As any health and fitness fanatic who follows her on Instagram will know, Shona Vertue is an Australian badass with a good ass.
The Instagram star is known for her ability to transform and strengthen any pair of glutes (even David Beckham is a fan) and has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers as a result.
With over ten years experience as as a personal trainer and yoga teacher, Shona knows her stuff. GLAMOUR called on the fitness expert, who is working with AXA PPP healthcare for National Fitness Day this month, to break down her key health and fitness mantras.
I grew up as a gymnast and had no idea my career would spring from there
My story began in a leotard on a sprung floor! I grew up as an elite gymnast, following that I went to a performing arts high school as a dancer and then moved on to yoga and weight training. After a short stint in the corporate world, I decided that my brain and body was better suited to a career in the health industry, so I became a yoga teacher and then moved into personal training (Fun fact: I qualified during this time as a massage therapist too but use it only to rehabilitate clients).
Social media has been indispensable for my career
Social media is a big part of my business but even more than that, it has been an amazing tool and platform for me to continue to share my passion for easy to integrate health practices.
What fitness means to me
The role “fitness” plays in my life changes and evolves depending on my age and lifestyle. When I was in high school, fitness was measured by my ability to dance and do gymnastics, these days it connects more to the idea of self-preservation. I want to be fit and strong for years to come so the meaning of fitness to me now is very much in accordance with my health. I firmly believe that if fitness comes at the cost of health, you're doing it wrong.
Here's three we can all do easily every day to enhance our wellbeing
1. Wake up and immediately mobilise the body with a short yoga or stretch sequence. This really helps to stimulate the brain. Try it and you'll see.
I do yoga twice a week and it's totally transformed my body and health
2. Hydrate before we caffeinate (I know that's not a legitimate verb, but it rhymes so it is easy to remember!)
3. Strengthen your glutes because if you don't use them, you'll lose them and the problem with having weak or underdeveloped glutes is that it eventually leads to back and knee problems further down the line.
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Why I've teamed up with AXA PPP healthcare to persuade businesses to push back the working day by an hour on National Fitness Day
It's such an awesome initiative! Prior to my career in health I had a stint in an office where I worked as an executive assistant, so I remember what it's like to spend 9 hours at a desk with access to what feels like an endless supply of sugar and caffeine. An hour off to exercise is brilliantly beneficial to the health and increases productivity of the body and mind, so you can get your day off to a flying start!
Functional movement is the next big wellness trend
Mobility and functional movement is becoming more 'trendy' - again. I'm noticing more and more people pay attention to self-preservation and functional fitness - which is great. Hopefully the 'boot-camp', smashing yourself, ’no pain no gain' mentality will die out in 2019 and mainstream fitness will focus towards exercise that doesn't come at the cost of health.
Shona Vertue has partnered with AXA PPP healthcare to launch their 2018 Flying Start campaign for National Fitness Day. For more information please visit