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1. WO2020114896 - BOUTEILLE D'EXERCICE PHYSIQUE

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What is Claimed :

1. A fitness bottle operable by one hand of a user during exercise, the fitness bottle comprising :

a body configured to contain a liquid; and

a closure assembly removably coupled to the body, the closure assembly having an open configuration allowing the liquid to flow from the body through the closure assembly and a closed configuration restricting flow of the liquid from the body through the closure assembly, the closure assembly having

a spout defining an opening through which the liquid can flow when the closure assembly is in the open configuration,

a closure configured to seal the opening of the spout when the closure assembly is in the closed configuration and to unseal the opening of the spout when the closure is in the open configuration, wherein the position of the closure relative to the spout changes upon movement of the closure assembly from the open configuration to the closed configuration,

an actuator positioned for opening actuation by the user to move the closure assembly from the closed configuration to the open configuration and for closing actuation by the user to move the closure assembly from the open

configuration to the closed configuration, and

a linkage coupled to the actuator, the linkage being configured to translate the opening actuation of the actuator to move the closure assembly from the closed configuration to the open configuration to unseal the opening of the spout of the closure assembly by the closure of the closure assembly, and the linkage also being configured to translate the closing actuation of the actuator to move the closure assembly from the open configuration to the closed configuration to seal the opening of the spout of the closure assembly by the closure of the closure assembly.

2. The fitness bottle of claim 1, wherein the actuator and the linkage are configured such that the opening actuation of the actuator and the closing actuation of the actuator are both achieved by depressing the actuator.

3. The fitness bottle of claim 2, wherein the actuator and the linkage are configured such that the opening actuation of the actuator and the closing actuation of the actuator provide push-push actuation to open and close the closure assembly, respectively.

4. The fitness bottle of claim 1, further comprising a damper positioned (1) to retard motion of the closure relative to the spout to unseal the opening of the spout, (2) to retard motion of the closure relative to the spout to seal the opening of the spout, or (3) to retard motion of the closure relative to the spout to unseal the opening of the spout and to retard motion of the closure relative to the spout to seal the opening of the spout.

5. The fitness bottle of claim 1, the linkage comprising a lever positioned to convert translation of the linkage to motion of the closure.

6. The fitness bottle of claim 5, the linkage comprising a slider that contacts the lever.

7. The fitness bottle of claim 1, wherein the body defines an indentation on an exterior side surface thereof, and wherein the indentation is configured and positioned to at least partially receive the closure assembly.

8. The fitness bottle of claim 7, wherein the closure assembly comprises a tongue-shaped extension depending downward therefrom, wherein the extension carries the actuator, and wherein a depth of the indentation corresponds to a thickness of the tongue-shaped extension.

9. The fitness bottle of claim 8, wherein the indentation and the tongue-shaped extension extend at least partially along the length of the body such that a bottom end of the extension and the actuator are spaced below the top of the body and toward a midsection of the body.

10. The fitness bottle of claim 1, the closure comprising a sealing surface positioned to form a leak-proof or leak-resistant seal of the opening of the spout when the closure assembly is in the closed configuration.

11. The fitness bottle of claim 1, wherein the actuator defines a cam surface oriented to operate the linkage upon the opening actuation and the closing actuation.

12. The fitness bottle of claim 1, wherein the actuator is located adjacent a side wall of the body.

13. The fitness bottle of claim 12, wherein the actuator is located below the spout of the closure assembly.

14. The fitness bottle of claim 11, wherein the opening actuation and the closing actuation of the actuator comprises movement in an inward direction toward a center of the body, and wherein the cam surface is configured and arranged to convert the movement of the actuator in an inward direction to a movement of the linkage toward a top of the fitness bottle.

15. The fitness bottle of claim 14, wherein the movement of the actuator in an inward direction is a horizontal movement.

16. The fitness bottle of claim 14, wherein the movement of the linkage toward the top of the fitness bottle is a vertical movement.

17. A method of operating a fitness bottle, the method comprising the steps of:

a) at least partially filling a body of the fitness bottle with a liquid;

b) coupling a closure assembly of the fitness bottle to the body of the fitness bottle, wherein step a) and step b) can be performed in any order; and

c) actuating an actuator of the closure assembly, the actuating including opening actuation to move the closure assembly from a closed configuration to an open configuration and closing actuation to move the closure from the open configuration to the closed configuration;

wherein the opening actuation includes translating a linkage coupled to the actuator and a closure of the closure assembly to change the position of the closure relative to a spout of the closure assembly to unseal an opening of the spout of the closure assembly by the closure of the closure assembly, thereby moving the closure assembly from the closed configuration to the open configuration; and

wherein the closing actuation includes translating the linkage to change the position of the closure relative to the spout to seal the opening of the spout of the closure assembly with the closure of the closure assembly, thereby moving the closure assembly from the open configuration to the closed configuration.

18. The method of claim 17, wherein the actuating step includes depressing the actuator for the opening actuation of the actuator and depressing the actuator for the closing actuation of the actuator.

19. The method of claim 17, wherein the actuating step includes depressing the actuator toward a center of the body of the fitness bottle for the opening actuation of the actuator and depressing the actuator toward the center of the body of the fitness bottle for the closing actuation of the actuator.

20. The method of claim 18, wherein the actuating step includes push-push actuation to open and close the closure assembly, respectively.

21. A method of assembling a fitness bottle, the method comprising the steps of:

removably coupling a closure assembly to a body configured to contain a liquid, the closure assembly having an open configuration allowing the liquid to flow from the body through the closure assembly and a closed configuration restricting flow of the liquid from the body through the closure assembly, the closure assembly having a spout defining an opening through which the liquid can flow when the closure assembly is in the open configuration;

positioning a closure for relative movement with respect to the spout such that the closure is positionable to seal an opening defined by the spout when the closure assembly is in the closed configuration;

coupling an actuator for opening actuation by the user to move the closure assembly from the closed configuration to the open configuration and for closing actuation by the user to move the closure assembly from the open

configuration to the closed configuration; and

extending a linkage between the actuator and the closure of the closure assembly to translate the opening actuation of the actuator to change the position of the closure relative to the spout to unseal the opening of the spout of the closure assembly by the closure of the closure assembly, thereby moving the closure assembly from the closed configuration to the open configuration, and to translate the closing actuation of the actuator to change the position of the closure relative to the spout to seal the spout of the closure assembly with the closure of the closure assembly, thereby moving the closure assembly from the open configuration to the closed configuration.

22. The method of claim 21, wherein the positioning step includes positioning a lever to effect movement of the closure.

23. The method of claim 21, wherein the coupling step includes positioning the actuator adjacent a side wall of the body.

24. The method of claim 21, wherein the coupling step includes positioning the actuator at a location below the closure of the closure assembly.

25. The method of claim 21, wherein the extending step includes extending the linkage vertically between the actuator and the closure of the closure assembly whereby a horizontal opening actuation of the actuator is translated to a vertical movement of the linkage which results in the movement of the closure relative to the spout to unseal the opening of the spout of the closure assembly by the closure of the closure assembly, thereby moving the closure assembly from the closed configuration to the open configuration, and whereby the horizontal closing actuation of the actuator is translated to a vertical movement of the linkage which results in movement of the closure relative to the spout to seal the opening of the spout of the closure assembly with the closure of the closure assembly, thereby moving the closure assembly from the open configuration to the closed configuration.

26. The fitness bottle of claim 1, wherein the closure of the closure assembly is mounted for movement relative to the spout of the closure assembly, and the spout of the closure assembly is stationary.

27. The fitness bottle of claim 1, wherein the closure of the closure assembly includes a hood.

28. A closure assembly operable by one hand of a user, the closure assembly being configured for coupling to a body adapted to contain liquid to form a fitness bottle for use during exercise, the closure assembly having :

an open configuration configured to allow liquid to flow through the closure assembly and a closed configuration configured to restrict flow of liquid through the closure assembly;

a spout defining an opening through which liquid can flow when the closure assembly is in the open configuration;

a closure configured to seal the opening of the spout when the closure assembly is in the closed configuration and to unseal the opening of the spout when the closure is in the open configuration, wherein the position of the closure relative to the spout changes upon movement of the closure assembly from the open

configuration to the closed configuration;

an actuator associated with the closure assembly and positioned for opening actuation by the user to move the closure assembly from the closed configuration to the open configuration and for closing actuation by the user to move the closure assembly from the open configuration to the closed configuration; and a linkage extending between the actuator and the closure assembly, the linkage being configured to translate the opening actuation of the actuator to move the closure assembly from the closed configuration to the open configuration to unseal the opening of the spout of the closure assembly by the closure of the closure assembly, and the linkage also being configured to translate the closing actuation of the actuator to move the closure assembly from the open configuration to the closed configuration to seal the opening of the spout of the closure assembly by the closure of the closure assembly.

29. The closure assembly of claim 28, further comprising a tongue shaped extension depending downward therefrom, wherein the extension carries the actuator.

30. The closure assembly of claim 29, wherein the tongue-shaped extension is configured and arranged such that the actuator of the closure assembly is spaced from the closure of the closure assembly such that, when coupled to the body, the actuator is spaced below the top of the body.