Title:
Body exercising trainer
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A body exercising trainer comprises an elongated frame, two supports coupled with two ends of the frame, two sliding seats slidably mounted on the frame and moved back and forth along a longitudinal axle of the frame, each of the sliding seats being provided with a foot stepping, two elastic members installed in the frame for resiliently holding the sliding seat, and two armrests pivotally mounted on the two supports for a user holding by hands to get balance.



Inventors:
Yang, Hsin-yen (Taichung Hsien, TW)
Application Number:
10/245355
Publication Date:
03/18/2004
Filing Date:
09/18/2002
Assignee:
Uniasso Enterprise Co., Ltd. (Taichung Hsien, TW)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
482/51
International Classes:
A63B23/04; A63B69/06; A63B21/055; (IPC1-7): A63B22/00; A63B69/18; A63B71/00
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Primary Examiner:
CROW, STEPHEN R
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BACON & THOMAS, PLLC (625 SLATERS LANE, ALEXANDRIA, VA, 22314)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A body exercising trainer, comprising: an elongated frame having a recessed portion extending along a longitudinal axle of said frame, at least one slot disposed on a top side of said frame and communicating with said recessed portion and two rails extending along the longitudinal axle and respectively recessed at two opposite sides of the frame; two supports respectively coupled to two ends of said frame and adapted to lie against the ground; at least one elastic member fixed to said frame and located in said recessed position and having an extensible body; and at least one inverted U-shaped sliding seat having a main plate and two side plates normally connected to two sides of the main plate, said sliding seat mounted over said frame and having a guiding post at a bottom side of said main plate, said guiding post having an end inserted through said slot and into said recessed portion, said two side plates respectively provided with at least one roller rotatably mounted on the inner side thereof, said roller being installed in the respective rail, thereby said sliding seat being able to move back and forth along the longitudinal axle of said frame, and when said guiding post is moved with said sliding seat, the extensible body of said elastic member can be pulled to be extended.

2. The body exercising trainer as defined in claim 1, wherein said frame is integrally formed by aluminum-extrusion, having a top plate, two side plates, and two bottom plates formed by said side plates bent inward, said two side plates being recessed to form said rails having a T-shaped cross section.

3. The body exercising trainer as defined in claim 2, further comprising a pin, wherein said frame axially has a plurality of locating holes on one of said side plates and one of said side plates of said sliding seat has a positioning hole, said pin running through said positioning hole and one of said locating holes so as to fix said sliding seat on said frame.

4. The body exercising trainer as defined in claim 3, wherein said top plate comprises two said slots positioned along the longitudinal axle of said frame, two said elastic members respectively disposed in corresponding position to one of said slots, two said sliding seats mounted over said frame, each said guiding post pulling one of said elastic members to be extended.

5. The body exercising trainer as defined in claim 4, wherein the extensible body of said elastic member has two fixing ends for connecting to the bottom side of said top plate of said frame and located at two lateral sides of said slot, whereby the body of said elastic member stands across said slot and contacts against said guiding post when said guiding post is moved along with said sliding seat.

6. The body exercising trainer as defined in claim 1, wherein each of said supports comprises a transverse bar and a connecting bar, said connecting bar being inserted into a free end of said recessed portion and fixedly coupled with said frame, said transverse bar being steadily positioned on the ground.

7. The body exercising trainer as defined in claim 6 and further comprising two armrests, said armrests being pivotally respectively coupled with said transverse bars and having tops for the holding of a user's hands.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates generally to a body exercising trainer, and more particularly to a body exercising trainer for leg tendon and abdomen.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] There are various kinds of fitness and exercise machines provided for exercising muscle durability of different portions of human body. For example of exercising leg muscle, the matched machines are jogging machines, stepping machines, walking machines, slide walking machines, and so on. However, the foregoing machines only strengthen the exterior tissue of the muscle but not the interior tissue.

[0003] Further, people who need more body flexibility, like dancers, have to constantly stretch their muscle by doing that one foot lying on the ground, the other foot raising up to a bar or a wall, and pushing their bodies forward to stretch the leg tendon. But this way of exercising leg tendon may easily hurt the muscle due to the imbalance of their bodies.

[0004] Additionally, for patients who need long time rehabilitation, it's quite possible for them to get harmed if the foregoing machines are not properly operated. Thus, it's a necessary consideration to purchase a fitness or exercise machine having features of user-friendly and slow body stretching.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a body exercising trainer for stretching leg tendon and exercising abdomen.

[0006] In keeping with the principle of the present invention, the foregoing objective of the present invention is attained by a body exercising trainer composed of an elongated frame, two supports, at least one elastic member and at least one U-shaped sliding seat. The frame has a recessed portion extending along a longitudinal axle of said frame, at least one slot disposed on a top side of said frame and communicating with said recessed portion and two rails extending along the longitudinal axle and respectively recessed at two opposite sides thereof. The supports are respectively coupled to two ends of said frame and adapted to lie against the ground. The elastic member is fixed to the frame and located in said recessed position and having an extensible body. The sliding seat has a main plate and two side plates normally connected to two sides of the main plate. The sliding seat is mounted over said frame and has a guiding post at a bottom side of said main plate. The guiding post has an end inserted through the slot and into the recessed portion. The two side plates are respectively provided with at least one roller rotatably mounted on the inner side thereof. The roller is installed in the respective rail, thereby the sliding seat can move back and forth along the longitudinal axle of said frame, and when said guiding post is moved with said sliding seat, the extensible body of said elastic member can be pulled to be extended.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0008] FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0009] FIG. 3 is cross-sectional view taken along the direction indicated by a line 3-3 as shown in FIG. 2;

[0010] FIG. 4 is a side view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0011] FIG. 5 is a bottom view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0012] FIG. 6 is a schematic view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention at work, showing a user is exercising two legs at the same time;

[0013] FIG. 7 is a bottom view of FIG. 6, showing an elastic member is pulled to be extended;

[0014] FIG. 8 is a schematic view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention at work, showing the user is exercising one leg;

[0015] FIG. 9 is a schematic view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention at work, showing the user kneels to do the exercising; and

[0016] FIG. 10 is a schematic view of another preferred embodiment of the present invention at work, showing the user sits to do the exercising.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0017] Referring to FIGS. 1-5, a body exercising trainer 100 provided by a preferred embodiment of the present invention is composed of an elongated frame 10, two supports 20, two armrests 30, two elastic members 40, and two sliding seats 50.

[0018] The frame 10 is formed by aluminum-extrusion and has a top plate 11, two side plates 12, and two bottom plates 13 formed by the side plates 12 being bent inward at the bottom fringes of the side plates 12. A recessed portion 14 having two free ends at two sides thereof is encompassed by inner sides of the top plate, the side plates, and the bottom plates to be formed along a longitudinal axle of the frame. Additionally, two elongated slots 111 are axially located at the top plate 11 and communicate with the recessed portion 14. Two T-shaped rails 121 are respectively inwardly recessed along the longitudinal axle of the frame at two exterior sides of the side plates 12. A plurality of locating holes 122, as shown in FIG. 4, are axially located at the bottom of one of the rails 121. Additionally, each of the bottom plates 13 is provided with a plurality of pads 15 at the external portion thereof for supporting the body exercising trainer 100 on the ground.

[0019] Each support 20 includes a transverse bar 21 and a connecting bar 22, which can be inserted into one of the two free ends of the recessed portion 14. The side plates 12 and the connecting bar 22 are inserted with two fasteners 23, e.g. screws, such that the supports are fixedly coupled with the frame 10 and the transverse bars 21 steadily stand on the ground. Additionally, the transverse bar 21 has a top side provided with two U-shaped hinged portions 211.

[0020] Each of the armrests 30, which are inverted U-shaped, includes two long rods 31 having bottoms respectively pivoted to the two hinged portions 211 and two elastic pieces (not shown) interconnected with the rods 31 and the hinged portions 211. The two long rods 31 are coupled with an inverted U-shaped handlebar 32 at free ends thereof and the handlebar 32 is installed with a soft pad thereon and is adjustable to move up and down for a user holding the armrests 30 in different height. The armrest 30 lies against a retaining portion of the hinged portion 211 so as to be pivoted toward one direction between a first position, in which the armrest 30 is positioned upright, and a second position, in which the armrest 30 is positioned slantingly. Additionally, the elastic pieces (not shown) can bring the armrest 30 back to the first position.

[0021] The elastic member 40 having high elastic coefficient includes a body 41 having two fixing ends 42 and is disposed below the slots 111. The fixing ends 42 are locked by screws on a bottom side of the top plate 11 and are located at two sides of the slot 111 such that the body 41 of the elastic members 40 stands across the slot 111.

[0022] Each of the sliding seats 50 is composed of a sliding member 51, a guiding post 52 having two screwed ends, and a footpad 53.

[0023] The sliding member 51, which is inverted U-shaped, includes a main plate 511 and two side plates 512 respectively vertically connected with two opposite sides of the main plate 511 and is mounted over the frame 10. The main plate 511 includes a through hole 513 for a top end of the guiding post 52 running through. The guiding post 52 has a bottom end running through a nut 54 and the slot 111 and locked with another nut 55. Two rollers 56 are respectively rotatably installed at the inner sides of the side plates 512 of sliding seats 50 and are respectively inserted in the rails 121. Accordingly, the sliding seats 50 are moved back and forth along the longitudinal axle of the frame 10. Additionally, when the guiding post 52 is moved along with the sliding seats 50, the body 41 of the elastic member 40 is pulled by the guiding post 52 to be extended and transformed.

[0024] Furthermore, one of the side plates 512 of the sliding seats 50 includes a positioning hole 514 in corresponding position to one of the locating holes 122 of the frame 10 and a pin 57 with a pull ring 571 at a distal end thereof is inserted into the positioning hole 514 and one of the locating holes 122 such that the sliding seat 50 is fixed to a predetermined position of the frame 10.

[0025] Each of the footpads 53 is recessed with a threaded hole (not shown) on a bottom side thereof. The guiding post 52 is screwed with the threaded hole at the top end thereof and then the bottom side of the footpads 53 contacts against the top side of the main plate 511 such that the footpads 53 for the user's stepping are fixedly mounted on the sliding piece 51.

[0026] As shown in FIG. 6, the present invention at work is described hereunder. The user respectively holds the armrests 30 with two hands for steady support and steps on the footpads 53 with two feet. When the user exercises leg tendon with the two feet extending outwardly, as shown in FIG. 7, the sliding seats 50 are resiliently retained by the elastic members 40 such that the leg tendon is stretched slowly to prevent against hurt resulted from the leg tendon is stretched too quickly.

[0027] Referring to FIG. 8, one of the sliding seats 50 is fastened to the frame 10 somewhere by the pin 57, namely, one foot of the user is held, and the user stands or sits to move the other foot outwardly. Meanwhile, one of the armrests is swung toward the user to support the user for better balance.

[0028] Referring to FIG. 9, the body exercising trainer 100 further comprises two handgrips 58, which are respectively mounted on the side plates 512 of the sliding member 51. Therefore, the user can kneel beside two sides of the frame 10 and holds two handgrips 58, and then the user moves back and forth along with the sliding seats 50 so as to exercise the user's abdomen.

[0029] Referring to FIG. 10, there is another preferred embodiment of the present invention and the difference from the foregoing embodiment is described hereunder. The frame 60 of the present invention includes an elongated slot 61 and a sliding seat 70, which is moved back and forth on the slot 61 along the longitudinal axle of the frame 60 and is held at a predetermined position by an elastic member (not shown) mounted in the frame 60. The sliding seat 70 is provided with a seat 71. A support 80 includes a transverse bar 81 composed of two footpads 82 thereon. When at work, the user sits on the seat 71 with two feet stepping against the footpads 82 and gets their legs exercised by bending and extending the legs with the assistance of the resilience provided by the elastic member.