Patent Sample 4 – Mechanical Engineering

(12) United States Patent      (10) Patent No.:US9,011,301B2

Balandis et. al.           (45) Date of Patent: Apr. 21, 2015


(54) MULTIFUNCTION EXERCISE APPARATUS WITH RESISTANCE MECHANISM

(71) Applicant: Adolph James Balandis, Houston, TX (US); Andrew Aspee Taft, Houston, TX (US)

(72) Inventors: Adolph James Balandis, Houston, TX (US); Andrew Aspee Taft, Houston, TX (US)

(73) Assignee: Balandis Taft Patents, LLC, Channelview, TX (US)

(21) Appl.No.: 13/840,009

(22) Filed: Mar. 15, 2013

( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.

(21) Appl.No.: 13/751,330

(22) Filed: Jan. 28, 2013

(65) Prior Publication Data

US 2014/0213414 Al Jul. 31, 2014

(51) Int. Cl.
A63B 21/015 (2006.01)
A63B 21/008 (2006.01)
A63B 24/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. Cl.
CPC A63B 24/0087 (2013.01); A63B 21/0081 (2013.01)

(58) Field of Classification Search
USPC ………. 482/92, 111, 112, 113, 114, 142, 118, 482/119
See application file for complete search history.

(56) References Cited
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* cited by examiner

Primary Examiner – Loan H Thanh
Assistant Examiner – Sundhara Ganesan
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm – Law Office of Ilya Libenzon


(57) ABSTRACT

An exercise apparatus that provides multiple different exercises for a User, including both resistance movements and isometrics. The User interacts with the apparatus by grasping a bar. A resistance mechanism is symmetrically mounted on a second bar and provides infinitely variable resistance to the User, as well as soundproof operation. There is a vertical column that allows infinite positioning of the bars for different bodily exercises, and a bench for support. The User can change the exercise resistance by verbal commands, or the apparatus can vary the exercise resistance in response to the force applied by the User. The apparatus can be operated at locations where electric service is permanently unavailable, or in zero gravity; and the apparatus can be mounted inside a shallow closet and hidden from view. To verify accuracy, the resistance can be calibrated against a known quantity of weight.