Gym@CDU Facilities

Besides a friendly smile and professional advice we provide​ 
  • ​- 500 sqm air-conditioned facilities
  • - New equipment
  • - Big functional movement area
  • - Seperate stretching area
  • - Free lockers, change rooms and showers
  • - Free parking and bike racks
  • - Disability access

Gym@CDU Team

The staff at The GYM@CDU are friendly, supportive and professionally qualified. We all share a passion for fitness and aim to help you achieve your goals. We strive to provide you with the highest level of customer service, one-on-one training as well as a selection of group fitness classes.​ ​
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Anke Pfannkuchen - Manager

Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Meet Anke

Wyatt Nguyen - Assistant Manager and Personal Trainer

Your genetic matters but your commitment and hard works will decide how far you can go.   Meet Wyatt.

Liviu Schera - Health Club Attendant and Personal Trainer

I'm a Romanian Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in love with physical activity since… forever. Meet Liviu.

Torsten Unnasch - Health Club Attendant 

My biggest goal at the age of 9 was to win a gold Medal in the Olympics. Meet Torsten.

Carolyn Schulz - Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

I love the privilege of being a part of someone's life, sharing their wins and witnessing their excitement as they progress. Meet Carolyn.

Tim Howarth - Health Club Attendant and Yoga Instructor

I love moving. Experimenting and exploring what the body currently has on offer. Meet Tim.

Paula Martin - Group Fitness Instructor

Exercise helps us feel better, it relieves stress and worries and helps with your daily life, particularly as we get older. Meet Paula.

Trinesh Adari - Health Club Attendant and Personal Trainer 

We are in an era where anything is possible. Meet Trinesh.

   


 

Anke Pfannkuchen ​- Centre Manager

Anke is the manager at The Gym@CDU. She ran her own business in Germany as a sport psychologist and puts her strength and conditioning coaching skills to use in Darwin's AFL teams.

A little about me…

I grew up in the former GDR (the Russian sector of Germany before the iron curtain fell). Not being able to purchase everything we're so used to today, like fast food, soft drinks, phones and computers turned me into a creative problem solver rather than a good consumer. I was hooked to sport from the age of 16 and since then it has been a huge part of my life. I couldn't think of anything that is more important to me, apart from my partner of course and my solid sense of humour.

You will often find me…

Out bush with my partner where nobody can find us.

My Favourite quote…

The one from the old Nike TV ad, Just do it.

What I love about fitness and health is…

"Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers." Nelson Mandela.

My approach to fitness…

I find it fascinating to understand how a body works, how to deconstruct a movement and how to progress most efficiently. Progressing people to their very own capacity is something I find extremely rewarding. It is really cool to see the moment when it clicks and people understand what they are doing and why.

My hidden talents…

I like playing the blues harp, I'd like to practice more and become better at it.

My specialty…

I try to see the whole picture wherever I am and whatever I'm doing. Understanding the world around me, rather than wandering around with a tunnel view has been a strong driving force throughout my entire life. And yes, I'm a workaholic nerd when it comes to learning new things.

Professional qualifications and achievements

Fitness related qualifications…

  • - Master Degree in Sport Psychology
  • - Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (current 2nd year student)
  • - Cert III and IV in Fitness
  • - Cert IV in Training and Assessment
  • - Level 1 strength and conditioning coach
  • - Level 1 sports trainer
  • - Level 1 swimming and water safety instructor


 Professional memberships...

  • - APS Australian Psychological Society (member)
  • - ESSA Exercise and Sport Science Australia (associate meber)
  • - ASCA Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (member)
  • - SMA Sport Medicine Australia (member)


 Sports related achievements…

  • - 13 years modern sports karate, kickboxing and boxing (state squad)
  • - 5 years rock climbing and mountaineering in Europe, North and South America
  • - 3 expeditions canoeing in Peru's Amazon region for 3 months each

Wyatt Nguyen - Assistant Manager and Personal Trainer

Wyatt is the newest member of our team who is also a lifeguard.

A little about me…

I was born in Vietnam and grew up in Darwin. After my short year studying Industrial Design in Melbourne, I came back to Darwin in 2014 where I completed my Certificate 3 and 4 In Fitness.

You will often find me…

In the gym or the pool.

My Favourite quote…

"It's what you do in the dark that puts you in the light"

What I love about fitness and health is…

Fitness is such an important factor for a healthy lifestyle. It also brings people together, regardless of your race or gender. But most importantly, it defines human's limitation. Before the Michael Phelps phenomenon, who would have thought one could earn 23 Olympic Gold Medals. That is what I love most about fitness. Your genetic matters but your commitment and hard works will decide how far you can go.

My approach to fitness…

"Do what you can with what you have with where you are right now".

My hidden talents…

It's so well hidden even I don't know what it is.

My specialty…

I still consider myself a newbie in the Fitness Industry so I don't have a specialty yet. Right now, my study focuses mostly on 1 on 1 training, using compound movements as the core exercises for fat loss and muscle gain.


 

Liviu Schera - Health Club Attendant and Personal Trainer

Liviu is the powerhouse of The Gym@CDU. If you've ever seen him run a class you'll understand! His passion for fitness is very motivating and inspiring to many of our members.

A little about me…

I'm a Romanian group fitness instructor and personal trainer in love with physical activity since… forever. I came to Darwin at the beginning of February 2016 in the middle of the build-up and it was quite an experience to adjust to it.

You will often find me…

In a gym practicing new exercises, preparing for my classes, having a chat with… you, maybe?

My Favourite quote…

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right." ― Henry Ford

What I love about fitness and health is…

I love how starting to exercise regularly can transform a person both physically, but especially, mentally in a positive way and I am very happy when I can be a part of it.

My approach to fitness…

I believe in pushing your own limits. Safely. It doesn't matter that much WHAT are you doing, but HOW. That means that the technique is the key.

My hidden talents…
I am a geek. I love computers, gadgets and programming. I can even create simple web pages.

My specialty…
I believe that bodyweight exercises are the most effective and fun way to exercise, to maintain, lose or gain weight. But I also like to use core weight lifting exercises, battle ropes, kettlebell, TRX suspension training and the bosu ball in my own workouts and with my clients.
Professional Qualifications and Achievements

Professional qualifications

  • - Certificate III and IV in Fitness
  • - Certified Pilates instructor
  • - Certified Metafit® HIIT Training instructor
  • - Certified TRX® Suspension Training® instructor
  • - Professional workshop STRETCH AND STRENGTH CONCEPTS: PNF
  • - Certified Les Mills instructor in Grit series, Body Pump and CX Works


 

Torsten Unnasch - Health Club Assistant

Torsten brings a wealth of knowledge from the world of high performance and outdoor sports.

A little about me…

I was born in the former German Democratic Republic. At the age of nine I became seriously hooked to Fencing. My biggest goal was to become a member of the National Squad and win a gold Medal in the Olympics. So I worked hard for years before I passed the entrance test on the most prestigious sports boarding school. I trained there for years on a professional level up to 30 hrs per week – unfortunately without ever winning an Olympic gold medal.

Later on I gave up Fencing in favour of Karate, which I trained to a black belt level. Even though I fought internationally, there was still no Olympic gold in it for me.  Therefore I started studying and gained a Master degree in Sport Science.  So I went step by step from being an active athlete to a becoming a coach, passing on my knowledge and experience to my own students for over 15 years.

You will often find me…

I'm a bow hunter and I really like to be out for in the remotes parts of the NT. To stalk in the dawn somewhere in the middle of nowhere its more than "just" to chase a wild animal. There are so many things to see and to feel! Set up a hammock camp in the late afternoon, light up a campfire and keep going the next day. No people arround, no mobile reception … for me it's the most exciting way to really enjoy the remoteness the NT has to offer. That's what keeps me here.

My favourite quote…

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."  Wayne Gretzky

What I love about fitness…

The feel good sensation you get after a hard training session, you're just at ease with the world and yourself.

My approach to fitness…

Fitness is THE essential stepping stone for any sports, regardless of which one you play.

My hidden talents…

Back at home I love playing my old guitar.

My specialty…

My very own sense of humor

Professional qualifications and achievements

Fitness related qualifications and skills

  • - Master Sport science (specializing in sport psychology + strength and conditioning)
  • - Coaching licences F, C + B (High performance national level)
  • - Cert IV Training + Assessment

 

Sports related achievements

  • - 8 years fencing as high performance sport
  • - 20 years modern sport karate (black belt)
  • - 2 Solo-canoe-expeditions in Bolivia's Amazon region and 4 expedition's canoeing in Peru's Amazon region


 

Carolyn Schulz - Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

Carolyn has been working for CDU for over 13 years, what a trooper! She is a qualified group fitness instructor and personal trainer with years of dedication and experience up her sleeve.

A little about me…

I am 48 years old and have three daughters. I've worked at the CDU gym for about 13 years, making me the longest serving staff member. My husband and I run a local business, NTRS (NT Recycling Solutions), I work as the Business Development Manager.

In 2008 I won the Masters category in a Natural Body Building competition in memory of my sister who died from melanoma. Through this competition I promoted Sun Smart with the assistance of the NT Cancer Council.

In 2012 I won the Northern Territory Australian Training Award for my Cert IV in Personal Training.

You will often find me…

Trying to balance life between my role as a fitness instructor, business woman, wife and mother, all which I love and am grateful for.

My Favourite quote…

"Tell' em there dreamin'" from the movie The Castle.

What I love about fitness and health is…

I love the privilege of being a part of someone's life, sharing their wins and witnessing their excitement as they progress. My other favourite thing is all the crazy faces participants pull when they are struggling to get through a track during a class, I love it!

My approach to fitness…

When it comes to working towards being fitter and healthier I truly believe anyone can do it, it is not a measure of someone's wealth, education, social stature or cultural background, but more of their determination and will. Some people are genetically advantaged physically, but body size, weight and bulging muscles is not the only measure of success. When you have adapted a healthy active lifestyle, as an individual you should gain more energy, strength, agility, experience less stress, sickness and achieve a sense of pride and wellbeing. All of this helps people to deal with everyday life. I see my role as to customise and motivate in a realistic and positive way.

My hidden talents…

Pretending to do up my shoe lace or check my music during a class when I am tired, trust me I know all the tricks.

My specialty…

Weights resistance strength training, especially for women. A holistic approach to strengthening not just the physical body but also our minds and emotions. Often our harshest critic is the conversations we have on our own heads


 

Tim Howarth - Health Club Attendant and Yoga Instructor

Tim is our Yoga-calm charmer with a public health background. He'll leave no question unanswered - just try him!

A little about me…

I grew up in Adelaide and moved to Darwin for university after finishing school at 17. I was driven to expand my boundaries and after many adventures including homelessness, a 40 day cake diet, studying American Superheroes in Germany, dumpster diving in the snow in Turku, giving free hugs in Helsinki and many more I finally graduated with a Applied Science degree in 2014. All the way throughout I was fascinated with sport and movement, being involved in Football, Athletics, Rugby Union, Hockey, Judo, Jui-Jitsu and swimming in Adelaide, and after leaving Adelaide more social football, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, fencing, and even spending a month in a traditional Shaolin Kung Fu school in Qufu, China.

In 2015 I finally settled on Yoga as my daily movement of choice and haven't looked back

You will often find me…

Studying and researching, or merely staring into the middle distance alternating between thinking deep thoughts and simply existing. Or playing with my cats.

My favourite quote…     

"Find the funny folks." Stephen K. Amos

What I love about fitness and health is…  

I love just moving. Experimenting and exploring what the body currently has on offer.

My approach to fitness…   

Fitness and movement are wonderful things. Take the time to experiment with movement and go deeper into your body to take joy in discovering what you can do.

My hidden talents…    

Inverted Thai massage – Acro Yoga style ;)

My specialty… 

Incorporating breath and movement, mental and physical to have synergistic and holistic movement.

Fitness related qualifications…

  • - Yoga and Integrated Medicine Institute 200hr teacher training
  • - Zen Thai Shiatsu facilitator 150hr Teacher training
  • - AcroYoga 150hr Teacher training
  • - Shaolin Kung Fu certificate
  • - Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (current 3rd year student)
  • - Graduate Diploma of Health Research
  • - Master of Public Health

               
Sports related achievements…

    There has been too many to mention, but most recent is:
  • - 3D Fitness: Pole Dancing Intermediate 1


 

Paula Martin - Group Fitness Instructor

Paula has been with our gym for over 12 years. She started group fitness classes and still runs classes every week like a clockwork.

               
A little about me...

I moved to Australia in 1982 and started work as a nurse  in 1989. I realised that what I really wanted to do was help keep people healthy rather than nursing them when they got sick, so I started working as a freestyle fitness instructor and Aquarobics instructor and have been working in fitness ever since.

I've lived in Palmerston for 33 years and worked in many different gyms around Darwin and Palmerston. I've taught Aquarobics at many public pools in the Top End and even the odd hotel pool over the years. I have three wonderful children, my youngest is now 15 years old.



You will often find me...

During the dry season, out bush walking and camping with my partner Allan or other family and friends in the wonderful NT Outback. Going a bit silly in the Wet season and eating lots of mangos, going to the cinema, playing Candy Crush and having a great Christmas, my favourite time of year.



My Favourite quote...

"Illegitimi non carborundum" google it!

What I love about fitness and health is...

The social aspect of the classes, meeting new friends and old. Exercise helps you feel better and cope better as it relieves stress and worries and helps you with your daily life activities and chores, particularly as we get older.

My approach to fitness...

First and foremost fitness should be fun, otherwise why would you continue taking part in something you don't like doing? I also think you are never too old to start a fitness routine, whether it be gym classes, walking, using the gym machines, swimming, cycling or any other type of fitness exercise.


First and foremost
I can tell a good joke or story. I love organising social events, including display teams and parties.

My specialty...

There's a lot of different classes I instruct,  from choreography styled classes to new body with hand weights, circuit classes, power bar, TBT, chair aerobics, to name a few.

Fitness related qualifications...

  • - Certificate lll in Fitness
  • - Registered level 2 gym instructor and Group Exercise Instructor
  • - Aquarobics (Queen) Instructor

Sports related achievements...

Was never a sporty person in my early years but discovered running after the age of 50. Sadly not able to run seriously anymore due to health issues, but ran the City to Surf five times and The Bridge to Brisbane once, what a buzz!


 

Trinesh Adari - Health Club Attendant and Personal Trainer

Trinesh started his fitness career in 2016 at our gym. With his bight smile and caring character he won staff and members' hearts in no time.

 

A little about me...

It gives me a great satisfaction to learn new things and that's not just fitness related but from anything and everything. One of the best ability of me is that I can adapt to new environments, places and physical demands quickly. I believe that's the best thing about being a human being, we can all adapt to things (some slowly but surely). We live in an era where anything is possible. Resources are at your fingertips, all you have to do is make a choice.

My approach to fitness...

1. I am learning that all you have to do is move, move and move in all different directions and patterns
2. BREATHE
3. Drink water and eat real food

My favourite quote...

One day, your heart will stop beating, and none of your fears will matter. What will matter is how you lived. - Henri Junttila

My hidden talents...

I can finish 1 whole pack of Original potato chips in one setting?

Fitness related qualifications...

  • - Cert III and IV in Fitness
    - So many things to learn still...