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Patexia Research
Patent No. US 11331534
Issue Date May 17, 2022
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Patent 11331534 - 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 of the first elongate upright is rigidly connected to the base support frame;a first split arm having a first end and a second end;a second split arm having a first end and a second end;an intersection point, at which the second end of the first elongate upright and the first ends of the first and second split arms are interconnected such that the first elongate upright and first and second split arms collectively form a wishbone or tuning fork shape;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 first split arm to enable reciprocating linear movement along the first split arm;a second movable and adjustable handle, operatively engaged with the second split arm to enable reciprocating linear movement along the second split arm;a linkage assembly, interconnecting the first handle, the first foot pedal, the second handle, and the second foot pedal, comprising at least one belt and a plurality of pulleys,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, andwherein the base support frame has a flared shape such that a forward-rearward length of the base support frame is greatest at the floor or ground surface and smallest at the first end of the first elongate upright.
    • 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, further comprising a mounting apparatus interconnected with and extending upwardly away from the intersection point, wherein the electronic device or system comprises a tablet computer mounted on the mounting apparatus.
        • 4. 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 a horizontal axis and a height of the tablet computer above the floor or ground surface.
        • 5. 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.
          • 6. The climbing exercise machine of claim 5, wherein the at least one sensor comprises at least two sensors.
            • 7. The climbing exercise machine of claim 6, 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.
            • 8. The climbing exercise machine of claim 6, 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.
              • 9. The climbing exercise machine of claim 8, wherein, when the handle adjustment plate moves in a reciprocating linear pattern along one of the first and second split arms, the movable electronic sensor passes in close proximity to the stationary electronic sensor.
        • 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 a horizontal distance between the first and second split arms is adjustable.
    • 12. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein the base support frame comprises a plurality of base members, each of the base members having a flared shape such that a forward-rearward length of each base member is greatest at the floor or ground surface and smallest at the first end of the first elongate upright.
    • 13. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein 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.
    • 14. 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.
      • 15. The climbing exercise machine of claim 14, wherein the plurality of self-lubricating slides are operatively mounted on rails.
    • 16. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein movement of one of the first and second movable handles or one of the first and second movable foot pedals causes concurrent motion of all other of the first and second movable handles and the first and second movable foot pedals.
      • 17. The climbing exercise machine of claim 16, wherein the concurrent motion of the first and second movable handles and the first and second movable foot pedals simulates a contralateral climbing motion.
      • 18. The climbing exercise machine of claim 16, wherein the concurrent motion of the first and second movable handles and the first and second movable foot pedals simulates an ipsilateral climbing motion.
    • 19. The climbing exercise machine of claim 1, wherein locations of the first movable handle and the first movable foot pedal relative to each other are adjustable prior to operation of the climbing exercise machine and locations of the second movable handle and the second movable 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 movable handle, the first movable foot pedal, the second movable handle, and the second movable foot pedal to provide resistance to motion of the first movable handle, the first movable foot pedal, the second movable handle, and the second movable foot pedal.
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