Title:
Exercising inversion table
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An exercising inversion table includes a base frame, a support post, a main post, a bench, and a lift unit. Thus, the user initially lies on the bench in a horizontal manner, thereby providing a comfortable sensation to the user when using the inversion table. In addition, the foot support post is disposed at a slightly bent state to satisfy the ergonomic design, so that the user's feet are placed on the support seat and pressed between the foot support bar and the ankle support bar smoothly and naturally, thereby providing a comfortable sensation to the user when using the inversion table.



Inventors:
Chen, Chiu-ku (Taichung, TW)
Application Number:
11/194802
Publication Date:
02/08/2007
Filing Date:
08/02/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B26/00
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Primary Examiner:
BAKER, LORI LYNN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Mayer & Williams, P.C. (55 Madison Avenue, Suite 400, Morristown, NJ, 07960, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An inversion table, comprising: a base frame; a support post mounted on the base frame; a main post pivotally mounted on the support post; a lift unit mounted on the base frame and connected to the main post to drive the main post to pivot relative to the support post.

2. The inversion table in accordance with claim 1, wherein the lift unit includes a lift rod pivotally connected to the main post, and a drive motor mounted on the lift rod to drive the lift rod to move outward and retract inward.

3. The inversion table in accordance with claim 2, wherein the lift rod of the lift unit has a first end pivotally connected to the main post and a second end pivotally connected to the base frame.

4. The inversion table in accordance with claim 2, wherein the drive motor of the lift unit is operated by a remote controller.

5. The inversion table in accordance with claim 1, further comprising a foot support post mounted on an end of the main post.

6. The inversion table in accordance with claim 5, wherein the foot support post is disposed at a slightly bent state.

7. The inversion table in accordance with claim 5, further comprising a knee support bar mounted on the foot support post for placing a user's knees.

8. The inversion table in accordance with claim 5, further comprising a support seat mounted on a front end of the foot support post for placing a user's feet and ankles.

9. The inversion table in accordance with claim 8, further comprising a foot support bar pivotally mounted on an upper portion of the support seat, and an ankle support bar securely mounted on a lower portion of the support seat and located under the foot support bar 62.

10. The inversion table in accordance with claim 1, wherein the main post is normally disposed at a horizontal state.

11. The inversion table in accordance with claim 1, further comprising a bench mounted on the main post to move therewith.

12. The inversion table in accordance with claim 11, wherein the bench is normally disposed at a horizontal state.

13. The inversion table in accordance with claim 11, wherein the support post functions as a fulcrum of the main post and the bench.

14. The inversion table in accordance with claim 11, further comprising two opposite handles mounted on the main post and located beside the bench.

15. The inversion table in accordance with claim 1, wherein the drive motor of the lift unit drives the lift rod to move toward the main post.

16. The inversion table in accordance with claim 9, wherein the foot support bar is pushed to pivot upward to allow placement of a user's feet between the foot support bar and the ankle support bar, so that the foot support bar presses the user's feet by its gravity, thereby preventing the user's feet from being detached from the support seat during an inversion exercising process.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to an inversion table, and more particularly to an exercising inversion table for inverting a human body.

2. Description of the Related Art

A conventional inversion table is used to invert a human body upside down so as to exercise the user's body and to promote the blood circulation of the user. However, the user is initially placed on the inversion table in an upright manner and then inverted by the inversion table so that the user easily fears during the inverting process, thereby greatly providing an uncomfortable sensation to the user when using the inversion table. In addition, the user's feet are tightened by a fastening device of the inversion table, thereby providing an uncomfortable sensation to the user during the exercising process. Further, the user is initially placed on the inversion table in an upright manner, so that the displacement distance of the inversion table is increased, thereby wasting the electric power.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided an inversion table, comprising a base frame, a support post mounted on the base frame, a main post pivotally mounted on the support post, and a lift unit mounted on the base frame and connected to the main post to drive the main post to pivot relative to the support post.

The primary objective of the present invention is to provide an inversion table, wherein the user initially lies on the bench in a horizontal manner, thereby providing a comfortable sensation to the user when using the inversion table.

Another objective of the present invention is to provide an inversion table, wherein the bench is normally disposed at a horizontal state so as to shorten the displacement distance of the inversion table, thereby saving the electric power.

A further objective of the present invention is to provide an inversion table, wherein the foot support post is disposed at a slightly bent state to satisfy the ergonomic design, so that the user's feet are placed on the support seat and pressed between the foot support bar and the ankle support bar smoothly and naturally, thereby greatly providing a comfortable sensation to the user when using the inversion table.

A further objective of the present invention is to provide an inversion table, wherein the user's feet can push the foot support bar upward to allow placement of the user's feet between the foot support bar and the ankle support bar, so that the foot support bar presses the user's feet by its gravity, thereby preventing the user's feet from being detached from the support seat during the inversion exercising process.

Further benefits and advantages of the present invention will become apparent after a careful reading of the detailed description with appropriate reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an inversion table in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a partially exploded perspective view of the inversion table as shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a side plan view of the inversion table as shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a schematic operational view of the inversion table as shown in FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a schematic operational view of the inversion table as shown in FIG. 4; and

FIG. 6 is a schematic side plan operational view of the inversion table as shown in FIG. 1.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to the drawings and initially to FIGS. 1-3, an inversion table in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a base frame 1, a support post 4 mounted on the base frame 1, a main post 2 pivotally mounted on the support post 4, and a lift unit 3 mounted on the base frame 1 and connected to the main post 2 to drive the main post 2 to pivot relative to the support post 4.

The lift unit 3 includes a lift rod 32 having a first end pivotally connected to the main post 2 and a second end pivotally connected to the base frame 1, and a drive motor 31 mounted on the lift rod 3-2 to drive the lift rod 32 to move outward and retract inward. The drive motor 31 of the lift unit 3 is operated by a remote controller 9.

A bench 7 is mounted on the main post 2 to move therewith, and the support post 4 functions as a fulcrum of the main post 2 and the bench 7. Two opposite handles 8 are mounted on the main post 2 and located beside the bench 7. The main post 2 is normally disposed at a horizontal state, and the bench 7 is also normally disposed at a horizontal state.

A slightly bent foot support post 5 is mounted on an end of the main post 2. A knee support bar 51 is mounted on the foot support post 5 for placing a user's knees. A support seat 6 is mounted on a front end of the foot support post 5 for placing a user's feet and ankles. A foot support bar 62 is pivotally mounted on an upper portion of the support seat 6, and an ankle support bar 61 is securely mounted on a lower portion of the support seat 6 and located under the foot support bar 62.

In operation, referring to FIGS. 3-6, the main post 2 is normally disposed at a horizontal state so that a user can lie on the bench 7 in a horizontal manner as shown in FIG. 3. Then, the user's feet are placed on the support seat 6 and pressed between the foot support bar 62 and the ankle support bar 61. Then, the drive motor 31 of the lift unit 3 is operated by the remote controller 9 to drive the lift rod 32 to move toward the main post 2 to move the bench 7 upward so that the bench 7 is pivoted upward about the support post 4 as shown in FIGS. 4 and 5. In such a manner, the user is successively disposed at an upside-down state as shown in FIG. 6 so as to exercise the user's body and to promote the blood circulation of the user.

Accordingly, the user initially lies on the bench 7 in a horizontal manner, thereby providing a comfortable sensation to the user when using the inversion table. In addition, the bench 7 is normally disposed at a horizontal state so as to shorten the displacement distance of the inversion table, thereby saving the electric power. Further, the foot support post 5 is disposed at a slightly bent state to satisfy the ergonomic design, so that the user's feet are placed on the support seat 6 and pressed between the foot support bar 62 and the ankle support bar 61 smoothly and naturally, thereby greatly providing a comfortable sensation to the user when using the inversion table. Further, the user's feet can push the foot support bar 62 upward to allow placement of the user's feet between the foot support bar 62 and the ankle support bar 61, so that the foot support bar 62 presses the user's feet by its gravity, thereby preventing the user's feet from being detached from the support seat 6 during the inversion exercising process.

Although the invention has been explained in relation to its preferred embodiment(s) as mentioned above, it is to be understood that many other possible modifications and variations can be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. It is, therefore, contemplated that the appended claim or claims will cover such modifications and variations that fall within the true scope of the invention.