The Ab Rider exercise machine is a multi-function exercise machine that can be configured in a number of ways for enabling a person to exercise largely all of the person's muscles, especially the leg and abdominal muscles. The Ab Rider exercise machine is suitable for gyms, physical workout centers, and homes. The exercise machine can be implemented in several different ways, including a minimum-size implementation for homes and other places where exercising space may be limited. Major components of the Ab Rider exercise machine can be readily detached from one another for storage and shipping.
The core of the Ab Rider exercise machine is a main assembly that independently serves as an exercise bench. The main assembly includes a seat and a seatback that swivels for exercising the abdominal muscles. The Ab Rider exercise machine has a detachable pedaling apparatus for exercising the legs. Two or more pairs of handles are provided on the main assembly to facilitate many types of exercise. The main assembly has retractable legs which enable the Ab Rider exercise machine to be switched between a cycling configuration and an exercise-bench configuration.
Fig. 1 illustrates the cycling configuration in which a pedal-revolving pedaling apparatus is connected to the main assembly of an Ab Rider exercise machine implementation particularly suitable for home use. The machine's legs are in their retracted positions in which they extend horizontally along the frame. The seatback is slanted.
Fig. 2 depicts how a person sits on the Ab Rider exercise machine when it is in the cycling configuration and pumps the pedals to exercise the person's legs and improve the personís cardiovascular fitness. The person can check the visual readout display on the pedaling apparatus to get various cycling exercise information such as cycling time, pedaling rate, equivalent cycling distance, and approximate caloric energy expended. A heart rate monitor can also be provided.
The position of the seatback can be varied from a nearly vertical slanted position to a position in which the seatback lies flat on the Ab Rider frame and is in line with the seat. The seatback position is adjusted with a seatback support rod.
When the seatback is slanted, the seatback swivels about its longitudinal axis. While sitting on the seat, a person can grab the exercise handles at the top of the seatback and swivel the seatback to exercise the person's abdominal muscles. The person can simultaneously pump the pedals to exercise the person's legs at the same time as the abdominals.
Fig. 3 separately shows the pedaling apparatus. The connection rails of the pedaling apparatus are inserted into reception channels of the main assembly in order to connect the pedaling apparatus to the main assembly. The connection can be made at a number of locations along the connection rails so as to adjust the distance between the pedaling apparatus and the main assembly for accommodating the size, principally the height, of the person cycling on the Ab Rider exercise machine.
The Ab Rider exercise machine is switched from the cycling configuration to the exercise-bench configuration by detaching the pedaling apparatus from the main assembly. The machine's legs are switched to their vertical extended positions in a high-bench version of the exercise-bench configuration. Locking brackets on the legs lock them in their extended positions so that the seat is 12 - 20 inches above the floor. The seatback can be slanted or lie flat on the frame. Fig. 4 illustrates an example of the high-bench configuration with the seatback slanted.
Figs. 5A and 5B depict typical exercises that can be performed with the Ab Rider exercise machine in the high-bench configuration. In Fig. 5A, a person is exercising the arms and shoulders using dumbbells with the seatback slanted. The person is doing similar dumbbell exercising in Fig. 5B with the seatback flat.
The main assembly can also be used as a floor-level exercise bench with the machine's legs retracted in a low-bench version of the exercise-bench configuration. Figs. 6A - 6C illustrate examples of exercises that can be done using the exercise handles when the Ab Rider exercise machine is in the low-bench configuration. Exercises of the type shown in Figs. 6A - 6C can often be done with the pedaling apparatus attached to the main assembly provided that care is taken to avoid injurious contact with the pedaling apparatus.
Numerous other exercises can be done on the Ab Rider exercise machine by configuring it in various ways. As an example, with the seatback flat against the frame, the seat and seatback can together be slanted relative it the floor by extending the front legs and retracting the back legs, or vice versa, in a slanted-bench version of the exercise-bench configuration. A person can then do sit-ups or crunches starting with the person's back lying against the floor and the person's legs extending upward along the seat and seatback.
In the Ab Rider exercise machine prototype built to demonstrate the Ab Rider exercise machine concept, machine configurational changes in going from an exercise utilizing one Ab Rider exercise machine configuration to an exercise utilizing another Ab Rider exercise machine configuration are done manually and can sometimes take up to a minute. Commercial versions of the Ab Rider exercise machine can have internal equipment that performs certain machine configurational changes in response to a simple human body movement, e.g., pushing a button, changing a switch position, or moving a lever. The vast majority of machine configurational changes in commercial Ab Rider exercise machine versions can then be done in 15 to 30 seconds. This should make commercial Ab Rider exercise machine versions attractive to consumers who want to transition rapidly between exercises done with different Ab Rider exercise machine configurations.
Commercial versions of the Ab Rider exercise machine can be streamlined to improve their appearance. As an example, the mechanism which connects the seatback to the frame for enabling the seatback to swivel was positioned on the back of the seatback in the Ab Rider exercise machine prototype in order to facilitate prototype manufacture. In commercial Ab Rider exercise machine versions, this connection mechanism can be recessed into the back of the seatback so as to be largely hidden when the Ab Rider exercise machine is seen from the side.
The Ab Rider exercise machine can be implemented in other ways to provide additional exercising capability. For instance, the main assembly can be furnished with additional exercise handles for use in exercising. Fig. 7 depicts the high-bench configuration for an implementation in which the main assembly has five pairs of exercise handles.
The pedal-revolving pedaling apparatus can, as shown in Fig. 8, be replaced with a pedal-translating pedaling apparatus in which the pedals translate back and forth rather than revolve. Fig. 9 depicts how the Ab Rider exercise machine implementation of Fig. 8 is utilized for exercising in the cycling configuration with a person seated on the seat. Fig. 10 presents an example of how the person can exercise in a non-seated position when the Ab Rider exercise machine implementation of Fig. 8 is in the cycling configuration.
The Ab Rider exercise machine can, in more exotic implementations, be provided with both the pedal-revolving and pedal-translating pedaling apparatuses. A person can use the Ab Rider exercise machine with one, or the other, of the pedaling apparatuses connected to the main assembly depending on the exercise to be done. Alternatively, one of the pedaling apparatuses can be connected to the front of the main assembly while the other pedaling apparatus is connected to the back of the main assembly for doing additional exercises.
In short, the Ab Rider exercise machine is a highly versatile piece of exercise equipment which can be configured in a number of ways for exercising largely all of a person's muscles. A minimum-size implementation uses a pedal-revolving pedaling apparatus and is particularly suitable for home use. The Ab Rider exercise machine can be provided in other implementations that offer further exercising capability.