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- A. C. WENDELKEN EXERC I S I NG APPARATUS Filed April 28. 1925 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 May 25 1926.
A. C. WENDELKEN EXERCISING APPARATUS Filed April 28, 1925 2 SheetsSheet 2 I 42 d v jwe/zlw' W WMMM Patented May 25, 1926.
ALBERT G. WENDELKEN, OF MABIE'ITA, OHIO.
Application filed April 28, 1925. Serial No. 26,368.
My invention relates to exercising apparatus and has for its object to provide a structure by means of which the arm and leg muscles as well as the trunk muscles may be brought into action either individually or collectively.
In the accompanying drawings forming part of this specification:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of my invention;
Figure 2 is a side View of the overhead member showing the manner of attachment to the ceiling;
Figure 3 is a side view showing the man her of assembling the base, the disk, and foot plate;
Figure 4: is a section on the line 4-4 Figure 3, through the foot plate;
Figure 5 is a top plan view of the ceiling plate;
, Figure 6 is a sectional View through the ceiling plate;
Figure 7 is a top plan View of the disk 9;
Figure 8 is asection on the line 88 of Figure 7; V
Figure 9 is a top plan view of the base;
Figure 10 is a side view of a. modified form of my invention showing the overhead member connected to the coupling member of the bars 18 Figure 11 is a top plan view of the arm Figure 12 is a detail viewoi' a modified form of socket members 19; and
Figure .13 is a detail side view of the modification shown in Figure 10.
Referring more particularly to the drawings wherein like reference numerals denote corresponding parts throughout the several views, 1 represents a perterably cast base, having the central boss 2, from which radiati e the horizontally disposed arms 8, adapted to rest upon the floor 4- or other suitable support. The boss 2 is formed with a central threaded opening 5, in which is adjustably mounted a pivot pin or bolt 6 externally threaded as at 7, look nuts 8 being employed to lock the pin in desired adjusted position.
wick 8. v
Eccentrically mounted on the pin 6 is. a referably east disk member 9. This disk I' '1 a 9 is formed on ts under side with a rela- The upper endv of the pivot pin 6 is smooth and at its ex-' tremity is recessed to receive a lubricating the height of the pivot pin 12.
tively thick strengthening rib l0 radiating from the axial center of the disk to a point slightly beyond its periphery. A series of aligned openings 11, each eccentrically located with respect to the center of the disk 9, are formed in the rib 10. These openings are adapted to snugly receive the pivot pin 6, there of course being sulficient play to permit of relative turning movement between the disk and pin. It will be obvious that the throw or eccentricity of the disk 9 will be greatest when the pin 6 is seated in the outermost opening 11 in the rib 10, it of course being understood that the disk 9 swings about thepin 6 as a pivot. A pivot pin or bolt 12 threaded at its lower end as at 13 and similar in construction to the pin 6, is adjustably mounted in the axial threaded opening 40 in the disk member 9, lock nut 14 serving to lock the pin 12 against turning movement. Loosely mounted on the pin 12 for universal movement thereon is a circular foot plate 15, the latter being formed on its underside with an inverted cup-shaped boss 16 so which is adapted to engage over and receive the upper end of the pin 12. This pivot pin 12, like the pin 6, has a recess 16 in its upper end, to receive a lubricating wick 17, for an obvious purpose. 5 In practice, the user stands upon the foot plate 15 and by grasping the uprights 18, steadies the upper part of the body while with the feet and legs he swings the disk 9, in a circle about the'pivot pin 6 as an axis. As the disk 9 is eccentrically mounted with respect to the pivot pin 6, it will be seen that the feet are caused to move in a circle, which has for its common axis the pin 6, as well as the longitudinal center of the body of the user, thus exercising the abdominal muscles to a marked degree. While this movement is taking place, there will also be a roe-king rotary movement of the foot plate, thus bringing'into play the upper and lower leg muscles, as well as the ankle, and knee joints. It will be understood that the under periphery, of the foot plate rolls around upon the rim of the disk 9, and'tha-t the angularity or inclination of the foot plate can be regulated by adjusting The upright-s 18 are preferably mounted in sockets 19 in the arms 3 of the" base 1, 1m to the end that they may be readily taker ISO down. It will of course be understood that the uprights 18 could if desired be readily mounted in separate socket members 19 (see Figure 12 inturn secured to the floor t by bolts 20.
In some cases the body movement obtained in the manner just described will be suficient. However where a more strenuous exercise of the lower body and legs as well as of the upper body and arms is desired, the overhead m mber 21 is employed. ihis member 21 which may be attached to any suitable support such as the ceiling plate 37 (Figure 2), but preferably to the coupling member 52, connecting together the upper portions of the uprights 18. The overhead member 21 comprises apair of resilient oppositely extending arms 22, preterably of spring steel, connected at their inner ends. to a bracket member or plate 23, by. means of bolts 2i. A, headed bolt 25 passes upwardly and loosely through the central aperture 25 of a hollow boss 26 in the bracket 48, and through the threaded opening 26 in one end of the arm 27. A lock nut 28 secures the bolt 25 to the arm 27.
The arm 27 is provided with a series of aligned openings 29 for loosely receiving a headed bolt 30, which passes through one of these openings 29 and thence throadedly engages the threaded opening 31 in the coupling member 52, where it is secured by means of a lock nut 32 seated in the counter sunk recess in the coupling member. it will be understood that the headed bolt can be inserted through either of the openings 29, and that the throw oi the arm can be increased or decreased by shifting the bolt from one opening 29 to another, to accommodate the requirements of the user.
Secured to the outer end of each of the resilient arms 22 is a swiveled hook 33 to which is attached a coil spring 34:, inturn connected to a hand grip 35, by means of a chain 36.
As an alternative arrangement to that shown in Figures 10 and 13 wherein the overhead member 21 is attached to and supported from the coupling member 52 of the curved uprights 1?, I have illustrated in Figures 1 and 2 an embodiment of the invention wherein the overhead member 21 is attached to the ceiling of the building in which it is used. This modification differs from the device illustrated in Figures 10 and 13 only in that, the plate 37 is substituted for the coupling member 52. The plate 37 which is secured to the ceiling by means of bolts 38, is formed with a central threaded opening 39 through which the headed bolt 30 previously referred to is screwed after passing loosely tln'ough-one of the seriesof openings 29, in the arm 27, the lock nut 32, be; 9 employed asfin the Figures 10' and 13.
Assuming that the user desires the most strenuous exercise obtainable from the invention, he will adjust'the pivot pin or bolt 12 to its greatest height so as to secure the maximum of tilting movement from the foot plate. He will then insert the pivot pins or bolts 6 and the headed bolt 30 in the particular openings 11 and 29 respectively, which will give the greatest respective throw to the disk 9 and arm 27. By standing on the foot plate and grasping the hand grips 35, practically the same movements of the upper body can be effected, as those movements of the lower body previously desc'ibed. It will also be understood that these movements may be effected simultaneously.
Having thus described my invention:
What I claim as my invention is:
1. In an exercising device, a frame having rotatably carried thereby an overhead member and a foot plate, said member and plate being eccentrically rotatable upon said frame, and meansior regulating the eccentricity of saidmember and plate.
2. In an exercising device, a frame having a base portion, a rotatable toot plate eccentrically supported thereon, means for regulating the eccentricity of said plate, rotatable member suspended from said frame and forming a support for the user when upon said plate, and means similar to the first said means for regulating the eccentricity of said rotatable member.
In an exercising device, a base, a rotatable member eccentrically supported on said base, and means for regulating the eccentricity of. said rotatable member, a foot plate supported on said rotatable mem her for universal movement thereon.
41. An exercising device including both a rotatable overhead'member and a rotatable foot member, the former adapted to support the user when upon the latter, a support for both, and means for regulating the eccentricity of both. with respect to their supports.
In an exercising device a base, a spindle on said'base, a disk shaped rotatable member formed with a radially extending enlargement on its under side, said enlargement having a series of radially aligned holes adapted to loosely receive saidspindle.
6'. in an exercising device abase, a spindle on said base, a disk shaped rotatable member formed with a radially extending enlargement on its under side, said enlargement having a series of radially aligned holes adapted to loosely receive said spindle, a spindle on said rotatable-member, and foot plate mounted on said last named spindle for universal movement thereon.
T. An exercising device including. both a rotatable overhead member and a rotatable toot member, the former adap'ted to support the user when uponthelat'ter, a support common to both, and means" positioned between the support and the members for tion, an overhead member rotatably susregulating the eccentricity of each With pended from said hanger and means posirespect to the support. tioned between said rotatable members and 10 8. In an eXer :ising device a frame having their supports upon said frame for regulat- 5 a base portion, a foot plate rotatable thereing the eccentricity of said members.
on, a hanger carried by said frame and in In testimony whereof I atiix my signature.
perpendicular alignment with said base por- ALBERT G. XVENDELKEN.