Any athlete should be able to deliver a lecture on the importance of fluid balance when training and competing. But that’s not what is on my mind right now. It’s that special strange ‘male bonding’ thing of ‘sharing the power’ that I was thinking about last night. Working out alongside your partner, sweat breaking out …
…or equally, after an energetic wrestle bout…
…beads of sweat glistening on your partner’s chest and stomach… its hard to resist a lick!
Then, when Dave and I suspend one another from our teeth using a cunning little hard rubber device as part of our shows, the lower man gets a sizeable mouthful the other guy’s saliva to swallow. And, of course, kissing, well, we share that fluid too.
Within our closed and gay community, we also have a fondness for the Russian belief that urea is a great antidote to skin ageing, so now and again we share the usual source of that too, with a partner to massage it into the skin where we let it soak for a while before the necessary shower. And it’s not unknown for some of that to get on the tongue either. And perhaps some mutual relief will have taken place before that. A protein shake, we usually term that.
These weird behaviours get a few mentions in these early chronicles of our lives developing as acrobatic performers and generally developing our bodies with a loving gay community. But it is that general bonding with a training partner that I was thinking about. Gay or straight is unimportant: working out and training together (two is good, more is great) spurs everyone on and, so long as there is mutual respect and encouragement, it makes for a great atmosphere:
Who needs apparatus?
Some training partners work on the roof:
Or some other structure:
Two’s great, three is great too!
Back to the wrestling:
Or just chilling together, after the workout:
OK, this has become one of those rambling posts that never lives up to its title. OK, well after getting that off my chest, I need to adjust my own fluid balance. A beer sounds like a great idea!
And then… (Dave, just come over here a minute…)…