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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It’s a ‘Cavanagh’ Thing…

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I suppose this had to happen! I already got the tee-shirt that says ‘I’m British and proud to live in Tennessee’ – now this!

I have to assume that you can get these hoodies (and perhaps tee-shirts too) for pretty much any surname. If ‘Cavanaghs’ are being singled out, I want to know why! Leo’s safe, anyway: he’s a ‘Zander’ not a ‘Cavanagh’ because at the time it all started we agreed that our kids should have their mothers surnames: after all, the whole thing was their idea. Actually ‘idea’ isn’t really the word – an overwhelming desire might express it better. You can read about that in the first two books listed at the end. Leo does have ‘Cavanagh’ as a given (middle) name though, just as Jaymee is an ‘Anderton’ after Dave as well as a ‘Connell.’ Some people have the feeling that Dave and I were strong-armed into fathering our kids – absolutely not so, although there was a lot of soul-searching between the two of us first.

And we were flying the British flag, of course, so the kids have dual nationality.

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Not sure exactly what is going on in that picture! Looks cosy, though.

And now, to pick up on the ‘strongarm’ theme… fitness pix are ‘a Cavanagh thing’ too!

Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘Biceps’

The next picture is a bit of a mystery (well, I could guess), but it is definitely biceps:

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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

One final sweaty all-rounder to end…

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6.30am, 75F… Pull Your Weight!

…perfect conditions for an outdoor workout at summer camp!

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As with our previous summer-camp sessions, we have been encouraging our ‘circus skills’ participants and anyone else who wants to join to come out in the open in the early morning for a stretch and body-weight workout, led by our four enthusiastic 14-year-olds and, in addition this time, by our muscular 12yo gymnast from the UK, Ollie, who more than pulls his weight!

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(No, that’s not Ollie – I don’t post young kids here, but it could well be!)

As my son Leo yells at them: “If you’re not sweating, it’s not working!”

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There has been a very high response to this challenge from the campers – at least double the number than in our circus group (others here for other outdoor activities) – and it’s great to see the shirts pulled off in response to the example set by our kids as they get down to their workout. Comparisons follow…

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…everyone wants to do well, and both we and they are really enjoying ourselves here in what will be our last event this summer vacation before schools re-start in August.

The only thing that’s not perfect this time is the weather: the last two days from mid-afternoon on, thunder has been rumbling, with some severe downpours and lightening strikes nearby, so continuing to work outdoors has not been entirely sensible even though the temperature is peaking in the 90s. Water-based events in the early afternoon are definitely popular…

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I devote the rest of this post to ‘boys’ (of various ages!) exercising their bodies against gravity in various ways:

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(That’s a ‘fun’ one – making the best use of what is available…!)

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Here’s a ‘bodyweight’ exercise with a difference – yes, you can strengthen your back while on the computer by allowing your friend to planche on your shoulders!…

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Here’s hoping there’s some inspiration there for you… and maybe 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

Chilling out with one of my books is hopefully good mental exercise! Kindle-y folks will find e-versions in the usual places.

At the end of the session, our kids proved themselves to be as sweaty as the rest, Chris wiping his sweaty chest over my back as he climbed on to my shoulders… each of the leaders climbing on someone and offering the trainees a chance to aim a hose at them as a way of ‘bonding’ with them… and getting us poor supporters drenched as well! Still, 75F at 6.30am, and pretty humid, somehow a cold shower doesn’t feel at all bad! And to be fair, it’s how we shower at home after using the training cabin.

A final pic, then, of three happy guys, post training, pleased with their performance, with their appearance, and pleased that their friends have encouraged each other. Just the ticket!

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Postscript (in response to various questions and proposals): This blog is primarily about promoting fitness in young (and old!) guys. It is not intended as an explicitly ‘gay’ blog (although Dave and I are such), nor as a ‘porn’ site… it is intended to help promote the books in which our earlier lives are described, covering gay love and our love of acrobatics and circus tours. Occasionally, images of loving guys enjoying each other’s company will appear. I will not be posting series of pictures, nor can I credit every picture source: if any picture was not intended for free re-post by the photographer, I will at once apologise and take it down. I do not knowingly post under-age pictures unless there are special circumstances which justify it. And, yes, I do occasionally include images of ourselves: you just need to decide for yourselves which they are! Hope that clears things up…?

And now, having dried off, eaten breakfast, and got that off my chest, it’s 8.20am here and time to hit ‘publish’ and get started on preparing this morning’s balance training!

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“Pass It On, Boys… Pass It On!”

0bb0d4d1c5814eb371ac6c5721955c0bI was reminded of that line from the British Film “The History Boys” by something my oldest friend Colin said. That’s Colin who shared my early school days and holidays, sunbathing and skinny-dipping in the Cherwell near Oxford, Colin who introduced me to the great sport of gymnastics. Colin who married Natasha and subsequently produced two great kids, one of whom, Ollie, is also a gymnast and fitness fanatic and is here with us on our final (for this year) summer camp ‘gig’, teaching circus skills to equally enthusiastic kids.

Richard Griffiths, as Hector in the film, was passing on a love of learning – and enjoying learning – to an unlikely group of history students (including the likes of James Corden who entertains America these days doing outrageous things like karaoke in his care with Michelle Obama [but that’s another story!]).

And so Ollie enthusiastically shares the shirt-free and barefoot lifestyle of my own son Leo and his friend Chris as they, along with Dave’s daughter and her friend Karla work with us teaching balance, flexibility, strength and general acrobatics to a new generation. We’re passing on our love of our lifestyle to this new group of enthusiasts, just as we passed it on already to our own kids. Some examples:

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Well, actually, the kids in the camp don’t skinny-dip as such – they have to wear a costume and be carefully supervised in a pool, but my point is that we’re hopefully passing on the love of the outdoor life (in an increasingly prudish America where boys are even starting to wear tee-shirts to go swimming!), tearing kids away from their I-phones and gaming, or being stuck in front of TVs indoors when the sun is shining…

Hopefully doing our bit for enthusing even the dietary-challenged unfit to change their habits, too. The management here seem to think we’re doing well – having invited us back for a second week this year they now want us back next year, and I think we might well agree. Our kids enjoy making new friends amongst those they are sharing their skills with and, I have to admit, rather enjoy showing off that they can do things the others can’t (yet!).

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Officially, we are teaching circus skills…

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…but, since a lot of that would have to be indoor, we are taking advantage of the summer temperatures using a large, shaded, grassy area and focussing more on tumbling and building on balance and partner skills (perversely illustrated here indoors!).

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And everyone is having a great time.

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We shall finish on Friday evening with our own performance, featuring the four young’uns first, doing balance and strength skills, followed by us tumbling and then doing the same type of things, plus some combined work with the kids leading into our female companions doing their strictly ‘don’t-try-this-at-home’ stuff with fire breathing and juggling. At our last camp we introduced an understanding of physics and biology in order to show that anyone could do the ‘bed-of-nails’ and I think we’ll be doing that here as well: plenty of volunteers already to learn the tricks!

After which, the rest of Ollie’s family, currently touring in the Smokies, will join us for the rest of their vacation: Leo has only just over a week then before his school re-starts, whilst Ollie will be on vacation until mid-September, such is the difference between UK and USA schedules. Plenty of time for the families to get together, though, in the evenings and weekends, despite Dave and I needing to work some long coaching shifts.

What Leo, Chris and Ollie really want to do is to find somewhere nearby where they can start to do the sort of stuff they see in Eastern European street workout videos:

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Sadly, US towns are not equipped that way with suitable street ‘furniture’ and nor is our own training cabin, but Ron is welcoming Ollie into the private gym where it is high time we set up more bars for such work. Ideally they would do it outdoors, and we may lash up something in our yard as well.

What we are equipped for is weights work!

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Let’s have a few more acro/gym training pictures:

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Ordinarily, I don’t like ‘reflected doubles’ pictures, but this flex handstand trainer is rather effective:

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(Well, he’s just leaning on a volleyball net, but he’s obviously been training, and he’s outdoors!)

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Just love this next brilliant shot!

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Getting it together? The photographer certainly has!

The first part...The second part...Cover 3 ThumbIf you are even vaguely interested in the sort of stuff you read here, you may be interested in these books, written about my discovery of gay love and the perfect partner, our training and performances, and some (mis)adventures that we encountered along the way! All purchases support this blog, and also support starving acrobats! e-versions of the books are also available.

And, finally, whoever and wherever you are…

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Gymnasts

As this week our lives are dominated by wall-to-wall gymnastics coaching, I dedicate this post to Gymnasts.

  1. Training for pommel horse:

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2. Strength training on the pommel horse:

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3. The results…

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4. Standing tall on the parallel bars:

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5. Trampoline-assisted ring training:

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6. Some action now: standing back somersault with good leg shape:

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7. Preparing for the high bar:

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8. Rings in action:

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9. …and again:

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10. Russian lever – a floor move done here in pleasant surroundings!

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11. Good elevation on the pommel:

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12. Outdoor parallel bars – an unconventional approach:

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13. …and a conventional approach!

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14. Russian boys combine parallel bar and planche/handstand skills:

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15. Ready for the high bar (sorry, this is a rather grainy picture);

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16. Combined training (stretching, bridging, handstand):

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17. Ring straddle hold:

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18. The one-hand stand:

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19. What’s missing here is the VAULT – I don’t seem to find any good pix of that tonight – so we’ll settle for one more on the pommel:

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We just love this sport, especially the acrobatic side which isn’t really featured today. To know more about us and our likes and dislikes (Spoiler alert: we’re gay…) click on this and follow the trail…

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All good things must come to an end – at least for now. I leave you with one final action gif:

20. Chillin’ on the Trampoline:

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Back To Being Bad Guys…

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First of all, a shout out to professional photographer Ben Ginnell, whose copyrighted image I unknowingly posted a couple of posts ago. Most of these posts come from blog sites or fitness sites where the images have been put into public ownership. The image concerned (now removed) was actually found by Dave on a Russian fitness site, which just goes to show how stuff on the internet gets around. Anyway, we never intend to infringe anyone’s copyright and anyone objecting to their image reaching this blog can have it instantly deleted with an apology. gymacrobat@gmail.com

Since getting back from the third summer camp, we have discharged the young generation to follow its own agenda for a week – except for Chris, who has been mandated to stay home with visiting family – before we all return to summer camp no 1 next Saturday with UK friend Ollie in tow while his parents and sister do some touring around. Which has left us to revert to type as ‘bad’ guys – hence inspiring…

Today’s Gallery Theme:; ‘Good Guys’

Here’s hoping you find them ‘good’…

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No sooner were we back than Pete (Dave’s older brother) announced that Cody had been on the phone and had persuaded him and Ivo to ‘help’ demonstrate some of Cody’s basement equipment to a small group of ‘newbies’… and would we kindly come along? I think that Cody advertises his ‘events’ on a number of fetish websites and in some dubious publications that don’t find their way into Main Street bookstores. Anyway, ‘Would we mind coming along and getting tied, stretched and beaten, just to show them how much fun it is?’

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The first part...The second part...Cover 3 ThumbThis all started back in the old days as described in my books. If it sounds fun, alongside our discovering gay love, training acrobatics and having some fun and mishaps on tour, have a read! Just click on the covers, or search on Amazon.

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So we ‘showed them’ and then his six visitors tried their luck. Cody suggested we put on some wrestling for them: that meant oiling up, which greatly interested them. I took on Pete and lost, with him exacting his previously agreed ‘high-stakes’ reward, taking the two of us out of circulation for a bit while Dave and Ivo stayed locked together in a kind of mutual ‘spladdle’ so long that they eventually declared a tie.

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The two youngest of the six, who looked so alike they could have been brothers but weren’t, said they’de like a go, and they reacted to the oiling exactly as any pair of gay guys might be expected. In fact, they were pretty fit guys too, and had met at an accounting convention (apparently they exist) and were now living together and working in separate companies in the Knoxville area. They seem like obvious candidates for the private gym and expressed an interest in being introduced to Ron, probably through a visit to our training cabin to meet him and show what they can lift.

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So that’s Seb and Andy, aged 22 and 24, looking likely to feature here some more if things work out. They joined us around 2am for a skinny dip at the swimming hole, too, leaving the other four ‘newbies’ to ‘enjoy’ whatever Cody and Adge chose to do with them. Being keen to swim with us is definitely another point in their favour!

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As for the rest of our week: wall-to-wall coaching to relieve the colleagues who have been covering for us at the gymnastics center. Then off to camp number 1 again. All so much better, we have all decided, than the circus tour which never happened.

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Our Magical Last Night

Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘Boys, Balances and Bars’

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Friday night at our third summer camp: we put on a ‘show’ as per the last two. But this is a show with a difference! First of all, quite a few of the kids that worked with us on ‘circus skills’ attend gym or tumbling classes anyway, so by the end of the week they were polished enough to take part in the show themselves. In fact, we were able to include everyone who had participated in our sessions doing something. So this became an opportunity for ‘our’ acro/tumbling kids to show off to the ones doing other activities like kayaking, climbing wall and whatever.

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The show was also scheduled by the camp team for quite a late hour, and they decided to mark out the arena area with kerosene flares. It meant that our young ‘uns were doing their balance routines in half darkness, but it was very effective. We had also persuaded every boy from our ‘circus’ group, and some of the girls, to do the bed of nails, and great fun was had ‘counting down’ each one in turn as they were (carefully!) lifted on to have their photos taken ‘for mom back home’… hope that the moms weren’t too horrified! Our ladies then lit their torches for their ‘fire’ part of the show, helping also to light the adult tumbling and balancing finale before they did their final fire-eating and stuff. As the torches were finally extinguished, the lightening bugs put on a remarkable display for us – perhaps attracted by the torches, as it is close to the end of season for them. A memorable night.

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Doing the non-nude ‘family’ show for the naturist camp on Saturday night also went without a hitch.

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And we’re finally back home before a final week at the first summer-camp venue – back by request and with Leo and Chris’s UK fitness mate Ollie joining us as we set off, abandoning the rest of his family to a more rational vacation! But this camp just finished was quite special – our collection of 14yos had plenty of time to try other activities free of charge: Leo fell several times from the outdoor climbing walls after insisting on remaining barefoot: Chris and Jaymee sensibly pulled on trainers and almost flew up climbs of increasing difficulty: none of them had done it before. Jaymee’s friend Karen wasn’t into climbing, but excelled at kayaking: overall, everyone had a great time.

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There is, of course, a down side to all this: we have to put in an intense week of coaching at the gymnastics center to relive colleagues who have been covering for us, and we also have to catch up on training our 10yo twin boys and their friend, who have been vigorously pursuing their light weight regime under parental supervision while we have been away!

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Everyone is now really pleased that the original circus tour planned for the entire summer school vacation never worked out. We’ve had far more fun than we would otherwise have done – and manged to keep on top of things at home and in the gym centre.

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Enjoy more pictures now of what we all love to do:

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A quick pause to remind you of something…

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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As I Was Saying…

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A reminder to all those who object to shirtless guys and those who post “No Shoes, No Shirts, No Service” signs in their retail outlets. We rest our case! We are in good company…

Our philosophy is, of course, also founded on the basis that our business as entertainers is based on extremely physical activity, but those who deny the feel of the sun on your back and the wind on your chest – not to mention the feel of bare feet on cool wet grass – are surely missing out.

And, not least, especially to those of us who are of the gay persuasion… as Chad (and now Ron) puts it in the private gym: “You want to see your muscles develop, and so do we! Keep those shirts off!”

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And it goes without saying that there is plenty of shirtlessness, barefootness and a bit of gayness in these, too:

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Best Foot Forward…

24043682333_b4c3eb1fbf_mOnwards and upwards! We’re not the only folks stepping out on the ‘glass highway’ this week. Back in UK, ‘our’ new Prime Minister Theresa May flies the flag for the ladies in power, breaking through the ‘glass ceiling’ and joining ‘Mutti’ Merkel… is Hilary C to follow over here in USA, we wonder? Will their separate ‘yellow brick roads’ lead to their ‘Emerald Cities’, or will it all end in tears?

Happily, we’re acrobats and show folks, and not politicians, so we don’t face such unpredictable outcomes. Much as I should like the salary, I don’t think I’d be standing as a Member of Parliament if and when we return to UK in the future! Happy to bare our feet in the name of entertainment, though!

foot!…and to leave our shirts off. Around here in central PA,  it seems that every likely location where guys might want to shuck their shirts, there is a formal sign saying that they can’t. Much worse than in our bit of TN, it seems. In fact, when we checked out the venue we have been asked to perform in tomorrow night, we observed that it carries such a sign but, since we can hardly show off our beds of nails and what not wearing anoraks, the shirts are gonna come off anyway! “No sunbathing; shirts must be worn at all times, no music, no… pretty much everything, really…” Hmmm. As I have observed before, Americans really do seem to like being ordered around and to follow rules. Like stopping at stop signs when the next nearest car is four miles away. Oh well!

Pictures of barefoot guys, just to make a point (if there is any point to make…)… those rules are enough to ‘drive you up the wall’…

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Nymburk fighters

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Love those foot-in-face moves in wrestling…

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My lovely Dave always has the sweetest feet, and so do our fitness-conscious mates… but that’s another story!

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…but then I would say that, wouldn’t I?

Some more barefoot sporty action:

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…and inaction…

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A bedroom selfie…

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Looks like he’s been doing this

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…and this: a bit of a push-up…

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…a lift-off…

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…and – to hell with it, let’s get naked!

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Nothing to get all in a twist over…

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…and the best way to spend your time with your best mate…

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You can’t put a foot wrong!

 

 

 

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More Questions…

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Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘Toughening Up’

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Given our role as performers of acrobatics with fakir stuff thrown in, I thought that I should address some more of those ‘readers questions’ which get the answer “We just Do!”, following up the recent post.

‘Why do you let yourselves be crushed between two beds of nails?’

‘Why do you lie in broken glass and let your colleagues smash concrete blocks on you?’

‘Why do you lie there [or in a ‘bridge’ position] and let others drop pointed knives on to your stomach?’

I agree that there are more conventional ways to earn a few dollars, but it is what we have done for more than 15 years alongside our acrobatics (and, indeed, combined with it), and now joined by four 14yo kids, so the questions are reasonable. Yes, it is quite uncomfortable, especially when your son encourages even more people to stand on top than you were bargaining for! But these feats are actually relatively harmless so long as you do the right training and understand what you are doing: the human body is a remarkable construction: hard muscle covered by highly elastic and strong skin can resist surprising local loads. Divide your weight by the number of nails in contact, for example and you can figure out that the load on each individual nail is pretty low.

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The willingness of our female members to torment themselves with fire needs an understanding of the difference between heat and temperature. Minimise the heat transfer while making it look good – so they love toasting our feet when they stick out over the end of the nail beds! They did used to do something far more serious – hanging with their weight supported on hooks pushed through the flesh. Very rare now, and they have the scars to prove it. That one hurts enough to numb the pain out, if you see what I mean. Dave and I did it once in a fairly minimal way: never again!

These days, our toughening up is confined to weight training!

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So here we are in mid PA, teaching innocent kids to do simple acrobatics and “feats of strength” whilst showing off ourselves a bit – and a proper ‘show’ planned for Friday evening before we leave. And, thanks to the jungle telegraph, we suddenly have a gig in town (State College) for Thursday night as a late substitute for some other cabaret act to entertain some conference delegates. Not a great fee when split between ten of us (and our roadie Chet) but, as the supermarket chain Tesco says back home in UK – ‘Every Little Helps!’

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So our week at summer camp #3 has turned out to be rather a busy one – but very enjoyable, and a return visit to summer camp #1 to look forward to in a week or so, along with Leo’s acrobatic and weights mate Ollie over from UK.

The first part...The second part...Cover 3 ThumbYou can read all about our activities (with added ‘gayness’!) here (just click on the covers).

 

And now, more images of great guys ‘toughening up’ to entertain you.

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Something about that final pic – a real star and an inspiration!

 

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Down by the Lake

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I mentioned in yesterday’s post that the campers here in the Alleghenies are not permitted to use the lake here for any unsupervised swimming. I included this d4o1_1282of two boys splashing each other in the fading light, about to engage in some swimming no doubt, and I perhaps should not have been surprised to have our own four youngsters on the team propose to do exactly that to cool off last evening. Well, we’re ‘staff’ not campers, and not subject to their rules, so we told them to go ahead and that we would probably join them shortly. In the end, we adults were distracted by some admin, and didn’t.

Well, they immediately got yelled at by some other young staffers who emerged from the bushes and assumed that they were campers, but Leo and Chris soon set them straight. ‘Oh, you’re the acrobat kids. OK, well, I suppose that’s all right then…’ they said grudgingly! It turns out that the lakeside at night is where all the young staffers go to further their own love interests after the visiting campers have retired to their dorms: they were not keen to be disturbed! However, our four said they would keep out of everyone’s way and not tell tales… and (I hope) chose to swim rather than engaging in any explorations of their own. All four are 14, and that’s a bit young for anything more than holding hands and a bit of a snuggle. And anyway, the two girls still seem to be a bit indifferent to the boys’ interests… ‘Skinny dipping rules, OK!’

We organised another pre-breakfast workout for any of the campers that were willing to show up. 6.30am! We got about 25 boys and 15 girls, and set them to work separately. Leo and Chris leading the boys – shirtless and barefoot (inevitably) – and Jaymee and Karla leading the girls. Bodyweight exercises and flexibility.

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Working out outdoors is always fun (well, we think it is) and a lot of the boys quickly shed their shirts as well to enjoy the early-morning sun on their backs. They all did very well, and eagerly agreed to return tomorrow morning for more. They all worked hard in our ‘fun acrobatics’ sessions today as well.

The rest of today’s picture selection features ‘fun’ acrobatics and ‘street workout’ stuff in various forms – not always elegant, but – well, fun! Enjoy…

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Fancy being a bat?

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And, if you enjoyed those and are in any way ‘gay friendly’, you might enjoy these too:

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

…or, to put it another way, by buying a book you buy me a beer! Deal?

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