As this week our lives are dominated by wall-to-wall gymnastics coaching, I dedicate this post to Gymnasts.

  1. Training for pommel horse:


2. Strength training on the pommel horse:

abs_gimnastica artistica

3. The results…


4. Standing tall on the parallel bars:

bar stand

5. Trampoline-assisted ring training:


6. Some action now: standing back somersault with good leg shape:

back sommie straight legs

7. Preparing for the high bar:

high bar prep

8. Rings in action:


9. …and again:


10. Russian lever – a floor move done here in pleasant surroundings!

lever rock 2

11. Good elevation on the pommel:

pommel high

12. Outdoor parallel bars – an unconventional approach:


13. …and a conventional approach!


14. Russian boys combine parallel bar and planche/handstand skills:


15. Ready for the high bar (sorry, this is a rather grainy picture);


16. Combined training (stretching, bridging, handstand):


17. Ring straddle hold:


18. The one-hand stand:


19. What’s missing here is the VAULT – I don’t seem to find any good pix of that tonight – so we’ll settle for one more on the pommel:


We just love this sport, especially the acrobatic side which isn’t really featured today. To know more about us and our likes and dislikes (Spoiler alert: we’re gay…) click on this and follow the trail…

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All good things must come to an end – at least for now. I leave you with one final action gif:

20. Chillin’ on the Trampoline:




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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