flexaccess‘Flex’ means different things to different people. This? Nah! nor the credit card on the right below (first one introduced into the UK I think – now defunct!).

But wait – ‘flexible friend’ – now that could mean something completely different: what about this little guy below left?

imagesCAEBZCINNow, that’s more in our line of business, I think! I was never as flexible as that, and nor was Dave.

But yes, we have two definitions of ‘flex’: this one…


…and this one…

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The first one is more yoga than gymnastics, although we would expect any gymnast worth the name to be able to achieve the so-called ‘box splits’:


Here’s a brilliantly composed photograph of an alternative form of the ‘box’, (‘Japana’):


I don’t think that one single pixel of that picture is wasted!

Yes, as acrobats, we need to retain flexibility, so that we can position our bodies (in balances, for example) in interesting ways which would definitely be beyond the abilities of most people, ably demonstrated here by Kirill Kalutskikh:

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But we also need the strength, to move our bodies around:


What I like about tha picture is the power in their shoulders, chests and arms, and the grim determination on the face of the hanging guy.

So we indeed do use weights – a lot, and we love to see our muscles working hard in the gym mirrors!


Of course, even basement and garage gym setups offer the opportunity to flex the muslces to impress your mates – or the camera…


…and why not! Fine job, dude.

Gosh, this is a rambing post, and I haven’t even mentioned the BOOKS this time (you can go to the ‘sticky post’ on the home page if you wonder what that all means…). But the message is the same: all guys, gay or straight, generally want to look good and to feel fit and healthy, and even a modest amount of work in the gym both with weights (including bodyweight exercises) plus some athletic activity such as acrobatics in our case, will pay handsome dividends…


As some might say, ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it…’ Flex away, dudes!

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…and one final high-definition flex from Kirill:


I suggest that you don’t try that one at home unless there is someone around to untie you and massage your joints after!

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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