Exercise apparatus for simulating skating movement

  • US 7,115,073 B2
  • Filed: 06/23/2004
  • Issued: 10/03/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/04/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A skating exercise apparatus for simulating skating or roller blading movement in a user, said apparatus extending generally in a front-to-back direction and including,a pair of shuttles, each of said shuttles for supporting a foot of said user standing in a generally forward facing position thereon facing towards a front of the apparatus,a pair of guide assemblies, each guide assembly supporting and limiting an associated one of said shuttles in reciprocal movement along a respective associated predetermined path, and wherein said shuttles are movable by said guide assembly along said associated predetermined path, each of said predetermined paths consisting of a path extending in a direction away from the other in a generally mirror arrangement about a central plane of the apparatus such that the paths do not substantially cross the central plane and extend from a respective raised proximal upper portion and curving rearwardly and extending downwardly to a lower distal portion,and whereby each of the shuttles are alternating reciprocally movable along said associated predetermined paths with a foot of the user thereon from a respective raised proximal upper position with the shuttle being spaced towards the front of the apparatus, to a lower distal position wherein the shuttle is moved rearwardly therefrom, and wherein when a first one of said shuttles is positioned in said proximal upper position, the second other shuttle being positionable in the distal position to move the user'"'"'s feet generally in simulated skating or roller blading movement.

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