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Title:
MULTIPLE HAND ANGLE CABLE ATTACHMENT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/113048
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A cable attachment handle for an exercise machine including a main mounting body defining a horizontal axis, a first stud extending from the main mounting body, a first handle mount rotatable about the first stud, a first handle extending from the first handle mount, a second stud extending from the main mounting body, a second handle mount rotatable about the second stud, a second handle extending from the second handle mount, and a cable attachment element affixed to the main mounting body between the first stud and the second stud.

Inventors:
LEIPHEIMER, Jerry, K. (2975 Springwood Drive, Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, 16150, US)
Application Number:
US2018/063820
Publication Date:
June 13, 2019
Filing Date:
December 04, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SPECIALTY FITNESS SYSTEMS, LLC (P.O. Box 790, 455 Allegheny Blvd.Franklin, Pennsylvania, 16323, US)
International Classes:
A63B23/12; A63B21/06
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MCILVAINE, John, W. et al. (The Webb Law Firm, One Gateway Center420 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Suite 120, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, 15222, US)
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Claims:
THE INVENTION CLAIMED IS

1. A cable attachment handle for an exercise machine comprising:

a main mounting body defining a horizontal axis;

a first stud extending from the main mounting body;

a first handle mount rotatable about the first stud;

a first handle extending from the first handle mount;

a second stud extending from the main mounting body;

a second handle mount rotatable about the second stud;

a second handle extending from the second handle mount; and a cable attachment element affixed to the main mounting body between the first stud and the second stud.

2. The cable attachment handle of claim 1 , wherein the first handle extends substantially perpendicular to the first stud, and wherein the second handle extends substantially perpendicular to the second stud.

3. The cable attachment handle of claim 1, further comprising:

a first alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount; and

a second alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount,

wherein engagement of the first alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount prevents rotation of the first handle mount relative to the main mounting body, and

wherein engagement of the second alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount prevents rotation of the second handle mount relative to the main mounting body.

4. The cable attachment handle of claim 3, wherein the first handle and the second handle are adjustable between:

an at least partially supinated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount; a neutral position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount; and an at least partially pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

5. The cable attachment handle of claim 3, wherein the first handle and the second handle are further adjustable between:

a fully pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

6. The cable attachment handle of claim 1, further comprising:

a first alignment pin extending from the first handle mount and configured to removably engage any of a first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body; and a second alignment pin extending from the second handle mount and configured to removably engage any of a second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body, wherein engagement of the first alignment pin with any of the first plurality of alignment holes prevents rotation of the first handle mount relative to the main mounting body, and

wherein engagement of the second alignment pin with any of the second plurality of alignment holes prevents rotation of the second handle mount relative to the main mounting body.

7. The cable attachment handle of claim 6, wherein the first handle and the second handle are adjustable between:

a supinated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a first of the first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body and the second alignment pin is engaged with a first of the second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body;

a neutral position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a second of the first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body and the second alignment pin is engaged with a second of the second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body; and

a pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a third of the first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body and the second alignment pin is engaged with a third of the second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body.

8. The cable attachment handle of claim 7, wherein the first handle and the second handle are further adjustable between:

a fully pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

9. The cable attachment handle of claim 1, wherein the first handle is removably attached to the first handle mount, and wherein the second handle is removably attached to the second handle mount.

10. The cable attachment handle of claim 1, wherein each of the first handle and the second handle comprise:

a post having a longitudinal axis; and

a paddle extending from the post along a plane parallel to a longitudinal axis of the post.

11. The cable attachment handle of claim 10, further comprising one or more fasteners securing each of the first and second handles to each of the first and second handle mounts, respectively.

12. The cable attachment handle of claim 10, wherein the one or more fasteners comprises two or more fasteners spaced apart to prevent rotation of the first and second handles about an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the post.

13. The cable attachment handle of claim 10, wherein the paddle extends from the post at an angle of between approximately 10° and approximately 30° relative to a paddle axis perpendicular to the horizontal axis of the main mounting body.

14. The cable attachment handle of claim 1, wherein each of the first post and the second post are slidable along the horizontal axis of the main mounting body.

15. The cable attachment handle of claim 14, wherein each of the first post and the second post are lockable at any of a plurality of locations along the horizontal axis of the main mounting body via a popper pin.

16. A cable attachment handle for an exercise machine comprising:

a main mounting body defining a horizontal axis;

a first handle mount rotatable relative to the main mounting body; a first handle extending from the first handle mount;

a second handle mount rotatable relative to the main mounting body;

a second handle extending from the second handle mount; and a cable attachment element affixed to the main mounting body between the first stud and the second stud.

17. The cable attachment handle of claim 16, wherein each of the first handle and the second handle comprises:

a post having a longitudinal axis; and

a paddle extending from the post along a plane parallel to a longitudinal axis of the post.

18. The cable attachment handle of claim 17, wherein the paddle extends from the post at an angle of between approximately 10° and approximately 30° relative to a paddle axis perpendicular to the horizontal axis of the main mounting body.

19. The cable attachment handle of claim 16, further comprising:

a first alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount; and

a second alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount,

wherein engagement of the first alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount prevents rotation of the first handle mount relative to the main mounting body, and wherein engagement of the second alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount prevents rotation of the second handle mount relative to the main mounting body.

20. The cable attachment handle of claim 19, wherein the first handle and the second handle are adjustable between:

an at least partially supinated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount;

a neutral position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount; and an at least partially pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

Description:
MULTIPLE HAND ANGLE CABLE ATTACHMENT

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] The present application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/594,301, filed on December 4, 2017 and entitled “Multiple Hand Angle Cable Attachment”, the disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Field of the Invention

[0002] This disclosure relates generally to attachment handles for exercise or weight machines and, more particularly, to adjustable attachment handles for cable exercise machines that allow a user to vary his or her hand position for performing an exercise movement.

Description of Related Art

[0003] Exercise machines which employ a cable attached to a counterweight or other resistive element are well known. Conventionally, such exercise machines include a handle fixed or removably attached to an end of the cable. The handle may be, for example, a D-handle, barbell, or rope handle. A user must exert a force on the handle to overcome the resistance of the resistive element and move the cable through a predetermined range of motion.

[0004] When performing pulling movements, a user’s grip position may have a significant impact on which muscles are activated and the percentage of those muscles which are activated. Three main categories of grip positions for performing pulling movements are neutral grip postion, in which the user’s palms face each other; supinated grip position, in which the user’s palms face up; and pronated grip position, in which the user’s palms face down. The neutral grip position significantly activates the brachioradialis muscle, the supinated grip position significantly activates the biceps brachii muscle, and the pronated grip position significantly activates the brachialis muscle. Adjusting between these various grip positions allows the user to alter which muscles are activated by an exercise movement and to optimize the activation of those muscles.

[0005] Many conventional exercise machines use a fixed position handle that provides only one grip position. To change grip positions, the user must replace the handle with a different handle configured for the desired grip position. Examples of various exercise handles having different but fixed grip positions are described in U.S. Patent No. 5,761,767 to Barton. Barton also describes a handle having a wing against which the user’s palm rests when performing a pulling movement. Such wings may result in a 10% to 20% increase in pulling force as the load of the exercise machine is transferred from the user’s fingers to the user’s palms. However, Barton suffers from the deficiency described above in that the user must replace the handle in order to change grip positions.

[0006] U.S. Patent No. 5,334,113 to Roepke and U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2007/0243977 to Zeien describe exercise handles which are rotatable and thus support multiple grip positions. However, the handles described in Roepke and Zeien are not lockable into a fixed position and, as such, the user must actively maintain the desired grip position throughout the exercise movement. This is undesirable, as the muscle activation used to maintain the grip position may reduce the amount of strength available to perform the desired exercise movement. Additionally, the user may be required to reduce the amount of resistance of the exercise machine in order to maintain the desired grip position.

[0007] U.S. Patent No. 5,399,133 to Haber et al. (“Haber”) describes an adjustable handle rotatable about three axes via two yokes. The yokes may be tightened into a set position using tightening knobs. However, the tightening knobs rely on friction to lock the yokes into the set position. As such, the application of too much force to the handle will cause the yokes to move from the set position. Additionally, Haber relies on the user’s knowledge of the appropriate position at which to tighten the knobs. Still further, the handle of Haber is intended for attachment to a permanent structure of the exercise machine, rather than attachment to a cable.

[0008] U.S. Patent No. 4,618,143 to Twardosz describes a handle having concentric rings rotatable between several positions. The rings may be locked relative to one another using a screw and nut. However, adjustment of the handle of Twardosz is cumbersome and time consuming as it requires removal of the screw and nut.

[0009] There exists a need for a handle for cable exercise machines which is easily and quickly adjustable between various grip positions to reduce downtime and eliminate the need for multiple fixed position handles.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0010] Non-limiting embodiments of the present invention are directed to a cable attachment handle for an exercise machine including a main mounting body defining a horizontal axis, a first stud extending from the main mounting body, a first handle mount rotatable about the first stud, a first handle extending from the first handle mount, a second stud extending from the main mounting body, a second handle mount rotatable about the second stud, a second handle extending from the second handle mount, and a cable attachment element affixed to the main mounting body between the first stud and the second stud.

[0011] In some non-limiting embodiments, the first handle extends substantially perpendicular to the first stud, and wherein the second handle extends substantially perpendicular to the second stud.

[0012] In some non-limiting embodiments, the cable attachment handle further includies a first alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount, and a second alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount. Engagement of the first alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount prevents rotation of the first handle mount relative to the main mounting body. Engagement of the second alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount prevents rotation of the second handle mount relative to the main mounting body.

[0013] In some non-limiting embodiments, the first handle and the second handle are adjustable between an at least partially supinated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount, a neutral position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount, and an at least partially pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

[0014] In some non-limiting embodiments, the first handle and the second handle are further adjustable between a fully pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

[0015] In some non-limiting embodiments, the cable attachment handle further includes a first alignment pin extending from the first handle mount and configured to removably engage any of a first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body, and a second alignment pin extending from the second handle mount and configured to removably engage any of a second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body. Engagement of the first alignment pin with any of the first plurality of alignment holes prevents rotation of the first handle mount relative to the main mounting body. Engagement of the second alignment pin with any of the second plurality of alignment holes prevents rotation of the second handle mount relative to the main mounting body.

[0016] In some non-limiting embodiments, the first handle and the second handle are adjustable between a supinated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a first of the first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body and the second alignment pin is engaged with a first of the second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body, a neutral position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a second of the first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body and the second alignment pin is engaged with a second of the second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body, and a pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a third of the first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body and the second alignment pin is engaged with a third of the second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body.

[0017] In some non-limiting embodiments, the first handle and the second handle are further adjustable between a fully pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

[0018] In some non-limiting embodiments, the first handle is removably attached to the first handle mount, and the second handle is removably attached to the second handle mount.

[0019] In some non-limiting embodiments, each of the first handle and the second handle include a post having a longitudinal axis, and a paddle extending from the post along a plane parallel to a longitudinal axis of the post.

[0020] In some non-limiting embodiments, the cable attachment handle further includes one or more fasteners securing each of the first and second handles to each of the first and second handle mounts, respectively.

[0021] In some non-limiting embodiments, the one or more fasteners includes two or more fasteners spaced apart to prevent rotation of the first and second handles about an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the post.

[0022] In some non-limiting embodiments, the paddle extends from the post at an angle of between approximately 10 and approximately 30 relative to a paddle axis perpendicular to the horizontal axis of the main mounting body.

[0023] In some non-limiting embodiments, each of the first post and the second post are slidable along the horizontal axis of the main mounting body. [0024] In some non-limiting embodiments, each of the first post and the second post are lockable at any of a plurality of locations along the horizontal axis of the main mounting body via a popper pin.

[0025] Other non-limiting embodiments of the present invention are direct to a cable attachment handle for an exercise machine including a main mounting body defining a horizontal axis, a first handle mount rotatable relative to the main mounting body, a first handle extending from the first handle mount, a second handle mount rotatable relative to the main mounting body, a second handle extending from the second handle mount, and a cable attachment element affixed to the main mounting body between the first stud and the second stud.

[0026] In some non-limiting embodiments, each of the first handle and the second handle includes: a post having a longitudinal axis; and a paddle extending from the post along a plane parallel to a longitudinal axis of the post.

[0027] In some non-limiting embodiments, the paddle extends from the post at an angle of between approximately 10° and approximately 30° relative to a paddle axis perpendicular to the horizontal axis of the main mounting body.

[0028] In some non-limiting embodiments, the cable attachment handle further includes a first alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount, and a second alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount. Engagement of the first alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount prevents rotation of the first handle mount relative to the main mounting body. Engagement of the second alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount prevents rotation of the second handle mount relative to the main mounting body.

[0029] In some non-limiting embodiments, the first handle and the second handle are adjustable between an at least partially supinated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount, a neutral position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount, and an at least partially pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.Further embodiments of the present invention will now be described in the following numbered clauses:

[0030] Clause 1. A cable attachment handle for an exercise machine comprising: a main mounting body defining a horizontal axis; a first stud extending from the main mounting body; a first handle mount rotatable about the first stud; a first handle extending from the first handle mount; a second stud extending from the main mounting body; a second handle mount rotatable about the second stud; a second handle extending from the second handle mount; and a cable attachment element affixed to the main mounting body between the first stud and the second stud.

[0031] Clause 2. The cable attachment handle of clause 1, wherein the first handle extends substantially perpendicular to the first stud, and wherein the second handle extends substantially perpendicular to the second stud.

[0032] Clause 3. The cable attachment handle of clause 1 or 2, further comprising: a first alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount; and a second alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount, wherein engagement of the first alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount prevents rotation of the first handle mount relative to the main mounting body, and wherein engagement of the second alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount prevents rotation of the second handle mount relative to the main mounting body.

[0033] Clause 4. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-3, wherein the first handle and the second handle are adjustable between: an at least partially supinated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount; a neutral position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount; and an at least partially pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount. [0034] Clause 5. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-4, wherein the first handle and the second handle are further adjustable between: a fully pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

[0035] Clause 6. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-5, further comprising: a first alignment pin extending from the first handle mount and configured to removably engage any of a first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body; and a second alignment pin extending from the second handle mount and configured to removably engage any of a second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body, wherein engagement of the first alignment pin with any of the first plurality of alignment holes prevents rotation of the first handle mount relative to the main mounting body, and wherein engagement of the second alignment pin with any of the second plurality of alignment holes prevents rotation of the second handle mount relative to the main mounting body.

[0036] Clause 7. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-6, wherein the first handle and the second handle are adjustable between: a supinated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a first of the first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body and the second alignment pin is engaged with a first of the second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body; a neutral position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a second of the first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body and the second alignment pin is engaged with a second of the second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body; and a pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a third of the first plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body and the second alignment pin is engaged with a third of the second plurality of alignment holes in the main mounting body.

[0037] Clause 8. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-7, wherein the first handle and the second handle are further adjustable between: a fully pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

[0038] Clause 9. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-8, wherein the first handle is removably attached to the first handle mount, and wherein the second handle is removably attached to the second handle mount. [0039] Clause 10. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-9, wherein each of the first handle and the second handle comprise: a post having a longitudinal axis; and a paddle extending from the post along a plane parallel to a longitudinal axis of the post.

[0040] Clause 11. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-10, further comprising one or more fasteners securing each of the first and second handles to each of the first and second handle mounts, respectively.

[0041] Clause 12. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-11, wherein the one or more fasteners comprises two or more fasteners spaced apart to prevent rotation of the first and second handles about an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the post.

[0042] Clause 13. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-12, wherein the paddle extends from the post at an angle of between approximately 10° and approximately 30° relative to a paddle axis perpendicular to the horizontal axis of the main mounting body.

[0043] Clause 14. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-13, wherein each of the first post and the second post are slidable along the horizontal axis of the main mounting body.

[0044] Clause 15. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 1-14, wherein each of the first post and the second post are lockable at any of a plurality of locations along the horizontal axis of the main mounting body via a popper pin.

[0045] Clause 16. A cable attachment handle for an exercise machine comprising: a main mounting body defining a horizontal axis; a first handle mount rotatable relative to the main mounting body; a first handle extending from the first handle mount; a second handle mount rotatable relative to the main mounting body; a second handle extending from the second handle mount; and a cable attachment element affixed to the main mounting body between the first stud and the second stud.

[0046] Clause 17. The cable attachment handle of clause 16, wherein each of the first handle and the second handle comprises: a post having a longitudinal axis; and a paddle extending from the post along a plane parallel to a longitudinal axis of the post.

[0047] Clause 18. The cable attachment handle of clause 16 or 17, wherein the paddle extends from the post at an angle of between approximately 10° and approximately 30° relative to a paddle axis perpendicular to the horizontal axis of the main mounting body.

[0048] Clause 19. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 16-18, further comprising: a first alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount; and a second alignment pin extending from the main mounting body and configured to removably engage any of a plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount, wherein engagement of the first alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount prevents rotation of the first handle mount relative to the main mounting body, and wherein engagement of the second alignment pin with any of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount prevents rotation of the second handle mount relative to the main mounting body.

[0049] Clause 20. The cable attachment handle of any of clauses 16-19, wherein the first handle and the second handle are adjustable between: an at least partially supinated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a first of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount; a neutral position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a second of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount; and an at least partially pronated position in which the first alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the first handle mount and the second alignment pin is engaged with a third of the plurality of alignment holes in the second handle mount.

[0050] These and other features and characteristics of the multiple hand angle cable attachment will become more apparent upon consideration of the following description and the appended claims with reference to the accompanying drawings, all of which form a part of this specification, wherein like reference numerals designate corresponding parts in the various figures. It is to be expressly understood, however, that the drawings are for the purpose of illustration and description only and are not intended as a definition of the limits of the disclosure. As used in the specification and the claims, the singular forms of“a”,“an”, and “the” include plural referents unless the context clearly dictates otherwise.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0051] FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a cable attachment handle according to a non-limiting embodiment of the present invention;

[0052] FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a user using the cable attachment handle of FIG. 1 in a supinated grip position;

[0053] FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a user using the cable attachment handle of FIG. 1 in a neutral grip position;

[0054] FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a user using the cable attachment handle of FIG. 1 in a pronated grip position; [0055] FIGS. 5A-5B are rear views of embodiments of the cable attachment handle of FIG. 1 in a partially supinated grip position;

[0056] FIGS. 6A-6B are rear views of embodiments of the cable attachment handle of FIG. 1 in a neutral grip position;

[0057] FIGS. 7A-7B are rear views of embodiments of the cable attachment handle of FIG. 1 in a partially pronated grip position;

[0058] FIG. 8 is an exploded perspective view of a cable attachment handle according to another non-limiting embodiment of the present invention;

[0059] FIG. 9A is a rear view of the embodiment of the cable attachment handle of FIG. 8 in a partially supinated grip position;

[0060] FIG. 9B is a rear view of the embodiment of the cable attachment handle of FIG. 8 in a neutral grip position;

[0061] FIG. 9C is a rear view of the embodiment of the cable attachment handle of FIG. 8 in a partially pronated grip position;

[0062] FIG. 9D is a rear view of the embodiment of the cable attachment handle of FIG. 8 in a fully pronated grip position;

[0063] FIG. 10A is a top view of a non- limiting embodiment of the cable attachment handle according to the present invention;

[0064] FIG. 10B is a top view of a non-limiting embodiment of the cable attachment handle according to the present invention;

[0065] FIG. 10C is a top view of a non- limiting embodiment of the cable attachment handle according to the present invention;

[0066] FIG. 11 is a front perspective view of another embodiment of the cable attachment handle according to the present invention; and

[0067] FIG. 12 is a rear perspective view of the cable attachment handle of FIG. 11.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0068] For purposes of the description hereinafter, the terms“upper”,“lower”,“right”, “left”,“vertical”,“horizontal”,“top”,“bott om”,“lateral”,“longitudinal”, and derivatives thereof shall relate to the disclosure as it is oriented in the figures. However, it is to be understood that the disclosure may assume alternative variations and step sequences, except where expressly specified to the contrary. It is also to be understood that the specific devices and processes illustrated in the attached drawings and described in the following specification are simply exemplary aspects of the disclosure. Hence, specific dimensions and other physical characteristics related to the aspects disclosed herein are not to be considered as limiting.

[0069] As used hereinafter, the term“substantially parallel” means within plus or minus 5° of parallel. As used hereinafter, the term“substantially perpendicular” means within plus or minus 5° of perpendicular. As used hereinafter, the term“approximately”, when used in reference to a recited angle measurement, means the recited angle measurement plus or minus 5°. For example,“approximately 30°” means“30° plus or minus 5°” or“25° to 35°”.

[0070] As used hereinafter, the term“supinate” and derivatives thereof mean an arrangement in which a pair of elements are oriented at least partially away from each other in a vertical direction. For example, a first line segment and a second line segment having the same length and occupying the same vertical plane may be referred to as“supinated” if the distance between the base of the first line segment and the base of the second line segment is less than the distance between the top of the first line segment and the top of the second line segment. A person’s hand may be referred to as“supinated” if positioned such that the palm of the hand faces at least partially upwardly.

[0071] As used hereinafter, the term“pronate” and derivatives thereof mean an arrangement in which a pair of elements are oriented at least partially toward each other in a vertical direction. For example, a first line segment and a second line segment having the same length and occupying the same vertical plane may be referred to as“pronated” if the distance between the base of the first line segment and the base of the second line segment is greater than the distance between the top of the first line segment and the top of the second line segment. A person’s hand may be referred to as“pronated” if positioned such that the palm of the hand faces at least partially downwardly.

[0072] As used hereinafter, the term“neutral” and derivatives thereof mean an arrangement in which a pair of elements are substantially parallel to each other in a vertical direction. For example, a first line segment and a second line segment occupying the same vertical plane may be referred to as“neutral” if the line segments are substantially parallel to each other. A person’s hand may be referred to as“neutral” if positioned such that the palm of the hand faces substantially in a left or right direction.

[0001] As used herein, the term“at least one of’ is synonymous with“one or more of’. For example, the phrase“at least one of A, B, and C” means any one of A, B, and C, or any combination of any two or more of A, B, and C. For example,“at least one of A, B, and C” includes one or more of A alone; or one or more B alone; or one or more of C alone; or one or more of A and one or more of B; or one or more of A and one or more of C; or one or more of B and one or more of C; or one or more of all of A, B, and C. Similarly, as used herein, the term“at least two of’ is synonymous with“two or more of’. For example, the phrase“at least two of D, E, and F” means any combination of any two or more of D, E, and F. For example, “at least two of D, E, and F” includes one or more of D and one or more of E; or one or more of D and one or more of F; or one or more of E and one or more of F; or one or more of all of D, E, and F.

[0073] The present disclosure relates generally to attachment handles for exercise or weight machines and, more particularly, to adjustable attachment handles for cable exercise machines that allow a user to vary his or her grip position on the handle.

[0074] Referring now to FIGS. 1-4, a cable attachment handle 100 adjustable between multiple grip positions is shown in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. The cable attachment handle 100 includes a main mounting body 10 having a cable attachment element 12 for connecting the cable attachment handle 100 to a cable 300 of an exercise machine. The cable attachment element 12 is located at an approximate midpoint between the two handles 50 to equalize the load on each hand of the user 200 when the user 200 pulls the cable attachment handle 100. The cable attachment element 12 may be a shackle or clip for removable connection of the cable attachment handle 100 and the cable 300. The cable attachment element 12 may also be one of any connection devices known in the art suitable for connection with the cable 300.

[0075] The cable attachment handle 100 includes two handle mounts 20 positioned rotatably about respective studs 11 extending from the main mounting body 10. Each of the studs 11 may extend through a hole 21 of the respective handle mount 20, and each of the studs 11 may be threaded such that a torque knob 30 may be fastened onto the stud to secure the handle mount 20 against the main mounting body 10. A stop bolt 40 may be threaded into a tapped hole in the end of each stud 11 to prevent removal of the torque knob 30 from the stud 11. Thus, the torque knob 30 may be rotated by a user 200 to loosen the handle mount 20 from the main mounting body 10 such that the handle mount 20 may be rotated relative to the main mounting body 10. However, due to the presence of the stop bolt 40, the torque knob 30 may not be completely disconnected from the stud 11 during normal operation.

[0076] Each handle 50 is attached to or integral with one of the handle mounts 20. Each handle 50 has a post 51 having a longitudinal axis 55 that may be substantially perpendicular to an axis of the respective stud 11. In some embodiments, each handle may include a paddle 52 extending from the post 51 along a plane substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis 55 of the post 51. To use the cable attachment handle 100, the user may wrap one or more fingers of each hand around the respective post 51 and rest the palm of each hand against the respective paddle 52.

[0077] In some embodiments, each handle 50 may be removable from the respective handle mount 20 so that the handles 50 may be replaced if damaged or worn out. For example, the handles 50 may have a rubber or foam coating which deteriorates with use, such that periodic replacement of the handles 50 is necessary. In such embodiments, each handle 50 may be secured to the respective handle mount 20 via one or more fasteners 53 such as bolts or screws. The one or more fasteners 53 may include two or more fasteners 53 spaced apart from each other so as to prevent rotation of the handle 50 about an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis 55 of the post 51.

[0078] The main mounting body 10 includes one or more alignment pins 13, each corresponding to one of the handle mounts 20. The alignment pin 13 corresponding to each handle mount 20 extends from the main mounting body 10 substantially parallel to the stud 11 corresponding to the same handle mount 20. The alignment pin 13 is configured to engage any one of a plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c in the corresponding handle mount 20. The plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c are arranged on the handle mount 20 in an arc having a center point coincident with the corresponding stud 11, such that each of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c are equidistant from the stud 11. Thus, the handle mount 20 may be rotated about the corresponding stud 11 to align any one of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c with the alignment pin 13. Engagement of the alignment pin 13 with any of a plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c creates a physical obstruction preventing rotation of the handle mount 20 relative to the main mounting body 10.

[0079] The plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c facilitates adjustment of the handles 50 between several positions. To adjust the handle 50 position, the user 200 first unscrews the torque knob 30 such that the handle mount 20 may be separated from the main mounting body 10 along the axis of the stud 11, permitting free rotation of the handle mount 20 relative to the main mounting body 10. Next, the user 200 rotates the handle mount 20 to align the desired one of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c with the alignment pin 13. The handle mount 20 may then be moved toward the main mounting body 10 along the axis of the stud 11, engaging the alignment pin 13 with the desired one of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c. The user 200 may then fasten the torque knob 30 against the handle mount 20, preventing separation of the handle mount 20 from the main mounting body 10.

[0080] Referring now to FIGS. 2-4, the user 200 and the cable attachment handle 100 are shown in various grip positions corresponding to each of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c. FIG. 2 illustrates a partially supinated grip position in which the alignment pin 13 is engaged with a first alignment hole 22a of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c. In the partially supinated grip position, the handles 50 may be rotated outwardly from a vertical axis V such that the palms of the user 200 face at least partially in an upward direction.

[0081] FIG. 3 illustrates a neutral grip position in which the alignment pin 13 is engaged with a second alignment hole 22b of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c. In the neutral grip position, the handles 50 may be substantially parallel to a vertical axis V such that the palms of the user 200 face substantially toward each other.

[0082] FIG. 4 illustrates a partially pronated grip position in which the alignment pin 13 is engaged with a third alignment hole 22c of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c. In the partially pronated grip position, the handles 50 may be rotated inwardly from the vertical axis V such that the palms of the user 200 face at least partially in a downward direction.

[0083] As engagement of the alignment pin 13 with the desired one of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c locks the cable attachment handle 100 in any of the supinated, neutral, and pronated grip positions, the user 200 is not required to allocate energy to stabilize the handles 50 or maintain a grip position while performing an exercise movement. As such, the entirety of the force exerted by the user 200 on the cable attachment handle 100 may be directed to the exercise movement, and there is no risk of the user 200 losing the desired plane of motion when performing the exercise movement. Additionally, because the supinated, neutral, and pronated grip positions are defined by the fixed locations of the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c, there is no risk of the user 200 improperly orienting the handles 50 of the cable attachment handle 100.

[0084] The partially supinated, neutral, and partially pronated grip positions are shown in greater detail in FIGS. 5A-7B. In the partially supinated grip position shown in FIGS. 5A-5B, the handles 50 may be rotated outwardly from the vertical axis V at a supination angle A. To optimize activation of the biceps brachii muscles and comfort through the range of motion of the exercise movement, the supination angle A may be approximately 33°. In the neutral grip position shown in FIGS. 6A-6B, the handles 50 may be substantially parallel to the vertical axis V to optimize activation of the brachioradialis muscles. In the pronated grip position shown in FIGS. 7A-7B, the handles 50 may be rotated inwardly from the vertical axis V at a pronation angle B. To optimize activation of the brachialis muscles and comfort through the range of motion of the exercise movement, the pronation angle B may be approximately 45°. Other values for the supination angle A and the pronation angle B may be selected for comfort of the individual user 200 or to alter the activation of the biceps brachii, brachioradialis, and brachialis muscles as desired.

[0085] FIGS. 5A-7B also illustrate various lateral spacings of the handle mounts 20 and the handles 50 along the horizontal axis H of the main mounting body 10. FIGS. 5A, 6A, and 7A show a narrow grip configuration in which the studs 11 are spaced apart along the horizontal axis H of the main mounting body 10 by a first distance Dl, which may be, for example, 6 inches. FIGS. 5B, 6B, and 7B show a wide grip configuration in which the studs 11 are spaced apart along the horizontal axis H of the main mounting body 10 by a second distance D2, which may be, for example, 14 inches. However, any suitable spacing between the studs 11 may be used, for example, between 6 inches and 28 inches.

[0086] While three grip positions, namely partially supinated, neutral, and partially pronated, are respectively shown in FIGS.2-7B, each handle mount 20 may include additional alignment holes to permit additional grip positions. FIGS. 8-9D show another, non-limiting embodiment of the cable attachment 100 in which each handle mount 20 has four alignment holes 22a-22d to facilitate rotation of the handle mounts 20 relative to the main mounting body 10 into four grip positions. As the features of the embodiment shown in FIGS. 8-9D are generally similar to the features of the embodiments of FIGS. 1-7B, only the differences will be discussed. As shown in FIG. 8, the four alignment holes 22a-22d are arranged in an arc, with each of the four alignment holes 22a-22d equidistant from the stud 11. As with the embodiments of FIG. 1-7B, the handle mounts 20 may be rotated about the stud 11 to align the desired one of the four alignment holes 22a-22d with the alignment pin 13.

[0087] FIGS. 9A-9D show the handle mounts 20 arranged in various grip positions corresponding to each of the four alignment holes 22a-22d. In FIG. 9A, the handle mounts 20 are shown in a partially supinated position, similar to the partially supinated position of FIGS. 5A-5B. The supination angle A of the longitudinal axes 55 of the posts 51 relative to the vertical axis V may be, for example 33°. In the partially supinated position, the alignment pin 13 may be engaged with a first alignment hole 22a of the four alignment holes 22a-22d.

[0088] In FIG. 9B, the handle mounts 20 are shown in a neutral position, similar to the neutral position of FIGS. 6A-6B. The longitudinal axes 55 of the posts 51 may be oriented substantially parallel with the vertical axis V. In the neutral position, the alignment pin 13 may be engaged with a second alignment hole 22a of the four of alignment holes 22a-22d.

[0089] In FIG. 9C, the handle mounts 20 are shown in a partially pronated position, similar to the partially pronated position of FIGS. 7A-7B. The pronation angle B of the longitudinal axes 55 of the posts 51 relative to the vertical axis V may be, for example 45°. In the partially pronated position, the alignment pin 13 may be engaged with a third alignment hole 22c of the four alignment holes 22a-22d.

[0090] In FIG. 9D, the handle mounts 20 are shown in a fully pronated position. The pronation angle B of the longitudinal axes 55 of the posts 51 relative to the vertical axis V may be, for example 90°. In the fully pronated position, the alignment pin 13 may be engaged with a fourth alignment hole 22d of the four alignment holes 22a-22d.

[0091] As discussed above with reference to FIGS. 5A-7B, non-limiting embodiments of the cable attachment handle 100 may have a variety of widths, i.e. the distance Dl, D2 between the studs 11, for activating different muscle groups and/or for use during different exercise movements. Referring now to FIGS. 10A-10C, embodiments of the cable attachment handle 100 are shown, respectively having a first distance Dl between the studs 11, a second distance D2 between the studs 11, and a third distance D3 between the studs 11. The first distance Dl and the second distance D2 may be, respectively, approximately 6 inches and approximately 14 inches, as discussed above with reference to FIGS. 5A-7B. The third distance D3 may be approximately 20 inches. However, it is to be understood that the distances Dl, D2, D3 between the studs 11 in any of the embodiments of the cable attachment handle 100 may be any distance suitable for use with an exercise machine.

[0092] With continue reference to FIGS. 10A-10C, the handles 50 of the cable attachment handle 100 may be oriented relative to the handle mounts 20 to achieve a desired wrist flexion angle X between a surface of the paddles 52 and a paddle axis P perpendicular to the horizontal axis H of the main mounting body 10. In FIGS. 10A-10C, the cable attachment handles 100 are shown in the neutral grip position, i.e., with longitudinal axes 55 of the posts 51 extending substantially parallel to the vertical axis V, to best illustrate the wrist flexion angle X. The wrist flexion angle X may be selected to maintain a desired wrist position of the user based on the distance Dl, D2, D3 between the studs 11. In particular, the paddles 52 may be oriented such that the flexion angle X induces the user to maintain a straight wrist position, with the user’s palms being substantially parallel with the user’s forearms. That is, the flexion angle X may be selected to limit flexion and/or extension of the user’s wrist. By maintaining a substantially straight wrist position, the user may maximize the biomechanical force exerted on the cable attachment handle 100 and minimize discomfort and risk of injury.

[0093] As shown in FIGS. 10A-10C, the flexion angle X necessary to maintain a substantially straight wrist position may be different depending on the distance Dl, D2, D3 between the studs 11. Particularly, the greater the distance Dl, D2, D3 between the studs 11, the lower the flexion angle X necessary to maintain a substantially straight wrist position. In the embodiments of the cable attachment handle 100 shown in FIG. 10A and 10B, in which the distances Dl, D2 between the studs 11 is approximately 6 inches and approximately 14 inches, respectively, the flexion angle X may be approximately 27°. In the embodiment of the cable attachment handle 100 shown in FIG. 10C, in which the distance D3 between the studs 11 is approximately 20 inches, the flexion angle X may be approximately 12°. In other non-limiting embodiments, the flexion angle X may be between approximately 10° and approximately 30°.

[0094] Referring now to FIGS. 11 and 12, some embodiments of the cable attachment handle 100 provide adjustability of the spacing between the handles 50. In such embodiments, the main mounting body 10 includes two slide mounts 15 from which the studs 11 respectively extend. The slide mounts 15 are configured to move along a stationary part of the main mounting body 10 in the direction of the horizontal axis H. The spacing between the handles 50 may be set by the user 200 by moving the slide mounts 15 such that a pin 16 of each slide mount 15 aligns with one of a plurality of indexing holes 17 in the stationary part of the main mounting body 10. The pin 16 of each slide mount 15 may then be inserted into the desired one of a plurality of indexing holes 17 to lock the slide mounts 15 into a set position. The pins 16 may be any suitable structure for laterally securing the slide mounts 15 to one of a plurality of indexing holes 17, such as a spring-loaded popper pin, a cotter pin, or a bolt.

[0095] In other embodiments of the cable attachment handle 100 not shown in the drawings, the alignment pins 13 may be located on the handle mounts 20, and the plurality of alignment holes 22a-22c may be located on the main mounting body 10. Operation and adjustment of the cable attachment handle 100 is otherwise identical to the above-described embodiments. Similarly, in other embodiments of the cable attachment handle 100, the studs 11 may extend from the respective handle mounts 20 through a hole in the main mounting body 10. One skilled in the art may appreciate similar alternative arrangements for the various components, including but not limited to the studs 11, alignment pins 13, and plurality of alignment holes 22a-22d, which are to be considered within the scope of the present invention.

[0096] While various aspects of the cable attachment handle 100 were provided in the foregoing description, those skilled in the art may make modifications and alterations to these aspects without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention. For example, it is to be understood that this disclosure contemplates that, to the extent possible, one or more features of any aspect can be combined with one or more features of any other aspect. Accordingly, the foregoing description is intended to be illustrative rather than restrictive. The invention described hereinabove is defined by the appended claims, and all changes to the invention that fall within the meaning and the range of equivalency of the claims are to be embraced within their scope.