carbon fiber rods, pulleys - it had to be the brainchild of a kooky designer;

“They said it looked like a spider – it looks like an octopus. They told me it’s good for a coat hanger. I used to get depressed because that was my dream and I’d go to the ocean and sit there for three or four hours,” said inventor Tessema Dosho Shifferaw, now 54, who was 33 when he created the Bowflex for an industrial design class at San Francisco City College.