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Publication numberUS2132862 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 11, 1938
Filing dateFeb 23, 1937
Priority dateFeb 23, 1937
Publication numberUS 2132862 A, US 2132862A, US-A-2132862, US2132862 A, US2132862A
InventorsPilates Joseph H
Original AssigneePilates Joseph H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Exercising apparatus
US 2132862 A
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Oct. 11,.,1938.v J. l-l.` PILATES 2,132,862

` EXRCISING APPARATUS I Filed Feb. 23, 1957 f za f5 15 i/o @1 INVENTOR.


Patented Oct. 11, 1938 EXERCISmG APPARATUS Joseph H. Pilates, New York, N. Y.

Application February 23, 1937, Serial No. 127,025

1 Claim.

This invention relates to exercising apparatus for use by individuals in correcting physical faults and developing personal physique.

The main object of this invention is to provide a small, compact and inexpensive implement, the continued use of which is adapted to improve the personal appearance and health by reducing such conditions as bow-legs, knockknees, nat-feet, spinal curvature, drooping shoulders, flat chests, etc., and induce a proper circulation of the Vblood throughout the entire system.

A further feature is in the provision of an exercising device that is broadly applicable substantially to all parts of the body and limbs by merely changing lthe contact elements in conformity with the location of application.

Another purpose is to produce an exercising apparatus suited to the requirements cf the strong or weak, of either sex, by the selection of springs interchangeable therein.

These and allied subjects arev accomplished by the novel 4construction and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and shown in the annexed drawing forming a material part of this disclosure, and in which:-

Figure 1 is a plan view of an embodiment of the invention, indicating one of its `many applications.

Figure 2 is an end view thereof.

Figure 3 is a longitudinal sectional View, taken on line 3 3 of Figure 1, and drawn to an enlarged scale. Y

Figure 4 is anv enlarged transverse sectional View taken on line 4-4 of Figure 1.

Figure 5 is a similar sectional view taken on line 5-5 o-f Figure 1.

Figure 6 is a fragmentary sectional view, similar to Figure 3 but showing a modified contactor element.

Figure 7 is a face view of the same.

Figure 8 is a plan view, like Figure 1, bu showing other contactors, adapted for the feet.

Figure 9 is still another plan View of the apparatus with contactors arranged for the limbs.

Figure 10 is a sectional view taken on lines Ill-I0 ofFigure 9. t

As will be seen from the drawing, to Vwhich reference is now made, the device is quite simple, consisting of few partswhich include a tube I5 having a longitudinal slot I6, the entrance I'I to which is offset and provided with a detent notch I8. A scale I9 is formed on the tube adjacent to slot for obvious reasons.

Slidable telescopically in the open end of the tube I5 is another tube 20 in which may be set a transverse pin 2|, acting as anA abutment for one end of a compression spring 22 coiled in the interior of the tube 20 and extending through 5 the tube I5 to an abutment therein. Fixed in the inner end portion of the tube 20 is a stud gular as shown or -of any other cross section,

these receivers containing blocks 26, held therein by screws 21 to act as pillows for contactors 28, the iianged Walls of the receivers extruding preferably over the base portion of the contactors.

The outer surface of the contactors may be given any preferred shape to suit and made of elastic material as desired; for instance, Figures 1 and 3 show fiat outer surfaces for contact with the hands and parts of the body, and may be provided with projections, as at 30 in Figures 6 and 7.

In Figure 8 the pillows are drilled to receive stems 3l of certain forms of contactors, those shown being designed for the feet, as at 32.

Another shape is exhibited in Figures 9 and 10 consisting of a stem 34 and concave contactor 35, suited to engage the limbs of the user, as will be readily understood, the contactors being easily interchangeable. From the foregoing it Will be apparent that upon selecting contactors appropriately, their inward movement, against the force of the springs will be indicated in pounds pressure on the scale.

Having thus described the invention including the manner of its construction and application, what is claimed as new and sought to secure by Letters Patent, is:-

In an exercising apparatus having two spring distended telescopic tubes and cup like receivers fixed on their outer extremities, blocks set in said receivers, and elastic contactors interchangeably carried by said blocks, said contactors provided With a plurality of projections on their outer faces.


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U.S. Classification482/122, 73/379.8
International ClassificationA63B21/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63B21/02
European ClassificationA63B21/02