Stretching a Point

Athletes demonstrate their flexibility in various ways.

Love the way the trunks match the piano!

Wow! Combine handstand push-ups with the splits! Give that one a try!

By the way, wrestlers frequently get stretched. I’ve added 20 new pictures today to WRESTLING GALLERY #1.

Now back to our other flexible friends:

And finally, doing it with a friend…

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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3 Responses to Stretching a Point

  1. Brian Davidson says:

    Wow! A really nice set of pictures. How is #7 possible?

  2. Brian Davidson says:

    Oops. I posted before I had finished… I particularly like #12 and #13.

    What advice would you give a forty*cough*cough*-year-old to improve flexibility?

    • tonycavanagh says:

      First, as a rapidly-approaching-40yo – I don’t have that flexibility either. it comes from starting at a very early age, and keeping practice up. The best thing to start with is front splits (one leg forward, one leg back) – stretch the front leg out straight – that is more important than getting low – try to keep the back leg and foot in line with the front one. Support yourself either side with a hand on the floor and just stay there… let gravity do the work. Accept a little discomfort but stay with it as long as you can. Loosen up with some lunges before you start, and remember to do both sides equally. shake yourself out afterwards. Slowly but surely, you’ll get lower. We say to the young gymnasts – when you watch TV, don’t slouch on the couch – sit in splits. It’s the time spent doing it that matters… good luck!

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