The only glute activation exercises you’ll need to help tone your booty this summer.
Bubbly, petite, goddess-like and seriously bendy: These were my first initial thoughts of celebrity personal trainer (who works with the iconic British footballer) and yoga teacher, Shona Vertue, as I settled in for her fitness class c/o Winners at Union Yoga and Wellness. Not only does the Australian-born yogi rock a fabulous coiled set of locks, but the passion she has for creating and living a healthy lifestyle seeps from every inch of her very being.
As for what’s shaped her healthy lifestyle?
That would be her method — the Vertue Method to be exact. This method is an approach to wellness that she lives by daily, which is divided into three pillars: lift, lengthen and nourish. “You’re either lifting body weight or weights to develop strength, lengthening through stretching and yoga, and nourishing the body and mind through food (such as her energizing green smoothie recipe) and meditation,” says Vertue.
When I sat down with her for a little one-on-one after class, she shared her three favourite glute activation exercises, which she stresses as being the best series to do before any exercise class. But what she loves most about them? They require no equipment and are perfect for executing in the comfort of your own home.
Read on to learn a step-by-step guide for this butt-busting series from her health and fitness book, The Vertue Method (which will be available at Winners in early June), as well as her top tips to ensure that you’ll activate your glutes properly. Every. Damn. Time.