Title:
Muscular training apparatus
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
There is provided a muscular training apparatus that can be utilized without any limitation of a place, in which wires accumulating an elastic energy are repeatedly withdrawn and released, in order to train muscles of the human body. The muscular training apparatus includes a lengthy base (100), a fixed frame (300) fixed on the central portion of the base (100), a pair of wire reels (110, 210) rotatively coupled to one side of the fixed frame (300), wires (150, 250) each one end of which is fixed to each wire reel (110, 210) and each other end of which is wound around each wire reel (110, 210), spiral springs (120, 220) were as each one of which is fixed to each wire reel (110, 210) and were as the other end of which is fixed to the fixed frame (300), and grips (160, 260) connected to the other end of each wire (150, 250). Accordingly, the muscular training apparatus allows a user to have his or her feet supported on the base and repeatedly withdraw and release the wires, to thus enable a specific portion of the body to be trained. The muscular training apparatus is easy to carry and does not need an additional fixing unit. Thus, the muscular training apparatus can be conveniently used without any limitation of a training place. Also, the muscular training apparatus is simpler than the conventional training apparatus, to accordingly enable lightness and inexpensive production.



Inventors:
Yeo, In Cheoul (Incheon City, KR)
Go, Hwa Seag (Uiwang City, KR)
Application Number:
10/454181
Publication Date:
07/22/2004
Filing Date:
06/03/2003
Assignee:
YEO IN CHEOUL
GO HWA SEAG
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
482/130, 482/123
International Classes:
A63B21/02; A63B21/00; (IPC1-7): A63B21/02; A63B21/04
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Primary Examiner:
DONNELLY, JEROME W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CANTOR COLBURN LLP (55 Griffin Road South, Bloomfield, CT, 06002, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A muscular training apparatus comprising: a lengthy base; a fixed frame fixed on the central portion of the base; at least one wire reel rotatively coupled to one side of the fixed frame, in which an annular winding groove and an accommodating portion having an internal space are formed; a wire or wires were as each one end of which is fixed to the at least one wire reel and each other end of which is wound around the annular groove of the at least one wire reel; a spiral spring or spiral springs were as each one end of which is fixed to the accommodating portion of the at least one wire reel and a or each other end of which is fixed to the fixed frame, to then be accommodated in the accommodating portion; and a grip or grips connected to the other end of the or each wire.

2. The muscular training apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a speed reducer for reducing a rotational speed of the wire reel when the wire is released from the wire reel.

3. The muscular training apparatus of claim 2, wherein the speed reducer comprises: a frictional reel positioned in the other side of the fixed frame, and rotatively combined with the wire reel on the same axis as that of the wire reel; a frictional band frictionally contacting the outer circumferential surface of the frictional reel; and a tension adjustment unit for adjusting the tension of the frictional band.

4. The muscular training apparatus of claim 3, wherein the tension adjustment unit comprises: an adjustment knob combined with the fixed frame so as to idly rotate; and a movable block screw-engaged with the adjustment knob, connected to the frictional band, and ascending and descending together with the frictional band according to rotation of the adjustment knob, with a result that the tension adjustment unit frictionally contacts the frictional reel according to the ascending and descending of the frictional band.

5. The muscular training apparatus of claim 3, further comprising a one-direction clutch bearing combined with the shaft of the frictional reel, so that the frictional reel rotates when the wire is withdrawn and released from the wire reel, and the frictional reel does not rotate when the released wire is wound at the time of restoring and rotating the wire reel according to the restoring of the spiral spring.

6. The muscular training apparatus of claim 4, further comprising a one-direction clutch bearing combined with the shaft of the frictional reel, so that the frictional reel rotates when the wire is withdrawn and released from the wire reel, and the frictional reel does not rotate when the released wire is wound at the time of restoring and rotating the wire reel according to the restoring of the spiral spring.

7. The muscular training apparatus of claim 1, further comprising: a rotational block rotatively combined with the fixed frame, in which the wire passes through the rotational block; and a guide roller rotatively combined with the rotational block, for guiding the wire.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a muscular training apparatus for the purpose of contracting and releasing muscles in each portion of the human body including a stretching motion involving various positions.

[0003] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0004] With a stationary piece of work out equipment it has a iron bar, a parallel bar, etc, and is used in the general use as a muscular training apparatus and is not portable but must always be in a fixed stationary position and is inconvenient for user's to use.

[0005] FIG. 1 shows a muscular training apparatus using combination of lockable and unlockable wires “Disclosed in Korean Utility Model Registration No. 20-0250269.”

[0006] In the stationary muscular training device a dedicated support brace is bracketed to either the wall or ceiling or attached to a dedicated support table and traction cables ‘4’ are suspended so that weights ‘42’ may be pulled through rollers ‘5’ at portions extended toward both sides of the body ‘1’ of the device, with the above combination muscular contraction and release can be performed by pulling the traction strips ‘4’ or use of grips ‘41’ combined with the respective ends of the traction strips ‘4’ to desired positions.

[0007] However, since the muscular training apparatus requires that the device is stationary as to limit use and placement of the apparatus. Which makes its use stationary because it cannot be moved at all.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] To solve the above problems, the objective of this invention is to provide a muscular training apparatus that will allow the user to train muscles conveniently without the restrictions of a stationary apparatus.

[0009] It is also the objective of the present invention to provide a portable device that is capable of allowing the user the convenience of training muscles in a variety of standing or sitting positions.

[0010] In accomplishing this the above objective listed herein the present invention will provide a muscular training apparatus comprising; a lengthy base; a fixed frame placed on the central portion of the base; at least one wire reel rotatively coupled to one side of the fixed frame in which an annular winding groove and an accommodating portion having an internal space are formed; a wire or wires each at one end of which will be fixed to one side of the apparatus and will be secured by being wound around the annular grow of at least one wire reel; a spiral spring each placed on one end of which will be fixed to the accommodating portion of the device and with the use of a singular or set of grips that are attached and connected to the of the wires attached to the wires connected to the spiral spring and reels enclosed inside the apparatus.

[0011] The muscular training apparatus according to the present invention shall further comprises a speed reducer for reducing the rotational speed of the wire reel when the wire is released from the wire reel.

[0012] The speed reducer composes a frictional reel positioned in the other side of the fixed frame and with a combined rotatively wire reel on the same axis as that of the wire reel a frictional band frictionally contacting the outer circumferential surface of the frictional reel, and a tension adjustment unit for adjusting the tension of the frictional band.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0013] The above and other and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent by describing the preferred embodiment thereof in more detail with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

[0014] FIG. 1 is a schematic view showing a conventional training apparatus;

[0015] FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing a training apparatus according to the present invention;

[0016] FIG. 3 is a partially exploded perspective view showing a training apparatus according to the present invention;

[0017] FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing the rear side of FIG. 3;

[0018] FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view showing the FIG. 3 training apparatus where essential components are combined; and

[0019] FIGS. 6A and 6B are diagrams for explaining operations of a one-direction clutch bearing employed in the present invention, respectively.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0020] A muscular training apparatus according to the present invention will be described below in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.

[0021] The muscular training apparatus can be utilized without any limitation of a place, in which wires accumulating an elastic energy are repeatedly withdrawn and released, in order to train muscles of a certain portion groups of a human body.

[0022] Referring to FIGS. ‘2’ through ‘5’, the muscular training apparatus includes a lengthy base ‘100’, a fixed frame ‘300’ fixed on the central portion of the base ‘100’, a pair of wire reels ‘110’ and ‘210’ rotatively coupled to one side of the fixed frame ‘300’, wires ‘150’ and ‘250’ each one end of which is fixed to each wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ and each other of which is wound around each wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’, spiral springs ‘120’ and ‘220’ each one of which is fixed to each wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ and each other end of which is fixed to the fixed frame ‘300’, and grips ‘160’ and ‘260’ connected to the one end of each wire ‘150’ or ‘250’.

[0023] An annular winding groove ‘111’ or ‘211’ around which the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is accommodated, and an accommodating portion ‘112’ or ‘212’ in which the spiral spring ‘120’ or ‘220’, are formed in each wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’. On end of the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is fixedly wound around the central portion of the winding groove ‘111’ or ‘211’ several turns, so that the wire can be released together with rotation of the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’.

[0024] Also, the inner end of the spiral spring ‘120’ or ‘220’ is fixedly combined with a fixing piece ‘303’ or ‘304’ in the fixing frame ‘300’, respectively. The outer end of the spiral spring ‘120’ or ‘220’ is fixed to the edge of the accommodation portion ‘112’ or ‘212’ in each wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’, respectively. Thus, the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ rotates in one direction when the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is released from the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’. In this case, the spiral spring ‘120’ or ‘220’ is contracted to accumulate an elastic energy therein. Then, when the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ rotates in the other direction by the accumulated elastic energy, the release wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is wound around the winding groove ‘111’ or ‘211’.

[0025] Also, in the muscular training apparatus according to the present invention, a rotational block ‘140’ or ‘240’ is rotatably combined with the fixed frame ‘300’, in which the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ released from the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ passes through the rotational block ‘140’ or ‘240’, and a guide roller ‘141’ or ‘241’ is rotatably combined with the rotational block ‘140’ or ‘240’, for guiding the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’. The rotational block ‘140’ or ‘240’ and the guide roller ‘141’ or ‘241’ rotate according to a releasing direction of the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’, to thereby minimize a friction at the time of releasing and winding the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’.

[0026] Meanwhile, the muscular training apparatus according to the present invention further includes a speed reducer for reducing a rotational speed of the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ when the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is released from the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’.

[0027] The speed reducer includes a frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ positioned in the other side of the fixed frame ‘300’, and rotatably combined with the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ on the same axis as that of the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’, a frictional band ‘400’ frictionally contacting the outer circumferential surface of the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’, and a tension adjustment unit for adjusting the tension of the frictional band ‘400’.

[0028] The speed reducer allows a user to perform a stronger muscular training exercise since the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ rotating together with the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ when the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is released from the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ undergoes a rotational resistance due to the frictional band ‘400’.

[0029] The tension adjustment unit comprises an adjustment knob ‘310’ combined with the fixed frame ‘300’ so as to idly rotate in which a screw portion ‘311’ is formed, and a movable block ‘320’ screw-engaged with the adjustment knob ‘310’, connected to the frictional band ‘400’, and ascending and descending together with the frictional band ‘400’ according to rotation of the adjustment knob ‘310’. As a result, the tension adjustment unit makes a frictional resistance with respect to the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ vary according to the ascending and descending of the frictional band ‘400’.

[0030] Referring to FIGS. 3 and 5, the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ and the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ are coaxially combined with the shaft ‘101’ or ‘201’, respectively, so that the former rotates together with the latter. Reference numerals ‘130’ and ‘230’ are closing plates combined with the accommodation portions ‘112’ and ‘212’ in the wire reels ‘110’ and ‘210’, respectively. Reference numerals ‘102’ and ‘202’ are fixing pins for fixing the shafts ‘101’ and ‘201’ to the wire reels ‘110’ and ‘210’, respectively.

[0031] Also, in the muscular training apparatus according to the present invention, a one-direction clutch bearing ‘351’ or ‘352’ is combined with the shaft ‘101’ or ‘201’ of the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’, so that the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ rotates when the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is withdrawn and released from the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’, and the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ does not rotate when the released wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is wound at the time of restoring and rotating the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ according to the restoring of the spiral spring ‘120’ or ‘210’.

[0032] As shown in FIGS. ‘6A’ and ‘6B’, an inclined groove ‘3541a’ or ‘352a’ is formed in the one-direction clutch bearing ‘351’ or ‘352’, and a ball or roller ‘351b’ or ‘352b’ is accommodated in the inclined groove ‘351a’ or ‘352a’, so as to make a rolling-friction with the shaft ‘101’ or ‘201’, respectively.

[0033] As shown in FIG. ‘6A’, when the shaft ‘101’ or ‘201’ rotating together with the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ rotates clockwise, that is, when the released wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is wound by the restoring of the spiral spring ‘120’ or ‘220’ which has stored an elastic energy, the roller ‘351b’ or ‘352b’ is positioned in the wider portion of the inclined groove ‘351a’ or ‘352a’, and thus the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ pressingly installed in the one-direction clutch bearing ‘351’ or ‘352’ does not rotate. In this case, the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ does not rotate even due to the frictional resistance against the frictional band ‘400’.

[0034] Also, as shown in FIG. 6B, when the shaft ‘101’ or ‘201’ rotating together with the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ rotates counterclockwise, that is, when the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is withdrawn by a user together with operation of the spiral spring ‘120’ or ‘220’ whose radius is narrowed and then contracted so as to accumulate an elastic energy, the roller ‘351b’ or ‘352b’ is positioned in the narrower portion of the inclined groove ‘351a’ or ‘352a’ and thus the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ pressingly installed in the one-direction clutch bearing ‘351’ or ‘352’ rotates together with the rotating wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’. Here, the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ rotates together with the frictional resistance against the frictional band ‘400’, to thus strengthen a withdrawal force of the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ by the user.

[0035] The shaft ‘101’ or ‘201’ is rotatatively supported by bearings ‘301’ and ‘351’, or ‘302’ and ‘352’ provided in a closing frame ‘350’. The fixed frame ‘300’ and the closing frame ‘350’ in which the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’ and the friction reel ‘170’ or ‘270’ are installed, are covered with a case ‘500’ to thus finish an external casing, as shown in FIG. 2.

[0036] The muscular training apparatus ‘600’ having the above-described configuration according to the present invention is used as follows.

[0037] Referring to FIG. 2 as an example of using the muscular training apparatus according to the present invention, when a user who sits on a floor makes his or her feet closely contacting ground portions ‘105’ and ‘106’ in the base ‘100’, and grasping and pulling the grip ‘160’ or ‘260’, the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is withdrawn. When a withdrawal force applied to the pulled wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is released, the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is wound around the wire reel ‘110’ or ‘210’. When such a withdrawal operation of the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is repeated, a particular portion of the human body is trained. As described above, since the radius of the spiral spring ‘120’ or ‘220’ is reduced so as to accumulate an elastic energy at the time of withdrawing the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’, a strong withdrawal force is needed. On the contrary, when the withdrawal force is released, the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’ is wound by the accumulated elastic energy.

[0038] Also, in order to make a stronger force needed at the time of withdrawing the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’, the adjustment knob ‘310’ is rotationally adjusted, to thus enlarge a frictional resistance between the elastic band ‘400’ and the frictional reel ‘170’ or ‘270’.

[0039] The muscular training apparatus ‘600’ according to the present invention can be used by withdrawing the wire ‘150’ or ‘250’, at a standing state where a user steps on the ground portion ‘105’ or ‘106’ in the base ‘100’.

[0040] As described above, the muscular training apparatus according to the present invention allows a user to have his or her feet supported on the base and repeatedly withdraw and release the wires, to thus enable a particular portion of the body to be trained. The muscular training apparatus is easy to carry and does not need an additional fixing unit. Thus, the muscular training apparatus can be conveniently used without any limitation of a training place. Also, the muscular training apparatus is simpler than the conventional training apparatus, to accordingly enable lightness and inexpensive production.