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Publication numberUS20030027695 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/908,584
Publication dateFeb 6, 2003
Filing dateJul 20, 2001
Priority dateJul 10, 2001
Also published asDE20111385U1
Publication number09908584, 908584, US 2003/0027695 A1, US 2003/027695 A1, US 20030027695 A1, US 20030027695A1, US 2003027695 A1, US 2003027695A1, US-A1-20030027695, US-A1-2003027695, US2003/0027695A1, US2003/027695A1, US20030027695 A1, US20030027695A1, US2003027695 A1, US2003027695A1
InventorsHsiao-Chung Lee
Original AssigneeHsiao-Chung Lee
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment
US 20030027695 A1
Abstract
A training and bodybuilding equipment is mainly composed of a base, a main frame, a sliding back board, a weight assembly, a pulley assembly and an accessory assembly, wherein the rope of the pulley assembly is hung onto the sliding board and the movement of the pulley assembly can cause the weight assembly to move up and down, so the users can do weight training for legs and bottom with a correct and safe gestures. Besides, in the present invention the combined use of the top retainers and the bottom retainers at the two ends of the rope and the base with various types of accessory assemblies can achieve the weight training for other parts of human body.
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What is claimed is:
1. Fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment, containing:
a base;
a main frame fixed onto the base by screws and having a fixed suspending arm on top and having the first steel pipe assembly and the second steel pipe assembly with cushion springs that are separately installed on the two corresponding vertical surfaces at the inner sides of the main;
a sliding back board, further comprising a pad with a pair of bearings at both sides of the pad so the bearings can be installed on the first steel pipe assembly and the pad having handles at two vertical sides of the pad and even a retainer on the back of the pad;
a weight assembly, further comprising:
a weight hanging rod with several positioning holes;
a number of weights, which can be stacked on the weight hanging rod and the second steel pipe assembly with each weight having a positioning hole that matches with the positioning holes of the weight hanging rod;
a bar pin, which is to penetrate through the positioning holes of the hanging rod and the weights;
a pulley assembly, further comprising the first pulley, the second pulley, the third pulley, the fourth pulley, the fifth pulley and the sixth pulley, wherein the first pulley and the second pulley are installed at the proper position on base, the fourth pulley is installed at one end of the hanging rod, the third pulley, the fifth pulley and the sixth pulley are separately installed at the proper position on the suspending arm, with a rope connecting every pulley in the sequence of the first pulley, the second pulley, the third pulley, the fourth pulley, the fifth pulley and the sixth pulley and having a top ball cushion with a top retainer on the extension and a bottom ball cushion with a bottom retainer on the extension at both ends of the rope;
an accessory assembly, which can be managed to hang on the top retainer or the bottom retainer;
as described in the above combination of structures, when the top retainer of the rope (no hanging object on the bottom retainer) is hung onto the accessory assembly, the users can do weight training according to the type of the accessory assemblies, meanwhile, the bottom ball cushion is stuck on the first pulley, when the bottom retainer on the rope (no hanging object on the top retainer) is hung on the retainer or accessory assembly of the sliding back board, the users can do weight training for legs or other places according to the type of the force-generating devices, meanwhile, the top ball cushion is stuck on the sixth pulley.
2. The fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment of claim 1, the rope is connecting the pulleys in the sequence of the first pulley, the second pulley, the third pulley, the fourth pulley, the fifth pulley and the sixth pulley.
3. The fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment of claim 1, the installation surface of the base has anti-slippery pattern.
4. The fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment of claim 1, the accessory assembly is a combination of fast retainers, such as such as a both-hand long pulling rod, a both-hand short pulling rod, a single-hand short pulling rod, a single-hand ring-shaped moveable pulling rod, a both-hand rope-like pulling rod and a leg pulling ring.
5. The fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment of claim 1, the accessory assembly is a combination of an adjustable platform and leg pushing rod.
6. The fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment of claim 1, there is a housing surrounded on the peripheral of the weight assembly.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment, which especially refers to a method that users can naturally lean to adjust for a correct leg gesture of weight training through using a sliding back board which moves weight assemblies and the coordination with several single-category accessories to help body training instructors.

[0003] 2. Description of the Prior Art

[0004] The early time weight training and bodybuilding equipment is shown in FIG. 1, which mainly used the principle of loading weights on back by shouldering barbells 11 and bending knees down and coming up evenly to complete the leg muscular training for legs. In such a situation, almost all forces from the loaded weights are applied on spine 10 and knees 13. Besides, since no safety equipment is provided during the entire training process, the persons that can not stand the loaded weights are easy to get injured by the barbells 11. Moreover, when the action is performed with incorrect gestures, the persons are easily susceptible to the danger of injuries to waists, knees and spines. Hence, it is necessary to wear waist belts 12 to protect the safety.

[0005] Therefore, recent weight training and bodybuilding equipment further uses weight lifting racks 2 to assist the muscular training on legs. The famous one is “the Smith Machine”. As shown in FIG. 2, the equipment has parallel steel pipes 21 on both sides, which make barbells 23 to slide up and down along steel pipes 21 through bearings 22 that locked the barbells at both ends. In addition, on the two side racks there are several hanging rods 24 to match the hangers 25 on bearings 22 by the barbells 23, which serve to protect the users from injuries by putting hangers 25 on hanging rods 24 when barbells 23 accidentally drop. Thus, the users can exercise between the two racks without worry. During exercise, the users, wearing with waist belts 26, use shoulders to lift barbells 23 and bend knees down and come up to achieve the weight training purpose for legs. But due to variation in training level for different users, the incorrect gestures during exercise usually cause injuries to waists, knees and spines, even for users wear waist belts 26. This is because the wrong knee-bending gesture makes spines curved and subject to abnormal pressure. The correct knee-bending gesture is to take a sitting pose, which makes the spines subject to forces vertically and no pressure on waist that causes no danger even without waist belts.

[0006] Regarding the improvement made in U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/593,241 (called explanatory example below), in the explanatory example the assistants naturally adjust for the correct gesture through a mechanism during weight training for legs and lift heavy weights instead of shouldering barbells, which makes the forces heavily applied to waists, knees and spines to completely disappear and prevents sports injuries, so the weight training for legs becomes safer. Besides, the structure change that uses pulleys to pull up heavy weights and forms many different types of weight training equipment through the use of various pulling rod assemblies, which offers weight training effect to every part of human body through a single mechanism. Nevertheless, since the heavy weights used in the explanatory example are placed in the middle of the lower bar at the rear of n-shape supporting racks, which have limited supporting strength, the users will release the heavy weights when they are overloaded and the rack structure will be destroyed. Furthermore, the “fixing pulley” for the top half portion of n-shape supporting racks is placed inside the racks, which is very inconvenient for use with other accessories and has limited choices of accessories for hanging and other operations.

[0007] Thus, the above weight training and bodybuilding equipment still has shortcomings and is not well designed. It needs immediate improvement.

[0008] In view of the above shortcomings for the traditional weight training and bodybuilding equipment, the inventor of the present invention is eager to make improvements and innovations. After many years of dedicated research, eventually the invention of a fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment is successfully accomplished.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0009] The main objective of the invention is to provide a fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment, which uses a sliding back board to adjust for correct gesture during weight training for legs without the need of protecting waist belts to assure the training safety.

[0010] Another objective of the invention is to provide general users with the weight training that can be applied to muscles in other portions of human body with single function assemblies.

[0011] Another objective of the invention is to provide a fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment, which has a suspending arm that gives greater space for users to exercise and more flexibility through the combined use of more types of accessories.

[0012] Another objective of the invention is to provide a fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment, which has a cover outside weight assemblies that further assure safety for the users or others during exercise.

[0013] Another objective of the invention is to provide a fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment, which achieves the objective of weight training for the disabled.

[0014] The weight training and bodybuilding equipment that can achieve the above objectives of invention is composed of the following structures:

[0015] a base with anti-slippery patterns on the surface for installation;

[0016] a main frame fixed onto the base by screws and having a fixed suspending arm on top and having the first steel pipe assembly and the second steel pipe assembly with cushion springs separately installed on the two corresponding vertical surfaces at the inner sides of the main;

[0017] a sliding back board having a pad with a pair of bearings at both sides of the pad so the bearings can be installed on the first steel pipe assembly and the pad has handles at two vertical sides of the pad and even a retainer on the back of the pad;

[0018] a weight assemble further containing:

[0019] a heavy hanging rod having several positioning holes;

[0020] several weights that can be stacked and hung on the hanging rod and the second steel pipe assembly with a positioning hole for each weight that matches the positioning hole on the hanging rod;

[0021] a bar pin, which is to penetrate through the positioning holes of the hanging rod and the weights;

[0022] a pulley assembly, further containing the first pulley, the second pulley, the third pulley, the fourth pulley, the fifth pulley and the sixth pulley, wherein the first pulley and the second pulley are installed at the proper position on base, the fourth pulley is installed at one end of the hanging rod, the third pulley, the fifth pulley and the sixth pulley are separately installed at the proper position on the suspending arm, with a rope connecting every pulley in the sequence of the first pulley, the second pulley, the third pulley, the fourth pulley, the fifth pulley and the sixth pulley and having a top ball cushion with a top retainer on the extension and a bottom ball cushion with a bottom retainer on the extension at both ends of the rope;

[0023] a accessory assembly, which can be managed to hang on the top retainer or the bottom retainer and is an accessory or a combination of an adjustable platform and a leg pushing rod with fast retainers, such as a both-hand long pulling rod, a both-hand short pulling rod, a single-hand short pulling rod, a single-hand ring-shaped moveable pulling rod, a both-hand rope-like pulling rod and a leg pulling ring.

[0024] When the top retainer (no hanging object on the bottom retainer) on the rope is hung on the accessory assemble, the users can do weight training according to the type of the accessory assemblies. Meanwhile, the bottom ball cushion is stuck on the first pulley. When the bottom retainer on the rope (no hanging object on the top retainer) is hung on the retainer or accessory assembly of the sliding back board, the users can do weight training for legs or other places according to the type of the force-generating devices. Meanwhile, the top ball cushion is stuck on the sixth pulley. The weight assembly has a housing surrounded and the base can have an alternative retainer to match the use of the accessory assembly of top retainer.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0025] The drawings disclose an illustrative embodiment of the present invention which serves to exemplify the various advantages and objects hereof, and are as follows:

[0026]FIG. 1 is the diagram that shows weight training for legs in early time;

[0027]FIG. 2 is the 3-dimensional diagram for Smith Machine;

[0028]FIG. 3 is the 3-dimensional diagram for the present invention of a fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment;

[0029] FIGS. 3 (A)˜(I) is the diagram of the accessory assemblies for the fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment;

[0030]FIG. 4 is the side view of the fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment;

[0031] FIGS. 4 (A) and (B) is the diagram that shows the operation of the fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment;

[0032]FIG. 5 is the diagram that shows the example of weight training for legs by the fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment;

[0033]FIG. 6 is the diagram that shows the example of the weight assembly with a housing for the fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment; and

[0034]FIG. 7 is the diagram that shows the example for the fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment to be used by the disabled.

[Codes for Main Components]
10 Spine 11 Barbell
12 WaistBelt 13 Knee
2 Weight Lifting Rack 21 Steel Pipe
22 Bearing 23 Barbell
24 Hanging Rod 25 Hanger
26 Waist Belt
3 Base 31 Anti-Slippery Pattern
4 Main Frame 41 Suspending Arm
42 The First Steel Pipe 421 Cushion Spring
Assembly
422 Cushion Spring 43 The Second Steel Pipe
Assembly
5 Sliding Back Board 51 Back Pad
52 Bearing 53 Bearing
54 Bearing 55 Bearing
56 Handle 57 Handle
58 Retainer 6 Weight Assembly
61 Weight Hanging Rod 62 Positioning Hole
63 Weight 65 Positioning Hole
66 Bar Pin
7 Pulley Assembly 71 The First Pulley
72 The Second Pulley 73 The Third Pulley
74 The Fourth Pulley 75 The Fifth Pulley
76 The Sixth Pulley 77 Rope
771 Top Ball Cushion 772 Bottom Ball Cushion
773 Top Retainer 774 Bottom Retainer
8 Accessory Assembly 8a Fast Retainer
81 Both-Hand Long 82 Both-Hand Short Pulling
Pulling Rod Rod
83 Single-Hand Short 84 Single-Hand Ring-Shaped
Pulling Rod Moveable Pulling Rod
85 Both-Hand Rope-Like 86 Leg Pulling Ring
Pulling Rod
87 Adjustable Platform 88 Leg Pushing Rod
Assembly
A The Disabled B Wheelchair

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0035] Please refer to FIG. 3 for the present invention of a fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment, which is mainly composed of a base 3, a main frame 4, a sliding back board 5, a weight assembly 6, a pulley assembly 7 and a accessory assembly 8 (also refer to FIGS. 3 (A)-(I)); wherein the base 3 has anti-slippery pattern 31 on the installation surface, the main frame 4 is fixed onto the base 3 by screws, on the top of the main frame 4 there is a suspending arm 41, on the corresponding vertical surfaces at the inner sides of the main frame 4 there are the first steel pipe assembly 42 and the second steel pipe assembly 43 that cushion springs 421 and 422 are separately installed on the base of the first steel pipe assembly, the sliding back board 5 further has a back pad 51 with two separate pairs of bearings, 52/53 and 54/55, on the two sides of the pad, which are installed on the first steel pipe assembly 42, on the two vertical sides of the back pad 51 there are handles 56 and 57 respectively, at the bottom of the pad 51 there is a retainer 58, the weight assembly 6 further has several weights 63, a bar pin 66 and a weight hanging rod 61, the hanging rod 61 has several positioning holes 62, those weights 63 can be stacked on the weight hanging rod 61 and the second steel pipe assembly 43, those weights 63 have positioning holes 65 that match with the positioning holes 62 of the weight hanging rod 61, the bar pin 66 is used to penetrate through the positioning holes 62 and 65 of the hanging rod 61 and the weights 63 respectively, the pulley assembly 7 further has the first pulley 71, the second pulley 72, the third pulley 73, the fourth pulley 74, the fifth pulley 75 and the sixth pulley 76, the first pulley 71 and the second pulley 72 are installed at a proper position of the base 3, the fourth pulley 74 is installed at one end of the hanging rod 61, the third pulley 73, the fifth pulley 75 and the sixth pulley 76 are separately installed at a proper position of the suspending arm 41, a rope 77 is connecting the pulley assembly 7 in the sequence of the first pulley 71, the second pulley 72, the third pulley 73, the fourth pulley 74, the fifth pulley 75 and the sixth pulley 76, on the two ends of the rope 77 there are a top ball cushion 771 and a bottom ball cushion 772, on the extension of the top ball cushion 771 there is a top retainer 773, on the bottom of the bottom ball cushion there is a bottom retainer 774, the accessory assembly 8 (please refer to FIGS. 3 (A)-(I)) can be hung onto the top retainer 773 and the bottom retainer 774, the accessory assembly is an accessory in a combination of fast retainers 8 a, such as a both-hand long pulling rod 81, a both-hand short pulling rod 82, a single-hand short pulling rod 83, a single-hand ring-shaped moveable pulling rod 84, a both-hand rope-like pulling rod 85 and a leg pulling ring 86, the accessory assembly 8 can also be a combination of an adjustable platform 87 and a leg pushing rod 88.

[0036] Please refer to FIG. 4 and FIGS. 4 (A) and (B). When the top retainer 773 (no hanging object on the bottom retainer) of the rope 77 is hung onto the accessory assembly 8, the users can choose the desired weight training according to the type of the accessory assemblies. Meanwhile, the bottom ball cushion 772 is stuck on the first pulley 71. When the bottom retainer 774 of he rope 77 (no hanging object on the top retainer 773) is hung onto the retainer 58 of the sliding back board 5 or the accessory assembly 8, the users can do weight training for legs (please refer to FIG. 5) or the desired weight training according to the type of the accessory assemblies. Meanwhile the top ball cushion 771 is stuck on the sixth pulley 76.

[0037] Please refer to FIG. 6, which is the diagram that shows the example of the weight assembly with a housing for the fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment. The weight assembly can have a housing 9 surrounded to cover the moving weights 63 of the weight assembly 6 during exercise, which not only gives a esthetic view to the present invention, but also assures the safety for others

[0038] Please refer to FIG. 7, which is the diagram that shows the example for the fully functional weight training and bodybuilding equipment to be used by the disabled. The present invention can provide the disabled A (as people on wheelchair B1) with weight training objective within limited space by pulling rope 77 and moving the weights 63 through the pulley assembly 7 after the accessory assembly 8 is coupled with the top retainer 773.

[0039] When compared to other traditional technologies described in the above, the present invention shows the following advantages.

[0040] (1) The users carry out the weight training for legs through a natural leaning gesture, which avoids the wrong gesture and assures safer environment to obtain the training effect.

[0041] (2) The present invention provides the users a method to release the handle of the sliding back board when overload happens during exercise, so the sliding back board can drop down freely with the impact absorbed by cushion springs, which firmly assures the user safety and the structure of the invention.

[0042] (3) For the users to exercise other muscles, the present invention can be used with a number of accessories for various types of weight training. The equipment of the present invention is like a combination of many single-function weight training machines and can accomplish the bodybuilding objective for the entire body.

[0043] (4) The invention only needs the space of a single bodybuilding machine, so it is suitable for general family to make spatial arrangement.

[0044] Many changes and modifications in the above-described embodiment of the invention can, of course, be carried out without departing from the scope thereof. Accordingly, to promote the progress in science and the useful arts, the invention is disclosed and is intended to be limited only by the scope of the appended claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification482/99
International ClassificationA63B21/062, A63B21/06, A63B71/00, A63B23/00, A63B23/04, A63B21/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B21/062, A63B21/154, A63B23/00, A63B2021/0614, A63B2023/0411, A63B2071/0018
European ClassificationA63B21/15F6, A63B21/062, A63B23/00