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Patexia Research
Patent No. US 11291882
Issue Date Apr 5, 2022
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Patent 11291882 - Climbing exercise machine > Claims

  • 1. A climbing exercise machine, comprising: a base support frame configured to contact a floor or ground surface;a first elongate upright having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is rigidly connected to the base support frame;a crossbar having a first end and a second end, wherein a middle, central, or intermediate portion of the crossbar is rigidly connected to the second end of the first elongate upright;a second elongate upright having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the second elongate upright is rigidly connected to the first end of the crossbar such that the first elongate upright and the second elongate upright are in substantially parallel planes on opposing vertical sides of the crossbar;a third elongate upright having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the third elongate upright is rigidly connected to the second end of the crossbar such that the first elongate upright and the third elongate upright are in substantially parallel planes on opposing vertical sides of the crossbar;first and second movable and adjustable foot pedals, operatively engaged with opposing lateral sides of the first elongate upright to enable reciprocating linear movement along the first elongate upright;a first movable and adjustable handle, operatively engaged with the second elongate upright to enable reciprocating linear movement along the second elongate upright;a second movable and adjustable handle, operatively engaged with the third elongate upright to enable reciprocating linear movement along the third elongate upright; anda linkage assembly, interconnecting the first handle, the first foot pedal, the second handle, and the second foot pedal, comprising a rail and a belt,wherein the interconnection provided by the linkage assembly enables reciprocating concurrent movement of the first handle, the first foot pedal, the second handle, and the second foot pedal to simulate a climbing motion for a user.
    • 2. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, further comprising an electronic device or system enabling the user to perceive digital content while using the climbing exercise machine.
      • 3. The climbing exercise machine of claim 2, wherein the electronic device or system comprises a tablet computer mounted on a mounting apparatus of the climbing exercise machine.
        • 4. The climbing exercise machine of claim 3, wherein the electronic device or system further comprises at least one sensor, disposed within or on a surface of the climbing exercise machine and configured to transmit data pertaining to a function of the climbing exercise machine to the tablet computer.
          • 5. The climbing exercise machine of claim 4, wherein the at least one sensor comprises at least two sensors.
            • 6. The climbing exercise machine of claim 5, wherein the at least two sensors comprise a stationary electronic sensor and a movable electronic sensor, wherein the movable electronic sensor is mounted on a forward section of a handle adjustment plate and the stationary electronic sensor is mounted on a section of the first elongate upright adjacent to the handle adjustment plate.
              • 7. The climbing exercise machine of claim 6, wherein, when the handle adjustment plate moves in a reciprocating linear pattern along one of the second and third elongate uprights, the movable electronic sensor passes in close proximity to the stationary electronic sensor.
            • 8. The climbing exercise machine of claim 5, wherein the at least two sensors measure a parameter of interest to the user according to an algorithm, and wherein the parameter of interest is presented to the user in a graphical user interface of the tablet computer.
        • 9. The climbing exercise machine of claim 3, wherein the mounting apparatus is adjustable such that the user can adjust at least one of an angle of the tablet computer relative to the first and second elongate uprights and a height of the tablet computer above the floor or ground surface.
        • 10. The climbing exercise machine of claim 3, wherein the tablet computer is configured to allow the user to input data corresponding to the workout preferences of the user and display to the user data corresponding to exercise performance and experience of the user.
    • 11. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein the linkage assembly further comprises a plurality of self-lubricating slides, wherein each of the plurality of self-lubricating slides is connected to one of the first handle, the first foot pedal, the second handle, and the second foot pedal.
      • 12. The climbing exercise machine of claim 11, wherein the plurality of self-lubricating slides are operatively mounted on the rail.
    • 13. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein movement of one of the first and second handles or one of the first and second foot pedals causes concurrent motion of all other of the first and second handles and the first and second foot pedals.
      • 14. The climbing exercise machine of claim 13, wherein the concurrent motion of the first and second handles and the first and second foot pedals simulates a contralateral climbing motion.
      • 15. The climbing exercise machine of claim 13, wherein the concurrent motion of the first and second handles and the first and second foot pedals simulates an ipsilateral climbing motion.
    • 16. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein a horizontal distance between the second and third elongate uprights is adjustable.
    • 17. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein the base support frame comprises a plurality of base members extending away from the first upright.
    • 18. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein the first end of the first elongate upright is rigidly connected to the base support frame at a first obtuse angle relative to the floor or ground surface, wherein the first obtuse angle is adjustable.
    • 19. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein locations of the first handle and the first foot pedal relative to each other are adjustable prior to operation of the climbing exercise machine and locations of the second handle and the second foot pedal relative to each other are adjustable prior to operation of the climbing exercise machine.
    • 20. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, further comprising an adjustable resistance mechanism, interconnected with the first handle, the first foot pedal, the second handle, and the second foot pedal to provide resistance to motion of the first handle, the first foot pedal, the second handle, and the second foot pedal.
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