(19)
(11)EP 2 969 058 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
13.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/20

(21)Application number: 14768130.8

(22)Date of filing:  14.03.2014
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A63B 21/005  (2006.01)
A63B 21/018  (2006.01)
A63B 23/12  (2006.01)
A63B 23/035  (2006.01)
A63B 21/015  (2006.01)
A63B 21/22  (2006.01)
A63B 21/00  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2014/029353
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/153158 (25.09.2014 Gazette  2014/39)

(54)

STRENGTH TRAINING APPARATUS WITH FLYWHEEL AND RELATED METHODS

KRAFTTRAININGSVORRICHTUNG MIT SCHWUNGRAD UND ZUGEHÖRIGE VERFAHREN

APPAREIL D'ENTRAÎNEMENT MUSCULAIRE AYANT UN VOLANT, ET PROCÉDÉS ASSOCIÉS


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 14.03.2013 US 201361786007 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
20.01.2016 Bulletin 2016/03

(73)Proprietor: Icon Health & Fitness, Inc.
Logan, UT 84321 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • DALEBOUT, William
    North Logan, Utah 84341 (US)
  • OLSON, Michael
    Logan, Utah 84321 (US)

(74)Representative: Stuttard, Garry Philip 
Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP
Arena Point Merrion Way Leeds LS2 8PA
Arena Point Merrion Way Leeds LS2 8PA (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-97/06859
US-A1- 2002 013 200
US-A1- 2003 032 535
US-A1- 2006 035 755
US-B1- 7 011 326
US-B2- 7 364 538
SU-A1- 1 533 710
US-A1- 2003 032 531
US-A1- 2003 045 406
US-A1- 2012 088 638
US-B2- 6 857 993
US-B2- 7 740 563
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    TECHNICAL FIELD



    [0001] The present disclosure relates to exercise equipment. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to strength training equipment including a flywheel and to related methods.

    BACKGROUND



    [0002] While there are numerous exercise activities that one may participate in, exercise may be broadly broken into the categories of aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise generally refers to activities that substantially increase the heart rate and respiration of the exerciser for an extended period of time. This type of exercise is generally directed to enhancing cardiovascular performance. Such exercise usually includes low or moderate resistance to the movement of the individual. For example, aerobic exercise includes activities such as walking, running, jogging, swimming or bicycling for extended distances and extended periods of time.

    [0003] Anaerobic exercise generally refers to exercise that strengthens skeletal muscles and usually involves the flexing or contraction of targeted muscles through significant exertion during a relatively short period of time and/or through a relatively small number of repetitions. For example, anaerobic exercise includes activities such as weight training, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups or a series of short sprints.

    [0004] When exercising at home or in a gym, aerobic and anaerobic exercise usually involves the use of different types of equipment. For example, aerobic exercise usually involves equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals and bicycles (traditional and stationary) while anaerobic exercise often involves the use of free weights, weight stacks, or other cable and pulley resistance-type systems.

    [0005] Often, individuals will plan their work-out routines to include both aerobic and anaerobic activities. For example, a person may do anaerobic exercises (e.g., weight lifting and other strength training exercises) on two or three days of the week while doing aerobic exercising (e.g., running, bicycling) on the remaining days of the week. In other instances, an individual may do both aerobic and anaerobic activities during the same day.

    [0006] One of the difficulties in integrating both aerobic and anaerobic activities is the ability of an individual to efficiently and effectively track their progress. For example, many individuals use aerobic exercise equipment such as a treadmill or an elliptical machine to automatically track the calories that they've burned while using such equipment. However, it is more difficult to track or calculate such information when doing strength training exercises.

    [0007] A couple of examples of equipment that has tried to combine aerobic exercising with anaerobic exercising are described in US 5,527,245 A and US 7,740,563 A. These patents describe a resistance-type strength training apparatus combined with, in one instance, a treadmill, and in another instance an elliptical device.

    [0008] Further, attention is drawn to US 2003/032535 A1 disclosing a magnetic control multifunctional exercise apparatus comprising a base frame, a seat pad, a back pad, two hollow supporting arms pivotably connected at the top thereof, a resisting arm pivotably connected at the front end thereof and a magnetic control resisting mechanism at the bottom thereof. A plurality of pulleys are utilized in combination with two ropes to connect with the supporting arms and the resisting arm so that the user can pull the ropes of the supporting arms or push the resisting arm. By means of the interconnection between the ropes, a flywheel of the magnetic control resisting mechanism will unidirectionally turn to achieve the expected magnetic resistance.

    [0009] In view of the foregoing, it would be desirable to provide the ability to track one's progress during exercise in a manner that is applicable to both aerobic and anaerobic activities and which is simple and effective. Additionally, it is a general desire in the industry to provide exercise equipment with new features and enhanced performance.

    DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION



    [0010] In accordance with the present invention, a strength training apparatus and a method of conducting strength training as set forth in claims 1 and 8, respectively, is provided. Preferred embodiments of the invention are claimed in the dependent claims.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0011] The accompanying drawings illustrate various embodiments of the present methods and systems and are a part of the specification. The illustrated embodiments are merely examples of the present systems and methods and do not limit the scope thereof.

    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a strength training apparatus;

    FIG. 2 is a first side view of the strength training apparatus shown in FIG. 1;

    FIG. 3 is another side view of the strength training apparatus shown in FIG. 1;

    FIGS. 4A and 4B show a side view and a rear view, respectively, of the apparatus shown in FIG. 1, including various components, when the apparatus is in a first state;

    FIGS. 5A and 5B show a side view and a rear view, respectively, of the apparatus shown in FIG. 1, including various components, when the apparatus is in a second state;



    [0012] Throughout the drawings, identical reference numbers designate similar, but not necessarily identical, elements.

    BEST MODE(S) FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION



    [0013] Referring to FIGS. 1-3, a strength training apparatus 100 is provided. The apparatus 100, according to certain embodiments, includes a base member 102 and a tower or support structure 104 coupled to, and extending upward from, the base member 102. The base may be configured to include a plurality of legs 106A-106C extending away from each other to provide a stable base or platform for the apparatus 100 and to support the apparatus 100 when forces are applied to it by someone using the apparatus 100 to exercise. In the embodiment shown in FIGS. 1-3, the base member 102 includes three legs. However, it is noted that other configurations are contemplated.

    [0014] A pair of arms 108A and 108B are pivotally coupled to the tower 104 by way of a bearing 110 or other mechanical structure. The bearing 110 enables the arms 108A and 108B to rotate about a defined axis 1 13 (FIGS. 2 and 3) relative to the tower 104 and base member 102 as indicated by directional arrow 112 (FIG. 1). In one embodiment, the arms 108 A and 108B may be configured to maintain a constant angular relationship relative to each other as they are rotated about the axis 1 12 (e.g., they may continually extend in substantially opposite directions from each other). In another embodiment, each arm 108A and 108B may be selectively positionable (manually, or by a motor or other actuator (not shown)) independent of the other so that they may be positioned at any of a variety of angles relative to each other.

    [0015] The apparatus 100 also includes a pair of pulleys 114A and 1 14B, one being pivotally coupled to the end of each arm 106A and 106B. Cables 116A and 116B extend through each pulley 114A and 1 14B and are coupled with handles 118A and 118B. As will be described in further detail below, the handles 1 18A and 118B, the cables 116A and 116B and the pulleys 114A and 114B are part of a cable/pulley system that provides resistance to an individual that is using the apparatus 100 for strength training.

    [0016] As seen in FIGS. 2 and 3, a flywheel 120 is coupled to either the base member 102 or the tower 104 (or to both) and configured to rotate about a shaft 122. A resistance or braking mechanism 124 is positioned adjacent the flywheel 122 and is selectively adjustable so as to apply a desired level of resistance to the rotation of the flywheel 120. Various types of braking mechanism 124 may be used including, in one embodiment, straps or pads that apply friction to the flywheel 120. In one embodiment, a magnetic brake (sometimes referred to as an eddy current brake) may be used to provide and adjustable level of resistance applied to the flywheel 120.

    [0017] When the braking mechanism 124 is configured as a magnetic mechanism it may include an arm 126 that is pivotally coupled with the tower 104 and which contains a plurality of magnets arranged to provide a desired magnetic flux. As the arm 126 is rotated relative to tower 104 (and, thus, the flywheel 120), the magnetic flux through which the flywheel 120 rotates changes, thereby altering the amount of rotational resistance experienced by the flywheel 120.

    [0018] The flywheel 120, when configured to interact with a magnetic braking mechanism, may include ferrous components, non-ferrous components, or both. In one embodiment, the flywheel 120 may include a relatively dense ferrous component to impart a desired level of rotational inertia to the flywheel. The flywheel 120 may also include a non-ferrous component to provide increased braking resistance when used with a magnetic brake mechanism. For example, one embodiment may include a portion that is formed of cast iron (a ferrous material) to provide the desired rotational inertia with another portion formed of an aluminum material (to provide increased braking response to the magnetic mechanism). One such configuration of a flywheel, as well as an associated magnetic braking mechanism, is described by US 2012/0088638 A1.

    [0019] A torque sensor 128 may be associated with the shaft 122 to determine the amount of torque applied to the flywheel by a drive mechanism (discussed below). Various types of torque sensors may be utilized. One example of a torque sensor includes that which is described in U.S. Patent No. 7,011,326 to Schroeder et al, the disclosure of which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety. Another example of a torque sensor includes that which is described in US 7,584,673 A.

    [0020] The apparatus further includes a control panel 130 which may be located adjacent the bearing 1 10 or some other convenient location (e.g., on the tower 104). The control panel 130 may include various input devices 132 (e.g., buttons, switches or dials) and output devices 134 (e.g., LED lights, displays, alarms) to provide means of interaction with a user of the apparatus 100. The control panel may further include connections for communication with other devices. The controller may include a processor and memory to provide various functions in controlling components of the apparatus 100 (e.g., the braking mechanism), in communicating with various components (e.g., the torque sensor) and making certain calculations as will be discussed below.

    [0021] In one example, an input device 132 of the control panel 130 may be used to set a desired resistance level that is to be applied to the flywheel 120 by controlling an actuating member associated with the braking mechanism 124. An output device 134 (e.g., a display) may indicate the current or selected level of resistance. An output device 134 of the control panel 130 may also provide an indication of the amount of work performed within a period of time calculated, for example, based on the torque applied to the flywheel 120 as measured by the torque sensor 128.

    [0022] Referring now to FIGS. 4A and 4B, a side view and a rear view of the apparatus 100 is shown with various components which may be disposed within the tower 104 or otherwise arranged to assist in driving flywheel 120. It is noted that FIG. 4B does not depict the arms 108A and 108B (and associated components) for purposes of clarity and convenience. A drive mechanism 140 may include a clutch 142 having an input shaft 144 and an output shaft 146. A drive belt 148 (or drive chain or other similar drive structure) may extend about the output shaft 146 and also about the shaft 122 of the flywheel 120 (or associated pulleys coupled with the shafts). The clutch is configured such that, when the input shaft 144 is rotated in a first specified direction, the output shaft 146 is likewise rotated in a specified direction displacing the drive belt 148 and, ultimately, driving the flywheel 120 in a desired direction. However, if the input shaft 144 is rotated in a second direction, opposite that of the first direction, it has no effect on the output shaft 146. Rather, the output shaft is enabled to continue rotating in its initially specified direction and does not reverse directions. It is noted that, in other embodiments, the clutch 142 may be coupled directly to the flywheel 120.

    [0023] A drive chain 150 (or drive belt or cable or other appropriate structure) has a first end 152 that is coupled to the cables 1 16A and 1 16B that extend through pulleys 114A and 1 14B and either extend through, or adjacent to, the arms 108A and 108B. The drive chain 150 extends through several pulleys or sprockets including, for example, a first sprocket 154, the input shaft 144 (or an associated pulley or sprocket coupled therewith) and a second sprocket 156. A second end 158 of the drive chain 150 may be fixed, for example, to a frame or other component associated with the tower 104. In the embodiment shown in FIGS. 4A and 4B, the first sprocket 154 is rotatable about an axis which is fixed relative to the tower 104. The second sprocket 156 is rotatable about an axis which is displaceable relative to the tower 104. For example, one or more biasing members 160 may be coupled between the second sprocket 156 and the tower 104 (or some component thereof) enabling the sprocket 156 to be displaced relative to the tower 104. Guide members may to used to help constrain or control the displacement of the sprocket along a desired path.

    [0024] Referring briefly to FIGS. 5A and 5B, views similar to those depicted in FIGS. 4A and 4B, respectively, show certain components in a second position or state. Specifically, FIG. 5A depicts the displacement of a handle 118A due to application of a force by an individual during exercise. Displacement of the handle 1 18A results in displacement of the associated cable 116A and, ultimately, displacement of the drive chain 150. As indicated in FIG. 5A, a first portion of the drive chain 150 is displaced upwards towards the first sprocket 154 as indicated by directional arrow 170 while a second portion of the drive chain 150 is displaced downwards away from the second sprocket 156 and towards the input shaft 144 as indicated by directional arrow 172. It is noted that this displacement of the drive chain also includes the downward displacement of the second sprocket 156 against the force of the biasing members 160 as seen in both FIGS. 5A and 5B. The displacement of the drive chain 150 results in the rotation of the input shaft 144, actuating the drive mechanism 140 such that the drive belt 148 drives the flywheel 120.

    [0025] Upon release of the force applied to the handle 1 18A, the biasing members 160 pull the second sprocket 156 back to its previous position bringing the various components (e.g., drive chain 150, cable 116A and handle 118A) back the positions shown in FIGS. 4A and 4B. However, as noted above, the return of the drive chain 150 to its previously position does not cause the flywheel 120 to rotate in the opposite direction or otherwise hinder its continued rotation due to the directional preference of the clutch mechanism 142. It is noted that, while the example shown in FIGS. 5A and 5B is described in terms of one particular handle (i.e., 1 18A) being displaced, the same functionality applies to the displacement to the other handle (i.e., 1 18B) or to both of them being substantially simultaneously displaced.

    INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY



    [0026] During exercise, many individuals desire to focus on anaerobic strength training, or to integrate anaerobic strength training with aerobic work-outs. One of the difficulties in mixing both aerobic and anaerobic activities is the ability of an individual to efficiently and effectively track their progress. For example, many individuals use aerobic exercise equipment such as a treadmill, an elliptical machine or a pedometer to help track the calories that they've burned while using such equipment. However, it is more difficult to track or calculate such information when doing strength training type of exercises.

    [0027] The exercise apparatus provided herein provides a strength training apparatus that enables a variety of exercises while also providing the ability to track the work performed by an individual during their exercise session. By positioning the adjustable arms at different locations relative to the tower, different types of exercises may be conducted. For example, due to the adjustability of the arms/pulleys, the exercise apparatus may be used to perform exercises including, but not limited to, standing abdominal crunches, curls and other bicep exercises, lat pull-downs, chest presses, incline and decline presses, overhead presses, triceps extensions, shoulder extensions, leg extensions, leg curls, abduction and adduction exercises, and a variety of other exercises, including variations of the examples provided.

    [0028] Additionally, the use of a flywheel in connection with a strength training apparatus provides a different form of resistance than in conventional strength training exercises, one that can be measured, tracked and incorporated into a planned exercise routine. The flywheel, combined with a braking mechanism such as a magnetic brake, enables considerable flexibility in setting the desired resistance during exercise. In many conventional strength training exercises, the amount of resistance provided (e.g., by free weights, weight stacks or resistance bands) is only adjustable in set increments (e.g., 2.27 to 4.54 kg increments (5 or 10 pound increments)). The use of a flywheel with a variable resistance braking mechanism enables fine tuning of the resistance over a continuous spectrum between two defined limits.

    [0029] The use of a torque sensor in conjunction with the flywheel enables the calculation of work, power or energy so that, for example, a user of the apparatus may determine their performance level while using the exercise apparatus. In one particular example, the power expended during an exercise session may be expressed in watts (i.e., joules/sec (J/s) or newton meters / sec (N*m/s). A user of the machine can review the power expended during an exercise session from a display (or other output device) associated with the exercise apparatus and then compare their performance to a goal or a benchmark.

    [0030] Such a way of tracking the effort expended during an anaerobic exercise routine provides more insight into the progress of the individual than just the number of repetitions completed during a given work-out session. If desired, other units may be utilized to track the energy expended by an individual during a work-out session. For example, rather than expressing the work-out performance in terms of watts (units of power), it could be expressed in terms of joules (units of work).

    [0031] This information could be used with information from other work-out activities, including aerobic exercise, to consistently monitor the performance of an individual over a desired period of time. For example, rather than expressing the performance of an individual on a treadmill or an elliptical machine in terms of calories, those performances may similarly be provided in terms of watts (or another selected unit) so that all types of exercise activity may be monitored uniformly. An individual may then customize their exercise routine based, for example, on the amount of work that is to be performed regardless of whether that work occurs during an aerobic or an anaerobic activity.

    [0032] One example of customizing a work-out that may be utilized in conjunction with the exercise apparatus described herein is set forth in US 2013-0196821 A1. One particular example of tracking a work-out across various exercise equipment and which may be utilized in conjunction with the exercise apparatus described herein is set forth in US 6,746,371 A.


    Claims

    1. A strength training apparatus (100) comprising:

    a base member (102);

    a tower structure (104) coupled with the base member (102);

    a first arm (108A) and a second arm (108B) pivotally coupled with the tower structure (104);

    a flywheel (120);

    a magnetic braking mechanism (124) associated with the flywheel (120) and configured to apply a selected resistance to the rotation of the flywheel (120);

    a cable and pulley system associated with the first arm (108A) and the second arm (108B), the cable and pulley system including a first pulley (114A) coupled with the first arm (108A) and a first cable (116A) extending through the first pulley (114A), the cable and pulley system further including a second pulley (114B) coupled with the second arm (108B) and with a second cable 116B) extending through the second pulley (114B);

    wherein displacement of either the first cable (116A) or the second cable (116B) by a user is configured to effect rotation of the flywheel (120);

    characterised in that the apparatus (100) further comprises:

    a console (130) having at least one input device (132) and at least one output device (134); and

    a torque sensor (128) configured to measure torque applied to the flywheel (120) during rotation of the flywheel (120);

    wherein the console (130) is in communication with the torque sensor (128) and is configured to calculate an amount of work expended by the user in displacement of the first cable (116A) and the second cable (116B) based at least in part on the measured torque;

    wherein the console (130) is in communication with the braking mechanism (124);

    wherein the at least one input device (132) is configured to control the amount of resistance applied to the flywheel (120) by the braking mechanism (124); and

    wherein the at least one output device (134) is configured to provide an indication of the calculated amount of work expended by the user upon rotation of the flywheel (120).


     
    2. The apparatus (100) of claim 1, wherein the at least one output device (134) provides the indication of the amount of work expended by the user in units of watts.
     
    3. The apparatus (100) of claim 1, further comprising a clutch mechanism (142) coupled with the flywheel (120) by way of a drive belt (148).
     
    4. The apparatus (100) of claim 3, wherein the clutch mechanism (142) enables the rotation of the flywheel (120) in a first rotational direction upon the displacement of the first cable (116A) or the second cable (116B) in a first defined direction, but has no effect on the flywheel (120) upon displacement of the first cable (116a) or the second cable (116B) in a second defined direction, the second defined direction being the opposite of the first defined direction.
     
    5. The apparatus (100) of claim 3, further comprising a drive chain (150) coupled with the cable and pulley system, wherein the drive chain (150) extends about a plurality of sprockets (154, 156) including at least one sprocket (156) that is displaceable relative to the tower structure (104).
     
    6. The apparatus (100) of claim 5, further comprising at least one biasing member (160) coupled with the at least one displaceable sprocket (156).
     
    7. The apparatus (100) of claim 1, wherein the first arm (108A) and the second arm (108B) are maintained in a fixed angular position relative to each other in which they continually extend in substantially opposite directions from each other.
     
    8. A method of conducting strength training, the method comprising:

    providing a strength training apparatus(100) according to anyone of the preceding claims;

    applying a force to the first cable (116A) or the second cable (116B) and displacing the respective cable in a first direction;

    effecting rotation of the flywheel (120) upon displacement of the respective cable;

    applying a resistance to the flywheel (120) ;

    measuring torque applied to the flywheel (120); and

    calculating work performed, in watts, based at least in part on the measured torque.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Eine Krafttrainingsvorrichtung (100), umfassend:

    ein Basisteil (102);

    eine Turmstruktur (104), die mit dem Basisteil (102) gekoppelt ist;

    einen ersten Arm (108A) und einen zweiten Arm (108B), die mit der Turmstruktur (104) schwenkbar gekoppelt sind;

    ein Schwungrad (120);

    einen magnetischen Bremsmechanismus (124), der mit dem Schwungrad (120) verbunden und dazu eingerichtet ist, einen ausgewählten Widerstand auf die Drehung des Schwungrades (120) auszuüben;

    ein Seil- und Rollensystem, das mit dem ersten Arm (108A) und dem zweiten Arm (108B) verbunden ist, wobei das Seil- und Rollensystem eine erste Rolle (114A), die mit dem ersten Arm (108A) gekoppelt ist, und ein erstes Seil (116A), das sich durch die erste Rolle (114A) erstreckt, umfasst, wobei das Seil- und Rollensystem ferner eine zweite Rolle (114B) umfasst, die mit dem zweiten Arm (108B) und mit einem zweiten Seil (116B) gekoppelt ist, das sich durch die zweite Rolle (114B) erstreckt;

    wobei ein Versetzen entweder des ersten Seils (116A) oder des zweiten Seils (116B) durch einen Anwender dazu eingerichtet ist, eine Drehung des Schwungrades (120) zu bewirken;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Vorrichtung (100) ferner umfasst:

    eine Konsole (130), die zumindest ein Eingabegerät (132) und zumindest ein Ausgabegerät (134) aufweist; und

    einen Drehmomentsensor (128), der dazu eingerichtet ist, ein auf das Schwungrad (120) während der Drehung des Schwungrades (120) ausgeübtes Drehmoment zu messen;

    wobei die Konsole (130) in Kommunikation mit dem Drehmomentsensor (128) steht und dazu eingerichtet ist, eine von dem Anwender bei Versetzen des ersten Seils (116A) und des zweiten Seils (116B) aufgewandte Arbeitsmenge zu berechnen, die zumindest teilweise auf dem gemessenen Drehmoment beruht;

    wobei die Konsole (130) in Kommunikation mit dem Bremsmechanismus (124) steht;

    wobei das zumindest eine Eingabegerät (132) dazu eingerichtet ist, die auf das Schwungrad (120) durch den Bremsmechanismus (124) aufgewandte Widerstandsmenge zu kontrollieren; und

    wobei das zumindest eine Ausgabegerät (134) dazu eingerichtet ist, eine Angabe der errechneten, vom Anwender aufgewandten Arbeitsmenge bei Drehung des Schwungrades (120) bereitzustellen.


     
    2. Die Vorrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das zumindest ein Ausgabegerät (134) die Angabe der von dem Anwender aufgewandten Arbeitsmenge in Watteinheiten bereitstellt.
     
    3. Die Vorrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend einen Kupplungsmechanismus (142), der mittels eines Antriebsgurts (128) mit dem Schwungrad (120) gekoppelt ist.
     
    4. Die Vorrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 3, wobei der Kupplungsmechanismus (142) die Drehung des Schwungrades (120) in einer ersten Drehrichtung bei Versetzen des ersten Seils (116A) oder des zweiten Seils (116B) in einer ersten bestimmten Richtung ermöglicht, welche aber keinen Einfluss auf das Schwungrad (120) bei Versetzen des ersten Seils (116A) oder des zweiten Seils (116B) in einer zweiten bestimmten Richtung nimmt, wobei die zweite bestimmte Richtung der ersten bestimmten Richtung entgegengesetzt ist.
     
    5. Die Vorrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 3, ferner umfassend eine Antriebskette (150), die mit dem Seil- und Rollensystem gekoppelt ist, wobei sich die Antriebskette (150) über eine Vielzahl von Kettenrädern (154, 156) erstreckt, die zumindest ein Kettenrad (156) umfassen, das hinsichtlich der Turmstruktur (104) versetzbar ist.
     
    6. Die Vorrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 5, ferner umfassend zumindest ein Vorspannteil (160), das mit dem zumindest einen verschiebbaren Kettenrad (156) gekoppelt ist.
     
    7. Die Vorrichtung (100) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der erste Arm (108A) und der zweite Arm (108B) in einer festen Winkelposition relativ zueinander gehalten werden, in weleher sie sich kontinuierlich in im Wesentlichen entgegengesetzten Richtungen zueinander erstrecken.
     
    8. Ein Verfahren zum Durchführen von Krafttraining, wobei das Verfahren umfasst:

    Bereitstellen einer Krafttrainingsvorrichtung (100) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche;

    Ausüben einer Kraft auf das erste Seil (116A) oder das zweite Seil (116B) und Versetzen des entsprechenden Seils in einer ersten Richtung;

    Bewirken einer Drehung des Schwungrades (120) bei Versetzen des entsprechenden Seils;

    Ausüben eines Widerstandes auf das Schwungrad (120);

    Messen des auf das Schwungrad (120) ausgeübten Drehmoments; und

    Berechnen von zumindest teilweise auf dem gemessenen Drehmoment beruhender geleisteter Arbeit, in Watt.


     


    Revendications

    1. Appareil d'entraînement en force musculaire (100) comprenant :

    un élément de base (102) ;

    une structure de tour (104) couplée avec l'élément de base (102) ;

    un premier bras (108A) et un second bras (108B) couplés de manière pivotante avec la structure de tour (104) ;

    un volant (120) ;

    un mécanisme de freinage magnétique (124) associé avec le volant (120) et configuré pour appliquer une résistance sélectionnée sur la rotation du volant (120) ;

    un système de câble et de poulie associé avec le premier bras (108A) et le second bras (108B), le système de câble et de poulie comprenant une première poulie (114A) couplée avec le premier bras (108A) et un premier câble (116A) s'étendant à travers la première poulie (114A), le système de câble et de poulie comprenant en outre une seconde poulie (114B) couplée avec le second bras (108B) et avec un second câble (116B) s'étendant à travers la seconde poulie (114B) ;

    dans lequel le déplacement du premier câble (116A) ou du second câble (116B) par un utilisateur est configuré pour effectuer la rotation du volant (120) ;

    l'appareil (100) étant caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend en outre :

    une console (130) ayant au moins un dispositif d'entrée (132) et au moins un dispositif de sortie (134) ; et

    un capteur de couple (128) configuré pour mesurer le couple appliqué sur le volant (120) pendant la rotation du volant (120) ;

    dans lequel la console (130) est en communication avec le capteur de couple (128) et est configurée pour calculer une quantité de travail fournie par l'utilisateur lors du déplacement du premier câble (116A) et du second câble (116B) sur la base, au moins en partie, du couple mesuré ;

    dans lequel la console (130) est en communication avec le mécanisme de freinage (124) ;

    dans lequel l'au moins un dispositif d'entrée (132) est configuré pour commander la quantité de résistance appliquée sur le volant (120) par le mécanisme de freinage (124) ; et

    dans lequel l'au moins un dispositif de sortie (134) est configuré pour fournir une indication de la quantité calculée de travail fournie par l'utilisateur suite à la rotation du volant (120).


     
    2. Appareil (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'au moins un dispositif de sortie (134) fournit l'indication de la quantité de travail fournie par l'utilisateur en unités de watts.
     
    3. Appareil (100) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre un mécanisme d'embrayage (142) couplé avec le volant (120) au moyen d'une courroie d'entraînement (148) .
     
    4. Appareil (100) selon la revendication 3, dans lequel le mécanisme d'embrayage (142) permet la rotation du volant (120) dans une première direction de rotation suite au déplacement du premier câble (116A) ou du second câble (116B) dans une première direction définie, mais n'a pas d'effet sur le volant (120) suite au déplacement du premier câble (116a) ou du second câble (116B) dans une seconde direction définie, la seconde direction définie étant l'opposé de la première direction définie.
     
    5. Appareil (100) selon la revendication 3, comprenant en outre une chaîne d'entraînement (150) couplée avec le système de câble et de poulie, dans lequel la chaîne d'entraînement (150) s'étend autour d'une pluralité de pignons (154, 156) comprenant au moins un pignon (156) qui est déplaçable par rapport à la structure de tour (104) .
     
    6. Appareil (100) selon la revendication 5, comprenant en outre au moins un élément de sollicitation (160) couplé avec l'au moins un pignon (156) déplaçable.
     
    7. Appareil (100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le premier bras (108A) et le second bras (108B) sont maintenus dans une position angulaire fixe l'un par rapport à l'autre dans laquelle ils s'étendent de manière continue dans des directions sensiblement opposées l'un par rapport à l'autre.
     
    8. Procédé pour réaliser un entraînement en force musculaire, le procédé comprenant les étapes consistant à :

    prévoir un appareil d'entraînement en force musculaire (100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes ;

    appliquer une force sur le premier câble (116A) ou le second câble (116B) et déplacer le câble respectif dans une première direction ;

    effectuer la rotation du volant (120) suite au déplacement du câble respectif ;

    appliquer une résistance sur le volant (120) ;

    mesurer le couple appliqué sur le volant (120) ; et

    calculer le travail réalisé, en watts, sur la base, au moins en partie, du couple mesuré.


     




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