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Publication numberUS3403906 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 1, 1968
Filing dateMay 14, 1965
Priority dateMay 14, 1965
Publication numberUS 3403906 A, US 3403906A, US-A-3403906, US3403906 A, US3403906A
InventorsRalph Burzenski
Original AssigneeRalph Burzenski
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Exerciser with grippers on a roller mounting shaft
US 3403906 A
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R. BURZENSKI Oct. 1, 1968 EXERCISER WITH GRIFPERS ON A ROLLER MOUNTING SHAFT Filed May 14, 1965 INVENTQR RALPH BURZENSKI ATTORNEYS United States Patent Filed May 14, 1965, Ser. No. 455,775

2 Claims. (Cl. 272-57) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE The device includes a roller which is mounted on a shaft with the shaft having gripping members on its opposite ends so that when the gripping members have force applied thereto and the roller contacts a surface, the exercising device can be moved along said surface by means of the roller rolling.

My invention refers to an exercising device, and more particularly, to a simple, portable device that is light in weight, and easily transported and stored.

The prime object of my invention is to provide a device that may be used and operated in any part of the home.

Another object of my invention is to provide a device of the character described that is effective in the exercising of every portion and muscle of the body in a simple manner.

A further object of my invention is to provide a device that may be easily manipulated by youngsters or grownups.

A still further object is to provide a device that is simple in construction, easy to manufacture, yet positive in its use and function.

It is manifest to anyone familiar with the use of exercisers of varied constructions that the prime object of their use is to loosen and develop certain parts of the body and muscles that are to be serviced in the process of its use. The device illustrated, described, and claimed herein, is a simple practical device that may be manipulated by means of rolling it while the user is in any position, whether he be sitting on the floor, kneeling or standing with his weight supported only by the toes. It may be cushioned for use on a carpeted living room floor, may be easily conveyed or transported, and when not in use it may be stored in any limited space.

Other and further objects of my invention will become more apparent as the description proceeds, when taken in conjunction with the drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the device, employing a single revolving support, centrally disposed within the assembly.

FIG. 2 is a horizontal cross-sectional view of the device illustrated in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a side view of a modified assembled device employing a pair of revolving supports.

FIG. 4 is an illustration of the user in phantom and in a sitting position with the device close to his body.

FIG. 5 is a similar view of the user in a sitting positon with the arms supporting the device in a forward position.

FIG. 6 is a similar view of the user in a kneeling position with the device close to his body, and

FIG. 7 is a similar view of the user in a kneeling position with the device stretched or pushed outward, and the user in a forwardly stretched position.

Similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views, and referring now to the same, the character 10 shows generally a rotata'bly mounted wheel, which may be of any type of construction either one piece or equipped with a rubber tire or the like, encircling the outer periphery and shown as 11. Preferably wheel 10 is constructed of a nonabrasive material to prevent harmful contact with a floor surface or the like.

3,403,906 Patented Oct. 1, 1968 The wheel 10 is supported by a horizontally disposed shaft shown as 12, having tubular collar members 13 contacting the outer faces 11 of the wheel 10, and are held in a fixed position by means of set-screws 14 which contact the shaft 12, or in any other eflicient or practical manner. Collar members 13 may be an integral part of the outer faces 11.

There are a pair of grip members or handles 15 slidably associated with the outwardly extending ends of the shaft 12, or they may be attached in any other eflicient or practical manner. Grip members 15 may be pulled outwardly from the ends to vary the horizontal length of the exercising device. The grip members 15 mav-be constructed of tubular plastic or other light weight material.

Tubular inserts or spacers 16 are disposed between the collars 13 and the inner ends of the grips. Spacers 16 provide a bearing surface for grip members 15. Preferably spacers 16 are constructed of a nonferrous material to maintain the weight of the exercising device 10 as light as possible.

Grip members 15 include indentations 18 spaced apart to provide confined gripping areas for the fingers. A child or woman may prefer the innermost indentation 18, whereas the man whose reach is longer would prefer the outer indentation 18.

During the normal use of the exercising device, there are numerous positions that may be assumed by the user as illustrated by FIGS. 4 thru 7.

Grip members 15 may be slidably associated with shaft 12 and thereby serving as an adjustable extension in the horizontal direction of the shaft. Moreover, this enables grip members 15 to be adjusted according to the reach and comfort of the user.

It is believed that my invention, its mode of construction and assembly, and many of its advantages should be readily understood from the foregoing without further description, and it should also be manifest that while a preferred embodiment of the invention has been shown and described for illustrative purposes, the structural details are nevertheless capable of wide variation within the purview of my invention as defined in the appended claims.

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

1. An exercising device combination, the combination comprising a shaft,

at least one wheel rotatably journaled to said shaft intermediate to the ends of said shaft,

said at least one wheel having a nonabrasive outer rim, collar members fixedly attached to said shaft contacting the outermost portion of each of the opposed outer faces of said at least one wheel to maintain said at least one wheel in position intermediate the ends of said shaft, handle means spaced apart from said collar members, said handle means consisting of a pair of grip members coaxial with and slidably associated with the ends of said shaft to enable variation of the length of said shaft by axially sliding said grip members on said shaft, each of said grip members including spaced apart indentations for receiving the fingers of the user of said device when grasping said grip members, and

spacer means inserted between said collars and the inner ends of said grip members and positioned around said shaft,

whereby said wheel is rotated along a surface in response to force applied to said grip members providing various exercising positions for the user of said exercising device.

2. The exercising device of claim 1, wherein said at least one wheel comprises a pair of wheels journaled to said shaft intermediate to the ends of said shaft, and

wherein further spacer means are provided between the collar members on the inner faces of said wheels thereby maintaining a space between said pair of wheels.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,824,920 9/1931 Novak 272-57 4 Wentz 272-67 X Barbeau 272-57 X Britt 272-67 X Grifiin 272-67 Dantolan 272-84 Douglas 272-82 X RICHARD C. PINKHAM, Primary Examiner.

0 W. R. BROWNE, Assistant Examiner.

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U.S. Classification482/132, 482/108
International ClassificationA63B22/20, A63B22/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B2208/12, A63B22/20
European ClassificationA63B22/20