ACE SPECIALTY, INC.
Rosemead, CA US
|ACE SPECIALTY, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20140073495||Cable Attachment For Exercise Machine - A cable attachment that permits the strap of an exercise machine to be replaced independently of the machine's handle without the need for sewing machines or special tools such as crimping devices comprises a body having three juncture points arranged in a generally triangular relationship, the first point being near its top to accommodate the body's attachment to the cable of the exercise machine, the other two juncture points lying below the first point and separated from each other by the center section of the body. The two lower junction points are configured to securely accommodate a removably-coupled handle-coupling strap, and are the locations to which the straps can be secured, preferably with a suitable knot. The two lower juncture points are configured to resist lateral slippage of the straps in order to laterally stabilize the load against which the user is working, and to accommodate knots having excellent holding strength.||03-13-2014|
|20130244841||Exercise Machine With Weight Plate Stack Alignment Feature - User-manipulated exercise equipment of the type utilizing a weight-plate stack comprises a stack of weight plates, of which a user-selected portion moves as a unit along a pair of guide rods in response to an exercise movement by the user. The selected portion of the stack moves with virtually no cross-wise (i.e., lateral) shifting among the plates and virtually no friction between the moving portion of the stack and the guide rods because (1) a keystone bushing below the weight plate stack provides virtually error free alignment with the guide rods by setting the non-selected portion of the stack at a highly accurate “home” position that resets the moving stack if it has shifted laterally during movement, even if that shift is very slight, and (2) the guide rod holed in the weight plates carry bushings which align with the bushings of the adjacent weight plates to prevent the plates within the moving portion of the stack from shifting laterally with respect to each other and thereby contacting a guide rod. Preferably, the topmost weight plate in the moving portion of the stack carries bushings forming a smaller gap with the guide rods than the bushings of the remaining weight plates so that, at worst, only the topmost plate will contact a guide rod resulting in negligible friction.||09-19-2013|
|20120238417||Method For Adjusting The Weight-Training Mass of A Weightplate Device - In a method for adjusting the weight-training mass of a weightplate device, a weight plate is added to the exterior of the weight plate mass so that a magnetic pole region carried by the added weight plate is magnetically coupled to the weight plate mass to magnetically secure the added weight plate to the dumbbell. When decoupling is desired, the added weight plate is rotated with respect to the weight plate mass to bring the carried magnetic pole region into alignment with a magnetically non-attracting portion of the weight plate mass so that the added weight plate can be removed from the weight plate device without overcoming the magnetically-securing coupling force.||09-20-2012|
|20120208681||Dumbbell With Antimicrobial Handle - A dumbbell having an antimicrobial handle comprises a bar having a pair of end regions, and extending generally longitudinally therebetween along a generally central axis, weight plate masses mounted at the end regions and mechanically secured thereto, and a pair of collars located at longitudinally opposed positions on bar to define a handle region therebetween. A handle is located within the handle region and includes a generally tubular supporting substrate positioned about the bar, and a generally tubular grip surface member supported by the substrate and formed from an antimicrobial copper alloy, the supporting substrate and generally tubular grip surface member extending generally axially between longitudinally spaced-apart end regions. The collars have axially-inwardly extending flange portions sized and structured to substantially circumscribe the end regions of the grip surface member and to securely capture the end regions between the flange portions and the bar.||08-16-2012|
|20120094810||Barbell Having Decreased Destabilizing Forces And Method For Making Same - A adjustable barbell producing decreased destabilizing forces during the lifting movement, and a method for making same, includes a bar having a pair of longitudinally-separated inner collars weighing no less than approximately 30 lbs, a pair of sleeves mounted for rotation about the longitudinal axis of the bar and sized to accommodate the through-holes of removable weight plates mounted on said sleeves, each sleeve being positioned longitudinally outward of a respective one of said collars, the collars thereby decreasing the stress on the bar and the moment of inertia of the weight being lifted.||04-19-2012|
|20110152042||Dumbbell With Antimicrobial Handle - A dumbbell having an antimicrobial handle comprises a bar having a pair of end regions, and extending generally longitudinally therebetween along a generally central axis, weight plate masses mounted at the end regions and mechanically secured thereto, and a pair of collars located at longitudinally opposed positions on bar to define a handle region therebetween. A handle is located within the handle region and includes a generally tubular grip surface member supported by the bar and formed from an antimicrobial copper alloy, the generally tubular grip surface member extending generally axially between longitudinally spaced-apart end regions. The pair of longitudinally-spaced generally annular collars have axially-inwardly extending flange portions sized and structured to substantially circumscribe the end regions of the generally cylindrical grip surface member and to securely capture the end regions between the flange portions and the bar.||06-23-2011|
|20100075816||Method and Apparatus for Magnetically Coupling Incremental Weights to Exercise Apparatus - A dumbbell comprises a bar that extends generally axially between opposing end regions, a weight plate mass mounted about the bar at each end region, means for retaining the mounted weight plate mass at the respective end regions to define a handle region axially inward of the end regions that can be gripped by a user during exercise movement of the dumbbell, means for mechanically securing the weight plate mass to the dumbbell, said bar extending sufficiently axially outward of the mechanically secured weight plate mass to accommodate an incremental weight plate mounted about the bar axially outward of the mechanically secured weight plate mass, means for magnetically securing a magnetically responsive incremental weight plate to the dumbbell via magnetic attraction unless the mounted incremental weight plate has been rotated about the bar to a decoupling position, and means for establishing a decoupling position in which there is no magnetic attraction between the mounted incremental weight plate and the dumbbell so that the incremental weight plate can be removed from the dumbbell without overcoming the force of magnetic attraction.||03-25-2010|
Patent applications by ACE SPECIALTY, INC.