The Australian personal trainer who brought footballer David Beckham to yoga has revealed the three things she would never say to a client at the gym when they are looking for results.
elite gymnast Shona Vertuewho is from Sydney but lives in London, said she sees too many fitness coaches telling the people they train to ‘earn their food’, ‘detoxify’ or ‘stop being lazy’.
These phrases are all harmful and detrimental to success.
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The Australian personal trainer who brought footballer David Beckham to yoga has revealed the three things she would never say to a client at the gym (Photo Shona Vertue)
1. Never say ‘earn your food’
The first thing Shona said she will never say to anyone is that they should “earn their food” at the gym.
“The truth is that to live is to earn food,” she continued Instagram.
“But more than that, if we make associations with food and exercise in this way, we are literally asking for a distorted relationship with food and exercise.”
Shona said the idea that you have to earn carbs you eat is a complete myth, and you’re much better off focusing on what to include in your diet than on what to cut out.
She recommends enjoying a diet full of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and a sweet treat here and there “when your soul needs nourishment.”
Shona (pictured) said the idea that you have to earn carbs you eat is a complete myth, and you’re far better off focusing on what to include in your diet than on what to cut out
2. Never say “detox”
The PT also rejected the idea of ”detoxing,” which has become a popular nutritional concept in recent years.
“The truth is that your body is intelligently ‘detoxing’ every second of every minute and if it didn’t, we would probably die,” Shona said.
“Usually, when someone mentions a detox, they’re referring to something that gives you diarrhea.”
Rather than telling customers to “detox”—which Shona says encourages people to view certain foods as “good” and others as “bad”—Shona takes a larger overall view of people’s diets and makes small improvements in front of.
“You may need to make sure your fiber intake is adequate,” she said.
Alternatively, she can try increasing the amount of protein in someone’s diet, which will help keep them full without reaching for the snack item.
Shona said one of the best things you can do is “progressive overload,” where training moves become more subtle over time.
3. Never say ‘stop being lazy’
Finally, Shona explained that she hates it when she hears that someone has told a client “not to be lazy.”
“The reason for this is that laziness is often a symptom of something much deeper that requires a gentle prompting to the surface — not a brutal disgrace of outward behavior,” she said.
Instead, she prefers to motivate customers with encouragement and also embrace “progressive overload” with customers.
This means that workouts should subtly increase in intensity over time, making the client stronger.
Shona (pictured during exercise) said you should think of food as fuel as much as possible and think about what will best nourish your body for the day ahead.
Earlier, Shona revealed her top tips for getting a great body — and it all starts with focusing on the things you’re not good at.
A lot of people fall into the trap of working on the things they are good at and neglecting the things their bodies really need,” she told FEMAIL.
“I’ve met countless people who can run marathons but can barely make it through an easy weightlifting session. That’s how I met bodybuilders who are strong, but not agile and can barely move.’
Shona recommends thinking of “food as fuel” and thinking about what “will best nourish your body, mind and spirit for the day ahead”:
“Usually this comes from a huge plate of veggies, with some protein — but other times — when the soul needs some nourishment — you might need a hot chocolate or an old-fashioned one,” she said.
But we shouldn’t deny ourselves things when we need them, because if “we don’t allow ourselves those soul-feeding moments, they build up and go into the binge-eating and restrictive cycle.”
Shona’s own gym routine includes daily meditation before drinking coffee, lifting weights four times a week, high-intensity cardio twice a week, and a short set of yoga or gymnastics every night before bed.