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1 issued patent owned by Barry Negrin

It is hard enough to join a gym and actually get oneself to exercise. It is exceedingly frustrating upon arriving there to find all of the machines in use. Users shouldn't even be spending extended periods of time on the same machine. Something must and can be done to streamline the flow of traffic on shared gym equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals, and the like.

The invention is a networked exercise device control system that helps prevent users of community or shared exercise equipment from spending too much time on the equipment and not allowing other users to use and enjoy the equipment. An external variable indicator measures at least one external variable, e.g., the time of day or the number of machines in use at once. A timer measures a duration of the user's workout, and a timer limiter is provided and is presettable by an administrator to delineate a maximum workout duration when the external variable(s) reach(es) a predetermined threshold. When the external variable indicator measures the at least one external variable to be reached or exceeded, the timer limiter prevents the user's workout from exceeding the maximum duration. As an example, the external variable can be the percentage of machines of a given type currently in use. If that percentage reaches a certain number (e.g., 80%), all workouts are limited to a predetermined time (e.g., 30 minutes).

The inventive networking system can be implemented by either exercise manufacturers or by the gyms using them. Manufacturers can tout this feature as another handy feature in attempting to gain better market share, while gyms and health clubs can maximize the efficient flow of members and augment their gym experience by minimizing wait times even when (especially when) the gym is busy.
Offer Amount Sought
Sale $150,000
Exclusive license price $125,000
Exclusive license royalty 0.00%
Non-exclusive license price $75,000
Priority date
Jul 12, 2006
Expiration date
Jul 28, 2027
Forward references
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An exercise device control system helps maximize efficiency of use of shared exercise equipment. The system includes an external variable indicator measuring at least one external variable, e.g., the time of day or the number of machines in use at once. A timer measures a duration of the user's workout, and a presettable timer limiter delineates a maximum workout duration when the external variable(s) reaches a predetermined threshold.
Country Status Patent or Application Number
United States Issued Patent 7,601,096
Issued Patents
Pending Applications only
The inventor is a patent attorney on the electrical/mechanical side of the field and an amateur athlete who very much does not like to wait for a gym machine to open up.
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