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EP1550483B1
EP1550483B1 EP05004813A EP05004813A EP1550483B1 EP 1550483 B1 EP1550483 B1 EP 1550483B1 EP 05004813 A EP05004813 A EP 05004813A EP 05004813 A EP05004813 A EP 05004813A EP 1550483 B1 EP1550483 B1 EP 1550483B1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B21/00Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices
    • A63B21/02Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices using resilient force-resisters
    • A63B21/026Bars; Tubes; Leaf springs
    • A63B21/027Apparatus forced to oscillate at its resonant frequency
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B21/00Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices
    • A63B21/02Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices using resilient force-resisters
    • A63B21/026Bars; Tubes; Leaf springs
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B21/00Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices
    • A63B21/06User-manipulated weights
    • A63B21/072Dumb-bells, bar-bells or the like, e.g. weight discs having an integral peripheral handle

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  • The invention relates to a wellness device made of elastic material, consisting essentially of a stabbeziehungsweise rod-shaped structure.
  • Kinetic therapy devices made of elastic material, essentially consisting of a rod-shaped structure, are known. Such devices are, as the name implies, intended for the therapeutic treatment of tension and loosening tense muscles.
  • The known therapy devices are used to treat neuromuscular damage or impairment. It is the treatment of the disturbed interaction of nerves and muscles. These may be both blockages and partial or total disruptions of the normal excitation transmission at the motor endplate.
  • In this case, with these known therapy devices, the movements must be learned under the guidance of a therapist first, before the patient can start his own exercises.
  • A device called a therapy device is known for example from DE 199 56 957. The therapy devices described here are devices whose rod-shaped structures are made of high-quality spring steel. The cross-section of these known therapy devices is circular and of small cross-sectional area. A variety of weights can be arranged at different distances on the rod-shaped structure with clamping screws. In order to change the oscillation frequency, additional damping elements can be arranged on the structure.
  • Both by the design in spring steel and by the type of execution of the weights and the additional arrangement of the damping elements, these known therapy devices have a high weight, which means that exercises are feasible only for a limited period of time. The handling of the device over a longer period is significantly affected by the high weight. Whether this device in particular an influence on the neural interaction of the nerves and muscles succeed seems questionable due to the weight. Rather, the high risk of the practitioner risking cramping of the muscles and other injuries, which is why this device is not suitable in the non-therapeutic area. In addition, the vibrating weights can pose a risk of injury. The preparation of such therapy devices is very expensive due to the high accuracy requirements, the high quality material and the total of therapeutic devices set high quality requirements.
  • From DE 200 01 973 U1 an existing of fiberglass Aerobicstange is known. At the ends of the bar, unprotected heads weighing about 100-150 grams are placed with a corresponding thickness. The bar also has side handles that allow the pole to be used as an expander. The rod should give a better training effect for the muscles.
  • Bringing this rod to vibrate, such large vibrations arise that a neuromuscular treatment by this type of execution is not possible. The large vibrations result from the great elasticity due to the simultaneous use as an expander. This aerobics bar therefore only allows exercise for physical exercise without affecting the neuromuscular system. The risk of injury to the weights provided at the end is enormous.
  • Based on the therapy devices described above, it is an object of the invention to provide a wellness device that has a simple structure, effective exercises allows the kinetic therapy and is easy to use. In particular, the use of anyone should be possible for performing exercises to strengthen the muscles in the neuromuscular area without guidance of a therapist.
  • The object of the invention is achieved with a wellness device according to claim 1. Advantageous developments of the invention are specified in the dependent claims.
  • The solution according to the invention achieves, on the one hand, protection of the oscillating weight and, if appropriate, protection against the pointed end of the rod. The protective device consists for example of an elastic and / or plastic plastic material (for example polyurethane or polystyrene). These may be, for example, protective caps, which are designed such that injuries during transport and during the execution of exercises are avoided. In particular, these protective caps should have rounded edges. A protuberance projecting beyond the structure also facilitates the gripping of a wellness device according to the invention lying on the floor.
  • The inventive execution of the wellness device allows such a device by anyone without guidance of a Therapists can be used. To perform an exercise or exercise, the device is grasped with one or both hands and held in front of the body. Through the movement of the body or slight movements of the hands or arms or the upper body, the device is selectively set in vibration. These vibrations have to be balanced by the muscles. Through the protective device and the caps of the practitioner is optimally protected from the pendulum in front of his body weights.
  • It is both a low-intensity and a high-intensity strength-endurance training in the musculoskeletal system possible. In particular, strengthening of the trunk muscles can be achieved. The vibrations of the once vibrated device are transmitted to the muscles and must be balanced. Thus, at the same time a coordination training of the claimed muscle parts is achieved.
  • Muscular imbalances / tension can be compensated. The sum of the stress stimuli resulting from the oscillations leads to adaptation reactions of the neuromuscular system. Thus, a rehabilitative training with the inventive wellness device is possible. Simple exercises up to coordination complex exercises are feasible with the wellness device. Both an isometric and a dynamic mode of operation can be carried out in three-dimensional movements.
  • In a further development, it is further provided that the protective devices are interchangeable, wherein the protective devices then preferably have different weights. Due to the changes in the weight of the protective devices, the vibration behavior of the inventive wellness device can be changed. Thus, an increase in the intensity of the exercise or too high stress, a reduction in the intensity of the stress be achieved through the exercises.
  • Preferably, it is provided that the protective device in three weight classes, light, medium, heavy, running.
  • A further development of the solution according to the invention provides that a large number of weights can be pulled up and fixed in addition to the protective devices on the rod-shaped structure. Depending on the type of exercises to be carried out, this can in turn result in a change in the vibration behavior and thus, in turn, a change in the loads on the muscle parts or the movement coordination to be influenced. These additional weights are particularly effective as damping weights. It is furthermore preferred if the protective devices and the damping weights are formed from elastic, preferably rubber-like material.
  • According to a further aspect of the inventive solution, it is provided that damping elements are arranged between the weights. These damping elements may be tubular, for example made of rubber-like material. These hose-like damping elements are also drawn over the rod or rod-shaped structure.
  • A development of erfindungemässen solution provides that the weights are designed such that on the one hand an adjustment or displacement on the rodbeziehungsweise rod-shaped structure is possible, on the other hand that the weights forming material has sufficient clamping force to fix the damping weights axially.
  • This type of training of the inventive wellness device allows a cost-effective design of such wellness device.
  • The elastic material of the rod-shaped or bar-shaped structure can be obtained completely or at least partially from a glass-fiber-plastic compound.
  • Furthermore, it is possible that the elastic material of the rod or rod-shaped structure is made wholly or partly of a carbon fiber compound.
  • According to the invention, a plastic-fiber compound is used as the elastic material of the rod-shaped or bar-shaped structure.
  • An advantage of the use of plastic-fiber compounds is that these materials have a low specific gravity and therefore the invention as a whole does not become too heavy. Of course, the vibration behavior of the structure by the composition of the material, for example, the admixture of corresponding fiber material, as indicated, can be set arbitrarily. At the same time, the fracture and wear resistance of the inventive wellness device also increases. The same is achieved by the still mentioned composite or sandwich construction methods.
  • The nature of the selected materials or material connections further allows a very light design. It is thereby possible that the weight of the device is less than 1.0 kg, preferably depending on the size of the wellness device between 300 g and 600 g. Also succeed hereduch a cost-effective wellness device, since the materials are low-cost, and also a series production is easily feasible.
  • Due to the low weight and the low joint load training of all ages is possible.
  • Another aspect of the connection of an elastic material is indicated by the fact that a rubber-silicone compound serves as a material for the rod or bar-shaped structure.
  • It has also been found that it is advantageous if a rubber-silicone-fiber compound serves as an elastic material for the rod or bar-shaped structure.
  • According to the invention it is proposed that the elastic material is formed from a composite material, preferably consisting of the aforementioned materials. Thus, it is possible to provide devices with different vibration behavior for a wide variety of exercise variations available. Especially the use of relatively "rigid" materials allows elegantly the vibration behavior, and if necessary, at the same time to vary the visual appearance. The same applies to a sandwich construction.
  • In a development of the solution according to the invention, it is provided that the elastic material is a layer material in a sandwich construction.
  • The cross-section of the wellness device can be circular, oval, rectangular or square. In this case, the cross section of the rod-shaped structure is variable so that in the width dimensions of about 4.0 cm to 10.0 cm, preferably 6.0 cm, in the height of about 0.5 cm to 2.0 cm, preferably 1.0 cm or in diameter of 0, 5 to 6, 0 cm, preferably 2.5 cm and in the length of about 80.0 cm to 200.0 cm, preferably 150.0 cm are exhibited. The dimensions of the rod-shaped structure are variable so that different vibrations for different exercise intensities can be achieved.
  • By the embodiment of the inventive solution described above, it is possible that the weight of the device is less than 1.0 kg, preferably about 300 g to 600 g.
  • According to the invention, a material enveloping the structure, which is designed as a handle, is arranged in the middle of the rod-shaped or rod-shaped structure.
  • The material enveloping the rod-shaped or bar-shaped structure can be rubber-like, fabric-like, preferably made of textile fabric.
  • In particular, it is possible that the entire stabbeziehungsweise rod-shaped structure according to one of the embodiments described above is surrounded by a protective cover. On the one hand, this leads to a certain protection of the entire wellness device and, on the other hand, a different design of the device is possible. Furthermore, the vibration behavior of the entire device can also be influenced by this protective cover.
  • As is clear from the above features, the wellness device can be used as a fitness, recreational sports or aerobic device. It is easy to handle, its exercises are easy to learn by anyone and without any additional instructions.
  • Another aspect is that due to the low weight and due to the small dimensions of this wellness device is easy to transport, so that it can also be used in different places without impairment.
  • A further solution of the object according to the invention is provided by the use of a rod-shaped or bar-shaped structure made of elastic material which can be excited in particular as a sports device, in particular in the fitness, wellness, leisure sports or aerobics sector posed.
  • It is further provided to provide a use of a rod-shaped or bar-shaped structure whose material consists of a composite material, one or more of the types of material or compounds described above.
  • Another aspect of the inventive solution relates to the use of a structure according to the previously described uses, which is characterized in that the structure is designed as a wellness device according to one or more of the possible solutions presented above.
  • Another aspect of the solution according to the invention is the use of a structure according to one or more of the above-described possible solutions, which is characterized in that the structure is held vertically or horizontally, is vibrated and due to the periodic movement to be identified for therapy purposes muscle stress allowed.
  • According to a development of the solution according to the invention, it is provided that, in addition to the stressing of the musculature for holding the structure, there are provided exercises for further muscular areas of the body, for example by simultaneous running and / or aerobic exercises.
  • The invention is illustrated schematically below with reference to embodiments or drawings. Show it:
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    a simple embodiment of the inventive wellness device,
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    a specially designed wellness device with additional weights and damping elements and
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    different versions of the protective caps or weights as a sectional view.
  • Fig. 1 shows a simple embodiment of the inventive wellness device. The reference numeral 1, the stabbeziehungsweise rod-shaped structure (body) is shown. This rod or bar-shaped structure is designed as a plastic-fiber compound, which preferably contains glass fibers or carbon fibers. The cross section of the rod-shaped or rod-shaped structure can be circular, oval, rectangular or square. For the graphic representation, however, this has no meaning. In the middle of the rod-shaped or rod-shaped structure 1, for better handling of the device, there is the handle 2. In the illustrated embodiment, the handle 2 is designed as a material enveloping the structure, that is to say it is in the middle with a bore have been provided and then pulled over the rod or bar-shaped structure in such a way until it is in the middle of this structure. There it is then fixed with suitable fasteners. The material has its own clamping forces, which are sufficient to hold the handle formed material permanently in its once selected position. At its ends seen in the longitudinal direction of the rod-shaped structure 1 are protective devices 3. These protective devices 3 are formed in the example shown as protective caps. Rounding off may be provided on their outwardly facing sides so as to avoid injury during transportation and during exercise. For the sake of simplicity, a drawing of the curves has been omitted. The guards 3 are designed to be interchangeable. It is particularly preferred if these protective devices 3 have different weights, whereby different load capacities of the muscles or different requirements can be placed on the coordination ability.
  • FIG. 2 shows a wellness device according to the invention, in which, in addition to the features already described, weights 4 are arranged on the rod-shaped or bar-shaped structure 1. These weights 4 are arranged as additional weights to the weight of the protective device 3 on the structure 1. The weights 4 are variable in their distance from one another and in their distance from the center of the barbeziehungsweise rod-shaped structure 1. Between two weights 4, a damping element 5 is arranged. This damping element 5 may be formed, for example, as a tubular structure, similar to a protective hose for a shock absorber. Again, the simple presentation was chosen because only a parallel design. It is advantageous if this damping element itself has elastic properties. As already explained in the description, a further adaptation to a desired vibration behavior of the entire wellness device can be achieved by means of this damping element.
  • In Fig. 3 different embodiments of the protective caps 3 and the weights 4 are shown as a sectional view. The only difference is that in the embodiment as a weight 4, a through hole is provided, while in the embodiment as a protective cap, the bore is preferably not formed as a through hole. As can be seen from FIG. 3, a bore or opening, which corresponds to the shape of the rod-shaped or bar-shaped structure 1, is provided in the core of the protective cap 3 or of the weight 4.

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  1. Wellness apparatus consisting of elastic material, in particular material that is capable of being excited to vibrate, substantially consisting of a bar- or rod-shaped structure (1), with protective arrangements (3) that are formed as weights being arranged on the bar- or rod-shaped structure (1) at its ends when viewed in the longitudinal direction, with in the centre of the structure (1) there is arranged a material that covers the structure (1) and is formed as a grip (2),
    characterised in that the material that is formed as a grip (2) having its own tensional forces that suffice in order to hold the material that is formed as a grip permanently in its position once selected,
    and that the elastic material of the bar- or rod-shaped structure (1) is formed from a plastics-material fibre combination,
    and that the material that forms the protective arrangements (3) has sufficient tensional force in order to fix the protective arrangements (3) axially.
  2. Wellness apparatus according to claim 1, characterised in that the plastics-material fibre combination comprises glass fibres or carbon fibres.
  3. Wellness apparatus according to claim 1 or 2, characterised in that the cross section of the structure (1) is circular.
  4. Wellness apparatus according to claim 1 or 2, characterised in that the cross section of the structure (1) is oval, rectangular or square.
  5. Wellness apparatus according to one of the preceding claims, characterised in that the protective arrangements (3) are exchangeable.
  6. Wellness apparatus according to claim 5, characterised in that the exchangeable protective arrangements (3) have different weights.
  7. Wellness apparatus according to one of the preceding claims, characterised in that in addition to the protective arrangements (3) the apparatus has a plurality of weights (4).
  8. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the weights (4) are constructed in such a way that on the one hand adjustment or displacement on the bar- or rod-shaped structure (1) is possible and on the other hand the material that forms the weights (4) has sufficient tensional force in order to fix the weights (4) axially.
  9. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the weights (4) can be mounted and fixed.
  10. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that damping elements (5) are arranged between the weights (4).
  11. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the protective arrangements (3) and/or the damping elements (5) are by preference formed from elastic, preferably rubber-like, material.
  12. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the elastic material of the protective arrangement (3) and/or of the damping element (5) is formed at least in part from plastics material or a plastics-material fibre combination or as a carbon fibre combination or as a rubber silicone or rubber silicone fibre combination, or consists of rubber or rubber-like material or of wood or spring steel, and/or the elastic material is formed from a composite material, consisting of a plurality of the afore-mentioned materials, or the elastic material is a laminated material in a sandwich construction consisting of one or more of the afore-mentioned materials.
  13. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the cross section of the structure (1) has width dimensions of approximately 4.0 cm to 10.00 cm, by preference 6.0 cm, height dimensions of approximately 0.5 cm to 2.0 cm, by preference 1.0 cm, or a diameter of 0.5 to 6.0 cm, by preference 2.5 cm, and length dimensions of approximately 80.00 cm to 200.00 cm, by preference 150.00 cm.
  14. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the dimensions of the structure (1) can be varied in such a way that different vibrations can be achieved for different intensities of exercise.
  15. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the weight of the apparatus amounts to ≤ 1.0 kg, by preference to approximately 300 g to 600 g.
  16. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the material that covers the structure (1) is formed like rubber, like woven material, preferably from woven textile material.
  17. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the whole structure (1) is surrounded by a protective covering.
  18. Wellness apparatus according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterised in that the wellness apparatus can be used as a fitness, leisure-time sports or aerobic apparatus.
  19. Use of a wellness apparatus according to one of the preceding claims as a sports apparatus, in particular in the field of fitness, wellness, leisure-time sports.
  20. Use according to claim 19, characterised in that the structure (1) is held vertically or horizontally, is set vibrating and on account of the periodic movement permits strain on the muscles that is to be exploited for therapeutic purposes.
  21. Use according to claim 19 or 20, characterised in that in addition to straining the muscles in order to hold the structure (1), exercises for further muscle regions of the body, in particular running and/or aerobic exercises, are intended.
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