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Cross trainer

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Title: Cross trainer.
Abstract: The invention is an effort-measuring apparatus for extending the capabilities of a balance-and-weight sensing platform, such as the Wii Balance Board. The apparatus has a base unit configured to securely hold a balance and weight sensing platform and has anchor point to which a resistance mechanism is attached. A user positioned on the secured balance and weight sensing platform may exert a force on a resistance mechanism that will be sensed by the balance and weight sensing platform, along with any apparent shift in a center of balance occasioned by the force. These measurements are wirelessly transmitted to a computer and used to integrate the user's exertions into a game or an exercise routine. The effort measuring support may include anchor extensions that serve both as an anchor points for the resistance mechanism and as legs to provide additional stability. ...


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Inventors: JUAN FERNANDEZ, PAUL McGRATH, ROBERT KENNEDY
USPTO Applicaton #: #20110218077 - Class: 482 8 (USPTO) - 09/08/11 - Class 482 
Exercise Devices > Having Specific Electrical Feature >Monitors Exercise Parameter

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20110218077, Cross trainer.

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CLAIM OF PRIORITY

This application claims priority to U.S. Ser. No. 61/311,463 filed Mar. 8, 2010, the contents of which are fully incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF INVENTION

The present invention relates to a strength building exercise device.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is an effort measuring support intended as an extension to a balance and weight sensing platform such as, but not limited to, the balance and weight sensing platform included with a popular gaming system, the Wii Balance Board and the Wii Fit, the “Cross Trainer” It may also be used in conjunction with balance and weight sensing platforms used for aerobic step exercises, or any similar platform or base. While an exercise platform provides for aerobic and lower body exercises, the base supports a full range strength workout.

The Wii Balance Board is device that measures a user\'s center of balance and weight. The measurement is transmitted wirelessly to a computer controlling a monitor. These measurements can then be used to have the user interact with a game or exercise routine. For example, the user can pretend to be snow boarding down a hill. The Balance Board will sense how they are changing there position, and the computer game will use these measurements to calculate how the user is travelling down the hill, and display these results as a graphic on a video monitor.

The Wii Balance Board is shaped like a household body scale, with a plain white top and light gray bottom. It runs on four AA batteries as a power source, which can power the board for about 60 hours. The board contains multiple pressure sensors that are used to measure the user\'s center of balance—the location of the intersection between an imaginary line drawn vertically through the center of mass and the surface of the Balance Board—and weight. The Balance Board uses Bluetooth technology to transmit this data to a game computer so that the user may interact with a game or exercise routine.

The present invention is a peripheral unit, or add-on, for such a Wii Balance Board. The effort measuring support of the present invention enables the Wii Balance Board to additionally measure an effort, or force, that a user applies to a resistance element. This additional capability transforms the Wii Balance Board, or any similar stationary board, into a complete workout station. A preferred embodiment of the present invention allows for 360-degree range of motion against resistance elements. It may also allow the use of adjustable and interchangeable resistance bands. The “Cross Trainer” still maintains a single focal point (the TV) and is easy to assemble and use. The device allows user to experience 80+ types of strength training exercises. These exercises allow the user to go beyond cardio workouts and build and strengthen muscles, and generally tone the user\'s body. The effort measuring support 10 preferably has strong, durable elastic tubing for resistance elements and may be equipped with an interchangeable tubing system allowing the user to easily change the resistance level for different exercises.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is a effort measuring support that is intended as an extension to a balance and weight sensing platform, such as, but not limited to, the Wii Balance Board.

In a preferred embodiment, the balance and weight sensing platform may have a base unit, that is configured in size and shape to securely and stably hold a balance and weight sensing platform such as, but not limited to, the Wii Balance Board.

The base unit may have at least one anchor point to which a resistance mechanism may be attached. With the balance and weight sensing platform secured by the base unit of the effort measuring support, a user positioned on the balance and weight sensing platform may exert a force on the resistance mechanism. The balance and weight sensing platform, i.e., the Wii Balance Board may sense the magnitude of that exerted force and may also sense any apparent shift in a center of balance occasioned by the force being exerted by the user. These measurements may, for instance, be wirelessly transmitted to a computer and used to integrate the user\'s exertions into a game or an exercise routine in a manner similar to how the weight and center of balance are integrated into such programs.

In a further, preferred embodiment, the effort measuring support may include at least one anchor extension. The anchor extension may serve both as an anchor point for the resistance mechanism and as a leg to provide additional stability.

The anchor extension may be attached, or secured, to the base unit. The anchor extension may be adjustable to be aligned at from 0 to 360 degree with respect to an edge of the center base.

The present invention converts a balance and weight sensing platform, such as the Wii Balance Board, into a strength training workout console that is sufficiently versatile, to allow a variety of muscle groups to be exercised using one device.

It is an object of the invention to provide a means for strengthening a variety of muscle groups using a single device.

It is an object of the invention to provide a machine for strengthening the abdominal muscles, the upper body, and the lower body.

It is an object of the invention to provide a versatile strength training workout console/station that is easy to use and adjust.

It is an object of the invention to provide a strength training workout console/station that is easily stored and transported.

It is an object of the invention to provide a strength training workout console/station that can be easily customized to the size of the user.

It is an object of the invention to provide a strength training workout console/station that can be easily customized to the needs of the user.

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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20110218077 A1
Publish Date
09/08/2011
Document #
13042664
File Date
03/08/2011
USPTO Class
482/8
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
63B26/00
Drawings
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