Not Backing Off


I’ve received a furious message from a reader – who hasn’t solved a single one of the ‘Cluedo’ puzzles yet – to “back off from this nonsense”. Well, I’m not going to “back down” until I’ve set all ten, since I offered a prize (so get “off my back”, guys…) – and so here is the new one (No. 4):

Feeble few days by the sound of it (4)

Remember that they are all ‘fitness related’ in some way, but that may be in the clue or in the answer… not necessarily both!

So, I’ve put someone’s “back up”. Actually I have a “backlog” of pictures to post, so let’s keep going on this accidental theme of “backs”…


Actually, I admire a well-muscled back as much as a well-muscled ‘front’ – so why do they get so neglected in fitness blogs and (ahem) porn pics?


That’s a bodybuilder (Ondrej Kratsky) – and now a German gymnast on the high bar, Philip Boy:


Hey, his body should be in a slight ‘dish’ (forward bend) and not an arch (backward bend). Good heavens – he’s an Olympian!

Slim boys can look pretty neat from the rear, too:


Two ‘gym rats’ now:



So many gyms lack climbing ropes.  Here’s someone who possibly could make good use of them:


The artistic back picture:


…just sort out the muscle from the shadows and the tattoos!

Here’s the essential message:


Couldn’t have put it better myself. Except that I can spell CONSISTENT!  Remember: the only way you’ll ever do this…


…is to get stuck into building up your back muscles. And your shoulders. And arms. And chest….!

Couldn’t have put it better myself. Of course, when it all gets too much…


…just chill!

Read a good book with your loved one:

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


Yes, I’m not backing off either from promoting a certain trio of books celebrating gay love, acrobatic sports and adventures on tour (misadventures too). E-books available. Nor  from supporting gay relationships in general, despite the thwarting of the Pope’s wishes at synod this week by a lot of traditionalist Catholic bishops!

Ooops. Getting political/religious. Dangerous territory. Better stop for today! G’night!






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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