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Publication numberUS2259551 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 21, 1941
Filing dateApr 15, 1941
Priority dateApr 15, 1941
Publication numberUS 2259551 A, US 2259551A, US-A-2259551, US2259551 A, US2259551A
InventorsJohn Burke Myles
Original AssigneeJohn Burke Myles
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Exercising horse
US 2259551 A
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5 Sheets-Sheet l ATTO NEY Oct. 21, 1941. l

M. ,1. BURKE EXERCISING HORSE Filed April 15, 1941 oct. 21, 1941.

M. J. BURKE 2,259,551

EXERCIS ING HORSE Filed April. l5, 1941 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 INVENTOR j! MyLes :70am Bakk@ BY M ATTO NEY Patented Oct. 21, l1941 EXERoIsIndHonsE Myles John Burke. iJerseyvCity, 'Nf J. Application Abprix 15, 19in senat No: ssa-,56e

` 1o. claims. (o1.- i-ze-zsi Y' f This invention relates to new and useful im provements rin an Aexercising horse, and specifi"- cally, to improvements over mycopending appli-- cation Serial No.. 340,001, filed June 12,v 1940.

The inventionproposes ,an exercising horse with which. one may take a: large "number` of different exercises..

Still further the invention proposes inail-exercising horse having a frame supporting a pivotal seat and apivotal horizontal arm below said seat andhaving ,means for oscillating; Vsaid seat and arm., aA certain arrangement of platform pivotally mounted on the frame to the rear and belowV the seat and supportedwon bar s connectedwith said horizontal 'arm in such a mannerthatgthe platformwill oscillate simultaneously with the seat, but` -in Aa different.. phase. Specifically, thet arrangement is such. that',when'`the front of the s'eatgoes 1111 the front of the'pla-tform will go down,v and4 therefore Whenthe'back-'of the-seat goes down vthe back .of `the platform Will come-up. It is proposed that certainmechanism be-mounted on the platform; and AWith this construction the exercising horse Vmay beused to perform a largevariety of exercises.

It is' proposedthatra strap be mounted on the rear of the platform by Which one may strap the feet to the. platformfso thatit ispossible 4tolay. longitudinally across thev seat and operate.

the exercising vhorse for -exercising ones Ab'ack and legs in a cert-ain way; It isalso proposed to mount a chest heaterl on the platform capable of beating the ,chestfor exercising th-same. Fur.- th'ermoreLit is` contemplatedy tomount ahead rest ori-the frame to'supportones head during certain exercises. A

' The invention also contemplates -mountingfarm stretchers, leg .stretchersjandlegfrnassagers' i on said.. platform to4 performadditional exercises, when desired- The invention also proposesv toprovide the exercising horsevl with' bicycle handlesfandfoot pedals connected'in a'certa-in manner to perform additional. exercises, An arrangement is v'also' pro-J posed :to mount Vcertain lmassaging "elements upon the fram-e ofthe device, and'r to connect these elements in acertain Way Withrnovi-ng parts Vof' the exercisingfhorse to perform additional exercises.

It is also proposedv to mountf a. 'clo'ckl on. the. frame of the-device so th'at each: exercisemaybe other i parts of the body.

Stillfurther the, invention proposes a certain attachment by` which) a punchingbag may be mounted onl the exercising horse; and used When desired.` Y

Fory further comprehension of the invention,

i and` ofthe objects and'advantages thereof, reference Will be hadl to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claims in Whichthe variousnovel features of the invention are more particularly set forth. c

III the ,accompanying drawings forming a material part;v of this disclosure:

Fig; 1 is a side elevational View of an exercisingA horse constructed in accordance With this invention;

Fig; `3 is'- a fragmentary-horizontal sectional vievvtakengon the line 3--3 `of Fig.` l.

Fig: isfa fragmentary horizontal sectional view taken on the-line 4 4 of Fig.l 1.

Fig.l 5-isa fragmentary-vertical sectional view taken on thejline 5-5gof Fig. 1. c

Fig. Eil-is agfragmentary enlarged horizontal s sectional view takenfon the line 6 6 of Fig. 1.

` Fig. -llis a vertical sectional View taken on the l-inef l l-II- of Fig; 9.

Fig; l2 is a perspective view of the rear portionA of the platform shown in Fig. 1 but provided With an additional attachment.

" Fig-.- 13 is -another perspective view of the rear portion .of theplatform shown in Fig. 1 lbutprovided IWithf another attachment.

' 14- is a fragmentary side elevational view of an exercising horse arranged in accordance With-another modified form of the invention.

'I-'i'eA exercising horse, in accordance with thisV invention..includes;` a frame I8 mountedon a base-liwhich is adapted to rest on the floor, or othersupport.` The frame lsomewhat resembles agbicyclefrarne consisting of 4certain pipeconnections-and. pipes. Specifically, there is a front connection 20; a center connectionv 2l, and rear connections 22. Substantially horizontal pipes 23` and 2,4. areimountedbetween the front'connection 26 and the center connection 2|. Pipes 25 (see Figs. 1 and 3) are mounted between the center connection 2| and the rear connections 22. A front downwardly and rearwardly extending pipe 26 '1s mounted between the front connection 26 and the base I9. A central downwardly and forwardly extending pipe 21 is mounted between the central connection 2| and a base bracket 28 mounted on the base I9. Pipes 29 (see Figs. l and 5) connect the base bracket 28 with the rear connections 22. Support rods 36 are mounted between the rear connections 22 and the base I9.

The exercising horse is provided with a seat 3 I This seat is xedly mounted a parallel pair of substantially horizontal arms 32. VThe arms 32 are pvotally mounted at their centers by a pintle upon the platform 66. The top end of each upright rod 65 is provided with a rubber knob 1|.

A block 'I2 is slidably mounted on each upright rod 65. A set screw 13 threadedly engages through the block 12 and abuts the upright rod 65 for adjustably holding the block in position. A bracket 12a is mounted on each block 12. These brackets 12a support rollers 14. These rollers 14 are in the nature of massaging rollers adapted to engage ones back or other portions of the body for massaging purposes. A head rest pad 15 is supported on a bracket 'I6 which is removably mounted on the pipe 23. A clock 11 is mounted upon the front connection 26. The seat 3| has l a pair of rings 18 at its sides, to which a pair of stirrups 19 maybe removably attached.

Means Yis provided for oscillating the seat 3|.

This means includes a motor 46`mounted on the base I9 andA having a driven pulley 4| engaged by a belt 42 which engages over the drive wheel 43 of a speed transmission 44 mounted on the pipes- 29. This speed transmission 44 has a driven wheel 45 engaged by a belt 46 which engages over a wheel-4`| mounted upona shaft 48 extending into the; side of a casing 49 mounted on the base bracket 28. 'Ihe shaftm48 `connects with a crank 56 mounted within the Ycasing 49. A link 5| is pivotally connected with the crank 56 and extends upwards out of the open topof the casing 49 and pivotally connects with the pivotal jointl of the arms 35 and 38. The transmission 44 has a c ontrol lever 52 whichpis connected with a rod 53 connecting with a control handle* 54. The handle 54 is pivotally mounted by alpintle 55 on the gether so that they move in unison. The radial arms 59 pivotally connect with links 6| whichare connected together at their bottom ends by a pintle 62. A link 63 pivotally connects with the pintle 62 and with the crank 56. Thel arrangement is such that when the crank operates, the radial arms 59 will oscillate, and if the pins 66 are in position, the bicycle handle bars-58 will also oscillate; Y

The yfront connection 26isprovided ,with a pair of parallel vertical passages 64 through which a pair ofparallel upright rods 65 slidably pass.A

These rods rest'on arplatform 66 which is mounted on a bar`61 pivotally supported intermediate of Y its ends-by a pintle 68 on a bracket 69 mounted on the 'pipe 26. The inner end of the bar 61 is pivotally connected with the pintle 62. Springs 16 are. attached tothe upright rods 65 and to the bar61 and normally urge the upright rods 65 downwards Aplatform 86 is mounted on a pair of parallel rods 8| which arepivotally mounted by a pintle 82 which is mounted across the rear connections 22. The front ends of the bars 8| have elongated slots 83 which are engaged by pintles 84 connected with the arms35 and 39. The arrangement is such that oscillations from the arms 35 will be transmittedv 'to oscillate the platform 86. The rearV end of theplatform 86 has an upwardly projecting flange 85 adapted to receive the arches of ones feet for exercising purposes.

A block |90. is mounted across the front of the base I 9 for assisting-in exercising the arches of the rfeet.v The'archesare rested on the top front corners of the block I9a andthe handle bars 58 are heldwhile they oscillate yto roll the arches on said corner of the block I9a. A strap 86 is mount.. ed around the platform 89 and is adapted to strap down ones feet while one lies upon the seat 3| with the stomach up and the head resting on the head rest 15.. fThelplatform 86 is also provided with a pair ofV threaded openings 81, see Fig. 3. Chest beaters 88A are removably mounted in these openings 81. Each chest beater 88 comprises a pair'of telescopic members 89 and 96 adapted to be fixed in various extended positions by a set screw 9 I. A pad 92 is mounted upon the top ends of the sections 89. When the platform 86 oscil-` lates, a person may stand to the "rear of the platform so that the pads 92 strike the chest for exercising purposes. The sections 89 may be raised or lowered to adjust its height.

, InFig. 8 afmodied form of chest beater 88 is illustrated which comprises a pair of telescopic sections 88' and 96 adjustably held in position by avset screw 9|. AThe outer end of the section 89'is turned into a hook shape 93 which is covered with leather material 94 in the nature of padding. Chest beaters of this type may be sub- -stituted for the chest beaters 88, shown in Fig. 1.

strip of metalY 96 which is secured upon the platform 86 by bolts 91'. The side arms of the Ufshaped strip 96 are provided with slots 98. Braces 99V and |66 are adjust-ably mounted on the side arms of the strip 96 by bolts and nuts I6| passingthrough the braces and through the slots 98. Leg engaging straps |62'are connected with springs |63 which are attached to the braces |66. The arrangement is such that the straps |62 may be strapped around ones ankles while seated on the seat 3| and then when the exercising machine is being operated the rear of the seat 3| will move up while'the rear of the platform 86 will move down and this will 'stretch the legs.

, The base I9 is formed Awith a pair of openings IM adapted to receive a frame ||I which is rheld in position by nuts |06'. This frame |05 has a top horizontal arm I'I upon which a plate |03 is adjustably supported. This Iplate |08 has a col lar vIDI! sliding onthe arm III'I.I A set screw |I0 holds the 'collar `It!! lin various fixed positions.l A punching bag III is mounted on the plate |08.

i Fig. l2 shows a leg massager mounted on the platform 80. This leg massager comprises an inverted u -shaped bracket II2 which is releasab-ly held on, the platform by a bolt |I3. A wooden roller I I4 is mounted between the top ends of the arms of the UY-shape'dbracket |I2. Whenhone sits on the seat3| facing the rear the calves of the legs may rest on the roller I I 4, and during the operation of the exercising machine the roller I I4 will roll back and forth alongthe calves, massag-v ine them.

Fig.A 13 illustrates a stretcher for the arms. This stretcher comprises a pair vof `eye screws |I5 mounted on the sides of the platform 8|). A pair of springs IIS are connected with the eye screws IIS and extend upwards and are provided with handles II'I. These handles are held together by a connecting strand I I8. When one sits on the seat 3| facing the rear and with the hands grip the handles II'I, the arms will be stretched during the operation of the exercising horse since the rear of the platform 80 moves in an opposite direction to the rear of the seat 3|.

In Fig. 14 a neck exercising device is disclosed. This neck exercising device includes a strap |28 adapted to engage around ones head. This strap is provided with a skull engaging top strap I2| to hold the strap from slipping. A spring |22 connects with the strap |29 and with a hook |23 on a rod |24 which is removably mounted on the front connection 20. A person places the strap |20 around his head and sits on the seat 3|, and during the operation of the exercising horse the head will be caused to move forwards and rearwards stretching the spring |22 and exercising the neck.

The operation of the device is as follows:

A person may sit on the seat 3| and by adjustment of the control handle 54 controls the speed at which the seat 3| will be oscillated indirectly by the motor 40, the transmission 44, and the crank 5I). While sitting on the seat 3| a person may grip the handle bars 58, and the handle bars 58 may be caused to oscillate or remain stationary, depending upon whether or not the pins 60 are in position or removed, and the exercise desired. Y

The massaging rollers 14 are used when a person stands to the front of the exercising horse and allows the rollers to engage a portion of the body.

It is believed that the other uses of the exercising horse are apparent from the prior description.

While I have illustrated and described my invention with some degree of particularity, I realize that in practice various alterations therein may be made. I therefore reserve the right and privilege of changing the form of the details of construction or otherwise altering the arrangement of the correlated parts without departing from the spirit or the scope of the appended claims.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent is:

1. In an exercising horse having a frame suplo'A porting a pivotal seat and a pivotal horizontal arm below said seat and having means for oscillatingsuaidvseat Vand arrn,a platform pivotally mounted on Vsaid fraine tothe rear 4and below said seat,4 aber attachedon said platform and projecting forwards o f said platform and slidably and pivotally connected with said horizontal arm, andafstrap mounted on the rear of said platform for holding the feetof a person exercising whilesaid person, is lying longitudinally across said'seat. A n i 2. In an exercising horse having a frame supporting a pivotal seat and a pivotal horizontal arm below said scat and having means for oscillating said seat and arm, a platform pivotally mounted on said frame to the rear rand below said seat, a'bar attached on 'said platform and projecting forwards of said platform and slidably and pivotally connected with said horizontal arm, and a head rest mounted on said frame to the front 'of said seat.

,3. In an lexercising horse having a frame supportingA a pivotal seat and a pivotal horizontal arm below saidseat and having means for oscillating said seat and arm, a platform pivotally mounted on said frame to the rear and below said seat, a bar attached on said platform and projecting forwards of said platform and slidably and pivotally connected with said horizontal arm, and arm stretchers on the rear of said platform.

4. In an exercising horse having a frame supporting a pivotal seat and a pivotal horizontal arm below said seat and having means for oscillating said seat and arm, a platform pivotally mounted on said frame to the rear and below said seat, a bar attached on said platform and projecting forwards of said platform and slidably and pivotally connected with said horizontal arm, and arm stretchers on the rear of said platform, comprising springs attached to the platform, and handles at the free ends of the springs which may be manually gripped.

5. In an exercising horse having a frame supporting a pivotal seat and a pivotal horizontal arm below said seat and having means for oscillating said seat andV arm, a platform pivotally mounted on said frame to the rear and below said seat, a bar attached on said platform and projecting forwards of said platform and slidably and ivotally connected with said horizontal arm, and leg stretchers mounted on the rear of said platform.

6. In an exercising horse having a frame supporting a pivotal seat and a pivotal horizontal arm below said seat and having means for oscillating said seat and arm, a platform pivotally mounted on said frame to the rear and below said seat, a bar attached on said platform and projecting forwards of said platform and slidably and pivotally connected with said horizontal arm, and leg stretchers mounted on the rear of said platform, comprising a removable U-shaped strip mounted on said platform, braces adjustably 'mounted on the side arms of said strip, leg engaging straps, and springs connecting said leg engaging straps with said braces.

7. In an exercising horse having a frame supporting a pivotal seat and a pivotal horizontal arm below said seat and having means for oscillating said seat and arm, a platform pivotally mounted on said frame to the rear and below said seat, a bar attached on said platform and projecting forwards of said platform and slidably and pivotally connected with said horizontal arm,

mounted kon the rear of said vsaid seatr,-a- -bar attachedon said platform and projecting forwards of said platform and slidably and pivotally connected with said horizontal arm, and a leg massager mounted on the rear of said platform,y comprising a removable bracket mounted on said platform and supporting a horizontal roller. l

9. `In an exercising horse having a framesupporting a pivotal seat and a pivotal horizontal arm below saidseat and having means for oscillating said seat and arm, a platform-pivotally mounted on said frame to the rear and below said seat, a bar attached on said platform and projecting forwards of said platform and slidably and pivotally connected with said horizontal arm,

Y and holding means for holding a portion of ones body While .one is on said seat, and said holding means being mounted on -the rear of said platform, whereby the portions of ones body on said seat-and the portions of ones body held by said holding means will be moved in opposite directions during .the operation of said exercising horse. Y

V1.0. .In an exercising horse having a frame supportingV apivotal seat anda pivotal horizontal arm below said seat and having means for oscillating said seat and arm, a platform pivotally mounted on said frame to the rear and below said seat, azbar attached Lon said platform and projecting forwards of said platform and slidably and pivotally connected with said horizontal arm, and holding means for holding a portion of ones body .While one is onsaid seat, and said holding means-being mounted on the rear of said platform, whereby. the portions of ones body on said seat and the portionsy of ones body held by said holding means will be moved in opposite directions during the operation of said exercising horse,V said holding means comprising members foriconnection With portions of ones body, and springsoonnected with said members and with the .rear of saidplatform.

.A -MYLES JOHN BURKE.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification601/36, 482/90, 482/51, 601/121, 601/118
International ClassificationA63B69/04, A61H1/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61H1/02, A63B69/04
European ClassificationA63B69/04, A61H1/02