Delivering A Product

bad tat nice boy

I am unable to defend the tattoos on this lad, but I commend the specimen. Balanced muscle, sporty, not over-developed. I wonder what his mum thinks about his choice of wording… However:

The process of coaching (anything) is often referred to as ‘delivering’. To be a gym coach you have to be clearly seen to be ‘delivering’ coaching and, periodically, you might get assessed by the governing body to ensure that you haven’t strayed away from the methods that you were trained and examined in to get your qualification.

In my case, it is gymnastics (artistic and acrobatic), plus general fitness training:

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I have written here from time to time about two 10yo twin boys and their friend Alvin who we have been nurturing, at their dads’ request, to improve their fitness (as appropriate to their age, of course) and to teach them some fun acrobatic stuff. Greatly enjoyable, and our youngsters Leo and Jaymee enjoy helping out (and getting their share of the fees!). It started in the twins’ basement, with some trips out to our training cabin.

This is in danger of expanding into an industry. The three of them have been so vocal in telling their friends what fun it all is, being trained by “real acrobats” , and showing off how fit they are in their school Phys Ed sessions, that the group is now trying to expand to six of them. This means we have outgrown the original basement – and pretty much our own training cabin as well, especially if any other of the guys are in there doing their weights when we have these kids in. Pre-teen fitness seems to be becoming a product and, at this rate, we’re going to need premises!

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(Yes, credit to Patje for that one, as the Bambi indicates: today’s gallery are mainly slightly younger guys than I usually post, in line with the theme here – pre- and early teens)

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I didn’t really want to start a business with this – it was just a favor (oops, dropping into American spellings again which, as a Brit I hate, but I’ll let it go) to two delightful twins! Now I’m not sure what to do, since I don’t want to offend any of them by saying ‘no’, especially when the twins and Alvin are clearly enjoying us putting the pressure on them just as much as we do. And, of course, we can’t start running a new business when we’re occupied so much at the gymnastics center (no, that’s not suitable). I suppose one option is Man.Power 2, the separated-off bit of Ron’s private gym which has some weight and machines in it and is hired out to carefully selected outside groups. We’ll have to see. I hadn’t really thought of kid’s fitness as a ‘product’ before…

start them young

Sure, its a bit different from my previous ‘products’…

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

Marketing those hasn’t been overly successful, though – need to do better with all the products I guess, if I’m ever going to get rich!

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up a tree in undies

young and slim

young trainer

OK, I know that previous one is a bit of an internet classic, but he’s cute. And finally:

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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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