Genetics Gym

Big Boys

With all of my dramas the past few years there are two people who have helped keep me on the level (apart from SB, that is). One is my best mate and the other is my other good mate Buck, my personal trainer.

His story of work with the “Big Boys” deserves more credit than an article in the Manukau Courier. Hopefully this will help.

Genetics Big BoysEarly in the morning at Genetics Gym the floor shakes as the “Big Boys” hit the cardio fitness sessions.

They sweat it out for 90 minutes with press-ups, circle boxing, running, sprints and more.

Gym owner and trainer Buck Stowers has developed the Big Boys programme and says each session is different. It’s aimed at helping big boys lose weight through the right exercise, menu plans based around nutrition and a supportive team environment.

“These guys motivate each other ? not once in the last six months have I heard I can’t do it,” he says.

Mr Stowers has had leaders of the community come to him for help to lose weight. He gets doctors’ referrals and people who tell him they’re at risk of dying because of their weight.

He runs the sessions with trainer Darren Steele and at the end of each there’s a weigh-in and a debrief.

Dr Sam Fuimaono says it’s all about diet and exercise and it’s not “rocket science”.

“But a lot of us struggle to exercise on our own,” he says.

When he started with Big Boys he weighed 182kg and is now down to 135kg.

Other men going to the classes are losing significant amounts of weight like Bob Sila who has dropped from 220kg to 139kg.

Alan Va’a says working with others on the programme has had a tremendous impact on him.

“It’s still a fight for life for me,” he says.

Buck has kept me going, he has always stuck by me, thanks for the support Buck, now here is mine.

Schools hit by Microsoft/Government intransigence

Microsoft are insisting that schools that use their Office product on Macs cough up for licensing and the Education department is saying nah as well.

Of course the stupid minister and echoing him is the even dimmer MSM who should know better are saying that they can use NeoOffice. NeoOffice is simply a port of OpenOffice, but why would you use a port when you can have the real thing.

You would think that the journalist press release copier would ahve walked down the hallway and spoken to the technology journalist and asked what alternatives their were to using Microsoft products on a Mac. If he had, he would know that there are very credible alternatives that cost nothing.

The best office applications are to be had at This is supported financially by Sun and provides everything you could actually want in an Office suite. I use this myself on a Mac. Sure it uses x11 to run but so what and doesn't have native Mac features but again so what, it works.

Of course there are now online alternatives such as Google Docs which provide a Word processor and a Spreadsheet. Again I use this fine product from Google, in fact far more than I do any other Office type product.

Then there is ThinkFree, which offers Desktop installation or online use with a free 1Gb of storage. The Desktop version costs but is a miniscule amount compared to Microsoft's bloated price and product.

Mariner Software also provide an Office suite of applications in their MarinerMac Suite. Yes it costs, but it is $199.95 USD. Compare that with Mac:Office Professional at $880 NZD!!!!?

OpenOSX: Office provides another opensource option with the added bonus of GIMP and Database support. At only $40 USD it again kicks the ass of any Microsoft product in terms of price/feature ratio.

As you can see there are many option available to the end user with out having to rely on Microsoft products. Anyone who says you can't get popular applications for a Mac is seriously deluded or deliberatly muddying the water.