US 723625 A
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PATENTED MAR. 24, 1903.
A. J. THbRNLEY. EXERGISING APPARATUS.
APPLIOATION FILED NOV. 28, 1902- Y no MODEL.
INVENT-U WIINEESEE ays/f2 UNIT D STATES PATENT QFFICE.
ALBERT J. THORNLEY, OF PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 723,625, dated March 24, 1903.
Application filed November 28, 1902. Serial No. 133,016. (No model.)
To all whom, it may concern.-
Be it known that I, ALBERT J. THORNLEY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Pawtucket, in the county of Providence and State of Rhode Island, haveinvented anew and useful Improvementin Exercising Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.
This invention has reference to an improvement in the class of exercising apparatus by which a variety of exercises may be performed in lifting an adjustable weight-carriage by a lower, middle, and overhead handle, or any two handles, to exercise the different parts of the body.
The invention consists in the peculiar and novel construction of the apparatus by which the weight and the weight-lifting pulleys are supported oncarriages sliding on the same vertical planes.
The invention also consists in the details of construction and the combination of parts more fully set forth hereinafter and more par-- ticularly pointed out in the claims.
Figure 1 is a side view of the exercising apparatus, showing my invention. Fig. 2 is a front view of the same. partly in section, showing the weight-lifting pulley and the chest-pulley supported on a sliding carriage.
Similar marks of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the figures. Y
In carrying out my invention I connect and support the rods a a, which form the vertical ways, on the floor-plate b. The rods a an extend parallel to each other and on the same vertical plane to the head-bracket a. The weight-carriage b is connected by means of the collars b o The weights b are detachably connected with the weight carriage. The weight-pulley b is rotatably supported in journal-bearings secured to. the weightcarriage b. The rope b? is secured at one end to the carriage c. The rope passes under the weight-pulley b and over the operating-pub ley b, pivotally supported on the carriage 0. Near the end of the rope b is secured the ball-stop Z1 and to the end the handle 19 In the normal position when the apparatus is used to exercise the chest the carriage c rests on the stop 1)", preferably secured to the wall-board b and the weight-carriage is raised by drawing the rope 6 over the oper- Fig. 3 is a side view,
ating-pulley 1).. The carriage c is connected with the rods 0 a bymeans of the collars c c and slides onthe rods. The weight-pulley c is supported in bearings secured to and moving with the carriage 0, so that a lifting strain exerted on the Weight-pulley c is transmitted by the rope b and the weight-pulley b to the weight-carriage 5'. Such a lifting strain may be exerted by pulling on either end of the rope a The head-bracket a is secured to the wall board a and forms the journal-supports of the guide-pulleys a and a The overhead operating-pulley a and the floor operating-pulley a are journaled each in'a swivel-frame a pivotally supported in the curved yokes a a adj ustably secured to the brackets a a The rope a is provided at both ends with the handles b b and near each end with the ballstops b b The rope a passes over the operating-pulley a, over the guide-pulley a, under the Weight-pulley 0 over the guidepulley a and under the floor operating-pulley (1 When strain is exerted at either end on the rope a, the strain is transmitted through the sliding carriage c to the weightcarriage b. The head-bracket is an integral casting in which the journal-bearings of the guide-pulleys a and a are supported at right angles to each other. The carriage c has the journal bearings for the weight pulley a formed integral with the carriage and has the frame 0 in which the operating-pulley b is journaled, supported in the collar 0 and held by the pin 0 so as to swing on the supports.
The bracket 0 extends to the rear of the carriage 0, between the rods a. a, and has one end of the rope b secured to it.
Two sets of the exercising apparatus are usually placed side by side; but a variety of exercises may be performed by the use of one set of the apparatus shown and described herein.
When the apparatus is not in use, the ballstops 5 b are held against the frames of the operating-pulleys,as is shown in the drawings. The weight-carriage may be raised by exerting strain on the handle secured to the rope I). Strain exerted on the rope a at the end connected with the door operating-pulley acts on the weight-carriage, and strain exerted on the overhead handle, secured to the rope (0 also operates the Weight-carriage.
When the operator exerts strain on theend of the rope connecting with the operatingpulley I) with one hand and with the other hand pulls on the handle on the end of the rope a passing over the floor operating-pulley a a chest, loin, and leg exercise is secured. The overhead handle and the chesthandle when used together, or the overhead and the floor handle used together, form other combinations of exercise affecting different parts of the body.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as'new and desire to secure by Letters Patent 4 1. An exercising apparatus comprising upper and lower operating-pulleys connected by one continuous rope, the eudsof which are provided with stops, a weight-carriage, a sliding carriage, an intermediate operating-pulley supported on the sliding carriage, a rope connecting the weight and sliding carriages, one end of which is provided with astop, and an intermediate weight and guide pulley, as described.
2. In an exercising apparatus, the combination with a weight and a pulley connected therewith, a sliding carriage, an operatingpulley and a weight-pulley 0n the sliding carriage, and a stop forming the support of the sliding carriage, of upper and lower operating-pulleys, a rope connecting the upper and lower pulleys with the weight-pulley on the sliding carriage, intermediate guide-pulleys, and a rope connecting the pulley on the weight with the sliding carriage, as described.
3. The combination in an exercising apparatus of a weight-carriage and a sliding carriage, an upper and a lower operating-pulley,
4. An exercising-machine comprising a sliding carriage and a weight-carriage, operative connection between the weight and the sliding carriage, means connected with the sliding carriage for lifting the weight-carriage by a downward, upward and outward pull to ex ercise various parts of the body, as described.
5. In an exercisingapparatus, the combination with the vertical ways, a weight-carriage and a sliding carriage, a weight-pulley on the weight-carriage, a weight-pulley on the sliding carriage, and an operating-pulley on the sliding carriage, of a rope connecting the pulley on the weight-carriage with the operatingpulley on the sliding carriage, an upper and a lower operative pulley, intermediate pulleys, and a rope connecting the upper and lower operative pulleys with the weight-pulley on the sliding carriage, as described.
6. In an exercising apparatus, a carriage sliding on ways and forming the support of a weight-pulley, and an operating-pulley, as described;
7. In an exercising apparatus, the combination with the floor-plate b, the parallel rods aa, the head-bracket ct, the guide-pulleys 0t and or, in the head-bracket, the carriage c, the weight-pulley c and operating-pulley Z) on the carriage, the weight-carriage b, and the weight-pulley b on the weight-carriage, of the rope I) connecting the weightcarriage b with the carriage c, the overhead operatingpulley a, the floor-pulley 01, and the rope a connecting the operating-pulleys with the weight-pulley 0 as described.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
ALBERT J. THORNLEY.
ADA E. HAGERTY, J 0s. A. MILLER, Jr.