Title:
Universal weighted conditioning garment and system for resistance training
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A universal weighted exercise and resistance training garment, and a system thereof, to be worn by humans and non-humans, for body conditioning and training, and more particularly, a garment (with configurations of short sleeves or long sleeves, and short pants or long pants) with pouches for holding weight pads, said garment being constructed of a material that wicks moisture from the wearer and having a plurality of perpendicular, non-stretchable, fabric strips to provide immovable support for the weight pads, similar to a skeletal structure. Also disclosed is a related variety of conditioning components comprising weight pads held to a body by garments or straps, and worn by athletes for the purpose of weight resistance training. The variety of weight pads and garments can also be dimensioned for non-human use, such as horses and dogs for athletic training and exercise.



Inventors:
Reed, James (Plano, TX, US)
Application Number:
10/290775
Publication Date:
05/15/2003
Filing Date:
11/08/2002
Assignee:
REED JAMES
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B21/065; A63B21/06; A41D; (IPC1-7): A63B21/065
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Primary Examiner:
BAKER, LORI LYNN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Michael G. Cameron (Richardson, TX, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A weight conditioning suit, said weight conditioning suit comprising: a garment having an exterior layer and an interior layer; said garment being constructed of a flexible, breathable, and stretchable material encompassing and conforming to defined parts of a body; a plurality of pouches being formed between said exterior and interior of said garment; a plurality of pliable, flexible weight pads, said weight pads being dimensioned so as to fit inside the plurality if pouches of said garment; said plurality of pliable, flexible weight pads being disposed in said pouches so as to be substantially immobilized therein. a plurality of substantially perpendicular, non-stretchable, strips operable to provide substantially immovable support for the weight pads. said weight conditioning suit being adapted for human or non-human use.

2. The weight conditioning suit of claim 1 for use by humans.

3. The weighted body suit of claim 2 having a total weight of from about 4 ounces to 64 pounds.

4. The garment of claim 1 further comprising said flexible material being comprised of a stretchable and conforming material operable to wick moisture away from the wearer and having a opening and closing mechanism for easy access by the wearer.

5. The garment of claim 1 further comprising lines of stitching through said exterior and interior layers of the garment, said lines of stitching forming said pouches.

6. The garment of claim 1 wherein said outer layer is formed of a flexible, stretchable material.

7. The weight conditioning suit of claim 1, wherein the pliable, flexible weight pads are permanently affixed to the garment.

8. The weight conditioning suit of claim 1, wherein the pliable, flexible weight pads are sewn into the garment.

9. The weight conditioning suit of claim 1, wherein the pliable, flexible weight pads are glued to the garment.

10. The weight conditioning suit of claim 1, wherein the pouches can opened and closed, said pliable, flexible weight pads being insertable therein.

11. The garment of claim 1 wherein said flexible, stretchable material is breathable to allow the dissipation and evaporation of natural body fluids such as sweat.

12. The weight pads of claim 1 wherein said weight pads are comprised of high density material encased in a pliable, flexible material.

13. The weight pads of claim 12 wherein said high density material comprises metal, such as steel shot, lead or zinc.

14. The weight pads of claim 12 wherein said high density material comprises sand.

15. The weight pads of claim 12 wherein the amount of high density material to pliable, flexible material are provided in certain defined proportions.

16. The weight pads of claim 12 wherein the pliable, flexible material comprises a rubber compound.

17. The weight pads of claim 12 wherein the rubber compound and the high density material are arranged in layers.

18. The weight pads of claim 12 wherein the pliable, flexible material comprises a polymer.

19. The weight pads of claim 18 wherein the polymer material and high density material are arranged in layers.

20. The garment of claim 1 wherein an upper and lower margin of each of said pouches is defined and accessible from the interior layer of the garment; each of said pouches being defined by a matrix of stitching; a plurality of panels being integral to the interior of the garment, said panels being located adjacent to the top margin of each of said pouches to define flaps for said pouches; and said pouches being dimensioned for holding said weight pads in said pouches.

21. The weighed pads of claim 1 having a weight of from 1 ounces to 300 pounds for animal use.

22. A modular weight conditioning system for physical conditioning and body therapy, said system comprising: a plurality of weight pads each being fitted to a different part of a body; said weight pads being adapted for human or non-human use.

23. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for human feet.

24. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for human ankles.

25. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for human shins.

26. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for human knees.

27. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for human thighs.

28. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for human biceps.

29. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for human elbows.

30. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pads fitted for human forearms.

31. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pads fitted for human wrists.

32. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pads fitted for human hands.

33. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for a human chest and upper to mid-back.

34. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for a woman's chest and back body dimensions.

35. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for a man's chest and back.

36. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a weight pad fitted for a wearer's hips and waist.

37. The modular weighted conditioning system of claim 22, further comprising garments for enclosing the weight pads; said garments having an exterior and an interior; said exterior being substantially exposed to the outside environment when the garment is worn; said interior being substantially against the wearer's body when the garment is worn; said exterior and interior being coupled together around the periphery of the garment; one or a plurality of pouches being formed by lines of attachment through said exterior and interior layers of the garment; said garments being constructed of a flexible, breathable, and stretchable material for encompassing and conforming to the body or parts of the body of a wearer; said plurality of pliable, flexible weight pads being dimensioned so as to fit inside the single pouch or plurality of pouches; and said plurality of pliable, flexible weight pads being disposed in said pouches so as to be substantially immobilized therein.

38. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 37 wherein one pair of the garments is fitted for non-human use; one of the garments being dimensioned for the front quarters or hind quarters and back alone.

39. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 37 wherein one pair of the garments is fitted for non-human use; one of the garments being dimensioned for the hind quarters alone or the front quarters and back.

40. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 37 wherein the garment is fitted for use adjacent to the ribcage across the back, alone or with the garments used for the front and hind quarters.

41. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising said garment being comprised of a stretchable and conforming material operable to wicks moisture away from the wearer having inner and outer opposite surfaces respectively faced with inner pouches of the same or different fabric.

42. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 41 further comprising at least one inside panel formed of a layer of the same or different fabric that is secured to said garment by lines of stitching through said layer of inner and outer layers, and said lines of stitching form said pouches.

43. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 41 wherein said outer layer is formed of a flexible, stretchable material.

44. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22, wherein the pliable, flexible weight pads are permanently affixed to the garment.

45. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 44, wherein the pliable, flexible weight pads are sewn into the garment.

46. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 44, wherein the pliable, flexible weight pads are glued to the garment.

47. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22, wherein the pliable, flexible weight pads are inserted into pouches that can be opened and closed.

48. The garment of claim 22 wherein said flexible, stretchable material is breathable to allow the dissipation and evaporation of natural body fluids such as sweat.

49. The weight pads of claim 22 further comprising a composition of high density material and a flexible, pliable compound.

50. The weight pads of claim 49 wherein the high density material further comprises a metal such as of steel shot, lead or zinc.

51. The weight pads of claim 49 wherein the amount of high density material to pliable material are provided in certain defined proportions.

52. The weight pads of claim 49 wherein the flexible, pliable material comprises rubber material.

53. The weight pads of claim 52 wherein the rubber material and high density material are arranged in layers.

54. The weight pads of claim 49 wherein the flexible, pliable material comprises a polymer.

55. The weight pads of claim 54 wherein the polymer material and high density material are arranged in layers.

56. The weight pads of claim 49 wherein the high density material comprises sand.

57. The modular weight conditioning system of claim 22 further comprising a set of straps for holding one or more of the individual weight pads to a wearer's body.

58. A weight resistance training system for physical conditioning and body therapy, said system comprising: a single or plurality of weight pads each being fitted to a different part of a body; a set of straps for holding said weight pads to said body part; and said straps having a means of being coupled to the weight pads, said means including velcro, buckles, or stitching.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims priority of U.S. Provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/332,462 filed on Nov. 14, 2001 entitled “Universal Weighted Conditioning System” and U.S. Provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/391,393 filed on Jun. 25, 2002 entitled “Modular Resistance Training System” and the teachings are incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

[0002] In sports and fitness training, players endeavor to increase strength and physical abilities by wearing weight upon the body during exercise. Further, owners and trainers of animals acknowledge the advantages of increasing the strength and physical abilities of animals such as horses and dogs by placing weights upon their bodies during exercise.

[0003] Numerous weight vests and weight-carrying packs have been developed, however the need for more flexible apparel, such as a body suit, for a wearer, or alternatively, each of the wearer's feet, ankles, shins, knees, thighs, hips and waist, chest and back, biceps, elbows, forearms, wrists and hands (collectively and individually, as the context requires, referred to as “Human Body Locations”) which provides variable weight distribution, accurately incremented weight adjustment, and reliable means of positively retaining individual weights in their separate Human Body Locations for prevention of accidental loss, dislocation, or excessive movement during use are still desired.

[0004] Likewise, there is a need for more individual, flexible weight packs for an animal or for different locations on an animal such as adjacent to their ribcages, across their backs, and on their front quarters and hind quarters (collectively and individually, as the context requires, referred to as “Animal Body Locations”) which provides variable weight distribution, accurately incremented weight adjustment, and reliable means of positively retaining individual weights in the separate Animal Body Locations for prevention of accidental loss, dislocation, or excessive movement during use.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] This invention relates generally to a universal weighted exercise and resistance training garment and apparatus, and a system thereof, worn by humans and non-humans, and more particularly, to a single garment (with configurations of short sleeves or long sleeves, and short pants or long pants) and a variety of garments with weighted material contained therein worn by athletes for the purpose of weight resistance training. The variety of garments can also be dimensioned for non-human use, such as horses and dogs for athletic training and exercise. Accordingly, objects of the present invention are to increase resistance during exercising for more rapidly building human and non-human muscles with reduced repetition; to properly distribute the weights at the various Human Body Locations and/or Animal Body Locations of the wearer; to have removable weights for adjusting the total load and weight distribution at the various Human Body Locations and/or Animal Body Locations; to have pouches that are easily opened for removing the weights; to have pouches that securely retain the weights at the various Human Body Locations and/or Animal Body Locations even during rigorous exercise; to have weights that are highly flexible for comfort of the human or non-human wearer; to fit snugly enough to prevent shifting during rigorous exercise; to be made of a material that wicks perspiration away from the human or non-human wearer; to be durable. Further objects of the present invention will become apparent from a consideration of the drawings and ensuing description.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIOR ART

[0006] In U.S. Pat. No. 6,209,135 B1 to Irvin a weighted exercise vest is disclosed in which a plurality of weights are removably but snugly received in elastic pockets. However, this vest does not contain sleeves to contain weights to exercise the upper arm muscles nor does it have integral leg portions with pouches for exercising the upper leg muscles.

[0007] A weighted vest disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,989,267 to Watson is comprised of single-layer front and back panels, and weights adhered to recesses in the panels. The sides of the panels are connected by straps, which are uncomfortable because they do not stretch when the user's torso is bent and flexed. The panels are made of a closed cell copolymer material, which although disclosed as flexible, are thick enough to limit freedom of movement. The weights are made of a heavy metal, and coated with a plastic or rubber material. Each weight is made of a single piece of rigid metal that does not bend with the body, so that they are uncomfortable when the body is bent and flexed. The rigid weights may also cause pain when the wearer slams into another person, such as when playing a contact sport. Because they are merely adhered to the panel, the weights may be knocked off when making contact with another person.

[0008] Another weighted vest disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,002,270 to Shine is comprised of front and back panels laced together on the sides. Bags of lead shots are inserted in pockets on the panels, and may be selectively removed for adjusting the load. Although the width of the vest is adjustable by loosening or tightening the lacing, adjusting long lacing is difficult and time consuming. Once adjusted, the lacing does not stretch when the user's torso is bent and flexed. If the lead shots are packed loosely in the bags, they will slosh around and cause discomfort and noise. If the lead shots are packets tightly in the bags, they will become very rigid and uncomfortable.

[0009] Another weighted vest disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,658,442 to Tomlinson et al. is comprised of front and back panels joined by elastic sides that provide more comfort when the user's torso is bent and flexed. The width of the vest is adjustable by adjusting hook-and-loop straps on the front. Weights received in front and back pockets are comprised of solid lead plates surrounded by a padded coating. Although the weights are bendable by hand to conform to the body, they are not at all resilient, and are still rigid enough to cause discomfort when the user's torso is bent and flexed. The weights may also slide out of the open pockets during rigorous exercise.

[0010] Another weighted vest disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,602,387 to Zakrzewski is comprised of front and back panels with pockets holding rigid metal bars. Straps stretched across the pocket openings hold the bars in place. However, the long rigid bars severely limit the wearer's freedom of movement, and may cause discomfort when the user's torso is bent and flexed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0011] FIGS. 1A to 1C are views of a short sleeve, short pants resistance training garment for use by humans.

[0012] FIGS. 2A to 2C are views of a long sleeve, long pants resistance training garment for use by humans.

[0013] FIGS. 3A to 3D are views of a resistance training garment for use by humans showing the locations of pouch openings for weight pads.

[0014] FIG. 4 is a front partial view of the modular garment system for use by humans.

[0015] FIG. 5 is a front partial view of the modular garment system for use by humans showing the location of openings for the pliable weights.

[0016] FIG. 6 is a front view of the weight pads as arranged in the modular garment system for use by humans.

[0017] FIGS. 7A to 7E are views of the knee and elbow garments and the weighted knee and elbow pads.

[0018] FIGS. 8A to 8F are views of the bicep garment and the weighted bicep pads.

[0019] FIGS. 9A to 9E are views of the foot garment and the weighted foot pads.

[0020] FIGS. 10A to 10F are views of the forearm and shin garments and the weighted knee and elbow pads.

[0021] FIGS. 11A to 11D are top and perspective views of the garments for use at the biceps, elbows, thighs, forearms and wrists.

[0022] FIGS. 12A to 12F are views of the garment gloves and the glove pads.

[0023] FIGS. 13A to 13B are views of the garments for use at the hips and waist.

[0024] FIGS. 14A to 14E are views of the vest garments for use at the chest and back.

[0025] FIGS. 15A to 15B are views of the straps that can be used to connect individual garments together.

[0026] FIG. 16 is a side view of the modular garment system for use with a non-human animal's ribcage and back and integral therewith, the front and hind quarters.

[0027] FIG. 17 is a view of the weight pad locations in the modular garment system shown in FIG. 16.

[0028] FIG. 18 is a top view of the weight pad locations in the modular garment system for use with a non-human animal.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0029] What is disclosed is a conformable weight conditioning suit and conformable weight conditioning suit system for human or non-human use, depending on the physical dimensions of the weight conditioning suit or system components. The weight conditioning suit comprises a garment dimensioned as a body suit with appropriately dimensioned weight pads. One embodiment of the garment has short sleeves and short pants, while another embodiment has long sleeves and long pants. The suits can have a zipper in the front or rear to allow easy access. Other embodiments include configurations using short sleeves and long pants and long sleeves with short pants. The conformable weight conditioning suit and modular system of garments for each of the Human Body Locations provides for improving physical conditioning and body therapeutics of humans. The conformable modular system of garments for each of the Animal Body Locations to provide for improving physical conditioning and body therapeutics of animals. The universal garment and the modular garment system are constructed of a flexible, stretchable and conforming material which wicks moisture away from the wearer. The garments have an inner and outer opposite surfaces respectively faced with inner pouches of the same or different fabric. The material is breathable to allow the dissipation and evaporation of natural body fluids such as sweat.

[0030] The universal garment and the garments of the modular garment system have their pouches arranges such that they are accessible either from the inside or outside of the garment, preferably from the inside. Each of said pouches are created by a matrix of attachments, such as stitching or gluing, to define said pouches. In an alternative embodiment of the present invention, panels defining flaps for said pouches for capturing and holding said weights in said pouches can be defined at the upper portion of the pouch opening.

[0031] An alternative embodiment of the modular garment system is the use of weight pads without the use of an enclosing garment, said weight pads being coupled to the wearer through the use of straps that hold the weight pads to the wearer's body. The straps can be made of a variety of material, such as leather, elastic or cloth. The straps are used to hold the weight pads snugly against the wearer's body. A variety of means can be used to couple the ends of the strap to the weight pads, such as being sewn, use of buckles or hook and stitch mechanism, such as velcro.

[0032] The weight pads of the universal garment and modular garment system are comprised of a high density material encased in a pliable material. These individual weight pads for human use weigh from 4 ounces to 64 ounces. The weighted body suit for human embodiment can have a total weight of from about 4 ounces to 64 pounds, depending on the weight pads used and their locations. The individual weight pads used in the non-human embodiments having a weight of from 1 ounces to 300 pounds for animal use.

[0033] The exact amount of weight is dependent on the location in the suit of the weight and the amount of resistance training the wearer desires. In one embodiment, the high density material are metals, such as steel shot or zinc. In another embodiment, the high density material is sand. Any material that adds weight to the garment can be utilized. The amount of the high density material, such as metals, to pliable material are provided in certain defined proportions. The pliable material can be a material such as a rubber compound, polymer, flexible plastic or similar material. The pliable material can be arranged, with the high density material, in layers.

[0034] Three views of the short sleeves, short pants weight conditioning suit 100 are shown in FIGS. 1A to 1C and three views of the long sleeves, long pants weight conditioning suit 200 is are shown in FIGS. 2A to 2C. Each weight conditioning suit 100 and 200 comprises a garment with one or more internal pouch sections and is constructed of a flexible, breathable, and stretchable material for encompassing and conforming to the body or parts of the body of a wearer. Each of weight conditioning suits is formed with a plurality of pouches to permit a plurality of pliable, flexible weight pads to be disposed separately in at least one or more of said pouches, said weight pads being substantially immobilized there-within. Alternatively, the weight pads can be attached permanently within the weight conditioning suit, such attachment being accomplished in a variety of ways such being sewn or glued therein. As seen in FIGS. 1A to 1C and 2A to 2C, the weight conditioning suit comprises a form-fitting, comfortable garment that contains an inside pocket distribution system for holding the weight pads. The garment forms to that of the wearer and can be fitted under clothes. As noted, the weight pads can be sewn in or a permanently attached to the garments, or can be located in a pouch or pocket that can be opened. These pouches can be further supported by perpendicular, non-stretchable, fabric strips, that provide immovable support for the weight pads, similar to a skeletal structure. This skeletal-like structure uses flexible, elastic fabric.

[0035] FIGS. 1A to 1C are front views of the weight conditioning suit 100 with short sleeves and short pants. As seen in the front view of FIG. 1A, there are preferable pouch locations and weight pad dimensions for the chest 101; biceps 102 and thighs 103. As seen therein, the perpendicular, non-stretchable, fabric strips 107 provide immovable support for the weight pads, similar to a skeletal structure and a zipper 108. As seen in the back view of FIG. 1B, there are preferable pouch locations and weight pad dimensions for the back 104 and the back of the thighs 105. As seen therein, the perpendicular, non-stretchable, fabric strips 107 provide immovable support for the weight pads, similar to a skeletal structure. FIG. 1C is a side view showing the preferable weight pad locations and weight pad locations for the chest 101, biceps 102, thighs 103, back 104 and back of the thighs 105. As seen therein, the perpendicular, non-stretchable, fabric strips 107 provide immovable support for the weight pads, similar to a skeletal structure. The garment is made from a breathable material, such as spandex, operable to wick body fluids such as sweat away from the interior lining thereof.

[0036] FIGS. 2A to 2C are front views of the weight conditioning suit 200 with long sleeves and long pants. As seen in the front view of FIG. 2A, there are preferable pouch locations and weight pad dimensions for the chest 201; biceps 202, forearms 203 and thighs 204. As seen therein, the perpendicular, non-stretchable, fabric strips 209 provide immovable support for the weight pads, similar to a skeletal structure, and a zipper 210. As seen in the back view of FIG. 2B, there are preferable pouch locations and weight pad dimensions for the back 205, the back of the thighs 206 and calves 207. As seen therein, the perpendicular, non-stretchable, fabric strips 209 provide immovable support for the weight pads, similar to a skeletal structure. FIG. 2C is a side view showing the preferable weight pad locations and weight pad dimensions for the chest 201, biceps 202, forearm 203, thighs 204, back 205, back of the thighs 206 and calves 207. As seen therein, the perpendicular, non-stretchable, fabric strips 209 provide immovable support for the weight pads, similar to a skeletal structure. The garment is made from a breathable material, such as spandex, operable to wick body fluids such as sweat away from the interior lining thereof.

[0037] FIG. 3A is a front view of a resistance training garment of FIG. 1A for use by humans showing the preferable locations of interior pouch openings 301 for the weight pads. FIG. 3B is a back view of a resistance training garment of FIG. 1B for use by humans showing the locations of pouch openings 301 for the weight pads. FIG. 3C is a front view of a resistance training garment of FIG. 2A for use by humans showing the locations of interior pouch openings 302 for the weight pads. FIG. 3D is a back view of a resistance training garment of FIG. 2B for use by humans showing the locations of pouches 302 for the weight pads.

[0038] As seen in FIG. 4, the modular garment system comprises a plurality of expandable weighted conditioning suit components fitted to a specific part of a wearer's body, each having one or more internal pouch sections and constructed of a flexible, breathable, and stretchable material for encompassing and conforming to the body or parts of the body of a wearer. Each garment of a weighted conditioning suit component has formed therein a single or plurality of pouches with a single, or plurality of pliable, flexible weight pads disposed separately in at least one or more of said pouches, said weight pads being immobilized there-within. As seen therein, each of the garments of the human component system comprises a form-fitting, comfortable garment that contains an inside pocket or pockets for holding weight pads. As seen therein, there is one weighted conditioning suit component for: the hips and waist 401, the back and chest 402; a pair of garments for the feet 403; the shins 404; the knees 405; the thighs 406; the biceps 407; the forearms 408; the wrists 409; and the hands 410. The garments of the weighted conditioning suit components are made from a breathable material, such as spandex. With respect to the human modular system, the garments will that fit comfortably under clothing.

[0039] As seen in FIG. 5, a plurality of openings 501 in each of the component garments of the modular system are shown. These openings are located within the component garments for holding flexible weight pads. Each pouch located under the outer-cover of the component garment can be fitted with one or more of the flexible weight pads of the shapes as seen in FIG. 6.

[0040] FIG. 6 illustrates the location of each of the weight pads for the modular system. The pads can be held to the wearer using enclosed garments are by straps. As seen therein, there are weight pads for: the hips and waist 601; the back and chest 602; the feet 603; the shins 604; the knees 605; the thighs 606; the biceps 607; the forearms 608; the wrists 609; and the hands 610. The weight pads in the garments can be sewn in or a permanently attached to the component garments, or can be located in a pocket that can be opened. These pouches can be further supported by perpendicular, non-stretchable, fabric strips that provide immovable support for the weight pads, similar to a skeletal structure. This skeletal-like structure uses flexible, elastic fabric. The garment or strap embodiments of the modular system can be chosen to meet the immediate and specific performance needs of the wearer.

[0041] As seen in FIGS. 7A to 7E, the weight pads are specially formulated, precision weighted, flexible units made of a pliable material such as rubber or polymer, containing integrally therein a high density material, such as metals or sand, with increased mass, including lead, steel or zinc or combinations thereof, that fit into inside pouches or encasings located on the inside of each of the garments of the modular system. The weight pads that comprise the weight system also offer a form of protection and flexibility to allow universal movement of body limbs so as not to get in the way of normal or sporting activity.

[0042] FIG. 7A depicts the back view of the elbow or knee garment 701 of the modular garment system. FIG. 7B depicts the pouch slot 702 underneath the back band of the garment 701. FIG. 7C shows a side view of the garment of FIG. 7A, showing the cut-out 703 where the knee or elbow joint would be located. FIG. 7D shows the top view of the weight pad, showing notches 704 allowing for the bending of the knee or elbow. FIG. 7E shows the side view of a weight pad 705 adapted for insertion in garment 701.

[0043] FIG. 8A is a back view of the bicep garment 801 of the modular garment system. FIG. 8B shows underneath the back band of the garment 801 showing the pouch slot 802 of the garment 801. FIG. 8C depicts the front view of the garment 801. FIG. 8D depicts side view of the garment 801. FIG. 8E depicts the top view of the weighted bicep pad 803 and FIG. 8F shows the side view of the weighted bicep pad 803.

[0044] FIG. 9A is a side view of the foot garment 901 of the modular garment system. FIG. 9B shows a bottom view of the garment 901. FIG. 9C shows a top view of the garment 901. FIG. 9D shows a top view of a weighted foot pad 902. FIG. 9E shows a side view of the heel pad 902.

[0045] FIG. 10A is a back view of the forearm and shin garment 1001 of the modular garment system of the present invention. FIG. 10B shows the pouch slot 1002 underneath the back band of the garment 1001. FIG. 10C shows a front view of the garment 1001. FIG. 10D shows the side view of the garment 1001. FIG. 10E shows a top view of the weighted knee and elbow pad 1003 and FIG. 10F depicts a side view of the weight pad 1003.

[0046] FIG. 11A is a top view of the modular system for use at the biceps, elbows, thighs, forearms and wrists. FIG. 11A shows the top view of the garment 1101, showing the location of the pocket 1102 for the weight pads. FIG. 11B shows the perspective view of a different embodiment of the weight pad 1107 for use in the strap embodiment with slots 1103 for inserting straps through slots. FIG. 11C shows the types of straps 1104 that can be used in garment 1101, with fasteners such as hook and stitch or velcro straps. FIG. 11D shows the types of straps 1105 that can be used in the garment 1101, with fasteners such as a buckle mechanism. Other types of similar fasteners can be used to couple the garment 1101. Alternatively, an elastic strap can be threaded through apertures in the weight pad 1107 and sewn into place.

[0047] FIG. 12A is a back view of a garment glove 1201 of the modular garment system. FIG. 12B shows the palm side of the glove 1201. FIG. 12C shows the inside top of the glove 1201 showing the flap 1202 for insertion of a weight pad. FIG. 12D depicts the bottom view of the glove 1201 showing the flap 1203 for insertion of the weight. FIG. 12E depicts the top view of the top weight pad 1204 and FIG. 12F depicts the top view of the palm weight pad 1205.

[0048] FIG. 13A is an outside view of the garment 1301 of the modular garment system for use at the hips and waist, showing the location of the pocket 1302 for the weight pads 1303 and the belt 1304 and FIG. 13B depicts the inside view of the garment 1301 with belt 1304 and weights 1303.

[0049] FIGS. 14A to 14E are views of the vest garments and weight pads of the modular system for use at the chest and back. FIG. 14A shows the front view of the vest garment 1400, showing the location of the pocket 1401 for the weight pad. FIG. 14B shows the back view of the vest garment 1400. FIG. 14C depicts the side view of the vest garment 1400. FIG. 14D shows the top view of the weight pad 1405 for use with the men's vest garment and FIG. 14E depicts the top view of the weight pad 1406 for use with the women's vest garment, 1406 showing the location of pleating 1407 in the weight pad 1406. The weight pads 1405 and 1406 can be held to the wearer using the garment or the strap embodiments of the present invention.

[0050] FIGS. 15A to 15B are views of the straps 1500 and 1501 that can be used to connect individual weight pads together. These can be made of a flexible, elastic, stretchable material to join different parts of the units together using a coupling means such as hook and stitch, such as velcro, buckles, or stitching.

[0051] FIG. 16 is a side view of the garment 1600 of the modular garment system for use with a non-human animal's ribcage and back and integral therewith, the front and hind quarters. As seen therein, the pouch opening 1601 on the interior of the garment is dimensioned for the weight pads 1602. Support straps 1603 assist in supporting the weight pads 1602. Each of the garments of the animal system comprise a form-fitting, comfortable garment that contains an inside pocket distribution system for holding special weight pads, one garment for placement (1) adjacent to the ribcage area across the back and a single or pair of garments for (1) the front quarters, and (2) hind quarters. The two non-human animal garments can be composed of a single, integral unit or multiple units. one pair of the garments is fitted for use for the front quarters alone or with the garments used for the hind quarters and back.

[0052] FIG. 17 is a view of the weight pad locations 1701 in the garment 1600 of the modular garment system for use with a non-human animal as shown in FIG. 16.

[0053] FIG. 18 is a top view of the weight pad locations 1701 in the garment 1600 of the modular garment system for use with a non-human animal. One pair of the garments of the non-human system can be fitted for use for the hind quarters alone or with the garments used for the front quarters and back. The garments can be fitted for use adjacent to the ribcage across the back, alone or with the garments used for the front and hind quarters.

[0054] Numerous variations and modifications of the present invention will become readily apparent to those involved in physical conditioning. Accordingly, the scope of the invention should not be construed as limited to the specific embodiments depicted and described in the drawings.