A Strength Training Machine with a Dynamic Resistance Control Function Based on Muscle Activity Level

A Strength Training Machine with a Dynamic Resistance Control Function Based on Muscle Activity Level

Shunji Moromugi (Nagasaki University, Japan) and Takakazu Ishimatsu (Nagasaki University, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2196-1.ch011
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Abstract

A unique machine for strength training is introduced in this chapter. This training machine dynamically controls the amount of electronically generated resistance to provide a varying resistance force that follows a desired pattern during the exercise. This pattern or trajectory of desired muscle activity levels can be easily set prior to exercise through an interactive panel on the computer screen. It is predicted that this technology could facilitate more safe and effective strength training. The methodology for the muscle activity-based resistance control and the mechanism of the proposed system are detailed using a leg press prototype machine. The unique training features offered by the prototype are presented with data recorded from demonstrations and experiments.
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In this study, we propose a unique training machine that provides a variable resistance force controlled based on muscle activity. The machine allows users to design exercises employing various muscle activity patterns. This training machine is also user-friendly and does not require a complicated installation of sensors for muscle activity measurement.

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