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Dec. 28, 1965 H. P. KLINGLER PUNCHING BAG Filed July 24, 1965 FIG. 2
INVENTOR HAROLD P. KLiNGLER BY 4 I K 47 ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,226,116 PUNQHING BAG Harold P. Klingler, 418 Buttonwood St., Delanco, NJ. Filed July 24, 1963, Ser. No. 297,367 1 Claim. (Cl. 27278) This invention relates to punching bags and, more particularly, to means for easily mounting and dismounting punching bags.
One of the most helpful exercises which many people can get involves the use of a punching bag. Not only does the use of such bags help in creating a certain amount of coordination but also assists in developing various parts of the body of the person using the punching bag.
While many people recognize the beneficial use of a punching bag, both from well-being and hobby points of view, they are often confined to quarters which make the use of punching bags impossible or, at least, inconvenient.
Perhaps one of the main disadvantages of punching bags used heretofore has been the need of mounting such bags. Very often, frame members to hold the bag must be nailed or screwed to the walls or ceiling. Swivel or ropes must be attached to the bag and mounted to the frames. In many homes, this is undesirable since it results in damage to the property.
Mounting the punching bag to walls and ceilings by conventional means, in addition to causing damage to property, is often impractical for children below certain ages or heights since they must generally be mounted relatively high.
While various types of stands of relatively low heights have been used heretofore, they have generally proved deficient by failing to provide the proper feel in punching the bag. The reason for this has generally been that the resistance to the movement of the bag has been too great because of the rigid rod which generally connects the bag to the bottom of the stand.
It is an object of this invention to provide an improved exercise device.
It is a further object of this invention to provide an improved punching bag which is easily mounted and detachable.
It is a further object of this invention to provide an improved punching bag which is completely self contained and which does not require additional mounting means.
It is a further object of this invention to provide an improved punching bag with attachment means which may be manufactured economically.
In accordance with the present invention, a punching bag is provided with a vacuum element for mounting to a smooth surface. A flexible element is connected between the bag and the vacuum element.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will be apparent and suggest themselves to those skilled in the art from a reading of the following specification and claim, in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which:
FIGURE 1 is a front view of a punching bag, in accordance with the present invention;
FIGURE 2 is a view of the punching bag illustrated in FIGURE 1, with the cover removed, and
FIGURE 3 is a front view of another embodiment of the present invention.
Referring particularly to FIGURES 1 and 2, a punching bag includes a cover 12 having a top opening and a cord 14. An inflatable element or bladder 16 is disposed within the cover 12 and may include a valve 18 Patented Dec. 28, 1965 for receiving air to inflate the bladder 16 and the cover 12. The bag 10 has a reduced portion or neck towards its top.
A mounting element 20 includes a thin flexible stem 22 having a suction cuplike element 24 at one end and an outwardly flaring connecting portion 26 at its other end. The connecting portion 26 is disposed partly around the inflatable element 16 in a manner illustrated in FIG- URE 2.
When the inflatable element 16 is placed within the cover 12, the connecting portion 26 is also placed through the top opening of the cover 12. During insertion of the inflatable element 16 and the connecting portion 26 into the cover, the cord or lace 14 is generally loose. After insertion, the lace 14 is tightened to hold the mounting element 20 securely to the cover 12. The inflatable element 16 is normally deflated while being inserted into the cover 12 and is then filled with air by a suitable hand air pump or other suitable means after insertion.
The inflatable member 16 and the cover 12 may comprise conventional material found in most punching bags. For example, the inflatable member 16 may be of rubber and the cover 12 may be of leather.
The mounting element 20 is preferably a molded integral piece, although in some cases it may be desirable to have the suction cup portion 24 screwed to the remaining portion to permit replacement if required.
The mounting element 20 may be made of semisoft rubber, pliable plastic or other suitable resilient material.
The connecting stem 22 must be thin and flexible enough so as to offer the proper amount of resistance when the bag is punched and to return the bag promptly when it is hit so that a person punching the bag can continuously punch it in a volley-like fashion.
The vacuum cup 24 may be pressed against any relatively smooth surface which will permit a suitable vacuum to hold the punching bag. The surface may be a ceiling, wall or floor.
The connecting portion 26 may be dimensioned to conform to the shape of the top of the punching bag.
It is noted that the punching bag 10 is securely connected to the mounting means 20 and when assembled in the manner described may be regarded as a single self contained unit. Any person desiring to use the punching bag illustrated need only find a suitable smooth surface. There is no need to provide special mounting means when the punching bag is moved from one place to another.
Referring to FIGURE 3, a somewhat modified embodiment of the present invention is illustrated. A punching bag and mounting means 30 is made of a single integral piece. The single piece may be molded to include the inflatable portion 32, the flexible stem 34 and the vacuum cup 36. The punching bag and mounting means 30 may be made of rubber, plastic or other suitable material. The inflatable portion 32 is sufliciently thick so as to preclude the need for a separate cover.
The punching bag may be mounted to a base or floor 38, which has a smooth surface. The particular arrangement permitting floor mounting is especially useful when small children are involved. Since the bag is mounted relatively low, it may be used by small children and may be used by persons in a sitting position.
It has been seen that the present invention has provided a novel type of punching bag which is easily mounted and dismounted without damaging the surface to which it is attached. Also, the punching bag of the invention provides the proper resistance to permit proper punching and return of the ball for volleying. The number of parts required in the present invention is minimized thereby minimizing the overall cost of the bag.
3 4 What is claimed is: References Cited by the Examiner A punching bag comprising a single integral member UNITED STATES PATENTS formed in one piece of resilient material and including a main inflatable body, a vacuum element adapted to be 663690 12/1900 Whitely et a1 272 77 attached to a surface, and means connected between said 5 732096 6/1903 Maxwell 272 78 main body element and said vacuum element whereby the 3114546 12/1963 Verseghy 272 78 bag can be continuously volleyed by punching, said means FO EIGN A S including a relatively short flexible element connected 319,972 10/1929 G r e at Britain between said main body element and said vacuum element, said flexible element being shorter in length than 10 RICHARD C. PINKHAM Primary Examiner said main inflatable body element.