No Shortcuts!

no shortcuts!

This picture, sent to me by a Facebook friend, has a delicious irony. But first let me say that it might not be the driver’s fault – the level of the pavement does tend to rise up with road maintenance and re-surfacing, and they don’t change the height plates on the bridges. So we could give him the benefit of the doubt…

But it is the MESSAGE that rings true for us fitness dudes, isn’t it. Work put in = results! Whether it is working on muscle strength, flexibility, muscle size or acrobatic agilities, the equation holds true. No excuses! “I just don’t feel like it today.” We’ve all been there, done that. But the next day, you regret not having put in the work.


Isn’t that a satisfied smile? Of course he’s proud of his physique – and he’s out there every day, I have no doubt. Just like this guy never misses gym practice…


…and has the shoulder strength he needs to hold that planche.

Young Jaymee’s mum is a trucker when she’s not down with the circus alongside her partner Clare doing their body-burning and fakir thing. She enjoys it, and it brings in more useful cash. In fact, her employer is desperate for her return, and we are shortly going to see another ‘change-around’ in our team which is supporting the circus tour. In fact, Pete and Ivo, who had said ‘never again’ and immersed themselves in managing the gymnastics centre, have finally agreed to do a ‘shift’ and I am working with them on some new trio balance moves that we can include… yes, I’ve got to go back too…

…we’re also taking a new interest in what the ballet boys do, because there are some interesting positions in the images we see that we might make use of…


…maybe looks a bit “cuddly” but then as a gay guy, I’m always willing to lay my head on the bare chest of another…!


Here are some more random (non-ballet) images to awake that fitness gene!


uw_blind mans buff

A “nature boy” here with a really nice handstand shape:


…and a really nice “shape” at ease on the pool:


The inevitable “double biceps” pose to show off…


…although a “single” can be just as effective…


And you don’t have to be in the gym to train with your family – like father, like son (a planche each):


(Leo and I do that, and he’s pretty much strong enough for me to go on top of him! Um, we wouldn’t be wearing shirts, though, and we don’t have weird hair)


And we do our thing outdoors whenever we can:


Mass fitness from the Danes:


And here’s young Harry, working on his chest:

Harry 5

Maybe he needs to bulk up a bit, but he’s definitely doing all the right things:

Harry 3

The muscle makes the “fun stuff” possible…


Sweat brings POWER!

power and sweat

…and don’t forget to drink plenty of water while your training!

gay water

By the way, if the combination of gay guys getting together, fitness, circus and a bit of adventure appeals, look no further: e-versions are available!

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



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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