I got totally crushed last night wrestling a huge bodybuilder called ‘Caz’ (Casper). We originally knew him as a 14yo boy in Knoxville, an American boy unexpectedly motivated by the brutal Kung Fu training regime of his (and our) Chinese friends, beginning each morning at 4.30am with an ice bath in a cellar beneath a Chinese restaurant. Now he is 28, a dedicated member at Chad’s gym, and at the peak of his bb career.


We were (and still are) regular visitors to the King Fu temple under the restaurant, courtesy our friends Li and Yao. There were three other young boys similarly motivated to train together every morning (and many hours besides): two young Chinese who took the English names ‘Sam’ and ‘Alex’ and are now star martial artists, and a boy of Indian extraction who took to tumbling like a natural and is now a professional dancer, along with his wife.

We have never felt motivated to get into dance. I think both Dave and I have two left feet, but we can admire the ballet fraternity nonetheless..


ice-bath-haikuSo, what motivates one to rise before dawn and plunge into an ice bath? The Chinese friends follow the regime rigorously, although our training tells us, as this picture suggests, that you benefit more after training. Part of the motivation for us is always the comradeship – doing it with your mates, and for them so that you can be the best performing partner on the planet to support your group. It definitely has a remarkable effect, and is equally ‘bracing’ if taken outdoors in suitable conditions…


Another form of essential but potentially painful’ training is stretching, modelled here for us by six Chinese boys:


Again, the motivation is the ability to perform tricks with your body that would otherwise be unattainable…


Of course, you need the strength to go with the flexibility, and the gym environment is, for us, all the motivation we need! Alongside our mates to encourage us, of course.


Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 ThumbMore about how we got into all of this, how we met the Chinese Kung Fu guys, and so forth, can be found in these books. Be prepared for a large element of ‘gayness’ since we, and a majority of our friends, do fall into that category…. also, a bit of misadventure thrown in.

Finally on the subject of ‘motivation’, I commented a couple of posts ago about the American mangling of the English language. ‘I recall from visits to South Africa that this one word they mangle, giving it an entirely different meaning from us. A ‘motivation’ there is the act of starting a process going, as in ‘I’m motivating the application for my passport…’. Oh well.

As usual, in the back end of posts which have drivelled on for a while, I am motivated to include a few additional pictures on the male fitness theme for your viewing pleasure! Here goes:

behind the neck



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Work out hard, and be proud of what you get as a result…


Your partner is going to appreciate it too!


Motivation enough?

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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