Man and Boy Trials

The three boys currently staying here – my son Leo, his friend Chris (also from US) and Colin’s boy Ollie – all want to become and remain extremely fit. They want to look like this:


…yeah, muscular and sweaty (which they see as a sign of their “brilliant” training efforts!)… sweaty enough for you, Ollie?…

REALLY sweaty

…they want to be able to do this…


…as well as this…


…and this…


…so they want to train hard, and we (naturally) encourage that. So this morning, the boys issued a challenge – each boy teams up with a ‘dad’ (but not his own) and each pair has to complete the challenges the boys set for themselves… like 100 push-ups, one-hundred chin-ups, 150 crunches, etc. etc. etc. Here’s the motivation:


Well, we’re in the place where man and horse regularly compete (this year, the horse won again), so why not? I was paired with Ollie, Colin with Chris and Dave with Leo. So, here come the ‘clapping’ press-ups:

clapping press-up 1

…the pec flies…


…the bridge rocks…


…and so forth. Well we all did them and I wasn’t actually the slowest ‘dad’ despite my recovering leg injury… Colin was (just). I’m proud to say (and maybe slightly embarrassed) that Leo beat the other boys time-wise, but Chris was very close and Ollie is a year younger…

…they achieved their goals, got suitably sweaty, like this dude…

sweat 87

…and we cooled them off by chucking them in the river…

cooling off

…although don’t imagine they were wearing their swim trunks at this point – this is (as Leo puts it) a ‘we’re all men here, guys’ gym – ‘who needs clothes?’ Oh well. Ollie’s mum did observe, but she joined us all in the river anyway!

Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 ThumbWe’ve always been a pretty casual lot when it comes to clothing in our assorted gyms: Leo (and Dave’s daughter Jaymee) have been exposed to training pretty much ever since they were born, love it, and have sampled the professional circus lifestyle too. The books will help to explain where it all came from… two gay boys (Dave and I) discovering our sexuality and falling in love… two lesbian girls desperate for kids get involved… lots of pleasure for all and a bit of pain when things go wrong… 3 books for the beach maybe?

So, after the book advert (it’s what this blog is HERE FOR, guys…!), the continuing role of inspiring guys of all ages to improve their fitness and their bodies. Let’s continue…

(i) Looking good in speedos…


(ii) Looking good in the er… wind, I guess…


(iii) Looking good in the mirror (yeah, we’re all Narsicists Narcissists Narciccists oh wft! – we all like looking at ourselves!!):


(iv) Looking good together:


(v) Looking good in the gym:



(vi)…and on the beach…




…which is where we’re going now, after ‘Tash’s excellent lunch, because Ollie and his parents (and did I forget his little sister?) leave us tomorrow – a sad time for the boys, but Leo and Chris will meet Ollie again before long, I have no doubt.



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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