Eight Packs


Well yes, those are pretty fair examples, but that’s not what I meant. I meant wrestling…


…but in groups of eight! Submission style as usual, last man standing… (and, in our case, naked).

This was Chad’s latest ‘entertainment idea in our private place. First 32 to sign up… four groups of eight chosen at random. Interesting strategy games; you have to keep fighting, so you tend to start with four simultaneous bouts, 1 on 1… but then, do you all set on the ‘weakest’, to eliminate them quickly, or… more cunning maybe, seven set on the strongest to get rid of him…

So, four sessions of that, then the first two to be eliminated from each of the four sets go together as another eight (perhaps better matched), and so on, the fourth match of the second ’round’ being the top two from each of the first four groups.

Then out comes the oil, and off we go again in four more random mixes… kind of Turkish style but without the leather trousers…

oiled and ready

…and I have to say that our Sunday evening ended with a 32-man free-for-all (actually, more, because most of the rest of the guys working out decided to join in)!

Oil and a powerful six-pack  (guess he’s working on the eight)…


Our great wrestler friends from Lexington travelled down especially for the fun, and even the Chinese kung-fu guys from Knoxville showed up. The overall winner was Ron (our best wrestler for years, so no surprise there) and I hate to admit that I never came better that third in any of the groups. Arrrgh! So enough of that!

Well, we like doing stuff naked, anyway, win or not: I think that I’ve made that clear enough in plenty of posts. Acrobatics is artistry, and you can do beautiful things with the raw bodies without having to learn tough balancing techniques…


…well, some PhotoShopping there I fancy, or otherwise some strangely flat-fronted performers… but please note the important little artistic touch of the upper dude’s left foot turned inwards (these things make a difference professionally)…


…just hang in there, guys! I’m starting to take a greater interest in what the ballet boys get up to, partly inspired by Lorenzo, one of our regular readers here (but he likes the shoes! – we  would kick ’em off!).

The first part...The second part...Cover 3 ThumbSo, an amusing way of ending our weekend. Chad dreams up curious challenges and quirky games and has been doing so ever since first met him – as mentioned now and again in my books which chart our gay progress through life, the universe and almost everything… e-books available too.

Perhaps we’ll just return to the celebration of the male mid-section for the rest of this post.





(Now there’s an intense look…)




And, to finish, the all-round excellence that comes from combining your weights with rope climbing. Enjoy!

rope climbing results


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 Eight Packs

  1. Eric Rex says:

    WOW. Love the last two best. Love the inspiration to be excellent!

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