‘True Grit’ – Putting in the Effort!

Today’s Gallery Theme: Determination!

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This young gymnast’s face says it all. ‘I want to be the best and I’m not short-changing myself on these ab crunches!’ This little guy on the bar seems set on the same road to success:

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That’s the sort of determination we like to see in the next generation – and it’s the sort of response we are getting from our own group of three 9yo trainees as well. Good for them. Here’s two generations in action together:

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Since Dave and I, with Zach and Pete, resolved that we would support the circus tour (and our own kids!) during the school summer vacation, we’ve been putting in the hours trying to build back a credible acrobatic show. Over six months have passed since the last one, and it is surprising how quickly your performance and abilities deteriorate. Of course, we have done our weight training and general fitness, but when you have other calls on your time (like work!) it is difficult to keep up the training that a professional acrobatic performer needs to do. Anyway, we’ll get there. Eventually! Just lots of ‘true grit needed… and that includes enhancing the stretching and weights routines as well…

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…weights obviously including resistance machines. We don’t need the intensity of the bodybuilder, of course…

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…or we wouldn’t have any flexibility left to perform anything! I hope that he doesn’t break his teeth.

Other calls on our time include helping Cody out this weekend with his visiting fetishists. Really, we have better things to do with our time, but old habits die hard I guess. ‘Nuff said about that, I think.

Determination, then:

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Here’s ‘David’ (an Oriental one, not my partner!), smiling through the pain – look at the intensity of the muscle pull in his shoulders and pecs:

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More shoulders under stress:

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Yes, bar work always pays dividends! Especially the levers and planches.

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The first part...Cover 3 ThumbThe second part...Tales of our training – when we were in our ‘prime’! – can be found here, also covering our discovery of gay love, touring and assorted misadventures.  e-versions also available.

A few more images of guys putting in the effort, to finish for today:

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My final choice today is a very strange training position… I guess he goes into wide handstand and then does reverse leg lifts. Whatever it is, it is a great combination of muscle usage, and obviously works!

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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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