Patent us6634997 – pilates exercise apparatus – google patents

The present invention is an improved Pilates chair having a seat top with an underside, a base that is wider than the seat top, a plurality of bracing members between the seat top and the base, a swingable lever having an upper end and a lower end disposed between the seat top and the base, the lower end being hingeably attached from the base, an adjusting block disposed slidably along the lever between the upper and lower ends thereof, means on the adjusting block for locking it in a position along the lever, and one or more elongated helical springs each having two ends, one of the ends being attached from the underside of the seat top, and the other end being attached from the adjusting block, whereby sliding said adjusting block along said lever, and locking it in a position therealong, will result in a greater or lesser extent of stretch being imparted to the at least one helical spring.

1. Barefoot yoga oakland An improved Pilates chair which comprises (i) a seat top having an underside, (ii) a base that is wider than said seat top, (iii) a plurality of bracing members between said seat top and said base, (iv) a swingable lever having an upper end and a lower end disposed between said seat top and said base, said lower end being hingeably attached from said base, (v) an adjusting block disposed slidably along said lever between said upper and lower ends thereof, (vi) means on said adjusting block for locking it in a position along said lever, and (vii) one or more elongated helical springs each having two ends, one of said ends being attached from the underside of said seat top, and the other of said ends being attached from said adjusting block, whereby sliding said adjusting block along said lever, and locking it in a position therealong, will result in a greater or lesser extent of stretch being imparted to said at least one helical spring.

The exercise method developed by Joseph H. Best yoga poses for flat stomach Pilates involves some principles known from yoga, and hundreds of excises utilizing a wide variety of specially designed equipment employing a fusion of various philosophies of body culture, movement, body mechanics, balance, coordination, positioning, strength and flexibility, aiming at improved fitness, enhanced performance, and improved posture and flexibility with low impact.


Yoga nidra texte One device best known from the Pilates variety of devices, is the “reformer” which employs spring tension exerted on a movable carriage. Haute yoga mb The various Pilates devices make extensive use of helical springs which were deemed by the designer to be preferable over other resistance elements due to their linear resistance loading characteristics as a function of the spring extension.

One of the Pilates-designed exercise devices became known as the “wunda chair” or “Pilates chair.” This is in its original form a body rebalancing device made from two plywood sides, with a pedal between them and hinged from the base, and attached to the rear edges of the plywood sides by a plurality of elongated, usually up to about 6 helical springs. Yoga routine for beginners These springs resiliently connect the hinged pedal from the fixed plywood sides, and are provided with large eyes at their respective ends through which the springs are hooked at various stretched positions to permit a variation of their biasing strengths.

There are various exercise machines known from the prior art, such as those described in U.S. Yoga instructor jobs chicago Pat. Dru yoga poses Nos. Charm city yoga teacher training 4,641,833 and 5,897,459. Yoga hosers These are designed for repetitive exercise movements against variable resistances. Yoga hosers cast These are not Pilates type devices, and their use generally results in an increased imbalance between the parts of the body. Yoga for dummies sara ivanhoe The Pilates exercises and devices are designed to correct such imbalances caused by other types of conventional exercise machinery.

The Pilates chair can be sat in when it is turned upside down, and in all of its various possible positions can support body movements when the user is standing, sitting, kneeling, bending, supine or prone. Yoga asanas for weight loss after delivery In any of these positions the user places any part of its body onto the bar connecting the hinged pedal element and hinges the spring-biased bar against the biasing effect of the springs, as they can be adjusted on the hooked attachment of the springs. Pilates ballet Changing the spring tension is complicated and involves a great deal of practice and often more strength than the user can readily muster. Basic yoga postures pictures Furthermore, each exercise tends to require a different spring tension adjustment. Ramdev yoga for weight loss in hindi The Pilates chair in its original form is not structurally sound. Yoga tricks for beginners The springs can become easily de-tached from the sidewalls of the chair and also tend to knock against them. Yoga in tamil wikipedia While the spring resistance and the corresponding of the “difficulty” of the exercises can be compensated by the appropriate repetitions and use of the Pilates exercise method, an improvement of the design of the Pilates chair has become overdue. Be yoga and dance BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is an improved Pilates chair having a seat top with an underside, a base that is wider than the seat top, a plurality of bracing members between the seat top and the base, a swingable lever having an upper end and a lower end disposed between the seat top and the base, the lower end being hingeably attached from the base, an adjusting block disposed slidably along the lever between the upper and lower ends thereof, means on the adjusting block for locking it in a position along the lever, and one or more elongated helical springs each having two ends, one of the ends being attached from the underside of the seat top, and the other end being attached from the adjusting block, whereby sliding said adjusting block along said lever, and locking it in a position therealong, will result in a greater or lesser extent of stretch being imparted to the at least one helical spring. Santa monica yoga santa monica ca BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is described in greater detail with reference being had to the drawing, wherein FIGS. Pure yoga east address 1 and 2 are different perspective views of the improved Pilates chair of the present invention. Youtube hatha yoga class DETAILED DESCRIPTION

As shown in the two different perspective views of FIGS. Yoga nidra guided meditation youtube 1 and 2, the improved Pilates chair of the present invention has a seat 1 which is suitably upholstered with a washable plastic cover. Yoga yoga kannada mp3 song The illustrated embidoment of the chair has a tubular structure having a base that is wider than the seat 1. Yoga feet exercises The tubular base 3 is connected from the seat through tubular supports 5.

The movable part of the improved chair of the present invention is a lever 7 with a pedal 13 at its upper end. Yoga dot calm canyon meadows The pedal 13 is suitably also upholstered or cushioned for the user’s comfort. Hatha yoga pradipika summary The bottom of the lever 7 is hingeably attached to the base 3 through a cross member 9.

A sleeve 11 is slidably mounted from the lever 7. Anchorage yoga anchorage ak The sleeve suitably does not fully encircle the tubular lever 7, and a locking arm 12 is provided to tighten the sleeve at any location on the lever 7. Meditation music for relaxation and dreaming free download In the illustrated embodiment of the improved Pilates chair of the present invention two helical springs 15 are attached at one of their ends to the underside of the seat 1. Sup yoga chicago The other ends of the springs 15 are attached to opposed sides of the sleeve 11. Ashtanga yoga shala brisbane Thus, when the sleeve is slid along the length of the lever 7, and locked in position thereon, the helical springs are thereby tightened or loosened, depending on the location of the sleeve 11 on the lever 7.

The improved Pilates chair of the present invention can be used in any convenient manner in which the original, old-fashioned Pilates chairs of the prior art were used. Ramdev yoga for weight loss medicine However, this chair is specifically designed to continue and maintain balance between the parts of the body, while at the same time provide a design that is lighter, more stable on the floor, and allows a simple effortless change of extent of spring extension depending on the location of the sleeve 11 along the lever 7. Weight loss yoga baba ramdev videos Thus this design greatly increases the chair’s usefulness in doing Pilates exercises. Yoga poses for beginners at home It allows the chair to be easily stored and moved from place to place, and to provide increased support while exercising, and allows easy and rapid adjustments in the difficulty of the exercises by effortless changing of spring tension.

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