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Title:
STRUCTURE STABILIZATION SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/181266
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A stabilizing system for a modular structure is disclosed. The modular structure is intended to provide a framework for the storage of physical fitness training equipment and the support of items of exercise apparatus. Since such structures are prone to tipping, the prior art required that they be permanently fastened to either a wall or a floor. The present disclosure provides a system for obviating the need for permanent fastening by providing a foot element extending outward from the vertical support elements of the modular structure which moves the tipping point and by providing a base plate arrangement which can carry weight modules to act as a counterweight in opposition to any tipping forces.

Inventors:
GREEN BRYAN A (US)
SIMONI JOHN D (US)
Application Number:
US2020/021571
Publication Date:
September 10, 2020
Filing Date:
March 06, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GYM RAX INT INC (US)
International Classes:
A47B91/02; A47B91/16; A63B23/035
Foreign References:
US8147389B12012-04-03
US7575538B12009-08-18
DE20216170U12003-01-09
US20160346582A12016-12-01
US20030010877A12003-01-16
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KLEINBERG, Marvin H. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. In a system for stabilizing a modular structure having spatially separated vertical support members, the combination comprising: a. A base plate adapted to underlie each of the modular structure vertical support members b. Means for attaching each said base plate to a vertical support member; and c. At least one weight module adapted to rest on said base plate proximate the rearward edge of said base plate;

Whereby said base plate with at least one weight module acts as a counterweight to prevent the modular structure from tipping.

2. The combination of claim 1 , further comprising at least one vertical indexing rod proximate the rearward edge of said base plate, adapted to receive an apertured weight module.

3. The system of claim 1 further including a foot element for each vertical support member attached thereto and extending therefrom and away from said base plate, whereby said foot elements provide a new point of rotation in the forward direction for the vertical support member.

4. In a system for stabilizing a modular structure having spatially separated vertical support members, the combination comprising: a. A foot member for each vertical support member attached to the base of the vertical support member and extending horizontally therefrom whereby said foot members move the rotation point for the vertical support members to the end of said foot members.

5. The system of claim 4, further comprising: a. A base plate adapted to underlie a vertical support member of the modular structure; b. means for attaching said base plate to a vertical support member; and c. At least one weight module adapted to rest on said base plate proximate the rearward edge of said base plate;

Whereby said base plate with at least one weight module acts as a counterweight to prevent the modular structure from tipping.

6. The combination of claim 4, further comprising at least one vertical indexing rod proximate the rearward edge of said base plate, adapted to receive an apertured weight module.

7. The system of claim 4 further including a collar member for attaching said foot member to a vertical support member.

8. The combination of claim 7 further including a shim in said collar member between said collar member and the vertical support member; and

a set screw in said collar member engaging said shim whereby tightening said set screw forces said shim against the vertical support member biasing said foot member against a supporting surface.

9. The combination of claim 4 wherein said foot member has a leading edge and said leading edge is rounded

10. In a system for stabilizing a modular structure having spatially separated vertical support members, the combination comprising: a. A foot member for each vertical support member attached to the base of the vertical support member and extending horizontally therefrom whereby said foot members move the rotation point for the vertical support members to the end of said foot members b. a collar member for attaching said foot member to a vertical support member. c. a shim in said collar member between said collar member and the vertical support member; d. a set screw in said collar member engaging said shim whereby tightening said set screw forces said shim against the vertical support member biasing said foot member against a supporting surface; e. A base plate adapted to underlie each of the modular structure vertical support members f. Means for attaching each said base plate to a vertical support member; and g. At least one weight module adapted to rest on said base plate proximate the rearward edge of said base plate;

Whereby said base plate with at least one weight module acts as a counterweight to prevent the modular structure from tipping.

1 1. The combination of Claim 10 further including: a. at least one vertical indexing rod proximate the rearward edge of said base plate, adapted to receive an apertured weight module.

12. The combination of claim 10 wherein said foot member has a leading edge and said leading edge is rounded

AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 20 July 2020 (20-07-2020)

1. In a system for stabilizing a modular structure having spatially separated vertical support members, the combination comprising:

a. a base plate adapted to underlie each of the modular structure vertical support members;

b. means for attaching each said base plate to a vertical support member; and c. at least one weight module adapted to rest on said base plates proximate the rearward edge of said base plates;

whereby said base plates with at least one weight module acts as a counterweight to prevent the modular structure from tipping.

2. The system of claim 1, further comprising at least one vertical indexing rod

proximate the rearward edge of said base plate, adapted to receive an apertured weight module, wherein said at least one weight module is apertured.

3. The system of claim 1 further including a foot element for each vertical support member attached thereto and extending therefrom and away from said base plate, whereby said foot elements provide a new point of rotation in the forward direction for the vertical support member.

7. The system of claim 3 further including a collar member for attaching said foot member to a vertical support member.

8. The system of claim 7 further including a shim in said collar member between said collar member and the vertical support member; and

a set screw in said collar member engaging said shim whereby tightening said set screw forces said shim against the vertical support member biasing said foot member against a supporting surface.

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9. The system of claim 3 wherein said foot member has a leading edge and said leading edge is rounded.

10. In a system for stabilizing a modular structure having spatially separated vertical support members, the combination comprising:

a. a foot member for each vertical support member attached to the base of the vertical support member and extending horizontally therefrom whereby said foot members move the rotation point for the vertical support members to the end of said foot members;

b. a collar member for attaching said foot member to a vertical support member; c. a shim in said collar member between said collar member and the vertical support member;

d. a set screw in said collar member engaging said shim whereby tightening said set screw forces said shim against the vertical support member biasing said foot member against a supporting surface;

e. a base plate adapted to underlie each of the modular structure vertical support members;

f. means for attaching each said base plate to a vertical support member; and g. at least one weight module adapted to rest on said base plate proximate the rearward edge of said base plate;

whereby said base plate with at least one weight module acts as a

counterweight to prevent the modular structure from tipping.

11. The system of Claim 10 further including:

at least one vertical indexing rod proximate the rearward edge of said base plate, adapted to receive an apertured weight module and wherein said at least

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^MENDED SHEET (ARTICLE 19) one weight module is apertured.

12. The system of claim 10 wherein said foot member has a leading edge and said leading edge is rounded.

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Description:
STRUCTURE STABILIZATION SYSTEM

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to functional types of physical training apparatus and, more particularly, a stabilizing system that does not require anchoring using permanent fasteners or protruding structures into the physical workout floor or wall space. Bolted anchoring requirements limit the potential for apparatus installation due to various causes. However, the most common issues are insufficient strength of the grounding medium or the damage the bolting will cause to the property. Means of stability through excess structure protruding into the workout space creates trip or bump hazards and limits the functionality of the space.

[0002] In the past, modular structures have been used as a framework for a variety of physical training devices, as well as for providing storage for equipment such as exercise balls, bar bells, kettle balls and free weights, all used for physical training. In addition, a framework was provided for mounting exercise straps, bands, punching bags and suspension equipment.

[0003] Unless such structures were either permanently fastened to a wall or floor surface, or the structure maintained a wide three to four-point floor contact footprint similar to a table, there was a danger that vigorous exercise by one or more participants could cause the structure to tip over and fall, endangering all in the area. The danger came, not only from the structure itself, but also from all of the training equipment that was stored on the structure.

SUMMARY-OF INVENTION

[0004] According to the present invention, a modular structure is mounted on a base plate with aligning rods, over which can be placed weight modules. It has been found that modules totaling loads of from 100 to 800 pounds may be installed, depending the size of the structure. [0005] In addition, a foot member, which extends outwardly from the vertical member of the modular structure, moves the point of rotation from the base of the vertical member to the extending end of the foot. The amount of weight needed to stabilize the structure can then be calculated based on the length of the foot, weight of the structure, and the structure’s required resistance to a load of magnitude and direction due to exercise movement.

[0006] The novel features which are characteristic of the invention, both as to structure and method of operation thereof, together with further objects and advantages thereof, will be understood from the following description, considered in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which the preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated by way of example. It is to be expressly understood, however, that the drawings are for the purpose of illustration and description only, and they are not intended as a definition of the limits of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0007] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a modular structure equipped with the present invention;

[0008] FIG. 2 is a perspective exploded view of a base plate suitable for use in the present invention;

[0009] FIG. 3, including Figs 3A, 3B, and 3C is a perspective and sectional views of a foot element that may be attached to a modular structure; Fig 3B is a section seen along the line 3B in Fig 3A in the direction of the appended arrows and Fig3C is a section view taken along line 3C in Fig 3A in the direction of the appended arrows;

[00010] FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the base plate of FIG. 2 with weights installed; [00011] FIG. 5 is a side view of a modular structure showing the mechanics of the stabilization by relocation of the tipping point and added counterweight; and [00012] FIG. 6 is a perspective view of an alternative base plate configuration. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[00013] Turning first to FIG. 1 , there is shown, in exploded perspective view, a stabilizing structure 10 according to the present invention. The structure 10 is attached to vertical members or posts 12 of a modular structure. The stabilizing structure includes a plurality of elements that are connected together.

[00014] Most important is a foot member 14 which is fastened to the vertical post 12. A baseplate 16, upon which each vertical post 12 are supported, is fixed and connected to the base of the vertical posts 12. While the preferred embodiment employs a base plate for each vertical post, in alternative embodiments, the base plate can span the structure as shown in Fig. 6. It is the foot members 14 which shift the tipping rotation point from the forward leading edge of the base of the vertical posts 12 to the end 18 of the foot members 14. The invention leverages the mechanical advantage by placing the foot end immediately forward of the base of the vertical post 12.

[00015] Also important is the base and support plate structure 16 including vertical rods 20 which engage apertures 22 in weight modules 24. The invention leverages the mechanical advantage of placing weight modules 24 immediately rearward of the vertical posts 12. When fully assembled, the stabilizing structure 10 can provide resistance to longitudinal and lateral forces against the anchor points for exercise equipment at the top of the modular structure elements, In the absence of the stabilizing structure 10, such forces would be sufficient to cause the modular structure to tip and fall. [00016] FIG. 2 is a perspective exploded view of base plate 16. As shown, the vertical alignment rods 20 can be threaded and fitted into threaded apertures 26 of the support plate to accommodate the apertures 22 in the weight modules 24.

[00017] In FIG. 3A, the foot member 14 is shown in greater detail. A U-shaped bracket 28 is sized to fit over the vertical post 12 of the modular structure. The bracket 28 has an internal shim 30 to assure a tight lateral fit on the post 12. A compressible gasket 32, best seen in Fig 3C, covers the forward internal surface of the bracket 28 to assure a tight fit when the foot member 14 is fixed to the vertical post 12. In the preferred embodiment, a set screw 35, best seen in Fig 3B, maintains a compressive preload on the bracket 28, tightly mating the bracket 28 to the vertical post 12 while compressing gasket 32 to eliminate any free play in the connection due to manufacturing tolerances and also provides a force biasing the end if the foot member into the floor surface. The foot member 14 has an anchoring loop 36 to which exercise apparatus (not shown) can be fastened.

[00018] FIG. 4 shows the base plates with stacked weight modules 24 held in place by the vertical alignment rods 20 in the apertures 22. Depending on the configuration of the modular structure, the requisite number of weight modules can be utilized to act as a counterweight.

[00019] Turning next to FIG. 5, a modular structure 38 is shown in side view. An anchor point 40 can be at the upper portion of the structure 38. When using apparatus connected to that anchor point 40, a substantial load is brought to bear. The load direction may be anywhere, commonly between 30 to 90 degrees below horizontal. Without the present invention, the tipping point 42 is at the base of the vertical post 12 of modular structure 38. By adding the foot member 14, the new tipping point 44 is moved outward. This enables the mass of the modular structure 38 to resist rotation and the number of weight modules 24 needed to resist rotation can be relatively modest.

[00020] Turning to Figure 6, there is shown an alternative embodiment of a base plate 50. In this embodiment, the base plate spans the separation between vertical posts 12 and has a plate portion 52. adapted to connect to each vertical post 12. Vertical alignment rods 54 are mounted in a slot 56 so that various sized and apertured weight modules can be installed.

[00021] Thus there has been shown and described, a novel system for stabilizing modular structures that have the potential of falling without the need to fasten such structures to a supporting floor or adjacent wall. The system allows for scalability to resist increased loading by increasing the weight modules. This permits greater flexibility in the placement of the modular structures and the configuration of the space in which they are located without sacrificing safety.

[00022] What is claimed as new follows below.