Title:
Abs device
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The Abs Device is designed to be a comfortable exercise apparatus. The apparatus is also designed to allow for independent and separate exercising of the upper and lower abdominal muscles, respectively. With the ability to interchange tension strength, and an angled seat and guided cable system this apparatus is ideal for a maximum abdominal exercise routine.



Inventors:
Armstrong, Sherlock (Queens, NY, US)
Carraway, Eric (Raleigh, NC, US)
Application Number:
11/041181
Publication Date:
07/27/2006
Filing Date:
01/21/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
482/96
International Classes:
A63B21/068; A63B21/02
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Primary Examiner:
BAKER, LORI LYNN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Eric Carraway (P. O. Box 31382, Raleigh, NC, 27622, US)
Claims:
1. (canceled)

2. (canceled)

3. (canceled)

4. An exercise apparatus comprising a freestanding no-back seat by design enabling a concentrated workout to abdominal region of a user; (a) that by constructing the seat with on back support the abdominal muscles are engaged throughout concentric and eccentric contractions of abdominal muscles. (b) and that by constructing a forward and rear resistance adding apparatus, the abdominal muscles are further targeted by isolation of upper and lower abs with respect to forward and rear resisting apparatus.

5. An exercise apparatus according to claim 4, that by construction and designs of a resistance-adding apparatus allows total workout of abdominal muscles throughout both upright and supine positions of the sit-up exercise, also the exercise apparatus has the added ability to, by design and construction, further allow for the isolation and individual workout of upper and/or lower abdominal muscles by use of forward and rear resistance adding apparatus.

6. An exercise apparatus that is specifically designed and constructed to target torso area of a user, and by design of a no back free floating seat engages the entire muscle group(s) of the abdomen and assist with hip flexion of the torso. And these muscles include, but are not limited to the rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques, serratus anterior, transverses abdominus, external intercostals, internal intercostals and the diaphragm muscles. This apparatus allows for a total, and, if one chooses intense workout of the torso and all muscles associated with movement from upright to supine potion.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention concerns the Abs Device for use in physical training, more particularly the conditioning and strengthening of the abdominal region of the human body. This device provides a method of exercising the abdominal muscles as well as methods to assist the exerciser in all abdominal strengthening exercising and positions by the use of an adjustable platform, an adjustable seat and cables. The cables on this devise may also be adjustable and will have a method of increasing tension so as to provide various simulated weight variations.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The abdominal area of the body is a difficult region of the body to sculpt and condition. This devise will aid in the conditioning, sculpting and strengthening of this particular region. All embodiments of this device will aid the exerciser in targeting specific abdominal muscles and train them to respond to various exercising positions.

These various exercising potions will be made possible by use of an adjusting platform, an adjusting seat and adjusting cables with the capability of changing strength tension by use of, but not limited to, springs and rubber tension couplets.

The device will work as follows; the exerciser is to adjust the devise to fit his or her body by length on platform and height on seat. Then the cable is adjusted according to the length of the platform. The desired tension is then adjusted by use of springs or rubber couplets. The exerciser will be seated on device, place ankles under the foot bar and perform one half of a sit up while reaching back to grasp cable. After cable is grasped securely exerciser will begin doing sit ups while rotating arms forward and pulling cables to engage the tension cables to restrict the abdominal muscles for conditioning, sculpting and strengthening. By simply changing positioning of the body on the seat other abdominal muscles can be engaged, thus also conditioning, sculpting and strengthening these muscles as well. During the use of this device it is important to note that the apparatus has two sets of cables. An upper set located just below the set and a rear set located on the rear T. The purpose of the two sets of cables are to allow for individual workout of the upper and lower abdominal muscles. The cables make it possible to concentrate on the upper and lower sections of the “abs” by front or rear cables.

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The above mentioned are examples of prior related art. Abdominal devices that are designed to assist an exerciser in the physical training of the abdominal muscles. While these devices provide excellent services in physically training the abdominal region, they do not allow the mobility to target individual abdominal muscles a does the Abs Device.

The present invention provides the ability to target individual abdominal muscle by means of increased or decreased tension as well as by simply moving or adjusting the body.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention pertains to an exercise device for conditioning, sculpting and strengthening the abdominal muscles of an exerciser's body. This summation is not intended to minimize the Abs Device in any way, it is an attempt to describe the components of the invention and to provide an understanding of the workings of this device.

The device is comprised of two T-bars, a forward T, and a rear T. These two T's are joined to form the adjustable platform. A seat is affixed to the forward T, that is adjustable above the foot bar to allow for leg length. The adjustable joined T's allow for various torso variations. All of the adjustable settings are secured by means of the insertion of an insurable pin perpendicular to the fitting. Located under the seat and on the bar are rings to affix the Tension Springs or the Rubber Couplets, the rings will allow for lengthening or shortening the cable which is attached to an opposite end of the Tension Spring or Rubber Couplets. The seat cables run parallel to the seat bar guided to ensure smooth continuous movement throughout exercise repetitions. Likewise, the torso cables run parallel to the adjoining T's—forward and rear—cables are guided to ensure smooth continuous movement throughout exercise repetitions. The tension cables have a handle at the opposite end, while the exerciser uses the seat cables the lower region of the abdominal muscles are engaged and while the exerciser uses the cables that runs the length of the Ts, the upper portion of the abdominal muscles are engaged. So the exerciser does not fall off the seat an ankle support or foot stopper is affixed to the non-adjustable part of the seat bar. And a working or engaging description of the Abs Device is as follows: an exerciser sits on the invention and test for correct length and height of apparatus. If length and height needs adjustment it is done now. After proper adjustment, the exerciser will decide to engage first the lower or upper section of the abdominal muscles and will use the seat cables or the T cables, respectively, according to desired muscle engagement. The exerciser will grasp cable and begin to do sit ups while using biceps and or deltoids to add resistance throughout exercise routine. It must also be pointed out that the springs and or rubber couplets are inner changeable to allow for added or subtracted tension to impose more or less resistance.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1. This is an assembled representation of the current invention.

FIG. 2. This is a representation of the forward T from the frontal view.

FIG. 3. This is a representation of the rear T from a top view.

FIG. 4. This is a representation of a side view of the forward T.

FIG. 5. This is a representation of a Tension Spring.

FIG. 6. This is a representation of a Rubber Couplet.

FIG. 7. This is a representation of the locking pin.

FIG. 8. This is a representation of the Torso Cables.

FIG. 9. This is a representation of the Seat Cables.

FIG. 10. This is a representation of the seat pole and seat.

FIG. 11. This is a representation of a front-guided cable system using but not limited to a pulley system.

FIG. 12. A representation of rear guided cable system but not limited to a pulley system.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a representation of the assembled apparatus. Note that the forward T is assembled with adjusting seat attached. A foot stop representation is affixed to non-adjustable portion of the seat. For attaching the Tension Spring and, or the Rubber Couplets and also to adjust cable length according to height of seat there are attachments along the adjustable portion of the seat pole. There is also in this figure representation of the of seat adjustments and locking pin. There is representation of the seat cables as as well that will aid in adding resistance to the abdominal muscles throughout the exercise routine. In this illustration there is also representation of the rear T inserted into the forward T to show allowable adjustment for torso length and there is also representation of Torso Cable adjustments. It also has a representation of Torso Cables.

FIG. 2 is representation of a frontal view of the forward T with adjustable seat pole only inserted. This illustration shows representation of attachments for cable lengthening and tension apparatus. There is representation of foot stop, for supporting body on seat. The illustration shows allowance for cable guiding system to allow for smooth movement throughout exercise. The illustration also shows adjustable seat pole with inserted locking pin.

FIG. 3 is a representation of a top view of the rear T and its dimensions.

FIG. 4 is a representation of the side view of the apparatus and a visual notation of the angled seat pole. This design allows for attaching tension means while gaining maximum torque and use of positioning for resistance capability.

FIG. 5 is representation of the tension spring. It is important to point out that the tension springs will come in a variety of strengths for preference in amount of resistance.

FIG. 6 is representation of the rubber couplet. It is important to point out that the rubber couplets will come in a variety of strengths for preference in amount of resistance.

FIG. 7 is representation of the locking pin to be used in securing seat pole and joining T's at desired adjustment.

FIG. 8 and FIG. 9 are representation of the seat cable and the torso cable, respectively. The one end having a handle of grasping and at an opposite end an attachment allowing for tension spring or rubber couplet.

FIG. 10 is a representation of the specially angled seat pole and seat. The seat pole also houses the attachments for allowance of the adjustments needed in length of cables as well seat height.

FIG. 11 is a representation of the assembled AB's device with a guided cable system guided by, but not limited to a pulley system on the front cable system.

FIG. 12 is a representation of the assembled AB's device with a guided cable system guided by, but not limited to a pulley system on the rear cable system.