Emily Skye’s Stats:
How Did You Get Started In Health And Fitness?
I have always been athletic, but I wasn’t always fit & healthy. Before I changed my life to be a more active & healthier one I was depressed, extremely insecure, unhealthy & very unhappy.
Three years ago I picked up my first copy of Oxygen Magazine. I was looking through the pages at the beautiful, healthy, strong women and knew right then that I wanted to be like those amazing women! I started implementing changes in my life. I made an effort to be more positive, started believing in myself, started training smarter and eating better. I had been exercising for about 6 months but I was overtraining, doing countless hours of cardio a day and eating boiled chicken and broccoli nearly every meal.
I soon realised that this wasn’t healthy nor maintainable and that obsessing over trying to be skinny was an unrealistic and an unhealthy goal. I changed my goals to aim become stronger, gain muscle & become as healthy as I could – all while keeping it maintainable so it could be a lifestyle rather than a phase. I soon found contentment within myself and loved my new lifestyle! I believe that health and fitness plays a HUGE part in being happy. It changed my life!
What Is Your Best Accomplishment So Far?
What Is Your Workout Routine?
I don’t have a routine! I always change up my workouts and do something different. I barely ever repeat the same workout unless it has been a while since I last did it. This way my body is always guessing and it doesn’t adapt or plateau. I no longer strain myself trying to lift as heavy as I possibly can, I do more high intensity training involving circuits, intervals and sprints. I find it much more enjoyable and I love the results I get from this type of training. Instead of spending hours in the gym I get my workouts done quickly!
A sample of one of my favorite circuit workouts:
15 x 16kg kettle bell swings
15 x 16kg kettle bell upright rows
20 x lunges (no weights)
20 x reverse crunches on a mat
x 10 ROUNDS FOR TIME (Aim For No Rest!)
Top 3 Favourite Exercises And Why?
Cleans, heaves & sprinting.
Favourite Form Of Cardio?
What Is Your Diet Like?
Sample Daily Diet:
Breakfast: Sweet potato & cottage cheese omelete
Snack: Green smoothie (apple, spinach, lime, natural yogurt)
Lunch: Fish & salad
Snack: Home made tomato soup
Dinner: Beef & veggie stir fry with brown rice or Zucchini pasta
I don’t deprive myself, I eat a variety of whole foods. I stick to almost a Paleolithic diet but include sweet potato, pumpkin, brown/black rice, natural yogurt & cottage cheese. My body and mind function far better eating this way. I don’t believe that diets, quick fixes and depletion diets are healthy for you and they put a lot of strain on your body as well as being unmaintainable. I keep a relatively lean body throughout the year and I’m always within a month of being “comp ready”.
I was severely strict with my diet before my first competition a couple of years ago. It affected my metabolism so much that when I started eating normally after my comp I gained 10kg of fat in almost 2 weeks! I was fatter than I had ever been and it took around 6 months to repair my metabolism. This is why I personally don’t like the typical competition preparation and depletion diet. Yes you look great for the day, but is it really worth putting your body and mind through it?
What Food Would We Find In Your Fridge?
Chicken breast, fish, red meat, almond milk, eggs, full fat cottage cheese, natural yogurt, lots of veggies such as asparagus, green beans, zucchini, kale, spinach leaves, carrots, pumpkin, cucumbers, mushrooms & tomatoes.
Any Staple/Classic Healthy Meals That You Always Eat? What Is Your Favourite Cheat Meal?
I love my zucchini pasta (pealed zucchini) with stir-fried chicken & veggies in coconut oil. To flavour I use garlic & coconut aminos which is a healthier, lower sodium alternative to soy sauce. I also love having omelets with all sorts of different ingredients added. My favorite is my pear & spinach! My favorite cheat meal would be a risotto, a baked dinner or melted Belgium chocolate with strawberries.
What Supplements Do You Use & Why?
I don’t have protein shakes as they upset my stomach. I have amino acids while training, L-glutamine a couple of times a day & after training, BCAAS before & after training and before bed and L-carnitine first thing in the morning and before training.
I don’t believe supplements are necessary if you have a well balanced diet that provides you with adequate nutrition, vitamins and minerals. I stay away from foods & supplements with preservatives, artificial flavours, sweeteners and colours and don’t like fat burners or pre-workouts.
What’s The Most Common Fitness Question People Ask You?
What Are Your Tips For Beginners?
Do a lot of research, learn as much as you can about diet and training, ease into training and always focus on your technique rather than how much you’re lifting. Don’t worry about what other people are doing or saying, focus on yourself and what is best for you.
What Is The Best Advice You Have Ever Been Given?
Gosh I have been given so much great advice it’s hard to pick just one! I’d say the best training advice I have been given is; It’s not about how much you lift it’s how good your technique is and focusing on really activating the muscle you’re training.
Did You Make Any Mistakes When You First Started Out?
Plenty! I obsessed about trying to be as lean as possible, took fat burners, lots of supplements and over trained! I ended up getting sick and had heart problems and I was out of training for about 6 weeks. I now know how to take care of my body properly and keep my metabolism running efficiently. I have a very healthy diet that includes all my nutritional needs, I now listen to my body and don’t over train, in fact I train LESS but SMARTER and have far better results!
Your Best Tips To Getting Into Contest Shape/Losing Those Last Few Pounds?
Change up your training, shock your body, do HIIT, circuits and sprints, cycle your carbs and make sure you’re eating enough good fats! Don’t under eat as this will only send you backwards. Stay consistent, don’t let others distract you and keep your eyes on your goal!
What’s Your Funniest Moment At The Gym?
Not sure if it was funny but I hit my head on these 2 metal poles sticking out which are meant for tricep dips. I had blood running down my face! I was so embarrassed! Another time I smacked the bar on my mouth while doing push press. A few people at the gym saw it happen so I pretended it didn’t hurt and just kept training. I’m so incredibly clumsy!
Apart From Fitness, What Else Are You Interested In?
Health, nutrition, helping other people to become healthy, fit and happy – I think it all comes as a package!
Where Does Your Motivation Come From?
From others and from within, I know what I want and keep focused on it until I achieve it! I also use other people’s success to motivate me to go for my dreams and goals!
Favourite Fitness Models? Inspirations?
I have so many but a few are: Jamie Eason, Lindy Olsen, Ana Delia De Iturrondo, Erin Stern, Justine Switalla, Nina Silic, I could honestly go on and on! I am inspired by anyone who has overcome something & is making an effort to be their best or to change the things they’re unhappy about. People inspire me everyday!
Two of my own quotes are:
“NEVER let what someone thinks or says about you define you. You know who you are better than anyone! Completely remove the negative and poisonous people from your life – to do that means to cut all ties with them physically and mentally. Make a conscious effort to not allow them to affect you in any way. Forgive these types of people for the person they choose to be and let them go. Holding onto hate and anger is not healthy and will only bring YOU down and subsequently makes you unhappy! Take control of yourself, your actions, feelings and your life. NOBODY can take away your happiness without your consent!” – Emily Skye
“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. If you’ve got a dream, you’ve gotta go for it, believe in yourself and know that you can and will do it! When people tell you that you can’t do something it’s usually because they couldn’t do it themselves. If you really want something, you’ve gotta do everything possible to get it! Dream, believe, commit, achieve!” – Emily Skye
I’m about to release my own diet/training program with what I do to lean up for a special event, shoot or comp. It will have a website with a forum, 24 hour support, workout videos, cooking videos, motivation plus much more! I’m so excited to be able to share with everyone what I have learnt through my own journey and experiences and hopefully help others to become healthy, fit and happy within themselves!