Long-time member and University of Sydney employee Tom Maxwell sits down with Louise Lin to discuss the benefits of training at SUSF and his sessions with exercise physiologist Carmel DiMarco.
Why do you like coming to the gym here at Sydney Uni?
The gym has been here for as long as I’ve been here. I’ve been coming since 1998 (20 years!) so the gym is like my family. I remember some of the trainers back then like Hilary who are still here!
Can you tell us a bit about what you do for work at Fisher Library?
I’ve been at Fisher Library for about five months now. I started in February this year as an Administrative Assistant, and it’s been really good. I have two offices, and I got all 5s for my performance review.
Can you run us through your gym routine?
I come to the gym every Monday and Tuesday and do a mix of cardio and weights. The treadmill is my favourite piece of cardio equipment. I hate squats though, and Carmel makes me do a lot of them.
What do you love most about your training sessions with Carmel?
Every Monday, I get to come in and see the most pretty, sassy and vivacious Carmel. Carmel actually went to my primary school, so she’s a primary school friend to me. Her mother was also my Italian teacher in primary school.
Have you seen your fitness and strength improve since training with Carmel?
I’ve been training with Carmel for years. I have smashed my weight goals and my training goals, and I also keep a food diary.
How’s the food diary going?
It’s going really well. Carmel has been helping me with it. She keeps me accountable for my dietary intake, especially because I love carbs so much.
Carmel told us that you also go swimming…
I go swimming at SUSF every Thursday from 6 o’clock in the evening until 7. I do freestyle, breaststroke – all the strokes really.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I go to the movies, I drink coffee regularly, I travel a lot – I’m going to Italy this year. I also love making new friends – like Paulo who works in the gym (I call him the Ninja Warrior!) Oh, and I also love fish and chips.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your time at SUSF or about your training sessions with Carmel?
I have a secret about Carmel you may not know… she has a wild chocolate addiction!