Abs… olute Definition

Back to our main theme of fitness, exercise and so forth. An e-mail correspondent asks us ‘how do we define “fit”?’ An interesting question, because so much depends on what you want to achieve. Most bodybuilders go for huge chests and  often retain spindly chicken-like legs, which looks ridiculous. Runners get lean and mean. Dave and I tend to go by the abs…

That guy doesn’t need the lighting effects to emphaise his abs development, but it certainly makes a great picture. This next may be exercising his triceps, but it is obvious how much work he’s done on his stomach:

Abs shouldn’t really be taking a bit of the effort in this triceps move, but never mind. Helps to show them off! Now here’s the abs in direct action,

…now is that sweat, or oil?

…That’s definitely oil – got to be – but the next one seems definitely sweaty rather than oil:

Not overdone – just mighty fine. Next guy is real ‘tight’:

Juro is chunky but with excellent definition:

So what’s right for us, as acrobats? We need to keep up the strength, we need to maintain flexibility, and we plain wanna look good with our tops off! For us, it is almost impossible to imagine performing in a shirt. Vain? Yeah! And why not Any guy who works out surely wants to show off the results. Golf course? OK, fine! Wherever…

So, we torture our abs three times a week, sometimes four. Working out with our partners, we enjoy it and encourage greater effort. We want to look good, we want to be good. We want to seem to have something that no-one else has – to do acrobatic stuff that ‘ordinary people’ can’t imagine to do. As an aside, we like to show our endurance to “pain” as well – hence the nails and glass (which doesn’t really cause any pain to be fair) – and our recent madness with suspensions. And we mischievously enjoy getting a bit beaten with a belt across the chest and back – just because we can. ‘Boys’!! Everyone wants to be the last one to call ‘time’ on that.

Exactly how long we’ll be able to keep all this up as we get even older, I have no idea. Don’t like to think about that.

If you haven’t been in a gym (ever) or haven’t been for a while, then seriously consider it. Don’t do too much at first, but be inspired by what you see. Try to find a gym that lets guys exercise shirtless, so you can watch the muscles at work. Above all, enjoy, and be inspired to work hard!

As the caption on that last picture suggests, ‘Be a gym guy’. It is NEVER too old to start, so long as you get good advice.

Interesting angle. And finally, not forgetting that Dave once went potty in my absence and started posting cats here, here are some great abs “with added cat”. Seriously neat “trail” too:

…to which I suppose I need to add one final response! … …

Hi Dave! But, my most fantastic partner, just so you don’t get too excited, I’m actually also thinking about the rest of our wonderful team: Zach, Gary, Ethan, Jack, Ivo, Pete, Leon, Dane… … … mixing it, as we do, and as explained here…

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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