Back to Front with the Young and the Old

‘Back’ to basics:

Detail! Romboids, deltoids, lats… yes, this has to be a lifter or a gymnast. Actually it’s Danil Kalutskih, on vacation, attacting attention with his amazing back development.

I was staring at son Leo’s back last night and realised just how much his rhomboids have developed. Usually not seen in one so young (10yo) – maybe he should give me some training tips. No, actually, we know the best exercise for that one – T-bar lifts.

I started on this ‘back’ theme because we’re Back to Normal! The Aussies have gone and we’re straight back into our routine of much needed weights and acro training. They’re lovely people, but an entire family for two weeks does kind of get in the way of what we normally need to do. We need to work (i.e. train) and I need to finish that damn book! In other words, backs to the grindstone – or should that be shoulders? Maybe yes…

We love the lighting here (as well as the guy!). Look at the way the highlight picks up individual hairs on the back of his shoulders… maybe has he waits to launch himself into an eager world in the early morning light. Or am I getting too lyrical now? Sound almost like an author…

Stop. It’s noses to grindstones and shoulders to wheels isn’t it… but I draw the line at posting pictures of noses. Or wheels.

Wait. Pull myself up sharp! Here’s another of Danni’s back, rhomboids less obvious here:

Just love everything about the Kalutskih’s – what they are, what they can do… we’ve never met them or their Steelkast pals, but who knows, one day…

Did I say back to front?

Just look at the detail again. Every individual hair is part of a grand composition. Every drop of water…

Most lifters seem to focus on pecs and abs rather than backs and legs: here’s a classic Czech who has been totally successful with both:

I want to acknowledge Petr Holman’s brilliant photography here too, and hope he forgives me for posting a copyrighted item. This one had already leaked widely on the net. Again, I come back to the lighting. I so much admire photographers who get that perfect combination of model and lighting to produce such wonderful work.

Dave and I do wonder how much longer we’re going to keep up doing acrobatics before our bodies let us down. So far so good, but I have noticed that I start to get breathless earlier than I used to, and that things ache more easily. Oh well.

Maybe there’s hope for us yet. A mate in London sent us this cutting recently. Maybe we should spend our time between now and age 70 learning more languages. If we can find the time whilst enjoying our ‘stimulating affectionate relationship’ No joke there, anyway, so far as Dave and I are concerned.

I wonder if the guy will still be ‘at it’ when he reaches 80. On the parallel bars, that is…

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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3 Responses to Back to Front with the Young and the Old

  1. Doc says:

    It’s a serious problem, really. There are a great many older gay men who are attracted to young men, but rather few young men who are attracted to older. I don’t have scientifcally arrived at numbers, but I’d guess there are perhaps twently old guys who like young, for every young who likes old

    • tonycavanagh says:

      Not sure that was quite the point I was making really – thiking more gym than sexual attraction (for once?). However, your point is interesting and well made. If ‘the ideal me’ is a younger me then, by definition, one is going to more interested in, or at least aware of, the younger…

  2. Pingback: Gymnasts in the News: Tough Dudes (and a ‘Dudess’) « Tony Cavanagh

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