Title:
Back slide device for leg and cardiovascular exercise
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An exercise device and method of performing exercise using a sliding surface or back plate having a smooth finish at least on one side and being of a rectangular shape. The flat sliding surface portion of the device should be of a flexible nature so as to allow the device to be rolled up for transport and/or for retail shipping and sales. A permanent installation embodiment includes top and bottom mounting support members that allow it to be attached into wall studs normally found in homes and offices.



Inventors:
Boatwright, Donald Jeffrey (Charlotte, NC, US)
Application Number:
09/749944
Publication Date:
08/30/2001
Filing Date:
12/29/2000
Assignee:
BOATWRIGHT DONALD JEFFREY
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B22/00; A63B23/02; A63B23/04; A63B21/16; (IPC1-7): A63B26/00
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Primary Examiner:
MATHEW, FENN C
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
John P. Halvonik (Ste 301 806 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 20878, US)
Claims:

I claim:



1. An exercise device for attachment to vertical structures in a building; said device comprising: a sliding surface comprising a rectangular shaped piece of material and such material being of a smooth surface for supporting the sliding motion of a user wearing clothing, such material being of a flexible nature so as to allow said sliding surface to be rolled up for transport; top and bottom mounting support members comprising a rigid rectangular beam shaped piece of material for supporting and mounting said sliding surface onto a wall surface and into wall studs; said upper mounting support member comprising a rigid material being in close connection with said sliding surface and running about parallel to said upper edge of said sliding surface; said lower mounting support member comprising a rigid material being in close connection with said sliding surface and running about parallel to said lower edge of said sliding surface, each of said mounting support members having a set of preformed apertures; said apertures of size and shape to accommodate the mounting of said mounting support members into said wall studs by the use of wall anchoring devices.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said preformed apertures are spaced apart about 16″.

3. A method of exercising in a room that has a vertical surface comprising the steps of: adhering adhesive strips to a sliding surface; said sliding surface comprising a rectangular shaped piece of material and such material being of a smooth surface for supporting the sliding motion of a user wearing clothing, such material being of a flexible nature so as to allow said sliding surface to be rolled up for transport; adhering said adhesive strip and said sliding surface to the vertical surface.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The invention relates to the field of exercising equipment and in particular to those types of devices that provide resistance to the user that allows him to work against the weight of his own body or some portion of the weight of his own body.

[0002] In the invention described herein, a slick flat surface is provided and rests between the user's back and a vertical surface, such as a wall, wherein the surface allows for sliding movements, up and down against the wall and so allows the user to work his leg muscles including the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus muscles as well as other muscle groups associated with the squat type of leg exercises. The invention allows the user to perform the squat type of leg exercise without using heavy weights and also provides a very effective cardiovascular workout.

[0003] The invention thus provides a portable unit that can he quickly set up anywhere, against a wall in the home or office or other place where the user wants to exercise. After attaching the device to the wall the user simply leans back against the flat slick surface and bends his knees slowly in a squatting motion. The only other piece of equipment required is a shirt or jacket made of cotton or nylon or any material that is slippery against the flat surface of the device which will permit him to easily slide up and down while leaning back against the Back Slide device. It is believed that these advantages as well as others will accrue to the user's benefit and will encourage him to use the device to perform a healthy exercise.

PRIOR ART

[0004] There are no known devices that are similar in construction and allow the user to perform the squatting type of exercises in the manner described herein. In addition, there are no known exercise methods that allow the user to perform the leg exercises described herein with a modicum of equipment.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0005] It is believed that such a device as described herein will find its greatest use for those who do not have a lot of space or money for large heavy expensive equipment. This device will also be very beneficial for those people on the go since the device can be quickly set up against any wall at home or away from hone. The capability of using a simple device that is not subject to failures of various components and one that can be set up in a small amount of wall space and without having to go through a series of time consuming steps in order to make it operable is likely to find wide appeal to many potential customers.

[0006] In addition, the device will not put undue strain on the legs or back or require the user to perform difficult movements that could increase the chance of injury. Such safety factors are paramount in this invention and are believed to be another advantage of the invention. Unlike typical squat devices, this device does not create a situation where there is weight above the user and upon his back. Also the device does not create a heavy load on the floor structure which can be a major concern in apartments or any multi-story building.

[0007] There are, no doubt, many possible users of the invention who would like an inexpensive, easy to use device that can provide an effective workout for the less and associated muscles as well as provide a good cardiovascular workout. The flat surface of the device would also provide an ideal medium for sporting goods companies to place their logo or their custom graphics.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] An exercise device and method of performing exercise using the device is shown and described herein. Methods of attaching the device to a vertical surface such as a wall or door are also described. The device comprises a sliding surface or back plate having a smooth finish at least on one side and being of a rectangular shape.

[0009] The device should be of a material that can support the force created by the friction of the user as he slides against the flat surface of the device. The flat sliding surface portion of the device should be of a flexible nature so as to allow the device to be rolled up for transport and/or for retail shipping and sales.

[0010] The method for temporary attachment of the device includes the use of adhesive strips such as duct tape, etc. that adhere the flat sliding surface to a door or wall, etc.

[0011] In the permanent installation embodiment, the apparatus includes top and bottom mounting support members that allow it to be attached into wall studs normally found in homes and offices. These mounting support members are made of a rigid material such as plastic and run parallel to the edges of the sliding surface. Wall anchors or screws may be used to secure the mounting support members to a wall such that the sliding surface is flat against the wall.

[0012] Other advantages of the invention will be known to those skilled in the art once the invention is shown and described

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0013] FIG. 1 front view;

[0014] FIG. 2 side view;

[0015] FIG. 3 apparatus in use;

[0016] FIG. 4 enlarged side view showing mounting screw;

[0017] FIG. 5 another side view;

[0018] FIG. 6 another front view.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0019] The embodiment designed for permanent installation comprises a flat sliding surface 2 that has at least two mounting support members (6 and 8) for mounting the flat surface to the wall. The sliding surface should have a smooth finish which allows the user to slide up or down in relation to the floor and along the mounted flat sliding surface. The surface material should be able to be rolled up for transport.

[0020] The method for temporary attachment of the device to a wall includes the use of tape or velcro is described below. In this case, the device does not need the mounting support members, a simple flat surface can be attached to wall or door via adhesive material e.g. duct tape, etc.

[0021] The method for permanent installation is described below. The temporary method is believed to find more value as one can then use the device in many different locations.

[0022] The exact dimensions of the Back Slide invention can vary through trial and error associated with further refinement of the invention. An optimum dimension appears to be a width of approximately 24″ and a height of approximately 72″.

[0023] It is important that the Back Slide be large enough to cover the area of the wall (10 in FIG. 3) that is associated with the user 12 and where he will be leaning against without hitting the tipper and lower mounting support members. The surface is thus higher than it is wide and hence the upper edge and the lower edge of the device would be along the short sides of the rectangular surface.

[0024] The material that comprises the Back Slide should be chosen so that it can be readily rolled up for ease of transport and so that it can be packaged in this way for retail display and/or sales. It is thought that the preferred material for construction of the Back Slide would be of some type of flexible plastic.

[0025] In one embodiment, the flat sliding surface of the device will be attached to the upper and lower mounting support members of the device as shown on the attached drawings. In this case, the device will function as a permanent fixture in a wall or door.

[0026] It is believed that the temporary attachment of the back-slide device to walls will be the preferred method of attachment given that the user of the device will typically be on business or pleasure related travel and hence is likely to be in a hotel room; office or the like . Users of the device will be able to attach the device via the use of duct tape or the like to the wall in an office or hotel room and begin doing the exercise.

[0027] Thus the temporary method of attachment includes the use of adhering material strips such as duct tape; double sided tape, tape in combination with VELCRO (trademark name for hook and loop material) and similar such items that provide a temporary adhering surface that can adhere the plastic surface of the device to a wall or door or really any vertical surface.

[0028] Preferably the tape will be adhered to both the top and bottom edges of the sliding surface. I.e. one, top strip of tape will overlay both the top edge of the sliding surface and the wall itself. A second, lower strip of tape will overlay both the bottom edge of the sliding surface and the wall. Thus on the top strip, the upper half of the piece of tape will adhere to the wall and the lower half the sliding surface. And vice versa for the lower strip of tape. In any event, the tape should stretch across the entire width of the surface.

[0029] Double sided tape may be used in similar fashion in which case both sides of the rape are used; one side in contact with the sliding surface and the other in contact with the horizontal wall or door. VELCRO car, also be used in a similar fashion. The use of tape or VELCRO will give the invention greater portability and thus result in its being used more often and in more places.

[0030] In the permanent attachment method, the flat sliding portion of the device, when manufactured is likely to be between about {fraction (1/32)}″ to ⅛″ in thickness (similar thickness for the temporary unit). The permanent wall mounting support portion of the device may be simply two rigid pieces of plastic or other similar material and running along the top edge and along the bottom edge of the sliding surface portion. The upper and lower wall mounting support members of the device are likely to be about 1 inch in height and about ¼ inch in thickness as shown on the attached drawing. See FIG. 4 for side view with mounting anchor or screw.

[0031] In the case of the permanent installation, the device should have at least two pre-formed or pre-drilled apertures 8 in the mounting support members to allow for placement of screws or sheet rock anchors or similar mechanisms through the holes and into wall studs to thereby support the device. Thus, it is preferred that the holes in the upper and lower mounting support members be spaced apart about 16″ so as to allow for typical spacing between wall studs. And thus allow the screws and anchors to be used to attach the surface to two wall studs.

[0032] Permanent installation of the device entails attaching the support members to the studs in the walls by the anchors already mentioned. The long sides of the rectangular sliding surface would then be in the vertical orientation in relationship to the user and the shorter upper and lower edges would be seen as top and bottom edges of the device. When in place, the bottom edge should be about 6″ above the level of the floor.

[0033] After the device has been installed on a door or wall or similar vertical structure, the user is ready to use it in his regular exercise routine. It is suggested that when the user is ready to use the invention, he should wear a cotton or nylon shirt or clothing of similar texture that will allow the user to slide up and down across the Black Slide surface.

[0034] The user can spread his feet and legs apart to a distance chat appears reasonable, typically shoulder width. It is thought that the user's heels should be anywhere from 6″ to 30″ away from the wall. As the heels get closer to the wall the exercise will be easier. The distance between the heels and the wall and the amount of spread between the feet will determine how much each muscle group is exercised.

[0035] As the user leans back against the flat sliding surface of the Back Slide and raises and lowers his body, the amount of knee bend and the speed at which the user performs this exercise will also determine how much each muscle group is exercised as wall as how much cardiovascular exercise is experienced. The specific level of knee bend, the specific placement of the feet, and the specific speed of the exercise will be determined by each individual's level of fitness. Users should exercise caution and get medical recommendations about what level of exercise are proper for the invention.





 
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