The Morning after The Morning After…

It’s taken me till now (Sunday morning) to recover from Friday night’s Man.Power celebration! Everything still aches, but yesterday Dave and I could barely get out of bed. In fact, we didn’t get any rest until 4am anyway, and that was crashing with Zach and Gary in their penthouse apartment actually inside the gym – and with about 20 other people who didn’t feel they could make it home.

It was, lets say, a very ‘physical’ celebration of the gym’s birthday. Chad determined not only that he wanted every single member there (and CJ and Richard came from Florida, along with Leon and Dane from Kentucky), but he wanted the biggest mass physical effort ever exerted by any member in the celebration of improving the male body (along with the five ‘honorary boys’ (girls)!

There’s always constant attention to weight exercises and appearance…

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(thanks, pal!)… Chad demanded the maximum amount of sweat and effort from everyone…

sweaty chest!

…enough sweat, in fact, to mix up and give everyone a communal taste, toasting the success of Man.Power one after another whilst standing on top of Chad in the iron maiden (two nail beds, one below and one above). Some of us collected another fluid and toasted him in that, too.

Igor, our new Russian street-workout guy, led the effort on bar work…

street workout boy

…but the essential requirement was for everyone to put in the maximum effort into whatever they preferred to do…


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Others preferred to get their sweat dripping through wrestling…


Chad also demanded that everyone commit to some kind of endurance test – most chose the nails or glass, some more unexpected things (for us!) like rope-climbing challenges…


Acrobatics were also encouraged…


…and, just when we beginning to think it was all coming to end – ‘Just a couple of hundred push-ups, please guys…’ and, of course, everyone was compelled to oblige, some electing to do their stuff in more exotic/erotic ways…


Chad still wasn’t done. Given the predominantly gay nature of his membership, he suggested that every one of us should ‘cum’ on him to celebrate the birthday – that’s over 50 guys, girls excused, and a whole heap of protein to deal with.

He then announced his ‘member of the year’ – the guy seemingly most commited to his training in the gym. Most people had correctly sussed that this would be Carlos, a guy who did nothing else between work and sleep except lift weights to obtain stunning ‘cuts’ – and Carlos was pressed into making a sandwich with Chad  with that decidedly sticky filling. And (non gays cover your eyes here) that was not the end of that part of the protein shake story…

So. Man.Power is all about shaping and presenting the male body at its finest, and the 50-odd guys present (plus 5 girls) certainly don’t disappoint on that score.

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In fact, here’s a little more inspiration:

blue speedo

…although that boy needs to work on his pecs a bit, to get more like this:

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One more, definitely in the ‘Carlos’ mould…

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You can read a heck of a lot about Man.Power in the books, but I’m too knackered to blether on about those now. Zach promises a massage, and I’m definitely up for that. So just check out some other posts for more information about our recommended bed-time reading. I’ll be for falling straight asleep tonight!

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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