. I, Lawrence N. Squittieri, the sole inventor of the Ergonomic Total Body Developer, aver and incorporate by reference, paragraphs one (1) through fifty-two (52) as if fully stated herein and claim as my invention the novelty and system of variable, site specific, interchangeable, replaceable solid form masses of lead and/or dense alloys and their systematic application to physical development, muscle toning, medical rehabilitation, sports training and development, and general exercise and fitness.
It is the interchangeability of the masses in both position and total mass per unit volume and the ability to apply a specific force to target areas of the body; and the placement of said masses that creates the novelity of this approach to muscular toning, body development, and medical rehabilitation. It is the system of application that creates another basis of novelty to muscular toning, body development, and medical rehabilitation.
Either prior to, or after, donning the ebd suit, the seperate masses are attached in the specific positions as desired or required. Since the center of gravity for the body is located in the pelvic area, and any application of mass to the body is supported by the lower appendages, the legs; this is where the process of development begins.
The lightest weights are applied to the EBD suit at the position of the waist. After a period of acclaimation of the muscles, the light masses are applied to the next available row of spaces superiorly located to the first row. These two rows are left in position as the body acclaimates to the additional mass. This process continues to each successive row continuing out, over the arms, to the most distal points, the hands, until all available points of attachment are occupied by a mass.
Once this is accomplished, the legs, now supporting all the additional mass of the upper body, are now targeted with additional mass beginning at the upperportion of the leg or thigh and eventually extending distally toward the ankle.
Once all positions to the ankle are occupied, the process recommences at the waist with more dense masses replacing those already in position. Once all the lighter masses have been replaced by intermediate masses, the process recommences with more dense masses until the most dense mass is in position.
This process proceeds alone or in conjunction with other training activities, but it has been conceived to be utilized alone during the course of normal daily activities, utilizing natural body motions and movements as an exercise. As such, each body movement becomes an exercise and the body itself is transformed into the training and/or exercise machine, reducing the necessity for constructed, mechanical contrivances.
In this scheme, utility, design, and function are inherently dependent upon each other in order to transform natural body motions into an exercise that enhances, tones, and develops musculature without the use of specialized, and often stationary, area specific, mechanical constructs or contrivances. The design minimizes the necessity for specialized mechanical devices and utilizes natural body motions to exercise specfic muscles and/or muscle groups without the necesstiy for predetermined, repetitive motions inherent in mechanical equipment.
It is the natural motion of the body, in the exact vectors necessary to effect the motion, during any daily activity or sport; with the variable mass evenly distributed over the entire body surface that distinguishes the Ergonomic Total Body Developer from any other system or equipment.
The EBD suit exercises the exact muscles and/or muscle groups in the exact proportions necessary and in the exact vectors of motion necessary to effect the chosen activity.
The EBD suit is form fitting and constructed of durable, breathable, and semi-elastic material, which forms the foundation to which masses of various compositions, shapes and densities are attached to the surface area of the body. The purpose of such attachment is to apply a given force evenly over a specific area of the body to achieve the desired effect of muscle tone and strengthening utilizing the principle of torque and body mechanics.
This application of physics, torque, body mechanics in a gradual manner as opposed to a sudden application of a fixed, invariable mass in a predetermined position, is necessary to avoid undesirable stresses which can result in bodily injury. As a consequence, the EBD suit and system was designed to minimize this possible event. Even distribution of mass and gradual acclaimation to the applied mass of the EBD suit permits acclaimation over time. The EBD suit was designed to be worn for a period of exertion of up to twenty-four (24) hours or any part thereof, utilizing the lightest weights; or for lesser designated durations of time, while utilizing the heavier masses. Even distribution and gradual acclaimation to the masses of the EBD suit permits a reduction of stress and tension on the tendons, ligaments, and joints, thereby reducing collateral damage due to excessive stresses and/or overexertion combined with a lack of acclaimation.
This is accomplished by initially affixing the masses to the proximal point of origin of the muscles reducing the torque on the levering appendage and permitting the gradual acclaimation to the additional resistance of the added mass of the affixed masses at a more distally located position.
The EBD suit is designed to replace the older wrist and/or ankle weights that have a fixed mass which locates at a particular position on the body and are not conducive to extended wear, especially under everyday clothing designed for work or leisure.
The EBD suit is designed to increase the effectiveness of various exercises and/or training regimen. As a consequence, it is designed to minimize the necessity of exercise programs requiring a specified exercise area, time and/or routine, since exercise is incorporated into daily routine activities because of the EBD design. This is a result of the design of the EBD suit allowing it to be worn as under or outerwear garment.
Therefore, the exercises are not limited to the physical structure of mechanical exercisers or machines; nor are they limited to a stationary device; nor are they hindered by portability of equipment. The body is transformed into the exercise machine with the addition of masses of various densities.
The configuration, versatility, and design of form and function of the EBD suit allows for the targeting of specific muscles and/or muscle groups as may be needed in the rehabilatative efforts following traumatic physical injuries or extended convalescence. Therefore, it is designed as a key element for physical therapeutic applications, especially in the restoration, control, and function of muscular strength, and dexterity, and stamina.
The EBD suit is designed to serve as a sports training accessory to enhance the development of musculature and/or endurance.
The EBD suit is designed to maintain and/or enhance general fitness by design and/or function. Increased muscle tone and mass consumes a greater quantity of calories. The added increased mass affixed to the EBD suit increases the resistance to the motion of the muscles in effecting normal daily activities and as a consequence increases muscle endurance and consumes a greater total of calories. The increased caloric utilization, with a concurrent stabilization and/or decrease of caloric intake will have a cumulative affect of an overall decrease in adipose tissue. The results are best attained and described by a planned diet and exercise program, which would enhance the optimum efficiency of the EBD suit and system. This is best determined by a complete physical and the recommendations of a competent medical professional.
As a result, the EBD suit and program will simultaneously affect other associated body systems and contribute to general physical health and general well being as an inherent by-product.
The advantages of the EBD suit and system are the flexability of use and application; the variability of the masses in density and/or positioning; the absence of the necessity for a specific exercise area, or time, or equipment; the ability to target specific muscles and/or muscle groups; portability; ease of utilization by most age groups; a reduction in weight training injuries, if used properly; application on an extended daily routine regime or use; application in daily aactivities of normal routine, or sports activities and/or training, or rehabilitative therapy; physical benefits to any age group; collateral reduction of body fat; increase in muscular tone and stamina; collateral improvement to related body systems; minimal storage space; extreme portability; and use as a daily under or outerwear garment.