US 20050137064 A1
A hand weight comprises a handle; and a plurality of finger sleeves operably attached to the handle, each finger sleeve being designated for a specific finger of a user to support the hand weight from the user's fingers.
1. A hand weight, comprising:
a) a handle; and
b) a plurality of finger sleeves operably attached to said handle, each finger sleeve being designated for a specific finger of a user to support said hand weight from the user's fingers.
2. A hand weight as in
a) a handle sleeve wrapped around said handle; and
b) said finger sleeves are attached to said handle sleeve.
3. A hand weight as in
4. A hand weight as in
5. A hand weight as in
6. A hand weight as in
a) said handle sleeve includes a plurality of slots; and
b) said finger sleeves are looped through respective slots.
7. A hand weight as in
8. A hand weight as in
9. A hand weight as in
a) said finger sleeves comprise a series of vertical walls disposed along said handle; and
b) a strap disposed over top of said vertical walls.
10. A hand weight as in
a) said vertical walls and said strap are made of flexible material; and
b) said strap includes a portion overlying said vertical walls and said portion is adjustably secured in length to said handle thereby to reduce or increase the size of said finger sleeves.
11. A hand weight as in
a) said walls and strap include hook and loop fasteners; and
b) top portions of said vertical walls are removably attached to said strap.
12. A hand weight as in
a) first and second weights secured to opposite ends of said handle; and
b) said handle is threadedly secured to said first and second weights.
13. A hand weight, comprising:
a) a handle;
b) a plurality of finger sleeves, each finger sleeve being designated for a specific finger of a user to help support said hand weight the user's fingers when handling said hand weight; and
c) means for attaching said finger sleeves to said handle.
14. A hand weight as in
15. A hand weight, comprising:
a) a handle;
b) means for supporting said hand weight at least from a user's proximal phalanges; and
c) said supporting means including means for attaching to said handle.
The present invention relates generally to hand weights and particularly to a hand weight that includes finger sleeves for supporting the hand weight at least by the proximal phalanges so that anatomical resisted movements may be performed, in addition to wrist and finger extensions.
Hand weights, such as dumbbells, are designed to be grabbed by the handle while performing strength training. If a therapist desires to use the dumbbells for other exercises requiring a looser grip on the handle, such as for anatomical resisted movements or for wrist or finger extensions, the hand weights would not be suitable for the purpose.
It is an object of the present invention to provide hand weights, such as dumbbells, with individual finger sleeves to support the dumbbells at least by the proximal phalanges, so that anatomical resisted movements or finger and wrist extensions may be performed.
It is another object of the present invention to provide hand weights with individual finger sleeves that adjust to the size of the user's fingers and support the hand weights at least from the user's proximal phalanges to allow a looser grip on the hand weights while performing certain exercises.
In summary, the present invention provides a hand weight, comprising a handle; and a plurality of finger sleeves operably attached to the handle, each finger sleeve being designated for a specific finger of a user to support the hand weight from the user's fingers.
These and other objects of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description.
A hand weight 2 made in accordance with the present invention is disclosed in
A plurality of finger sleeves 10 are operably attached to the handle 4, such as by means of a handle sleeve 12 wrapped around the handle 4. The finger sleeves 10 are preferably designated for the user's index, middle, ring and little fingers, respectively. The finger sleeves 10 provide the means for helping to support the hand weight 2 from the user's fingers with a looser grip so that the hand weight may rest at the proximal interphalangeal joint, the distal interphalangeal joint or the metacarpolphalangeal joint. The finger sleeves 10 are oriented transversely to the handle 4. The handle sleeve 12 has a plurality of slots 14 through which the finger sleeves are looped. A person skilled in the art should understand that there are other means for securing the finger sleeves 10 to the handle sleeve 12, such as by stitching the finger sleeves onto the handle sleeve.
The finger sleeves 10 and the handle sleeve 12 may be made of nylon or other fabrics.
The hand weight 2 is shown as a dumbbell, but it should be understood that the present invention can be used with other types of hand weights that would require support from the user's proximal phalanges to allow the user to perform anatomical resisted motions.
The finger sleeves 32 provide the means for simultaneously supporting the hand weight 16 from the user's proximal and middle phalanges. The handle sleeve 22 provides the means for attaching the finger sleeves 32 to the handle 18.
The vertical walls 26 and the straps 30 may be made from one single piece. The vertical walls are doubled up, attached to each other at their respective base portions 34, and threaded through the respective slots 28, leaving portions 36 between the vertical walls lying under the handle sleeve 22 between the slots 28.
The hand weight 16 shown in
The present invention is designed to aid in the grip of the user who is performing anatomical resisted movements.
While this invention has been described as having preferred design, it is understood that it is capable of further modification, uses and/or adaptations following in general the principle of the invention and including such departures from the present disclosure as come within known or customary practice in the art to which the invention pertains, and as may be applied to the essential features set forth, and fall within the scope of the invention or the limits of the appended claims.