Product development of a resistive athletic suit
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
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A preliminary prototype of a new athletic apparel product uses resistive straps, integrated within a suit, to provide muscular resistance. This developing fitness product allows users to exercise both their upper and lower bodies through either a regimented workout or just with daily movements. An athletic workout suit that can provide a full body workout by using elastic straps that resist bodily movements was developed, redesigned, and tested. This project had three components: A resistive band was selected after various material tests, the interaction between strap placements and muscle movement was clarified, and finally a solution to anchoring the bands to the suit in a user-friendly method while allowing the resistance to be adjusted was designed. This product now has the potential to increase the efficiency at which people exercise, provide alternatives to existing workouts, and encourage healthy lifestyle.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2008.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology