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US20140051549A1 US13/588,654 US201213588654A US2014051549A1 US 20140051549 A1 US20140051549 A1 US 20140051549A1 US 201213588654 A US201213588654 A US 201213588654A US 2014051549 A1 US2014051549 A1 US 2014051549A1
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Abstract

An exercise assembly structured to be supported in depending relation from a door or other support structure and including at least one but in certain applications at least two elongated straps each including a plurality of strap segments formed of non-resilient material being longitudinally interconnected to one another by a plurality of rings. One or more connectors are structured for removable and concurrent attachment to any of said plurality of rings of each of said two straps. Each of a plurality of possible orientations of said two straps is defined by at least one connector interconnecting correspondingly disposed rings along the length of different ones of said two straps thereby enabling a variety of different sometimes suspended exercises being performed by an individual concurrently utilizing the two straps.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • This invention is directed to an exercise assembly including at least one, but in many applications a plurality of at least two elongated straps each comprising a plurality of strap segments, formed of a non-resilient material, longitudinally interconnected by a plurality of rings. At least one clip or like connector may be selectively and removably disposed in interconnecting relation with one or more of the rings of each or both of the two straps in order to dispose the two straps into a variety of operative orientations sufficient to accomplish various exercises including, but not limited to, stretching exercises and suspension exercises involving the suspended support of at least a portion of the user's body.
  • 2. Description of the Related Art
  • For a number of years there has been an increased attention to the many benefits associated with maintaining one's health through fitness. In general, experts in this field recommend that individuals follow some sort of regular exercise program. As such, a typical exercise program may involve both cardiovascular exercises as well as strength training exercises to develop certain muscles of an individual's body. Accordingly, while exercising programs can differ significantly they commonly involve the practice of a variety of different types of exercises based at least in part on an individual's physical ability, weight, stature, overall health and specific areas of the body on which the individual intends to concentrate. Accordingly, categories of exercise may be recommended which vary in intensity, duration, and whether a given exercise program is directed to development of the cardiovascular system or the individual's muscles, as set forth above.
  • One problem associated with an individual practicing different exercise programs is the frequent need to utilize different types of machines or exercise devices in order that a complete developmental program may be accomplished. However, many, if not most of exercise machines, devices, apparatus, etc. which are commercially available, do not have sufficient versatility to enable an individual to practice different categories of exercises. One category of exercise programs allows a user to exercise by providing a resistance to the movement of the user's arms, legs, torso, etc. Accordingly, resistance type exercises may be broadly or generally defined as incorporating exercise devices which allow a user to exercise by working one muscle or muscle group against another. Alternatively, resistance exercise devices may be operative to allow a user to work against his or her weight.
  • In more specific terms, common or conventional resistance exercise devices may typically include elongated, elastic bands which are operative to restrict the motion of a user's arms and/or legs or the motion between the user and a support structure. Such elastic devices of this type are sometimes considered as having a restricted or limited usefulness in terms of resistance characteristics offered by such a device. This may be due in part to that fact that the length and elasticity of the elastic straps, cords, bands, etc. However, due to the differences in height, weight or strength of different individuals it may not be practical or effective to use the same elastic material device for a variety of different exercises. Similarly, different users may find use of a common device or a similarly structured device to be somewhat inefficient or ineffective to provide proper resistance for the intended muscle grouping or portions of a user's body.
  • Yet another disadvantage or limitation of elastic material resistance exercise apparatus is that the resistance is generally considered to be inconsistent due to the fact that resistant forces increase with increasing lengthening of the elastic material chords, straps, etc. In contrast, the decrease in the length of elastic material exercise devices causes a decrease in the amount of effort or resistance which a given individual must apply. Therefore, elastic exercise apparatus of the type described does not recreate the required or appropriate resistance encountered by muscle during more natural types of exercising, such as running, swimming, etc. Also, elastic material devices are typically unable to support a wide range of weight of a user but rely more specifically on the resistance provided by the user's muscles.
  • As a result of the above, there is a need in the industry associated with exercising and stretching apparatus for a more effective, efficient and versatile exercise assembly preferably including at least one but in many practical applications, a plurality of at least two elongated straps formed of a non elastic material. Each of the one or more elongated straps of the proposed exercise assembly can be effectively structured to include a plurality of longitudinally adjacent interconnected strap segments, each having corresponding opposite ends being interconnected to one another by connecting rings. Further, such a preferred and proposed exercise assembly can therefore assume a variety of both operative and stored orientations due to the use thereof in combination with at least one, but in many instances, a plurality of clip like connectors, such as, but not limited to, carbineers. In addition, each of one or more elongated straps of such a proposed exercise assembly should also include a removable or fixedly connected handle assembly structured to facilitate the hand gripping thereof as well as the suspension of different body portions of an exercising individual. Accordingly, various types of exercises including, but not limited to, “suspension” exercises may be easily and effectively performed.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention is directed to an exercise assembly structured to be suspendable from a variety of different natural or man-made support structures such as, but not limited to, the upper end of a door and door frame; support bar, rod, or ring; tree limb; etc. Moreover, the exercise assembly comprises at least one, but in many practical applications a plurality of at least two elongated straps. Each of straps comprises a distal end and a proximal end and a plurality of strap segments formed of a non-elastic material. In addition, a plurality of rings such as, but not limited to, metal or other material rings are disposed in interconnecting relation to corresponding ends of longitudinally adjacent ones of the strap segments of each elongated strap.
  • At least one connector or in many instances a plurality of connectors are structured for removable attachment to any one or more of a plurality of rings of each or both of the elongated straps. As a result and at least partially dependent on the placement of the one or more connectors relative to their interconnecting relation between selected ones of the rings, the one or more straps may assume a variety of different orientations. In more specific terms, the plurality of orientations may comprise a variety of different operative orientations as well as a plurality of different stored orientations. By way of example only, one or more stored orientations may be at least partially defined by a reduced length of one or both of the straps. The stored orientations may also be defined by at least some of the corresponding strap segments disposed in substantially overlapping and/or partially folded relation to one another. Similarly, one or more of the operative orientations may be at least partially defined by the increasing or decreasing the length of one or both of the elongated straps independently of relatively to one another. This may be accomplished by concurrently interconnecting one or more of predetermined or selected ones of the rings of each strap to one another, using one or more connectors. Further by selectively varying the length of one or both of the straps the user of the exercise assembly may encounter different degrees of torque, force, etc. and may assume different positions or perform a variety of different exercises, stretches, etc. Accordingly, the exercise assembly of the present invention may assume one or more operative orientations, wherein one or more connectors are concurrently disposed in interconnecting relation with predetermined ones of said rings of each of said two straps in a manner defining a predetermined length of at least one or both of said straps.
  • The versatility of the exercise assembly is further demonstrated by the one or two elongated straps being disposed in a variety of different operative orientations. Each of the operative orientations is intended to facilitate the performance of one or more exercises. Moreover, at least some of the operative orientations as well as additional structural features of the elongated straps facilitate the performance of the exercises of the type wherein at least a portion of the user's body is suspended. Suspension type exercises have become increasingly popular. Accordingly, the exercise assembly of the present invention is structured to include unique configurations thereby facilitating the performance and increase the variety of different “suspension” type exercises, available to a user, in a safe and reliable manner.
  • Other structural features associated with the exercise assembly include the provision of a handle assembly connected to and at least partially defining the proximal end of each of the one or more elongated straps. At least one or preferably both of the handle assemblies include a hand grip portion which may assume a variety of different structures. In addition, at least one preferred embodiment of the handle assembly may also include a cradle portion or structure. The cradle portion may be structurally combined with the hand grip portion in the handle assembly but is normally operatively independent of the hand grip portion and is disposed in at least partially spaced relation thereto. Further, the cradle portion of each hand grip assembly preferably includes a plurality of at least two support segments connected in intersecting, crossing and/or overlapping relation to one another so as to collectively form a generally “X” configuration. Moreover, the X-like configuration of the at least two support segments generally provides for greater weight displacement. As a result, different portions of the user's body, other than the hands, may be removably supported on or within the cradle portions of each of the handle assemblies. Such different body portions may include the elbows, feet, knees, etc., dependent on the specific “suspension” type of exercise being performed by the user. Therefore, while each handle assembly may include a hand grip portion and otherwise be absent the cradle portion, the versatility of the described handle assemblies, including both hand grip portion and cradle portion, facilitates the performance of a wide variety of different “suspension” and other type of exercises, including, but not limited to, stretching techniques and procedures.
  • One practical example of the use of at least one embodiment of the present invention, as set forth above, comprises each or both of the elongated straps being supported by the upper end of a door in cooperation with the corresponding door frame. As such, a mounting assembly may comprise a belt or belt like structure including one or more “belt segments”. In addition, a stop member may be connected to the belt or belt segment(s) preferably at one end thereof. When so utilized, the stop member is disposed exteriorly of a closed door and is dimensioned and configured to prevent movement or removal of the belt from its sandwiched position between the upper end of the door and the corresponding portion of the door frame. In yet another embodiment, the mounting belt may be disposed in surrounding, supported and depending relation to a variety of other types of support structures such as, but not limited to, a horizontally located bar, beam, etc.
  • Further with regard to the plurality of possible operative positions in which the elongated one or more straps may be disposed is at least partially dependent on the placement of one or more spring clip-like connectors along the length of the one or more straps. When so disposed, the connector(s) are in interconnecting relation of one or more of the connecting rings of each of the straps. As such, the operative orientations may be at least generally defined by a plurality of different “Y” configurations, “V” configurations, “X” configurations, parallel or “double column” configurations, as well as others. Specifically, in at least the “Y” and “V” configurations the handle assembly is attached to the proximal end of each of the concurrently used straps and may be disposed into a variety of differently spaced positions relative to one another. The spacing or position of the handle assemblies, relative to one another, is at least partially dependent on the exercise intended to be performed. Therefore, in many of the operative orientations, the two elongated straps are interconnected, as desired, in interactive relation to one another such as by the removable connection of the connecting rings of each elongated strap. Cooperatively, the handle assemblies associated with the proximal ends of the elongated straps concurrently support various portions of the user's body.
  • Accordingly, the advantages of the various embodiments, as described herein, include the ability to perform many different exercises, which expose different muscles of the user to more or less torque, resistance and other appropriate forces for each of the exercises and/or stretches being performed. As a result, the versatility of the various embodiments of the exercise assembly of the present invention is greatly enhanced. In addition, it is emphasized, that as used herein, the terms “exercise”, “exercises”, “exercising”, and or the equivalents thereof are meant to include any of a variety of different stretches or stretching techniques which may be performed using the exercise assembly of the present invention.
  • These and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become clearer when the drawings as well as the detailed description are taken into consideration.
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  • For a fuller understanding of the nature of the present invention, reference should be had to the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which:
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of at least one preferred embodiment of the exercise assembly of the present invention comprising a plurality of elongated straps.
  • FIG. 1A is a detail view in partial cutaway representing a length of one or more of the plurality of elongated straps elongated straps and preferred indicia which may be associated therewith.
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of yet another preferred embodiment of the present invention, wherein at least two of the elongated straps of the embodiment of FIG. 1 are disposed in a predetermined operative orientation, such as a substantially inverted Y-configuration.
  • FIG. 3A is a perspective view of one strap of the embodiment of FIG. 1 being disposed in a stored orientation.
  • FIG. 3B is a perspective view of two straps of the embodiment of FIG. 1 being disposed in a stored orientation.
  • FIGS. 4 through 7 are schematic representations of at least some of a plurality of possible operative orientations in which at least the embodiment of FIG. 1 or 2 may be disposed in order to facilitate the performance of a variety of different exercise techniques.
  • FIG. 8 is a perspective view of one preferred embodiment of a handle assembly associated with either or both of the straps of the embodiment of FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 9 is a detail perspective view of at least one embodiment of a mounting assembly of the present invention.
  • FIG. 9A is a schematic representation of the mounting assembly of the embodiment of FIG. 9 associated with a support structure comprising a door.
  • FIG. 9B is a perspective view of the embodiment of the mounting assembly of FIG. 9 in an operative relation to a support structure, differing from that of FIG. 10A.
  • FIG. 10A is a perspective view of yet another embodiment of a mounting assembly structured to be removably connected to a variety of different support structures.
  • FIG. 10B is a perspective view of yet another embodiment of a mounting assembly structured to be removably connected to a variety of different support structures.
  • FIGS. 11 and 12 represent yet an additional embodiment of the present invention, wherein at least one of a plurality of straps as represented in the embodiment of FIG. 1 is operative in combination with and elastic and/or weighted cord.
  • FIGS. 13A and 13B are detail views of an elastic cord and a weighted cord, respectively, either or both of which may be used in combination with at least one of the straps, as represented in the embodiment of FIGS. 11 and 12.
  • FIGS. 14A-14C are additional embodiments directed to handle assembly accessories.
  • Like reference numerals refer to like parts throughout the several views of the drawings.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • As shown in the accompanying drawings, the present invention is directed to an exercise assembly comprising at least one of a possible plurality of elongated straps generally indicated as 10, 10′. Each of the elongated straps 10, 10′ comprise a plurality of strap segments 12 and 12′ each interconnected to at least one other longitudinally adjacent strap segment 12, 12′ by means of a rigid or other relatively high strength material connecting ring 14. In at least one preferred embodiment, each of the connecting rings 14 are attached to corresponding ends of the longitudinally adjacent strap segments 12,12′ such that each of the connecting rings 14 and interconnected ones of the strap segments 12 may collectively form an integrated construction. When so integrated, inadvertent disconnection of the connecting rings 14 from corresponding ones of the longitudinally adjacent strap segments 12, 12′ is prevented. Also, the integrated construction of the plurality of interconnecting strap segments 12, 12′ and connecting rings 14 may be attached by stitching or other connection techniques as at 12″, disposed at each opposite end of the strap segments 12.
  • In addition, each of the strap segments 12, 12′ is formed from a substantially non-resilient material such that the length thereof, as well as that of strap 10, remains substantially constant, at least in terms of not being stretched, when a resistance, pulling force, weight, etc. is exerted thereon. The specific dimensions of the strap segments 12, 12′ and the interconnecting rings 14 may vary. As clearly indicated in FIG. 1, the plurality of strap segments 12, 12′ may differ in lengths. More specifically, the strap segments 12 have a substantially greater longitudinally dimension than the straps 12′. However, in at least one embodiment, the longer strap segments 12 may be disposed along a length of the corresponding elongated strap 10 or 10′ which is adjacent, at least closer to or generally associated with the distal end 18 thereof. As such, in at least one preferred embodiment the strap segments 12 are substantially in the range of 12 to 14 inches in length and have a width or transverse dimension of generally about 1 to 1.5 inches. In contrast, the shorter strap segments 12′ may also vary in width and length but preferably have a longitudinal dimension of generally about 4 inches and a common width or transverse dimension of generally about 1 to 1.5 inches as does the longer strap segments 12. Somewhat similarly, each of the plurality of connecting rings 14 may also have a corresponding and/or cooperatively appropriate dimension such as, but not limited to, a diameter of substantially 1.5 inches.
  • Additional structural and operational features of the present invention are demonstrated in FIG. 1A. More specifically, each of the strap segments 12, 12′ are fixedly connected to corresponding rings 14 at the opposite ends thereof. In addition, identifying and or information indicia as at 15 may appear on one or opposite surfaces of each of the strap segments 12, 12′. This facilitates the implementation of instructions, information, etc. which informs or educates a user as to which of the connecting rings 14 should be connected to one another or to the connecting rings 14 of the opposite elongated strap 10, 10′. As represented, the indicia 15 may be in the form of alphanumeric characters or any other appropriate indicia providing adequate information to the user as to what portion of the elongated straps 10, 10′ need to be connected, relatively positioned, etc. to one another and/or to a support assembly, handle assembly, etc., as explained in greater detail hereinafter.
  • Additional structural features of at least one or all the elongated straps 10, 10′ comprise a proximal end, generally indicated as 16 and a distal end, generally indicated as 18. A handle assembly generally indicated as 20 is removably or fixedly connected at or adjacent to the proximal end 16 and may at least partially define the proximal end 16 when it is permanently attached thereto such as ring as at 14′. The opposite or distal end 18 may also include a connecting ring 14′ which is disposed to facilitate connection to any of a variety of different types of support structures, as will be described in greater detail hereinafter.
  • As represented in FIG. 2 yet another preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a plurality of at least two elongated straps respectively indicated as 10 and 10′. The versatility of each of the straps 10 and 10′ is such that they may be used in combination with one another to perform a variety of different exercises as each of the straps 10 and 10′ are connected to anyone of a plurality of different types of support structures. Moreover, the at least one additional elongated strap 10′ includes an identical or equivalent structure as the elongated strap 10. To that extent, both the elongated straps 10 and 10′ include a plurality of non-elastic strap segments 12, 12′ each connected to at least one longitudinally adjacent strap segment by a connecting ring 14. In addition, the proximal end 16 of each of the straps 10 and 10′ is connected to or directly associated with a handle assembly 20 which may have a similar, equivalent or appropriately differing construction. Regardless of the structural modifications of the handle assemblies, when such exists, each is designated by the reference numeral “20”. Such differences will be described in greater detail hereinafter. Similarly, each of the distal ends 18 of each of the straps 10 and 10′ may be cooperatively positioned and structured to be concurrently attached or interconnected to a predetermined or selected support structure, as explained in greater detail with reference to the embodiments of FIGS. 9, 9A, 9B and 10.
  • The versatility of the exercise assembly, when comprising at least one or alternatively a plurality of at least two elongated straps 10 and 10′, is enhanced by the provision of at least one connector or clip 24. As will be apparent hereinafter, the various operative and/or stored orientations in which the one or more straps 10 and 10′ may be disposed and may also include the use of a plurality of such clips or connectors 24. Moreover, each or at least some of the one or more clips or connectors 24 may be in the form of a carabiner. As is recognized, the conventional carabiner structure may be in the form of a rigid or other appropriate, high strength material having a spring biased latch or closure member. The latch or other similarly operative structure allows a quick and easy connection and disconnection of the carabiner in interconnecting relation to a variety of different structures devices, etc.
  • Moreover, the connector clip or carabiner 24 is appropriately dimensioned and configured to engage any one or concurrently a plurality of rings 14 associated with each or both of the elongated straps 10 or 10′. As represented in the embodiments of FIGS. 1 and 2 one connector or clip 24 may serve to interconnect the distal end 18 of one or both of the elongated straps 10 and 10′ to a predetermined or selected support structure, as at 100. The interconnection of the one or more distal ends 18 to the support structure 100 more specifically occurs by a connecter clip 24 concurrently interconnecting a distal ring 14′ to one or more connecting rings 14 associated with a mounting assembly generally indicated as 30′ in FIG. 10A; 30″ in FIGS. 10B and 30,30′ in FIG. 11. Similarly, in situations where the handle assemblies 20 are not integrated into a fixed or permanent connection with the corresponding elongated straps 10 and 10′, an additional connector or clip 24 may serve to interconnect each of the handle assemblies 20 to an appropriate ring 14′ adjacent the proximal end 16 of each of the straps 10 or 10′.
  • As set forth above, the use and application of the exercise assembly of the present invention, whether including one or a plurality of at least two elongated straps 10 and 10′, may involve the concurrent use of a plurality of the connecter clips 24 in order to position the one or more straps 10 and 10′ into a variety if different orientations. More specifically, each of the one or more straps 10 and 10′ may be disposed in any one of a plurality of stored orientations as represented in FIGS. 3A and 3B, as well as a plurality of operative orientations. As such, at least one connecter 24 concurrently engages and is connected to a plurality of rings 14 thereby positioning a plurality of strap segments 12, 12′ of each of the straps 10 and 10′ in the aforementioned overlying, folded and/or overlapping relation to one another. In doing so, a remainder of the length of each of the straps 10 and 10′ extending from corresponding ones of the handle assemblies 20 to the single connecter clip 24 has a shortened length. This reduced length of at least a portion of the one or more straps 10 and 10′ facilitates the efficient storage of thereof in a convenient area having a reduced size or volume.
  • As also set forth above, the structural and operative features of the exercise assembly facilitate the disposition of at least the two straps 10 and 10′ in a plurality of operative positions. Each of the operative positions is intended to facilitate the performance of at least one exercise. Accordingly, the different operative orientations serve to change the torque, difficultly, complexity, etc. of the various exercises intended to be performed as well as the muscle groups and/or parts of the body being exercised, suspended, etc. One or more of the connecters 24 may be utilized to concurrently connect correspondingly disposed or selectively positioned ones of the plurality of the connecter rings 14 associated with each of the straps 10 and 10′.
  • By way of example only, in the embodiment of FIGS. 2 and 4 the at least two straps 10 and 10′ are disposed in a generally inverted Y-shape, such that one connecter 24 concurrently connects corresponding rings 14 in interconnected supported relation to a support structure 100. In addition, the generally inverted Y-shape includes a second or additional connecter 24 concurrently engaging correspondingly disposed rings 14 along the length of both of the straps 10 and 10′ intermediate the proximal and distal ends 16 and 18 respectively. In such a Y-shape configuration, corresponding handle assemblies 14 extend outwardly from the closest connecter 24 at variable distances along with the lengths of the corresponding straps 10 and 10′ which extend between the proximal ends 16 and the nearest connecter 24. With regard to FIG. 4, a plurality of different Y-shapes or configurations may be assumed utilizing a combination of interconnecting connecters 24. More specifically, the plurality of different Y-shapes may be defined by the intermediate connecter 24 being disposed a greater distance from the end most connecter 24 thereby varying the distance between the handle assembly 20 and the nearest or intermediate connecter 24. As a result, the different Y-shapes serve to exert different forces, torques or resistance on the various portions of the user's body, depending upon the exercise being performed.
  • FIG. 5 represents an operative orientation comprising at least one V-shape configuration in which the plurality of at least two straps 10 and 10′ may be disposed. When assuming the V-shape configuration, it is possible that only a single connecter 24 may be disposed adjacent the distal ends 18 in interconnecting relation between the straps 10 and 10′ and an appropriate support structure. As such, the handle assemblies 20 associated with each strap 10 and 10′ may also be variably spaced from one another, as the corresponding lengths of the straps 10 and 10′ extend angularly outward from the end most connecter 24.
  • FIG. 6 represents yet another operative orientation, wherein both of the elongated straps 10 and 10′ are used in combination with one another, but are not directly connected. As such, the straps 10 and 10′ collectively form a “double-column shape” as the straps 10 and 10′ and the strap segments 12,12′ and/or connecting rings 14 associated with each are disposed in spaced relation to one another. As a result, the distal ends 18 of each of the straps 10 and 10′ are independently connected to an appropriate support structure. In such a double-column configuration, the handle assemblies 20 may also be variably disposed in spaced relation to one another.
  • FIG. 7 represents yet additional operative orientations, wherein the straps 10 and 10′ are collectively disposed in a transversely crossed or substantially X-shaped configuration. As such, a single intermediate connecter 24 serves to directly interconnect corresponding or other selected ones of the rings 14 of each of the straps 10 and 10′. However, the distal ends 18 are independently connected to a supporting structure 100 by different mounting assemblies 30, 30′, etc. similar to the embodiment of FIG. 6. It is also noted that the operative orientation comprising the X-shape also facilitates a variable angular orientation and spacing of the handle assemblies 20 relative to one another and to the intermediate connecter 24. As also represented in FIG. 7, the location of the intermediate connector 24 may vary to the extent of being located, in connecting relation to selected rings 14, closer to or farther from the support structure 100. As such, the lengths of the straps 10 and 10′ between the intermediate connector 24 and the handle assemblies 20 may be selectively increased or decreased in order vary the resistance, torque, force, etc. to which the user is subjected when performing various exercises, stretches, etc.
  • The embodiment of the handle assembly 20 as represented in the various Figures may be used with each of the one or more straps 10, 10′. More specifically, each of the handle assemblies 20 include at least one hand grip 40 of sufficient dimension, configuration and strength to facilitate the gripping of the proximal end of each strap 10 or 10′ with a single hand of the user. Therefore, when a plurality of straps 10 and 10′ are concurrently used to perform an exercise, each hand of the user may be disposed in gripping engagement with a different one of the hand grips 40. The handle assembly 20 may also comprises a loop like configuration 42 connected to a corresponding end portion of each of the straps 10 and 10′ and may be fixedly or movably connected to each of the hand grips 40. In addition the one or more handle assemblies 20 may be used with one or each of a plurality of elongated straps 10 and 10′ by being connected to a proximal end 16 thereof as explained. More specifically, the handle assembly 20 comprises at least one hand grip 40 connected to the loop like end portion 42. However, in addition the handle assembly 20 may include a cradle portion generally indicated as 44. As clearly represented in at least FIG. 8, the cradle portion 44 includes a plurality of support straps 45, 46, 47, etc. cooperatively and collectively disposed and dimensioned to facilitate the insertion and support of different portions of the user's body, other than the hand. Accordingly, the cradle portion 44 includes at least some of the plurality of straps, as at 45, being disposed in transversely overlying and/or cris-crossing relation to one another so as to collectively be arranged in a substantially X-like configuration. In addition, the overlapping support straps 45 may be fixedly secured to one another at an intersection 45′.
  • Therefore, the cradle portion 44 may or may not be structured in combination with the hand grip 40 but is normally operatively independent of the hand grip 40 at least in terms of supporting and engaging a different portion of the user's body other than the hand. By way of example only, a user may place his elbow, knee, foot, etc. within the interior of the cradle portion 44 in order to practice a “suspended” type of exercise commonly recognized in the field of training and exercising. In doing so, the supported end or engaged portion of the user's body will be at least partially suspended relative to a floor or other supporting surface, while the hand grip 40 is not necessarily engaged by the hand of the user. Further, the hand grip 40 and the cradle portion 44 can be structured to be part of the same handle assembly 20, even when only the hand grip 40 is engaged. During such an occurrence, the cradle portion 44 will not interfere with the gripping or engaging of the hand grip portion 40 by the hand of the user.
  • The exercise assembly also includes different embodiments of a mounting assembly, as at 30 in FIGS. 9, 9A and 9B and 30′ and 30″ in FIGS. 10A and 10B respectively. More specifically, in the embodiment of FIG. 9, the mounting assembly 30 includes an elongated belt 32 having a connecting ring 14 mounted on or connected to opposite ends thereof. In addition, the belt 32 includes at least one, but in the represented embodiment, a plurality of two stop members 34 each mounted on or disposed at a different opposite end. The stop members 34 have a somewhat enlarged overall shape and dimension extending outwardly from at least opposite sides or surfaces of the belt 32. Further, the stop members 34 may be movably or fixedly secured to their end locations and may be formed of a material which does not damage, disfigure or otherwise derogatorily affect the support structure to which the mounting assembly 30 is connected. As represented in FIG. 9A the mounting assembly 30 or 30′ may be utilized by putting a stop member 34 or 34′ on the opposite sides of a closed door 50, such that it is sandwiched between the upper end of the door and a portion of the door frame 52. Therefore, as long as the door remains in the closed orientation the presence of the one or more stop member 34, 34′ will prevent the disengagement of the mounting assembly 30 from its interconnection with the support structure comprising the door 50 and door frame 52. Further, in the application represented in FIG. 9A a single connecter 24 may be threaded through the looped configuration of the mounting assembly 30 and be disposed for connection to the distal end 18 and corresponding connecting ring 14′ associated therewith. When the mounting assembly 30′ is used, the connector 24 is disposed between the ring 14 associated therewith and the correspondingly disposed ring 14′ connected to the distal end 18 of the one or more straps 10, 10′.
  • In the alternative, the mounting assembly 30 comprises an elongated belt 32 being wrapped or looped around a horizontal or other appropriately oriented bar, beam, tree limb, etc. 54 which defines the support structure. As such, the stop members 34 are spaced from and free of interaction with the support structure or beam 54. However, at least one connecter 24 is disposed in concurrently connecting relation to the rings 14 associated with the opposite ends of the elongated belt 32 and serves to interconnect one or more elongated straps 10 and 10′, at their distal ends 18, to the interconnecting connecter 24, as represented.
  • In the embodiment of FIG. 10A, the mounting assembly 30′ generally includes an elongated configuration comprising at least one strap segment 112 having a stop member 34′ connected to one end thereof and a connecting ring 14 attached to the opposite end. In this embodiment, the stop member 34′ may include an initially elongated configuration disposed transverse and/or perpendicular to the extended length of the strap segment 112. In the alternative, the stop member 34′ may be defined by a pouch, sleeve or tube in which a stop segment may be inserted or contained. As such, the mounting assembly 30′ including the stop member 34′ and its various structural modifications may be utilized to support the one or more elongated straps 10 and 10′ on a variety of different support structures including, but not limited to, the closed door and frame 50, 52 of FIG. 9A or the horizontal beam support structure 54 of FIG. 9B. It should be further noted that the either of the mounting assemblies 30 and/or 30′ may be permanently attached to the distal end 18 of the one or more straps 10,10′, rather than be removably connected thereto, as with one or more connectors 24.
  • Yet another preferred embodiment of the mounting assembly is generally indicated as 30″ in FIG. 10B and includes a stop member 34′ structurally and operationally similar and/or equivalent to the s top member 34′ of the embodiment of FIG. 10A. In addition, the mounting assembly 30″ includes a plurality of strap segments 112′ disposed in spaced relation to one another. Further, each of the strap segments 112′ have one end connected to the stop member 34′ and their opposite end connected to a common connecting ring 14. As such, the mounting assembly's 30′ and 30″ as represented in FIGS. 10A and 10B may be used to support one or more straps 10 or 10′ to a variety of different support structures in an at least partially similar manner.
  • FIGS. 11 and 12 represent yet an additional preferred embodiment wherein at least one of the plurality of elongated straps 10, 10′ may be used in combination with at least one elastic cord 60. The chord 60 is cooperatively dimensioned with the plurality of connecting rings 14 so as to be “threaded” there through, as represented. As such, the at least one elongated strap 10 extends along substantially the entire length of the elastic chord 60 in an at least partially folded or collapsed orientation. Also at least one, but preferably both of the cord 60 and elongated strap 10, 10′ are connected to a door or other support structure by a mounting assembly 30 or 30′ and at least one connector 24. The embodiments of FIGS. 11 and 12 incorporate a handle assembly 20, as described above, at a proximal end thereof. Accordingly, a pulling or other appropriate force exerted on the elastic chord 60, by a user engaging the handle assembly 20 will result in a stretching of the elastic cord and a concurrent lengthening of the one elongated strap 10. As a result, the maximum distance of stretching of the elastic chord 60 will be limited by the length of the elongated strap 10, 10′ which, as set forth above, is formed from a plurality of non-elastic strap segments 12,12′.
  • With reference to the embodiments of FIGS. 11 and 12, the present invention contemplates use of at least one of a plurality of the elastic chords, 60 and 60′ represented in detail in FIGS. 13A and 13B. More specifically, the elongated elastic chord 13A includes spring biased and/or snap-like connectors 62 at opposite ends thereof to operatively attach each of chords 60 and 60′ in an intended manner. Such connectors 62 may be in the form of a clip like structures or carabineers 24 as discussed with specific reference to FIG. 1 and additional embodiments of the subject invention. Distinguishing features between the elastic chord 60 and that of 60′ is that the chord 60′ while being elastic may also be “weighted”. The provision of additional weight may be accomplished by a one or more individual weights and/or weighted objects being incorporated within the elongated chord 60′ at various portions along its length. Also, added weight may be added to the exercise assembly of the present invention by a one or a plurality of individual weights being attached externally along the length of the straps 10 or 10′ by removably or fixedly connecting such weights to selected ones of the rings 14 of the straps 10 and/or 10′.
  • The embodiments 60 or 60′ could be used in combination with the one or both of the elongated straps 10 and/or 10A as represented in FIGS. 13A and 13B. More specifically, either chord 60 or 60′ may be disposed in “threaded” relation through the interior of the rings 14 as demonstrated in FIGS. 11 and 12. Moreover, one or more of the chords 60 or 60′ may be used in combination with one another as well as in combination with one or both the elongated straps 10 and 10′ in the manner represented.
  • Yet additional embodiments of the present invention comprise the use of various accessories, at least some of which are demonstrated in FIGS. 14A through 14C. As represented in FIG. 14A the included accessories comprise a handle connecting assembly 70 formed of a substantially rigid material bar, pole, shaft, etc.
  • As such, the connecting assembly 70 has its opposite ends connected to the hand grip portions 40 of each of the handle assemblies 20. The attachment or connection of the connecting assemblies 70 may be by means of threaded or other removable attachment, as at 72. Further represented in FIG. 14A is the fact that a single handle connecting assembly is used in combination with two handle assemblies 20 removably connected at opposite ends thereof. As should be apparent, each of the handle assemblies 20 are used in combination with different elongated straps as at 10 and 10′ as schematically represented.
  • In contrast, the embodiment of FIG. 14B utilizes a plurality of the handle connecting assemblies 70 having their opposite, or distal ends removably connected to the hand grip portions 40 of oppositely disposed ones of the handle assemblies, by means of the aforementioned attachment assemblies 72. In the embodiment of FIG. 14B commonly disposed ends as at 70′ of each of the handle connecting assemblies are connected to one another by any appropriate means such as a removable threaded attachment structure, telescoping engagement, a snap fit, a bayonet connector, etc.
  • FIG. 14C represents yet another use of the handle attachment assembly 70 wherein two such members have their common ends removably connected to one another, as at 70′ and further wherein both the handle connecting assemblies 70 are used with a single handle assembly 20 associated with one of the elongated straps 10 or 10′. The opposite or free end of the handle attachment assembly 70, as represented in FIG. 14C, may be left “free” or unattached. This embodiment facilitates the handle attachment assemblies 70 being positioned in bracing and/or supporting engagement with other objects such as, but not limited to, the floor or other support surface.
  • Since many modifications, variations and changes in detail can be made to the described preferred embodiment of the invention, it is intended that all matters in the foregoing description and shown in the accompanying drawings be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense. Thus, the scope of the invention should be determined by the appended claims and their legal equivalents.
  • Now that the invention has been described,

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1. An exercise assembly structured to be suspended from a support structure, said exercise assembly comprising:
at least one elongated strap including a distal end and a proximal end,
said one strap comprising a plurality of strap segments formed of non-elastic material,
a plurality of connecting rings disposed in interconnecting relation to corresponding ends of longitudinal adjacent ones of said strap segments,
at least one connector structured for removable attachment to any of said plurality of rings, and
said one strap disposable in a plurality of different orientations, each orientation determined by said one connector disposed in interconnecting relation with different ones of said plurality of rings.
2. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 1 wherein at least some of said plurality of different orientations are defined by said one connector disposed in concurrent, interconnecting relation with a plurality of said rings in a manner which determines one of a plurality of different lengths of said one strap.
3. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 1 wherein said plurality of different orientations comprise at least one stored orientation at least partially defined by a reduced length of said one strap and at least some of said strap segments disposed in substantially overlapping relation to one another.
4. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 3 wherein said one stored orientation further comprises said one connector disposed in concurrent, interconnecting relation with a plurality of said rings.
5. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 1 further comprising a handle assembly connected to said proximal end of said one strap and including a hand grip portion.
6. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 5 wherein said handle assembly further comprises a cradle portion disposed and structured to removably support a body part of a user other than the hands.
7. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 6 wherein said cradle portion is disposed on said handle assembly operatively independent of said hand grip and in spaced relation thereto.
8. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 7 wherein said cradle portion comprises a plurality of support segments connected in intersecting, overlapping relation to one another.
9. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 1 further comprising a mounting assembly attachable to said distal end and structured to at least partially connect said one strap to a supporting structure.
10. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 9 wherein said mounting assembly comprises an elongated belt formed of a non-resilient material and including a stop member dimensioned and configured for placement in a movement restricting position between an upper end of a door and a corresponding door frame.
11. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 9 wherein said mounting assembly comprises an elongated belt disposable in surrounding, at least partially depending relation to the supporting structure; said one connector disposable in removable connecting relation between said distal end and said belt.
12. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 1 further comprising a second elongated strap comprising a plurality of strap segments formed of a non-resilient material longitudinally connected to one another by a second plurality of rings; said two straps collectively disposable in a plurality of operative orientations; at least some of said operative orientations comprising said one connector concurrently disposed in interconnecting relation with at least one predetermined ring of each of said two straps.
13. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 12 wherein each of said straps comprises a handle assembly connected to a proximal end thereof; at least some of said operative orientations defined by said one connector interconnecting selected rings along the length of different ones of said two belts and said handle assemblies disposable in variably spaced relation to one another.
14. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 1 further comprising an elongated elastic cord connected to said one elongated strap and extending along the length thereof, said elastic cord operative to provide a variable resistance to a user as said elastic cord is stretched into an increased longitudinal dimension.
15. An exercise assembly structured to be suspended from a support structure, said exercise assembly comprising:
at least two elongated straps each including a distal end and a proximal end, each of said straps comprising a plurality of strap segments formed of non-elastic material,
each of said straps further including a plurality of connecting rings disposed in interconnecting relation to corresponding ends of longitudinally adjacent ones of said strap segments,
at least one connector structured for removable attachment concurrently or independently to one or more rings of each of said two straps,
said two straps collectively disposable in a plurality of operative orientations, and
at least some of said operative orientations comprising of said one connector concurrently disposed in interconnecting relation with at least one predetermined ring of each of said two straps.
16. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 15 wherein said plurality of different orientations comprises at least one stored orientation at least partially defined by a reduced length of each of said two straps and at least some of said strap segments of each of said two straps disposed in substantially overlapping relation to one another.
17. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 16 wherein said one stored orientation comprises said one connector disposed in concurrent, interconnecting relation with a plurality of said rings of each of said two straps.
18. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 15 wherein each of said two straps comprises a handle assembly connected to said proximal end thereof, each of said handle assemblies including a hand grip portion.
19. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 18 wherein each of said handle assemblies further comprises a cradle portion disposed and structured to removably support a body part of a user other than the hand.
20. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 19 wherein said cradle portion of each of said handle assemblies is disposed operatively independent of a corresponding one of said hand grip portions and in spaced relation thereto.
21. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 15 further comprising a mounting assembly attachable to said distal end and structured to at least partially connect each of said two straps in supportive relation to an upper end of a door.
22. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 21 wherein said mounting assembly further comprises and elongated belt formed of a non-resilient material and including a stop member dimensioned and configured for disposition in movement restricting position between the upper end of the door and a corresponding door frame portion.
23. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 15 further comprising a plurality of connectors each having a spring biased clip construction, at least some of said operative orientations comprising any one of said plurality of connectors concurrently disposed in interconnecting relation with selected disposed rings of said two straps.
24. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 23 at least some of said operative orientations defined by a substantially Y configuration; said Y configuration at least partially defined by at least one of said two connectors disposed in interconnecting relation to correspondingly disposed rings along the length of different ones of said two belts and said handle assemblies disposable angularly outward from said one connector in variably spaced relation to one another.
25. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 24 wherein said Y configuration further comprises distal end of said two straps concurrently disposed in connected, supported relation to a support structured; said corresponding lengths of said two straps extending from said support structure in substantially co-extensive relation to one another to said one connector.
26. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 23 wherein at least some of said operative orientations comprise a substantially V-shape configuration; V-shape configuration at least partially defined by at least one of said two connectors disposed in interconnecting relation to correspondingly disposed rings adjacent and apex of said V-shape configuration of said two straps; said handle assembly is disposable angularly outward from said one connector in variably spaced relation to one another.
27. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 23 when at least some of said operative orientations comprise a substantially X-shape configuration; said X-shape configuration at least partially defined by one of said two connectors disposed in interconnecting relation to correspondingly disposed rings along the length of different ones of said two straps and intermediate distal and proximal ends of said two straps; said handle assemblies disposable angularly outward from said one connector in variably spaced relation to one another and said distal ends connected to the support structure in spaced relation to one another.
28. An exercise assembly as recited in claim 15 further comprising at least some of said operative orientations comprising said one connector concurrently disposed in interconnecting relation with predetermined ones of said rings of each of said two straps in a manner defining a predetermined length of at least one of said straps.
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