Title:
Portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention relates to exercise equipment, which is used during exercising in a small space, e.g., stretching before sports activities or finishing-up exercises after sports. It relates to portable discoid exercise equipment, which uses rotation weights to allow exercises by way of lightly swinging one or two hands. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to the present invention comprises a body of hollow discoid; a support axis fixed to the center of said body; and two or more of rotation means comprising respectively a rotation weight, rotating around the rim of the body along with the rotator, which is fixed to the end of the arm extending from the end of the rotator fixed to the support axis for rotation toward the rim of the body.



Inventors:
Shin, Eui-seung (Taejon, KR)
Application Number:
10/013837
Publication Date:
05/22/2003
Filing Date:
12/13/2001
Assignee:
SHIN EUI-SEUNG
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B23/00; A63B21/22; A63B23/12; (IPC1-7): A63B21/065
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Primary Examiner:
HWANG, VICTOR KENNY
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HAUPTMAN HAM, LLP (Alexandria, VA, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. Portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights, which comprises a body of hollow discoid; a support axis fixed to the center of said body; and a rotation means fixed to said support axis for rotation.

2. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 1, which comprises handles, for lifting the body, protruding symmetrically on the rim of the body.

3. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 1, wherein said rotation means, in two or more units, are set apart at a certain interval from one another by spacers.

4. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 1 or 3, wherein said rotation means comprises a rotator fixed to said support axis for rotation; an arm extending from the end of said rotator toward the rim of said body; and a rotation weight at the end of said arm, which rotates around the rim of said body along with said rotator.

5. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 4, which comprises an auxiliary weight protruding at a certain portion of said arm having a rotation weight at its end.

6. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 4, which comprises a balance weight, protruding on the opposite side of said arm extending from the rotator, to facilitate rotation of said rotation weight.

7. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 4, which comprises a rotation weight on one end, which rotates around the rim of the body, wherein on the other end the arm, which is fixed to the rotator fixed to said support axis for rotation, is split into the side which is fixed to the rotator and the side which is fixed to the rotation weight; and said split arm is fixed with a hinge for rotation, thereby allowing rotation of the rotation weight along the center of the hinge when the rotator is rotating along the support axis.

8. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 4, which comprises a magnetic body fixed to the end of the respective rotation weight for attracting or repelling one another in case of two or more rotation weights.

9. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 4, which comprises a ball inserted inside the rotation weight, which moves inside the rotation weight by shaking of the rotation weight.

10. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 1, which comprises magnetic bodies inside the rim of the discoid body, which attract or repel a portion of the rotation means.

11. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 1, which comprises a multiple of suspension protrusions inside the rim of the discoid body, which come in contact with a portion of the rotation means.

12. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 1, which comprises hand protectors of soft material on the outer rim of said discoid body, for alleviating fatigue on hands of a user when grasped with hands.

13. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 1, 2 or 12, which comprises a multiple of acupressure protrusions on the portion grasped by hands of a user.

14. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 1, which comprises a rotation decelerating means, for adjusting or decelerating the rotation power of the rotation means fixed to the support axis for rotation.

15. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 14, wherein said rotation decelerating means comprises a cover fixed to the body; an elastic member, fixed to the cover, extending toward the rotation means; and a presser, fixed to the end of said elastic member, coming into close contact with a portion of the rotating means.

16. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 15, wherein said presser comprises a roller in the shape of a sphere, for allowing continuous rotation even if the presser comes into close contact with the portion of the rotating rotation means.

17. The portable discoid exercise equipment using rotation weights according to claim 1, wherein said body is of a streamlined shape for easy grasping by a user and for elegant appearance.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to exercise equipment, which is used during exercising in a small space, e.g., stretching before sports activities or finishing-up exercises after sports. It relates to portable discoid exercise equipment, which uses rotation weights to allow exercises using the rhythm of movement of the rotation weights, wherein said exercising involves rotation by using one or two hands, shoulder, etc.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] To help dieting or simply to keep fit many a person exercises, especially doing the aerobics, moving all his or her muscles in various ways, in the hope of maintaining a normal heartbeat.

[0003] Aerobic exercises convert quite a high percentage of fats into energy and are good for keeping ideal functions of the heart and lung. They help combustion of fats and stimulate the basic metabolism of a person to increase disposal of fats through brisk movement of muscles, heightening good effects thereby on dieting and resulting in maintenance of good health.

[0004] For aerobic exercises people formerly have had to be content only with gymnastic exercises with no particular equipment in a small space or just with light movement of the limbs or turning necks or waists, while seated, while before or after exercises they have had recourse merely to light stretching or finish-up to ease off the rigidity of body for prevention of accidents which might accompany the more vigorous exercises.

[0005] However, such simple exercises with no equipment in a small space are apt to be tedious, and people are not easily led to continue long enough to achieve the purposes. Meanwhile, the stretching or simple finish-up exercises have no particular established methods but people are left to swing, turn, or otherwise move the limbs and the other parts of their bodies, resulting in failure to secure sufficient relief of the bodily rigidity or tension.

[0006] To overcome all such problems as have been described above there are of course quite a few equipment of a variety are proffered and are actually on the market, but most of them are not sufficiently portable, their uses quite limited, making people easily tired of them.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] An objective of the present invention is truly to solve all these problems and overcome the drawbacks by providing an easily portable discoid exercise equipment using one or more rotation weights, which allows people freely to exercise all parts of their bodies by the use of both arms even in a small space.

[0008] Another objective is to provide an easily portable exercise equipment comprising one or more rotation weights, which admits of various ways of use, whereby exercises are not rendered tedious even when it is used for a long time.

[0009] Still another objective is to provide an easily portable exercise equipment comprising one or two rotation weights, which allows persons to do the simple preparatory or finish-up exercises by stretching the muscles of their hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, chests, abdomens, waists, etc., to the rhythm of its rotation weights, even while they are seated in their seats.

[0010] To attain all these purposes the easily portable exercise equipment comprising one or more rotation weights, the present invention, is characterized in that it comprises a streamlined, hollow, discoid body; a support axis fixed in the center of said body; and two or more rotation means, each formed in a combination of a stretching arm which extends from an end of a rotator fixed rotatably on said support axis towards the rim of the body and has a rotation weight formed on its outer end, said arm being to rotate round along the rim of said discoid body.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0011] FIG. 1 is a rough sketch of the general cross-sectional view of a preferable embodiment example of the portable discoid exercise equipment using a rotation weight, of the present invention.

[0012] FIG. 2 is a vertical sectional view of a preferable example of the present invention.

[0013] FIG. 3 is a rough sketch of the enlarged vertical sectional view of a preferable example.

[0014] FIG. 4 roughly shows Example 1 of the rotation weight.

[0015] FIG. 5 roughly shows Example 2 of the rotation weight.

[0016] FIG. 6 roughly shows Example 3 of the rotation weight.

[0017] FIG. 7 is a vertical sectional view of FIG. 6.

[0018] FIG. 8 is a rough sketch of the general cross-sectional view of another preferable embodiment example of the present invention.

[0019] FIG. 9 shows an embodiment example of the present invention, wherein it is designed to be easy to grip with both hands and in a streamlined fashion to look good.

[0020] FIG. 10 is an enlargement in the rough of a preferable means for deceleration of the rotation.

[0021] FIG. 11 roughly shows a preferable example of the hand protectors in the present invention.

[0022] FIG. 12 roughly shows another example of the rotation weight.

[0023] FIG. 13 roughly shows an example of the magnetic body attracting the rotation weight towards the inside of the rim of the body of the present invention.

[0024] FIG. 14 a general cross-sectional view of the present invention, showing a preferable example of the protuberances, which slightly rub against the rotation weight when the latter rotates inside the rim of the body.

[0025] FIG. 15 is a rough general cross-sectional view of a ball revolving inside the rotation weight.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0026] Below, the easily portable exercise equipment making use of one or more rotation weights, of the present invention, is described in detail, making reference to the attached drawings.

[0027] A preferable embodiment example of the easily portable exercise equipment 1 of the present invention consists of, as is shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, a discoid hollow body 2, a support axis 3 fixed in the center of said body 2, and a rotation means 4, rotatably fixed to said support axis 3.

[0028] As is shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the discoid body 2, with said support axis 3 fixed in the center, has many protuberances 22 along its rim 21, intended to give effects of therapeutic finger-pressure treatment on the palm when said rim 21 is held with a hand.

[0029] The body 2 can be held with one hand anywhere on said rim 21, but when two handles 21a are formed along said rim 21, as is shown in FIG. 9, each symmetrically on opposite sides, said body 2 can be held with both hands, one each by one of said two handle 21a. As are seen in FIG. 9, the handles can be made to have curves to fit in a user's fingers when he holds them with both hands.

[0030] The rotation means 4, rotatably fixed to said support axis 3 in the center of said body 2, whose rim has said acupressure protrusion s 22 for holding with hands, rotatably fixes rotators 41 on said support axis 3, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3.

[0031] Between said rotator 41 and said support axis 3 bearings B are formed, so that the friction of the rotation means 4 and said support axis 3 against each other can be lessened as much as possible to secure a smooth rotation of said rotator 41 on said support axis 3.

[0032] On the free end of said rotator 41 rotatably fixed on said support axis 3 via said bearing B, is formed an arm 42 to extend to said rim 21 of said body 2, as shown in FIG. 2.

[0033] On the outer end of said arm 42 is formed a rotation weight 43 of a certain weight, and the rotation weight 43 rotates together with said arm 42 and said rotator 41 along said rim 21 of said body 2, because said rotation weight 43 is connected with said arm 42, and said arm 42, in turn, is connected with said rotator 41.

[0034] As shown in FIG. 2, the arm 42 extending from said rotator 41 can be made in various shapes according to those of said body, as, for instance, seen in FIG. 9, where said body 2 is streamlined and so is said arm 42 formed in a fit corresponding shape.

[0035] The arm 42 can be so made to have an auxiliary weight 43a formed on it away from the rotation weight 43, as shown in FIG. 4, that the rotation of said rotation weight 43 can be kept smooth, while a balance weight 43b can be formed on the opposite end of said arm 42, extending on the converse side to secure a well balanced rotation of said rotation weight 43, as is seen in FIG. 5.

[0036] Also as shown in FIGS. 6 and 7, it is possible to separate said arm 42 in two parts, one to be rotatably fastened to said rotator 41 and the other having said rotation weight at its far end, and both rotatably joined together by a hinge 42a, so that when said rotator 41 rotates, the part of said arm 42 extending outward from said hinge 42a may perform its own rotation upon said hinge 42a.

[0037] In this case it is preferable, however, that the part of said arm 42 having said rotation weight 43 at its end be made shorter than the other part, that is, rotatably fixed on said rotator 41, so that when the former part rotates upon said hinge 42a it may not run into any other part of the device.

[0038] It is preferable, as shown in FIG. 3, to have two or more such rotation means 4, consisting of said rotator 41 rotatably fixed on said support axis 3, the arm 42, and said rotation weight 43, but in such a case it is required that one or two spacers 6 be fastened on said support axis 3 and between said rotators 41 so that said rotators 41 can be kept at an established distance from each other.

[0039] The rotation weights 43 in the case that there are more than two of them, are each to have, as shown in FIG. 12, a magnetic body 45 placed inside, and these magnetic bodies 45 are each to be either of the same or different polarity to attract or repel each other so that said rotation weights 43 can be made to move in the same direction or cross each other in rotation.

[0040] Also, as shown in FIG. 13, it is possible to fix a second magnetic body 25 or bodies on a part or parts of said rim 21 of said body 2 so that it or they can either attract or repel said first magnetic body 45 or bodies.

[0041] On said rim 21 of said body 2 are formed hand protectors 23 of soft rubber or the like so that hands are well protected from undue injury when said rim 21 is held with hands, and, moreover, the hand protectors are also to have acupressure protrusion s formed similarly to those 22 along said rim 21, as shown in FIG. 11.

[0042] Also, as shown in FIG. 14, a number of suspension protrusion s 24 are so formed along the inside of said rim 21 of said body 2 that the nails of said suspension protrusion s 24 softly touch said rotation weight(s) 43 in order that the user may sense their touch while using the equipment.

[0043] FIG. 15 shows another embodiment example of the present invention, in which a ball 44 is placed inside said rotation weight 43 and so said ball 44 rotates inside, when said rotation weight 43 rotates on said support axis 3.

[0044] As seen in FIG. 10, decelerating means 5 are formed on one side of said rotation means 4 rotatably fixed on said support axis 3 to decelerate the rotation speed of said rotator 41.

[0045] The decelerating means 5 form covers 51 to be fixed, as seen in FIG. 10, to said body 2 in the direction of said support axis 3; said covers 51, in turn, have elastic members 52 formed toward said support axis 3 to come into contact with it via a presser 53; and according to the degree of the pressure of said presser 53 applied to said rotator 41 the rotation speed of the latter can be decreased, or otherwise adjusted.

[0046] The pressers 53 each have a roller 53a in the shape of a ball formed on the forward end, as seen in FIG. 10, which ball-like roller 53a, rolling in close contact with said rotator 41, applies pressure to said rotator 41.

[0047] The exercise equipment of the present invention, constructed as described above, is held with a hand of both hands by said rim 21 of said body 2 or by said handle[s] 21a, shown in FIGS. 1, 2, 9, or 8, to have its body 2 swung or flourished up and down or left and right.

[0048] The acupressure protrusion s, shown in FIGS. 1 and 8 formed at the spot where said rim 21 is held or on said handle[s] automatically give a sort of chiropractic treatment to the palms of hands throughout the time the equipment is held with the hand for an exercise.

[0049] Because there are hand protectors 23 of rubber or similar soft material formed on the parts where the equipment 1 is held with a hand or hands, little fatigue results even if the equipment 1 is held for a considerable length of time.

[0050] When a user holds said body 2 where said acupressure protrusion s 22 are and swing or flourish said body 2 up and down or left and right, the rotator 4 of said rotation means 4 rotatably fixed on said support axis 3 smoothly rotates as said body 2 shakes, because it is fixed easily to rotate by virtue of said bearing B, and said rotator 41 rotates all the more easily because even of the sheer weight of said rotation weight 43 which is placed on the outer end of said arm 42 extending from said rotator 41 toward said rim 21.

[0051] The rotation weight 43 connected with said rotator 41 of said rotation means 43 via said arm 42 continues rotating by the centrifugal force once it starts rotation, and, as shown in FIG. 15, it rotates all the better because of said ball 44 placed inside said rotation weight 43, the shake of said ball 44 being tactually perceived by the user.

[0052] The rotation weight 43 is not limited to one in number, but two or more of them 43 can be fitted, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, one placed at a given interval from another via a spacer 6, and for this reason they can be rotated in the same direction or made to cross paths.

[0053] Because the two or more rotation weights 43 on the two or more rotation means 4 each have a magnetic body, as shown in FIG. 12, they can rotate all the more easily on said support axis 3 thanks to the attracting or repelling force of said magnetic bodies of different polarity placed inside; while said second magnetic bodies 25 formed of magnetic material or metal reacting to magnetism and fixed on the inside of said rim 21 of said body 2 help the rotation of said rotation weights 43 the better.

[0054] Over the rotation weight 43 there is an auxiliary weight 43a, as shown in FIG. 4, on said arm 42, and because of this auxiliary weight 43a the centrifugal force increases when the rotation weight 43 rotates within said body 2, while, as shown in FIG. 5, a balance weight 43b is formed on the opposite end of said arm 42 over said rotator 41, which helps the rotation weight 41 to rotate so much better.

[0055] Meanwhile, as there are a number of suspension protrusion s 24 formed on the inside of said rim 21 of said body 2, and as it is so arranged that these protuberances 24 slightly and softly rub against said rotation weight 43 when the latter rotates, the user of the equipment 1 can feel the delicate friction of these when he exercises swinging or flourishing the equipment 1.

[0056] When it is desired to adjust the rotating speed of said rotator 41 of said rotation means 4 which rotates on said support axis 3 via said bearing B, a user needs only to turn, to one side, said cover 51 of said decelerating means 5, fixed on either side of the center of said body 2, where said support axis 3 is fixed, as shown in FIG. 10.

[0057] When the cover 51 of said decelerating means 5 is turned to one side, it 51 moves toward, or away from, the center of said body 2.

[0058] If the cover 51 is turned to move toward the center, pressure is applied to said elastic member 52 fixed on its inside.

[0059] If the elastic member 52 is pressed, the roller 53a of said presser 53 formed on the end of said elastic member 52 comes in close contact with said rotator 41 of said rotation means 4 to decelerate the rotation of said rotator 41.

[0060] The force of the friction which decelerates the rotation of said rotator 41 depends upon how much or how far said cover 51 of said decelerating means 5 is turned, and as the pressure applied by the friction from the close contact of said elastic member 52 and said rotator 41 varies, this can be made use of for adjustment of the rotation speed of said rotator 41.

[0061] FIGS. 6 and 7 show another embodiment example of said arm 42, in which said arm 42 is divided in two parts but are joined together by said hinge 42a, viz. the part extending from said rotator 41 to said hinge 42a and the other part extending from said hinge 42a to the outer end, where the rotation weight is fixed, whereupon the part with the rotation weight attached to rotates on said hinge 42a when said rotator 41 rotates.

[0062] Although only the preferable embodiment examples of the easily portable discoid exercise equipment of the present invention were described above, it is not to be construed to mean that the present invention shall be confined to these embodiment examples, but a number of variations can be made on the bases, and within the range, of the patent claims postulated, the detailed descriptions in the specification, and the attached drawings, which all shall duly fall within the scope of the present invention.

[0063] As the easily portable discoid exercise equipment of the present invention makes it possible for persons to take aerobic exercises holding it in both hands even in a limited space, it thereby helps the users to maintain the right postures and good health.

[0064] As the easily portable discoid exercise equipment of the present invention is rendered capable of rotating the rotation weight[s] in the same or alternating directions in various ways, the users can enjoy exercising for an extended time without easily getting tired or wearied of it.

[0065] The easily portable discoid exercise equipment of the present invention has effects of maximizing the benefits of stretching limbs and muscles, because one can take light exercise holding it with a hand[s] and stretching the arms forward or bending them to right, left, up or down, rotating the rotation weight[s] in repetition, thereby working the muscles of one's hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, chest, waist, and all.