Electrical Gym Bunnies

1500New guys filter into Chad’s private gym Man.Power in various ways – most are recommended by someone and ‘checked out’ to ensure they will be cool with the predominantly gay atmosphere and the activities which that frequently generates, as well as being dedicated to the fitness regime which Chad demands of us all. They have to demonstrate their commitment through participating in a ‘hazing’ ceremony which has changed from time to time but always leaves the candidate with a soul mate who shares it and becomes a really close friend.

Occasionally, it works another way, when the nature of the place gets ‘found out about’ by guy(s) who appreciate the environment and have been looking for somewhere just like it. Two lads, friends from school days, straight but without present partners, and partnering each other in a new electrical business, happened upon Man.Power as a result of some malfuntioning electrical circuit. Although such maintenance appointments are always made during the weekday daytime, when modesty in clothing is demanded from all, Chad was impresssed at once by their arrival – shirtless, and making no attempt to put one on before starting work – their obvious enthusiasm about seeing all the equipment, asking if memberships were available and so on. Most of all, receptive to the idea of the wrestling and endurance angles in which we indulge: not so sure about acrobatics but willing to have a try…

…and so, last night, we initiated Colton and ‘Kaz’ after a trial period in which they committed totally to beefing up their bodies. Kaz is Polish American although born here, and has the unpronouncable (by us!) first name of Sczcepan so we, like everyone else, use the short form of his second name, Kazimierz.


They’ve been great mates for years, including holidaying together, and are presently committed to gym evenings rather than girl friends. They are also turning out to be very open-minded about what often happens after gay wrestling (for example), and more than willing to share an oil bout with us. I think they’re gonna fit in just fine.

Being some eight years younger than Dave and I (gosh, I suddenly feel old!), they’re going to present some challenges I suspect, along with many of the other dedicated guys.


I’ve noticed a trend towards more ‘checking’ on progress, both individuals…


…and of each other, where it is always to give encouragement rather than to be jealous (at least, almost always…):

checking him out

Even teens with model cars still in their closets want to strut their stuff – although the normal entry age to Man.Power apart from the youngster hours weekdays after school is 18:

flexer 2

That’s an interesting picture – if you use your imagination you can see a pair of cartoon hands (four fingers!) reaching round from behind that guy and holding on to his ribs… sorry, I’m going off at a weird tangent. Stop it, Tone…

Special OfferIn an alarmingly short time, Dave and I will have spent half of our lives together, dedicated to fitness and acrobatic performance, moving more now into coaching and a little less showing off! The first three years of that shared time are chronicled in the ‘Living the Dream’ books :actually there’s a time warp of five years right at the end for reasons which become very clear if you get to the third book, Against All Odds’ (and please do!). For more detail click to enlarge the box on the right – ISBNs at the end of the post…!

Now, where was I? I’ve lost the plot as far as the post title goes – rushing to get ready to fly to Idaho in the morning on coaching exchange program – so that’s it for the ‘electricl’ theme and I’ll just add a few tasty pictures for our regular readers:



(Gosh – the cartoon hands again. You know, I’ve really never noticed before how the tails of the lats muscles reach around so far forwards.. and I’m supposed to be a fitness specialist. Oh well, lets do one more of those…)

locker pose




Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

If posting whilst on assignment in Idaho and Seattle gets erratic, I may release Dave on to the blog once again…


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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2 Responses to Electrical Gym Bunnies

  1. Ted Hebert §:c) says:

    “Gosh – the cartoon hands again. You know, I’ve really never noticed before how the tails of the lats muscles reach around so far forwards.. and I’m supposed to be a fitness specialist.”

    That’s because they have nothing to do with the lats. Those are the rib binds of the serrattus. An up-to-seven-part muscle that goes from the inside of the scapula, around the rib cage. They tilt the scapula upwards in order to raise the shoulder joint when raising the arm in the air.

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