New Weightlifting Device Makes Dumbbell Training Safer
MOUNT EPHRAIM, N.J., Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — “The pain was incredible,” recalls Rick Bauer of that moment a dozen years ago, when a 70 lbs. Dumbbell that he kicked off his lap towards his shoulder veered sideways, causing a strained forearm that took six months to heal. “It went from the wrist to my elbow.” Bauer, a former professional wrestler and a weight lifter since the age of 13, had performed the same maneuver time and again, and not just with the dumbbell shoulder press, which he was doing when he was injured, but other dumbbell exercises as well. “Dumbbell bench presses, dumbbell triceps extensions. Everyone does it.”
Bauer is referring to bodybuilders, power lifters and weight trainers, who kick or swing dumbbells into the starting position of a particular exercise. In some cases, a “spotter” will hand a lifter the dumbbells. “The transfer of the dumbbell from spotter to user can be awkward, even dangerous,” says Bauer. That got him to thinking about a device that could make it safer to use dumbbells. In 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Bauer patent pending status on a utility patent for his Adjustable Dumbbell Stand, or “ADS”.
Bauer believes every home and commercial gym should be equipped with the ADS. “It makes it safer for any weight trainer at any strength level. No more kicking. No more swinging. No need to rely on someone to hand you the weight. The stands are sturdy, they’re adjustable for every height. They can be placed anywhere around a weight lifting bench or seat. For the gym owner, it is a safety feature that could lower insurance liability costs.”
The ADS has been warmly received by weight trainers and personal instructors. The “adjustable dumbbell stand…will make a great addition to any gym, especially if you train alone,” says John Paul Catanzaro, a Toronto-based personal trainer and owner of Body Essence, a personal training company.
Bernie Centrella, a nutritionist, bodybuilding author and personal trainer, agrees with Catanzaro, “Borrowing the same principle as a barbell squat rack, these dumbbell stands solve the problem of getting those heavy dumbbells into position to do your exercise. For those of us who have had to stop using dumbbells in our favorite exercises (i.e. bench presses) because it was just too much effort and actually dangerous to be swinging them into position, that problem has now been solved. I think they should be standard equipment in every gym, and they’d be very useful for home use too.”
But the fitness companies disagreed and Bauer has decided to go into business for himself, but he is “on a shoe string budget with no shoe strings.” He has turned to crowd funding on Rocket Hub to raise money for his business. The company is seeking to raise $20,000 by January 10, 2014. The money raised will be used for manufacturing and storing parts. “Made to order right here in America,” proclaims Bauer.
Plus, there is the matter of the patent. “That is something that is very important to me, but there are legal fees and I hope the crowd funding will cover some of that. To be awarded a patent is huge accomplishment.”
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