US20030114278A1 - Arm, leg, and body stretching device - Google Patents

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US20030114278A1
US20030114278A1 US10154240 US15424002A US2003114278A1 US 20030114278 A1 US20030114278 A1 US 20030114278A1 US 10154240 US10154240 US 10154240 US 15424002 A US15424002 A US 15424002A US 2003114278 A1 US2003114278 A1 US 2003114278A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
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    • A63B21/153Using flexible elements for reciprocating movements, e.g. ropes or chains wound-up and unwound during exercise, e.g. from a reel
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • A63B21/4001Arrangements for attaching the exercising apparatus to the user's body, e.g. belts, shoes or gloves specially adapted therefor
    • A63B21/4011Arrangements for attaching the exercising apparatus to the user's body, e.g. belts, shoes or gloves specially adapted therefor to the lower limbs
    • A63B21/4015Arrangements for attaching the exercising apparatus to the user's body, e.g. belts, shoes or gloves specially adapted therefor to the lower limbs to the foot
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B23/00Exercising apparatus specially adapted for particular parts of the body
    • A63B2023/006Exercising apparatus specially adapted for particular parts of the body for stretching exercises
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
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    • A63B21/002Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices isometric or isokinetic, i.e. substantial force variation without substantial muscle motion or wherein the speed of the motion is independent of the force applied by the user
    • A63B21/0023Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices isometric or isokinetic, i.e. substantial force variation without substantial muscle motion or wherein the speed of the motion is independent of the force applied by the user for isometric exercising, i.e. substantial force variation without substantial muscle motion

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The present invention is a modular component leg, arm, and body-stretching device. It includes a main winding component having a handle and at least one cable functionally connected to and capable of being wound toward the handle. The handle contains a one directional winding mechanism and a trigger, wherein when the trigger is depressed, the cable advances toward the handle. The handle also has a release mechanism to release the cable from the winding mechanism. The main winding component has an auxiliary component attachment at one end thereof for attachment, directly or indirectly, of a foot or hand auxiliary component. The foot auxiliary component is for leg and body exercise, and may be a loop or may be a rigid base for placement of a foot thereon, with a foot securing mechanism to hold a foot in place. The hand auxiliary component is for arm and body exercises, and includes a handle for placement of a hand thereon and has at least one main winding component attachment mechanism for attachment to the cable. There may also be a yoke for connection between the main component and the auxiliary components.

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    REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application is a continuation-in-part of copending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/022,449, filed on Dec. 17, 2002, by the same inventor herein, and entitled “Modular Component Arm, Leg, and Body Stretching Device.”[0001]
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention [0002]
  • The present invention relates to exercise devices for arm, leg, and body stretches. More specifically, the present invention relates to a modular component device which contains a main winding component and separate foot and hand components which are removably attachable to the main winding component. Thus, a user may rely upon the same physical mechanism to perform leg and body stretches and arm stretches by interchanging the other modular components. [0003]
  • 2. Information Disclosure Statement [0004]
  • The following patents are representative of the state of the art for leg, arm, and body stretching devices: [0005]
  • U.S. Pat. No. 5,762,592 describes a leg multi-muscle stretch apparatus for physical therapy that includes a foot carriage mounted to a carriage guide track and permitting the foot carriage to move back and forth along a foot carriage path, for therapeutically stretching a user foot and user leg with reciprocating motion, and a user support structure pivotally connected the carriage track. The apparatus preferably additionally includes user handle grips and two elongate arm members pivotally connected to the carriage guide track, where the handle grips are connected to the elongate arm members. The user support structure preferably includes a platform structure including two parallel and laterally spaced apart beam members and a planar web member extending between and supported by the beam members. The apparatus preferably additionally includes two cable and cable pulley mechanisms, each including a series of cables forming a cable loop extending along the user support structure, along the carriage guide track and along the arm members, and then back to the user support structure, and a series of pulleys rotatably mounted to the user support structure and to the carriage guide track for guiding the cable loop being connected to the foot carriage to reciprocate with the foot carriage. [0006]
  • U.S. Pat. No. 5,261,868 describes an exercise device including an elongated upright ladder section which has at an upper end a body support section. There is a base adapted to rest on a horizontal surface and support in a stable, vertical orientation the upright section. The body support section includes a seat rest support member oriented substantially horizontally and adapted to be sat upon by a user and a second support member spaced from the seat rest support member and adapted to be gripped by the user with either legs or hands depending on the exercise being performed. A generally flat, planar, back support has its upper end pivotally mounted to the seat rest support member and a lower free end movable between a first position where the back support is generally vertical and a second position where the back support pivots and is at an acute angle with respect to the upright section. [0007]
  • U.S. Pat. No. 4,687,197 describes the present invention that relates to exercise equipment, more particularly to an exercise machine that gives the exerciser a variety of movements based on a single concept (that of the pivot), working the whole body without having to change equipment. The apparatus includes a frame having a seat, a vertically extending rod pivotally coupled to the frame and a handle pivotally coupled to the end of the rod. The dual pivoting connections facilitate an exercise movement similar to the paddling motion used with a kayak. [0008]
  • U.S. Pat. No. 4,666,154 describes an exercise device that has two side bars each comprising a longitudinal segment extending between front and rear legs. The angle and length of the front and rear legs produces an incline of the longitudinal segment. The angle of incline is variable because the front and rear legs are separately adjustable in length. Slip locks selectively lock each leg at a desired length. Cross bars connected between the side bars by quick release locks. A central longitudinal bar parallel to the side bars extends between a selected two of the cross bars and is connected thereto by quick release locks. [0009]
  • U.S. Pat. No. 4,314,697 describes a physical exercising device that is provided compromising a padded wedge-shaped base and a string-biased metal exercise bar. The exercise bar is attached near the wedge's apex and extends lengthwise parallel to the device at a predetermined distance from the wedge. The physical exercising device has its base formed from a lightweight material and additionally may have its body support surfaces covered with a layer of carpet or foam padding. The spring which has its one end attached to the exercise bar has its opposite end secured to the end panel of the wedge-shaped base to provide a biasing force. The ends of the metal bar are inserted through apertures in the end panel and terminate in the interior of the physical exercising device. The exercise bar may be of a unitary piece of tubular metal or a single metal tube with two gripping portions which may or my not be independently operable. [0010]
  • U.S. Pat. No. 4,132,404 describes a leg stretching exercise device which has two platforms, each adapted to support a foot of an exerciser. Each platform is provided with ball casters which provide support and allow free movement in a mutual plane. The platforms are attached so they may be placed in touching relationship and moved apart a predetermined distance by the exerciser. A rope connects a single point on each platform. The connecting rope defines a loop which passes through eyelets, secured to each platform. An adjustable connection is provided for varying the size of the loop as desired. [0011]
  • Notwithstanding the prior art, the present invention is neither taught nor rendered obvious thereby. [0012]
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention is a modular component leg, arm, and body-stretching device. It includes a main winding component having a handle and at least one cable functionally connected to and capable of being wound toward said handle. The handle contains a ratcheted winding reel mechanism and a trigger wherein when the trigger is depressed, the reel winds the cable toward the handle. The handle also has a release mechanism to release a ratchet of the reel so as to permit the unwinding of the cable away from the handle. The cable has an auxiliary component attachment at one end thereof for attachment, directly or indirectly, of a foot or hand auxiliary component. The foot auxiliary component is for leg and body exercise, and has a rigid base for placement of a foot thereon, having a foot securing mechanism to hold a foot in place. There is also at least one attachment on the foot auxiliary component for connection with the cable. The hand auxiliary component is also attachable to the cable, for arm and body exercises, and includes a handle for placement of a hand thereon and has at least one cable attachment for connection to the cable. There may also be a yoke for connection between the main component and the auxiliary components. [0013]
  • In some embodiments of the present invention, there is only a main winding component with either an auxiliary foot component or an auxiliary hand component, while in other embodiments, both an auxiliary foot component and an auxiliary hand component are included. [0014]
  • In some embodiments of the present invention, the securing means of the foot auxiliary component is a flexible loop or a rigid yoke (like a stirrup), while in other embodiments it may be a rigid base with means for attachment to a foot. In other embodiments, the foot auxiliary component includes a toe attachment means located on a front area of the rigid base. In other embodiments of the present invention modular component leg and body stretching device, the securing means of the foot auxiliary component is two separate side attachment means, one being located on a first side of a rigid base and another being located on a second side of the rigid base, and located opposite one another. In other preferred present invention embodiments, the toe and the two-side attachment means are all included. [0015]
  • In some preferred present invention embodiments, there is a yoke having three separate elongated members, each having a first and a second end and being connected to one another at the first end and having means for attachment to the main advance plate component the first end, and each being unconnected to one another at its second end.[0016]
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  • The present invention should be more fully understood when the specification herein is taken in conjunction with the drawings appended hereto wherein: [0017]
  • FIG. 1[0018] a shows a front view of one preferred embodiment of a main winding component of a present invention modular component leg, arm, and body stretching device with a hand auxiliary component attached thereto, and in FIG. 1a, with a foot auxiliary component attached thereto;
  • FIG. 2 shows a front view of a present invention hand auxiliary component in a partially cut view to reveal internal working aspects of the ratchets and reel: [0019]
  • FIG. 3 shows a cut partial view of another present invention main advance plate component, illustrating alternative internal mechanical features; [0020]
  • FIG. 4 illustrates an interconnecting yoke which is an optional component utilized in the present invention; [0021]
  • FIGS. 5 and 6 show a top view and a partial, cut rear view of one preferred embodiment of the present invention auxiliary foot component; [0022]
  • FIG. 7 shows a side partial view of an alternative embodiment auxiliary foot component of the present invention device; [0023]
  • FIG. 8 shows a side partial view of another alternative embodiment auxiliary foot component of the present invention device; and, [0024]
  • FIG. 9 shows an alternative preferred embodiment main advance plate component of a present invention device.[0025]
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PRESENT INVENTION
  • Referring now to FIG. 1[0026] a, but using the same main winding component shown in FIG. 1a to operate the partially illustrated aspects of FIG. 1b, there is shown a present invention modular component stretching device main winding component 1. This is the functional element of the present invention and FIG. 1a shows a single cable preferred embodiment. Thus, main winding component 1 includes a housing 3 with a handle 7 and a trigger 9 for grasping by a user's fingers. Thus, handle 7 is grasped with the hand, with the fingers curled toward the palm area around trigger 9 when in use.
  • There is a single one way cable [0027] 15 which passes through housing 3. By “one way” is meant that is functionally advanced in one direction (toward housing 3) by trigger 9 activation. It is capable of being moved in the opposite direction manually by sliding when a release is applied. Cable 15 is connected to an internal reel (not shown) inside housing 3. As its second end 25 is an attachment ring 27, comprising an auxiliary component attachment means. This is used to attach foot auxiliary components for leg and body stretching exercises, as well as hand auxiliary components for arm and body stretching exercises.
  • Winding reel movement is accomplished by repeat squeezing of trigger [0028] 9 to advance cable 15 so as to move second end 25 toward housing 3. Release button 29 holds cable 15 and the ratchets and reel from moving end 25 away from housing 3, but permits moving end 25 toward housing 3 when trigger 9 is squeezed. When button 29 is squeezed to unlock a ratchet and release the reel and cable 15, second end 25 may be pulled away from housing 3 to reset it for subsequent use. Release of button 29 allows a spring (not shown) to automatically relock button 29 to only permit one way movement (toward housing 3) of cable 15.
  • FIG. 1[0029] a also shows one type of hand auxiliary component 50 used in the present invention device. Component 50 includes a handle member 51 with optional finger grooves 53, 55, 57 and 59 and grip 61 as shown. On the opposite side is hook 63 for attachment to ring 27 of cable 15 of main winding component of FIG. 1a. When main winding component 1 and hand auxiliary component 50 are connected to one another, a user may hold handle 7 in one hand and component 50 in the other hand, and while holding the device as such, may move the hands overhead and behind the back with the arm of the hand of handle 7 outstretched. The user may then repeatedly compress trigger 9 to shorten the distance of second end 25 and housing 3 to effect arm and upper body stretching. Depression of release button 29 will release the tension when the user has completed the stretching exercises.
  • FIG. 1[0030] b shows a partial cut view which includes cable 15 which extends from main winding component 1 of FIG. 1a, but cut from FIG. 1b. It is connected to foot auxiliary component 350. This includes hook 363 connected to ring 27, and forms a rigid or flexible loop or yoke for bare foot or covered foot insertion. Thus, loop 351 includes a base area 359 and rounded sides, such as rounded side 353, for more accurate fitage and comfort.
  • The ring [0031] 27 and hook 63 shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 could easily be substituted with any known attachment/detachment mechanism without exceeding the scope of the present invention. Likewise, the particular handle design, advance plate mechanism and release mechanism could be designed in a different fashion or placed in a different position without exceeding the scope of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 shows another embodiment of, and the working mechanism of a main winding component of the present invention. The FIG. 2 component [0032] 41 of the present invention comprises a cable 45 having a front end extending beyond the shown truncated end, with an attachment means for attachment of an auxiliary component thereto, such as described above and below. It has a rear end attached to reel 47. Both reel 47 and ratchet wheel 19 are interlocked and travel together. Trigger 29 is squeezed to cause winding bar 71's pushing end 73 to advance (wind) ratchet wheel 19 and take-up reel 47 one ratchet forward. This enables trigger action to wind in cable 45 toward body 13 of component 41. There is a spring 75 that maintains trigger 29 in its firing position and enables reel 47 and ratchet reel 19 to rotate counterclockwise and to “pull” cable 45 away from body 13.
  • However, pawl [0033] 21 acts as a release mechanism. Pawl 21 is biased by a spring (not shown) to be in the position shown in FIG. 2. In this position shown, pawl 21 locks the ratchets to permit only clockwise (winding) movement and to prevent counterclockwise (unwinding) movement. When lever 43 is moved counterclockwise, it moves pawl 21 away from the ratchets and permits reel movement in both directions, but especially to permit unwinding of cable 45 to reset for reuse.
  • Cable [0034] 45 is shown as a high pull test polymer cord, but could be woven or unwoven synthetic or natural cable, metal, plastic-coated metal, or chain, or strap (e.g. leather or nylon web), or any other equivalent high strength, elongated, flexible, windable material or combinations of materials. By use of the aforesaid components with foot and hand auxiliary components, the device is used to move feet towards the shoulders in the lying back position, to bring an arm swing behind the neck to its maximum stretch, etc. The trigger may be squeezed rapidly or, move preferably, slowly, even over a timed period. By these movements, foot and/or arm, and/or body stretching exercises may be achieved.
  • Referring to FIG. 3, another present invention main winding component [0035] 30 is shown. It differs from the FIG. 2 embodiment in that it has a hollow looped handle 32, through which cable 25 extends. Otherwise, aspects identical to those of FIG. 2 are identically numbered.
  • In this FIG. 3 embodiment, cable [0036] 23 travels from the reel 47, over pulley wheel 35 and out the center of loop handle 32 to provide center balance of the cable 23 relative to the hard position of a user when component 30 is held. The component 30 otherwise operates like components 1 and 41, shown in FIGS. 1a and 2, respectively, and described with respect to FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates a yoke [0037] 85, which is sometimes used in connection with an auxiliary foot component, but may be used with an auxiliary hand component (such as for extra reach) or could even be attached to a wall eyelet for other exercises such as tilted upper arm and body exercises. Yoke 85 includes three separate elongated members 87, 89, and 91. They are connected to one another at the top end with hook 93 affixed thereto and with hook 95, 97, and 99 at the opposite ends. Elongated members, 87, 89, and 91 may be flexible or rigid, but if rigid, should be hingeable at hook 93. Further details on yoke 85's uses are set forth below.
  • FIGS. 5 and 6 show a top and cut end view, respectively, of an auxiliary foot component [0038] 100 of the present invention. Identical parts are identically numbered in FIGS. 5 and 6. Auxiliary foot component 100 includes a rigid base 101 with a front hook 103 and side eyelets 105 and 107, opposing one another. Hook 103 is fixed and eyelets 105 and 107 are springloaded and adjustable by front or back movement in tracks 109 and 11, respectively. There is a set of foot straps 113 and 115, with buckles 121 and 123, as well as heel strap 117 for attachment to a foot. This foot mechanism is included for attachment of auxiliary foot component 100 to a foot, but any known attachment mechanism could be used without exceeding the scope of the present invention. For example, boots could be affixed to rigid base 101, instead of the straps. Alternatively, quick release buckles such as are used on skis or even the types of foot securing means found on water skis could be used.
  • Hook [0039] 103 may be attached directly to attachment ring 27 of main winding component 1 shown in FIG. 1 and by operating the main winding component 1 of FIG. 1 to shorten the distance between cable second end 25 and housing 3, various leg and body stretching exercises are accomplished, such as hamstring stretches.
  • Alternatively, yoke [0040] 85 of FIG. 4 may be used as an interconnecting member between attachment ring 27 of FIG. 1 and hook 103 of FIG. 5.
  • For other exercises, hooks [0041] 95, 97, and 99 of yoke 85 of FIG. 4 may be attached to hook 103 and eyelets 105 and 107 of auxiliary foot component 100 of FIG. 5, to create a three-point hitch. For example, this arrangement may be used for spread eagle upper leg and abdominal exercises.
  • In one preferred embodiment of the present invention auxiliary foot component, wheels such as flat wheels or ball bearing wheels would be included in the walls and/or the bottom of the rigid base as illustrated in FIGS. 7 and 8. [0042]
  • Referring specifically to FIG. 7, FIG. 7 shows a partial side view of another embodiment present invention auxiliary foot component [0043] 140. The heal plate, straps and eyelets and hook described in conjunction with FIGS. 5 and 6 above are included in this embodiment, but are not shown in the figure to avoid confusion. Auxiliary foot component 140 includes a handle 143 and a plurality of side wheels around its periphery. In this case, these wheels are ballbearing wheels, but could be flat wheels, or any other type of wheels. Rigid base 41 has ballbearing wheels such as wheels 149, 151, and 153 along its side and similar wheels such as wheel 47 along its back, as well as along its front 145. These wheels enable a user to lay on his or her back or side and to move the auxiliary foot components with the heals, sides or toes in contact with a floor so as to smoothly roll therealong during exercises.
  • FIG. 8 shows another auxiliary foot component [0044] 160, which is the same as that described for FIG. 7 above except that wheels are also included on the underside or bottom. Thus, rigid base 161 has a handle 163 at its front 165 and wheels such as wheels 167, 169, 171 and 173 along its periphery. Bottom wheels are also included such as wheels 175, 177 and 179. Besides the uses described above with respect to FIG. 7, this component may be held at handle 163 and rolled around on a floor for arm and body exercises.
  • FIG. 9 shows an alternative embodiment present invention main winding component [0045] 200. In this case, it has two sets of cables instead of one. Housing 201 has a right side 203 and a left side 205. Each side has its own cable 213 and 215, respectively, with separate releases 209 and 211. Handle squeeze trigger 207 has internal ratchet wheels and take-up reels in both left and right sides to simultaneously move cables 213 and 215. While this embodiment involves more parts and is more expensive to construct, it does offer more strength and balance for some exercise arrangements.
  • Obviously, numerous modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings. It is therefore understood that within the scope of the appended claims, the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described herein. [0046]

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  1. 1. A modular component leg and body stretching device, which comprises:
    (a) a main winding plate component having a handle and at least one cable functionally connected to and capable of being wound into said handle, said handle containing a ratcheted winding reel mechanism and a trigger wherein when said trigger is depressed, said advance reel winds said at least one cable toward said 110 handle, said handle also having a release mechanism to release a ratchet of said reel so as to permit unwinding of said at least one cable from said reel, said cable having auxiliary component attachment means at one end thereof, and,
    (b) a foot auxiliary component attachable to said attachment means of said at least one cable for leg and body exercise, said foot auxiliary component having a base for placement of a foot thereon, and having at least one main winding component attachment means for attachment to said attachment means of said at least one cable.
  2. 2. The modular component leg and body stretching device of claim 1 wherein said base is a rigid base and said foot auxiliary component includes foot securing means to hold said base to a foot.
  3. 3. The modular component leg and body stretching device of claim 2 wherein said securing means of said foot auxiliary component is two separate side attachment means, one being located on a first side of said rigid base and another being located on a second side of said rigid base, and located opposite one another.
  4. 4. The modular component leg and body stretching device of claim 2 wherein said securing means of said foot auxiliary component includes a toe attachment means located on a front area of said rigid base and at least two separate side attachment means, one being located on a first side of said rigid base and another being located on a second side of said rigid base, and located opposite one another.
  5. 5. The modular component leg and body stretching device of claim 4 wherein which further includes:
    (a) a yoke having three separate elongated members, each having a first and a second end and being connected to one another at said first end and having means for attachment to said main winding component at said first end, and each being unconnected to one another at said second end.
  6. 6. The modular component leg and body stretching device of claim 1 wherein said main winding component has two cables.
  7. 7. The modular component leg and body stretching device of claim 1 wherein one of said auxiliary component attachment means and said main winding component attachment means is an eyelet and the other is a hook adapted to connect to said eyelet.
  8. 8. The modular component leg and body stretching device of claim 1 wherein said foot auxiliary component further includes a handle extended over a portion of a top of said component, and a plurality of wheels on its underside thereof for handle-held prone arm and body exercises.
  9. 9. The modular component leg and arm body stretching device of claim 1 wherein said base for placement of a foot thereon is a loop.
  10. 10. A modular component arm and body stretching device, which comprises:
    (a) a main winding component having a handle and at least one cable functionally connected to and capable of being wound into said handle, said handle containing a ratcheted winding reel mechanism and a trigger wherein when said trigger is depressed, said advance reel winds said at least one cable toward said handle, said handle also having a release mechanism to release a ratchet of said reel so as to permit unwinding of said at least one cable from said reel, said cable having auxiliary component attachment means at one end thereof; and,
    (b) a hand auxiliary component attachable to said attachment means of said at least one cable for arm and body exercises, said hand auxiliary component having a handle for placement of a hand thereon and having at least one main winding component attachment means for attachment to said attachment means of said at least one cable.
  11. 11. The modular component arm and body stretching device of claim 10 wherein said hand auxiliary component includes a handle, a rigid brace member connected to said handle and at least one attachment means connected to said rigid brace member for attachment to said attachment means of said at least one cable.
  12. 12. The modular component arm and body stretching device of claim 10 wherein one of said auxiliary component attachment means and said main advance plate component attachment means is an eyelet and the other is a hook adapted to connect to said eyelet.
  13. 13. A modular component leg, arm, and body stretching device, which comprises:
    (a) a main winding component having a handle and at least one cable functionally connected to and capable of being wound into said handle, said handle containing a ratcheted winding reel mechanism and a trigger wherein when said trigger is depressed, said advance reel winds said at least one cable toward said handle, said handle also having a release mechanism to release a ratchet of said reel so as to permit unwinding of said at least one cable from said reel, said cable having auxiliary component attachment means at one end thereof;
    (b) a foot auxiliary component attachable to said attachment means of said at least one cable for leg and body exercise, said foot auxiliary component having a base for placement of a foot thereon, and having at least one main winding component attachment means for attachment to said attachment means of said at least one cable; and,
    (c) a hand auxiliary component attachable to said attachment means of said at least one cable for arm and body exercises, said hand auxiliary component having a handle for placement of a hand thereon and having at least one main winding component attachment means for attachment to said attachment means of said at least one cable.
  14. 14. The modular component leg, arm, and body stretching device of claim 13 wherein said base is a rigid base and said foot auxiliary component includes foot securing means to hold said base to a foot.
  15. 15. The modular component leg, arm, and body stretching device of claim 14 wherein said securing means of said foot auxiliary component is two separate side attachment means, one being located on a first side of said rigid base and another being located on a second side of said rigid base, and located opposite one another.
  16. 16. The modular component leg, arm, and body stretching device of claim 14 wherein said securing means of said foot auxiliary component includes a toe attachment means located on a front area of said rigid base and at least two separate side attachment means, one being located on a first side of said rigid base and another being located on a second side of said rigid base, and located opposite one another.
  17. 17. The modular component leg, arm, and body stretching device of claim 16 wherein which further includes:
    (a) a yoke having three separate elongated members, each having a first and a second end and being connected to one another at said first end and having means for attachment to said main component at said first end, and each being unconnected to one another at said second end.
  18. 18. The modular component leg, arm, and body stretching device of claim 13 wherein one of said auxiliary component attachment means and said main winding component attachment means is an eyelet and the other is a hook adapted to connect to said eyelet.
  19. 19. The modular component leg, arm, and body stretching device of claim 13 wherein said foot auxiliary component further includes a handle extended over a portion of a top of said component, and a plurality of wheels on its underside thereof for handle-held prone arm and body exercises.
  20. 20. The modular component leg, arm, and body stretching device of claim 13 wherein said hand auxiliary component includes a handle, a rigid brace member connected to said handle and at least one attachment means connected to said rigid brace member for attachment to said attachment means of said at least one cable.
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