I’ve commented many times that when guys get together to enjoy their sports training, they encourage each other to put in the effort and the results soon show. Look at that lot, somewhere in Russia. Not a phone in sight, but a groups of friends who have clearly been doing their street workout every day with very predictable results.
There are other benefits too. I commented recently that we had got the parents of our regular early morning trainees to come and see what they get up to at first light in our training cabin. Initially this was to satisfy one boy’s mum that he was neither ‘getting up to stuff’ nor unwelcome here. One boy’s parents didn’t show up – Errol, one of the two recent Af-Am ‘acquisitions’ to my son Leo’s expansive group of fitness-freak friends. Turns out that the other newbie’s mum was worried about her son (Theo) associating with Errol, who apparently has ‘form’. Trouble with the police for fighting in public, minor thieving and so forth and, apparently, the kind of parents who just don’t give a damn. Apparently we’re in real good books, having given Errol something else to think about instead of causing trouble, and now all he wants to do is lift weights with his new friends. So we seem to have accidently done some good we didn’t even know about, and Theo’s mum feels more secure about letting her son hang out with Errol. Gosh, boy stuff can be complicated!
So it’s three cheers for ‘weights mates’ everywhere, as these two high-school wrestlers are happy to show us:
A second spin-off from our recent morning adventure is that we’ve decided to bring together this group and our other group of four 10yo weights/acrobatic trainees for a couple of shared sessions, just for fubn to see what inspirations might arise. The younger ones already know Leo and Chris anyway, and Jaymee too, because they have helped with their training sessions. The parents of the younger ones are already involved in most sessions, so we don’t need to go through that again – and I don’t think there are any racist issues to be overcome (sigh!). should be fun.
The younger ones are becoming really flexible and could inspire the older ones who are packing on muscle and losing their flexibility as a result…
There can be a bit of pain involved in getting a really good ‘split’ – but with a bit of help from your friends…
…the pain is worth it – and you can switch around and return the favour.
You can go solo, too, with a bit of rubber or elastic:
And get a great result:
Any kind of working out together is fun, of course – even just adding a bit of extra weight for a pressup:
…and being there to ‘spot’ the weight when the performer starts to flag…
…while trying out those new balance positions, a partner is of course essential!
If all of this kind of stuff interests you, and you don’t mind a bit of added ‘gayness’, then here is the place to go:
I can promise some adventure mixed in with the sporty/circus narrative too.
The remaining pictures in today’s post continue with that fitness/training theme.
…and a ‘determined’ group of lifters for a finale:
The final spin-off? If any of this inspires you to ‘have a go’ and get fit… STOI!