Gym gloves direct all load to the intended muscles.
Inspiration from Nature
The grip of Eagle claws (Accipitridae) is not affected by the twisting and squirming of its prey.
There is often a skinny guy in a gym who has been working out to build muscles for ages but hasn’t succeeded yet. People who train themselves more technically, know that a right grip around the bar, correct posture of the spine, and the angles of extension and flexion of muscles are imperative to muscle building. Most gym gloves are designed to provide a better grip. But while technique and grip can be improved, hands and wrist continue to absorb unintended stress while lifting weights. Could there be gloves that held the weight themselves, directing the entire stress to the muscle which needed shaping as a result?
Animals like hippopotamus, tiger, bear, and crocodiles are formidable for their bite. But biting is a momentary force, we need a holdfast mechanism of similar strength. Claws of an eagle (Accipitridae) can not only catch a hefty prey but they also don’t yield to the twisting and squirming of the prey. They are the ideal inspiration for designing gloves that transfer all the stresses to the target muscles.
Much sport and military research has been done in this field for various purposes. A few good examples are Dominator leather training gloves, Oxstren smart gym gloves, SKLZ smart gloves, and Northwave Powerful Finger Concept. After reviewing several exoskeletal options, it turns out that an intelligent system of stiffness-relaxation mechanism needs strings of memory alloy stitched inside the leather.
A pair of gloves are designed which improve grip (28) as well as the ability to hold the weight (29, 30). Memory fibers are embedded in the leather. When weight is lifted, leather gloves direct all the stress from hand and wrist area to the targetted muscles. Memory laces (5, 15, 16, 22) which run through the knuckles can distribute stiffness dynamically around the hand (19, 21) keeping it (hand) in an effortless position always. The end result is an elimination of all unintended (but previously inevitable) exertion on fingers and wrist.
The following are some useful resources from the design process of this nature gadget.
Row1Column1: Closeup of an Eagle
Row1Column2: Closeup of Eagle Claws
Row1Column3: Mechanical Analysis of Avian Feet
Row1Column4: Anatomy of Vestigial Claws
Row2Column1: Examples of Weightlifting Gloves
Row2Column2: Adidas Workout Gloves
Row2Column3: Dominator Leather Training Gloves
Row2Column4: Oxstren Smart Gym Gloves
Row3Column1: Internal Systems of Oxstren Smart Gym Gloves
Row3Column2: A Few Examples of Fitness Belts
Row3Column3: SKLZ Smart Gloves
Row3Column4: Concept Smart Glove
Row4Column1: Smart Gloves which Help Hearing and Sight-Impaired to Text
Row4Column2: Rapael Smart Glove which Helps Strole Patients Speed Up Rehabilitation
Row4Column3: Ortovox Smart Glove
Row4Column4: Northwave Powerful Finger Gloves
Created by Umair Zia