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US20050282689A1
US20050282689A1 US11131240 US13124005A US2005282689A1 US 20050282689 A1 US20050282689 A1 US 20050282689A1 US 11131240 US11131240 US 11131240 US 13124005 A US13124005 A US 13124005A US 2005282689 A1 US2005282689 A1 US 2005282689A1
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An exerciser vest includes a lower strap configured to encircle a portion of a user of the exerciser vest. A left shoulder strap is connected to a front side portion and a back side portion of the lower strap, the left shoulder strap configured to be disposed on a left side shoulder of the user. A right shoulder strap is connected to the front and back portions of the lower strap, the right shoulder strap configured to be disposed on a right side shoulder of the user. An exercise implement is removably connected to one of the lower, left shoulder, and right shoulder straps. The left and right shoulder straps cross with one another on a back of the user. At least one of the left and right shoulder straps includes an elastic portion configured to increase an overall length of the left or right shoulder strap in response to movement of the user.

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    BACKGROUND
  • The following U.S. Pat. Nos. disclose conventional exercise device: U.S. Pat. No. 5,820,533 to Goldman; U.S. Pat. No. 6,007,463 to Wells et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 5,813,955 to Gutkowski et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 6,244,994 to Tilberis; U.S. Pat. No. 5,916,070 to Donohue; U.S. Pat. No. 5,792,034 to Kozlovsky; U.S. Pat. No. 5,518,481 to Darkwah; U.S. Pat. No. 5,433,688 to Davies; U.S. Pat. No. 5,234,395 to Miller et al.; and U.S. Pat. No. 650,656 to Raabe, the disclosures of which are incorporated by reference herein in their entirety. These conventional exercise devices suffer from numerous disadvantages, however, such as an inability to provide proper exercise for the user, as well as failing to act as a weight bearing member through an entire range of movement during exercise. Thus, it is desirable to provide an exercise device that overcomes such disadvantages, and that can act as a weight bearing member through a larger range (e.g., an entire range) of movement during exercise.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • An object of the present invention is to remedy the above discussed deficiencies, or other deficiencies. The present invention provides an exerciser including a lower strap configured to encircle a portion of a user of the exerciser vest. A left shoulder strap is connected to a front side portion and a back side portion of the lower strap, the left shoulder strap configured to be disposed on a left side shoulder of the user. A right shoulder strap is connected to the front and back portions of the lower strap, the right shoulder strap configured to be disposed on a right side shoulder of the user. An exercise implement is removably connected to one of the lower, left shoulder, and right shoulder straps. The left and right shoulder straps cross with one another on a back of the user. At least one of the left and right shoulder straps includes an elastic portion configured to increase an overall length of the left or right shoulder strap in response to movement of the user.
  • The present invention further provides a method of performing an exercise with an exerciser vest including a lower strap encircling a portion of a user, left and right shoulder straps connected to a front side portion and a back side portion of the lower strap and disposed on left and right side shoulders of the user, the left and right shoulder straps crossing with one another on a back of the user, and at least one of the left and right shoulder straps including an elastic portion increasing in length in response to movement of the user. The method includes removable attaching an exercise implement to the exerciser vest, and applying a resistance to a movement of the body of the user with the exercise implement.
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  • An appreciation of the invention and attendant advantages thereof will be readily obtained as the same become better understood by reference to the following description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
  • FIG. 1 shows a front view of an exerciser vest.
  • FIG. 2 shows a front view of the exerciser vest, with an upper torso of a user of the exerciser vest indicated by phantom lines.
  • FIG. 3 shows a back view of the exerciser vest, with the upper torso indicated by phantom lines.
  • FIG. 4 shows an embodiment of an exercise implement connected to the exerciser vest grasped in the hand of the user.
  • FIG. 5 shows another embodiment of an exercise implement connected to the exerciser vest grasped in the hand of the user.
  • FIG. 6 shows still another embodiment of an exercise implement connected to the exerciser vest disposed around the ankle of the user.
  • FIG. 7 shows a detail view of the exercise implement of FIG. 4.
  • FIG. 8 shows a detail view of the exercise implement of FIG. 5.
  • FIG. 9 shows a detail view of the exercise implement of FIG. 6.
  • FIG. 10 shows a back view of another embodiment of the exerciser vest, with the upper torso indicated by phantom lines.
  • FIG. 11 shows a front view of the embodiment of the exerciser vest of FIG. 10.
  • FIG. 12 shows an isometric view of another embodiment of the exercise implement of FIG. 7.
  • FIG. 13 shows a detail cross-sectional view of another embodiment of the exercise implement of FIG. 7.
  • FIG. 14 shows an isometric view of another embodiment of the exercise implement of FIG. 7.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals designate identical or corresponding parts throughout the several views, an exemplary embodiment of an exerciser vest 100 is shown and described.
  • As shown in the drawings, the exerciser vest 100 can include, among other components, a waist strap 10 configured to encircle the waist of the user when the exerciser vest 100 is worn on the upper torso of the user, one or more front straps 20 connected to a front of the waist strap 10 and extending from the waist toward the shoulders of the user, one or more back straps 30 connected to a back of the waist strap 10 and extending from the waist and over the shoulders of the user to connect to the one or more front straps 20, a back support 50 disposed on the one or more back straps 30, and exercise implements 70, 80, and/or 90 configured to be connected to the exerciser vest 100. One or more of the exercise implements 70, 80, and 90, can be used to exercise one or more muscles or muscle groups when the exerciser vest 100 is worn.
  • In a preferred embodiment of the invention, as discussed below, components of the exerciser vest 100 generally can be manufactured from webbing materials, such as two (2) inch width polypropylene webbing materials having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force, and/or one (1) inch width polypropylene webbing materials, both available from American Cord & Webbing of Woonsocket, R.I. The webbing materials can generally be secured by thread, such as super heavy duty 100% nylon thread. The webbing materials generally can be cut to desired lengths, and generally can be heat sealed to prevent fraying and/or unraveling of cut ends of the webbing materials.
  • In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the exerciser vest 100 generally can be adjustable to fit users having a variety of differing waist sizes and/or heights. In a more preferred embodiment, however, the exerciser vest 100 can be adjustable to fit users having a relatively limited range of waist sizes and/or heights, such that the vest exerciser 100 can satisfactorily fit the upper torso of the particular user. The exerciser vest 100 can be adjustable to fit both a male and a female, or alternatively can be configured to fit either a male or a female.
  • As shown in the figures, the waist strap 10 can be configured to encircle the waist of the user. The waist strap 10 can be adjustable to achieve a satisfactory fit around the waist of the particular user. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the waist strap 10 can be manufactured from the two (2) inch width webbing material.
  • Adjustment of the waist strap 10 can be achieved by the use of one or more fasteners 11. The fasteners 11 can include a first fastener 12 and a second fastener 13. The first fastener 12 can be configured to permit adjustment of a length of the waist strap 10, and the second fastener 13 can be configured to removably retain an end of the length-adjusted waist strap 10.
  • The first fastener 12 can be attached to an end portion of the waist strap 10. An end of the waist strap 10 can be disposed through the first fastener 12 to surround a side of the first fastener 12. In a preferred embodiment, the end of the waist strap 10 can be folded back onto itself, and sewed and/or heat sealed, such that the end is substantially irremovable disposed around the side of the first fastener 12. Another end of the waist strap 10 can be disposed through the first fastener 12 after the waist strap 10 encircles the waist of the user, such that the length of the waist strap 10 between ends of the first fastener 12 can be adjusted. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the first fastener 12 can include a loop type fastener, such as a two (2) inch length fastener, having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force and manufactured from a high strength plastic (such as DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • As discussed above, the second fastener 13 can be configured to removably retain the end of the length-adjusted waist strap 10 (i.e., after the waist strap 10 is disposed through the first fastener 12). The second fastener 13 can be attached to an exterior and/or an interior of the waist strap 10. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the second fastener 13 can include a hook and loop type fastener (i.e., a VELCRO type fastener).
  • The waist strap 10 can further include one or more implement fasteners 15. The implement fasteners 15 can be configured to permit removable or irremovable attachment of the exercise implements 70, 80, and/or 90 (discussed below). In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the implement fasteners 15 can be configured to permit removable attachment of the exercise implements.
  • The implement fasteners 15 can be disposed at a variety of positions on the waist strap 10, such that the exercise implements 70, 80, and/or 90 can be connected to the exerciser vest 100. The implement fasteners 15 can include one or more front fasteners 16, and/or can include one or more back fasteners 17. The front fasteners 16 can include a pair of front fasteners 16, and/or the back fasteners 17 can include a pair of back fasteners 17. In a preferred embodiment, the implement fasteners 15 can be connected to the waist strap 10 by the one (1) inch width webbing material. Also in a preferred embodiment, the implement fasteners 15 can include D ring type fasteners, such as a one (1) inch length, one and three eighths (1⅜) inch width, and three sixteenths ( 3/16) inch overall thickness fastener, having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force and manufactured from a high strength plastic (such as DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • Optionally, a wear prevention portion can be used with the waist strap 10 and can be configured to prevent degradation of the waist strap 10 through movement of the waist strap 10 relative to the back of the user of the exerciser vest 100. The wear prevention portion can be in the form of an insert disposed between (i) a liner configured to be disposed adjacent and/or in contact with the back and/or waist of the user of the exerciser vest 100 and (ii) a surface of the waist strap 10. In a preferred embodiment, the wear prevention portion can include a relatively thick plastic insert, and can extend over some length of the waist strap 10.
  • The one or more front straps 20 can be connected to the front of the waist strap 10 and can be configured to extend from the waist toward the shoulders of the user. The front straps 20 can include two front straps 20, and each of the front straps 20 can extend about parallel to one another and can be configured to extend toward opposite shoulders of the user. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the front straps 20 can be manufactured from the two (2) inch width webbing material.
  • Each of the front straps 20 can include a fastener 21 configured to permit adjustment of a length of the front strap 20. An end of the front strap 20 can be disposed through the fastener 21 to surround a side of the fastener 21 after the end of the front strap is disposed through the fastener of the back strap 30 (discussed below). In a preferred embodiment, the end of the front strap 20 can be folded back onto itself, and sewed and/or heat sealed, such that the end is substantially irremovably disposed around the side of the fastener 21. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the fastener 21 can include a single bar buckle, such as a one and one quarter (1¼) inch length, two and three eighths (2⅜) inch width, and five sixteenths ( 5/16) inch overall thickness fastener, having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force and manufactured from a high strength plastic (such as DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • The one or more back straps 30 can be connected to the back of the waist strap 10 and can extend from the waist over shoulders of the user, and can be configured to connect to the one or more front straps 20 by way of a fastener (discussed below). In a preferred embodiment, the one or more back straps 30 can include two back straps 30 configured to be disposed over opposite shoulders of the user, and each of the back straps 30 can be configured to be connected to a different one of the two front straps 20. As stated above, the back straps 30, with the front straps 20, can be used to permit adjustment of the lengths of the front straps 20. The back straps 30 can be disposed to cross over one another (e.g., to form an X-shape), and can be configured such that these crossed portions of the back straps 30 are so-located to provide stability to the contralateral spinal muscle via the cortical spinal tract of the user. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the back straps 30 can be manufactured from the two (2) inch width webbing material.
  • Each of the back straps 30 can include an elastic portion 31. The elastic portions 31 can be disposed at a variety of positions on the back straps 30 to permit the back strap 30 to elongate or stretch in response to use of the exercise implements attached to the exerciser vest 100, and/or in response to other movements of the user. The back straps 30 can include a pair of elastic portions 31 disposed on the crossed portions of the back straps 30, and one of the elastic portions 31 can be disposed on each of the back straps 30. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the elastic portions 31 can be manufactured from a high strength, professional grade elastic material configured to stretch about 60% of an original length of the elastic portion 31 under normal use conditions of the exerciser vest 100. Also in a preferred embodiment, lengths of the elastic portions can correspond to a size of the exerciser vest 100.
  • Adjustment of the front and back straps 20 and 30 can be achieved by the use of one or more fasteners 35. Each of the fasteners 35 can be attached to an end portion of the back strap 30. An end of the back strap 30 can be disposed through the fastener 35 to surround a side of the fastener 35. In a preferred embodiment, the end of the back strap 30 can be folded back onto itself, and sewed and/or heat sealed, such that the end is substantially irremovable disposed around the side of the fastener 35. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the fastener 35 can include a loop type fastener, such as a two (2) inch length fastener, having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force and manufactured from a high strength plastic (such as DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • Each of the back straps 30 can include an implement fastener 37. The implement fasteners 37 can be disposed at a variety of positions on the back strap 30, such that the exercise implements 70, 80, and/or 90 can be connected to the exerciser vest 100. In a preferred embodiment, the implement fasteners 37 can be connected to the back strap 30 by the one (1) inch width webbing material. Also in a preferred embodiment, the fasteners 37 can include snap swivel hook type fasteners, such as a two and five eighths (2⅝) inch length and two and one half (2½) inch width fastener, with a hook size (effective area) of one quarter (¼) inch by five sixteenths ( 5/16) inch having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force and manufactured from a high strength plastic (such as DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • The drawings show multiple embodiments of the exerciser vest 100 including the implement fasteners 37 that can be disposed at various positions on the back straps 30. In an embodiment of the invention, the implement fasteners 37 can be disposed on the portions of the back straps 30 that have been passed over the shoulders of the wearer of the exerciser vest 100 (i.e., on a front side of the exerciser vest 100).
  • In another embodiment of the invention, the implement fasteners 37 can be disposed on the portions of the back straps 30 that are not passed over the shoulders of the wearer (i.e., on a back side of the exerciser vest 100). The implement fasteners 37 can be disposed adjacent, on, or apart from the back support 50 or the elastic portions 31.
  • In this embodiment of the invention, the exerciser vest 100 can include implement fasteners 39 disposed at a variety of positions on the back straps 30, and can include a pair of implement fasteners 39 disposed adjacent, on, or apart from the portions of the back straps 30 that can pass over the shoulders of the wearer of the exerciser vest 100. In a preferred embodiment, the implement fasteners 39 can be connected to the back strap 30 by the one (1) inch width webbing material. Also in a preferred embodiment, the implement fasteners 39 can include D ring type fasteners, such as a one (1) inch length, one and three eighths (1⅜) inch width, and three sixteenths ( 3/16) inch overall thickness fastener, having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force and manufactured from a high strength plastic (such as DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • The back support 50 can be disposed on the one or more back straps 30 to support the T7 area of the spine, to support posture, and/or to cushion the spine of the user of the exerciser vest 100. The back support 50 can be disposed over the crossed portions of the back straps 30. The back support 50 can have a shape configured to be comfortably disposed between the shoulder blades of the user of the exerciser vest 100, such as a V-shape. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the back support 50 can be manufactured from a closed cell synthetic rubber material (e.g., NEOPRENE) laminated on both sides with a fine stretchable nylon, and the synthetic rubber material can surround a high density foam disposed in a webbing pouch. Although the drawings show preferred embodiments of the back support 50, it is to be understood that the back support 50 can be of a variety of forms, as long as the back support 50 can prevent an undesired shift of the exerciser vest 100 during wear or use thereof.
  • Generally, exercise implements, such as specific preferred exercise implements 70, 80, and 90, which can be configured to be connected (either removably or irremovably) to the exerciser vest 100, can be used to exercise one or more muscles or muscle groups when the exerciser vest 100 is worn on the upper torso of the user. Thus, it is to be understood that although the figures show preferred embodiments of the exercise implements (e.g., implements 70, 80, and 90), the exerciser vest 100 can be used with any type of exercise implement permitting exercising of one or more muscles or muscle groups by the user of the exerciser vest 100. Further, it is to be understood that one or more of each of the exercise implements 70, 80, and/or 90 can be connected to the exerciser vest 100 simultaneously or at different times, such that the user of the exerciser vest 100 can exercise a plurality of muscle groups, a plurality of muscles in a same muscle group, and/or a muscle with a variety of motions, while wearing the exerciser vest 100.
  • As shown in the figures, the exercise implement 70 can include at least one extensible member 71 and a grip member 73 configured to be gripped by the hand of the user. The extensible member 71 can be configured to elastically lengthen in response to an application of a tensile force by the user on the exercise implement 70. One or more extensible member 71 can be used with the grip member 73. Properties of the extensible member 71 can be determined such that the elastic lengthening occurs in response to a desired force. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the extensible member 71 can be manufactured from a natural rubber latex, and can be in the form of a tube having a one sixteenth ( 1/16) inch inner diameter and a four (4) inch length or a seven (7) inch length, with the following outer diameters: one eight (⅛) inch to provide a relatively light level of resistance; three sixteenth ( 3/16) inch to provide a relatively moderate level of resistance; and one quarter (¼) inch to provide a relatively large level of resistance, all available from Primeline Industries of Akron, Ohio. The four (4) inch length extensible member 71 can be used when the exercise implement 70 is connected to the implement fastener 37 disposed on the front side of the exerciser vest 100, and the seven (7) inch length extensible member 71 can be used when the exercise implement 70 is connected to the implement fastener 37 disposed on the back side of the exerciser vest 100, and the extensible member 71 can be disposed through the implement fastener 39.
  • Both ends of the extensible member 71 can include fasteners 72 configured to connect to one or both of the exerciser vest 100 and the grip member 73. The fasteners 72 can be configured to connect (removably or irremovably) to the exerciser vest 100, and in particular can be configured to removably connect to the implement fasteners of the waist strap 10 and/or the back straps 30. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the fastener 72 can be in the form of flexible O-ring type fasteners available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • The grip member 73 can be configured to be gripped by the user of the exerciser vest 100. The grip member 73 can be adjustable in length, such that the user of the exerciser vest 100 can obtain one or more varying grips on the grip member 73.
  • The grip member 73 can include a length adjustable member 74 and a grip portion 75 configured to freely move along the length adjustable member 74. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the length adjustable member 74 can include the one (1) inch width polypropylene webbing material. The adjustable member 74 can include an end that is fixed or attached to the adjustable member 74 (e.g., by sewing), or can include a free end.
  • The grip portion 75 can be configured to be directly gripped by the user of the exerciser vest 100. The grip portion 75 can include an interior portion, which can be in the form of a hollow cylinder configured to freely move along a length of the length adjustable member 74. The grip portion 75 can include an exterior portion configured to be directly gripped by the user. The exterior portion can be in the form of a hollow cylinder disposed on the interior portion of the grip portion 75. In a preferred embodiment, the interior portion can include a relatively hard plastic material, and the exterior portion can include an elastic material (e.g., an elastomeric foam).
  • The grip member 73 can include a fastener 76 configured to connect to the extensible member 71, and more particularly can be configured to connect to the fastener 72 of the extensible member 71. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the fastener 76 can be in the form of a snap swivel hook type fasteners, such as a two and five eighths (2⅝) inch length and two and one half (2½) inch width fastener, with a hook size (effective area) of one quarter (¼) inch by five sixteenths ( 5/16) inch having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force and manufactured from a high strength plastic (such as DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • A fastener 77 can be used to permit adjustment of the length of the length adjustable member 74. In a preferred embodiment, the fastener 77 can include a cam buckle type fastener available from American Cord & Webbing. Although the figures show preferred embodiment of an adjustable exercise implement 70, it is to be understood that the exercise implement 70 can be in a non-adjustable form.
  • As shown in FIGS. 1, 4, and 17, the exercise implement 80 can include an extensible member 81 and a grip member 82 configured to be gripped by the hand of the user. The extensible member 81 can be configured to elastically lengthen in response to an application of a tensile force on the exercise implement 80 by the user. One or more extensible members 81 can be used with the grip member 82. Properties of the extensible member 81 can be determined such that the elastic lengthening occurs in response to a desired force. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the extensible member 81 can be manufactured from a natural rubber latex, and can be in the form of a tube having a one sixteenth ( 1/16) inch inner diameter and an eighteen and one half (18½) inch length, with the following outer diameters: one eight (⅛) inch to provide a relatively light level of resistance; three sixteenth ( 3/16) inch to provide a relatively moderate level of resistance; and one quarter (¼) inch to provide a relatively large level of resistance, all available from Primeline Industries.
  • One end of the extensible member 81 can include a fastener 83 configured to connect to the exerciser vest 100. The fastener 83 can be configured to connect (removable or irremovably) to the exerciser vest 100, and in particular can be configured to removably connect to the implement fasteners of the waist strap 10 and/or the back straps 30. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the fastener 83 can be in the form of a snap hook type fastener having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force manufactured from a high strength plastic (e.g., DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • The grip member 82 can be configured to be directly gripped by the hand of the user of the exerciser vest 100. The grip member 82 can be manufactured from an elastically deformable plastic material, such that the grip member 82 can be elastically deformed by the hand of the user. The grip member 82 can include a through hole sized such that the extensible member 81 can be disposed therethrough, and can be disposed on the extensible member 81 at an end opposite the fastener 83. The grip member 82 can have a shape configured to be easily grasped, manipulated, and/or held by a variety of differently sized hands, such as a generally spherical shape, a truncated spherical shape having about parallel bases, or an oblate spheroid.
  • A retaining member 84 can be configured to prevent removal of the grip member 82 from the extensible member 81 during normal use of the exerciser vest 100. The retaining member 84 can include a cylinder disposed within an inner diameter of the extensible member 81, such that the outer diameter of the extensible member 81 can be increased and removal of the grip member 82 can be precluded. The retaining member 84 can be configured so as to be substantially non-deformable during normal use of the exerciser vest 100. Although the drawings show preferred embodiments of the exercise implement 80, it is to be understood that the exercise implement 80 can include additional components, such that the grip member 82 can be removable connected (e.g., through cooperating fasteners) to the extensible member 81.
  • FIGS. 12-14 show embodiments of the exercise implement 80. As shown in FIG. 12, the exercise implement 80 can include a connecting loop 85 disposed in the through hole of the grip member 82. The connecting loop 85 can include a first end portion 85-1 configured to prevent removal of the grip member 82 from the connecting loop 85 and a second end portion 85-2 configured to connect the exercise implement 80 to the extensible member 81. The connecting loop 85 can be disposed within the grip member 82, such that the grip member 82 does not separate from the connecting loop 85 during use of the exercise implement 80 under normal conditions. The connecting loop 85 can be manufactured from a cord, such a plastic fiber cord, and the first end portion 85-1 of the connecting loop 85 can include a knot and/or a button-type fastener. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the plastic fiber cord can include NYLON. A variety of connectors can be used to connect the extensible member 81 to the second end portion 85-2 of the connecting loop 85, such as through the use of an additional fastener 83.
  • As shown in FIG. 13, the exercise implement 80 can include a sleeve 87 disposed within the through hole of the grip member 82, to thereby isolate the extensible member 81 from the grip member 82. Isolation can be advantageous when chemical compositions of one or more of the components of the exercise implement 80, such as the extensible member 81 and the grip member 82, can degrade a strength of the exercise implement 80 when the components contact one another. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the sleeve 87 can be formed from a shrink-wrap material.
  • As shown in FIG. 14, the exercise implement 80 can include a connecting clip 86 disposed in the through hole of the grip member 82. The connecting clip 86 can include a first end portion 86-1 configured to prevent removal of the grip member 82 from the connecting clip 86 and a second end portion 86-2 configured to connect the exercise implement 80 to the extensible member 81. The connecting clip 86 can be disposed within the grip member 82, such that the grip member 82 does not separate from the connecting clip 86 during use of the exercise implement 80 under normal conditions. The connecting clip 86 can be manufactured from a plastic material. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the plastic material can include NYLON. A variety of connectors can be used to connect the extensible member 81 to the second end portion 86-2 of the connecting clip 86, such as through the use of an additional fastener 83.
  • The exercise implement 90 can include an extensible member 91 and an attachment member 93 configured to be disposed around the ankle of the user. The extensible member 91 can be configured to elastically lengthen in response to an application of a tensile force by the user on the exercise implement 90. One or more of the extensible members 91 can be used with the attachment member 93. Properties of the extensible member 91 can be determined such that the elastic lengthening occurs in response to a desired force. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the extensible member 91 can be manufactured from a natural rubber latex, and can be in the form of a tube having a one sixteenth ( 1/16) inch inner diameter and a thirteen and a half (13.5) to a sixteen and a half (16.5) inch length, with the following outer diameters: one eight (⅛) inch to provide a relatively light level of resistance; three sixteenth ( 3/16) inch to provide a relatively moderate level of resistance; and one quarter (¼) inch to provide a relatively large level of resistance, all available from Primeline Industries.
  • Both end of the extensible member 91 can include fasteners 92 configured to connect to one or both of the exerciser vest 100 and the attachment member 93. The fasteners 92 can be configured to connect (removably or irremovably) to the exerciser vest 100, and in particular can be configured to removably connect to the implement fasteners of the waist strap 10 and/or the back straps 30. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the fastener 92 can be in the form of a snap hook type fastener having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force manufactured from a high strength plastic (e.g., DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • The attachment member 93 can be configured to be disposed around the ankle of the user of the exerciser vest 100. The attachment member 93 can be adjustable in length, such that the attachment member 93 can achieve a comfortable fit on the ankle of the user.
  • The attachment member 93 can include a length adjustable member 94 adjustable to fit around the ankle of the user. In a preferred embodiment, the length adjustable member 94 can include the two (2) inch width polypropylene webbing material.
  • The attachment member 93 can include a fastener 96 configured to connect to the extensible member 91, and more particularly can be configured to connect to the fastener 92 of the extensible member 91. The fastener 96 can be disposed at a variety of positions on the attachment member 93. In a preferred embodiment, the fastener 96 can be connected to the attachment member 93 by the one (1) inch width webbing material. Also in a preferred embodiment, the fastener 96 can include a D ring type fastener, such as a one (1) inch length, one and three eighths (1⅜) inch width, and three sixteenths ( 3/16) inch overall thickness fastener, having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force and manufactured from a high strength plastic (such as DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • Optionally, a wear prevention portion can be used with the length adjustable member 94 and can be configured to prevent degradation of the length adjustable member 94 through movement of the length adjustable member 94 relative to the ankle of the user of the attachment member 93. The wear prevention portion can be in the form of an insert disposed between (i) a liner configured to be disposed adjacent and/or in contact with the ankle of the user and (ii) a surface of the length adjustable member 94. The wear prevention portion can be disposed behind the fastener 96. In a preferred embodiment, the wear prevention portion can include a relatively thick plastic insert.
  • A fastener 97 can be used to permit adjustment of the length of the length adjustable member 94. In a preferred embodiment, the fastener 97 can include a loop type fastener, such as a two (2) inch length fastener, having a rated tensile strength of 800 lbs-force and manufactured from a high strength plastic (such as DELRIN), available from American Cord & Webbing.
  • The attachment member 93 can include a support portion 98. The support portion 98 can be configured to support the arch of the foot of the user when the attachment member 93 is disposed around the ankle of the user. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the support portion 98 can include a high strength, professional grade elastic material configured to stretch 60% of the original length of the elastic material under normal use.
  • In a preferred embodiment of the invention, an interior portion of the attachment member 93 (e.g., a face of the attachment member 93 configured to contact and/or to be adjacent the ankle of the user) can be lined with a closed cell synthetic rubber material (e.g., NEOPRENE) laminated on both sides with a fine stretchable nylon.
  • An exterior portion of the attachment member 93 (e.g., a face of the attachment member 93 opposite to the interior portion) can include a fastener 99 configured to removably retain the free end of the attachment member 93 after the length adjustment of the attachment member 93. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the fastener 99 can include a hook and loop type fastener (i.e., a VELCRO type fastener).
  • It is to be understood that any of the above exercise implements, or any other type of exercise implements, can be attached to the exercised vest 100, including to the implement fasteners of the waist strap 10 and the back straps 30, so long as the user can exercise one or more muscles or muscle groups with the exercise implements when the exerciser vest 100 is worn by the user, including on the upper torso of the user. Further, it is to be understood that components of the exercise implements 70, 80, and 90 can be duplicated, combined with and/or substituted for one another, including but not limited to the extensible members 71, 81, and 91, and/or the grip member 73, the grip member 82, and attachment member 93, such that the resulting exercise implements can be used with the exerciser vest 100.
  • Exemplary configurations of the exercise implements, methods of attachment of the exercise implements to the exerciser vest 100, and method of exercising with the exercise implements, are now described.
  • Upper Body Exercises
  • Two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back straps 30, such that one exercise implement is connected to each of the back straps 30. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side implement fastener of a right side back strap 30, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side implement fastener of a left side back strap 30.
  • The user can align both palms facing one another, can grasp the grip members, and can simultaneously or alternately extend each of the arms while moving the arms along a path (e.g., an about circular path). The user can maintain tension in the extensible members and can keep the elbow at least partially bent throughout the exercise. The movements can be performed for predetermined time intervals (e.g., for about 15 to about 20 minutes) and/or at varying rates (e.g., slow and fast rates), based on the ability of the user.
  • Chest Exercises
  • Chest Press Exercise
  • To perform a chest press exercise two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener. Further, the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand can be disposed through the right side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand can be disposed through the left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, such that the extensible members can cross over one another.
  • The user can align both palms facing down, can grasp the respective grip members of the exercise implements, and can move between a position in which both hands are touching or adjacent the chest of the user and a position where the arms are extended straight ahead of the user and about parallel to the ground. The arms can then be returned to their initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the arms are extended can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the arms are being extended, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • Inclined Chest Press Exercise
  • To perform an inclined chest press exercise two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener. Further, the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand can be disposed through the right side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand can be disposed through the left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, such that the extensible members can cross over one another.
  • The user can align both palms facing down, can grasp the respective grip members of the exercise implements, and can move between a position in which both hands are touching or adjacent the chest of the user and a position where the arms are extended straight ahead and at an angle (e.g., about 135 degrees) to the ground. The arms can then be returned to their initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the arms are extended can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the arms are being extended, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • Chest Fly Exercise
  • To perform a chest fly exercise two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener. Further, the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand can be disposed through the right side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand can be disposed through the left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, such that the extensible members can cross over one another.
  • The user can align both palms facing one another, can grasp the respective grip members of the exercise implements, and can move between a position in which the arm is extended straight out to the side of the user and a position where the straight extended arm is brought across the middle of the torso toward the opposite shoulder. The arm can then be returned to the initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the arm is brought across the torso can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the arms are being brought across the torso, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • Shoulder Exercises
  • Shoulder Press Exercise
  • To perform a shoulder press exercise two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener. Further, the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand can be disposed through the right side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand can be disposed through the left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, such that the extensible members can cross over one another.
  • The user can align both palms facing forward, can grasp the respective grip members of the exercise implements, and can move between a position in which both hands are touching or adjacent the chest of the user and a position where the arms are extended straight above the head. The arms can then be returned to their initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the arms are extended can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the arms are being extended, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • Anterior Shoulder Muscle Exercise
  • To perform an anterior shoulder muscle exercise two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener. Further, the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand can be disposed through the right side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand can be disposed through the left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, such that the extensible members can cross over one another.
  • The user can align both palms facing back, can grasp the respective grip members of the exercise implements, and can move between a position in which the elbows are straight and both hands are down at the sides of the user and a position where the straight arms are extended straight out in front at an angle (e.g., about 135 degrees) to the ground. The arms can then be returned to their initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the arms are extended can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the arms are being extended, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • Lateral Shoulder Muscle Exercise
  • To perform a lateral shoulder muscle exercise two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener. Further, the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand can be disposed through the right side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand can be disposed through the left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, such that the extensible members can cross over one another.
  • The user can align both palms facing one another, can grasp the respective grip members of the exercise implements, and can move between a position in which the elbows are straight and both hands are down at the sides of the user and a position where the straight arms are extended straight out to the sides at an angle (e.g., about 135 degrees) to the ground. The arms can then be returned to their initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the arms are extended can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the arms are being extended, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • Arm and Lateral Muscle Exercises
  • Triceps Muscle Exercises
  • To perform a triceps muscle exercises two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener. Further, the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand can be disposed through the right side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand can be disposed through the left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, such that the extensible members can cross over one another.
  • To perform a first triceps muscle exercise, the user can align both palms facing forward, can grasp the respective grip members of the exercise implements, and can move between a position in which the hands are adjacent one another behind the neck of the user and a position where the arms are extended straight above the head of the user. The arms can then be returned to their initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the arms are extended can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the arms are being extended, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • To perform a second triceps muscle exercise, the user can move between a position in which the arms are out to the sides and the elbows are bent so that the hands of the user hang down and face backwards and a position where the elbows are straightened while the arms remain at the side. The arms can then be returned to their initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the elbows are straightened can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the elbows are being straightened, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • Bicep Muscle Exercise
  • To perform a bicep muscle exercise two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener. Further, the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand can be disposed through the right side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand can be disposed through the left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, such that the extensible members can cross over one another.
  • The user can align both palms facing one another, can grasp the respective grip members of the exercise implements, and can move between a position in which the straightened arms are out to the side of the user and a position in which the elbows are bent and the arms are brought across the body while the palms are turned up. The arms can then be returned to their initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the arms are brought across the body can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the arms are being brought across the body, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Exercise
  • To perform a latissimus dorsi muscle exercise two exercise implements 70 or 80 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the back of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the other grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener. Further, the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the right hand can be disposed through the right side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, and the extensible member connected to the grip member 73 (82) to be grasped in the left hand can be disposed through the left side back implement fastener of the waist strap 10, such that the extensible members can cross over one another.
  • The user can align both palms facing back, can grasp the respective grip members of the exercise implements, and can move between a position in which the hands are placed behind the back of the user adjacent the back side implement fasteners of the waist strap 10 and a position where the arms are straightened and extended away from the back of the user. The arms can then be returned to their initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the arms are straightened can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the arms are being straightened, and can inhale when the arms are being returned.
  • Lower Body Exercises
  • Gluteus Muscle Exercise
  • To perform a gluteus muscle exercise one or two exercise implements 90 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the front of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the exercise implement 90 to be disposed on the right ankle of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side front implement fastener and the exercise implement 90 to be disposed on the left ankle of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side front implement fastener on the waist strap 10 across the front of the body of the user.
  • The user can be supported (e.g., by a table, bench, bar, or the like), and can move between a position in which the knee is bent such that the lower leg does not contact the ground (e.g., such that the lower leg extends about parallel to the ground) and a position where the leg is straightened and extended straight back from the body of the user, while the torso of the user leans forward. The leg can then be returned to the initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the leg is extended can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the leg is being extended, and can inhale when the leg is being returned.
  • Leg Abduction Exercise
  • To perform a leg abduction exercise one or two exercise implements 90 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the front of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the exercise implement 90 to be disposed on the right ankle of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side front implement fastener and the exercise implement 90 to be disposed on the left ankle of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side front implement fastener on the waist strap 10 around the back of the body of the user.
  • The user can be supported (e.g., by a table, bench, bar, or the like), and can move between a position in which the leg contacts the ground and a position where the leg is swung out and extended to the side of the user. The leg can then be returned to the initial position. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the leg is extended can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the leg is being extended, and can inhale when the leg is being returned.
  • Leg Extension Exercise
  • To perform a leg extension exercise one or two exercise implements 90 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the front of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the exercise implement 90 to be disposed on the right ankle of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side back implement fastener and the exercise implement 90 to be disposed on the left ankle of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side back implement fastener on the waist strap 10 around the back of the body of the user.
  • The user can be supported (e.g., by a table, bench, bar, or the like), and can move between a position in which the leg does not contact the ground and the knee is bent and a position where the leg is extended straight forward by straightening the knee. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The position where the leg is extended can be maintained for about ten (10) seconds. The user can exhale when the leg is being extended, and can inhale when the leg is being returned.
  • Squat Thrust Exercise
  • To perform a squat thrust exercise two exercise implements 90 can be connected to the implement fasteners of the front of the waist strap 10. Specifically, the exercise implement 90 to be disposed on the right ankle of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a right side front implement fastener on the waist strap 10, and the exercise implement 90 to be disposed on the left ankle of the user can be connected through the extensible member to a left side front implement fastener on the waist strap 10.
  • The user can be supported (e.g., by a table, bench, bar, or the like), and can move between a position in which the legs are about straight and contact the ground and a position where both knees are bent and the upper legs are about parallel to the ground. Movement between the positions can take about three (3) seconds. The exercise can be repeated as desired. The user can exhale when the leg is being extended, and can inhale when the leg is being bent.
  • It is to be understood that the foregoing description of exercises is not exhaustive, and that the exerciser vest 100 can be used to perform a variety of exercises, including variations of the above exercises, as well as other exercises. Further, it is to be understood that the above exercises can be performed in accordance with the disclosure of the enclosed Attachment, and/or that additional exercises disclosed in the Attachment can be performed with the exerciser vest 100. It is to be further understood that desired components of the exerciser vest 100 can be combined with other desired components of the exerciser vest 100, while other components of the exerciser vest 100 can be omitted. For example as shown in the Attachment, components of the exercise implements 70, 80 and/or 90 can be used with and connected to one another, without use of or connection to the waist, front, and back straps.
  • Numerous modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings. It is therefore understood that the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described herein. In particular, it is understood that the present invention may be practiced by adoption of aspects of the present invention without adoption of the invention as a whole.

Claims (29)

  1. 1. An exerciser vest, comprising:
    a lower strap configured to encircle a portion of a user of the exerciser vest;
    a left shoulder strap connected to a front side portion and a back side portion of the lower strap, the left shoulder strap configured to be disposed on a left side shoulder of the user;
    a right shoulder strap connected to the front and back portions of the lower strap, the right shoulder strap configured to be disposed on a right side shoulder of the user; and
    an exercise implement removably connected to one of the lower, left shoulder, and right shoulder straps,
    wherein the left and right shoulder straps cross with one another on a back of the user, and
    wherein at least one of the left and right shoulder straps includes an elastic portion configured to increase an overall length of the left or right shoulder strap in response to movement of the user.
  2. 2. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the left shoulder strap includes a left elastic portion and the right shoulder strap includes a right elastic portion, and the left and right elastic portions are configured to increase overall lengths of the left and right shoulder straps.
  3. 3. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the elastic portion begins where the left and right shoulder straps cross and extends toward the shoulders of the user.
  4. 4. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the left shoulder strap includes a left elastic portion and the right shoulder strap includes a right elastic portion, and the left and right elastic portions begin where the left and right shoulder straps cross and extend toward the left and right side shoulders.
  5. 5. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the left and right shoulder straps form a crossed portion configured to support the back of the user.
  6. 6. The exerciser vest according to claim 5, wherein the crossed portion is configured to support a spine of the user.
  7. 7. The exerciser vest according to claim 6, wherein the crossed portion is configured to be disposed between shoulder blades of the user.
  8. 8. The exerciser vest according to claim 5, further comprising:
    a V-shaped covering disposed on the crossed portion and contacting the back of the user, the V-shaped covering configured to support the back of the user.
  9. 9. The exerciser vest according to claim 8, wherein the V-shaped covering comprises a deformable material.
  10. 10. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the lower strap comprises an insert configured to be disposed adjacent the back of the user and to prevent movement of the lower strap relative to the back of the user during movement of the user.
  11. 11. The exerciser vest according to claim 10, wherein the insert comprises a plate.
  12. 12. The exerciser vest according to claim 11, wherein the lower strap comprises a waist strap configured to encircle a waist of the user.
  13. 13. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the exercise implement is configured to be grasped by a hand of the user.
  14. 14. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the exercise implement is configured to be disposed about an ankle of the user.
  15. 15. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the exercise implement comprises:
    a grip member configured to be gripped by the user; and
    an extensible member configured to connect the grip member and the one of the lower, left shoulder, and right shoulder straps, the extensible member configured to increase in length in response to movement of the grip member.
  16. 16. The exerciser vest according to claim 15, wherein the grip member comprises an elastomeric member.
  17. 17. The exerciser vest according to claim 15, wherein the grip member comprises an at least partially spherical member configured to be gripped by a hand of the user.
  18. 18. The exerciser vest according to claim 17, wherein the exercise implement comprises a retaining member configured to be disposed between an end of the extensible member and the grip member to prevent removal of the grip member from the extensible member.
  19. 19. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the exercise implement comprises:
    a grip member configured to be gripped by the user;
    a connecting member including a mid portion disposed through a void in the grip member, a stop portion configured to prevent removal of the grip member from the connecting member, and a connection portion configured to prevent removal of the grip member from the connecting member and configured to permit removable attachment of the exercise implement to the one of the lower, left shoulder, and right shoulder straps.
  20. 20. The exerciser vest according to claim 19, wherein the exercise implement comprises an extensible member configured to connect the connection portion and the one of the lower, left shoulder, and right shoulder straps, the extensible member configured to increase in length in response to movement of the grip member.
  21. 21. The exerciser vest according to claim 20, wherein the mid portion comprises an about cylindrical member disposed between the stop portion and the connection portion, and the connection portion comprises an about toroidal shape.
  22. 22. The exerciser vest according to claim 21, wherein the mid portion, stop portion, and connection portion are unitary with each other.
  23. 23. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, wherein the exercise implement comprises:
    an attachment member configured to be disposed on an ankle of the user; and
    an extensible member configured to connect the attachment member and the one of the lower, left shoulder, and right shoulder straps, the extensible member configured to increase in length in response to movement of the attachment member.
  24. 24. The exerciser vest according to claim 23, wherein the attachment member comprises:
    a length adjustable member configured to be disposed on the ankle of the user; and
    a support portion connecting to the length adjustable member and configured to be disposed adjacent an arch of a foot of the user.
  25. 25. The exerciser vest according to claim 1, further comprising:
    a first fastener disposed on one of the lower, left shoulder, and right shoulder straps;
    a second fastener disposed on the exercise implement; and
    an extensible member connecting the first and second fasteners, the extensible member configured to increase in length when the exercise implement is moved.
  26. 26. A method of performing an exercise with an exerciser vest including a lower strap encircling a portion of a user, left and right shoulder straps connected to a front side portion and a back side portion of the lower strap and disposed on left and right side shoulders of the user, the left and right shoulder straps crossing with one another on a back of the user, and at least one of the left and right shoulder straps including an elastic portion increasing in length in response to movement of the user, the method comprising:
    removable attaching an exercise implement to the exerciser vest; and
    applying a resistance to a movement of the body of the user with the exercise implement.
  27. 27. The method according to claim 26, further comprising:
    grasping the exercise implement in the hand of the user.
  28. 28. The method according to claim 26, further comprising:
    removably connecting the exercise implement to a portion of the body of the user.
  29. 29. The method according to claim 28, wherein removably connecting comprises removably connecting the exercise implement about an ankle of the user.
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