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Sept. 20, 197] GREEN 3,606,315
HAND CLIMBER Filed March 18, 1969 jOA . II-A 4 I l6 '0 F I6 I MARTIN GREEN,
GEO. B. OUJEV OLK ATTORNEY United States Patent ()1 Rice 3,606,315 Patented Sept. 20, 1971 3,606,315 HAND CLIMBER Martin Green, Mahwah, N .J., assignor to N Limit Inventions, Inc., Mahwah, N .J Filed Mar. 18, 1969, Ser. No. 808,270 Int. Cl. A63b 17/00 U.S. Cl. 272-60 2 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A hand climber where children can compete in climbing. A cage is mounted on a base with outer rails. The rails have inwardly flanged walls. Instead of pegs, elongated peg-like handles are used which have a sliding element at one end disposed in the rail for vertical movement therealong in parallel spaced relationship so that a person can grasp one with each hand. Children and learners can exercise safely with the device since the handles will not come out of the tracks and when gripped will not slide down. Also, the handles, unlike pegs do not have to be inserted into holes so that there is no missing and slipping. The device provides a means for children to start obtaining the skill which they will require in the future, and if necessary prepares athletes for using pegs with holes.
The present invention relates to a physical fitness body builder device and more particularly to a device for small children of about kindergarten age or first grade which can be used indoors, outdoors and will serve to teach the child to lift his own Weight.
In training football teams, one of the means of training consists of a series of left and right parallel vertical holes for pegs about a foot apart. The trainee places the pegs successively in these holes and thus pulls his body upward.
This exercise is highly recommended but young children of course cannot move pegs up a one-foot distance. Rather than a fixed distance, a variable distance is required for the children.
The present invention relates to such a device where a child can pull his own weight. However, instead of using pegs, the child uses peg-like handles.
Thus, the object of the invention is to train the user to lift his own weight either with one arm or both arms.
A further object of this invention is that the user has the means to adjust the lifting capacity to his own desire, due to the construction of the exercising device.
Another object of this invention is that two children can utilize the body builder at the same time, thereby creating an incentive means in developing skill and lifting capacity due to the competition.
Also, this invention can be used in a classroom, in a home, or playground.
A further object of this invention is that it can be manufactured inexpensively so that it can reach the average consumer due to the fact that any manufacturer of gym equipment does not have to produce new tooling to produce the body builder.
Still another object of this invention is that the user can train and exercise finger lifting due to the construction of a bolt handle and channel operable by only a small amount of movement.
The invention as well as other objects and advantages thereof will become more readily apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing in which:
FIG. 1 illustrates in perspective the inventive concept of the present invention;
FIG. 2 shows one connection of components illustrated in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 depicts another connection of components illustrated in FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 presents a perspective view of the climbing peglike handle arrangement used herein; and,
FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing the constructional features of the peg-like handle shown in FIG. 4.
The exercise device contemplated requires a frame having a base 12 made of horizontal parallel cylinders 14, 14A. Each horizontal cylinder 14, 14A in turn has bolting points 16, 18 equidistant from the cylinder center, where vertical tubes 20, 22, 20A, 22A are bolted. Diagonally opposite tubes 20, 22A and 20A, 22 are connected across the top by horizontal cross bars 24, 26, to define a cage 27. The cage 27 is reinforced with flying lengths or reinforcing tubes 28, 28A, 30, 30A bolted to both sides of the frame. Preferably, the cross bars 24, 26 interconnect tubes 20, 22, 20A and 22A to form four V-shaped cross-sections with the ends entering the respective tubes and bolted therein by bolts 32. Flying lengths, e.g. length or tube 28 are likewise bolted by bolts 34.
Extending between opposite tubes 20, 20A and 22, 22A of cage 27, a suitable vertical distance from base 12 are steps 36, 38. The distance is such that a child can easily step up. Extending from the top of each tube 20, 20A, 22, 22A downwards, along the tube, are rails 40, 40A, 42, 42A, having inward retaining flanged walls, 44, 46, defining a travelpath 48.
The rails 40, 40A, 42, 42A are held to the corresponding tubes 20, 20A, 22, 22A, by bolts or screws 51.
Disposed for travel in the rails are peg-like moveable handle assemblies 50, 50A, 52, 52A. Each handle assembly comprises an elongated handle 54 preferably with fluted sections 56 for the hand grasp, an end knob 58 and a slide member 60 opposite the knob 58.
Slide member 60 has a rectangular slide head 62 sized to be retained between flanges 44, 46 and to move along travelpath 48. Extending at right angles from head 62 is a screw threaded length 64 with a nut 66- threaded thereon. This nut 66 is turned so as to almost engage rail flanges 44, 46 thus maintaining head 62 in the travelpath 48. Threaded length 64 enters the inner end 68 of handle 50 and the handle and length act as one piece.
When left unattended, the handle 50 will fall by itself by gravity as the head 62 travels along the travelpath. When grasped by hand and only sligthly tilted and pushed up, the handle 50 can be lifted. However, when pulled downwards by hand, a lever action will take place as head 62 turns angularly, and the handle will lock in place. Thus, when a child mounts the step 38, he grasps peg-like handles 50, 50A and pushes them up with a slight tilt of the wrist. When he can push up no further, he must swing on one handle while pushing on the second handle upwards so that eventually he reaches the top of the device and can start downwards the same way.
With the present arrangement two children can compete each working up one side of the device.
One exceptional feature of this invention is the construction of a channel and the fact that a standard bolt head can be used to hold the weight of the user. The safety feature resides in the fact that the more weight that is applied to the handle bolt against the channel, the safer it becomes for the user. It is a known fact that most of the items produced in the gym field are knocked down and then assembled by the consumer. This body builder exerciser can be packed into one carton 6" x 6", 6' long. All parts are unified so that the average consumer can assemble it with case.
With this invention the user can exercise his arms in lifting himself at Ma" at a time if desired and then train himself to lift his own weight at arm length.
The device is particularly useful for the training of young children and persons with no experience. For regular football teams, the distance between peg holes is one foot and the trainee must pull up his weight one foot by swinging between positions. This movement is very difficult at first and it greatly aids the trainee to be able to move up inches at a time. Gradually, the trainee acquires skill and can push the peg-like handle further up the rail. Thus, the present invention can be used for moving up inches at a time or feet at a time depending on the training stage of the user.
1. A hand climber, comprising in combination:
(a) a base;
(b) a cage mounted on said base with vertical tubes;
(c) at least two adjacent parallel rails mounted on a first pair of said vertical tubes and facing outwardly of said cage, said rails having opposed inward flanged walls defining travel paths; and
(d) elongated hand engageable pegs including sliding elements at one end thereof which are disposed in and a locking nut for confining said bolt to said travel path.
2. A device as claimed in claim 1, said cage including cross bars interconnecting said vertical tubes at the top thereof forming V-shaped cross-sections, reinforcing tubes interconnecting and supporting adjacent ones of said vertical tubes and steps extending between said first pair of said vertical tubes to enable the user to step up and grasp the pegs.
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