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
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