Back to Basics

A quickie, mainly picture post today.  We’re much pre-occupied with working as many shifts as possible as gym coaches now in order to qualify for time out over Christmas because a mass exodus is planned from Tennessee to UK and Canada. We also have shows planned for that visit and quite a number to get through  around the US before we leave. So, training continues in what little free time exists.

This post is inspired by some conversations with some of the gymnasts about upper body strength and improving the back muscles, which are hugely important both in hand balancing and various ‘lifts’. So, if you like, today’s selection of pictures is the ‘flip side’:

Firstly, a dude obviously ready (and capable) of tearing his machinery apart with his bare hands…

Don’t look now, but you’re on Candid Camera:

Now we move to the weights room:

Some serious rhomboid and shoulder development there. Want to see a real BIG TIME back development? I think the next dude qualifies: even if his head is towards the camera, it’s his back that is the focus of attention:

I think that ‘WOW’ pretty much covers that.

This next gentleman is not in the same league, but he is rightly proud of what he has developed so far:

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Sorry about that. Now, where were we.. yes, backs. What about two for the price of one, in an open-air shower?

Helped by his bone structure, this dude has developed massive shoulders and a wonderful V-taper in his back:

…to which this guy adds – well, everything:

OK, one more. I’ll flip the card over this time, let you see the ‘face’. Just pick a card from the ones left in the pack. Any card… that one? OK, let’s turn it over and see what we…. ah!

Pictures in black and white are ofter sooooooooo much better than color. Here we have a lovely smoothie, great abs, good overall proportions and traps indicating the work that he has put into his back training, too.

Oh. I see that you took two cards. It’s another back, right?

Go Dragons! ‘Back’ soon!

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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