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y 1934. c. w. PRESTON EXERCISING APPARATUS Filed May 6. 1932 //V VENTOR Wa Mm,
ATTORA/Eks Patented July 3, 1934 PATENT OFFICE EXERCISIN G APPARATUS Charles William Preston, Kingstonrupon-Hull, England Application May 6,. 1932, Serial No.. 609,121
In England May 20-, 1931 Claims.
The present invention relates to exercising apparatus and has for its object the provision of means whereby a person, irrespective of his or her size, may derive physical exercises in a vertical 5 direction.
According to the present invention, the exercising apparatus comprises one or more resilient cords or the like having a handle or handles at one end and means at the other end for their Tadjustable connection to a wall or the like support.
The cords may be in the form of cables of rubber or the like elastic material, or again they may be in the form of sheathed coil springs. Again, the resilient cords or the like at the ends Iiiother than those to which the handles are attached, are secured to a flexible member which is detachably and adjustably connected to a rigid support such as a wall or upstanding post, by means of spaced eyelets secured in any desired 21! manner to the flexible member, any one of these spaced eyelets or rings being adapted to be hooked to the wall or the like support.
The invention is more particularly described with reference to the accompanying drawing, in
Figure 1 illustrates a preferred form of construction.
Figure 2 illustrates a modified form of construction.
3.0. '2 Figure 3 is a detail view of a suitable form of handle.
In the construction illustrated in Figure 1 a number of pulleys 10 are mounted for rotation in pairs on a bracket 18 each of which is in turn suspended from a hook 11 rigidly secured to a horizontal support such as a beam in a ceiling.
A pair of elastic cords 12 are passed over said pulleys, each cord carrying at one end a handle 13 and being secured at the other end by a ring member 14.
A preferred form of handle is shown in Figure 3, this consisting of a hard wood core 15 lying coaxial with the end 16 of the frame forming the handle, the core and said ends 16 being enclosed by a grip 17 preferably made of a spongy rubber.
Each handle 13 is connected to one end of its corresponding resilient cord 12 by means of the usual swivel 19 having a hook portion 20 closeable by a spring controlled member 21. The opposite end of each resilient cord 12 is connected to the ring member 14 by means of similar swivels 19 whilst to this ring member 14 a flexible cord 22 is also connected, this flexible cord having a plurality of eyelets or rings 23 secured to it at spaced intervals. r
It will be appreciated that the swivel 19 may be eliminated and the cords 12 connected to the handle 13 in a similar manner to that of the connection between the cords 12 and ring 14. In the latter case the cords 12 are reversible i. e. either 50? end as desired may be connected to the handle. This ensures increased life of the cords.
When the device is to be used as an exerciser by a tall person, one of the inner eyelets or rings 23 is secured to a hook 24 rigidly connected to a 65 wall, pillar or the like vertical support, whilst if a person of short stature such as a boy or girl wishes to use the exerciser one of the outer eyelets or rings, i. e. an eyelet or ring adjacent the end 25 of the flexible cord 22 is connected to said hook 24. By this means the height of the handles 13 from the ground when the exerciser is in its inoperative position can be varied at will to suit particular requirements.
In the modified form of construction illust trated in Figure 2 one of the pairs of pulleyslO are eliminated. This form is suitable where the strength of the user is not likely to be great, the cords passing directly from the ring 14 over one pair of pulleys alone and then depending from the support for the handles to be gripped by the user.
The same feature of adjustability however, applies in this modification.
Instead of providing grips of rubber or the like resilient material on the handles 13 for the purpose of enabling a user to exercise the muscles of his or her hand during vertical reciprocation, the handles may be made of rigid material such as wood or metal and are obviously detach- B5 able and interchangeable.
I declare that what I claim is:
1. An apparatus for vertical exercises comprising substantially vertical and horizontal rigid supports, at least two pulleys depending from 52 said horizontal support, a pair of resilient cords passing over said pulleys, handles on one end of said resilient cords, a flexible member connected to the opposite ends of said cords and spaced means on said flexible member for secur- 99 ing the same at any one of a number of points of its length on said vertical rigid support.
2. An apparatus for vertical exercises comprising substantially vertical and horizontal rigid supports, at least two pulleys depending from 0 said horizontal support, a pair of resilient cords passing over said pulleys, handles on one end of said resilient cords, a ring connected to the opposite ends of said resilient members, a flexible member connected to said ring, and spaced rings ilQ on said flexible member for securing the latter at any one of a number of points of its length on the vertical support.
3. An exercising apparatus comprising a pair of resilient cords, handles at one end of said cords, a flexible member secured to the cords at the opposite ends thereof to those receiving the handles and a plurality of securing means disposed in spaced relationship on said flexible member for detachably and adjustably connecting said cords to a rigid support.
4. In combination with a rigid support, an ex ercising apparatus adapted to be connected thereto and comprising a pair of resilient cords, handles at one end of said cords, a ring member connected to the other end of said cords, a flexible member secured to said ring member, a plurality of spaced eyelets on said flexible member and means on said rigid support for connecting any one of said eyelets thereto whereby to vary the effective length of said flexible member according to the eyelet chosen for connection to the support.
5. An apparatus for vertical exercises comprising substantially vertical and horizontal rigid supports, a single hook fixed on said vertical support, at least two pulleys depending from said horizontal support, a pair of resilient'cords passing over said pulleys, handles at one end of said resilient cords, a flexible member having one end thereof connected to the opposite ends of said resilient cords, and a plurality of spaced eyelet means on said flexible member for connection to said single hook whereby to adjust the initial effective length of said resilient cords prior to application of tension thereto.
CHARLES WILLIAM PRESTON.