‘On The Mats, Lads’


In our gymnastics classes, ‘On the mats, lads!’ usually means a bit of conditioning – like these two doing the ‘plank hold’. But in our mainly gay private gym, it frequently means wrestling, something most gay guys want to do and which many of the fitter ones make sure they do do! Occasionally (but not in our facilities), it can mean a ring, too…


…what a wonderful open-air facility they have there – perfect for a bit of punishment!

In our gyms, ring means something entirely different…

iron cross

…quite! We do employ bits of apparatus for conditioning, of course…


…but let’s just go with the mats, for now…


That looks like a garage conversion!


Out comes the oil:


And sometimes the clothes come right off…


…well, in our gay setting they do, anyway! But it’s really about skin on skin, muscle against muscle…



Some of us enjoy use of the feet…


…’foot-fighting’ can be fun. Then a little after-wrestle massage?


Actually, Indian wrestlers seem to prefer a pit of sand to a mat for the actual contest!

A mat is a good place to pose for a selfie, I suppose…

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…and to indulge in some strange test of strength…

mat duel

Time for a bit of contortion?



Take your mat on a voyage?

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And some ‘crunches’ to finish off that conditioning…


OK. Enough of a workout on the mats for today? Relax now, and curl up with a good book: clicking on the covers would do no harm…

The first part...

The second part...Cover 3 Thumb


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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