Meet Tom, one your new Athliv trainers.
If you follow surfing then you will likely recognise Tom. Rated #7 ‘Greatest Surfers of All Time’ by Surfer Magazine Tom has won numerous world champion titles. He was inducted in to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame 1992.
Here’s a little about Tom in his own words….
What’s the highest point of your athletic career?
Winning world titles was big – winning world titles wasn’t my first motivation when I started to surf, but the goal became more and more pronounced over time.
What’s the lowest point of your athletic career?
Losing the chance at a third world. The last event of year in 1988, at the back end of the of the year long ASP tour, I was two heats away from the world title but got knocked out on a ‘technical interference’ ruling. That was pretty heavy. 6 hours later the ASP met to discuss the rule. As it turned out, competition rulings evolved off the back of this call. As it does in nature, irrelevancies are discarded, but sadly I took the fall this time (kicking and screaming).
One of my favourites is a quote from Martin Luther King “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”. I love the way it goes straight to the point.
No specific favourite, I like all food. Food well prepared with love is eaten best slowly.
Anything to do with the ocean, at the moment I’m loving my swimming.
What motivates you to train?
There’s a bunch of different things: to maintain a level of engagement with surfing keeps me fired up to explore myself and the world still – surfing has so much to offer. I believe in training regularly and sensibly, and longevity is at the forefront of my mind.
What exercise and fitness myth winds you up?
I feel the idea of exercising to lose weight is a great myth – there is so much more to it than just weight gain and loss.
If you knew then what you know now, what would you change?
What’s your advice to someone wanting to reach their own peak fitness?
Nothing comes instantly, rewards only come with work. Share your experiences with others, a solo journey has a limited life.
Ready to train with Tom? Then look out for the Peak workouts.