Ross Edgley is an athlete adventurer, chief sports scientist at THE PROTEIN WORKS™ and considered one of the world’s most travelled fitness experts. He specialises in pushing the boundaries of human physical potential and exploring uncharted territory in the world of sports science, fitness and nutrition. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and sign up to his free newsletter for training and diet tips.
Best known for his extreme fitness challenges, Ross Edgley is an athlete adventurer (very new to veganism) who dedicates his life to pushing the boundaries of the human body. Whether it’s running a marathon (26.2 miles) pulling a 1.4 tonne car, running 1,000 miles barefoot for animal charities or climbing a 20m rope (repeatedly) until he climbed the height of Everest (8,848m) he wants to show the human body is far more powerful than we are often led to believe.
But as well as changing people’s perceptions of fitness, he also wants to change people’s perception of food too. Talking to GQ Magazine at the Men of the Year Awards he famously said he, “Competes vegan.” Forgoing meat and diary for, “Powerful, plant-based, nutrient-dense, carb-rich foods” and even used his company’s state-of-the-art facility to create a collection of vegan nut butters and vegan protein for all vegan athletes after his events.
Did it help? Ross says, “Absolutely! More people need to understand competing vegan is a powerful nutritional weapon to have in your dietary arsenal. Why wouldn’t you want carbohydrates and fats that are densely packed with plant-based vitamins? That’s an awesome source of fuel and one Mother Nature intended for us to use.”
In his GQ column he then quotes research published by Nutrition Focus New Zealand Limited that states, “The number of gruelling events that challenge the limits of human endurance is increasing. Such events are also challenging the limits of current dietary recommendations” and says, “In my own small way i hope i am challenging “current dietary recommendations with a vegan inspired approach to competing.”
Ross recently completed the world’s first tree-athlon. An Olympic Distance Triathlon (swim 1.5km, bike 40km and run 10km) carrying 100-pound tree for vegan and animal charities. He used Veganuary as his online resource to make sure the entire event was fueled solely on plant-based foods. All to explore the possibilities of a performance-based vegan diet and challenge people’s perceptions of vegan athletes.
He also plans to take what he’s learnt from his challenges into 2017 and beyond too. All under the guidance of the Veganuary family who he says, “Has adopted him like a strange, sporting brother”.