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Publication numberUS3596654 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 3, 1971
Filing dateJul 2, 1969
Priority dateJul 2, 1969
Publication numberUS 3596654 A, US 3596654A, US-A-3596654, US3596654 A, US3596654A
InventorsTamura Shichiro
Original AssigneeTensho Electric Ind Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Machine for exercising the whole body
US 3596654 A
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United States Patent Inventor Shichiro Tamura Tokyo, Japan Ap pi. No. Filed Patented Assignee Tokyo, Japan MACHINE FOR EXERCISING THE WHOLE BODY [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,869,539 1/1959 Mosse 128/33 3,362,090 1/1968 Adam 128/25 X Primary Examiner-L. W. Trapp Altorneylrving M. Weiner 3 Claims6 Drawing Figs ABSTRACT: An exercising machine for simultaneously exer- U.S. 128/25 cising the legs, waist, head and arms of the human body. Vari- Int. Cl. A6lh 1/02 ous elements are provided for imparting movements to the Field of Search 128/24, body members and a motor is provided for driving these ele- 24.2,25, 33 moms.

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PATENTEU AUG 3 I97! SHEET 1 OF 3 PATENTEU Aus 3l97l 3.598654 sum 2 BF 3 PATEN'TED AUG slsn SHEET 3 [IF 3 MACHINE FOR EXERCISING THE WHOLE BODY The present invention relates to a machine for exercising the whole body.

According to the present invention, the machine for exercising the whole body is so constructed as to be capable of, by means of a motor, moving the headright and left, the arms up and down with-respect to the body, warping the waist, and bending and stretching alternately the legs of a human body lying down on-its back on the bed of the machine.

An object of the present invention is, therefore, to provide a machine capable of exercising the human body as it lies down on its back.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a machine for treating the human body for certain diseases.

The present invention will become fully apparent from the following detailed description, reference-being made: to the accompanying drawing in which:

FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of the machine according to the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the machine of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a front elevational view of the-machine, the side plate being removed;

FIG. 4 is a top plan view of the machine, the deck plate being removed; I

FIG. 5 is an enlarged perspective view of a slide block and a part of a link mechanism; and 7 FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a mechanism for moving the head pad right and left. p

The machine according to the present invention comprises a box-shaped bed 1 composed of a bottom plate 2, side plates 3 and 4, end plates 5 and 6 and a deck plate 7. Arranged on the bottom plate 2 is a motor 8 which drives a reduction gearing 9. A sprocket wheel 11 is fixed on the shaft of the reduction gearing 9.

A shaft 13 is journaled in brackets 12 and 12' arranged on the bottom plate 2 and a sprocket wheel 14 is fixed on said shaft 13. A chain 15 is placed over the sprocket wheels 1 1 and 14. Fixed to the ends of the shaft 13 are short levers "l6 and 16', said levers being so arranged as to enclose an angleof 180. Fixed on the shaft 13 is anothersprocket wheel 17.

Arranged on the bottom plate 2 of the bed 1 near the rear end plate 6 are two pivots 18 and 18, on which levers 21 and 21 having foot bars 19 and 19' at the ends thereofand extending upwardly through slots 20 and 20 the deck plate 7. are pivotally mounted. Said levers 21 and 21' are, pivotally connected to the short levers 16 and 16 through levers 22 and 22, respectively.

Provided in the vicinity of the middle of the bed I are two stays 23, on which a slide block 24 is adapted to be slid. Secured to the slide block 24 is a vertical rod 25 extending upwardly through the deck plate 7 of the bed 1 and carrying a waist pad 26 on its upper end. A lever 27 is pivotally mounted on one side of the slide block 24, the other end of the lever 27 being pivotally connected to a short lever 28, the other end of which is fixed on a shaft journaled in a bracket 29 arranged on the bottom plate 2. Secured to the shaft 30 is a sprocket;

wheel 31. A chain 32 engages over the sprocket wheels 31 and 17.

Provided on the other side of the slide block 24 are, as shown in FIG. 5, two projections 33 carrying a pin 34 therebetween. The pin 34 is engaged by the forked end 36 of an angle lever 35, in the middle 37 of which is arranged a pin 38 beared in a proper way. The angle lever is provided on the other end with a C-shaped guide 39, in which is loosely fitted a cylindrical part 42 secured to the end of a rod 41 slidably mounted in a lever 40. A spring 43 is arranged between the cylindrical part 42 and the lever for keeping the fonner in tight contact with the inner wall of the C-shaped guide 39. The lever 40 is fixed at the middle by means of a pin 44,and pivotally connected at the end through a fixed shaft 45 to a short rod 46 and further to a lever 49 carrying a head pad 47 on. its end and pivotally mounted at the middle on the bed 1 by means of a pin 48. The lever 49 extends through a slot 50 in the forwardend plate 5 and positions'the head pad 47 to a proper distance away from the deck plate 7 of the bed 1.

Near the forward end plate 5 is arranged a horizontal guide shaft 51 on which a slide member 52 slides. Pivotally mounted on'both sides of the slide member 52 are short rods 53 and 53', to which levers 54 and 54' are pivotally connected at one ends, said levers 54 and 54f being pivotally mounted at the middle on stays 55 and 55' by means of pins 56 and 56', respectively, and the other ends of the levers 54 and 54 pivotally extend through slots 57 and 57 outwardly of the bed 1 and rise with vertical portions substantially up to the height of the deck plate 7, where they carry armrests 58 and 58', respectively, Pivotally mounted on one side of the slide member 52 is one end of a short rod 59, the other end of which'is pivotally connected to one end of a short rod 60 pivotally mounted near the middle on a bracket 62, thereby to form a link mechanism. The other end of the short rod 60 is pivotally connected to a lever 61, which is pivotally connected to one end of the short lever 16.

The machine according to the present invention operates as follows:

As apparent from FIG. 3, a person who will use this machine lies on his back on the deck plate 7 of the bed 1 with his legs resting on the foot bars 19 and 19, his waist on the waist pad 26,his head on the head pad 47 and his arms on the arm rests 58 and 58'. W-hen'the motor 8 is energized, its rotates through the reduction gearing 9 the sprocket wheel 11 at a low speed,

and further through'the chain 15 the shaft 13, thus swinging the levers 21 and 21" back and forth through the short levers 16 and 16' and levers 22 and 22, so that the foot bars 19 and 19' swing back and forth, thus permitting bending and stretching of the legs.

At the same time the slide block 24 is, through the short lever 28 and the lever 27, moved up and down guided by the vertical rod 25. With this vertical reciprocation of the slide block 24, the angle lever 35 is'moved in a horizontal plane in the direction of arrows in FIG. 5, so that the link mechanism comprising the lever 40, short rod 46 and lever 49 makes a transverse motion'about the pins 44 and 48 as the fixed points, thus providing thejtransverse and horizontal movement of the head pad 47, as illustrated ,in FIG. 6. The vertical reciprocation of the slide block 24 leads naturally to the vertical motion of the waist pad, thus giving a warping exercise to the waist of the use. 1

Further the rotation of the shaft 13 allows through the short lever 16, lever 61; short rods 60 and $9, the slide member 52 to slide on the shaft 51 toward the forward end plate 5, so that the short rods 53 and 53' move toward the forward end plate 5, but the armrests'58 and 58' secured to the ends of the levers 54 and 54' move toward the rear end plate 6 as shown by the arrows in FIG. 4, for the levers 54 and 54-are pivoted by the pins 56 and 56'. Hence, the arms on the armrests are moved toward the waist in a horizontal plane. When the shaft 13 rotates further, the slide member 52 returns to the starting position. Thus, the arms are moved reciprocally between the waist and the head.

In this way, when the user lies down on his back on the bed with his legs resting on the foot bars, his waist on the waist pad, his head on the head pad and his arms on the armrests, and energizes the motor, the machines parts begin to move continuously thereby to exercise the corresponding parts of the human body continuously.

What I claim is:

1. A machinefor exercising the whole body comprising a bed on which the human body lies down on its back; foot bars arranged at the rear of said bed and means for reciprocating said foot bars back and forth; a waist pad arranged in the middle of said bed and means for reciprocating said waist pad up and down; a head pad arranged at the forward end of said bed and means for reciprocating said head pad right and left; and armrests arranged on both sides of said bed and means for reciprocating said armrests back and forth in a horizontal plane, and a motor provided in said bed and in driving relationship with all of said means.

2. A machine as set forth in claim 1 wherein said foot bars are reciprocated back and forth by a link mechanism driven by said motor, said waist pad is reciprocated up and down by a vertical slide block through a link mechanism driven by said motor, said head pad is reciprocated right and left by a link mechanism connected to said slide block, and wherein said armrests are reciprocated back and forth by the back-and-forth reciprocating of a slide member through a link mechanism said slide member being slid back and forth by another link mechanism to said link mechanism for driving said foot bars.

3. A construction of the machine as set forth in claim 1 wherein one end of an angle lever fits loose in a slide block and the other end of said angle lever is provided with a C- shaped guide, one end of a link mechanism connected to said head pad being kept in pressure contact with the inner wall of said C-shaped projection, and wherein said angle lever is pivotally mounted at the middle thereof.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification601/25, 601/36, 601/26, 601/31, 601/35, 601/29
International ClassificationA61H1/00, A61H1/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61H1/0255, A61H1/008, A61H1/0296, A61H1/0274, A61H2203/0456, A61H1/02
European ClassificationA61H1/02