Hard Work Gains Success!

“Success isn’t always about Greatness, it’s about Consistency.

Consistent Hard Work Gains Success”

Another inspirational quote from a favorite weights gym. But it is absolutely right. Consider this gymnast, confidently addressing his parallel bars. He is focussed, knows exactly what routine he is going to perform, and absolutely has the perfect body development to achieve it. Whether all of that comes through repetitive gymnastic training using his own body weight, or whether he adds actual weight training to his routines, we don’t know. But, without any doubt, both he and his routine are the product of consistent hard work.

There’s no doubting the effort put in by this rooftop guy, too:

Hours of intensive body sculpting has been put in there, and also a careful attention to diet – not a hint of any fat around the middle, and textbook abs. Just hope he does something useful with his body other than slapping on fake tan and posing in bodybuilding competitions.

Back in the artistic gym, the hardest piece of apparatus is the pommel horse. I’ve just come home from training a group on this apparatus and, my goodness, they’re finding it tough to keep up the momentum without flying off the side, and keeping their body above the pommels with intensive arm movements and strength:

Look at the shoulder muscles, all ridged up: strength and power training, thousands of attempts, are needed to build up to a good pommel performance. And then, the rings:

The thing about the rings is that you have to keep them in control as well as performing the elements – otherwise they spread wide apart and you’re stuffed. This first guy is doing that very nicely in preparation for his first move, probably a float upstart. I won’t comment on his somewhat skimpy attire – obviously he’s feeling fairly sweaty. Of course, when you build confidence, and put in that consistent hard work, you can achieve the inverted iron cross:

So, we put in the hours in our various ways:

…and there other useful ways in which the pommel horse can be used – to get your abs chiselled for a start, with the aid of a helpful coach:

Although Dave, I and our mates now teach artistic gymnastics, our real passion of course has been (and still is) acrobatics. Those books I keep mentioning record our discovery and progress in that arena – amongst many other things, mainly gay it must be said. Click on the first two covers for more information!

But all of the foregoing applies in acrobatics too, and indeed, for your choice of sports, whatever they are. Consistent hard work brings success – but it doesn’t appear overnight!

As the sportswear ad has it – make a decision and ‘JUST DO IT!’

And now, because the blog needs to be consistent too, I must offer you a couple of

Bonus Boys…

Keep watching, and keep the feedback coming. gymacrobat@gmail.com

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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