Leo the Lion

Celebrating teen toughness!

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When the going gets tough… the tough get going. Happily the attitude of my son Leo and his mates. Newly admitted to evening sessions at the private gym, the owner (Chad) was quick to set up a challenge for him – the ‘battle of the Lions’ (well, sort of). My son wrestling Leon, a veteran of more than 20 years as a wrestler and currently a coach. Leon, along with his partner Dane, come down from KY once in a while and are part of our ‘safe’ circle of gay friends. They’re making a short pre-Christmas vacation and staying with us.

Chad required that the wrestlers had a sponsor who would accept the loser’s penalty, since Leo is not at the tender age of nearly 14 supposed to enter into such arrangements! That, understandably, was me, with Dane ‘supporting’ Leon.

We all expected a quick defeat for the boy, given the huge mis-match, but Leon was lenient for a while before realising that the boy was giving everything he had and that a submission was not going to be quite that easy! In fact, Leo squirmed his way out of everything for more than ten minutes until, finally, he had to cave in. Which meant that I got the ‘punishment’ from Dane, who then volunteered himself for the same, as is our tradition. Leather strap… And then Leo demanded to get it in his own right. I agreed, since I know he can take it…


The sight of Leo and Leon, arms around each other and swimming in each other’s sweat, summed up for me what makes our boy – and, indeed, us – tick. Fitness rules in our household, unites you with friends of like mind, and of course keeps you healthy – ‘fighting fit’ in fact. And well equipped for other interests like acrobatics…


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After all of that, we were treated to a really good massage, Leo by Leon and me by Dane, which led to further offers and suggestions for gay diversions, taken up only when the younger ones had been sent home!


The first part...The second part...Cover 3 ThumbWe joined this private gym as juniors over 15 years ago, alongside training in our private cabin. These adventures, plus the finding of gay love, acquiring a son (me) and daughter (my partner Dave), doing circus tours and getting into mischief and trouble, are all documented here in these three volumes, available as paperbacks or e-books. The perfect gift for yourself for Christmas, if you enjoy this blog!

And now, in the spirit of advancing fitness…

black doors

canadian abs



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And finally for today – why not try a one-arm balance in the weight room – just to prove you can?


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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