Well the question is serious, but the basis for it is that I am so sceptical of such a claim. As a former Bowflex user, I experienced no significant gains after even extended use. And I worked it "hard" (not the alleged 3 x 20mins / week session - I forgot to mention that part about Owen's claim!). Yet as soon as I bought my Barbell and cage etc., I have made huge gains - maybe 2LB / month or so of muscle (but again, not 2LB / week).
I would imagine 2LB muscle per week would be darn good even for someone using anablic steroids and seriously heavy free-weights. However rather than just leap to a conclusion, I thought I'd ask in case there was actually some documented record of this (that I was simply not aware of). From the responses, it sounds as though I am far from alone in my view.
It's just so sad. Please forgive me for seeming to be so naive; I did not believe the McKibbin claim, but I guess I also did not want to believe he'd actually fucking lie just to sell a piece of equipment. He has achieved so much in his life and he's not stupid. Why the hell would he want to say that? He could still make his money, and probably sell the product, by saying "I use one to keep my body in shape, and look at me" (assuming he does actually use the Bowflex for weight training, which I also find hard to believe).
So I guess my real question is: Is the Bowflex such an inferior product that they actually have to lie to sell it?