WO2005002680A2 - Physical exercise device - Google Patents

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WO2005002680A2
WO2005002680A2 PCT/BE2004/000097 BE2004000097W WO2005002680A2 WO 2005002680 A2 WO2005002680 A2 WO 2005002680A2 BE 2004000097 W BE2004000097 W BE 2004000097W WO 2005002680 A2 WO2005002680 A2 WO 2005002680A2
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Nikolaos Marakakis
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Pecora Philippo
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
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    • A63B23/00Exercising apparatus specially adapted for particular parts of the body
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    • A63B23/0355A single apparatus used for either upper or lower limbs, i.e. with a set of support elements driven either by the upper or the lower limb or limbs
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B21/00Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices
    • A63B21/06User-manipulated weights
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
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    • A63B21/062User-manipulated weights including guide for vertical or non-vertical weights or array of weights to move against gravity forces
    • A63B21/0626User-manipulated weights including guide for vertical or non-vertical weights or array of weights to move against gravity forces with substantially vertical guiding means
    • A63B21/0628User-manipulated weights including guide for vertical or non-vertical weights or array of weights to move against gravity forces with substantially vertical guiding means for vertical array of weights
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B21/00Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices
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    • A63B21/08User-manipulated weights anchored at one end
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B21/00Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices
    • A63B21/15Arrangements for force transmissions
    • A63B21/151Using flexible elements for reciprocating movements, e.g. ropes or chains
    • A63B21/154Using flexible elements for reciprocating movements, e.g. ropes or chains using special pulley-assemblies
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B21/00Exercising apparatus for developing or strengthening the muscles or joints of the body by working against a counterforce, with or without measuring devices
    • A63B21/40Interfaces with the user related to strength training; Details thereof
    • A63B21/4041Interfaces with the user related to strength training; Details thereof characterised by the movements of the interface
    • A63B21/4043Free movement, i.e. the only restriction coming from the resistance
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
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    • A63B21/40Interfaces with the user related to strength training; Details thereof
    • A63B21/4041Interfaces with the user related to strength training; Details thereof characterised by the movements of the interface
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    • A63B23/035Exercising apparatus specially adapted for particular parts of the body for limbs, i.e. upper or lower limbs, e.g. simultaneously
    • A63B23/0355A single apparatus used for either upper or lower limbs, i.e. with a set of support elements driven either by the upper or the lower limb or limbs
    • A63B23/03558Compound apparatus having multiple stations allowing an user to exercise different limbs
    • A63B23/03566Compound apparatus having multiple stations allowing an user to exercise different limbs the multiple stations having a common resistance device
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
    • A63B2220/00Measuring of physical parameters relating to sporting activity
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Abstract

The invention relates to a physical exercise device (1) comprising a frame (2) for placing on a support, a first cable (3a) of which each end is provided for enabling a force to be exerted thereupon or for being fixed in a moveable manner to said frame (2), said first cable (3a) passing around a first pin (4a) provided for sliding in a first track (5) connected to the frame (2), and comprising a second cable (3a) of which each end is provided for enabling a force to be exerted thereupon or this end can be held by the frame (2), said second cable (3b) passing around a second pin (4b) connected to the first pin (4a) and being able to slide in the first track (5) in such a manner that, when a force is exerted upon one end of the first cable (3a), its other end being fixed in a moveable manner to the frame (2), it is transferred via the first pin (4a) and via the second pin (4b) to the second cable (3b) and said force can be counterbalanced by an opposing force exerted upon one end of the second cable (3b), its other extremity being held by the frame (2), or to both ends of said second cable (3b).

Description

APPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL EXERCISE

The invention

[0001] The present invention relates to an exercise device that can be used both by sportsmen in fitness rooms by patients in rehabilitation centers.

State of the art [0002] Most exercise equipment known prior art work on the principle of counter opposing resistance to the force exerted on the device by the user. An example of this type of apparatus is given in US-A-5, 447, 80. [0003] In this type of device, the intensity of this force is therefore determined mainly by the mass of counterweight used. Thus, if for a given user too much mass is used as a counterweight, the user may suffer pain or injury of his muscular system using the mass to withstand its force.

[0004] Another type of exercise machine used as resistance element to the force exerted by a user on the device, the actual mass of the user.

[0005] Thus, patent US-A-5, 733, 229 discloses an exercise device comprising a frame arranged to be placed on a support, a saddle that allows a user to sit on the apparatus and secured . of a mounted part of .mobile manner Te "frame user .applique a force on the rigging by means of his arms or legs the hangers are .montés sμr le- frame 1 '..: device and connected to the frame by; the intermediate of a- cable- and a lever arm system, so that following the force exerted on the rigging by 1 '.utilisateur the .cadre of unit rises along the 'frame by lifting the user. the system- of. the lever arm is used to select the intensity of the resistance to the force applied by the user, this resistance being proportional to the weight of user. This resistance is selected by adjusting the amplitude of displacement of the lever arm along the frame while preserved ant the same amount of movement on the gear used. [0006] Such an apparatus does not include a counterweight as it is the weight of the user which allows to offer resistance to its own strength and an adjustment of the intensity of this resistance is possible by said user. However, this setting can, if badly chosen by the user, create too much resistance to the force exerted by it on the rigging from its physical capacity. Therefore, the consequences can be pain and muscle injuries to the user system. [0007] Moreover, it is not possible with such a device that the user performs exercises without sitting on the device since it is its own weight creates resistance that opposes the force that it applies to this unit via the rigging connected to the latter. [0008] Another example of an apparatus similar to this one, and has therefore the same type of disadvantages is described in US Patent 5,330,405. Goals. 1 invention

[0009] - present invention is to provide an exercise device that physically does not have the drawbacks .des.- devices: of the 'state of the art mentioned above .-

[0010] Specifically, - the present invention is to provide an exercise machine capable of operating without counterweight and ensures maximum security- to its user. [0011] The present invention also aims to provide an exercise machine able to function on the principle of a resistance force while avoiding excessive resistance which could cause pain or even injuries of the muscular system of the user.

1 Summary of invention

[0012] The present invention relates to an exercise device comprising: - a frame arranged to be placed on a support,

- a first cable each end of which is arranged to allow a force is applied to it or to be removably attached to said frame, the first cable passing around a first axis arranged to slide in a first member such as a rail or a slideway integral with the frame,

- and a second cable each end of which is arranged to allow either a force applied to it, or that said end can be retained by said chassis, the second cable passing around a second shaft integral with the first axis and slidable in the first member (rail), whereby when force is applied at one end of the first cable, the other former Tremite being removably attached to the frame, the force is transferred by the first axis and the second axis second cable and said force can be offset by an opposite force applied to an end of the second cable, the other end being retained by the frame, or by an opposite force applied to both ends of the second cable.

[0013] Advantageously, the apparatus according to the present invention further comprises a third cable each end of which is arranged to permit a force is applied to it or be removably attached to the frame, said third cable passing around a third axis slidable in a second member such as a rail or a track integral with said frame, and the second cable passes around a fourth axis integral with the third axis and slidable in said second member (rail), so that when a force is applied at one end of the first cable or the third cable and the second cable ends are retained by the frame, this force is transferred by the first, second, third and fourth axes, respectively in the third cable or first cable and can be offset by an opposite force applied to an end of said third or said first wire rope lanyards the, their other end being detachably attached to the frame and that when the same force is applied to one end of each of the first and third cables, it is transferred by the first, second, third and fourth axes in the second cable and can be offset by an opposite force applied to the ends of said second cable or to one of them, the other being retained by the chassis. . [0014] Preferably.) .1 in the apparatus of the invention, each - axis around which: .Cable is the axis of a pulley on which past said cable: a.

[.0015] From preferences-, the chassis .comprend .a plurality of attachment means-, removable, 'an' end at least of the first cable and the third cable.

[0-016] Avantageus'emént-, the apparatus of the invention comprises a ballast element .de arranged to weight the second cable and maintain -as all tensioned cables when the unit is not used.

[0017] Preferably, said ballast element is arranged to be moved substantially vertically between a lower position and a blocking member progression such as a stop defining an upper position, each cable being arranged to a force applied at one end a cable can be offset by an opposite force applied to another end of a cable when said ballast means reaches the blocking member (the abutment). [0018] Advantageously, the apparatus further comprises an adjusting means for adjusting the height of the abutment relative to the lower position of the ballast element. [0019] Preferably, in the present invention, the apparatus comprises at least one rail or a rail arranged to guide the ballast element between its lower position and the stop.

[0020] The ballast element may be arranged to receive additional weight. [0021] Advantageously, the apparatus according to the invention comprises a pressure sensor for measuring the intensity of the force exerted by a user on the device, said pressure sensor being preferably disposed beneath the abutment and facing the ballasting element. [0022] Preferably, the apparatus comprises' a digital display further arranged and adapted to translate a signal generated by the pressure sensor.

[0023] Preferably, the apparatus is arranged to. Hanger as it can be connected.

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[0024] Fig. the apparatus corresponds to a profile view of the invention. [0025] Fig. lb shows a perspective view of an apparatus according to the invention provided with a right arm.

[0026] Fig. 2 is a front view of the apparatus illustrated in Fig. the.

[0027] Fig. 3 corresponds to a perspective view of a detail of the apparatus illustrated in Fig. the.

[0028] Fig. 4 is a side view of an apparatus according to the invention provided with different apparatus.

[0029] Fig. 5 is an explanatory view of a device according to the invention as well as various hangers may be connected.

[0030] Fig. 6 shows a perspective view of an apparatus of the invention provided with different apparatus.

Detailed description of the invention [0031] An example of a device according to the invention is presented in Fig. la, lb and 2.

[0032] As illustrated in these figures, this apparatus 1 comprises a frame 2 adapted to be placed on a support, in particular on the floor [0033] The frame 2 itself comprises a base 2a intended to be placed on the support, a substantially vertical post 2b arranged provided with a transverse bracket 2c to receive a saddle for the user and a

• 2d transverse gallows the amount 2b, the stem being disposed. so as to overhang the user when seated on the saddle.

[00-34] The apparatus 1 comprises également- -a first cable 3a at each end of which a. force, can. be applied via rigging prévus- -to be connected to the device, 1 and on which the user applies said force

[0035] These hangers can also be removably attached to the frame 2 by a plurality of releasable fastening means 8, 8 'provided' for this purpose along a first lateral side of the upright 2b of the frame 2, for example means of lugs for holding a corresponding ring attached to one end of the first cable 3a.

[0036] The first cable 3a is arranged to pass about a first axis 4a on which a rotatable pulley 6a provided with a groove for receiving the first cable 3a during its passage around the first axis 4a.

[0037] This first axis 4a is arranged to be slidable in a first rail 5 which is secured to the chassis 2 and which is arranged parallel to the upright 2b of the chassis 2 along the first lateral side of this amount.

[0038] The apparatus 1 also comprises a second cable 3b each end of which is arranged to be retained at the end of the bracket 2d, by the frame 2 or to permit a force is applied to it.

[0039] The second cable 3b passes around a second axis 4b which may also rotate a pulley 6b provided with a groove for receiving the second cable 3b during its passage about the second axis 4b.

[0040] The second line 4b is integral with the first axis 4a by a first connecting element 17 and the second, .4b axis slidable .in said first rail 5. Thus, when a force is. Applied to a end of the first cable 3a, it is transferred -by the first axis 4a and- the second - .. axis \ .b> to ... second.'Cable' 3b. and can be offset by - a force. opposite .. applied to one end of the second cable 3b.

[0041] To guide. the. first cable 3a from its point, passing around the first axis 4a to the point where a ses- ends may be removably attached To- a removable fixing means .de 8 'along the first lateral side of the upright 2b of the frame 2 ,. a pulley 16 'is additional disposed along the first side of this amount 2b.

[0042] In particular, this additional pulley 16 'is located below the removable fastening means 8' disposed lower on the amount 2b, as shown in Fig. the.

[0043] For guiding the first cable 3a from its point of passage around the first axis 4a to the point where the other end may be either connected to the rigging during use of the apparatus 1, is fixed so removable along the first lateral side of the upright 2b of the frame 2, two additional pulleys 13a and 13b are also provided to the -base the chassis 2, the first lateral side of the upright 2b.

[0044] Finally, for guiding the second cable 3b from its passage about the second axis 4b to the holding points of each end thereof or application of a force to the latter which are located at the end of the bracket 2d of the frame 2, two pairs of additional pulleys 15a and 15b, 15 'a and 15' b are also provided on each lateral side. this bracket 2d. [0045] The first pair of pulleys 15a, 15 'a is placed on top of 2b amount and the second pair of pulleys 15b, 15' b. being placed in the ^ end of the bracket 2d as shown in Fig. lb. 1.0046] The apparatus 1 according to the invention also includes- - third cable 3c which chaque- 'extrémité- -is,:, arranged façon--, that a strength is applied thereto, - via the provided apparatus. - to be connected to the apparatus 1 or to be '- removably attached to the chassis' 2 by removable fastening-means 8, 8' provided for this purpose along the second lateral side of the upright 2b of the frame 2. . [0047] These fastening means - Mobile 8,8 'may, for example lugs for retaining a corresponding ring attached to the ends of third cable 3c. [0048] The third pass -cable 3c: around, -A third axis 4c on which a rotatable pulley 6c provided with a groove for receiving the third cable 3c during its passage about the third axis 4c. [0049] This third axis 4c is slidable in a second rail 5 'which is secured to the chassis 2 and which is arranged parallel to the upright 2b of the frame 2, along the second lateral side of this amount 2b.

[0050] According to the invention, the second cable 3b passes around a fourth axis 4d which may also rotate a pulley 6d, this fourth axis 4d is integral with the third axis 4c thanks to a second connecting element 17 'which slides in the second rail 5.

[0051] To guide the third wire 3c from its point of passage around the third axis 4c to the point where one of its ends can be removably attached to a releasable attachment means 8 along the second lateral side of the post - 2b of the frame 2, a 16 additional pulley is disposed along the second side of this amount 2b.

[0052] In particular, this additional pulley 16 is disposed below the removable fastening means 8 arranged as' .bas. over-1-e .- .. amount .2b, -such as - shown in Fig. lb.

[.0053] To guide -the --troisième, 3c cable. from its point of passage around., du- third axis -4C jusqu'au- item where- its other extrémit -ρ.elit is being-connected to the rigging when using -from the apparatus 1 -either be removably attached le long ,, - the second lateral side of the upright frame 2b of -2, two additional pulleys 13 'a and 13' b are also provided for. the chassis base 2, the second lateral side of the upright 2b.

[0054] Thus, when a force is applied to one end of the first cable- 3a. or third cable 3c and the ends of the second cable 3b are retained by the frame 2, this force is transferred from the first axis 4a, the second axis 4b, the third axis 4c and the fourth axis 4d to the third axis 4c or respectively 3a and the first cable can be offset by an opposite force applied to an end of said third cable 3c or 3a of the first cable, the other ends thereof being fixed removably to the amount 2b of the frame 2.

[0055] When the same force is applied simultaneously to one end of the first cable 3a and 3c of the third cable, the latter is transferred from the first axis 4a, 4b by the second axis, the third axis and the fourth 4c axis 4d in the second cable 3b.

[0056] In this manner, this force can be offset by an opposite force applied to

-extrémités 3b of the second cable or to one of these ends, the other end being retained by the end of the bracket 2d of the frame -2.

[0057] The means for fixing at least one of

ends of the first cable and the third cable 3a 3c to substantially vertical upright of 2 -Frame possible to adjust the stroke of the first axis and 4a - 4c of the third axis around which pass respectively the first cable 3a and the third cable 3c, respectively in the first rail 5 and the second rail 5. [0058] This makes it possible - thus also adjust the amplitude of the movement performed by the user on hangers connected to the cable ends. This allows to adapt the device 1 on all apparatus that can be connected to it and the size of the user. [0059] Between its passage about the second axis and 4b: passing around the fourth axis 4d, the second cable 3b passes around a fifth axis perpendicular to the second axis 14 and fourth axis 4b 4d. [0060] A pulley 14a is also rotatable around the fifth axis 14, and this pulley 14a is provided with a peripheral groove for receiving the second cable 3b during its passage around the fifth axis 14, as shown in Fig . lbs. [0061] In the apparatus of the invention, a ballasting element 9 is suspended from the fifth axis 14 to weight the second cable 3b in order to maintain all the tensioned cables when the apparatus 1 is not used.

[0062] This weighting element 9 is arranged to be moved substantially vertically along two guides or rails 12 for guiding, substantially parallel, between a lower position and an abutment 10 which defines an upper position.

[0063] The cable assembly is arranged so that a force applied to at least one end of one of them can be offset by an opposite force applied to another end of one of these cables that when said ballasting element 9 reaches the stop 10. [0064] to adjust the stroke of the ballasting element ec and determining the amplitude that must be un- movement performed on rigging connected to one end of a cable of the apparatus 1, before -this will force can be offset by an opposite force applied to another end of a cable, the height 'of the stop 10 relative to the lower position of the ballasting element 9 " can be adjusted by suitable adjustment means 11, for example, perforations that are made in the rails or the rails 12 and which are for receiving pins which can pass through the stop 10, as shown in Fig. 4.

[0065] If it is desired that a force applied to the end of an apparatus 1 of the cable can experience a higher resistance than the mass of the ballasting element 9 before the latter n ' has reached the stop 10, the ballast element 9 can be ballasted additional weight so that the apparatus 1 functions as a conventional apparatus 1 wherein the resistance to a force applied by a user in this apparatus 1 is generated by counterweights. [0066] A pressure sensor 19 may be arranged below the bearing 10, facing the ballasting element 9, so that when it reaches the stop 10, the force intensity exerted by the user on the second cable 3b or directly to at least one of its ends, either via the first cable 3a and / or the second cable 3b, can be measured by the pressure sensor 19 while compressed between the ballasting element 9 and the stop 10 and optionally displayed on a screen 18 so that the user can see the intensity of effort from both power assaying while enjoying the progress of his condition over the exercise sessions on device 1 according to the invention.

[0067] Fig. 3 illustrates the first crew axes 4a and 4b joined together by a first connecting member 17, and pulleys 6a respectively 6b .and rotatable about said axes, which are displaceable in the first rail 5 and the second crew 4c and 4d axes (not shown) and pulley 6c and 6d respectively, being rotatable about said axes.

[0068] Typically, when traction is exerted on one end of the first cable 3a, the first crew descends along the rail 5 and carries with it the second cable 3b. This causes the rise of the ballasting element 9 until the stop 10 and the locking of the ends of the second cable 3b to the end of the bracket 2d, and then, if the traction on the one end of the cable 3a continues , the rise of the second crew axis 4c and 4d and pulleys 6c and 6d along the rail 5 ', which causes a traction on an end of the third cable 3c in opposite direction to that exerted on said end of the first cable 3a .

[0069] If a tensile force is exerted simultaneously on one end of the first cable 3a and the third cable 3c, the two crews above will down respectively along the rails 5 and 5 'and the traction may be offset by a pull exerted on one or both ends of the second cable 3b. [0070] It should be noted that in these different configurations, one cable end of which is not exerted traction is fixed to the frame 2 of the apparatus 1 by the means provided for this purpose.

[0071] Fig. 4, Fig. 5 and Fig. 6 illustrate various hangers which can be connected to the apparatus 1 according to the invention.

[0072] For example, a pair of handles A may be connected to ends of the second cable or 3b at one end of the first cable 3a and a .extrémité third cable 3c.

[0073] A pair of arm exercisers, B-may be connected to the second cable 3b. [0074] A pair of leg exercisers C, a pair of steps D, can be connected to one end of the first cable 3a and one end of the third cable 3c. Similarly, it is possible to add an additional seat E for exercises to be performed facing the camera 1 of the invention.

[0075] Fig. 6 shows an apparatus of the invention after assembly of the different apparatus. [0076] In practice, the device 1 of the invention works as follows. [0077] When a user exerts via the rigging connected to the apparatus 1 a force on one end 3a of the first cable and / or the third cable 3c, the other ends of these cables being fixed removably to the removable fixing means 8, 8 'provided for this purpose along the substantially vertical leg 2b of the device 1, this force causes the downward sliding of the first axis and the second axis 4a 4b and / or the third axis and fourth axis 4c 4d respectively in the first rail 5 and / or the second rail 5 'until the ballasting element 9 has reached the stop 10.

[0078] If the force was applied to one end of the first cable 3a or 3c of the third cable, this force may then be offset either by a force applied to one end of the other of these cables, the second cable ends 3b is then retained by the end of the bracket 2d of the frame 2, or by a force applied to one or both ends of the second cable 3b. [0079] If the Jest force applied simultaneously to one end of the first cable 3a and a. end of the third cable 3c, this force will be balanced by a force applied to one or both ends of the second cable 3b.

[0080] The same principle applies to a force applied to one or both ends of the second cable 3b, which can be counterbalanced by a force applied respectively to the other end of the second cable or 3b at one end of first cable 3a and / or the third cable 3c.

[0081] The plurality of combinations forces permitted by the apparatus 1 according to the invention makes it extremely versatile since it allows working virtually all muscle groups of the body in a multitude of positions thereof and via all Hanger arranged to be connected to the machine 1 and actuated via the cables of said apparatus 1. [0082] in addition, the user can constantly monitor its efforts on a digital display screen 18 which reflects the signal generated by a sensor pressure which is preferably located in the bearing 10 of the apparatus 1. [0083] with the apparatus according to the invention, the user can exert a tensile eight points on which hangers may be attached. In particular, the six ends of the three cables of the apparatus 1 are direct tension points. The pulleys 15a, 6b, 15 'has, 6d on the other hand, the indirect tensile points. These pulleys are visible in Fig. the.

[0084] In particular, the apparatus 1 of the invention allows a simultaneous operation or alternating lower and upper limbs and movements in the same direction or in opposite directions of those members. [0085 -] '- As it is the user's own force' e 'st used by the device 1 to withstand a "force than this, a user applies to the rigging connected' -audit apparatus .- 1, none, risk-, painful muscle overload or 'lesion of the muscular system of the user are to be expected.

[0086] This also allows the apparatus 1 not requiring any specific adaptation to each user, apart from the choice of removable fixing points of at least one end of the first cable 3a and 3c of the third cable and / or the height of the stop 10 of the apparatus 1. in fact, the distance between the ballasting element 9 and the abutment 10 should be minimized in view of the waist of the wearer and exercise that it wants run.

[0087] The adjustment of this distance can be performed by modifying the position of the stop 10 through the adjustment means 11 as explained above or shortening the first or second cable fixing at least one of their ends to the means of removable fasteners 8, 8 'which are arranged along the upright 2b of the frame 2 of the apparatus 1. the two control methods described above are combined. [0088] The apparatus 1 of the invention thus allows the user to reduce the effort in the transition between a movement of a member in one direction and a movement of the same member in the opposite direction, thus providing the advantage of work smoothly and perfectly fluid exerted member. [0089] These advantageous characteristics .de device 1 of the invention also make it particularly suitable for exercises in the framework of physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions. [0090] In conclusion ,.'Les, advantages of the apparatus of the present inventio -are many ..- •, [009, -1] First, thanks: .. the system of axes - and' -from the cable device according 1'invention .. '' ..the resistance opposed .to a force applied by a user on the rigging connected to this unit is -. created by . the user's own strength.'

[0092] Indeed ,, movement performed by at least one limb (arm or leg) of the user in one direction with a certain force is balanced 'by another movement carried out with an equivalent force but in the opposite direction by at least one member of that user. Therefore, it is the user himself who at every moment, can be dosed his effort thanks to its own strength and not to counter or to a fraction of its own weight, that would be predetermined once and for all to the current year, without being proportional to the strength and therefore the muscular capacity of the user. [0093] As already noted above, the apparatus of the present invention also has the advantage of being used to exercise all muscle groups of the body.

[0094] The absence of counterweight and that the control of muscular effort is made by the user himself can avoid any risk of overloading the muscular system of the user and therefore pain and injuries which may result. [0095] In addition, as each movement of the user on the rigging is at all times counterbalanced by a movement in the opposite direction, the force of the user on the rigging can be applied so

-keep on going. This feature differentiates the device according to the invention of the devices operating on the principle of the counterweight, in which a discontinuity in the -force - Applied is inevitable ... when running the counterweights arrive and end-..-. a pulling force proportional to the mass of these weights is. then suddenly convertie- in- a drilled equivalent restraint and exerted in the opposite direction.

[0096] Thanks to. .de the device .The invention, the conversion of the traction force in a holding force can be performed • gradually, releasing the user, rather his race end effort gear used so that the transition from one type -from .to forces the other is smooth and continuous manner.

[0097] Another one advantage of the apparatus of the present invention is that there is no change counterweight to perform each time a new user wants to perform on the device. Indeed, each user can directly use the device of the present invention without adjustment, since it is done automatically depending on the muscle capacity of said user. [0098] An additional advantage due to the absence of counterweights in the device of the invention is that it works silently.

[0099] In addition, this device is also provided for the years in which the user stands such standing before the camera, which is not possible with known devices that also use the actual mass of the user as a resistance force to the force applied by the user.

Claims

REVEMDI.CATIONS
1 .. Apparatus for physical .Exercise (1) comprising. :; - a- chassis, - (2) arranged to be placed ... surprising: a support,
-. A first cable (-3) which -.chaque- end. arranged to allow a force is applied to it or to be fixed removably to said frame so as
(2), the first cable (3a) extending about a first axis (4a) arranged to slide "in a first rail (5) secured to the chassis (2),
- and a second cable (3b) each end of which is arranged to (2) to allow a -force is applied thereto, or that said end can be retained by said chassis, the second cable (3b) passing around a second axis (4b) integral with the first axis (4a) and capable of sliding in the first rail (5), said apparatus being such that when a force is applied to a first cable end (3a), its other end being removably secured to the frame (2), the force is transferred by the first axis (4a) and the second axis (4b) to the second cable (3b) and said force can be offset by an opposite force applied to one end of second cable (3b), its other end being retained by the frame (2), or by an opposite force applied to both ends of the second cable (3b).
2. Apparatus (1) according to claim 1, characterized in that it comprises a third cable (3c), each end of which is arranged to allow -That strength it is applied or be removably attached. the frame (2), the third wire (3c) passing around a third axis (4c) slidable in a second rail (5 ') secured to said. chassis (2), the second cable (3b) passing around a fourth axis (4d) fixed to the third axis (4c) and slidable in said second rail (5), so that when force is applied to one end of the first or third cable (3a, 3c), and that the second cable end (3b) are held by the frame (2), this force is transferred by the first, second, third and fourth axes (4a, 4b , 4c, 4d), respectively the third or first cable (3c, 3a) and can be counterbalanced by an opposite force applied to an end of said third or first cable (3c, 3a), the other end being detachably attached to chassis (2) and that when the same force is applied to one end of each of the first and third cables (3a, 3c), it is transferred by the first, second, third and fourth axes (4a, 4b, 4c , 4d) in the second cable (3b) and may be offset by an opposing force applied to the ends of said second cable
(3b) or one of them, the other being retained by the frame (2).
3. Apparatus (1) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that each shaft (4a, 4b, 4c, 4d) around which passes a cable (3a, 3b, 3c) is the axis of a pulley (7a, 7b, 7c, 7d) on which pass said cable (3a, 3b, 3c).
4. Apparatus (1) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the frame (2) comprises a plurality of removable fastening means (8, 8 ') from one end at least of the first and third cable ( 3a, 3c).
5. Apparatus (1) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that it comprises a ballast element (9) arranged to weight the second cable (3b), thereby maintaining all 'cables (3a, 3b, 3c) stretched when the apparatus (1) is' not used.
6. The apparatus (1) according to .revendication. 5 '' •, characterized in- that said element de- ballasting - (- '9) is: 5 arranged - to be moved substantially. Vertically between a lower position - and- a stop (10) defining a - upper position and in that each cable- (3a, 3b, 3c) is arranged to that a force applied to one end of a cable (3a, 3b, 3c) can only be offset by une0 opposite force applied to a another end of a cable (3a, 3b, 3c) that -when said ballasting means (9) reaches the stop (10).
I. Apparatus (1) according to claim 6, characterized in that it comprises adjusting means (11) 5 for adjusting the height of the abutment (10) relative to the lower position of the ballast element (9).
8. Apparatus (1) according to any one of claims 6 or 7, characterized in that it comprises at least one rail or a slider (12) arranged to guider0 the ballast member (9) between its lower position and the stop (10).
9. Apparatus (1) according to any one of claims 6 to 8, characterized in that the ballast member (9) is arranged to receive additional weight5.
10. Apparatus (1) according to any one of claims 6 to 9, characterized in that it comprises a pressure sensor for measuring the intensity of the force exerted by a user on the device, said de0 pressure sensor. - preferably being arranged in the stop (10) and facing the ballast member (9).
II. Apparatus (1) according to claim 10, characterized in that it comprises a digital display (18)
.agence scheduled. translate a signal generated by. the pressure sensor.
12. Apparatus (1) according to 1 '.a any of the preceding claims, characterized in that it -est- arranged so that the rigging (A, B, C, D, E) can be connected to it.
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