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US20100279830A1
US20100279830A1 US12/434,407 US43440709A US2010279830A1 US 20100279830 A1 US20100279830 A1 US 20100279830A1 US 43440709 A US43440709 A US 43440709A US 2010279830 A1 US2010279830 A1 US 2010279830A1
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Abstract

An exercise apparatus for performing a variety of different exercises. An exercise belt sized to encircle and be secured around a user's waist includes a belt portion having one or more apertures. One or more movable members are adapted to move along the belt portion and be secured to different locations along the circumference of the belt by insertion into one of the apertures. Exercise attachment devices such as elongated resilient bands can be attached to each movable member and used for a series of exercises. In order to create different exercises, the user moves the movable members to different locations along the belt, re-secures the members to the belt, and performs different exercises with the exercise attachments.

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  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to exercise equipment and more specifically to an exercise belt with a movable attachment mechanism that allows the user to attach elastic bands at various locations on the belt to create a myriad of exercise routines.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Exercise belts are used for a variety of reasons. They provide support for weightlifters that need support for their back when lifting heavy weights. Others wear exercise belts for storing items such as water bottles, food packs, cell phones and keys. While exercise belts are primarily used inside in gyms and exercise facilities there is usually little need or use for exercise belts outside of the gym.
  • Elastic exercise bands are frequently seen in gyms and can provide a beneficial and safe alternative to free weights and traditional weight machines. Typically, elastic bands of varying tensions are secured to a track along a wall. The user selects the desired elastic band and can perform different exercises by facing the wall, turning around with his or her back to the wall or facing 90 degrees from the wall. While the user can get a workout in this fashion and exercise a large number of different muscle groups, the user cannot leave the vicinity of the wall where the bands are secured. In some instances, the user can remove the bands and walk or run outside or around an indoor track while simultaneously stretching the elastic bands to exercise muscle or muscle group. This, however, is limiting as the user has no anchor point for one end of the elastic band and using two bands while walking, jogging or running can prove cumbersome and, ultimately, ineffective.
  • Elastic bands that are secured to exercise belts attempt to solve some of the problems found in the prior art. Users of these belts can attach one or more elastic bands to an anchor point on the outer perimeter of the belt and perform a series of limited exercises while walking, jogging, or running. However, these types of prior art belts have their inherent limitations. Typical exercise belts have one or more fixed loops stitched into the belt and the user can attach the bands to the various loops around the belt. However, these loops are fixed and not movable and in order to alter their exercise routines the user will have to unclip the band from one loop, and reattach the bands to a different loop. This requires the user to look down, perhaps stop walking or running, in order to look for other loops to clip into. Needless to say, this can disrupt the user's walk or run routine and can even be dangerous if the user is not looking forward as they are running but instead are looking down at the belt.
  • Another drawback of exercise belts with stitched in loops is that the user is limited to the variety of workouts he or she can perform. Because the attachment loops are stitched in at fixed locations the user can only lock in their elastic bands at fixed anchor points on the belt. This limits the number of exercise routines that can be performed and the number of muscle groups that can be worked on.
  • What is therefore needed is an exercise belt with the flexibility to allow the user to lock in their elastic bands at any desired location on the belt in order to create a virtually unlimited number of exercise routines and to select the location on the belt without having to stop, look down, unclip and re-clip the bands, thus disrupting their walk or run.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention advantageously provides an exercise apparatus that allows a user to perform a wide variety of upper body exercises safely while running, jogging or performing aerobics without the need to unhook and re-attach exercise bands. The exercise apparatus of the present invention includes one or more movable members to which may be attached one or more exercise devices such as resilient bands. The movable members may be secured at different locations along the belt. The user can secure, move, and re-secure the members to different locations on the belt without the need to glance down at the belt. Thus, the exercise apparatus is ideal for the performance of upper body exercises while jogging, walking or performing other aerobic activities.
  • In one embodiment of the invention, an exercise belt includes a belt portion sized to encircle a user's waist, where the belt portion including one or more apertures. The belt includes fastening means at one end of the belt portion and complementary fastening means at an opposite end of the belt portion, whereby the complementary fastening means engages the fastening means in order to secure the belt portion around the user's waist. Finally, the belt includes a movable housing movable along the belt portion, where the movable housing includes an attachment portion for securing one or more attachment members, and an anchor portion for securing the movable housing to a desired location along the belt portion.
  • In another embodiment, a method of performing a series of exercises using an exercise belt and one or more exercise attachments is provided. The exercise belt is adapted to encircle a user's waist and includes one or more movable attachment members adapted to receive the one or more exercise attachments. The method includes affixing the one or more exercise attachments to the one or more movable attachment members, positioning the one or more movable attachment members at a desired location on the exercise belt, grasping the one or more resilient bands in order to perform a first exercise routine, repositioning at least one of the one or more movable attachment members to a different location on the exercise belt, and grasping the one or more resilient bands in order to perform a second exercise routine.
  • In yet another embodiment, an exercise apparatus includes a belt portion sized to encircle a user's waist, where the belt portion includes one or more apertures. The exercise apparatus also includes fastening means at one end of the belt portion and complementary fastening means at an opposite end of the belt portion, whereby the complementary fastening means engages the fastening means in order to secure the belt portion around the user's waist. Finally, the exercise apparatus includes a movable housing movable along the belt portion, where the housing includes an attachment portion and an anchor portion for securing the housing to a desired location along the belt portion, and one or more exercise attachments releasably attachable to the attachment portion of the housing.
  • Additional aspects of the invention will be set forth in part in the description which follows, and in part will be obvious from the description, or may be learned by practice of the invention. The aspects of the invention will be realized and attained by means of the elements and combinations particularly pointed out in the appended claims. It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and explanatory only and are not restrictive of the invention, as claimed.
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  • A more complete understanding of the present invention, and the attendant advantages and features thereof, will be more readily understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein:
  • FIG. 1 is a front, perspective view of the exercise belt of the present invention;
  • FIG. 2 is a rear, perspective view of the exercise belt of the present invention;
  • FIG. 3 is a side perspective view of the slidable housing portion of the present invention;
  • FIG. 4 is a side perspective view of the slidable housing portion of the present invention movable along the belt portion of the exercise belt;
  • FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the resilient bands used in connection with the exercise belt of the present invention;
  • FIG. 6 is a front view of a user performing an exemplary exercise with the exercise belt of the present invention;
  • FIG. 7 is a front view of a user performing an alternate exercise with the exercise belt of the present invention; and
  • FIG. 8 is a front view of a user performing a different exercise with the exercise belt of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • One embodiment of the present invention advantageously provides an exercise belt having a movable housing, connectable to one or more resilient exercise bands, adapted to travel along the belt until a desired location is reached, where it can then be secured into the desired location to allow the user to use the bands for a variety of different exercises targeting specific muscle groups. Referring now to the drawing figures in which like reference designators refer to like elements there is shown in FIG. 1 an apparatus constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention and designated generally as “10”. Apparatus 10 is an exercise belt having a belt portion 12 sized to encircle the waist of the user. A first latching member 14 and a complementary second latching member 16 secure the belt portion 12 around the user. Any type of latching members may be used to secure the belt around the user's waist.
  • Belt portion 12 may be made of any type of pliable material including but not limited to leather or fabric. Belt portion 12 can provide support to a user while lifting weights. Belt portion 12 may include one or more pockets 18 stitched into or otherwise formed as a part of belt portion 12. The pockets 18 can be used to hold water bottles, keys, cell phones or other items that the user would like to have handy during a workout routine. While the exercise belt 10 of the present invention may be used anywhere, indoors or out, in one embodiment the user desires to combine an aerobic exercise routine, i.e., running, walking, with a strength-building routine. Advantageously, the exercise belt 10 of the present invention is ideally suited for such a workout as it allows the user to walk or run while performing a myriad of different upper body strength routines with the use of one or more resilient elastic bands (shown in FIG. 5).
  • Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, a pair of movable members 20 can be seen along belt portion 12, one on each side of pocket 18. The belt configuration shown in FIG. 2 is exemplary only and the present invention is not limited to a specific number of movable members 20. For example, one movable member 20 can be used on either side of pocket 18. In another embodiment, multiple members 20 can be used, on each side of pocket 18. In another embodiment, belt 10 does not include a pocket 18 and thus one or more movable members 20 can be dispersed and freely movable around the entirety of belt portion 12.
  • Referring to FIG. 3, movable member 20 and its components can be seen. Member 20 includes a frame 22 of substantially rectangular shape. Frame 22 need not be of this shape and may be sized in any manner in order to be secured to and travel along belt portion 12. Frame 22 includes a top portion 24 and an inner portion 26 where the inner portion defines a groove along its substantial length that creates an interior passageway 28. Passageway 28 is sized to fit substantially over belt portion 12 such that when unimpeded, member 20 slides smoothly over belt portion 12. In one embodiment, shown in FIG. 4, a track 30 is sewn or otherwise affixed to the top side of belt portion 12. Track 30 is made of a pliable material that can fit on and bend along with belt portion 12. Track 30, similar to belt portion 12 (if the track 30 is not used) has one or more holes dispersed at intervals along its length in order to receive the movable member 20. If no track is used, then the belt portion 12 has holes thereon to receive movable member 20.
  • Track 30 or belt portion 12 is sized to receive movable member 20, as shown in FIG. 4. Track 30 includes a top portion 31 and an inner portion 33. Inner portion 33 is narrower than top portion 31. In this fashion, top portion 31 of track 30 fits within passageway 28 of member 20, allowing member 20 to glide along track 30 until the user secures member 20 (in a manner discussed below) at a desired location along belt portion 12. Advantageously, frame 22 of member 20 terminates in a substantially C-shaped section, which conforms to the relative shapes and dimensions of top portion 31 and inner portion 33 of track 30 in order to allow member 20 to freely glide along track 30 while also preventing member 20 from being inadvertently pulled away from track 30.
  • The invention contemplates the use of different securing mechanisms that will essentially lock member 20 into place along the desired location on belt 10. As shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, member 20 may include a pin member 32 that protrudes through one of the holes on the track 30 or on the belt portion 12. A knob 34 or protrusion at the distal end of pin member 32 secures the pin member 32 into the selected hole and prevents pin member 32 from unwanted retraction. Thus, one or more movable members 20 can be positioned at any desired location along belt portion 12 or on track 30 by moving member 20 until pin member 32 is aligned with a hole on belt portion 12 or track 30 on belt portion 12, and locked into position by activating pin member 32. Pin member 32 may also be a retractable member, such as via the use of a spring that allows member 32 to be in a retracted first position that is not engageable in a hole on belt portion 12, and in an extended second position that extends pin member 32 through the hole.
  • If pin member 32 is spring-loaded, the user can activate the spring-loaded pin member 32 in a number of ways. For example, a release button 35 can be used to extend and retract pin member 32. In another embodiment, a spring-loaded lift-release mechanism allows the user to lift a ring 36 on the top side of frame 22, which lifts pin member 32 and retracts it such that it disengages from the selected hole. The user then slides member 20 along the belt 10 until a new location is found. Regardless of the type of securing system used, once lift-release mechanism is then activated, and the pin member 32 extends through the hole, it is locked in place by knob 34, which “catches” the underside of belt portion 12 thus preventing disengagement of pin member 32. Thus, a user can, without looking down at belt 10, easily disengage member 20 from one location along belt portion 12 or its track 30, move it any desired location on belt 10, and then re-engage member 20 in a new position, in the manner described above.
  • The top side of frame 22 of member 20 includes ring 36, which, as described above, may be used to release pin member 32 from a hole in belt portion 12 or track 30. Ring 36 may also receive one or more resilient, elastic bands 38, of the type shown in FIG. 5. The resilient bands depicted in FIG. 5 are exemplary only and the present invention is not limited to a particular type, style, or size of attachment that can be attached to ring 36. Each band 38 can include a releasable latch 40 that allows band 38 to be attached to ring 36 on frame 22 of member 20. One or more flexible bulbs 42 can be attached to one end of band 38 to allow the user to not only stretch the flexible bands 38 to perform a variety of exercises but also to add the additional benefit of a forearm and/or hand gripping exercise by squeezing bulbs 42.
  • Because the present invention allows for movable members 20 to travel along belt portion 12 and to be secured into any location on the belt 10 or on track 30 where there is a hole, the user is provided with a virtually unlimited range of exercises. Further, the ease of changing locations of members 20 is particularly beneficial when the user is walking or running since there is no need to look down and unclip the bands 38 from one loop to another. Instead, the exercise belt 10 of the present invention allows the user, while walking or running, to simply disengage member 20 from its present location, slide it along track 30 or belt portion 12 to another location and re-engage member 20. Advantageously, the bands 38 need not be removed from the member 20 to which they are attached. The user can move member 20 along belt 10 more by “feel” then by having to glance down, which may be particularly dangerous if the user is running or walking on a busy street or an off-road running trail filled with rocks, branches and other running hazards.
  • Some exemplary exercise routines that can be accomplished with the exercise belt 10 of the present invention are presented in FIGS. 6 through 8. Of course, the amount of different types of exercise routines that can be performed with belt 10 is virtually unlimited. In particular, the user can easily transition from one exercise routine to the next, with nothing more than a simple movement of each member 20 and without the need to unclip a band 38 from one member 20, look down, and re-attach it to another member 20. With practice, the user can go from one routine to the next in a seamless fashion.
  • In FIG. 6, an exemplary exercise using the exercise belt 10 of the present invention can be seen. In this exercise routine, members 20 are moved to and secured at a location towards the substantial front of belt 10. The user grasps the ends or bulbs 42 of each band 38, one band in each hand and performs curls to exercise the biceps. The user can then move on to another exercise routine such as the one depicted in FIG. 7. To do so, the user need not look down and/or physically unhook any member 20 from the belt 10. Instead, the user releases each member 20 and slides each member 20 laterally away from the front of the belt and toward each side of the belt 10, where they are reattached. The user can then perform the lateral raise exercise routine shown in FIG. 7, which exercises the deltoid muscles. The movement of members 20 can be done seamlessly while jogging or walking.
  • The user can then perform the next exercise routine, for example, the triceps exercise shown in FIG. 8 by sliding each member 20 toward the back of belt 10, near each other. Again, the movement of members 20 can be performed by simply lifting and unlatching the members 20 from their position on the belt 10 and sliding them to the back of belt 10 where they can be secured on either side of pocket 18, or if pocket 18 is not included in belt 10, they can be secured on belt 10 in a side-by-side manner. In this manner, there is no need to remove the bands 38 from one set of members 20 and re-clip them to another set of members 20 as is done in the prior art.
  • The exercise belt 10 of the present invention is not limited to the exercises shown in FIGS. 6-8. Bands 38 or other attachments can be used with belt 10 to create an endless variety of workout routines. Ideally, these routines can be performed while walking, jogging, or running, due to the ease in which the members 20 can be moved along and secured to belt 10. Other attachments such as a heart rate monitor or additional pockets for keys, cell phones and portable audio players can be used. Belt 10 may also include additional belt portions to which members 20 can be movable affixed. For example, a pair of suspender-like attachments can be secured to belt portion 12 and used for additional exercises. These front suspenders can be attached to the substantial center of belt 10 and then affixed to the back of belt 10 like a typical pair of dress suspenders. Additional movable members 20 can be secured to the suspender portion in order to perform additional exercise routines. Further, a heart rate monitor can be secured in a pocket of the suspender portion.
  • It will be appreciated by persons skilled in the art that the present invention is not limited to what has been particularly shown and described herein above. In addition, unless mention was made above to the contrary, it should be noted that all of the accompanying drawings are not to scale. A variety of modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teachings without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention, which is limited only by the following claims.

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1. An exercise belt comprising:
a belt portion sized to encircle a user's waist, the belt portion including one or more apertures;
fastening means at one end of the belt portion and complementary fastening means at an opposite end of the belt portion, whereby the complementary fastening means engages the fastening means in order to secure the belt portion around the user's waist; and
a movable housing movable along the belt portion, the movable housing having:
an attachment portion for securing one or more attachment members; and
an anchor portion for securing the movable housing to a desired location along the belt portion.
2. The exercise belt of claim 1, wherein the anchor portion includes a pin having a knob at its distal end to prevent the movable housing from being inadvertently separated from the belt portion.
3. The exercise belt of claim 1, wherein the anchor portion of the movable housing includes a retractable pin comprising a retractable member having a retracted first position and an extended second position, wherein the retractable member engages one of the one or more apertures in the belt portion when the retractable member is in the extended second position, the pin including a knob at its distal end to secure the attachment member to the belt portion at a desired location when the retractable member is in the extended second position.
4. The exercise belt of claim 3, wherein the retractable pin allows for movement of the movable housing along the belt portion when the retractable member is in the retracted first position and wherein the retractable pin inhibits the movement of the movable housing along the belt portion when the retractable member is in the extended second position.
5. The exercise belt of claim 1, wherein the movable housing defines an inner passageway, the inner passageway adapted to slidably receive the belt portion as the movable housing moves along the belt portion.
6. The exercise belt of claim 1, further comprising a track affixed to the belt portion, the track including one or more apertures, wherein the movable housing is movable along the track and removably securable within one of the one or more apertures in the track.
7. The exercise belt of claim 1, wherein the one or more attachment members is an elongated resilient band.
8. A method of performing a series of exercises using an exercise belt and one or more exercise attachments, the exercise belt adapted to encircle a user's waist and including one or more movable attachment members adapted to receive the one or more exercise attachments, the method comprising:
affixing the one or more exercise attachments to the one or more movable attachment members;
positioning the one or more movable attachment members at a desired location on the exercise belt;
grasping the one or more resilient bands in order to perform a first exercise routine;
repositioning at least one of the one or more movable attachment members to a different location on the exercise belt; and
grasping the one or more resilient bands in order to perform a second exercise routine.
9. The method of claim 8, wherein repositioning the at least one of the one or more movable attachment members to a different location on the exercise belt comprises:
releasing the one or more attachment members from a first location on the exercise belt;
sliding the one or more attachment members along the exercise belt to second location on the exercise belt; and
securing the one or more attachment members to the exercise belt at the second location.
10. The method of claim 8, wherein the one or more attachment members includes a pin having a knob at its distal end to prevent the movable housing from being inadvertently separated from the belt portion.
11. The method of claim 8, wherein the one or more exercise attachments is an elongated resilient exercise band.
12. An exercise apparatus comprising:
a belt portion sized to encircle a user's waist, the belt portion including one or more apertures;
fastening means at one end of the belt portion and complementary fastening means at an opposite end of the belt portion, whereby the complementary fastening means engages the fastening means in order to secure the belt portion around the user's waist;
a movable housing movable along the belt portion, the housing having:
an attachment portion; and
an anchor portion for securing the housing to a desired location along the belt portion; and
one or more exercise attachments releasably attachable to the attachment portion of the housing.
13. The exercise apparatus of claim 12, wherein the one or more exercise attachments is an elongated resilient band.
14. The exercise apparatus of claim 12, wherein the anchor portion includes a pin having a knob at its distal end to prevent the movable housing from being inadvertently separated from the belt portion.
15. The exercise apparatus of claim 12, wherein the anchor portion of the movable housing includes a retractable pin comprising a retractable member having a retracted first position and an extended second position, wherein the retractable member engages one of the one or more apertures in the belt portion when the retractable member is in the extended second position, the pin including a knob at its distal end to secure the attachment member to the belt portion at a desired location when the retractable member is in the extended second position.
16. The exercise apparatus of claim 15, wherein the retractable pin allows for movement of the movable housing along the belt portion when the retractable member is in the retracted first position and wherein the retractable pin inhibits the movement of the movable housing along the belt portion when the retractable member is in the extended second position.
17. The exercise apparatus of claim 12, wherein the movable housing defines an inner passageway, the inner passageway adapted to slidably receive the belt portion as the movable housing moves along the belt portion.
18. The exercise apparatus of claim 12, further comprising a track affixed to the belt portion, the track including one or more apertures, wherein the movable housing is movable along the track and removably securable within one of the one or more apertures in the track.
19. The exercise apparatus of claim 12, wherein the one or more exercise attachments include a first end releasably attachable to the attachment portion of the housing and a second end having a squeezable member to provide a user with additional exercises while using the exercise apparatus.
20. The exercise apparatus of claim 12, wherein the one or more exercise attachments are interchangeable with other exercise attachments of different configurations to create different exercise routines.
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