Workout Philosophy


Well, that’s a good start! Somebody said to me the other day “Why do you waste all that time in the gym?” He didn’t actually go on to say “…when you could be doing…” – what?

One of the boys at our gymnastics club sports a tee-shirt that says “Time waste is time well spent”, which kind of answers the question. You don’t go to the gym and workout because you hate your body – or, at least you shouldn’t. Perhaps some do… but, the very reason that their body deserves (?) to be hated is probably the same reason that they’ll quit after a few sessions because “…its all too much effort…”

So. Is time spent lifting weights or pulling up on a bar ‘time wasted’, or ‘time well spent’?


Models, like Nikita Gutsu there, would say that it earns them their living. OK, perhaps that’s good reason. But what about just wanting to be fit and strong enough to do what you love to do? Is that a good reason?

Want to do this?

planche stool

Then do this!

barefoot gym bunnies


There’s no harm in starting young…

young muscle

..although with the very young, it must be light weights or bodyweight only, to avoid damage during growth!

Want to do this?


Then get your friends to help with your flexibility…


And then, later, maybe…


And don’t aim too high at first.. this sort of thing will take a while…


It has taken us something like 15 years to get where we are… acrobats and tumblers who are starting to feel the effect of years creeping up on us!! And so, we now spend most of our time passing on the art to the next generation, whilst making a little more time for ourselves…


Yes, reading is good, which reminds me that there are some good books out there on this fitness subject (especially if you are a gay-friendly reader… e-books too…)…

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OK. Maybe it’s endorphins, maybe its a bit of adrenaline too – but coming out of the gym or finishing a successful performance certainly makes us feel that the gym time was indeed time well spent, even when others regard it as a total waste of time that could be spent on… er… watching TV? Eating unhealthy food? And lets face it, living in America, there’s a heck of a lot of evil food out there!

Sermon over, then. A couple more pictures of a more suitable nature than a huge pizza with fries and a soda, or a MacDonalds weasel-greaseburger…


…reckon he’s been on more lettuce and veggies…


I think you get the picture. No shortage of muscle here…


If you’re not… get fit, guys. And, if you are… spread the word!


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 Response to Workout Philosophy

  1. lorenzo says:

    hallo tony, it’s a long time I don’t answer at your posts. Thank’s for your imeges. specially for cyrcus guys

    I love theyr shoes

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