Luckily here at Virgin Pure, we have one of our own and his presence definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. Standing at 6’3″, with a body builder’s physique, Ross is the complete package.
Personal trainer, competitive bodybuilder, and founder of ukaesthetics and rossblackstar, when it comes to health and fitness, there’s nothing this guy can’t do. When he’s not training, his passion lies in understanding our bodies composition and what we can do to maximise our intake of fuel in order to perform at a top level.
He also happens to work here at Virgin Pure an integral part of our sales team, as Chief Hydration Officer.
1. You mentioned that the simplest things can sometimes be the most effective when it comes to upping your game/performance. How does water fit into this philosophy?
People wanting to improve their health and wellbeing tend to focus on supplements and quick fixes that may help. I will admit that I was once guilty of this myself. 80% of what will set you right is simply keeping yourself hydrated.
2. How much more water do you need to be drinking when you exercise than when you’re not?
You should be drinking at least 1-2 litres of water during physical activity and this is on top of the 3-4 litres I recommend we drink a day. Just because you’re not visibly sweating does not mean your body is not expending heat and moisture to cool itself. In terms of performance during physical activity… When you see those exaggerated figures on isotonic sports drinks, those numbers are all based on a dehydrated population, which we are! So add a teaspoon of salt to your water if you’re doing high intensity activity.
3. How much water do you specifically drink a day when you’re in training mode?
I am guilty of drinking a few coffees a day. I would way rather eat my carbs than drink them so I always avoid sugary drinks. Since I do drink coffee I will always up my water intake to around 5 litres because coffee is a diuretic.
4. What do you think is the biggest thing stopping people from drinking an adequate amount of water?
The biggest obstacle to people drinking more water is their perception that it’s too basic and too boring. It’s seen as so plentiful and simple that it’s heavily taken for granted. But think about it: how easy is it to get access to good quality water? I don’t feel like it’s as convenient as we assume.
We’ll be sitting down with Ross over the next couple of weeks to get to the bottom of our hydration needs when it comes to our physical wellbeing and performance.
To add to and join in the conversation at any time, just tweet to us using #askross at @VirginPure and we’ll be sure to include you in all discussions and twitter chats to come.
By Erin Potter