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Publication numberUS1114458 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 20, 1914
Filing dateJan 14, 1914
Priority dateJan 14, 1914
Publication numberUS 1114458 A, US 1114458A, US-A-1114458, US1114458 A, US1114458A
InventorsEmil A Friedli
Original AssigneeEmil A Friedli
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1114458 A
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1,1 14,458. Patented oen. 2o, 1914.






1,1 14,458. Patenwoet. 2o, 1914.




APPLIGATION FILED JAN.14, 1914. 1, 1 1 4,458. l Patented 001;. 2o, 1914.


, nection with the register. The arrangement i yi'ront elevation; Fig. 5 is adetail showing in inverted plan' viewthe adjusting devicesl UNITED sTATEsPArENT oEEICE.


" n EXEncIsEE.

T0 all lwhom it may concern c f Be it lnnown that 1I, EMIL-A. FRIEDLI, a

citizen ofthe United Statesof America, and l a resident or' Canton, in the countyoffStarkl and State of Ohio, have invented a new and improved Exerciser, f of c which the following is a full, clear, andexact.description.

An object of my invention'isto 'provide a gymnasium exercising apparatus so ar ranged as to provide for widerange of exercises. f

A further object of the invention is to provide an exerciser that may be readily use by children. y

ln carrying out the objects of theinvention use is made of a` chair, and in convenient relation thereto, exercising media are arranged. Pedal devices are provided to be operated by a person seated in the chair, and to have movements in unisonv with the latter, and a flexible connection is made between the pedal kdevices Aand la register to register the motions. Hand holds are provided above the chair, both at the front and rear within reach of an occupant of the chair, and a, iiexible connection is made between the hand holds and a movable weight or other resisting means, connection being alsoestablished between' the handfholds and the register. An overhead trapeze is provided directly above the *chair and has conand assemblage of the parts are such that complete bodily exerciseis possible.

The invention will-be particularly `explained in the specific description following. j V Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings fo-rininga part of thisspeciiication, in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts inall the views.v

Figure 1 is a side elevation of an exercisingapparatus embodying my invention; Fig. 2 isa detail horizontal section on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1; Fig. 8 is a detail showing a sectional side view of the guiding means for the flexible connections between the hand holds and the "weights, Fig. Llisa at the'underside of the chai'rseat, kfor effecting the vertical adjustment of the seat."

6 is a plan view with parts broken away and Fig. is a cross sectional detail A j Si1"1' 12ifti,nofcwrsPatent.` Patented 0ct.20,` Appiicationaied January 14,1914. `seriaiivo. eiaoai.

of the `supporting means for a` pedal device i ingchair 11.r Standards`12, here shown as four in number,l` are-.provided which support anqovei'head `ran'ie 13, there being auxiliaryffranie parts 141 to receive electric lamps 14n.

On the base 10 in front of the chair, pedals 15 arek inountedon ka transverse shaft 16 having bearings in avertical bracket 17, .the base 18,01 which extends transversely and `is`` slidably supported on Vthe horizontal guide 19. As here shown, the yguide 19 has flanges 19EL at the sides, which extend upwardly, and the base v18 has'at the sides thereof, downwardly extending llanges 18a embracing theflanges 19?L of the guide 19.

yat the thereof, a rock- There may be providedalso, running wheelsv 18b supported in dependinglugs 18c`on the underside of they base 18, and ruiming on the guide 19. rSet screws 20, or rany other suitable fastening means may be employed to bind the base 1S in they adjusted position.

The pedals 15 connect attheir outer `ends with side vlinks 21, the `opposite ends of rwhich connect withcranlr` arms 21% onay shaft 211 (Fig. 1)' mountedon bearing standards 21e, which'r shaft lhas `operative connectionwith the chair, as hereinaterfdel scribed, tok produce pedalj movements in unison vwith the rocking movements 'of the chair. A rope 22 or other flexible connection extends from the rear end of eaclilink 21, or vfroin'the crank armsl2l, upwardlyl of register 24.-

to the operatingarm 23 of any known form A ilexible connection 25 extends from each to a hand 'hold 26 in front of ther chair, and above the latter. A flexible connection 27 rims from one endof each handy hold 26 over pulleys 28, 28a, downwardly to a weight register arm 23 forwardly and downwardly r 29,*-one of said weights beingprovided on each front'standard '12, so that each of the "handhelds 2G will connect with a weight.

A` second flexible-connection@ extends from ios the'oppositevend of each hand hold 26 over i the adjacent pulley 28andfdownwardlyto a connection witlifthe opposite side of the weight29. y"llie arrangement yis such that a pull o-n the hand holds will be communicated to theregister arms 23 at each side of the` iio apparatus, and at the same time the pull will be resisted by the vertically sliding weights 29. At the rear of the chair and above lthe same, additional hand holds 26aare proleys 2S, 2S, similarly to the front connection.v

In 'order that the pulleys 2S, 2S?L may accommodate themselves to the varying angle of the pull on the handyholds, each -`pair of said pulleys is swiveled on its respective beneath Athe rung 33.

base, and each pulley is capable-of individual swiveling movement, as seen best in- Fig. 3. Thus the pulleys are mounted in hous ings 32, 82a, presenting stems 34, 35, mounted Vto turn on their own axes in a rung 33, which is swiveled by arv stud 36 on the post 12, there being ball bearings 36, if desired,

Above'the chair 11, between the front and rear hand holds is a transverse trapeze 37, the suspension ropesl 88 ofwhich run over pulleys 39, each rope 38 being connected 4to van arm 40` on the adjacentregister 24. The arrangement is such that-an occupant of the chair may readily reach the trapeze and the movementsof the same will be indicated by the register 24. The connection betweenthe crank shaft 21b and the chair 11 may be effected through the medium of a crank arm 41 on the said shaft 2lb, thefcrank arm being pivoted at its outer end to the lower end of a link 42, the upper end of which 4is pivoted, asat 43, .to the chairseat 11a. A link'42 is provided at each side ofthe chair and is made in telescoping sections, the upper section sliding lin the lower section, and there being a set screw 44 to hold the sections in adjusted position. Thus the links may be accommodated to the vertical adjustment of thechair seat. To prevent creeping of -the the teeth 49 on the base. To withdraw the exercising pedals, a rocking chair` means 130 chair as it is rocked, a crank shaft 45a is mounted to rock in a bearing 46 at each side of the chair, and the crank arm 47 thereof has a bearing at 11b in the chair rung 11C.

In order to support the chair seat adjustably, the base 48 is provided with vertical series of ratchet teeth `49, and depending bars 50 have corresponding ratchet teeth 51 to engage the teeth 49. The bars 50 are pivoted at their upper ends, asat 52, to the' chair seat 11a, and a vpair of crossed arms are pivoted centrally ,to `hangers .54.. The'y arms 53 are connected by retractile springs 5,5 which tend to soturn the said armsas tof cause the same to press outwardly` against `thebaeks ofthe dependingpivoted bars 50 to maintain the latter in engagement withl Awith the respective arms bars 50 out of engagement with the teeth 4Q and'perm-it the seat to be raised or lowered, a pull handle 56 is connected by links 57 On the guide 19 in front ofthe pedals 15 and base 1S, a foot rest 59 is slidably sup-4 ported, there being side lugs or flanges 60 o n said foot rest, provided with set screws 61 adapted to engage the guide iianges 19L1 of the guide 19. The said foot rest is also preferablyprovided with running., wheels or rollers 59flsimila`r `to the wheels 18b on the l base 18. I

VThe chair -11 desirably is provided with hingedclosures 11":l at the front, the closures being equipped with any suitable lock or latch 11e. Y

Byjth'e described construction the necessary adjustments are provided to acco1nmo datethe apparatus tothe size of the user. It will .be observed ,that the apparatus makes possible not only effective pedal and arm exercises, but complete bodily movements, since the occupant of the chair in gripping the handhelds, or the trapeze, and utilizing the pedals or foot rest, may perform various body movements. j

Having thus described my invention, I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent: i

1. In an exerciser, a support, exercising means von the support at the front, exercising means on the support at the back, anda chair `held on the support rockable back and forth l,between the respective exercising means, the exercising meansv being` within the reach of a person seated in thechair.

2. In an exerciser, .a support, vertically I,

movable weights on the support at the front and at the rear, exercising elements at the front and rear, said elements being flexibly connected with the respective weights, and

a rocking chair on the support below the exercising elements and adapted to rock back and forth between the latter, the exercising elements being within the reach of a person seated in the chair.

3. In an exerciser, a support, a rockable seat mounted `on the support, exercising pedals revolubly mounted in front of the seat, and operative connections between the said pedals and seat to cause the seat and pedals to be moved in unison.

4. In an exerciser, a support, a rockable seat mounted on the support, vvexercising pedals rockably mounted on the support in front of the seat, rockable means connected with'the` chair, to be operated with the latand meansicommon to both the pedals and vconnectin the register with the V '*pedals and' kthe same to move in unison.

6. In an exerciser, a support, exercising pedals, a rock shaft on the support, lconnections between the rock shaft andthe pedals, a rocking chair, link connections between the chair and rock shaft, a register, and means connecting the register androck shaft.

7. In an exerciser, a support, a rockable chair on the support, a foot-operated exercising means on the support in front of the chair, a rockable connection between the chair and support, and an operative connection between the said exercising means and rockable chair.

8. In an exerciser, a support, a chair on the support and exercising means on the support adjacent to the chair, the chair comprising a base rockably connected with the support to rock relatively to the exercising means, and a seat vertically adjustable relatively to the base and to the exercising means, the exercising means being withink reach of a person seated in the chair.

9. In an exerciser, a support, exercising means on the support, a chair base rockably connected with the support, to rock relatively to the exercising means, a chair seat vertically adjustable on the chair base, and adjustable connections between the chair seat andthe exercising means. ,I

10. In an exerciser, a support, exercising means on the support, a chair base rockably connected with the support, a chair seatk connected with the exercising means to conforni to the vmovements of said means, op-` posed, mating toothed bars on the seat and base, one of said bars being movable relatively to the other to move into or out of engagement with the latter, and means on the base movable to positionsto press theA movable bar into engagement with the other, or to permit disengagement.

11. In 'an exeroiser, a support, exercising means on the support, a chair base rockably vcrossed arms on the base, spring means associated with the arms, for pressing the same against the pivoted bars", and means to 4movesaid arms against the tension ofthe springmeans, i v

'12. Inanexerciser, a support, a chair base rockably connected with the support, a chair seat, toothed uprights on the base, dependpressed means acting on the said depending bars for pressing the same into engagement.,

ingtoothed bars on the seat movable to eni gage and disengage the uprights, spring-y a bearing on the base, a shaft mounted on said bearing and exercising pedals on the shaft, a rocking chair, and means connecting the rocking chair with the shaft. n

14. In an exerciser, a support, a rocker chair,` a 4rockable connection between. the lower part of the chair and the support,

and the chair at a point adjacent tothe chair seat, an exercising device, and operative connections between the f exercising device n and the rocking chair t0 cause the same to move in unison.

15. In anexerciser, a support, exercisingV means `yieldingly mounted on the support at the front, exercising means yieldingly r ymounted"y on the support at the back, Aand a seat rockably mounted on the supportand adapted to rock back and forth-to and from the respective exercising means into positions for the said exercising means to be grasped and manipulated by a person seated in the chair. y

16. In an exerciser, `a support, .a chair rockably mounted on the support, a register, exercising pedals4 connected with the register, and aA hand-operated Aexerciser con- "nected with the register, the pedals and gopiu of this pliant may be obtained Vfor ve cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Inuits,


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U.S. Classification482/57, 297/217.1
Cooperative ClassificationA63B22/08