Ten years ago I met Tom. My first year at the rugby club Sydney University. I can’t remember the initial meeting. No doubt it would have involved some form of banter from Tom probably regarding my weight or form on the field. No one was safe from a verbal barrage when he was around. Tom loves to tell it how it is.
Which is why ten years on with my rugby career taking a new direction as I headed overseas he was the first person I called when I needed to do some work on my conditioning.
Whilst playing with Tom at Sydney University we all followed his work ethic. He would smash himself during the week, training so hard, then perform on the weekend. In context, many players (successful ones too) would look after themselves during season, and do their main graft of work prior to the season, or in weeks off. Tom knew how to push himself then recover to perform.
If you ask him he’s not afraid to tell you about his successes. There have been plenty, capped 84 times for his state, multiple Shute Shield Premierships and more University Degrees than you can poke a stick at. He’s also not ashamed to talk about what he considers learnings. This honesty is what makes him such a great coach.
I worked with Tom for two months this year. Two or three sessions a week and he wrote all my programming. These were two of the most productive months training I’ve experienced. His ability to identify what every individual needs to take their chosen discipline to the next level is his biggest growth from those early University days. More is not necessarily better.
Whether you’re a corporate guru attempting to run a marathon in four hours or a 30 year old front rower needing to refine running mechanics and put some mass on, Tom knows what to do. However, it’s more than just knowledge, and this could be one of his greatest assets, he’s prepared to do it alongside his clients.
It’s not a question of what you want to achieve with your body but rather what kind of person you are. Tom is not the coach for everyone. He’s the coach for those who yearn for success like he does, those prepared to do whatever it takes to win. Look no further than the success of his clients.
I’ve worked with and known Tom for quite some time now. I’ve always enjoyed training with him and I felt he always got the best out of me in any of my sessions. If I’m going to speak candidly, most trainers on some level should be able to do this. Tom does it very well, however what sets Tom apart from other trainers is his experience and understanding of not only what it takes to be an elite athlete but how powerful the mind is. I see far too often trainers, who almost ignore mental health and focus on physical appearance and performance exclusively. His understanding, empathy, compassion, respect and dare I say genuine care that I’ve felt personally, and I’ve seen him pass on to others that I’ve trained is not something I see in elite sport or life in general anywhere near enough.
In my opinion Tom’s natural ability as a mentor, a friend far outweigh how hard he can make you train or his vast knowledge of preparation for performance. Saying that about someone who knows always every stat about any sport regarding rate of injury or anything of the like is a fairly large statement but one I stand by.
“Tom has consistently excelled in his sporting pursuits. He has a track record of exceptional academic achievements in the realm of high performance strategy, training, implementation and sustainability. I consider myself fortunate to have been involved with Tom in these roles first hand at a professional sportsman level with The University of Sydney and the Sydney Sixers Franchise.
Tom was truly outstanding as a dedicated, professional and motivated high-performance strength and conditioning coach at a critical time in my professional sporting career. Without his influence, I am doubtful I would have made such a successful return to professional cricket. He was able to recognise both the physical and psychological aspects that would guide me to renewed success in my sport, as well as incorporate his intricate knowledge of player recruitment and strategy facilitating my successful return to the elite sporting arena.
Tom’s willingness to go beyond his standard considerations and utilize his enormous skill set to drive me past my normal boundaries was crucial to my successful return to sport. His understanding of the physical requirements, psychological construct and behaviors required to achieve this were outstanding.
In addition to personal coaching, Tom has an incredible capacity to identify areas for improvement in the operation and performance of elite sporting personnel and beyond that to sporting organisations. He was able to profile a system to aid in my expectations both mentally and physically, seeking marginal gains so that as an individual I could deliver sustained results.”
“I have been lucky to have known Tom since 2015 both as a fellow professional coach and university colleague. Through these experiences I have come to know Tom as a highly intelligent and best practice athletic performance coordinator.
Tom utilises his impressive evidence-based understanding of sports science, elite sports coaching and performance methodologies to maximise individual and team sporting success. When these skills are integrated with his own personal experiences as an elite athlete, Tom has a unique capacity to optimise individual and organisational systems, processes and performance.
Tom’s has a unique and in-depth understanding of sports science and human movement – which he incorporates with his incredibly high standards, drive for accountability and human behavioural change. These distinctive skills when combined with his passion for helping people achieve, tireless drive for excellence is what sets him apart from the rest”.
“I have been lucky enough to work with Tom since 2014. Over the last four and a half years Tom has been involved in multiple aspects of my training including managing my strength and conditioning program, injury management and prevention, biomechanical and technical development as well as mentoring.
Tom is a versatile and experienced coach who was able to take me from an athlete struggling to achieve at a National level to winning my first National title, being named on two Australian representative teams (World University Games and IAAF World Athletics Championships) as well as being named on the team and winning a bronze medal at the IAAF World Relays Championships (Women’s 4x800m).
Tom has worked with me to develop my functional strength as a track athlete, to manage and prevent injury as well as helping me with goal setting, nutrition, performance and recovery techniques. Tom’s own experience as an elite athlete is an amazing resource that he is able to draw upon and use to educate, understand and motivate the athletes that he works with. Tom’s ability to connect with athletes and understand the requirements and demands that elite level sport places on individuals both physically and mentally is an extremely valuable asset to any individual athlete or team.”
“I have been working with my athletic performance trainer Tom Carter for the last 5 years focusing on improving my range of movement, strength and control allowing me to gain explosive power. As a result, I’m now able to hold a better position in key movements that I perform in the game more consistently when both fielding and bowling.
Not only have I physically improved, Tom has been an amazing support preparing me mentally. Giving me the confidence in my body that I am moving well with the power, speed and agility required to perform at the highest level in my industry.
I look forward to continuing my work with Tom on a regular basis and would highly recommend him and his services to anyone looking to move to the next level of their performance.”