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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.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the effort measuring support of the present invention.

FIG. 2a is a view of the unit showing independent positioning of the anchor extension of the present invention.

FIG. 2b is a view of the unit showing the length adjustment of the anchor extensions of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is an exploded view of the current invention.

FIG. 4a is an exploded view showing the bottom surface of the present invention.

FIG. 4b is an exploded bottom view showing an alternative anchor extension.

FIG. 5 is an exploded top view of the present invention having a hinged base.

FIG. 6 is an exploded of the resistance mechanism of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a view of the holding part of the resistance mechanism of the present invention.

FIG. 8 is an alternative embodiment of the base unit of the present invention.

FIGS. 9a-9c are examples of different exercise routines that are made possible with various embodiments of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The preferred embodiments of the present invention will now be described with reference to the drawings. Identical elements in the various figures are identified with the same reference numerals.

Reference will now be made in detail to embodiments of the present invention. Such embodiments are provided by way of explanation of the present invention, which is not intended to be limited thereto. In fact, those of ordinary skill in the art may appreciate upon reading the present specification and viewing the present drawings that various modifications and variations can be made thereto.

FIG. 1 shows an effort measuring support 10 of the present invention. In a preferred embodiment, the effort measuring support 10 has a base unit 20, a top surface of a weight sensor 30, anchor points 40, a top surface 50 of the anchor extension 80, a bottom surface 60 of the anchor extension 80, a resistance mechanism 70, an anchor extension 80, a balance and weight sensing platform 100, a handle clamp 120, an elastic cord 130, a first end 140 of the elastic cord 130, a second end 150 of the elastic cord 130, a connecting bar 190 and a stirrup handle 200.

The effort measuring support 10 shown in the drawings contains a base unit 20 for accommodating a second device such as, but not limited to, the weight sensing platform 100. The base unit 20 may also accommodate at least one anchor extension 80. Preferably there may be four such anchor extensions 80. The base unit 20 and/or the anchor extensions 80 may contain anchor points 40 and immobilizing recesses 180 (FIGS. 3-5). The anchor points 40 may be used for securing a resistance mechanism 70 to the anchor extensions 80, while the immobilizing recesses 180 (FIG. 2) are intended to receive the legs or supports of a balance and weight sensing platform 100, such as, but not limited to, Nintendo\'s Wii® Exercise Board. The anchor extensions 80 may also serve as stabilizing legs for the balance and weight sensing platform 100.

The resistance mechanism 70 is shown anchored to the anchor points 40, on the top surface 50 of the anchor extension 80. The anchor points 40 are preferably disposed as far towards the terminal ends 55 of the anchor extension 80 as reasonably possible. Such a disposition may create the greatest leverage and stability of the present invention without undermining the structural integrity of the anchor extension 80 or the base unit 20. The resistance mechanism 70 is made up of elastic cords 130, which are preferably rubber or silicon tubes. However, additional elastic cords 130 may be attached to any unused anchor points 40. The elastic cord 130 may, for instance, be any suitable elastic material or device such as, but not limited to, metal springs (not shown). Preferably, there may be at least one elastic cord 130 per anchor extension 80, for a total of four elastic cords 130. Alternatively, either some or all of the elastic cord 130 may be attached to the base unit 20.

Stirrups 200 may be attached to the second end 150 of the cords 170. Alternatively, holding loops 110 (FIGS. 6 and 7) may be used instead of stirrups 200. The location of the stirrups 200 along the cords 130 may be adjustable by moving the clamp 120 up or down the length of the tube or cord 130.

The present invention may additionally provide a bar 190. Preferably the bar 190 is hollow and open on both ends 192. Alternatively, the bar 190 may be solid either partially or completely. The bar 190 may be attached directly to at least one, but preferably two cords 130. For example, this may be achieved if the bar 190 contains openings or loops (not shown) into which the cord 130 may be inserted and then secured with a set screw or a clamp (not shown). In a preferred embodiment, each holding loop may contain a connector 194 that can be inserted into a hollow space at each end 192 of the bar 190. Such a connector 194 may additionally contain snaps, friction bearings or protrusions, to resist detachment from the bar 190. The connectors 194 may also be on the ends 192 of the bar 190, and may be inserted into the hollow portion 116 of a gripping section 114 (FIG. 6). The length of the bar 190 may be between 1 to 2 feet. The purpose of the bar 190 is to link two or more cords 130 together, thus providing a two handed synchronized extension and contraction workout. The bar 190 may be made of metal, plastic, wood, a polymer, or a composite material.

A Wii Balance Board contains multiple pressure sensors that are used to measure a 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 effort measuring support 10 enables a balance and weight sensing platform 100 such as, but not limited to, 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 station.

With the balance and weight sensing platform 100 secured by the base unit 20 of the effort measuring support 10, a user positioned on the balance and weight sensing platform 100 may exert a force on the resistance mechanism 70. The balance and weight sensing platform 100, 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.

One of ordinary skill in the art will readily appreciate that, although the present invention has been described with respect to a device having resistance mechanisms 70 that are elastic cords 130, a non-elastic cord may also be used to perform isometric type exercises.

FIGS. 2a and 2b illustrate a preferred adjustment capability of the anchor extensions 80. Also shown are a effort measuring support 10, a base unit 20, a top surface 30 of a balance and weight sensing platform 100, anchor points 40, a top surface 50 of the anchor extension 80, a bottom surface 60 of the anchor extension 80, a anchor extension 80, and a balance and weight sensing platform 100. Each anchor extension 80 may have a connecting end 53 of the anchor extension 80 and a terminal end 55 of the anchor extension 80. The connecting end 53 of the anchor extension 80 may, for instance, be attached to the base unit 20. The attachment may be accomplished with an appropriate connector such as, but not limited to, tabs, snaps, a combination connector, such as a rail and groove a a rail with wheels or some combination thereof. Any of these attachments may preferably enable a multiplicity of positions as indicated by the arrows 86. The anchor extensions 80 may, for instance, be rotatable from 0 to 360 degrees about the base unit 20, either in concert or independently of each other. The rotation may be clockwise or counter clockwise. The rotation may be required to carry on with a particular exercise, improve stability of the effort measuring support 10, or for storage. The anchor extensions 80 may be readily detachable for portability, storage, and reconfiguration.

FIG. 2a shows multiple anchor points 40 disposed on the top surface 50 of the anchor extension 80. Multiple anchor points 40 improve adjustability of the resistance mechanism 70 (FIG. 1). Multiple anchor points 40 may be disposed in any configuration on the top or sides of the anchor extension 80. Anchor points may also be attached to the sides of the base unit 20 or anchor extension 80, or to the bottom surface 60 of the anchor extension 80. An anchor point 40 may also be mounted within a groove or a rail, which would enable the anchor point 40 to slide closer to the balance and weight sensing platform 100 or further away from it. The anchor points 40 may preferably be loops that are attached to the top surface 50 of the leg extensions 80 or the base unit 20. The attachment may be with an adhesive, rivets, or fasteners, or some combination thereof. Alternative anchor points 40 may be embodied in a clasp, a hook, or a recessed rod

FIG. 2b shows that all or some of the length of the anchor extension 80 may be adjustable. The anchor extension 80 may be made of a top part 83 and a bottom part 84. The top and bottom parts may be slidedly connected with each other, thus enabling the bottom part 84 to telescopically extent or contact with respect to the top part 83. The bottom part 84 and/or the top part 83 may also contain additional telescoping sections (not shown) to enable a more compact contraction or a longer extension.



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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
9


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