US20160089576A1 - Exercise Systems, Exercise Devices and Exercise Methods - Google Patents

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US20160089576A1 US14/498,751 US201414498751A US2016089576A1 US 20160089576 A1 US20160089576 A1 US 20160089576A1 US 201414498751 A US201414498751 A US 201414498751A US 2016089576 A1 US2016089576 A1 US 2016089576A1
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An exercise device includes a first platform configured to receive a portion of the human body. The exercise device includes a second platform configured to move over a substrate. A pivot device secures the first and second platforms together wherein the pivot device allows for a pivot action between the first and second platforms.

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    TECHNICAL FIELD
  • The technical field of this application disclosure relates to exercise systems, exercise devices and exercise methods.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • There is always a need for developing and improving exercise systems, exercise devices and exercise methods to encourage people to exercise; and not just to exercise, but to exercise regularly. The exercise systems, devices and methods should be simple to use and able to be used at convenient locations, for example, a home or office. Still further, the exercise systems, devices and methods should be enjoyable to use to encourage repeated use. Additionally, the exercise systems, devices and methods should be capable of exercising multiple muscle groups of a person's body to improve the overall well-being and health of a person. Furthermore, the exercise systems, devices and methods should impede injury by minimizing detrimental impacts and stress on legs, ankles, organs and joints.
  • SUMMARY
  • An aspect of the disclosure, and as a non-limiting example only, includes an exercise device that has a first platform configured to receive a portion of the human body. The exercise device includes a second platform configured to move over the substrate. A pivot device secures the first and second platforms together wherein the pivot device allows for a pivot action between the first and second platforms.
  • Another aspect of the disclosure, and as a non-limiting example only, includes an exercise system that has a first platform configured to receive a portion of the human body. A second platform is pivotally secured to the first platform and is configured to move over a substrate. The exercise system includes an anchor configured to be gripped with hands.
  • Still another aspect of the disclosure, and as a non-limiting example only, includes an exercise method. The exercise method includes sitting on a first exercise device configured to move over a substrate. The exercise method further includes supporting at least one hand on a second exercise device configured to move over the substrate. The exercise method additionally includes moving the second exercise device over the substrate.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIGS. 1-3 are views of views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise system and an exemplary embodiment of an exercise method for using same;
  • FIG. 4 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of a support device or anchor;
  • FIGS. 5-8 are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIGS. 9-12 are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIGS. 13-15 are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIGS. 16-18 are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIGS. 19-20 are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIG. 21 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIG. 22 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIG. 23 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIG. 24 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIG. 25 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of a pivot device for exemplary exercise devices;
  • FIGS. 26A-B are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise system and an exemplary embodiment of an exercise method for using same;
  • FIG. 27 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise system and an exemplary embodiment of an exercise method for using same;
  • FIGS. 28A-E are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIGS. 29A-D are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIGS. 30A-B are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIG. 31 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise system and an exemplary embodiment of an exercise method for using same;
  • FIGS. 32A-C are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIG. 33 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIG. 34 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise system and an exemplary embodiment of an exercise method for using same;
  • FIG. 35A is a view of an of an exemplary embodiment of a support device or anchor;
  • FIG. 35B is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise system including the support device or anchor of FIG. 35A, and an exemplary embodiment of an exercise method for using same;
  • FIGS. 36-37 are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIGS. 38A-B are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIGS. 39A-C are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise system and an exemplary embodiment of an exercise method for using same;
  • FIGS. 40A-B are views of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise system and an exemplary embodiment of an exercise method for using same;
  • FIG. 41 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of pivot and dampening devices for exemplary exercise devices;
  • FIG. 42 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of pivot and dampening devices for exemplary exercise devices;
  • FIG. 43 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of pivot and dampening devices for exemplary exercise devices, including an exemplary rolling device;
  • FIG. 44 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of pivot and dampening devices for exemplary exercise devices, including an exemplary rolling device;
  • FIG. 45 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device;
  • FIG. 46 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of a pivot device for exemplary exercise devices, including an exemplary rolling device;
  • FIG. 47 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device; and
  • FIG. 48 is a view of an exemplary embodiment of an exercise device.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • This disclosure of this application is submitted in furtherance of the constitutional purposes of the U.S. Patent Laws “to promote the progress of science and useful arts” (Article 1, Section 8).
  • The terms “a”, “an”, and “the” as used in the claims herein are used in conformance with long-standing claim drafting practice and not in a limiting way. Unless specifically set forth herein, the terms “a”, “an”, and “the” are not limited to one of such elements, but instead mean “at least one”.
  • Referring to FIGS. 1-3, an overview of an exemplary exercise method is illustrated using an exemplary exercise system 10 that includes a support device or anchor 12 and an exercise device 14. Throughout this document, various different support devices and various different exercise devices are described to establish various different exercise systems.
  • Referring to FIG. 1, the exemplary support device 12 is an upper body support that includes in one example, at least a stationary bar extending generally horizontally to be held by at least one hand 16 of an individual 18. The exemplary support device 12 is an elongated cylindrical structure sized to be easily gripped by the hands 16. The exemplary support device 12 has a diameter ranging from about 0.5 inch to about 4.0 inches and any diametric value between 0.5 to 4 inches having incrementally differences of 0.01. The support device 12 is supported at opposite ends by a structure not shown in this figure. It should be understood that this exemplary support device 12 is but one non-limiting example and any one of the other various different support devices described throughout this document can replace, or be used in combination with, this support device 12 in an exemplary different exercise system.
  • Still referring to FIG. 1, the exemplary exercise device 14 supports the lower body of the individual 18. In one example for the exercise device 14 includes a planar structure 20 having opposite sides. A first side of the exercise device 14 receives and secures feet 22 of individual 18 to the exercise device 14. The second side opposite the first side of the exercise device 14 is configured to allow the exercise device 14 to move over a substrate 24. In this exemplary embodiment, wheels or rollers 26 are secured to the second side of the planar structure 20 of the exercise device 14 and provide the movement capability of the exercise device over substrate 24. It should be understood that this exemplary exercise device 14 is but one non-limiting example and any one of the other various different exercise device 14 described throughout this document can replace, or be used in combination with, this exercise device 14 in an exemplary different exercise system.
  • Referring to FIG. 2, the exemplary method of using the exemplary exercise system 10 includes the individual 18 moving the lower portion of the individual's body 18 via the exercise device 14 over substrate 24 while generally maintaining the upper portion of the individual's body 18 stationary and generally in the same position relative the support device 12. That is, individual 18 is moving the exercise device 14 for a distance 28 from directly beneath the individual's 18 shoulders over substrate 24.
  • Referring to FIG. 3, the exemplary method of using the exemplary exercise system 10 further includes the individual 18 moving the lower portion of the individual's body 18 for a greater distance 30 from directly beneath the individual's 18 shoulders than distance 28 represented in FIG. 2. As the lower portion of the individual's body 18 moves for a greater distance from directly beneath the individual's 18 shoulders, stress in the joints and tissue of the lower leg area 17 (FIGS. 2-3), including the knees and ankles, increases to compensate for the greater angle of the body from the vertical orientation of FIG. 1.
  • Referring to FIG. 4, an exemplary support device or anchor 50 is illustrated that includes a pair of vertical poles 52 and 54 extending vertically from a substrate 56. Each vertical pole 52 and 54 can be secured in an opening (not shown) in substrate 56. Additionally or alternatively, each vertical pole 52 and 54 can be supported upon or over substrate 56 with a stand (not shown). An exemplary stand would be a conical structure having large base resting upon substrate 56 and a central opening to receive the bottom end of a vertical pole. Each vertical pole 52 and 54 includes a plurality of openings 58 that are spaced vertically generally along at least a portion of the length of each vertical pole 52 and 54. Each opening 58 in vertical pole 52 has a corresponding opening 58 in vertical pole 54. An exemplary support device 50 further includes a plurality of crossbars 60 and 62, and can include only a single crossbar. Each crossbar 60 and 62 has opposite ends that can be selectively positioned in any one of a pair of corresponding openings 58 in respective vertical poles 52 and 54.
  • Still referring to FIG. 4, an exemplary exercise method can be described using support device 50. An individual (not shown) can position one or more crossbar 60 in any one pair of corresponding openings 58 in respective vertical poles 52 and 54. Patterns of movement are represented as cones. Pattern cone 64 is associated with crossbar 60 and pattern cone 66 is associated with crossbar 62. Pattern cone 64 includes a circular outline 68 on substrate 56 and pattern cone 66 includes a circular outline 70 on substrate 56.
  • Still referring to FIG. 4, the exemplary exercise method includes the individual (not shown) using crossbar 60 of support device 50. The individual's hands could be generally positioned at point 72 of crossbar 60 of pattern cone 64 and the lower body of the individual could move in the circular outline 68 on substrate 56 via any one of the exemplary exercise devices disclosed throughout this document.
  • Still referring to FIG. 4, the exemplary exercise method includes the individual (not shown) using crossbar 62 of support device 50. The individual's hands could be generally positioned at point 74 of crossbar 62 of pattern cone 66 and the lower body of the individual could move in the circular outline 70 on substrate 56 via any one of the exemplary exercise devices disclosed throughout this document. Since crossbar 62 is elevationally lower than crossbar 60, the circular outline 70 of pattern cone 66 can have a greater diameter than circular outline 68 of pattern cone 64 for the same individual.
  • However, again referring to FIGS. 1-3, as the lower portion of the individual's body 18 moves for a greater distance from directly beneath the individual's 18 shoulders, stress in the joints and tissue of the lower leg area 17 (see FIGS. 2-3), including the knees and ankles, increases to compensate for the greater angle of the body from the vertical orientation of FIG. 1. The increased stress can led to catastrophic failure of one or more of the joints and tissue of the lower leg area 17 (FIGS. 2-3) including the knees and ankles.
  • Using the following inventive exercise systems and exercise devices can minimize the potential for this catastrophic failure to occur.
  • Referring to FIGS. 5-8, an exemplary exercise device 80 is illustrated and described. Exercise device 80 includes a pair of exercise structures 82 and 84 (body part retainer or body part securing device). One exercise structure 82 includes a foot retainer device for receiving, retaining and securing the right foot of an individual to the exercise device 80. The other exercise structure 84 includes a foot retainer device for receiving, retaining and securing the left foot of an individual to the exercise device 80. Each exemplary foot retainer device includes a sole (86 and 88 respectively) to support a foot and a strap configuration (90 and 92 respectively) to secure the foot to the sole (86 and 88 respectively). Collectively in this one example, the combination of sole and strap configuration establishes a sandal configuration.
  • Each strap configuration can be selectively opened and closed over a foot by a fastener such as a hook and loop fastener which would include a Velcro® configuration (which cannot be seen as such is located at the overlapping portions of respective straps). Additionally or alternatively, the straps can have openings (not shown) with shoe strings alternating through the openings for securing the foot to the sole. Each strap configuration can be a single integral structure without having a pair of discrete and overlapping structures. Still further, the strap configuration could be a string configuration alone such as shoe string. The sole can be made from metal, leather, wood, canvas, fabric, rubber, plastics, and other petrochemical-derived materials, or any combination of these materials. The strap can be made from leather, canvas, fabric, rubber, plastics, and other petrochemical-derived materials, or any combination of these materials. The strap configuration 90 and 92 can be secured or attached to the respective soles 86 and 88 or secured or attached to the platform 92 discussed more thoroughly below. Each strap configuration 90 and 92 can be secured or attached to the respective soles 86 and 88 and the platform 92.
  • It should be understood that an exemplary foot retainer device can include any one of the various different structures for an exemplary foot retainer device described throughout this document including, shoes, boots, sandals, string configurations, straps configurations, and any combination of these structures.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 5-8, each exercise structure 82 and 84 of the exemplary exercise device 80 includes a platform 92 (at least in this embodiment referred to as a first platform) that supports and secures the exemplary foot retainer device. The exemplary first platform 92 is generally planar having an upper surface opposite a lower surface and an outer side periphery having a circular configuration. The upper surface can be planar and smooth, can include ridges, can include any form of a rough, non-smooth surface, can include a perforated surface, can include a surface with divots, and any combination of these surface configurations. The outer side periphery can have any geometric periphery including a square, rectangle, oval, any parallelogram configuration, a diamond, any geometric configuration with 5 or more sides such as a hexagon, etc. The lower surface can have the same surface configuration as the upper surface, or a different surface and which includes any one or combination of the surfaces just described for the upper surface.
  • The foot retainer device and/or respective soles 86 and 88 can be secured or attached to the first platform 92 via glue, and/or via nut through sole and first platform, and/or via string over or through sole and into or through first platform 92, or any combination of these securement methods. It should be understood that any foot retainer device and/or sole described throughout this document can be secured in in the exercise device in any one of these securement methods.
  • Referring to FIG. 7, each exercise structure 82 and 84 of the exemplary exercise device 80 includes another platform 94 in this embodiment (for this embodiment referred to as a second platform 94 to distinguish from the first platform 92). First platform 92 and second platform 94 can be configured the same and include all of the different configurations and combinations of configurations just described with respect to first platform 92. Alternatively, the configuration of the first platform 92 can be different from the configuration for second platform 94. For example, the outer side periphery of one platform can have any geometric periphery different from the other platform, or the upper surface of one platform can have any different configuration relative the upper surface of the other platform, or the lower surface of one platform can have any different configuration relative the lower surface of the other platform, or any combination of the different upper, lower surface and outer side periphery.
  • Still referring to FIG. 7, the first and second platforms 92 and 94 rotate relative each other along a rotational axis generally along the bolt 81. An opening 87 extends through the first platform 92 to receive bolt 81 and a recess region 83 is established around opening 87 to receive the head portion of bolt 81. Bolt 81 extends through an opening 89 in at least one spacer or washer 85 and extends through an opening (under spacer 85) in second platform 94. More than one spacer or washer 85 can be positioned between first and second platforms 92 and 94 and on bolt 81, including two, three, four, five, and up to twenty, spacers or washers 85. At least one nut 91 is secured on the end of bolt 81 below second platform 94. Additionally, a second nut 93 and a washer 95 can be provided on on the bolt 81 below second platform 94.
  • Referring to FIG. 8, at least one ball, roller or wheel is rotationally and pivotally secured to the lower or bottom surface 97 of second platform 94 with an example being a swivel caster (or castor). For example, ball 96 is rotatably secured into pivot or swivel structure 98. Swivel structure 98 is capable of pivoting or swiveling on an axis generally perpendicular to second platform 94 and is secured to the bottom surface 97 via a bolt/nut combination 99. In this embodiment, five rotatable balls 96 are pivotably secured to the bottom surface 97 of the second platform 94. However, the exercise device 80 could have only three rotating and swiveling (pivoting) balls 96, or have only four up to 10 rotating and swiveling (pivoting) balls 96. While this embodiment of exercise device 80 has balls 96, each one or any combination of number could be a wheel structure, and each wheel structure could include a single wheel, include a double wheel or include a compound wheel.
  • While not shown, it should be understood that each of the at least one ball, roller or wheel 96 can include a brake feature (not shown) which prevents the at least one ball, roller or wheel 96 from rotating, a rotation lock. An exemplary brake feature (or rotation lock) includes a lever that presses a brake cam against the at least one ball, roller or wheel 96. A more complicated brake feature includes not only having the rotation lock, but further includes locking the swivel structure 98 to keep the wheel 96 from pivoting or swiveling, a swivel lock. It should be understood that the swivel lock and the rotation lock can be used independently, that is separately, or used together at the same time. In fact, if the swivel lock is engaged while the rotation lock is not engaged, the exercise device will move only in a single direction along a horizontal axis.
  • It should be further understood that if the exercise device 80 has two or more balls, rollers or wheels 96 (hereinafter wheel 96 for simplicity) there can be a rotation lock and/or a swivel lock for each wheel 96. Additionally, there can be a brake device that is capable of braking or locking all wheels 96 at the same time. Such an exemplary brake device can be configured having a rigid ring encircling, slightly above, each wheel 96 that lowers and presses down on the wheel 96 to preventing both rotation and swiveling of wheel 96.
  • Referring to FIGS. 9-12, an exemplary exercise device 180 includes a single structure supporting both foot retainer devices for each foot. Each foot retainer device includes respective soles 182 and 184 and respective strap devices 192 and 190. The exercise device 180 has a first platform 186 and a second platform 188. The exercise device 180 has rotatable rollers 194 in respective pivot or swivel structures 196 which are pivotably secured via bolt/nut combinations 181 to a bottom surface of second platform 188.
  • Referring to FIGS. 10-11, at least one bearing structure is secured between first and second platforms 186 and 188, respectively. In this embodiment, there are two bearing structures (second bearing 198 and first bearing 199). It should be understood that more than two bearing structures (such as 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 bearing structures) can be positioned between first and second platforms 186 and 188. Each of the bearing structures 198 and 199 are generally planar structures having an upper surface opposite a lower surface and an outer side periphery having a circular configuration. The upper and lower surfaces are generally planar and smooth. The outer side periphery can have any geometric periphery including a square, rectangle, oval, any parallelogram configuration, a diamond, any geometric configuration with 5 or more sides such as a hexagon, etc.
  • It should be understood that one bearing structure, or any combination of a number of bearing structures, can be configured as other bearing structures, such as ball bearing structures, for example, thrust ball bearing structures which include cylindrical thrust roller bearings structures, tapered roller thrust bearings structures, etc. Bearing structures configured not as ball bearing structures could replace any one or more of the bearing structures such as fluid bearing structures. If there are more than one bearing structure in an exercise device, all the bearing structures can be the same or the exercise device any have any different combination of bearing structures. Still further, any reference to a bearing or bearing structure throughout this document can be any one of these types of a bearing structures, or combination of bearing structures, just described.
  • It should be further understood that exercise device 180 could be devoid of any bearing structures similar to exercise device 80 of FIGS. 5-8. Moreover, each exercise structure 82 and 84 of exercise device 80 of FIGS. 5-8 could include one or more bearing structure similar to exercise device 180.
  • Still referring to FIG. 11, exercise device 180 includes a bolt 183 that is provided through an opening (not shown) in first platform 186 between soles 182 and 184, through opening 189 in first bearing 199, through opening 175 in second bearing 198, and through opening 191 of second platform 188. Bolt 183 is secured with at least one nut 167 adjacent a bottom surface of the second platform. Optionally, bolt 183 can be provided through opening 187 in one or more spacers (or washers) 185 between first platform 186 and first bearing 199. Optionally, bolt 183 can be provided through opening 173 in one or more spacers (or washers) 171 between first bearing 199 and second bearing 198. Optionally, bolt 183 can be provided through opening 179 in one or more spacers (or washers) 177 between second platform 188 and second bearing 198. Optionally, bolt 183 can be provided through opening 195 in one or more spacers (or washers) 193 between second platform 188 and nut 169. It should be understood that more than one spacer can be provided between the platforms and bearings. Additionally, more than one nut can be provided to secure bolt 183 such as nut 167.
  • Referring to FIG. 12, the lowermost surface 163 of exercise device 180, and second platform 188, is shown.
  • Referring to FIGS. 13-15, exemplary exercise device 110 is illustrated and described. Exercise device 110 includes foot retainer device 111 having at least one strap 112 (two straps shown) and sole 113. Foot retainer device 111 is secured to first platform 114, first platform 114 is secured to bearing 115, bearing 115 is secured to second platform 123, second platform 123 is secured to pivot/swivel device 124, pivot/swivel device 124 is secured to third platform 117, third platform 117 is pivotably secured to a plurality of wheel swivels 118 which are secured to wheels 119 in a rotationally relationship. A foam structure 116 is provided between second platform 123 and third platform 117 and acts as a shock absorber and support between second platform 123 and third platform 117. The foam structure 116 has a slit 243 to provide the capability for the foam structure to be selectively spread open so that the foam structure 116 can be selectively removed from, and selectively positioned between, second platform 123 and third platform 117. This allows for access to pivot/swivel device 124 and allows for replacing foam structure 116 with a different material or composition or to replace foam structure 116 with a completely different structure. Alternatively, the foam structure 116 does not have the slit 243.
  • Referring to FIG. 15, foot retainer devices 111 are secured to first platform 114 in a stationary relationship. Alternatively, each foot retainer device 111 is secured in a pivoting relationship with the first platform 114 via a pivot pin or bolt (not shown) which extends through each sole 113 and into at least a portion of first platform 114. A bolt 127 is secured in second platform 123 and extends through bearing 115 and first platform 114 and is secured to first platform 114 via spacer 126 (or washer) and nut 125. The first and second platforms 114 and 115 are capable of rotating relative to each other with bearing 115 there between, and the rotation axis is defined along bolt 127.
  • Referring to FIGS. 13-15, pivot/swivel device 124 includes two brackets 125 (only shown), a hinge 130 and a support/spacer 128. Hinge 130 includes a pivot 135 (pixot axis extends horizontally across page and parallel with third platform 117) between an upper flange 218 (triangularly shaped) and a lower flange 234 (extending perpendicularly to upper flange 218). Each bracket 125 has a right-angled configuration with a horizontal portion 127 extending perpendicularly from a vertical portion 126. Two bolts 140 and respective nuts 120 secure the horizontal portion 127 of each bracket 125 to second platform 123. The two brackets 125 are spaced from each other to allow an upper portion of upper flange 218 of the hinge 130 and an upper portion of support/spacer 128 to be positioned between the vertical portions 126 of brackets 125. An opening 228 in each of the vertical portions 126 of the two brackets 125 is aligned with opening 318 (see FIG. 15) in the upper portion of the upper flange 218 of the hinge 130 and aligned with an opening (not shown) in the upper portion of the support/spacer 128. Pivot pin 242 (FIG. 14) extends through the respective openings of the two brackets 125, hinge 130 and support/spacer 128 and a washer (not shown) and nut 238 (not shown) to secure pivot pin 242 in place. The pivot axis is defined by pivot pin 242 and extends perpendicularly to the vertical portion 126 of bracket 125 and page. Accordingly, bracket 125 rotates around or about pivot pin 242 which is oriented perpendicularly to pivot 135.
  • Referring to FIG. 14, this cooperation of pivot pin 242 allows for first and second platforms 114 and 123 (including brackets 125) to pivot about an axis that is perpendicular to the page in the view of FIG. 14. For example, if a force 122 is directed downwardly on one foot retainer device 111 and is greater than a force 121 directed downwardly on the other foot retainer device 111, the foot retainer devices will pivot in a clockwise direction 223 (from this view of FIG. 14). It should be understood that the foot retainer devices are capable of pivoting in the opposite direction (relative to direction 223) in a counterclockwise direction. Additionally, pivot 135 allows for the first and second platforms 114 and 123 (including brackets 125) to pivot about an axis that is horizontal across the page in the view of FIG. 14. The lower flange 234 of hinge 130 is secured to third platform 117 via bolts 233 and nuts 225.
  • Referring to FIGS. 16-18, an exemplary exercise device 260 is illustrated and includes a base 269 (or first platform) supported upon a plurality of wheels 270. Wheels 270 can be swivel wheels 270 (i.e., caster wheels 270) or can be stationary and configured in a specific linear direction. An opposite side of base 269 from wheels 270 includes an axle device 266 having a flange 264. Axle device 266 is secured to an upper surface of the base 269 in a rotational or pivoting relationship via braces 267 over opposite ends of the axle device 266. The pivotal relationship allows the flange 264 to rotate approximately 180 degrees in direction 268.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 16-18, a foot platform 262 is pivotally secured to the flange 264 of axle device 266 via pivot pin 265 which allows the foot platform 262 to pivot in direction 261. Outlines of feet 263 demonstrate where feet would be placed and secured to foot platform 262 of exercise device 260. Referring to FIG. 17, feet 263 are secured to the foot platform 262 by straps 271. The rotational axis defined by the axle device 266 is perpendicular to the rotational axis defined by pivot pin 265.
  • Referring to FIGS. 19-20, an exemplary exercise device 280 is illustrated and includes a base 286 (or first platform) supported upon a plurality of wheels 289. Base 286 is generally rectangular-shaped (but could be any geometric configuration) and includes lifters or spacers 287 at opposite edges of the base 286. Each lifter 287 includes a notch 288. Exercise device 280 further includes a foot platform 281 having an axle 284 secured or anchored (affixed) to a side of the foot platform 281 opposite an upper side 282. Axle 284 is secured by clamps 283. Axle 284 extends the length of foot platform 281 and has opposite ends extending past opposite edges of the foot platform 281 in an exposed fashion. The exposed opposite ends of axle 284 are to be positioned in the notches 288 of the lifters 287 wherein foot platform 281 has the capability for rotation in direction 285 relative to base 286 about an axis defined by axle 284. Foot platform 281 is elevetionally spaced above base 286 in the rotational relationship 285.
  • Referring to FIG. 20, braces 289 over notches 288 (and ultimately over exposed ends of axle 284) will maintain axle 284 and foot platform 281 positioned relative to base 286 in the rotational relationship 285. It should be noted that in this FIG. 20) the length of lifters 287 extend generally the entire width of base 286. Alternatively, referring to FIG. 19, the length of lifters 287 extends only a portion of the width of base 286.
  • Referring to FIG. 21, an exemplary exercise device 300 is illustrated and includes a base 301 (or first platform) and in this view only a bottom surface of base 301 is shown. Wheels 306 and bearing devices 303 protrude from this bottom surface of base 301. Each bearing device 303 includes a housing or socket 305 that receives a spherical ball 309. The spherical ball 309 is capable of free movement within the socket 305 in two planes at the same time, including rotating in those planes. A pair of foot platforms 302, one for each foot, are laterally spaced and each are secured to an axle 304. Axle 304 is rotationally secured to the bottom surface of base 301 via braces 307 which allows for each foot platform 302 to rotate about an axis defined by axle 304. Foot platforms 302 are aligned in respective openings 311 in base 301 to allow for free movement or rotation of each foot platform 302 without interference with base 301. It should be understood that an individual's feet would be supported upon each foot platform 302 on the opposite sides from this view.
  • Referring to FIG. 22, an exemplary exercise device 320 is illustrated and includes a base 328 (or first platform). Wheels 323 and bearing devices 321 are secured to and protrude from a bottom surface of base 328. Base 328 has a curved upward periphery 322 particularly where bearing devices 321 exist on a bottom side. It should be understood that base 301 of exercise device 300 of FIG. 21 could also have this curved base configuration. Alternatively, base 301 of exercise device 300 of FIG. 21 and base 328 of exercise device 320 could have a planar configuration devoid of the curved base. A pair of foot platforms 324 (only one shown here from this view), one for each foot, are laterally spaced and each are secured to an axle 325. Axle 325 is rotationally secured to an upper surface of base 328 via braces 326 which allows for each foot platform 324 to rotate about an axis defined by axle 325. Foot platforms 324 can be aligned in respective openings (not shown) in base 328 to allow for free movement or rotation of each foot platform 324 without interference with base 328. Alternatively, foot platforms 324 can be spaced elevationally above base 328 to a distance that will allow for free movement or rotation of each foot platform 325 without interference with base 328.
  • Referring to FIG. 23, an exemplary exercise device 340 is illustrated and includes a base 356 (or first platform) and a foot platform 345. Wheels 357 are secured to a bottom surface of base 356 and a foot 343 can be secured to the foot platform 345 via a foot retainer device that, in this non-limiting embodiment, includes adjustable straps 342 and heel support 344. A pivot device 349 provides a pivotal relationship between the base 356 and the foot platform 345. The pivot device 349 is C-shaped 354 having openings in each end of the C-shape 354 to receive a first axle 350. The pivot device 349 includes a second axle 353 oriented perpendicularly to the first axle 350 and is located extending through the center of the C-shape 354 of the pivot device 349. The first axle 350 is capable of rotation action about rotation direction 351 within the openings in each end of the C-shape 354 of the pivot device 349. The second axle 353 is capable of rotation action about rotation direction 352 within the center of the C-shape 354 of the pivot device 349. The second axle 353 is secured by clamps 348 over an opening 355 in base 356. The opening 355 allows the pivot device 349 to rotate in direction 352 without interfering with the structure of base 356.
  • Please note, the second axle 353 is shown again and without the rest of structure of pivot device 349 for ease of illustration of location of second axle 353 on base 356. That is, the second axle 353 shown over opening 355 is not a second axle structure and does not really exist without the rest of the pivot device 349 structure.
  • Still referring to FIG. 23, the foot platform 345 has a linear opening 341, and at each end of linear opening 341, circular shaped openings 347. Linear opening 341 and circular shaped openings 347 are configured to receive the first axle 350 of the pivot device 349 and opposite ends of the C-shape 354 of the pivot device 349. The pivot device 349 is pivotably secured to the foot platform 345 by braces 348 wherein bolts (not shown) extend through openings in braces 348 and openings 346 in foot platform 345. Accordingly, the pivot device 349 allows the foot platform 345 to pivot or rotate about a first axis defined by first axle 350 and to pivot or rotate about a second axis, perpendicular to the first axis, defined by second axle 353.
  • Still referring to FIG. 23, it should be understood that second axle 353 can be affixed, immovable to base 356 such that rotation action 352 occurs by the C-shape 354 of the pivot device 349 rotating on second axle 353. Alternatively, it should be understood that second axle 353 can be affixed, immovable to the C-shape 354 of the pivot device 349 but capable of rotation on base 356 under braces 348 such that rotation action 352 occurs by the entire structure of pivot device 349, including second axle 353, rotating on base 356 under braces 348. It should be further understood that rotation action 351 can occur by foot platform 345 being affixed and immovable to first axle 350 wherein first axle 350 rotates in the ends of the C-shape 354 of pivot device 349. Alternatively, it should be understood that first axle 350 can be affixed and immovable in the ends of the C-shape 354 of pivot device 349 wherein the rotation action 351 occurs by foot platform 345 rotating about first axle 350 in rotation direction 351.
  • Referring to FIG. 24, an exemplary exercise device 370 is illustrated and similar to exercise device 340 of FIG. 23, and therefore, only the differently configured structures of exercise device 370 have substantive description. Exercise device 370 includes a base 356 (or first platform) and a foot platform 371 with a pivot device 376 that provides a pivotal relationship between the base 356 and the foot platform 371. The pivot device 376 is D-shaped having a linear portion 380 and a C portion 381. An axle 377 extends perpendicularly through a center of the C portion 381 of the pivot device 376. The axle 377 is capable of rotation action about rotations direction 378. The C portion 381 of the pivot device 376 is secured by clamps or braces (348 of FIG. 23) over an opening (355 of FIG. 23) in base 356, the opening 355 allows the pivot device 376 to rotate in direction 378 without interfering with the structure of base 356.
  • Still referring to FIG. 24, the foot platform 371 has a linear opening 373 having a length configured to receive the linear portion 380 of the pivot device 376. The pivot device 376 is secured to the foot platform 371 by braces or clamps (348 in FIG. 23) and bolts (not shown) provided through openings in braces 348 and openings 373 in foot platform 371. The clamping of foot platform 371 over the linear portion 380 of pivot device 376 will allow foot platform 371 to pivot along direction action 375 over the linear portion 380 of pivot device 376 and will allow foot platform 371 to pivot along direction action 378 relative to the base 356. Accordingly, the pivot device 376 allows the foot platform 371 to pivot or rotate about a first axis defined by the linear portion 380 of pivot device 376 and to pivot or rotate about a second axis, perpendicular to the first axis, defined by axle 377.
  • Still referring to FIG. 24, it should be understood that axle 377 can be affixed, immovable to base 356 such that rotation action 378 occurs by the D-shaped (380 and 381) of pivot device 376 rotating on second axle 377. Alternatively, it should be understood that axle 377 can be affixed, immovable to the D-shaped (380 and 381) of pivot device 376 but capable of rotation on base 356 under braces 348 such that rotation action 378 occurs by the entire structure of pivot device 376, including axle 377, rotating on base 356 under braces 348.
  • Referring to FIG. 25, an exemplary pivot device 390 is shown and described, and includes the pivot device 376 just described in FIG. 24, and therefore, has the same capability as previously discussed. The pivot device 390 further includes a support structure or pivot base 391 which is supported upon an upper surface 395 of platform 394. An opposite side of platform 394 from upper surface 395 can have rolling devices to allow platform 394 to roll over a substrate. Pivot base 391 is generally a solid configuration having a bottom planar surface 398 opposite an upper surface 396. The bottom planar surface 398 of pivot base 391 is to be secured to upper surface 395 of platform 394. The upper surface 398 of pivot base 391 is configured with a first arcuate surface 392 and a second arcuate surface 393 that extends through and perpendicularly to the first arcuate surface 392. The first arcuate surface 392 of pivot base 391 is configured to receive axle 377 of pivot device 376. The axle 377 can be affixed and immovable in the first arcuate surface 392 wherein the D-shape (380 and 381) of the pivot device 376 rotates on axle 377. Alternatively, axle 377 can rotate in the first arcuate surface 392 wherein the entire structure of the pivot device 376, including axle 377, rotates in the first arcuate surface 392. The second arcuate surface 393 of pivot base 391 is configured to receive a section of the D-shape (380 and 381) during rotation of pivot device 376. Accordingly, the pivot device 376 allows a foot platform (not shown) to pivot or rotate about a first axis defined by the linear portion 380 of pivot device 376 and allows the foot platform (not shown) to pivot or rotate about a second axis, perpendicular to the first axis, defined by axle 377.
  • Referring to FIGS. 26A-B, an exemplary exercise system 400 and method of use of same is illustrated and described. The exercise system 400 includes an anchor 402 and an exercise device 410. It should be understood that any anchor described throughout this document can be used in this system and exercise method, to replace the anchor shown. Moreover, the anchor can be any other structure found in a home or office such as tires, desk, end table, cabinet (any furniture), box, bed, etc. The exemplary and non-limiting anchor 402 has a pyramid configuration, could be any geometric configuration, and made from tubular structures such as PVC tubes. Individual 401 holds onto anchor 402.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 26A-B, exercise device 410 includes a foot platform 404 that is pivotally secured to a base platform 406 via at least one pivot point 405. Base platform 406 has wheels 407 to move over substrate 408 in one exemplary embodiment the wheels 407 will all be aligned in one direction so individual moves back and forth along direction 403. The greater distance that individual 401 moves the exercise device 410 from anchor 402, the greater the angle 407 will be between the foot platform 404 and the base platform 406. However, the lower leg can remain straight minimizing potential for injury due to catastrophic stress.
  • Referring to FIG. 26B, individual 401 has moved the exercise device 410 closer to anchor 402, and as a result, angle 409 between the foot platform 404 and the base platform 406 is smaller than angle 407 of FIG. 26A. All muscle groups of individual 401 are being worked during the movement in the back and forth direction 403.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 26A-B, it should be understood that exercise device 410 can include a foot platform 404 that is pivotally secured to a base platform 406 in at least two axes and having swivel wheels. For example, and as non-limiting examples only, the exercise devices shown and described in FIGS. 13-21 could replace exercise device 410. An exercise method of use of these exercise devices would include individual 401 holding onto anchor 402 and having the capability to swing the body and the exercise device in a circular pattern around anchor 402.
  • Referring to FIG. 27, an exemplary exercise system 420 and exercise method of use of same is illustrated and described. The exercise system 420 includes an anchor 430 and an exercise device 422. Anchor 430 has an arcuate pyramid configuration with a top intersection point that is treaded to receive a vertically extending threaded axle 431. Axle 431 is capable of rotation about an axis defined by axle 431 and terminates in a circular handle 432 to be held by an individual 421. Individual 421 applies a rotational force in a tangential and horizontal direction on handle 432 to rotate handle 432 and axle 431. The top intersection point of anchor 430 can include a dampening device (not shown) that dampens the velocity by which the handle 432 and axle 431 will rotate. The range of dampening can be from complete frictionless rotation (no dampening) to various degrees of dampening which provides various degrees of force required to turn the handle 432 to a complete stationary handle 432 incapable of turning under a force provided by individual 421.
  • Still referring to FIG. 27, exercise device 422 includes a foot platform 423 that is pivotally secured to a base platform 427 which includes wheels 428 to allow exercise device 422 to move over substrate 433. The pivot securement between foot platform 423 and base platform 427 includes pivot pin 425 pivotally secured to base platform 427 via pivot point 426 and pivotally secured to foot platform 423 via pivot point 424. Each pivot point 426 and 424 can pivot on at least two axes, one axis perpendicular to respective foot platform 423 and base platform 427 and the other axis parallel to respective foot platform 423 and base platform 427. For example, pivot point 426 can provide the capability for pivot pin 425 (and foot platform 423) to pivot or rotate on one axis or two axes such as in a circular pattern that ultimately provides a 360 degree pivot.
  • Still referring to FIG. 27, an exercise method of use of exercise device 422 includes individual 421 holding onto handle 432 of anchor 430 and having the capability to swing the body in direction 434 driving the exercise device 422 to move in a circular pattern around anchor 430.
  • Referring to FIGS. 28A-E, an exemplary exercise device 450 is illustrated and includes a base platform 456 and a foot platform 451. Base platform 456 has wheels 457 and a circular opening 459. Foot platform 451 has foot retainer devices 452 for feet 453 such as straps. A pivoting device 454 includes a spherical configuration of an elastic compressible/expandable material that provides the pivoting action and has a composite of, as non-limiting examples, heavy-gauge engineered polymer or plastic; polyester with PVC induction; rubber; etc. The pivoting device 454 has U-shaped rings 455 (shown in FIG. 28E) secured thereto in a spaced relation around a periphery of the pivoting device 454. String/cord (not shown) can be provided through hook clamps 455 on pivot device 454 and then secured to bottom of foot platform 451 thereby securing pivot device 454 to foot platform 451.
  • Alternatively, and still referring to FIGS. 28A-E, hooks (not shown) can be secured to the bottom of foot platform 451 wherein the hooks are positioned to engage and grasp the U-shaped rings 455 of pivot device 454 (by compressing the pivoting device 454 with the foot platform 451 until the hook clamps are proximate the U-shaped rings 455), and thereby securing pivot device 454 to foot platform 451 in a removable/replacement relationship. Then, pivoting device 454 is received in circular opening 459 in base platform 456 and is dimensioned to receive only a portion of the spherical pivoting device 454. Pivoting device 454 can be received in circular opening 459 under gravity, weight of foot platform 451, or both.
  • Alternatively and still referring to FIGS. 28A-E, particularly 28C, string/cord can be secured to each of the foot platform 451 and the base platform 456 over pivot device 454. In a method of operation, when weight is applied to the foot platform 451, the pivoting device 454 is compressed between the foot platform 451 and the base platform 456. The pivoting device 454 provides the capability of the foot platform 451 to pivot on all axial directions.
  • Referring to FIGS. 29A-D, an exemplary exercise device 470 is illustrated and includes a platform 473 that has wheels 457 secured to a bottom surface. Hook clamps 476 extend vertically from an upper surface of platform 473 and are configured in a circular pattern around a pivoting device 472. The pivoting device 472 is provided on platform 473 between the circular pattern of the hook clamps 476. The pivoting device 472 is an elastic compressible/expandable material that provides the pivoting action and has a composite of, as non-limiting examples, heavy-gauge engineered polymer or plastic; polyester with PVC induction; rubber; etc. A net 475 has O-rings 477 provided on its periphery. The net 475 is placed over the pivoting device 472 with the O-rings 477 engaging the hook clamps 476 to secure the pivoting device 472 to platform 473. The pivoting device 472 can have a half-sphere configuration. Alternatively, the configuration of the pivoting device 472 can be spherical. The platform 473 can have a circular opening to receive pivoting device 472 similar to the base platform 456 of FIG. 28. Alternatively, platform 473 can have a planar surface without a circular opening. An individual's foot 471 can be directly secured to the pivoting device 472 with straps 480 provided over the foot 471 and secured through and under net 475. When weight is applied to the pivoting device 472 by foot 471, the pivoting device 472 is compressed between the foot 471 and platform 473. The pivoting device 472 provides the capability of the foot 471 to pivot on all axial directions.
  • Referring to FIGS. 30A-B, an exemplary exercise device 490 is illustrated and includes a platform 491 having a bottom surface 497 that includes wheels 492. The bottom surface 497 of platform 491 includes rollers or bearing devices 483 and 494. Bearing devices 483 have sockets or housings 485 that receive ball bearings 487 wherein the ball bearings 487 can rotate and pivot on all axial directions. The bearing devices 494 have sockets or housings 498 that receive ball bearings 499 wherein the ball bearings 499 can rotate and pivot on all axial directions. Instead of being planar, the configuration of platform 491 has upwardly curved portions 493 and the bearing devices 483 and 494 are generally provided on the bottom surface 497 of the upwardly curved portions 493 of platform 491.
  • Referring to FIG. 31, an exemplary exercise method is illustrated of using an exemplary exercise system 500. The exercise system 500 includes an anchor 501 and exercise device 505. Anchor 501 is a horizontally bar to be held by a hand 503 of an individual 502. Exercise device 505 is similar to the exercise device 490 previously described having curved sections/portions and the bearing devices 483 and 494 on a bottom surface. Exercise device 505 includes an upper surface 506 to support feet of individual 502 and a bottom surface 511 having wheels 508 and bearing devices 507 similar to the bearing devices 483 and 494 previously described. Bottom surface 511 of exercise device 505 further includes rollers 509 that can operate similar to wheels 508 or simply slide over a surface of a substrate. Exercise device 505 has curved sections 510 wherein the bottom surface 511 of each curved section 510 has either the bearing devices 507 or rollers 509, or both on any one curved section 510.
  • Still referring to FIG. 31, consider individual 502 performing an exercise method using exercise device 505 by moving exercise device 505 laterally along direction 504 away from directly beneath where the hands 503 are holding anchor 501. This exemplary exercise method of use of exercise device 505 allows for the individual's angles and legs to remain straight while exercise device 505 raises at an angle off substrate 512 with the curved sections 510 maintaining rolling capability of the exercise device 505 by bearing devices 507 or rollers 509 contacting substrate 512.
  • Referring to FIGS. 32A-C, an exemplary exercise device 520 is illustrated and includes a foot platform 522 to support foot 521 and a base platform 527 having wheels 528. The exercise device 520 includes a pivot device 529 configured as an hourglass and having an elastic compressible/expandable structure 525 secured between an upper plate 524 and lower plate 526. The compressible/expandable structure 525 provides the pivoting action and has a composite of, as non-limiting examples, heavy-gauge engineered polymer or plastic; polyester with PVC induction; rubber; etc.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 32A-C, the foot platform 522 can be selectively removed from the upper plate 524 and the base platform 527 can be selectively removed from the lower plate 526. This removal capability allows either of the foot platform 522, the pivot device 529 and the base platform 527 to be replaced or repaired. Structure for the selective removability and replacement includes, as a non-limiting example, each of the foot platform 522, base platform 527 and upper/lower plates 524/526 having corresponding and compatibly engaging/cooperating grooves and ridges so that each can be selectively fitted together or selectively removed apart by twisting one relative the other. Structure for the selective removability and replacement can further include, as a non-limiting example, screws and bolts 528. The pivot device 529 provides the capability of the foot platform 522 to pivot on all axial directions, for example, on an axis perpendicular to the page along direction 523 (FIG. 32B) and on an another axis perpendicular to the page along a direction shown in FIG. 32C.
  • Referring to FIG. 33, an exemplary exercise device 530 is illustrated and includes a foot platform 532 to support feet 531 and a base platform 535 having wheels 536. The exercise device 530 includes a pivot device 533 between the foot platform 532 and the base platform 535. The pivot device 533 has an accordion-like configuration of an elastic compressible/expandable structure. The compressible/expandable structure provides the pivoting action and has a composite of, as a non-limiting example, heavy-gauge engineered polymer or plastic; polyester with PVC induction; rubber; etc. The pivot device 533 provides the capability to pivot on all axial directions, for example, only direction 534 on an axis extending perpendicularly to the page.
  • Referring to FIG. 34, an exemplary exercise system 540 and exemplary exercise method of use of the exercise system 540 is illustrated. The exercise system 540 has an exercise device 547 and a support device or anchor that includes opposing vertical wall structures 541 with openings 543 to receive opposite ends of horizontal beams/bars 542. The exercise device 547 is similar to the exercise devices previously discussed in FIGS. 32-33 but could be any exercise device discussed throughout this document. Exercise device 547 includes pivot device 549 between a foot platform 548 for feet 545 and a base platform 550 with wheels 551. The positioning of horizontal beams/bars 542 can be selected to be adjusted or modified by selecting any combination of openings 543 in wall structures 541. The openings 543 located higher than others can be selected to have horizontal beams/bars 542 elevated for individual 544 to hang from with hands 546 holding the horizontal beams/bars 542. Alternatively, as shown, the horizontal beams/bars 542 can be positioned under armpits of individual 544 for a different exercise method which would focus on exercising different groups of muscles than hanging from the horizontal beams/bars 542 with arms generally extended.
  • Referring to FIGS. 35A-B, an exemplary exercise system 560 and exemplary exercise method of use of the exercise system 560 is illustrated. The exercise system 560 has an exercise device 571 and a support device or anchor that includes opposing vertical wall structures 565 and horizontal beams/bars 564 that extend in openings (not shown) proximate uppermost corners of respective wall structures 565. The wall structures 565 have other openings 570 to receive opposite ends of horizontal beams/bars 564 to vary the placement of horizontal beams/bars 564 thereby varying the exercise methods possible. Additionally, the anchor includes a web structure 575 having a frame 563 (this embodiment has a rectangular configuration but could be any geometric configuration) and patterned elastic material 561 secured over the frame 563. Springs 568 terminating in hooks 562 are secured to and spaced around a periphery of frame 563.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 35A-B, for the exemplary exercise system 560, the hooks 562 are provided over horizontal beams/bars 564 of the anchor to position web structure 575 for use by individual 569 in exercise methods. The springs 563 and elastic material 561 collectively provide for a substantial elastic anchor to provide the capability for individual 569 to vary the exercise methods possible with exercise system 560. Additionally, the web structure 575 can be positioned in a various number of locations relative the respective wall structures 565 depending on the positioning of horizontal beams/bars 564 to receive the web structure 575. Again, this provides for the capability for individual 569 to vary the exercise methods possible with exercise system 560.
  • Referring to FIGS. 36-37, an exemplary exercise device 600 is illustrated wherein structure represented as 601 can be the same as the structure, or combination of structures, previously described in FIGS. 5-12, and therefore, not substantially described. Exercise device 600 includes a first platform 610 pivotably secured to a second platform 611. Both first and second platforms 610 and 611 are generally planar and parallel with a pivot axis between the two located generally perpendicularly and centrally relative to each other. Swivel wheels 612 are secured to a bottom surface of the second platform 611. There can be at least one bearing/pivot structure between the first and second platforms 610 and 611, or a plurality of two or more bearing/pivot structures, or no bearing/pivot structures between the first and second platforms 610 and 611.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 36-37, an upper surface 607 of first platform 610 receives a padded support or pillow 602 configured to support folded legs of an individual. The padded pillow 602 has an upper surface 608 that has a concave configuration to facilitate receipt of the folded legs. The padded pillow 602 can be secured to the upper surface 607 of first platform 610 via any type of adhesive such as glue, bolt or both (not shown). Alternatively, padded pillow 602 can be resting upon the upper surface 607 of first platform 610 without being secured thereto. A pair of brackets 604 (one shown) are secured proximate a periphery edge of the first platform 610 and secured thereto via a bolt 605 and nut 606. The brackets 604 receive a securement strap 603 that is used to secure legs of an individual to the exercise device 600. If the padded pillow 602 is resting upon the upper surface 607 of first platform 610 without being secured thereto, then the securement strap 603 has the additional duty of maintaining the padded pillow 602 on the first platform 610. Securement strap 603 can include Velcro® (not shown) to secure portions of the strap together over the folded legs.
  • Referring to FIG. 37, securement strap 603 is shown in an open position to allow receipt of legs to be placed on padded pillow 602. After legs are placed on the padded pillow 602, the securement strap 603 is folded over the legs and secured in that position with the Velcro®. Other methods to secure securement strap 603 over the legs includes snaps, buckles, strings, zippers, buttons, etc. With exercise device 600 configured for legs instead of feet, different exercise methods are implemented and can focus on different muscle groups of an individual.
  • Referring to FIGS. 38A-B, an exemplary exercise device 620 is illustrated and includes a base platform 623 having wheels 624 secured to one side. An opposite side of base platform 623 is another configuration of a leg support 622. Shin support 622 is removably secured to base platform 623, for example with at least one bolt and nut combination, not shown for simplicity, which extends through leg support 622 and base platform 623. As the side view of FIG. 38A indicates, leg support 622 can have different thicknesses as the structure extends from one end 626 of base platform 623 to the other end 625. This different thickness configuration can facilitate supporting the shins of an individual. Moreover, upper surfaces 627 and 628 of leg support 622 are concave and configured similar to the shins of an individual to further facilitate supporting the shins of an individual.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 38A-B, leg restraints 621 are provided to secure an individual's legs (see subsequent figures) to exercise device 620. The configuration of leg restraints 621 illustrated are similar to shoestrings (shoelaces) which are attached to the base platform 623 or leg support 622, or both, and extend laterally outward to terminate in aglets (optional). The leg restraints 621 will be secured and tied over the legs. Other configurations for leg restraints 621 of an exemplary exercise device include strands of material having hook and loop fasteners, with or without aglets, similar to Velcro® structures. Other configurations for leg restraints (or feet restraints) include flap structures (not shown) that would extend from opposites of the exercise device. The flaps can be similar to uppers of a shoe that hold a shoe onto the foot such as sandals or flip-flops, The flap or upper includes a mechanism, such as laces, straps with buckles, zippers, elastic, Velcro® straps, buttons, or snaps, for tightening the flaps/uppers over the leg/foot. The exemplary flaps/uppers can include a tongue that helps seal the laced opening and protect the leg/foot from abrasion by the securement mechanism such as laces. The exemplary flaps/uppers can further include eyelets or hooks to make it easier to tighten and loosen the securement mechanism (for example laces) and to prevent the lace from tearing through the upper material. It should be understood that any of these fastening devices can be included in any one of the exercise devices disclosed throughout this document.
  • Referring to FIGS. 39A-C, an exemplary exercise system 640 is illustrated and an exemplary exercise method of use of exercise system 640 is shown. The exercise system 640 includes an exercise device 620 similar to that described in FIGS. 38A-B. Accordingly, the lower leg 642 of individual 641 is secured to exercise system 640 via leg restraints 621. The exercise system 640 further includes vertical supports 646 having vertically spaced openings 643 to receive opposite ends of beam 645 and the beam 645 can be held by hands 647 (or beneath underarms) of individual 641.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 39A-C, an exemplary exercise method of use of exercise system 640 includes the individual 641 moving the exercise device 620 alternatively between directions 648 and 649. Additionally, the exercise method of use of exercise system 640 can include the individual 641 moving the exercise device 620 in a circular pattern previously discussed in this document. While this embodiment has straps 621 shown provided over calves of individual's 641 lower legs 642, individual 641 alternatively could be sitting on folded legs wherein straps 621 are provided over the top of upper legs.
  • Referring to FIGS. 40A-B, an exemplary exercise system 660 is illustrated and an exemplary exercise method of use of exercise system 660 is shown. Exercise system 660 can be characterized as a game or contest and includes an exercise device 672, substrate 661, and anchor having beams 666 and openings 667. Exercise system 660 can further include one or both of laptop 663 and screen 664 which are electrically coupled to each other and substrate 661 via an electrical connection 673. Substrate 661 in one non-limiting example includes a plurality of concentric circular lines 674 formed around a central circle 675 and establishing concentric circular spacings 677 between each concentric circular line 674. In the concentric circular spacings 677, circular pods 665 are provided with pre-selected, but modifiable, numerical values.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 40A-B, an exemplary exercise method of using exercise system 660 includes, in one non-limiting example, has individual 669 secured to exercise device 672 with individual beginning with exercise device 672 positioned in central circle 675. In embodiment for method of use, while individual 669 holds onto beams 666, the game starts with the individual 669 to begin to move the exercise device 672 with the goal of contacting the circular pods 665. Contacting the circular pods 665 will register the “points,” represented by the numerical value in the respective circular pods 665. As various ones of the plurality of circular pods 665 are contacted, pressure upon each circular pod 665 from the weight of the individual 669 creates an electrical connection which is indicated on laptop 663 and/or screen 664 as the corresponding numerical value listed.
  • Still referring to FIGS. 40A-B, and in one exemplary embodiment, the ultimate goal can be to score as many points as possible in a given time frame to “win” the game. Accordingly, the numerical values in the circular pods 665 can be selected to encourage the individual 669 to move in a certain way, for example, in circles, with the assumption that the individual 669 will desire to acquire the greatest total of pod values in the shortest time period. Additionally, the circular pods 665 which are the farthest removed from the central circle 675 can be selected to have the greatest numerical value to encourage the individual 669 to desire to contact these circular pods 665, again with the assumption that the individual 669 will desire to acquire the greatest total of pod values in the shortest time period. In this way, the difficulty of the game increases as the contestant attempts to contact the circular pods 665 with the larger numerical values to win the game, and correspondingly, increases the difficulty of reaching the circular pods 665 with the greater numerical value which increases the health benefit of the game for the individual 669.
  • Referring to FIG. 41, for any non-limiting exemplary exercise device 700 having at least two platforms (for example, a foot platform and a base platform) discussed throughout this entire document, it should be understood that between any two platforms 702 can be at least one or more dampening or shock absorber device 704. An exemplary dampening device 704 can be a pneumatic or/and hydraulic shock absorber used in conjunction with cushions and springs. Moreover, an exemplary dampening device 704 can have a ball joint (or ball and socket joint) at each end that includes a socket or housing 706 and ball bearing 703. A plate 701 secures each socket 706 to respective platforms 702. One or more of the ends of the dampening device 704 can have O-rings (not shown) instead of the ball joints wherein the O-rings are pivotally connected to respective plates 701.
  • Referring to FIG. 42, for any non-limiting exemplary exercise device 712 having at least two platforms (for example, a foot platform and a base platform) discussed throughout this entire document, it should be understood that between any two platforms 714 can be at least one or more dampening or shock absorber device 724. An exemplary dampening device 724 can be a pneumatic or/and hydraulic shock absorber used in conjunction with cushions and springs. As a non-limiting example only, this dampening device 724 has a piston rod 718, piston head 723, floating piston 722 and high pressure 726. The dampening device 724 can have oil (not referenced) between piston head 723 and floating piston 722, and above piston head 723. Moreover, an exemplary dampening device 724 can have a ball joint (or ball and socket joint) at each end that includes a socket or housing 713 and ball bearing 715. A plate 721 secures each socket 713 to platforms 714. One or more of the ends of the dampening device 724 can have O-rings (not shown) instead of the ball joints wherein the O-rings are pivotally connected to respective plates 721. Any exemplary exercise device can have any combination of, and any number of, dampening devices shown in FIGS. 41 and 42 between two platforms.
  • Referring to FIG. 43, for any non-limiting exemplary exercise device 730 discussed throughout this entire document, it should be understood that the rolling devices or wheels can be provided on a bottom surface of a platform 742 and have at least one or more dampening or shock absorber device 738, and can have at least one or more pivot device, or any combination of these structures. An exemplary pivot device has a first pivot plate 744 pivoted to a second pivot plate 737 via a pivot pin 731. First pivot plate 744 is secured to the bottom surface of platform 742 and the second pivot plate 737 is secured to a wheel plate 736. An exemplary dampening device 738 can be as described in FIG. 41 or FIG. 42. Alternatively, the exemplary dampening device 738 can have one end with an end plate 745 pivotally secured to pivot plate 733 via pivot pin 740 wherein pivot plate 733 is secured to platform 742. An opposite end of dampening device 738 has a spring directly secured to wheel plate 736. An opposite side of wheel plate 736 has a swivel structure 735 rotationally secured thereto and the swivel structure 735 has a sphere 734 pivotally secured to the swivel structure via a pivot pin 732.
  • Referring to FIG. 44, for any non-limiting exemplary exercise device 750 discussed throughout this entire document, it should be understood that the rolling devices or wheels can be provided with at least one or more dampening or shock absorber device 753, and can have at least one or more pivot device, or any combination of these structures. The pivot device includes a pivot plate 751 secured to a bottom surface of a platform 768, the pivot plate 751 is pivotally secured to an end of a pivot lever 766 via a pivot pin 752. An opposite end of a pivot lever 766 is rotationally secured to a swivel structure 762 and secured to the dampening device 753. The exemplary dampening device 753 can have one end with an end plate 757 pivotally secured to pivot plate 755 via pivot pin 740 wherein pivot plate 755 is secured to platform 768. An opposite end of dampening device 753 has a spring directly secured to the end of the pivot lever 766 above the swivel structure 762. The swivel structure 762 terminates in a cover 760 which is pivotally secured to sphere 758 via pivot pin 756 wherein the structure is collectively configured as a caster wheel 754.
  • Referring to FIG. 45, for any non-limiting exemplary exercise device 780 discussed throughout this entire document, it should be understood that the exercise device 780 is configured as a skate. Skate 780 includes a shoe/boot 786 this is provided to receive a foot and secured via shoestrings 788. Skate 780 is removably secured to plate or platform 784 which is configured as a linear structure. Platform 784 includes caster wheels 782.
  • Referring to FIG. 46, for any exemplary exercise device 820 discussed throughout this entire document, it should be understood that the rolling devices or wheels can be provided with at least one or more ball joint (or ball and socket joint). The ball joint is secured to platform 822 via plate 824 and includes a socket 826 housing a ball bearing 828. A stem 830 extends between ball bearing 828 and swivel structure 832 of caster wheel 834. Alternatively, for any non-limiting exemplary exercise device 820 discussed throughout this entire document, it should be understood that the rolling devices or wheels can be the ball joint (or ball and socket joints) themselves which provide the capability or capacity for the exercise device to move over a substrate.
  • Referring to FIG. 47, an exemplary exercise device 800 is disclosed that moves over a substrate having all stationary, immovable parts or components. That is, exercise device 800 has no moving or turning parts or components including no rolling wheels or other devices and no pivoting devices. The exemplary exercise device 800 includes a plurality of stationary bearings 806 secured to a bottom surface 804 of platform 802. The bearings 806 have rounded, curved (arcuate) bottommost surfaces that facilitate movement over a substrate and pivoting of platform 802 relative a substrate while moving over that substrate.
  • The exemplary disclosed bottommost surfaces of bearings 806 are configured as semicircles, and can have more sharply curved configurations up to and including a pointed configuration. Additionally, the bearings 806 can have differently configured bottommost surfaces from one another on the same platform 802, for example, one or more bearing 806 can have a semicircular configuration while another one or more has a pointed configuration, while another one or more has a curved configuration in between the semicircular configuration and the pointed configuration. Still further, a bottommost surface of one or more bearing 806 can have a faceted configuration of one or more planes intersecting one or more other planes at one or more various angles. Furthermore, there can be any various combinations of these differently configured bottommost surfaces of bearing 806, for example, one can be faceted, another pointed, another having any radius of a semicircle.
  • Still referring to FIG. 47, one or more exemplary stationary bearings 806 can include a pivoting device can be provided between the bearings 806 and platform 802 to secure the bearings 806 to the bottom surface 804 of platform 802. An exemplary pivoting device includes a ball joint (or ball and socket joint) previously described throughout this document (for example, FIG. 46). Additionally, surfaces of the bearings 806 may, or may not, include a gel, wax, grease and/or similar substances that diminish friction and facilitate the movement of bearings 806 over a substrate. An exemplary substance that diminishes friction substance includes glide wax routinely provided over snow skis and snowboards. It should be understood that exercise device 800 can be used in any one exercise system described throughout this document. The exemplary exercise device 800 will include a body part securing device secured to a side of platform 802 (not shown) that is opposite to the bottom surface 804 of platform 802.
  • Still referring to FIG. 47, the bearings 806 of exercise device 800 can be made of any plastic material or any metal material. Exemplary plastic material includes thermoplastics, thermosetting plastics and similar materials. These plastic materials can be characterized as being ductile and/or malleable which provides the capability of being molded into various forms and hardened. Furthermore, these plastic materials can be generally characterized by any of various nonmetallic compounds, synthetically produced, usually from organic compounds by polymerization, or formed into pliable sheets or films, fibers, flexible or hard foams. Example plastic materials include polystyrene, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyamide, polypropylene, polyethylene, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Other exemplary nonmetallic compounds include spun glass or fiberglass which is a composite of extremely fine fibers of glass combined with polymers and epoxies. Exemplary metals or similar material include tin, iron, aluminum, magnesium, zinc and copper, and alloys of any one metal or any combination of the metals such as steel, stainless steel, brass and bronze. The metals or similar material can be characterized as being ductile and/or malleable. Being ductile and malleable allows for the metal or similar material to be molded into various forms and hardened.
  • Referring to FIG. 48, an exemplary exercise device 840 is disclosed illustrating a different configuration for a body part securing device 852 to secured to an upper surface 844 of a platform 842 (It should be understood that this platform 842 can be a first platform with any number of pivoting platforms secured below via any of the number of bearing structures disclosed throughout this document). Exercise device 840 includes a pair of brackets 846 (one referenced) secured proximate a periphery edge of the platform 842 and secured thereto via bolts (not referenced). Body part securing devices 852 can be configured as sandals having soles (not referenced) and respective straps 854 that secure a foot to the sole of the sandal. Sandals 852 are secured to the exercise device 840 by a collection of securement devices 856, 858, and 850. The securement devices 856, 858, and 850 are configured as elongated structures such as bands, strings, cords and/or threads. One or more of securement devices 856, 858, and 850 can be elastic and/or flexible. One or more of securement devices 856, 858, and 850 can be inelastic and/or inflexible.
  • Still referring to FIG. 48, securement device 850 is intertwined and/or looped around one bracket 846 and one strap 854 of one sandal 852. Securement device 856 is intertwined and/or looped around the other one bracket 846 and the other one strap 854 of the other one sandal 852. One or more of the securement devices 850 and 856 may be, or may not be, further secured to the respective brackets 846 with an attachment structure 848 such as tape (only one referenced). If either one of securement devices 850 and 856 are further secured to the respective brackets 846 with tape 848, then the further secured securement device may, or may not, be intertwined and/or looped around the bracket 846. Securement device 858 is intertwined and/or looped around each strap 854 of each sandal 852, the intertwinement being on opposite sides of respective straps 854 relative to securement devices 850 and 856.
  • Still referring to FIG. 48, this type of configuration for a body part securing device 852 to be secured to an upper surface 844 of a platform 842 by securement devices 856, 858, and 850 allow for the body part securing device 852 to move relative platform 842 during exercise methods to facilitate increase in the type of exercise movements capable of being performed by an individual and decrease the potential for injury to ankles, feet, knees and other joints during performance of the exercise methods. It should be understood that securement devices 856 and 850 could be attached directly to upper surface 844 of platform 842 without brackets 846. Furthermore, securement device 858 can be attached directly to upper surface 844 of platform 842. Direct attachment of the securement devices to upper surface 844 of platform 842 can be via a bolt, adhesive, tape. Still further, an opening (not shown) can be formed in the upper surface 844 of platform 842 with a bridge structure (not shown) extending across the opening wherein the securement device (cord, band, thread or string) is intertwined and/or looped around the bridge structure.
  • Still referring to FIG. 48, it should be understood that this type of configuration for a body part securing device 852 to be secured to an upper surface of a platform, that is, relying on a collection of cord and/or string securement devices can also work with an exercise device having a single body part securing device 852 (such as a sandal) wherein securement device 858 would not be needed. Furthermore, it should be understood that body part securing device(s) (such as a sandal) can be directly secured to the upper surface 844 of platform 842 as previously described throughout this document via bolts, pivots devices, etc. in combination the securement devices just described (858, 856 and 850). It should be further understood that attachment structure 848 can be a cylindrically configured bearing that is capable of sliding along the length of bracket 846 allowing body part securing devices 852 to move up and down (from this perspective of the page) relative to platform 842.
  • Any one of the various exercise systems and exercise devices described throughout this document can be used to perform various exercise methods. The following is only a few of exemplary non-limiting examples of exercise methods described.
  • A non-limiting exercise method includes one, or both, hand(s) on a fixed support (or anchor), such as a desk, table or one or more tires, and one, or both, foot (feet) on one, or two exercise device(s), such as any exercise device described throughout this document. The method step includes moving the exercise device in any configuration relative the fixed support, for example, moving/rotating the exercise device around the fixed support (or back and forth). The individual can perform this method step while faced down toward the substrate or faced up away from the substrate, or the individual can alternate between being faced up and being faced down as the exercise device moves/rotates around the fixed support. If each foot is on a separate exercise device, the various exercise method steps can be further varied, for example, having one foot at a time move/rotate around the fixed support.
  • A non-limiting exercise method includes one, or both, hand(s) on a substrate, and one, or both, foot (feet) on one, or two exercise device(s), such as any exercise device described throughout this document. The method step includes moving the exercise device in any configuration over the substrate. Instead of foot (feet), the individual can perform this method step with one, or both, knee(s) (optionally including a portion of the one or two legs) on one, or two exercise device(s).
  • A non-limiting exercise method includes the individual standing erect upon a substrate with hands free and one foot on an exercise device such as any exercise device described throughout this document. The method step includes moving the one exercise device over the substrate in any configuration.
  • A non-limiting exercise method includes an individual sitting on a surface elevationally above a substrate, an exemplary surface being a fire place, chair, etc. and the hands are free or on the surface. The individual's foot, or feet, is position on one, or two, exercise device(s), such as any exercise device described throughout this document. The method step includes moving the exercise device in any configuration over the substrate.
  • A non-limiting exercise method includes an individual's knees and feet on a substrate and hands on a single, or two, exercise device(s), such as any exercise device described throughout this document. The method step includes moving the single, or two, exercise device(s) in any configuration over the substrate.
  • A non-limiting exercise method includes an individual sitting on a exercise device on a substrate, feet free above the substrate, and each hand on a separate exercise device. Each exercise device being any one described throughout this document. The method step includes moving the exercise devices supporting the respective hands in any configuration over the substrate.
  • It should be understood that any platform or plate for any exercise device described throughout this document, whether a first platform or a second platform, etc. and/or a base platform or foot platform, plate, etc., can be formed from any of a variety of materials such as woods, plastics, thermoplastics, metals, metal alloys and any combination thereof. Exemplary woods include oak, pine, walnut, ash, poplar, cedar, birch, dogwood, cottonwood, elm, redwood, hickory, maple, mahogany, willow or any combination of the woods. Exemplary metals or similar material include tin, iron, aluminum, magnesium, zinc and copper, and alloys of any one metal or any combination of the metals such as steel, stainless steel, brass and bronze. The metals or similar material can be characterized as being ductile and/or malleable. Being ductile and malleable allows for the metal or similar material to be molded into various forms and hardened. Exemplary plastics include thermoplastic, thermosetting plastic and similar material. These plastic materials can be characterized as being ductile and/or malleable which provides the capability of being molded into various forms and hardened. Furthermore, these plastic materials can be generally characterized by any of various nonmetallic compounds, synthetically produced, usually from organic compounds by polymerization, or formed into pliable sheets or films, fibers, flexible or hard foams. Example plastic materials include polystyrene, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyamide, polypropylene, polyethylene, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Other exemplary nonmetallic compounds include spun glass or fiberglass which is a composite of extremely fine fibers of glass combined with polymers and epoxies.
  • Further, it should be understood that any platform for any exercise device described throughout this document can be formed by various exemplary one or combination of methods such as injection molding. Injection molding is a manufacturing process using thermoplastic and/or thermosetting plastic materials described previously (example plastic materials include polystyrene, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyamide, polypropylene, polyethylene, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)). An overview of an injection molding process includes molten plastic being injected at high pressure into a mold wherein the mold is an inverse design of the shape of exemplary one structure or component of the protective barriers. Still other exemplary methods of forming exemplary one structure or component of the protective barriers include die casting. Die casting is a manufacturing process using metals and/or metal alloys described previously (example metals or metal alloys include tin, iron, aluminum, magnesium, zinc and copper, and alloys of any one metal or any combination of the metals). An overview of a die casting process includes molten metal being injected at high pressure into a mold wherein the mold is an inverse design of the shape of exemplary one structure or component of the protective barriers. Yet other exemplary methods of forming exemplary one structure or component of the protective barriers include: permanent mold casting, extrusion, forging, sand casting, powder metallurgy, ceramic mold casting, plaster mold casting and centrifugal casting.
  • It should be further understood that any exercise system disclosed throughout this document can include an exercise device and a support device which is, as a non-limiting embodiment, a trapeze to be held onto with hands of an individual/user. An exemplary trapeze can be characterized as a short horizontal bar hung by ropes or metal straps from another structure or support. Exemplary exercise methods using a trapeze could include static method steps, swinging or flying method steps, and may be performed solo with one individual/user holding onto the trapeze (support device), and even two or more individual/user holding on to the trapeze (support device) at the same time.
  • It should be further understood that any exercise device disclosed throughout this document can include, as a non-limiting embodiment, a single platform with one side configured for receiving a portion of a human body by any configuration or device disclosed throughout this document. The opposite side to the one side of the exemplary exercise device can include, as a non-limiting embodiment, any configuration or device for moving the exercise device over a substrate disclosed throughout this document which includes any of the pivoting devices disclosed, any of the bearing devices disclosed, any of the dampening devices disclosed, and any of the rolling (or non-rolling of FIG. 47) devices disclosed.
  • While the disclosure of this application was motivated by the above design considerations, it is in no way so limited. The invention is only limited by the accompanying claims as literally worded, without interpretative or other limiting reference to the specification, and in accordance with the doctrine of equivalents.
  • Other aspects and implementations are contemplated.
  • In compliance with the statute, the invention has been described in language more or less specific as to structural and methodical features. It is to be understood, however, that the invention is not limited to the specific features shown and described, since the means herein disclosed comprise preferred forms of putting the invention into effect. The invention is, therefore, claimed in any of its forms or modifications within the proper scope of the appended claims appropriately interpreted in accordance with the doctrine of equivalents.

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The invention claimed is:
1. An exercise device comprising:
a first platform configured to receive a portion of the human body;
a second platform configured to move over the substrate; and
a pivot device securing the first and second platforms together, the pivot device allowing for a pivot action between the first and second platforms.
2. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein the pivot action comprises at least two different pivot axes and wherein at least one of the first and second platforms can rotate about the two different pivot axes relative to the other platform.
3. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein the pivot action comprises any pivot axis oriented in any direction in a single plane and wherein at least one of the first and second platforms can rotate about the any pivot axis relative to the other platform.
4. The exercise device of claim 3 wherein the pivot action further comprises a perpendicular pivot axis oriented perpendicularly to the single plane and wherein the at least one of the first and second platforms can rotate about the perpendicular pivot axis relative to the other platform.
5. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein:
the first and second platforms are spaced from each other;
the pivot device allows for at least one of the first and second platforms to move back and forth through the space; and
at each point in the space where the at least one platform moves, the pivot device further allows for a pivot action that comprises any pivot axis in three dimensional space wherein the central point of the three dimensional axes is defined by each point of movement in the space by the at least one platform.
6. The exercise device of claim 1 further comprising at least one dampening device between the first and second platforms.
7. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein the pivot action comprises at least two pivot axes, and wherein each one of the two pivot axes can be oriented in any direction in a respective single plane, and wherein the two respective single planes are perpendicular to each other, and wherein at least one of the first and second platforms can rotate about the at least two pivot axes relative to the other platform.
8. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein the pivot device comprises at least one ball and socket joint that provides at least a portion of the pivot action.
9. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein the second platform comprises at least one ball and socket joint that provides at least a portion of the capacity of the second platform to move over the substrate.
10. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein the capacity of the second platform to move over the substrate is provided by at least one bearing device, the bearing device lacking any moving parts.
11. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein pivot device comprises a ball joint, the ball joint comprising a spherical bearing rotatable in a socket and a stem extending from the spherical bearing, the socket is secured to one of the first and second platforms and the stem is secured to the other of the platforms.
12. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein pivot device comprises:
at least two ball joints, each ball joint comprising a spherical bearing rotatable in a socket, one socket is secured to the first platform and the other socket is secured to the second platform; and
a single stem extends between the respective spherical bearings.
13. The exercise device of claim 12 further comprising a dampening device over the single stem.
14. The exercise device of claim 1 wherein pivot device comprises:
at least two ball joints, each ball joint comprising a spherical bearing rotatable in a socket, one socket is secured to the first platform and the other socket is secured to the second platform; and
a dampening device extending between the respective spherical bearings.
15. An exercise system comprising:
a first platform configured to receive a portion of the human body and configured to move over a substrate;
a second platform pivotally secured to the first platform and configured to move over a substrate; and
an anchor configured to be gripped with hands.
16. The exercise system of claim 15 wherein the anchor comprises a net.
17. The exercise system of claim 15 wherein the substrate comprises markings configured as a game.
18. The exercise system of claim 17 wherein the substrate is electrically coupled to a computer.
19. The exercise system of claim 15 wherein the anchor comprises a trapeze.
20. An exercise method comprising:
sitting on a first exercise device configured to move over a substrate;
supporting at least one hand on a second exercise device configured to move over the substrate; and
moving the second exercise device over the substrate.
21. The exercise method of claim 20 further comprising supporting the other hand on a third exercise device configured to move over the substrate.
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