Lose weight, get fit, muscle up, or get better at your sport. Whatever your goal is, we want to make sure you’ve got everything you need to get there.
That’s where sports-scientist, Prof Ross Tucker, comes in. We’re excited to have him on board to share his expert training tips, advice, and programmes with you. Whether you’re a newbie wanting to get, and stay, on track, or a pro looking for better results, in the club and on the sports field, Prof Tucker can help you.
Fitness for everyone
Thinking of upping your game and entering a competition? Already training for one, like the Comrades Marathon, Cape Town Cycle Tour, or a triathlon? Prof Tucker’s expertise can help you every step of the way.
Not training for anything specific? That’s cool too. Because although Prof Tucker is a specialist in high performance sports, he can help you no matter what your goal is. Run around with the kids. Fit into your favourite pair of jeans. Just feel good. Prof Tucker’s knowledge can get you there.
Sports science in a nutshell
So, what is sports science exactly? Don’t worry. It’s less complicated than it sounds. We’ll let Prof Tucker explain.
“Why do we need to exercise? Who needs to exercise? What excercise should be done? How much of it should be done? These are all questions that owe part of their answers to the emergence of knowledge in the last two decades. If adopting a scientific approach to exercise, which to me means understanding the why, and then being logical, systematic and progressive about it helps people, then that’s the valuable contribution that science makes to the health of members. A big part of this is filtering out the truth from the myth, and helping people avoid the obvious errors in training.”
Sports science made simple
No jargon. No complicated explanations. Virgin Active is about keeping things simple and accessible to help you stay fit and healthy. And Prof Tucker is too.
“I am looking forward to communicating this aspect of sports science to Virgin Active members in a way that is relevant, easy to understand and even entertaining.”
“I’m lucky in the sense that I’m exposed, through my work and training, to a whole range of ideas and concepts, and I can try to translate and explain these to members, so that they can go straight to the solution that works.”
Fitness isn’t one-size-fits-all
Remember: Always experiment. Try new things. Find what works for you. Find what you enjoy. That way, you’re more likely to stick with it and see results.
“I would want to encourage everyone to learn from their own experiences, obviously. Find what works for them, what doesn’t. But imagine if we could learn from the mistakes, successes and failures of other people! How much better would that be? Our progress would be massively accelerated. And that’s what science is, and that’s what my role is. I want to provide the shortcut to logical, sensible and effective advice to help people train with the best results, and lowest the risk for Virgin Active members.”
We can’t wait for you to up your game and see the results with the help of Prof Tucker.
Why Dr Tucker is our new fitness pro:
– Professor of Exercise Physiology, University of the Free State
– High-performance sports consultant/coach
– Scientific & research consultant to World Rugby (IRB)
– Scientific consultant to adidas SA & Virgin Active SA
– National Research Foundation Rated scientist
– Creator of The Science of Sport website
– Author of articles in New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The Times (SA), RunnersWorld (SA), and best-selling running book, The Runner’s Body
– Named on the list of Top 200 Influential Young South Africans, Mail & Guardian 2013
– Named among Top 100 Influential South Africans in Sport, Minister of Sport, 2014