Shona Vertue’s 30-minute body blast

Stronger, fit­ter and more flex­i­ble in just half an hour? Yes, please. Su­per­trainer Shona Vertue has cre­ated this high-im­pact work­out that prom­ises quick re­sults

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Keen on be­ing strong and lean? Try the su­per­trainer’s ex­clu­sive work­out

There’s an emoji Shona Vertue of­ten uses on Instagram that sums up her train­ing: the peach. It means, of course, the bot­tom. Be­cause, as Vertue says, a strong body starts right there. “If you spend a lot of time sit­ting down, this cru­cial mus­cle, the glu­teus max­imus, dis­ap­pears. So you use other mus­cles to com­pen­sate, like your quads and hip flex­ors. My Vertue Method work­out will give you a perky butt that looks good but, even more im­por­tantly, will pro­tect your lower back and knees from pain and in­jury.”

Vertue’s goal this Jan­uary then, is to build your body from the bot­tom up. Trained as a yoga teacher and per­sonal trainer, her work­outs are a hy­brid of the two, in­clud­ing breath­ing, dy­namic yoga, strength train­ing and re­lax­ation. You’ll get sweaty do­ing it, she says, but you’ll also get serene. “The idea is, you fo­cus and get over your day, then go balls to wall, then bring the ner­vous sys­tem down again to boost re­cov­ery.”

In per­son, Vertue is a whirl­wind of dark curls with, need­less to say, the most per­fect round bot­tom. A child gym­nast who went to performing arts school in Sydney, she dis­cov­ered yoga to keep her body and mind “steady and com­fort­able” while work­ing as an ac­tor and dancer.

Af­ter train­ing, she de­cided to move to Lon­don three years ago, where she no­ticed her new clients were even more time-poor than Sydney-siders, plus they lacked the bikini mo­ti­va­tion of sunny climes as well as the op­por­tu­nity to get out­doors, and so the Vertue Method was born.

Vertue is known for her big smile in tricky yoga poses, her love of weights and her pos­i­tive ap­proach to food as nour­ish­ment (ex­am­ple:

“If a bagel-choco-dough­nut is go­ing to nour­ish your soul, just eat it.”).

Al­though she doesn’t have a reg­u­lar class, her guest teach­ing spots sell out as soon as she men­tions them to her 53k Instagram fol­low­ers. Which is why we’re de­lighted she’s cre­ated this ex­clu­sive, all-in­clu­sive work­out for the Red Re­boot.

The Vertue Method prom­ises a strong body and mind – beach not re­quired

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