Welcome to the Blog!

Scroll down for the latest posts!

sticky-2-readHowever, before you do:

This blog is for guys who admire other guys who put real effort into their physical development. It is NOT exclusively gay, but hopefully you will be gay-friendly.

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  1. Make an effort to improve your own fitness this year (you’re NEVER too old);
  2. Enjoy the pictures (and comment please on what you see, and feel free to ‘FOLLOW’);
  3. Buy a book (preferably, all of them) to support the continuation of the blog!

The books (print and e-versions available) are about finding gay love, developing ourselves as acrobats, starting a family (yeah, I’m a gay dad and enormously proud of my teenage son!!), going on tour, meeting difficulties ‘head-on’ (they become a bit of a thriller as well). sticky-1-readLinks from all posts from September 2014 onwards will lead you to more information and potential purchase – they are in almost every post and either through clicking on images of the covers, or on the separate links when given!! And, as the image on the right clearly shows, you can follow all of these rules at one go…

The blog is essentially G-rated; the books get a little explicit from time to time about gay guys doing what gay guys do – you don’t have to be gay to enjoy them – just be gay-friendly. 

And now, as they used to say on the old TV game shows: “Come on Down!”⇓

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Found in the Woods

Currently it is dipping well below freezing at night here in Oak Ridge, and getting up around 48F late afternoon (that’s about 9C). So not really shirtless weather, not even for son Leo! We have been known to do this…

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..and, indeed to go into the ice-covered stream after, but not with the current wind chill! And, right now, there is no snow in Oak Ridge, so any of this will have to wait…

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Last evening, I went for a run with Pete (Dave’s older brother), my son Leo, and his friend Ryan. Just for once, their other partner in fitness crime, Chris, was otherwise occupied. Up across the railroad track and into the trees, a favourite loop which would take us eventually back down to Ryan’s house where he would drop off. Dave had taken Jaymee over to the gym centre to train with her new acrobatic trio. We were sufficiently warmed up for Leo to be just pulling his tee-shirt off over his head, and I was thinking of doing the same, when a guy came out of a side track not exactly shirtless already, but in one of those vests that is split all the way down to the waist at the sides.

‘Hi – can I run with you for a bit?’

Sure he could. This was a well muscled but clearly slim waisted figure, obviously keen on his fitness and probably with ripped abs under that vest, and we’re always keen to meet such guys!

A bit like this guy:

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Early twenties I should think. Turns out he is new to the place, having moved east from Arkansas a few days ago to take up a new job, keen to find training mates and a new gym. ‘Any advice?’ Well, yes. All the big names are here – Golds, CrossFit etc) but basically we hate them with their rigid rules, ‘shirts-on’ policies and costs and, anyway, we have our own training cabin, as well as access to Chad’s private fitness palace for ‘suitable’ candidates. And here, Pete and I quickly decided, was a possible ‘suitable candidate’.

We persuaded him to stick with us and to come back to our training cabin, go through our little footbath, get his vest off, lift a few weights with us…

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That was impressive, so we suggested wrestling – he was kewl with that, if a little rusty since his school days and unfazed by us going shirtless, barefoot and just undies – and then even a little simple acrobatics…

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Don’t think he’s gay, but he’s definitely tolerant of our antics, because Ivo arrived for his workout and unthinkingly pulled his shorts straight off before even noticing our guest…

…so we told him about Chad’s place and asked if he be interested in knowing more. An absolute ‘yes’ to that: these days, Chad lets potential newbies actually see the equipment and the wrestling pits and so forth before they are invited to initiate, so they know what they are getting into. Anyway, the guy – Joel – has the abilities and seems to have the commitment. He was very interested in our ‘careers’ as performers, too, with great interest in our bed of nails and tub of broken glass: of course, we needed to prove to him  that the bed of nails was for him, too! And (good sign!) when he left us to run home again, he just tucked the vest into the top of his shorts!

I think we’ve found us a new weights mate (at least) when at Chads!

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Gotta be better than Gold’s anyway and it will cost him a lot less.

OK, now let me entertain you a little more with some excellent examples of good training!

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HCover1 Thumbere’s how Dave and I got into this gay love, acrobatics stuff…

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And, finally, two for the price of one.

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Mine’s the one on the right – I like the tan, the sweat, the fuzz, the twisted grin… and his hair is a mess after his sport, just like mine does…

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Shedding Some Light (and Some Darkness!)

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This post is ‘a game of two halves’, as British soccer commentators like to put it. Firstly, let us enjoy some superbly lit fitness pictures, celebrating both the models and the photographers who have created the images. I’ll keep the ‘dark’ bit for later…

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Those last two are interesting because the photographer has the subject holding the light…

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And now, perhaps, we’ll stray a little towards the ‘dark side’…

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Hmmm. Almost there… in the ‘best possible taste’, of course…

In the previous post I spent time praising the virtuous physical endeavours of my son Leo, Dave’s daughter Jaymee and their circle of equally straight fitness friends. If, however, we go back to the first of my books, Loving the Boy [see end of this post], there is a Chapter headed ‘Meeting the Queen’. That’s ‘Queen’ as in ‘effeminate gay person’, namely a guy called Cedric who was rolling in money, had a huge mansion, and hosted regular soirees for his gay and lesbian friends at which certain ‘entertainments’ were provided. Ahem. Well, suffice to say here that this was our first venture in being paid to be nude waiters, and later  in the evening our acrobatic and wrestling entertainment was similarly displayed… and, after a whole heap of generous tipping, I have to confess that I wrestled my great friend Gary in the final bout, he lost, and submitted in public to the forfeit chosen by the audience, which was pretty hyper by then (as we were, to be fair)… oh, you can finish that bit for yourselves (or, better, read the books!). It was also at that evening that we met for the first time our dear friends Leon and Dane from Lexington KY and, as they were wrestlers anyway, as well as being two of the invited guests, they were on the mats with us at the end…

Cedric died about 18 months ago, leaving his substantial property to a group of trustees as a retreat for gay/lesbian folks, and the trustees are re-starting those entertainments. They have permanent nude waiters now – four gay black guys in their early twenties – but we are being called back in in a week or so to give our latest show (acrobatics, the new broken-glass tank, beds of nails etc, some wrestling au naturel) and, I hesitate to admit here, four of us are asked to be part of the table decoration. Someone had the bright idea of covering us in slices of ham and vol-au-vents, maybe crackers between our toes, I don’t know exactly. I have an intense feeling that the guests won’t lose too much time in, erm, interfering with us a bit but, as all eight available Tuan Jie are going (the other two, Ethan and Jack, are in nightly shows in Toronto at the moment), our ‘interests’ can be ‘policed’ by the other four I guess. All I can say to justify this sort of thing is that the meal and “cabaret” are a private function, the pay is huge and the tips equally so (we may get naked but never without a bandana or sweatband to tuck the crisp bills into…).

Ahem. Well, I said this was the dark side. Once bitten, I suppose we are flattered that we are still considered ‘visual’ enough at the ripe old age of 30+. And, for the avoidance of doubt, absolutely no kids present! Ours will be home, tucked up in bed in the care of their mums who are, however, booked for their fire and body-burning act on another occasion.

So, we keep on training flexibility…

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…balance…

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…and the rest… is this how you train to be a table decoration…?

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…or maybe this?

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…as far as I know, we just have to lie there amidst the buffet. Probably face up, though. Mental note – like divers and spacemen – remember to have a pee first!

What I can be sure of is that the eight of us, after, will share some very important private ‘chill-out’ time. Watch this space!

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Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

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The Rising Generation

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Like the teen guy on the bars there, showing off his shoulders, abs and chest development as a result of his workouts, I am watching my son Leo (just 13) steadily but definitely turning into a man. A lot of the time he’s still a kid but, when it comes to training – either his acrobatics with Jaymee or us, or his weights/strength with his mates Chris and Ryan – there is a fearsome dedication suggesting a commitment something beyond his years.

This has a lot to do, of course, with growing up with a dad who works as an acrobat and fitness trainer and a mum who is a part-time endurance artist – and all of our assorted mates who have given so much to helping Leo and Jaymee develop (Jaymee has similar parentage and has grown up with Leo as ‘brother and sister’ although they’re not actually related).

But they so much both want to excel, whether it be balance…

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…flexibility….

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…or just slogging it out on the weights…

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…well, in the boys’ case, anyway. Jaymee, after showing signs of tiring of being an acrobatic balancer, has taken a position as ‘top’ in a girls trio at the gymnastics center, with the Romanian coaches driving her forward rather than us, and it seems to have inspired her to renew an interest which we were afraid might flag. And, of course, having done a TV show with Leo just after Christmas might just have something to do with it – they currently have three bookings to repeat their routines – a private show for a huge birthday party, an ‘exhibition’ performance at the end of a big gymnastics competition whilst the scores are being evaluated, and (inexplicably) at a car showroom as part of some kind of promotion. All of which needs to be fitted in around school, of course, and means they need chauffeurs! Hey, but it’s all in a really good cause!

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The boys, of course, are at the ‘I want to be ripped with big muscles’ stage, inspired to some extent by Chris’s big brother who, at 19, is a teen bodybuilding champion. But huge muscles with no skills or flexibility left are not in Leo’s interests, nor the others, who are both, slowly but steadily, developing their balance and acrobatic skills too. So the training is probably about right. Their dedication is ferocious, however: early morning sessions in our cabin, often starting even before Dave and I wake up and often with Chris’s dad in attendance, who is a little older than us but also enthused by the chance to improve his own fitness. Full involvement with every Phys Ed opportunity in school follows, including stuff with their friends in the lunch period, then back in the gym in the late afternoon or evening… often, too they set themselves challenges like ‘let’s all do 1000 sit-ups today’ – and they do, stuffing them in at every opportunity! And then there is a ‘Skype’ to Ollie in UK to report progress and get his news – he may be 4000 miles away and a bit younger, but he’s very much part of the ‘gang’!

And they so like checking each other out – not to compete to be the best, but to make sure all of them are making good progress!

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…and checking themselves out – this is a nice shot to illustrate that:

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Do I sound proud? Hope so, ‘cos I am! Leo hopefully will enjoy following a similar road to me, although in one respect, there will be a huge difference. I’m gay. He is girl-obsessed and has been introducing new girls both to us and to the mess that constitutes his room at a huge turnover rate. But now, something new. The girl acrobat who is working as ‘middle position’ to Jaymee’s ‘top’, although a little older than Leo, is his latest crush, and the feelings seem to be reciprocated. So now he wants to be at the gymnastics centre when the trio trains – not to support Jaymee (although he does) but to spend time watching Carla (or ‘Karla’ as she seems to want to spell it, unwittingly becoming the Russian spy controller a la John Le Carre, for those who read such books!). Even more things for him to fit in – somehow, homework assignments get fitted in as well, though goodness knows quite how – and then, at the end of the day, he crashes out. Suddenly and terminally!

I now break the habit of a lifetime of avoiding cats to offer two funny pictures found on tumblr recently, to illustrate that point and to please Dave, who still has a ‘cat thing':

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“Sweet”, huh, Dave? Syrup, anyways!

ICover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 Thumbf you are in any way remotely interested in how we got into all this stuff from age about 17 on (and, as gays, managed to sire two kids along the way),  then ‘read all about it’ here. E-books are available too. Just click on the covers for a link to more information.

And, with that, I now offer regulars and followers the usual diet of fitness inspiration – great guys with great bodies. Enjoy:

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And, before I finish today, another ‘funny’ and hopefully an invitation you can’t refuse, even if someone else beats you to it!

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Grrrrr – Come out Fighting!!

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A knee in the groin – just what I felt like giving out this morning.

The gym center owners have engaged some sort of trainee on a special state job-training program: none of us knew anything about until he showed up this morning, full of ‘helpful’ advice and telling us how to coach. Doesn’t have any coaching qualifications, of course… Apparently, we have him for three months. Overjoyed, obviously.

So, in my seriously black humour, the next few pictures are on fights!!

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Younger than I usually post, but it’s out there on tumblr already, and illustrates what I want to do to a certain person (my role is taken here by the boy in white tights)!

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Here’s a kid who should be a match for our new ‘friend’…

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…and a boxer in training…

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…and two good endings for the fight…

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Yes, that is broken glass, and yes, we could do that ourselves, as we have explained before, but then it still makes you feel very satisfied! Those are Tibetan martial artists, apparently.

The feet in face always makes us feel good, too…

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…although we would hardly have shirts on, and probably wouldn’t finish up on the running machine! And, to be fair, I rather like my friends feet in my face… but I certainly wouldn’t mind trampling on a certain person’s face just now!

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I suspect that we made the gymnastics training unusually tough today…

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…but the guys seem to have survived!

OK, I feel a bit better now, especially as Dave promises to be even sweeter than usual tonight…

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…otherwise, I fear, it will be the one-man ‘man cave’ for me!

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Grrrrr!

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Cucumber, etc…

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I understand from the British TV websites that this evening sees the launch of three related gay TV series by that excellent writer Russell T. Davies, who brought us ‘Queer as Folk’ – even here in TN, although probably a bit ‘watered down’ compared with the British one! ‘Cucumber’, ‘banana’ and (on the internet, apparently) ‘tofu’. Perhaps embarrassingly, as gay guys of (ahem) many years “experience”, we have had to admit that those terms, describing the (shall we say) ‘status’ of the male erection, were new to us. OK, so we’re naïve! Apparently they have been explained, at length, in the British press and TV listing magazines, to a largely unsuspecting (and straight) public! So now we know.

I shall rely on British readers here to bring us news of the two TV programmes – I guess we can find the internet one for ourselves, if the bible-belt censors let it through! Apparently the three series are inter-related and share characters – sounds almost as complicated as my books… haha!  And perhaps, in due time, as with ‘Queer as Folk’, there will be a US re-make, with possibly slightly ‘limper’ effects…

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Actually, to be slightly more open about ourselves than usual perhaps, I was impaled myself this morning by a ‘member’ that might have rated as an overgrown bamboo stake. Pete and Ivo, housemates of course, awoke unusually horny this morning and invaded our room in search of a morning foursome. And Ivo, who usually serves only as a ‘bottom’ for his lover (Dave’s brother) and is entirely satisfied with that, was himself in search of a willing accomplice… since we can (and regularly do) share ourselves with these guys who are in our closed circle of ten, I was happy to oblige him. My chest against Pete’s powerful back muscles, Ivo’s chest sliding against mine (so ‘Meat in the Sandwich’ again), Dave on top and, then, Pete needing to satisfied and Dave ready to assist…

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Amazing really. Not only that some more graphic gay stuff is about to appear on British TV, but just how far things have moved on since the dreadful days of Mrs Whitehouse trying to impose her chapel-like censorship on the viewing public (Brits will know who I mean – an attempted public prosecution of a theatre director who dared to put homosexual rape on the stage of the British national Theatre, and, long before that, the single word ‘fuck’ in Lady Chatterley’s Lover caused mayhem for Penguin books. Happily, in the 21st century, Melrose Books were kewl about leaving in the graphic things I wrote here:

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

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Oh, and did I mention the feet? I usually do – a minor fetish, but I do like feet…

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OK, enough of this. I should take a cold shower or something…

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That’s better – enough to reduce any ‘cucumber’ to a limp gherkin… and, if that doesn’t, this will:

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…and, anyway, this blog is supposed to promote fitness, not sex…

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…erm, maybe that’s not the style of weight training I should be promoting…

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…Ooops – well, we do like to train naked, I admit, but, for the rest of this post, maybe we need to be a little more restrained!

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Concrete weights from the Basque country. That’s fun! Getting sweaty with a great workout – that’s the way to do it…

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Probably can’t resist a sweaty wrestle in the locker room after, though…

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.16122250637_46ee396f8d_o..oh, it’s no use. Just going to have to give in to those feelings tonight. Enjoy ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’, UK guys, and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

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‘I Was Flexible, Once…’

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Sometimes, it seems like only yesterday since I started taking acrobatics seriously – actually it is over 17 years now – and, along with my colleagues,  we are definitely not maintaining the flexibility we once had. ‘Too much weight training’, some might say, but then we need strength for the so-called ‘power moves’ which feature in our balances and so forth – and, of course, we all want to look good in public since our ‘trade’ (haha) means we almost always work shirtless and barefoot, and usually just with briefs.

Today’s post is therefore a celebration of flexibility, featuring ballet boys and young gymnasts, in no particular order. Some are quite skinny to look at, but their bodies can thrill us in other ways. Enjoy!

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Something for us all to aspire to in that collection, I think! More about us and what we do can be found here:

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

 

 

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Multiple Load Paths

No, this is not a tutorial in engineering! Bear with me…

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Exhibit ‘A’ – a glass box. Actually, a coffin. Well, we’re all headed there, but hopefully not yet. And probably not in a glass one. Well, we’ve just had one delivered.

Actually, ours has no lid, and straight sides. Seven feet long and wide enough for your average Circus Extreme performer to take a nap in. On about two inches of broken glass, obviously…

Then the rest of the box is completely filled with more glass, so the performer is apparently ‘embedded’. And then his colleagues stamp around on top. Barefoot, naturally…

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Regular readers will be well aware that we include working on broken glass in our acrobatic/endurance carabet performances. And, naturally, we make a big ‘thing’ of how much stress/pain/anxiety etc the ‘victim’ is enduring. But, let me share a secret. Multiple Load Paths.

There are so many pathways in which the weight of the guys on top can be transmitted from one piece of glass to the next that the guy in the box hardly feels a thing. And, equally, the guys on top hardly feel a think because there is sufficient ‘give’ in such a depth of glass that, if there are any locally high loads (uppy-pointy sharp bits), a slight slide of the foot as it comes into contact gets rid of that problem.

Same principle as jumping down a couple of feet onto broken glass – as long as the bed is more than an inch or so thick, and as long as you avoid any very sharp splinters (and you can obviously see those, and your partners should tip them over for you as they prepare the bed and work up the audience), then easy peasy

Actually, the hardest bit is getting out, which the guy in the box really has to do for himself by sitting firmly up so that his mates can grasp him and lift him clear – until we got that right we did, indeed, sustain a few cuts on the legs. I ask you, the things we do for money…

So there I am, giving away trade secrets again, under the probably misplaced assumption that an unusual title for the post would attract interest from outside of the usual circle. Well, maybe it has, and maybe it hasn’t!

The ‘usual circle’ (welcome back, guys) are hear for the more athletic stuff, as is previously described in those wretched books I keep harping on about: gay love, acrobatics, circus, and adventure:

Cover1 FullLoving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

Do take a look, and you’ll find them on Amazon and Kindle too.

Right, enough of that, on with those fitness inspiration items…

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That’s what a daily workout on the bar does for your shoulders!

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But cables are pretty good, too, and work the medial deltoids which the bar doesn’t (much).

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I like black and white – it often shows up muscle development better, especially with good lighting. But get a good body in front of the camera, and you can’t really go wrong…

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…well, try to avoid the flash reflection next time, guys! But do try to use enough light…

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Nice workout sweat there. OK, I’ll shut up now and let the rest of the pictures speak for themselves.

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Let’s finish the pix today with a night scene – one that really ‘does it’ for me, in several ways!

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Shirtless and kewl, nonchalant thumb in the pocket, backpack, the hairstyle… the lighting effect…

And, by the by, since someone is bound to ask, yes, our 13yos have had a go in the new glass thing. We needed to be very careful about eye protection, but performing is what they love to do and, as I explained already, it is safe enough if you (and they) know what they are doing.

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Bring and Share

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A few posts back, I decided it was time (new year and all that) to introduce newer readers to our ways of living and enjoying life – a ‘Window on our World’. Well, it is a gay world, in which I enjoy the tender and caring love of my wonderful partner Dave, sharing all the things that gay guys do together and, because we are both seriously into fitness and physical skills, enjoying our bodies every which way – sight, taste, scent… –  working in harmony with keeping up our muscle tones and acrobatic skills. We do that alongside four other gay couples with whom we share a special and trusting bond of sexual safety, enabling us to interact ‘every which way’ within the circle, but never, ever, anything (shall we say) ‘penetrating’ outside of it. This wonderful semi-open lifestyle has held up for more than ten years now and we all feel that it should never end.

So, for our sporting and training activity, we ‘bring and share’ ourselves, if that makes sense. In our private places, that generally means naked, for the freedom it gives, and that can extend to the wider membership of Chad’s private gym for weights, wrestling and so forth. With these additional guys, we share our skills, and encourage one another always to strive that little bit harder to be best we can, but never to try to be better than the next guy. So, like the wrestle guys in that first picture, it is all about working together as comrades to make all of us the best we can.

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A gymnastics centre is a good example of that. A gymnast training for competition competes only against himself and, of course, he wants all members of his team to get their maximum points as well as himself. So there is wonderful camaraderie as everyone helps their partners to improve.

Of course, there is always time for fun (or, perhaps I should say, weird stuff!)…

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ICover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 Thumbn the event that this whets your appetite for a little more detailed information on ‘how it all began’, clicking on one of these covers will lead you to more information!

For the rest of today’s pictures, I will revert to couples rather than groups, enjoying doing various stuff together and, of course, enjoying each other’s company…

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Those twins doing their bar pull-ups are a feature from a magazine called (rather oddly I always thought) ‘Exercise for Men Only’ – a perfectly innocuous and non-gay fitness mag published here in the States. It used to appear in UK too, where I first saw it. Not sure if it is still going. More twins now – twins and/or brothers working out together and supporting each other is always good!

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Actually, lets have another trio now three tough ‘street workout’ boys ready for the off!

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Another way of sharing fun – “lets climb a waterfall”!

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Just chilling:

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…and that’s probably a nice image on which to end…definitely “Bring and Share”!

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Tweaking The Dragon’s Tail

dragon-mapI’ve lived here in TN most of the time since 2000 but, until last weekend, I never visited one of our local ‘attractions’ which is less than a couple of hours drive away. Linking North Carolina and Tennessee through a pass across the Smoky Mountains, an eleven-mile route has 318 serious curves and is place where motorcyclists go to die. Recent decisions in both states to impose a 30mph limit has had little impact on the frequency of, er, impacts.tail1

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S0b0d877feb95fa245b966176e00c89f1o we crept around the curves in Dave’s car, expecting all the time to find oncoming motorcycles on our side of the road, ready to be embedded in the front of the car. The real objective of the trip was to do a little background research for my eventual fourth book (fingers crossed!) on the local Native American communities and their twenty-first century customs – being a Brit leaves me at something of a disadvantage regarding such things.

I’ve already had my own tail ‘tweaked’ by several US readers for using too much ‘unfamiliar’ British English in the existing books – but they are published from UK although set largely here in USA, and nearly fifteen years ‘immersion’ in American English has only served to make me even more defensive of ‘proper’ English! Having a US born-and-bred teenage son, however, maybe is going to change that eventually! Meanwhile you can enjoy the ‘gay love stuff’ and the tales of our training and acrobatic performances, plus the adventure – hopefully, they work in any language!

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

One thing for certain is that our ‘fitness-training tails’ never need tweaking! As normal, I offer now some appropriate images to inspire us all, starting off with another ballet boy for our newly enthusiastic reader Lorenzo, and an image of a boy who I assume is some sort of stage costume – these from the archives of a new and newly discovered tumblr blog relating to ‘ballet, gymnastic and other movements’…

Note Added 26/01/2015: well, that blog disappeared after just three weeks of existence. Never mind – we’ve found another which calls itself ‘Balletfetish’ although it is NOT a ‘fetish’ site and I have amended the link

I’ve added it as a link under ‘Acrobatics’ – let’s see how it develops (any page of this blog, bottom right for links). Thanks to Ian in UK for finding it, and I think Lorenzo will enjoy it anyway…

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Another flexible ballet boy…

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Now, just a little acrobatics from Russian boys:

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…and now, after those, ‘pot luck’! Enjoy!

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Bodyweight exercises now!

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A strange location for sit ups?…

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Show off the results of the pull ups and sit ups:

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Time for a tea break?

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(Love that one – where do they find these things?)

OK, back to work:

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Right, but do get that shirt off…

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That’s better!

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Old weights, new biceps!

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…and, finally for today, back to the locker room. Smile please – job well done!

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Tomorrow in the gym – same time then?

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‘Rhythmical Shoes’ and Other Comments…

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The vast majority of comments arriving on this blog are spam, and get dumped. Interestingly, most of them seem to arriving through sites promoting sportswear and sports shoes, or designer bags. I have no idea why – perhaps someone out there can tell us!

All other comments are much appreciated, whether they arrive directly as comments or via gymacrobat@gmail.com

A number of these are for more information about a particular picture, such as the guy’s name (which I most often don’t know anyway): others are more interesting. Today I am picking out two good examples, the first of which made my day – a request for a post dedicated to ‘Rhythmical shoes’ from Lorenzo in Italy. I interpreted this, apparently correctly, as a taste for boys in ballet shoes. Actually, I don’t have any of those lined up anyway, and the boy above is, for the moment, the best that I can do. But I shall keep your interest in mind, Lorenzo, as I wander about the net. And if you find some you like, send them to me!

Ryan asked for more information about a specific guy – a beefy wrestler in green shorts doing a heavy workout. This is a set I found on ‘Younglifter.com’ and the post disappeared by now (they keep only eight active pages open), but I do have one more for you, and here he is:

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Maybe we should send him some money for fresh socks. Me, I’d go barefoot.

So, this is a gentle reminder that I really do appreciate to know your likes and dislikes here. I’m not going to stop pushing a certain set of books – this blog’s Raison d’Etre

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

– but I can tailor the pictures to your preferences a bit, although they are inevitably also going to reflect mine… acrobatics, gymnasts and gym bunnies (either at work in the gym or showing off their results for us), plus that frisson of gay love.

So there we go: apologies for the French insertions there, and let’s enjoy some more boys!

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Pictures of wet boys have that special ‘something’…

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Actually, a request from me for information. Called us naïve if you want, but the exact meanings of some of those gay (?) hand signs elude us… does anyone know of a good reference site where we can up to speed with what the younger guys are saying to us in their Instagrams? Us thirty-somethings are really struggling with some of the codes! Our gay generation grew up with ‘hanky codes’, but they are seriously ‘old news’!

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Is this next one photoshopped, or just an interesting lens/angle with his shoulders thrust forward?

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Let’s hope it was the latter, because he looks the sort of guy who doesn’t need photoshopping! Like this:

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…and, with that excellent balcony scene (with just Romeo and happily no Juliet!), I’ll stop for today. Enjoy.

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