(19)
(11)EP 2 991 740 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
30.09.2020 Bulletin 2020/40

(21)Application number: 14791818.9

(22)Date of filing:  01.05.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A63B 23/12(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2014/036330
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/179545 (06.11.2014 Gazette  2014/45)

(54)

IMPROVED FREE-STANDING FITNESS DEVICE

VERBESSERTE FREISTEHENDE FITNESSVORRICHTUNG

DISPOSITIF DE FORME PHYSIQUE AUTONOME AMÉLIORÉ


(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: 03.05.2013 US 201313886422

(43)Date of publication of application:
09.03.2016 Bulletin 2016/10

(73)Proprietor: Xelerator Fitness, LLC
San Jose, CA 95128 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • RICHARD, Ronney
    Mountain View, CA 94043 (US)
  • DOWLING, Kevin
    Mountain View, CA 94043 (US)
  • KELLEY, Edward
    Mountain View, CA 94043 (US)
  • RICHARDSON, Brad
    Mountain View, CA 94043 (US)

(74)Representative: Mewburn Ellis LLP 
Aurora Building Counterslip
Bristol BS1 6BX
Bristol BS1 6BX (GB)


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    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

    FIELD OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] The present invention relates to an improved fitness device; specifically, the present invention relates to a fitness machine designed to strengthen multiple muscle groups using a unique, combined pull-up/fly movement.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0002] In the following discussion, certain exercise and fitness systems will be described for background and introductory purposes. Nothing contained herein is to be construed as an "admission" of prior art. Applicant expressly reserves the right to demonstrate, where appropriate, that the articles and methods referenced herein do not constitute prior art under the applicable statutory provisions.

    [0003] Document US5,201,694 discloses a fitness device for pull-up exercises in which the position of the handles can be angularly adjusted around a central column.

    [0004] Exercising machines employing suspended weights for providing a resistance to body motions are well known in the art. These machines generally include a frame supporting weights attached to a tether. The tether is connected, in turn, to levers and similar components which are grasped by a user and manipulated. Manipulation against the resistance of the weights forces muscles to exert great effort, and thus increases the strength and/or bulk of the muscles over time.

    [0005] However, compound motions are seldom supported by weight or fitness machines. Compound motions are desirable since they can parallel natural body movement, and enable exercising muscles and groups of muscles that frequently cannot be properly exercised by simple motions. The reason compound motions tend to be ignored and not supported by fitness equipment is that compound motions-particularly advanced compound motions-frequently require great complexity in a machine. For example, a lever may require pivoting about plural axes, or a compound motion may require substantial linear movement followed by a rotating movement. Any combination of these and other motions may be required, and may be further complicated by the requirement for gradual transition from one motion to the next or for a configuration that assures substantial symmetry of movement.

    [0006] What has not been available until now is a stationary fitness device that, in one combined movement, works a myriad of muscle groups including the abdominal, chest, intercoastal, latissimus dorsi, rhomboid, deltoid, bicep, forearm, oblique and gluteus maximus muscles. The present invention meets this unmet need.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0007] This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used to limit the scope of the claimed subject matter. Other features, details, utilities, and advantages of the claimed subject matter will be apparent from the Detailed Description herein including those aspects illustrated in the accompanying drawings and defined in the appended claims.

    [0008] The present invention relates to an improved fitness device as defined in claim 1; specifically, the present invention relates to a stationary fitness machine designed to strengthen multiple muscle groups including the abdominal, chest, intercoastal, latissimus dorsi, rhomboid, deltoid, bicep, forearm, oblique and gluteus maximus muscles using a unique, advanced combined pull-up, fly movement.

    [0009] Thus, the present invention provides a free-standing, suspended, or wall/door mountable, fitness device for use in performing a combination pull-up and fly movement. In one embodiment, the device is free-standing and comprises a floor-engaging member coupled to a central vertical support; and a horizontal pull-up bar able to support at least 181 kg (400 pounds) of weight securely coupled by a central pivot portion to the central vertical support at a height of at least 173 cm (5'9") from the floor engaging member, wherein the horizontal pull-up bar comprises a right bar member and a left bar member, and wherein the right bar member and the left bar member are pivotally connected to the central pivot portion such that the right bar member and the left bar member may be resistively moved simultaneously from an original position 180° relative to one another to a position 90° forward from the original position.

    [0010] In some aspects of this embodiment, the floor-engaging member comprises a right floor engaging member, a left floor-engaging member and a cross floor engaging member that couples the right and left floor-engaging members; and in some aspects, the central vertical support member further comprises a left outer vertical support, a right outer vertical support and a cross bar support, wherein the cross bar support couples the central vertical support member to the left outer vertical support and the right outer vertical support. In some aspects, the right outer vertical support is coupled to the right floor-engaging member, and the left outer vertical support is coupled to the left floor-engaging member.

    [0011] In some aspects of this embodiment, the right and left bar members comprise handle grips, and in some preferred aspects, the right and left bar members comprise forearm rests.

    [0012] In preferred aspects of this embodiment of the invention, the resistive movement can be adjusted to increase resistance, where in some configurations the resistance can be adjusted manually and in other configurations the resistance can be adjusted digitally. Resistance can be imparted using, e.g., free weights, weight bands, pulley systems, springs, hydraulic and/or pneumatic systems as are known in the art.

    [0013] In some aspects of this embodiment of the invention, at least one back bracing plate is included on the device, and in other aspects, two or more back bracing plates are included. In preferred embodiments, the one or more back bracing plates are padded.

    [0014] Some aspects of the free-standing fitness device include the horizontal pull-up bar securely coupled to the central vertical support at a height of about 177cm (5' 11") from the floor engaging members, 180 cm (6') from the floor engaging members, 183cm (6' 1") from the floor engaging members, 185, 188 190, 193 cm (6' 2", 6' 3", 6' 4", 6' 5") or more from the floor engaging members. In some aspects, the horizontal pull-up bar is able to support at least 272, 317, 340, 362, 408 kg (600, 700, 750, 800, or 900 pounds) of weight or more.

    [0015] In some aspects, the free-standing fitness device comprises lift assistance able to support up to 50% or of a user's weight during a pull-up movement, or 60%, 70%, 75%, 80%, or up to 100% of a user's weight during a pull-up movement. In some embodiments, the lift assistance feature of the device may be a bar or platform that a user stands upon, or may be a platform that a user kneels upon.

    [0016] In yet another embodiment, the present invention provides a fitness device to support a human combination pull-up/fly movement, comprising a horizontal pull-up bar able to support a pull-up movement, wherein the horizontal pull-up bar comprises a right bar member and a left bar member, and wherein the right bar member and the left bar member are pivotally connected to the central pivot portion such that the right bar member and the left bar member may be resistively moved simultaneously in a fly movement. The device can be free-standing, suspended, or wall/door mountable.

    [0017] In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method of using the fitness device for performing a pull-up/fly combination movement, comprising executing an upward pull-up movement using a horizontal pull-up bar; executing a fly movement by pivoting left and right members of the horizontal pull-up bar from an original position 180° relative to one another to a position 90° forward from the original position and back; and executing a downward pull-up movement using the horizontal pull-up bar.

    DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES



    [0018] 

    Figure 1 is a front perspective view of one embodiment of a free standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device according to the invention.

    Figure 2 is a front perspective view of another embodiment of a free standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device according to the invention.

    Figure 3 is an environmental, front elevational view of one alternative embodiment of a horizontal pull-up bar according to the invention.

    Figure 4A is a front elevational view of yet another alternative embodiment of a horizontal pull-up bar according to the invention. Figure 4B is an environmental, front elevational view of the embodiment of the horizontal pull-up bar from Figure 4A where the right and left bar members have been pivoted inward.

    Figure 5 is a right-hand side view of the free standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device embodiment shown in Figure 1.

    Figures 6A, 6B and 6C are top plan views showing full (Figures 6A and 6C) and partial (Figure 6B) bar member positions.

    Figures 7A and 7B are side plan elevational views of yet another embodiment of a free standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device according to the invention. Figure 7C is a side view of the embodiment shown in Figures 7A and 7B.

    Figure 8 is yet an additional embodiment of a free standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device designed for home use according to the invention.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0019] In the following description, numerous specific details are set forth to provide a more thorough understanding of the present invention. However, it will be apparent to one of skill in the art that the present invention may be practiced without one or more of these specific details. In other instances, well-known features and procedures well known to those skilled in the art have not been described in order to avoid obscuring the invention.

    [0020] The present invention relates to an improved fitness device; specifically, the present invention relates to a fitness machine designed to strengthen multiple muscle groups including the abdominal, pectoralis, intercoastal, latissimus dorsi, rhomboid, trapezius, deltoid, tricep, bicep, forearm, oblique and gluteus maximus muscles using a unique, combination pull-up fly movement.

    [0021] Figure 1 is a front perspective view of one embodiment of a free-standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device 100 according to the invention. Free-standing device 100 comprises a base 114 (floor engaging portion), which comprises in this embodiment a right floor engaging member 116 coupled by a cross floor engaging member 120 to a left floor engaging member 118. The cross floor engaging member 120 also couples the base 114 to central vertical support 122. Two general portions of central vertical support 122 are shown in Figure 1: an upper region 122a of central vertical support 122 and a lower region 122b of central vertical support 122. In addition, the embodiment of the free-standing fitness device 100 shown in Figure 1 additionally comprises a right outer vertical support 124 coupling the right floor engaging member 116 to a cross bar support member 128 and a left outer vertical support 126 coupling the left floor engaging member 118 to the cross bar support member 128. In alternative embodiments, the floor-engaging member comprises a front floor engaging member, a back floor engaging member and a cross floor engaging member that connect the front and back floor engaging members. Any configuration of the fitness device scaffold may be employed as long as the fitness device supports the horizontal pull-up bar comprising the right and left bar members, and allows the right bar member and the left bar member to be resistively moved simultaneously from an original position 180° relative to one another to a position 90° forward from the original position.

    [0022] The upper region 122a of the central vertical support 122 is coupled to the horizontal pull-up bar 102 at central pivot portion 108. The horizontal pull-up bar 102 further comprises a right bar member 104 and a left bar member 106, where each of the right and left bar members includes a handle grip 112. Additionally, the embodiment of the free-standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device 100 shown in Figure 1 further includes three back bracing plates (or back supports) 130.

    [0023] The central pivot portion 108 of horizontal pull-up bar 102 comprises a mechanism that allows the right bar member 104 and left bar member or any variation of mechanical leverage 106 to be resistively moved simultaneously from an original position 180° relative to one another to a position substantially 90° from the original position. Resistance can be imparted using, e.g., free weights, pulley systems, springs, hydraulic and/or pneumatic systems as are known in the art. In the embodiment shown in Figure 1, the resistive movement would be a movement 90° forward, or to the front of the device (that is, away from central vertical support 122.) In preferred embodiments, the mechanism requires that the resistive movement be substantially symmetrical.

    [0024] In some embodiments, the free-standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device may include a step to allow users to step up to reach horizontal pull-up bar 102. In some embodiments, right bar member 104 and left bar member 106 may comprise multiple handle grip positions to accommodate different users. That is, there may be multiple handle grips 112 along each of right bar member 104 and left bar member 106. As for handle grips 112, in some embodiments, they can be adjusted, and in preferred embodiments handle grips 112 are made of a padded, non-slip material such as rubber, leather, foam rubber, plastic, and the like. In a preferred embodiment, the combination pull-up/fly fitness device will include forearm pads comprised of rubber, plastic, foam, or leather.

    [0025] Thus, the combination pull-up/fly device of the present invention allows one to perform a unique pull-up/fly combination movement, comprising executing an upward pull-up movement using the horizontal pull-up bar; executing a fly movement by pivoting left and right members of the horizontal pull-up bar from an original position 180° relative to one another to a position 90° forward from the original position and back while in the upward pull-up position; and executing the downward pull-up movement using the horizontal pull-up bar.

    [0026] Figure 2 is a front perspective view of another embodiment of a free standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device according to the invention. As with the embodiment of the device shown in Figure 1, free-standing device 200 comprises a base 214, comprising a right floor engaging member 216 coupled by a cross floor engaging member 220 to a left floor engaging member 218. The cross floor engaging member 220 couples the base 214 to central vertical support 222, where two general portions of central vertical support 222 are shown: an upper region 222a of central vertical support 222 and a lower region 222b of central vertical support 222. In addition, the free-standing fitness device 200 shown in Figure 2 comprises a right outer vertical support 224 coupling the right floor engaging member 216 to a cross bar support member 228 and a left outer vertical support 226 coupling the left floor engaging member 218 to the cross bar support member 228. The upper region 222a of the central vertical support 222 is coupled to the horizontal pull-up bar 202 at central pivot portion 208. The horizontal pull-up bar 202 in this embodiment comprises a right bar member 204 and a left bar member 206 each of which has a stepped configuration, where each of the right and left bar members includes a handle grip 212 in the lowered portion of each of the right 204 and left 206 bar members. Additionally, the embodiment of the free-standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device 200 shown in Figure 2 further includes one back bracing plate 230.

    [0027] Figure 3 is an environmental, front elevational view of one alternative embodiment of a horizontal pull-up bar according to the invention. Figure 3 shows an alternative embodiment of the horizontal pull-up bar 302 comprising yet a different stepped configuration, with a central pivot portion 308 (which is coupled to the central vertical support, not shown), a right bar member 304 and a left bar member 306, where each of the right and left bar members includes a handle grip 312 in the lowered and distal portion of each of the right 304 and left 306 bar members. Figure 3 shows an avatar 334 in a position where avatar 334 has completed the pull-up movement and has not yet begun the fly movement.

    [0028] Figure 4A is a front elevational view of the embodiment of the horizontal pull-up bar shown in Figure 3. Again, horizontal pull-up bar 402 comprises a central pivot portion 408 (which would be coupled to the central vertical support, not shown), a right bar member 404 and a left bar member 406, where each right and left bar member includes a handle grip 412 in a lowered and distal portion of each of the right 404 and left 406 bar members. In addition, the horizontal pull-up bar 402 comprises forearm rests or braces 410 which may assist the user in performing the inward fly move. Figure 4B is an environmental, front elevational view of the embodiment of the horizontal pull-up bar from Figure 4A where the right and left bar members have been pivoted 90° inward relative to their initial position. Again, horizontal pull-up bar 402 comprises a central pivot portion 408 (which would be coupled to the central vertical support, not shown), a right bar member 404 and a left bar member 406, where each right and left bar member includes a handle grip 412 and forearm rests or braces 410. In addition, an avatar is shown at 434, where the avatar 434 has completed both the pull-up movement (as has the avatar in Figure 3) and has completed the fly movement by pivoting the right and left bar members from their original position 180° from one another to 90° inward from their original position. Note that as with the other embodiments shown, the central pivot portion 408 comprises a mechanism that allows for pivoting of the right and left bar members inward in respect to the free-standing device 400 (denoted by arrows 432a, left to center, and 432b, right to center). As stated previously, resistance can be imparted using, e.g., free weights, pulley systems, springs, hydraulic and/or pneumatic systems as are known in the art.

    [0029] Figure 5 is a right-hand side view of the free standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device embodiment shown in Figure 1. Free-standing device 500 comprises a base 514 (floor engaging portion), which comprises in this embodiment a right floor engaging member 516 coupled by a cross floor engaging member 520 to a left floor engaging member (not seen in this embodiment). The cross floor engaging member 520 also couples the base 514 to the lower portion of central vertical support 522b. The free-standing fitness device 500 shown in Figure 5 additionally comprises a right outer vertical support 524 coupling the right floor engaging member 516 to a cross bar support member (not seen) and a left outer vertical support 526 coupling the left floor engaging member (not seen) to the cross bar support member (not seen). The upper region 522a of the central vertical support 522 is bent from vertical to horizontal at portion 522c, and coupled with the horizontal pull-up bar 502 at central pivot portion 508. As is in the other embodiments shown, horizontal pull-up bar 502 comprises a right bar member 504 and a left bar member 506, where each of the left and right bar members includes a handle grip 512. Additionally, the embodiment of the free-standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device 500 shown in Figure 5 further includes three back bracing plates (or back supports) 530 attached to a bracing plate support member 536.

    [0030] Figures 6A, 6B and 6C are top plan views showing full (Figure 6A (fully extended) and 6C (fully contracted)) and partial (Figure 6B) left and right bar member positions. In Figure 6A, horizontal pull-up bar 602 comprises a central pivot portion 608, which is coupled to the central vertical support at 622c, a right bar member 604 and a left bar member 606, with avatar 634 in position having completed a pull-up but not having begun the fly movement. Arrows 632a and 632b show the pivot movement that left and right bar members 606 and 604 will trace in the fly movement. Figure 6B is a top plan view showing partial movement of the left and right bar members 606 and 604 partially pivoted from their original position 180° from one another on the way to a position 90° relative to their original position. Again, horizontal pull-up bar 602 comprises a central pivot portion 608, which is coupled to the central vertical support at 622c, a right bar member 604 and a left bar member 606, with avatar 634 in position having completed a pull-up and in the process of performing a fly movement. Figure 6C is a top plan view showing partial movement of the left and right bar members 606 and 604 completely pivoted from their original position 180° from one another to a position 90° relative to their original position where avatar 634 has the completed fly movement contraction.

    [0031] Figures 7A, 7B and 7C are side elevation views of yet another embodiment of a free standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device according to the invention. Figure 7A shows a free-standing device 700 comprising a base 714 (floor engaging portion), which comprises in this embodiment a right floor engaging member 716 and a left floor engaging member 718. The base 714 is coupled to, in this embodiment, two central vertical supports 722d and 722e. In addition, the embodiment of the free-standing fitness device 700 shown in Figure 7 comprises a right outer vertical support 724 coupling the right floor engaging member 716 to one central vertical support 722d and a left outer vertical support 726 coupling the left floor engaging member 718 to the other central vertical support 722e. In addition, Figure 7A shows a second right outer vertical support 744 and a left outer vertical support at 746 which couple right floor engaging member 716 to right outer vertical support 724 and left floor engaging member 718 to left outer vertical support 726, respectively. As stated previously, any configuration of floor-engaging members, vertical supports, horizontal supports, etc., may be employed as long as the fitness device supports the horizontal pull-up bar comprising the right and left bar members, and allows the right bar member and the left bar member to be resistively moved simultaneously from an original position 180° relative to one another to a position 90° from the original position.

    [0032] The upper region of the central vertical supports 722d and 722e are coupled to horizontal bars 754a and 754b, which are in turn are coupled with central pivot portion 708. Central pivot portion 708 comprises right pulley wheel mechanism 750a and left pulley wheel mechanism 750b that are integral parts of a pulley/weight system used to provide weight resistance in this embodiment. Right pulley wheel mechanism 750a is coupled to and controls right horizontal pull-up bar 702a and left pulley wheel mechanism 750b is coupled to and controls left horizontal pull-up bar 702b. Note that in this embodiment, there are essentially two horizontal pull-up bars (that is, there are two separate horizontal pull-up bar members), right horizontal pull-up bar 702a and left horizontal pull-up bar 702b. Note that both right horizontal pull-up bar 702a and left horizontal pull-up bar 702b comprise forearm braces 710. Note that one secondary pulley wheel 752 is shown in Figure 7A, as an interior mechanism in left horizontal bar 754b.

    [0033] Note that Figure 7A also comprises a lift assist bar 760, which allows a user to kneel on lift assist bar 760 to have a percentage of the user's weight supported during the combined pull-up/fly motion. Lift assist bar 760 is coupled to weights by weight support lever 762. Lift assist mechanisms are known in the art, for example, see US Pat. No. 5,372,556 to Ropp. The embodiment shown here supports a user in a kneeling position; however, in other embodiments, a lift mechanism may support users in a standing position. In the embodiments shown in Figure 7A, a user would face central vertical supports 722d and 722e, kneel upon lift assist bar 760, grab right horizontal pull-up bar 702a and left horizontal pull-up bar 702b, and pivot right horizontal pull-up bar 702a and left horizontal pull-up bar 702b inwardly toward central vertical supports 722d and 722e.

    [0034] Figure 7B is an x-ray side plan elevational view of the free-standing device 700 from Figure 7A. Figure 7B shows base 714 (floor engaging portion), which comprises a right floor engaging member 716 and a left floor engaging member 718. The base 714 is coupled to two central vertical supports 722d and 722e. In addition, the embodiment of the free-standing fitness device 700 shown in Figure 7B comprises a right outer vertical support 724 coupling the right floor engaging member 716 to one central vertical support 722d and a left outer vertical support 726 coupling the left floor engaging member 718 to the other central vertical support 722e. Figure 7B shows a second right outer vertical support 744 that couples right floor engaging member 716 to right outer vertical support 724 and a left outer vertical support at 746 that couples left floor engaging member 718 to left outer vertical support 726.

    [0035] The upper region of central vertical supports 722d and 722e are coupled to horizontal bars 754a and 754b (not shown), which are in turn coupled with central pivot portion 708. Central pivot portion 708 comprises right pulley wheel mechanism 750a and left pulley wheel mechanism 750b. Right pulley wheel mechanism 750a is coupled to and controls right horizontal pull-up bar 702a and left pulley wheel mechanism 750b is coupled to and controls left horizontal pull-up bar 702b. Again, there are essentially two separate horizontal pull-up bars (separate horizontal pull-up bar members), right horizontal pull-up bar 702a and left horizontal pull-up bar 702b. Note that the free-standing combination pull-up/fly device shown in Figure 7B also employs a pulley/weight system and both right horizontal pull-up bar 702a and left horizontal pull-up bar 702b comprise forearm braces 710. Note that here both secondary pulley wheels 752 are shown. The secondary pulley wheels 752 are coupled to weights 766, which allows a user to adjust the resistance of the fly movement.

    [0036] Note that Figure 7B also comprises a lift assist bar 760, which allows a user to kneel on lift assist bar 760 to have a percentage of the user's weight supported during the combined pull-up/fly motion. Lift assist bar 760 is coupled to weights 764 by weight support lever 762. Weights 764 allow a user to adjust the amount of lift resistance provided.

    [0037] Figure 7C is a side view of the free-standing device 700 from Figures 7A and 7B. Figure 7C shows base 714 (floor engaging portion), which comprises a right floor engaging member 716 and a left floor engaging member 718 (not shown). The base 714 is coupled to two central vertical supports 722d and 722e (not shown). Figure 7C shows a second right outer vertical support 744 that couples right floor engaging member 716 to right outer vertical support 724 (not shown). The upper region of the central vertical support 722d is coupled to horizontal bar 754a, which is in turn coupled with central pivot portion 708. Central pivot portion 708 is coupled to and controls right horizontal pull-up bar 702a (not shown), which comprises forearm brace 710. Note that here the right secondary pulley wheel 752 is shown. The secondary pulley wheel 752 is coupled to weights 766, which allows a user to adjust the resistance of the fly movement.

    [0038] Figure 7C comprises a lift assist bar 760, which allows a user to kneel on lift assist bar 760 to have a percentage of the user's weight supported during the combined pull-up/fly motion. Lift assist bar 760 is coupled to weights 764 by weight support lever 762.

    [0039] Note that the embodiments of the free standing combination pull-up/fly fitness device shown in Figures 7A, 7B and 7C utilize a pulley and weight system to adjust the resistance for the fly movement and the lift assist mechanism; however, other systems known in the art may be used as an alternative, including, e.g., hydraulic systems, spring systems, and pneumatic systems.

    [0040] Figure 8 is a side plan view of yet an additional configuration of a combination pull-up/fly fitness device 800. Figure 8 shows base 814 (floor engaging portion), which comprises and is contiguous with a right floor engaging member 816 and a left floor engaging member 818. The right floor engaging member 816 and a left floor engaging member 818 are coupled to two central vertical supports 842a and 842b, which, in conjunction with central vertical member 822, form a tripartite vertical support for device 800. The upper region of the central vertical support 822a is coupled to horizontal support 822c, which is in turn coupled with central pivot portion 808. Central pivot portion 808 is coupled to and controls right horizontal pull-up bar 802a, which comprises a forearm brace 810, and left horizontal pull-up bar 802b, which also comprises a forearm brace 810. The embodiment of the combination pull-up/fly fitness device shown in Figure 8 comprises a lift assist bar 860, which allows a user to kneel on lift assist bar 860 to have a percentage of the user's weight supported during the combined pull-up/fly motion. Lift assist bar 860 is coupled to weight support lever 862.

    [0041] The preceding merely illustrates the principles of the invention. It will be appreciated that those skilled in the art will be able to devise various arrangements which, although not explicitly described or shown herein, embody the principles of the invention and are included within the scope of the claims. Furthermore, all examples and conditional language recited herein are primarily intended to aid the reader in understanding the principles of the invention and the concepts contributed by the inventors to furthering the art, and are to be construed as being without limitation to such specifically recited examples and conditions. Moreover, all statements herein reciting principles, aspects, and embodiments of the invention as well as specific examples thereof, are intended to encompass both structural and functional equivalents thereof. Additionally, it is intended that such equivalents include both currently known equivalents and equivalents developed in the future, i.e., any elements developed that perform the same function, regardless of structure. The scope of the present invention, therefore, is not intended to be limited to the exemplary embodiments shown and described herein. Rather, the scope of present invention is embodied by the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A fitness device (100) for use in performing a combination pull-up and fly move, comprising:

    a floor-engaging member (114) coupled to a central vertical support (122); and

    a horizontal pull-up bar (102) able to support at least 182 kg (400 pounds) of weight and configured to support a human pull-up movement, securely coupled by a central pivot portion (108) to the central vertical support (122) at a height of at least 1.75 m (5' 9") from the floor engaging member (114), wherein the horizontal pull-up bar (102) comprises a right bar member (104) and a left bar member (106), and wherein the right bar member (104) and the left bar member (106) are pivotally connected to the central pivot portion (108) such that the right bar member (104) and the left bar member (106) may be resistively moved simultaneously from an original position 180° relative to one another to a position 90° forward from the original position while a user is performing a combination pull-up and fly movement.


     
    2. The fitness device of claim 1 wherein the horizontal pull-up bar (102) is able to support at least 227 kg (500 pounds) of weight, and is securely coupled by the central pivot portion (108) to the central vertical support (122) at a height of at least 1.80 m (5' 11") from the floor engaging member (114), wherein each of the right bar member (104) and left bar member (106) comprise a handle grip (112), wherein the right bar member (104) and the left bar member (106) may be resistively moved simultaneously and symmetrically from an original position 180° relative to one another to a position 90° forward from the original position while a user is performing a fly movement, and wherein the resistive movement is adjustable.
     
    3. The fitness device of claim 1 or 2, wherein the floor-engaging member (114) comprises a right floor engaging member (116), a left floor-engaging member (118) and a cross floor engaging member (120) that couples the right (116) and left (118) floor-engaging members.
     
    4. The fitness device of claim 2, wherein the central vertical support member (122) further comprises a left outer vertical support (126), a right outer vertical support (124) and a cross bar support (128), wherein the cross bar support (128) couples the central vertical support (122) member to the left outer vertical support (126) and the right outer vertical support (124).
     
    5. The fitness device of claim 3, wherein the right outer vertical support (124) is coupled to the right floor-engaging member (116), and the left outer vertical support (126) is coupled to the left floor-engaging member (118).
     
    6. The fitness device of any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the right and left bar members (104,106) comprise handle grips (112).
     
    7. The fitness device of any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein the right and left bar members (104,106) comprise forearm rests (410).
     
    8. The fitness device of claim 1, wherein the resistive movement can be adjusted to increase resistance.
     
    9. The fitness device of any one of claims 2 to 8, wherein the resistance can be adjusted manually or digitally.
     
    10. The fitness device of any one of claims 1 to 9, further comprising at least one back bracing plate (230), optionally, with respect to the device of claim 1, further comprising at least two back bracing plates.
     
    11. The fitness device of claim 1, wherein the horizontal pull-up bar (102) is securely coupled to the central vertical support (122) at a height of about 1.80m (5' 11") from the floor engaging members (114).
     
    12. The fitness device of any one of claims 2 to 10, wherein the horizontal pull-up bar (102) is securely coupled to the central vertical support (122) at a height of about 6' from the floor engaging members (114).
     
    13. The fitness device of any one of claims 1 to 12, wherein the horizontal pull-up bar (102) is able to support at least 272 kg (600 pounds) of weight.
     
    14. The fitness device of any one of claims 1 to 13, further comprising lift assistance (760) able to support up to 50% of a user's weight during a pull-up movement, optionally further comprising lift assistance able to support up to 90% of a user's weight during a pull-up movement.
     
    15. The fitness device of any one of claims 2 to 14, wherein the fitness device is free-standing, suspended, and or wall/door mountable.
     
    16. Use of the fitness device of any one of claims 1 to 15 for performing a pull-up/fly combination movement, the use comprising executing an upward pull-up movement using a horizontal pull-up bar (102); executing a fly movement by pivoting left and right members (104,106) of the horizontal pull-up bar (102) from an original position 180° relative to one another to a position 90° forward from the original position and back; and executing a downward pull-up movement using the horizontal pull-up bar (102).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Fitnessgerät (100) zur Verwendung beim Durchführen einer kombinierten Klimmzug- und Flügelbewegung, das Folgendes umfasst:

    ein Bodeneingriffselement (114), das mit einem zentralen vertikalen Träger (122) verbunden ist; und

    eine horizontale Klimmzugstange (102), die dazu in der Lage ist, zumindest 182 kg (400 Pfund) Gewicht zu tragen und ausgelegt ist, um eine Klimmzugbewegung einer Person zu tragen, die durch einen zentralen Schwenkabschnitt (108) in einer Höhe von zumindest 1,75 m (5' 9") von dem Bodeneingriffselement (114) fest an den zentralen vertikalen Träger (122) gekoppelt ist, wobei die horizontale Klimmzugstange (102) ein rechtes Stangenelement (104) und ein linkes Stangenelement (106) umfasst und wobei das rechte Stangenelement (104) und das linke Stangenelement (106) schwenkbar so mit dem zentralen Drehabschnitt (108) verbunden sind, dass das rechte Stangenelement (104) und das linke Stangenelement (106) resistiv gleichzeitig von einer ursprünglichen Position 180° relativ zueinander in eine Position bewegt werden können, die sich um 90° nach vorne von der ursprünglichen Position befindet, während ein Benutzer eine kombinierte Klimmzug- und Flügelbewegung durchführt.


     
    2. Fitnessgerät nach Anspruch 1, wobei die horizontale Klimmzugstange (102) dazu in der Lage ist, zumindest 227 kg (500 Pfund) Gewicht zu tragen und durch den zentralen Schwenkabschnitt (108) in einer Höhe von zumindest 1,80 m (5' 11") von dem Bodeneingriffselement (114) fest an den zentralen vertikalen Träger (122) gekoppelt ist, wobei jedes aus dem rechten Stangenelement (104) und dem linken Stangenelement (106) einen Handgriff (112) umfassen, wobei das rechte Stangenelement (104) und das linke Stangenelement (106) resistiv gleichzeitig und symmetrisch von einer ursprünglichen Position 180° relativ zueinander in eine Position bewegt werden können, die sich um 90° nach vorne von der ursprünglichen Position befindet, während ein Benutzer eine Flügelbewegung durchführt und wobei die resistive Bewegung einstellbar ist.
     
    3. Fitnessgerät nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei das Bodeneingriffselement (114) ein rechtes Bodeneingriffselement (116), ein linkes Bodeneingriffselement (118) und ein Quer-Bodeneingriffselement (120) umfasst, das das rechte (116) und das linke (118) Bodeneingriffselement verbindet.
     
    4. Fitnessgerät nach Anspruch 2, wobei das zentrale vertikale Trägerelement (122) ferner einen linken äußeren vertikalen Träger (126), einen rechten äußeren vertikalen Träger (124) und einen Querstangenträger (128) umfasst, wobei der Querstangenträger (128) das zentrale vertikale Trägerelement (122) mit dem linken äußeren vertikalen Träger (126) und dem rechten äußeren vertikalen Träger (124) verbindet.
     
    5. Fitnessgerät nach Anspruch 3, wobei der rechte äußere Träger (124) mit dem rechten Bodeneingriffselement (116) verbunden ist und der linke äußere vertikale Träger (126) mit dem linken Bodeneingriffselement (118) verbunden ist.
     
    6. Fitnessgerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, wobei das rechte und das linke Stangenelement (104, 106) Handgriffe (112) umfassen.
     
    7. Fitnessgerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 6, wobei das rechte und das linke Stangenelement (104, 106) Unterarmstützen (410) umfassen.
     
    8. Fitnessgerät nach Anspruch 1, wobei die resistive Bewegung eingestellt werden kann, um den Widerstand zu erhöhen.
     
    9. Fitnessgerät nach einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 8, wobei der Widerstand manuell oder digital eingestellt werden kann.
     
    10. Fitnessgerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 9, das ferner zumindest eine Rückenstützplatte (230) umfasst, das gegebenenfalls in Bezug auf ein Gerät nach Anspruch 1 ferner zumindest zwei Rückenstützplatten umfasst.
     
    11. Fitnessgerät nach Anspruch 1, wobei die horizontale Klimmzugstange (102) in einer Höhe von etwa 1,80 m (5' 11") von den Bodeneingriffselementen (114) fest an den zentralen vertikalen Träger (122) gekoppelt ist.
     
    12. Fitnessgerät nach einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 10, wobei die horizontale Klimmzugstange (102) in einer Höhe von etwa 6' von den Bodeneingriffselementen (114) fest an den zentralen vertikalen Träger (122) gekoppelt ist.
     
    13. Fitnessgerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 12, wobei die horizontale Klimmzugstange (102) dazu in der Lage ist, zumindest 272 kg (600 Pfund) Gewicht zu tragen.
     
    14. Fitnessgerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 13, das ferner eine Hebeunterstützung (760) umfasst, die dazu in der Lage ist, bis zu 50 % des Gewichts eines Benutzers während einer Klimmzugbewegung zu tragen, das gegebenenfalls ferner eine Hebeunterstützung umfasst, die dazu in der Lage ist, bis zu 90 % des Gewichts eines Benutzers während einer Klimmzugbewegung zu tragen.
     
    15. Fitnessgerät nach einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 14, wobei das Fitnessgerät freistehend, abgehängt und/oder an einer Wand/Tür montierbar ist.
     
    16. Verwendung eines Fitnessgeräts nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 15 zum Durchführen einer Klimmzug-/Flügelbewegung-Kombinationsbewegung, wobei die Verwendung das Ausführen einer Klimmzugbewegung nach oben unter Verwendung einer horizontalen Klimmzugstange (102); das Ausführen einer Flügelbewegung durch Schwenken des linken und des rechten Elements (104, 106) der horizontalen Klimmzugstange (102) aus einer ursprünglichen Position 180° relativ zueinander in eine Position, die sich um 90° von der ursprünglichen Position nach vorne befindet und zurück; und das Ausführen einer Klimmzugbewegung nach unten unter Verwendung der horizontalen Klimmzugstange (102) umfasst.
     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif d'exercice physique (100) destiné à être utilisé pour effectuer un mouvement combiné de traction et de décollage, comprenant :

    un élément en prise au sol (114) couplé à un support vertical central (122) ; et

    une barre horizontale de traction (102) capable de supporter au moins 182 kg (400 livres) de poids et configurée pour supporter un mouvement humain de traction, couplée de manière fixe par une partie de pivot centrale (108) au support vertical central (122) à une hauteur d'au moins 1,75 m (5'9") depuis l'élément en prise au sol (114), dans lequel la barre horizontale de traction (102) comprend un élément de barre droit (104) et un élément de barre gauche (106), et dans lequel l'élément de barre droit (104) et l'élément de barre gauche (106) sont reliés de manière pivotante à la partie de pivot centrale (108) de telle sorte que l'élément de barre droit (104) et l'élément de barre gauche (106) peuvent être déplacés de manière résistive simultanément depuis une position d'origine à 180° l'un par rapport à l'autre jusqu'à une position à 90° en avant par rapport à la position d'origine pendant qu'un utilisateur effectue un mouvement combiné de traction et de décollage.


     
    2. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la barre horizontale de traction (102) est capable de supporter au moins 227 kg (500 livres) de poids, et est couplée de manière fixe par la partie de pivot centrale (108) au support vertical central (122) à une hauteur d'au moins 1,80 m (5'11") depuis l'élément en prise au sol (114), dans lequel chacun de l'élément de barre droit (104) et de l'élément de barre gauche (106) comprend une poignée (112), dans lequel l'élément de barre droit (104) et l'élément de barre gauche (106) peuvent être déplacés de manière résistive simultanément et symétriquement depuis une position d'origine de 180° l'un par rapport à l'autre jusqu'à une position de 90° en avant par rapport à la position d'origine pendant qu'un utilisateur effectue un mouvement de décollage, et dans lequel le mouvement résistif est ajustable.
     
    3. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel l'élément en prise au sol (114) comprend un élément droit en prise au sol (116), un élément gauche en prise au sol (118) et un élément transversal en prise au sol (120) qui couple les éléments en prise au sol droit (116) et gauche (118).
     
    4. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'élément de support vertical central (122) comprend en outre un support vertical extérieur gauche (126), un support vertical extérieur droit (124) et un support de barre transversal (128), dans lequel le support de barre transversal (128) couple l'élément de support vertical central (122) au support vertical extérieur gauche (126) et au support vertical extérieur droit (124).
     
    5. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon la revendication 3, dans lequel le support vertical extérieur droit (124) est couplé à l'élément droit en prise au sol (116), et le support vertical extérieur gauche (126) est couplé à l'élément gauche en prise au sol (118).
     
    6. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, dans lequel les éléments de barre droit et gauche (104, 106) comprennent des poignées (112) .
     
    7. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 6, dans lequel les éléments de barre droit et gauche (104, 106) comprennent des reposoirs pour avant-bras (410).
     
    8. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le mouvement résistif peut être ajusté pour augmenter une résistance.
     
    9. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 8, dans lequel la résistance peut être ajustée manuellement ou numériquement.
     
    10. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 9, comprenant en outre au moins une plaque de contreventement (230), facultativement, par rapport au dispositif de la revendication 1, comprenant en outre au moins deux plaques de contreventement.
     
    11. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la barre horizontale de traction (102) est couplée de manière fixe au support vertical central (122) à une hauteur d'environ 1,80 m (5'11") depuis des éléments en prise au sol (114).
     
    12. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 10, dans lequel la barre horizontale de traction (102) est couplée de manière fixe au support vertical central (122) à une hauteur d'environ 6' depuis les éléments en prise au sol (114).
     
    13. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 12, dans lequel la barre horizontale de traction (102) est capable de supporter au moins 272 kg (600 livres) de poids.
     
    14. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 13, comprenant en outre une assistance de levage (760) capable de supporter jusqu'à 50 % du poids d'un utilisateur pendant un mouvement de traction, comprenant en outre facultativement une assistance de levage capable de supporter jusqu'à 90 % du poids d'un utilisateur lors d'un mouvement de traction.
     
    15. Dispositif d'exercice physique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 14, dans lequel le dispositif d'exercice physique est autoportant, suspendu, et/ou peut être monté sur un mur/une porte.
     
    16. Utilisation du dispositif d'exercice physique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 15 pour effectuer un mouvement combiné de traction/décollage, l'utilisation comprenant l'exécution d'un mouvement de traction vers le haut en utilisant une barre horizontale de traction (102) ; l'exécution d'un mouvement de décollage en faisant pivoter des éléments gauche et droit (104, 106) de la barre horizontale de traction (102) depuis une position d'origine à 180° l'un par rapport à l'autre jusqu'à une position à 90° en avant par rapport à la position d'origine et en arrière ; et l'exécution d'un mouvement de traction vers le bas en utilisant la barre horizontale de traction (102).
     




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