Exercise apparatus with resilient foot support

  • US 20040142800A1
  • Filed: 10/27/2003
  • Published: 07/22/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/17/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method of enabling a person to exercise comprising:

  • providing a movable body support for the exercising person which supports the exercising person in a position which allows the body of the exercising person to move with the movable body support while the feet of the exercising person are free to be moved with respect to the movable body support;

    providing a movable foot support separate from said body support in a position to be engaged by the feet of the exercising person supported on the movable body support;

    providing for the absorption of the energy of the movement of the movable body support in a first direction away from the movable foot support by the exercising person supported thereon and the conversion of the absorbed energy to a movement of the movable body support with the exercising person supported thereon in a second direction toward the movable foot support;

    providing for the controlled yielding of the movable foot support caused by the engagement thereof by the feet of an exercising person moving with the movable body support in said second direction; and

    establishing as a result of the controlled yielding of the movable foot support a bouncing movement by the movable foot support in the first direction, which the exercising person can translate into a movement of the movable body support in the first direction, the arrangement being such that the exercising person can control the repetition and magnitude of the movements of the movable body support by flexure of the legs at the knees.

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