertion. The activities of the patient are monitored with pattern analysis software which provides feedback to the patient. The feedback can include voice synthesis, video guidance, progression messages etc. Patient data obtained while the patient is performing each of the memory exercises is stored locally on a database module and then uploaded to a cloud server. A remote psychologist/psychiatrist monitors the patient by logging into the same cloud, and updating cognition exercises. The same therapist can have live chats with the patient for further interaction and coaching.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA step platform for slow step exercises is provided and has a basic structural block which is formed as a solid block made of a lightweight styrene foam material and includes a plurality of first concave portions formed in a bottom surface of styrene foam by using a plurality of first hollow holes formed in a predetermined shape which includes a penetrating hole perpendicularly penetrating the styrene foam from the bottom surface toward the upper surface or which includes a non-penetrating portion formed inside the penetrating hole; and predetermined single or plural step plates for distributing a load and ensuring a load bearing performance, bonded or adhered to the upper surface of the basic structural block.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise or fitness board having a deck adjustably attached to a base to adjust the angle of incline of the deck relative to the base, and a plurality of straps attached to the deck for the user to grasp for balance and exercise. The deck and/or base contains various contours, scallops, cutouts, and the like to facilitate comfortable and varied positioning of the body. A rail and/or channel may be placed on the underside and along the perimeter of the board to facilitate grip. A pad or mat may be placed on top of the board and/or base for comfort, stability, and protection.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA balance training device is a platform for standing upon that allows inserts with pads to be adjusted and inserted to provide varying degrees of instability. The upper surface of an insert, or pedestal, may include multiple protuberances positioned at or near the periphery of the upper surface and a comparatively lower region between the protuberances and at or near the center of the upper surface. The platform, or base unit, may be configured to support two or more inserts simultaneously, and the inserts may be of differing height or have different numbers of protuberances. A method of balance training includes removably connecting a pedestal to the base unit and standing upon an upper surface of the pedestal. Use of the balance training device may provide improved training safety for participants in group performance activities such as cheerleading.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to an adaptive, multi-functional exercise device. In one embodiment, the exercise device includes a split carriage formed of separate carriage platforms that may optionally be used in a unified mode, in which the carriage platforms move in unison, or in a split mode, in which the carriages move independently. The device also includes at least one set of ropes that are tied to the carriage platforms such that they translate the resistance of the carriage platforms when manually manipulated. The device further includes split hand and/or foot rests that may be adjusted in multiple directions depending on the demands of the particular exercise in practice. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise device includes a first elastic material portion having a first face and a second face disposed opposite the first face, a second elastic material portion having a third face and a fourth face disposed opposite the third face, and a plurality of joining regions, wherein the second face of the first elastic material portion attaches to the third face of the second elastic material portion at each joining region. Each joining region is capable of simultaneous multidimensional stretching when subjected to or released from an applied load. An assembly of integrally connected exercise devices includes a first exercise device integrally connected to a second exercise device, wherein a joining region is capable of separation into two smaller joining regions when the first exercise device and the second exercise device are separated.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn adjustable dumbbell system includes a handle including a grip, two hanging rods at two ends of the grip and multiple through holes at each hanging rod, multiple weights, each weight defining an elongated top slot and a bottom opening and having a scissor hook mounted therein, the scissor hook including a hook unit, an actuation unit drivable by an external force to open or close the hook unit and elastic members adapted to hold the hook unit in the close position, a holder base for accommodating the weights, and a selector including multiple control units that are attached to the bottom openings of the weights when the weights are accommodated in the holder base and a selector rotatable to move the control units in driving the actuation units of the scissor hooks of the weight to open or close the hook units of the respective scissor hooks.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTPreferred top-loading adjustable weight kettlebell systems described herein preferably include a kettlebell base and at least one top-loading nesting weight. The kettlebell base preferably include a main body and a handle, the main body having a substantially convex upper surface, the handle upwardly extended from the main body. The at least one top-loading nesting weight preferably has a handle opening defined therein. The at least one top-loading nesting weight may have a substantially convex upper surface and a substantially concave lower surface. The at least one top-loading nesting weight is preferably loadable onto the kettlebell base by insertion of the handle through the handle opening. Preferred top-loading adjustable weight kettlebell systems may include a two-part securing mechanism for securement between the kettlebell base and the at least one top-loading nesting weight.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTExercise devices that can be worn on the hand or foot utilizing resistance from the air to perform the exercises. The exercise device comprises a fitting member and a resistance member connected to the fitting member. The fitting member is configured to be worn on a limb, such as the hand or foot so that the user does not have to hold anything during the exercise. Additional weights can be added to the exercise device, but the overall apparatus remains small and relatively lightweight so that it may be easily carried in luggage and used on the go.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA martial arts training shield for wear by a shield Holder as a target for impact by a Fighter, includes hemispherical front striking member mounted on a rear interspacer, all adapted for wear on a shield Holder by suitable strap works. The front striking member is a pad of high density foam material. The interspacer is a body of lightweight foam material in a supporting framework to establish a distance between Fighter and Holder. Control handles on the interspacer permit Holder to control position and attitude of the shield. With the shield in place, Fighter can perform a multitude of techniques as the Holder is dodging and averting the Fighter.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA neuromuscular oral appliance comprises a channel with a base adapted to accept teeth from one of an upper and a lower jaw. The oral appliance further comprises a bite pad adapted to accept teeth from the other of the upper jaw and the lower jaw, the bite pad extending from the base and including a pliable chamber that partially deforms when compressed. The oral appliance allows the lower jaw to find a balanced position relative to the upper jaw which will correspond to a position at which the facial muscles are generally at minimal tension. It has been observed that the lower jaw is naturally urged forward relative to the upper jaw in this position. This motion and the position of the lower jaw generally tend to urge the neck backward so that the cervical vertebrae substantially align, thereby facilitating an erect spine. The compliant property of the bite pads further allow slippage and repositioning of the upper and lower jaws relative to one another to adjust for changes in facial muscle tension, for example, when the head is turned to face the side of a user's body, or when a user is off-balance.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn apparatus for measuring a baseball and softball pitcher's “leg drive” for training and coaching purposes and for developing a strong leg drive. The apparatus includes a lower ground engaging plate and an upper pitcher's foot supporting plate. The plates are slidingly secured to one another such that the upper plate is linearly moveable relative to the lower plate. A force measuring element is provided between the upper and lower plates. A pitchers rubber is secured to the upper plate. A pitcher uses the apparatus by stepping on the upper plate and pushing against the rubber while pitching, thereby linearly moving the upper plate against the element. The element thereby provides an output indicative of the pitcher's leg drive. The element can be a load cell or a spring mechanism. An audible sound is generated when the spring force is overcome.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn 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.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn exercise apparatus that lies flat on the floor having a back rest rises up when supported by two springs. The lower part of the back and buttocks lie horizontal while the upper part of the back is inclined at an angle to the horizontal. When not in use, the upper back rest folds down flat so that the device can be stored under a bed. The two springs provide back support when the individual is in the reclining position. However, as a person goes from a sitting position to a reclining position, when his or her shoulders contact the back rest, the springs compress and then expand to assist the individual in rising up. The device has two specially designed positionable foot rests with straps to provide a place for the individual to place his or her feet.