Strong Arm Tactics

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A very happy boy there (Brad) having his oiled-up bicep admired. It’s interesting how so many guys consider that it is the bicep which defines how well equipped they are…

bicep boy

An impressive ‘gun show’ there (as that call it over here in USA!). I did initially wonder ‘photoshop’ about that spectacular ‘peak’, but I give the lad the benefit of the doubt. He’s wearing one of those “I just came out of the gym” smiles!

We can show off our biceps (and the rest) in other ways:

bar squeeze


…including, ‘in the act’ of training the bicep with cable pulls…


However, many guys still prefer the straightforward pose to show off what they have got:


…sometimes equipped with a tape measure…

measures up

That last pic does illustrate just how important the triceps are in defining the actual measurement, and a lot of guys (but not him!) do neglect the tricep in favour of the bicep. Not this next guy either, though:


I read somewhere about a guy who insisted that hammering his biceps (that’s literally, with a hammer) was an essential part of his training routine. Cannot see how that would help, though! Here’s some more good work:



That one (and the next) emphasise the importance of keeping everything developed in good proportion:


Ultimately, it’s the bar work that pays the dividends on arm development…

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…the rivulets of sweat pouring down this rather slim guy’s chest reveal the effort he is putting in to improve those arms. The gymnastic rings are a good arm exercise too:


If you don’t have access to gymnastic equipment, well, the standard pull-down machines in the weights gym will do the trick just fine:


tumblr_m2ykxu3LmA1qj6ewnSo, that’s the message! A whole post on ‘strong arm tactics’, but the philosophy applies to all weights work, to the whole body, and to all applications of the power and strength you have worked so hard to create. It has been our philosophy ever since school days, and I think we feel, and live, all the better for it. Dave and I have worked hard to instill the same fitness ethic into our kids, ferociously supported by their mothers and all of our acrobatic and wrestling friends, and it is certainly paying off for them, even though, at the rather tender age of eleven, we need to regulate what they do attempt very carefully. And my son Leo, at least, has great mates in Chris (also 11) and Billy (now 16, and a teen bodybuilding champion) to spur him on, although he understands very well the need to keep his flexibility if he wants to continue to improve his acrobatics. Big muscle, on its own, is next to useless for that. And for wrestling as well, really: you only need to see the “professional” meatloafs stumbling around a ring to appreciate what a little more flexibility and less size might do for them. Not our style at all.

And, finally, for once, no ‘strong-arm tactics’ about promoting the books. But, just in case of withdrawal symptoms, here as the links to the ‘Living the Dream’ series.

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

And, as for the gym, if you have not tried it before, go on, any age 10 -110, get in there, take advice if you need it because, if you have been a couch potato, you can’t just get stuck in to a blistering routine without damaging yourself. It’ll be fun, and you’ll find that the natives are friendly, especially when you ask for their best advice!

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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