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Publication numberUS3278185 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 11, 1966
Filing dateSep 24, 1963
Priority dateSep 24, 1963
Publication numberUS 3278185 A, US 3278185A, US-A-3278185, US3278185 A, US3278185A
InventorsBidopia Joseph L, Elvira Ebner
Original AssigneeBidopia Joseph L, Elvira Ebner
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Body-attached abdominal exercise device
US 3278185 A
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9d- 11, 1966 J. L. Bloom ETAL 3,278,185

BODY-ATTACHED ABDOMINAL EXERCISE DEVICE Filed Sept. 24, 1963 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTORS JOSEPH L. BlDoPlA FIG 4 ELVIRA EBNER Oct. 11, 1966 J, l B1D0P|A ETAL 3,278,185

BODY-ATTACHED ABDOMINAL EXERCISE DEVICE Filed Sept. 24, 1963 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTORS JOSEPH L. BIDOPIA l BY ELVIRA EBNER FIG 9 United States Patent O 3,278,185 BODY-ATTACHED ABDOMINAL EXERCISE DEVICE Joseph L. Bidopia, 157 SE. 12th St., Apt. 7, and Elvira Ebner, 155 SE. 12th St., Apt. 10, both of Miami, Fla. Filed Sept. 24, 1963, Ser. No. 311,128 2 Claims. (Cl. 272-80) This invention relates in general to physical exercise devices land more particularly -to a device for encouraging and recording the exercise of abdominal muscles.

Specic exercise for waistline reduction is not necessarily included in general overall exercise programs and to this end the pre-sent invention is directed by the provision of a simple device for recording muscular exercise of the abdominal muscles when attached around the waist by ysimple belt means land is a principal object of the invention.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a waist belt having a spring means connected therein adapted to resist the expansion of abdominal muscles corresponding with a predetermined force provided by a selected spring retained therein.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a spring actuated means connected in series with a waist belt for resisting the expansion of abdominal muscles and including fa recording means for recording the total nurnber lof sequential muscular expansions made during an exercise period.

These and other objects and Aadvantages are described and shown in the following specification `and drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a front elevation of the device in reduced scale.

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the device shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary enlarged view of the device shown in FIG. 1 with cover removed.

FIG. 4 is an enlarged cross sectional view section line 4-4, FIG. 1.

FIG. 5 is an enlarged cross sectional view taken through section lline 5-5, FIG. 1.

FIG. 6 is an enlarged left end elevation of the device shown in FIG. 1 with the belt thereof broken away.

FIG. 7 is a cross sectional view taken through section line 7*7, FIG. 3.

FIG. 8 is the same as FIG. 3 in changed position.

FIG. 9 illustrates an alternate spring for that shown in FIG. 3.

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, a hollow casing 1 having a cover 2 secured thereon by friction or other snap fastener means, not shown, is preferably made from molded plastic material and is interposed in `a flexible belt 3 having -a conventional buckle 4 4and a tongue portion 5 at opposite ends thereof.

A ratchet type counter 6, adapted to be operated by oscillation of the shaft thereof, is secured in the upper side of lcasing 1 by suitable screws, as shown, providing for visibility of the numerals therein when the casing is positioned against the abdomen and the belt buckled around a waist of a person.

Referring to FIG. 3, a buckle portion of the belt 3 is secured in one side of the casing 1 through a suitable aperture in the left end thereof and looped around pin 7 which is retained in suitable pockets in the casing. The loop 8 in the end of the belt is retained by rivet 9 as shown.

A rectangular link member 10 is slidably retained in casing 1 between guides 11 and 12 and the inner walls of the casing and cover, as shown. The actuating arm 13 of the counter is secured to the shaft thereof and extends into recess 14 in link 10 for oscillation thereby.

taken through The right hand end 15 of the link 10 is reduced in size for engagement with loop 16 in the tongue portion of the belt which is entered through a suitable aperture in lthe right hand end of casing 1 and which loop is retained by rivet 17. A right angle sto-p bracket 18 is secured to the inner wall of casing 1 by rivets 19, better shown in FIG. 4.

A helical compression spring 20 is retained between guides 21-21 which are integral with casing 1, with the opposite ends thereof bearing against the `left side of link 20 and the face of bracket 18, respectively.

FIG. 9 illustrates one of a predetermined group of springs 22 having the same outside dimensions but different pressure characteristic resulting from modified wire size and/or modifications in temper, which spring may be readily substituted for spring 20 when the device is in the idle position shown in FIG. 3.

In operation, the belt 3 is snugly buckled around the waist of a person with the casing 1 positioned against the abdomen and then by the periodic contraction and expansion of the persons abdominal muscles the waist is exercised against the constricting action of the spring within the casing. The relative motion transmitted by the belt is illustrated in .the changed position of the sprung elements shown in FIG. 8. Each periodic muscular effort will oscillate the tongue portion of the belt within the casing and move the link a corresponding distance against the restraining action of spring 20 `and Operate the counter by virtue of angular movement of its `arm 13.

Thus a person committed to Waistline reduction by abdominal exercise is able to observe when a predetermined number of muscular efforts are completed.

Certain modications to the above construction utilizing the features described are intended to come within the scope of the appended claims.

Having described our invention, we claim:

1. In a physical exercise device of the character described a hollow casing, an adjustable belt means having a pair of inner ends thereof terminating in said casing including a fastening means adapted to adjustably secure the outer end portions of said belt means laround the waist of a person with said casing means positioned against the abdomen thereof, one of said inner ends xed in said casing, a `spring member fixed to the other of said inner ends `and slidably retained in said casing for predetermined movement therein substantially colinear with said belt means, a stop projection in said casing positioned in `spaced relation to said member, a helical spring retained in said casing with the opposite ends thereof positioned against said member and said projection respectively whereby variable expanding tension forces in said belt will move said spring member in said casing predetermined corresponding distances against the restraining action of said spring when said device is operated.

2. The construction recited in claim 1 including a ratchet counter in said casing having an actuating lever adapted for oscillatory movement, said lever engaged with said Ispring member for oscillatory movement thereby when said member is reciprocated whereby said counter will totalize and indicate the number of said disstances moved by said spring member when said device is operated.

References Cited by the Examiner UNTTED STATES PATENTS 1,275,522 8/1918 Boylan. '2,220,593 ll/l940 WatSOn 2-339 X RICHARD C. PINKHAM, Primary Examiner. W, R. BROWNE, Assistant Examiner.

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U.S. Classification482/124, 128/96.1, 235/91.00R, 601/23
International ClassificationA63B23/02, A63B23/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B23/0244
European ClassificationA63B23/02S