David Beckham’s yoga teacher reckons your HIIT routine is bad for you

By on August 14, 2017


David Beckham’s yoga teacher reckons your HIIT routine is bad for you

David Beckham’s yoga teacher reckons your HIIT routine is bad for you

Melissa Shedden bodyandsoul.com.au

Turns out, your all-out-workout has a serious downside.  

Pictures: Instagram@shona_vertue

You’re a HIIT convert torching maximum calories in minimum time, whipping yourself into shape one burpee at a time.

Before you plan your next week of all-out-workouts, personal trainer and yoga teacher Shona Vertue wants you to stop – immediately.

“I did a post on Instagram about my training regime and in the comment said I only do HIIT once max twice per week so as not to deplete my nervous system,” the creator of the Vertue Method tells myBody+Soul.

Overnight she had at least 20 comments asking her to explain what she meant – so Vertue did.

“People are doing HIIT every single day and they don’t realise it’s draining on the nervous system. The hardest part for me is making it sexy to explain. It’s easier to take a photo of a set of abs and say ‘HIIT did this’, than show a brain. But your nervous system is regulating your metabolism, how your skin, hair, nails look, your brain function, and speed of ageing. If you’re not taking care of your nervous system you’re going to end up losing all the things you’re working hard for anyway,” she says.

Vertue, who became David Beckham’s yoga teacher after meeting him through James Duigan, owner of Bodyism (they trained at a studio, not at home FYI) reckons your obsession with HIIT is doing bad things to your body.

“It’s so sad that LISS or Low Intensity Steady State cardio has lost its appeal,” she says.

Vertue, who’s in Sydney promoting her book The Vertue Method, “a fusion of yoga, gymnastics, weighted circuit training and meditation, designed to uplift both your soul and your butt” follows a formula of Lift + Lengthen + Nourish. She’s got the set of Insta-abs from doing weights 3-4 times per week, a short yoga practice daily, and cardio training, where she’ll only do HIIT maximum two times per week.

It’s a varied routine, and Vertue admits it’s not exactly a popular approach.

“It’s a lonely place for me. I don’t fit into any of the communities – both the yogis, and lifters can’t identify with me, but you need to have both strength and flexibility. Imbalances lead to injury down the line,” the former gymnast says.

Vertue reckons it’s our biggest mistake when it comes to body transformation.

“We have a tendency to practice what we’re good at. That’s a mistake, because we neglect the things we need.”

The New Balance ambassador believes the real change comes when you shift your intention for training from obligation, to learning new capabilities.

For Vertue, lifting was the gamechanger.

“Weight training changed my life and body. It shifted physiologically and also my sense of accomplishment,” the PT who hates pink dumbbells says.

“A plan is important and how easily you can do your reps will determine whether you need to step up the weight. You’ll feel the adaptation in the body because the rep range will tell you,” she explains.

It’s this focus on that pushup, handstand or lifting a heavier kettlebell, that Vertue says is “the secret to long lasting motivation.”

The non-aesthetic motivation, though she does admit aesthetic motivation has its place, “if it becomes the bridge to take on healthier practices, but if it stays there you’ll be at the mercy of the mirror. It’s sad if working out is about repenting your dietary sins.”

In other words, make like Vertue and choose progress, not punishment.

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