Rising Stars


On Saturday we’re all off down south to the same TV studio where Dave, I and the others took part in a sort of local ‘America’s Got Talent’, nearly 14 years ago. Somehow, as I recounted in The Power of Love, we won the public vote, and it opened up many opportunities. This time, it is the rising generation – our two teenagers, Leo and Jaymee, working entirely on their own for 14 minutes with tumbling, acrobatic balance and endurance (‘fakir’) stuff. It’s no longer a competition but the format otherwise is pretty much as we had it – taping an hour-long variety show in front of a live audience in the afternoon, transmitting it locally in the evening and then syndicating the tape to other stations. We’ve just been sent the running order and, wow, they’re on last – sort of ‘topping the bill’. I think that decision was based on the filming they did here of their training, just before Christmas – that gets ‘cut in’ to the show.

I’m pretty sure this settles the debate about how they will want to spend the next summer vacation from school – joining the touring circus again as part of our ‘team’, rather than flying over to UK to spend time at our place in Wales. Of course, they want to do both – and Leo would get to spend more time with his transatlantic weights mate Ollie – but there just aren’t enough weeks in that long vacation to make everything possible. Perhaps I’ll just buy him a Welsh flag to put up in his room alongside his Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack: here’s a bit of Welsh muscle anyway to brighten up our day (and wouldn’t ‘Muscle Cymru’ be a great name for a gym in Wales?!)…


We’re all going down in the circus camping bus with Chet, our roadie at the wheel (and stage-managing for them, which he has done brilliantly for us for years). And a large contingent of supporters from Chad’s gym are going down as well, just as they did for us. Should be an amazing weekend.

Of course, that means yet more time off from our coaching duties in the gym…


…thank goodness for the patience of the Romanian owners and also of Pete and Ivo, who manage the place and organise the schedules!

And that’s all the real news for today – I’m firing this off quickly before today’s coaching duty which will run from 12 noon (baby gym – urrgh!) through to the senior lads in the evening.


high bar dude

gym in s america

So, all of that to look forward to, and I did manage to fit in a weights session of my own at Chad’s this morning, although I seem to have twisted something in my back (from turning round suddenly whilst sitting in a chair, for goodness sake) so I needed to be a little more cautious than usual.




Even if you don’t have access to a full weights and equipment set-up, a home bench and a few barbells and weight plates can work wonders, as this guy shows:


Actually, kind of hard to believe he’s achieved all of that in his basement. Maybe he has access to some bars as well…


Never walk past a bar without doing some pull-ups, at the very least, especially if you want to enlarge your ‘traps’ (peaky shoulders) like our basement dude.

OK, a few random ‘successes’ to finish this post.




More ‘peaked’ shoulders there, and that is from working out on the outdoor bars (Russian Street Workout). Such efforts definitely keep you “on track” with your workout…


…although I would have to say that posing in the middle of what is obviously a fairly well-used railroad track may not be the wisest thing to do!

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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  1. Pingback: “Keep Calm and Carry On!” | Tony Cavanagh

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