Welcome to the Blog!

Tony Cavanagh welcomes you to his world of books (first and foremost!) and to the things he loves best on the other pages here. After six blogging years, I’m having something of a reorganisation and culling many old posts and associated images to make room for new things. This blog home page offers more information about my books and will also signpost additions to the ‘Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics‘ pages (see Index) and also to the ‘Gay Expression‘ page – these being the themes which run through my first three books. Purchasing books helps to support the blog, and most readers rate them well!

Before we get there, there is a fourth book published October 2017 and a fifth half completed. So let’s start with the most recent offering:

A ‘reluctantly’ gay boy, cast out of his community for discovering his sexuality… can he find the true meaning of his life and his true love, or does fate have more s*** in store for him? Best classified as ‘Romantic Fiction’, I think, the book explores Native American beliefs as his shape-shifting ‘spirit guide’ struggles to make things right for him. Darker influences are also at work, however, and his life holds many surprises and disappointments before the final dénouement. Click on the cover for a link to buy direct, and support this blog… e-versions of all the books are also available. And, if  you must, because they don’t pay the author much, there is Amazon…

Three earlier books, written in the first person, chart the life and times of a British teen relocated to the USA who quickly finds another like-minded exiled Brit with whom he shares a love of acrobatic sports and, very shortly after, with whom he shares his gay love. Surrounded by a caring group of sporting (and mainly gay) friends, things nevertheless start to go badly wrong and there are clearly people around who do not wish them well. They discover a life as a touring show… and also a future life as gay dads, but there is much else waiting in store for them before they can be ‘happy ever after’…

 

 

 

Notice too that these covers combine locations of the stories combined with acrobatic images and some Chinese characters: the significance of these emerges early in the first book.

NOTE ADDED DEC 2018! THE PUBLISHER OF THESE FIRST THREE BOOKS WENT BANKRUPT! THEY ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE VIA THE LINKS I HAVE FREQUENTLY POSTED IN THIS BLOG, AND I AM IN THE PROCESS OF DELETING THOSE LINKS. THE BOOKS, HOWEVER, ARE STILL AVAILABLE – FROM ME. PLEASE DO CONTACT ME AT gymacrobat@gmail.com IN THE FIRST INSTANCE AS THIS WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE BLOG.

So there we are – welcome. Scroll down for the latest posts, or cross to the other pages for Fitness, Acrobatic and Gymnastics images –  a lifestyle we enthusiastically support – or to Gay Expression for  occasional musings and images related to the gay lifestyle. You will not find porn here.

This blog is also for guys who admire other guys who put real effort into their physical development. On that ‘fitness’ page I encourage you to think how good the fitness lifestyle is for you. The rules are simple:

  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!

AND: you can even try combining the reading with your workout!

The blog is essentially G-rated; the earlier 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!”⇓ or alternatively Sideways (to the other pages!)

*** Many pictures  on all of the pages… like the one on the left illustrating what we love to do… will sticky-2-readenlarge if you click on them ***

 

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“Get Yer Clobber Off and Join Me!”

Ethan likes to train in the rain…

…and that handstand at the end reminds me that I have just uploaded a new batch to HANDSTAND CENTRAL #1 page.

Evan likes running up walls and doing back flips (I know, I posted this before, but it’s fun if not exactly stylish!):

..why not join him in his yard? This next guy could use some company in his gym for his cable flies…

And then his friend is doing barbell curls in overgrasp – building forearm strength as well as his biceps and triceps:

So the message is – whatever, wherever, get those tops off guys and get sweaty together! The ‘bicycle twist for the oblique abdominals, for example (he needs to get his shoulders a little higher off the ground though):

The teeth show the effort being put in – and that is exactly what counts! Here’s another way to make things a bit tougher:

It is definitely the effort that counts:

Two nice examples there of using your own bodyweight to create the exercise resistance. Two more:

When rowing, who needs a boat? More ‘grit’ on this guy’s face…

every which way, it is that look, the one that shows just how the guy is really putting his back into the exercise, that we love to see:

Here’s a gif of a gymnast holding the ‘iron cross’, again with that look “NO, I won’t give in to it!! – this one will be on the GYMNASTS GALLERY #2 shortly, but enjoy it here for now before exploring that and other pages:

Of course, after all the effort, it is acceptable to have a bit of fun… keeping the ‘clobber’ off, of course: navy guys…

…football camp…

…show off what you’ve achieved…

…just chillin’ by the river…

…or just chillin’!

Another way…

So, “Get Yer Clobber Off” – and get stuck in!!

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“C’Mon Guys, Keep Training…”

“…the view’s great from up here!…”

“…just see what it’s doing for my abs!!” And his

…and his

(OK, he could show them off better than that, I know)

Training needs to be ‘all round’, though. Let’s check out a few others…

(Shame he needs the vest…)

 

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Likes (and Dislikes!)

I get asked how I decide what gets posted here. That is a great example: nice-looking guy, shirt off, into his fitness, looking happy (not many do when posing!). We especially like guys together… ‘Bros’, male-bonding, basically enjoying being together. Boys doing gymnastics, acrobatics or wrestling especially favoured! Gay friendly but all welcome!

What don’t I like? Beards and mustaches, heavily hairy bodies, ludicrous ‘bodybuilder’ muscles, obvious ‘porn’ shots… I have been accused of Caucasian bias, and I guess that’s possibly true, being ‘that way inclined’ myself.

So here you get largely white guys (but not exclusively) working out, doing their sport, chilling after, enjoying the sun on their backs when they can… not too old (we’ve just exceeded a dreadful number (40)), not too young unless in a clearly acceptable setting. Very rare to get nudity here and certainly not full-frontal. Links at the end of this post might lead you to other interesting places.

Hope that helps – now, on with today’s show.

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Together Again… Soon…

…any which way! For the moment, to enjoy the wrestling, visit the updated WRESTLING GALLERY #2. There are also some new GENTLY GAY amusements on that page. Here in Portugal, they are just opening up and – hooray – tourists won’t have to quarantine, so maybe our little and empty residence on a holiday site can actually have some guests at last. And maybe we can stop working as odd-job fixers and get back to our real job of supervising the fitness training and maybe some shows with seriously distanced audience! Meanwhile, for most of us, social distancing will continue to put an end to ‘just being mates together’ for a while (except for Dave, of course…). Enjoy some pictures taken before the pandemic…

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“Not Ordinary Boys”

A working title for a new book idea, actually! Who wants to be ‘ordinary’ anyway? Not these guys, I venture…

Careful with that, now…

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Points of View

I really like pics which are taken from an unexpected angle or otherwise stand out as a bit unusual…

…and that one really shows off his shoulders and pecs…

… or where the boy(s) are in unusual positions or settings…

…so lets see if I can find you a few more, as a contrast to all those boring full-on muscle poses!

Now that really shows off those abs!

Nice use of light in that one, too. Next, interesting contrast with shadow (and more nice abs!)…

OK, that is a muscle pose, but a little different. Some show off by hanging upside down…

Yeah, ropes are good…

…and upside-down (well, sort of) is good too…

For some others, you can’t always quite put your finger on why it feels a little bit special… it just does

You can use some handy equipment to make a shot more interesting…

I was going to save these up for next Christmas, but ‘what the heck’ let’s go for it now with a second one…

Just emerging…

A little bit similar…

…and then there are those pictures where it is almost as if the boy is an afterthought…

Running out of ideas here now, so just a couple more where the light is the key to the shot:

 

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Beware of Becoming an Animal!

…if you see what I mean!

Feels that way sometimes when you’ve been in the gym, though!

But sometimes, you just feel like a sleep and then a shower!

 

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Gymnastics Builds Strength from an Early Age…

..as well as flexibility. See the update on GYMNASTS GALLERY #2. Examples below. Don’t forget GYMNASTS GALLERY #1 and also many other gymnastics pix on other pages on this site!

Now what else shall I post today? This young man on the beach for a start:

…maybe he should have made it on to the Gymnasts page anyway! Ditto this lad with a fine planche:

I’m not sure whether this next young man is a gymnast or not, so let’s put him here:

…maybe a wrestler. In an arena, anyway. And this young man is definitely built like a gymnast, even if he prefers surfing:

Young Mark has no hesitation in building up and then showing off his muscles:

Even young swimmers understand the importance of arm and upper-body strength for swimming crawl… and are obviously enjoying getting it…

Some say that lifting when too young stunts growth. Not true, if done wisely:

Did I say ‘flexibility’? Ballet boys and acrobats show us how:

Evan Adams combines both bodybuilding and acrobatic fun:

As a gymnastic/acrobatic coach there are things there I would hope to improve on (not least, shift the loose bricks and put a mat down by the wall, just in case)… but fun anyways! Enough for now – c u next time.

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Take Your Partners…

…and enjoy the updates on CARING AND SHARING and GENTLY GAY! For example…

And then, snuggle up together and enjoy some of the pictures in this blog post!

I thought that picture was fun… although, upon reflection, they don’t look too happy! Here’s another way to hang around with your partner…

OK, that’s the same pose from two different angles – not twins! But I’ve uploaded it now… Another ‘composite’ to end with – though different guys this time…

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Dumbbells Are Not Dumb…

…anyone lifting a weight to sharpen up their bodies – caught in the act, or showing off the results – is welcome here…

A note on that picture on Instagram said “I refuse to be average!” Excellent philosophy!

Some way to go, but that’s the right idea!

Yes, Rex: that weight will obviously do just fine! More gardeners…

Your own weight will also do just fine…

Yep, start young! Also you can use someone else’s weight!

… Or even building materials! … …

And, obviously, visit my gymnastics pages for many, many more examples of bodyweight exercises!

A few show-offs with good results to finish:

Great results from Josh B there – ready for competition when they re-start.

(Not sure if that is a ‘lockdown’ home bodyweight effort or just a weird place to pose!)

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