Sorry for the gap in posts – been rather occupied with two new guys who will train with us for a year and hopefully take part in some shows too! It happened rather unexpectedly, and Dave’s dad was the link.

His lab has a training scheme where foreign nationals, as they insist to call them, work on attachment for a year. So enter two exceptional guys with brand new physics degrees, Igor and Ion. It’s the guys that are exceptional, not the degrees, from our point of view!

It was obvious even to Dave’s dad that these were two super-fit guys and, when he overheard them at lunch discussing finding a gym, he quickly pointed them in our direction.

Igor is Russian, from a small town way north of Moscow. He’s 22 now but has been doing those exceptional street workouts that they do there since he was about seven years old…


That’s given him an enviable upper body…

well equipped

…and a formidable upper back and shoulder development…


…as well as the skills in holding levers and all the other bar work. He can hold a flag with a second guy standing on him, as this rather awful screen shot of a video shows…

extreme flag

Naturally, we’ve all had to try that, with (shall we say) limited success so far!

Ion is Romanian, and what he calls himself a ‘lapsed gymnast’. However, he too has great development and has maintained the skills and, when we pointed out that there was a gymnastics centre run be Romanians nearby, his eyes lit up and we put him straight in the car (with Igor) and took them over. It took only a few minutes before Ion was strutting his stuff…



Igor quickly applied himself to the parallel bars…

intense planche

…and they were in. Treated as family members by the delighted Romanian owners.

Both also wanted weights of course, and we started them off in our training cabin.


They were a little stunned to find Pete and Ivo there training naked, as we tend to do. Dave and I quickly stripped off too, but Igor and Ion clearly wanted to retain their modesty. Both are straight, as far as we know, but said that they didn’t want to complicate their lives with girlfriends in the USA when they would be returning to their homelands in a year. However, when my son Leo, his mate Chris and Chris’s bodybuilding brother Billy joined us and flung off their shorts, they gave in and stripped off too! Probably a good thing that neither of the girls showed up at that point.

Of course, these guys need Chad’s private gym, and Chad’s gym needs them. A demo in our cabin is usually the route in there. Sadly, we don’t have a bar suitable for Igor, and there are no street gyms in Oak Ridge, but Chad sized them up quickly enough and decided to let them have a tryout in the period on a weekday afternoon where everyone stays ‘respectable’ so that the young guys like Leo can use the equipment. Of course, Chad was blown away by what Igor could do, and Ion impressed by joining in acrobatics with us, so they’ve just been initiated – the fully naked treatment – and introduced to all the crazy stuff we do, including endurance on nails and glass, wrestling in oil, and so forth. They sailed through the initiation, and the happy grins on their faces said it all.

These fantastic guys are going to share an apartment in the same building as another weights-freak friend Carlos, and I have no doubt they’ll be on his equipment too. And, they’re going to join us for an adventure in the shopping mall next weekend where we are all putting on two days of endurance feats and acrobatics as part of a major charity collection scheme… watch this space for more. They can’t believe what they’ve found in Oak Ridge… let’s just hope that they manage to do the work on neutron physics that they’re actually here in Tennessee for!

The adventures begin..We tour, we expand, and we meet a few problems along the way...If the strange ‘fitness’ lifestyle we inhabit interests you, you will find much more in these books – click on the covers – covering our discovery of gay love and our (mis)adventures in circus touring and the rest. Third and final part being printed now.

Igor has another amazing connection – he actually knows the famous Kalutskikh boys…


…now there’s a connection we should like to make! And he tells us that he and his friends would train shirtless on the bars every day back home in Russia, whatever the weather – even with the temperature down way below zero and snow on the ground. No trouble keeping themselves warm and sweaty with the intense workout style they practiced! He and Ion really are something, and to have added them to our training partners for year is going to be absolutely amazing for us.

Let’s enjoy a few more training pictures, for today, as we celebrate the enjoyment and effort of building great muscles:







flexer 1


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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