Q: I’m injured/ill - Can I still do the Vertue Method?
A: At the bottom of the FACT Sheet I ask you to fill out a PAR-Q Form which is a questionnaire about your current state of health. It will help you to determine whether you should speak to a doctor before embarking on the plan. If you are injured I do not recommend you take on this plan unless you have the all-clear from your physician to do so.
In saying that, sometimes the injury is on the mend and actually requires further strength training and/or mobility in order to heal properly. In this case, again ask your physician to provide you with specific moves that you can and can’t do and modify throughout the workout.
Q: I’m Pregnant - Can I still do the Vertue Method?
A: This is not a pre/post natal programme and doesn’t accommodate for the contraindications that can occur during pregnancy and after birth. I will be releasing a separate pre/post natal programme soon that accommodates for each semester of pregnancy, including the ‘fourth’ trimester (postnatal).
I am looking at a 2019 release date.
Q: I’m a complete beginner to working out. Is the Vertue Method suitable for me?
A: Yep! The Vertue Method Fitness Programme is a mixed level programme that has got your back if you are a beginner (and also offers modifications if you are more advanced).
The movements included in the Vertue Method focus predominantly on KEY primal, compound movement patterns, this means that they are essential to a healthy functioning human body.
Beginners WILL find it challenging (but that is the point). The beauty of having a video programme is that YOU CAN PUSH PAUSE, AND/OR REWIND.
At the beginning of each workout I explain the moves and if you feel as though you need to rewatch the explanation, you can.
I think it is also worth saying here that you can always repeat weeks if you find it particularly difficult - yes it’s a 12-week programme, but everyone progresses at a different rate. If you feel as though you really struggled through any of the weeks, rather than progressing to the next week, repeat it. You will not hinder your results.
Q: What equipment do I need access to?
A: All the equipment has been laid out in the FACT Sheet, along with where to find it.
All you will need is the following:
1 x Heavy Kettle Bell
1 x Light (upper body) Kettle Bell
1 x resistance band
1 x Sturdy Chair
1 x Fitness or Yoga Mat
I also explain how to choose the right weight for your abilities.
This equipment is easy to store even in the smallest of spaces and the workout itself only takes up the space of a yoga mat.
Q: The Vertue Method workouts are weights based, will they make me bulky?
A: Firstly, it’s actually very difficult to become ‘bulky’ - even if you are one of those people that say they ‘bulk up easily’. You would have to be eating a huge surplus of calories, have the right hormonal environment in your body (most women don’t have this) and be lifting excruciatingly heavy (I’m talking more than your body weight).
Secondly, the term ‘bulky’ usually refers to a certain type of look that comes more from the WAY you lift weights, rather than the action of just lifting weights. As an ex dancer and gymnast, I place HEAVY emphasis on form which means that you’ll be working the muscles that don’t create this ‘bulkier’ look.
Q: Will the Vertue Method Fitness Programme help me to lose weight?
A: The Vertue Method Fitness Programme support and encourage healthy fat loss, if that is what your body needs.
The Vertue Method is designed to improve your body composition and get your body into a healthy state - if that means dropping excessive body fat then YES you will. If however you are already lean and are hoping to drop further body fat that will compromise your hormonal health then no - this is not the programme for you. I suggest you speak to a psychologist ASAP.
Q: Will the Vertue Method make me stronger?
A: Absolutely! It’s one of the most important principles of the plan. However more than just straight strength, you will develop strength with a deeper range of movement which is much more beneficial for the human body, helping it to remain YOUTHFUL and care-free.
Q: Will the Vertue Method programme make me more flexible?
A: It will make you better than flexible. It will make you mobile. The major difference between flexibility and mobility is that flexibility only refers to your passive range of movements - for example being able to sit and reach for your toes. Mobility refers to your ability to truly use that range in a dynamic way; e.g. sitting deeply in a squat. Mobility is much more healthy and functional for the body and will prevent you from developing those injuries that can occur from having too much flexibility or too much strength.
Q: What if I can’t keep up with all the moves?
A: Don’t worry at all! Just hit the pause button or watch and practice the initial moves a few times before getting into the workout.
No matter how uncoordinated you feel initially, your body will adapt and often faster than you think. Even if you are one of those people with ‘two left feet’ you will get better. This only highlights how important it is for you to stick with it.
Q: It’s too challenging for me right now - how can I make it easier?
A: Drop the weights and just perform the workouts with your bodyweight.
The workouts are timed, so that you do as many reps as you can within that time frame. If that means you do three squats - so be it. You will be better next time!
Q: Do I have to follow the programme as you have created it?
A: It’s important to follow the videos in order (don’t sneak ahead). Even if you feel you’re more advanced than the movements in the first weeks, I’d rather you lift a heavier weight, than skip ahead. This is because it’s important to learn and understand the foundational movements correctly before moving on.
Conversely, if you feel as though the videos are progressing too quickly for your liking, hold yourself back and repeat them until you feel ready to progress.
Q: Can I do other forms of training while on the programme?
A: The short answer is YES! I have always wanted the Vertue Method to make you better at whatever other movement you love doing. However it’s important that you honour your body and remember that this stand-alone the programme is very intense.
If you like to perform intense exercise like running or cycling three times per week I recommend that you only complete one of each workout a week (rather than twice per week).
If you are an avid yogi and already go to many different yoga classes each week, it may not be necessary to perform the yoga sequence, in which case you would just swap it out for a rest day or another yoga class. In saying that, please remember that it’s designed specifically in alignment with the fitness programme so it’s bespoke to what you’ll need during the programme. If you go to other yoga classes, you may not adapt in the same manner.
Q: What if I don’t have time for all six of the sessions each week?
A: The Vertue Method Fitness Programme is split into four weekly 30-38 minute workouts, one (non-negotiable) brisk walk in nature and one yoga session per week. There is also one dedicated rest day that is best taken mid-week for recovery.
The programme will work best if you stick to it, however I understand that we all get busy and life/stressful times can take over. At the very least it’s important to aim for three sessions per week - two workouts and one yoga session.
If you can’t find time for 30 minutes in a day for your body, then your transformational expectations are unrealistic. Bit harsh, but that is the truth. Particularly if you have a sedentary job.
That being said - anything is better than nothing so remember that you can re-do the programme as many times as you like. If the first time you tried it you couldn’t hit all workouts, dust yourself off and try again (try again). YOU OWN THE VIDEOS AND CAN USE THEM ANY TIME.
Q: Can I take these videos on holiday?
A: Absolutely! You will need to have internet connection to stream the videos to your laptop or smartphone but the workouts themselves can be performed anywhere as long as you have access to a yoga mat and sturdy chair. Obviously it’s ideal to have weights with the workout, but if you don’t have any, you will still get a good sweat on without them. Just try to up the repetitions you perform to compensate for the lack of weights.
Q: How does the food plan work?
A: Firstly it’s not a food plan. While I do believe there is a time and a place for a food plan - it’s usually for Olympic athletes and/or body builders. Not those looking to have a healthy and enjoyable relationship with food.
After over ten years of working as a personal trainer I have come to realise that 99% of people can achieve results if they are just willing to get into the kitchen, prepare their foods, consume consistently, eat a shit-tonne of vegetables and get enough protein to support their body.
You will be moving rigorously and consistently so you will need the support of a good diet to keep you awake, energised and vibrant throughout the programme.
Although this is a fitness programme, I have avoided providing you with an accompanying Calorie Focused Food Plan - Now before you think I am trying to defy the laws of thermodynamics or ‘calories in vs. calories out’ - allow me to explain myself;
Calories DO play a key role in body composition, there is no denying it. However I strongly believe that constant focus on calories can lead to some subtle but problematic food related psychological issues that often eventuate in that, all too common, ‘restrict and binge’ cycle that many are aware of.
It’s also not uncommon for a food plan to subliminally suggest that the foods in the plan are superior to the foods NOT on the plan; and that those foods are bad because they will inhibit your ability to reach your ‘goals’.
Nutritional science can be complex, but if you’re not ticking off the basics first you don’t need to worry about any of the complex shit!
I believe those basics are:
Q: Is this programme suitable for vegans and vegetarians?
A: I love you guys - so YES! 90% of the recipes are vegan with some being vegetarian and others containing meat. If you are pescatarian or consume meat, don’t worry - I explain how to add meat to the recipes and provide ways in which to cook and prepare it, along with some tasty marinades. Whether you like tofu or turkey - I got you covered.
Q: Is there anything else I should know?
A: Yes - Study up on your body and mechanisms within it! I regularly post evidence based blogs and articles about the systems of the body, fitness, mobility and meditation that I believe are incredibly important to read and understand.
These days we hear so much about ‘self-love’ and ‘loving the skin you’re in’ but how are you supposed to love something (or anything for that matter) without at least trying to understand it?!
Downloading this programme is the first step, but there is a long journey ahead of us and it’s important that you’re equipped with the right tools to get through to the other side.
The Vertue Crew has always got your back, but you also need to make sure that you’re taking responsibility for yourself and your results.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER - the more your understand about the mechanisms of the body you live in, the better you will be able to take care of them.