emily skye interwiew
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you started training?I have been modelling for 11 years now & started training a couple of years ago. I became addicted and decided to branch into fitness modelling. I entered a covergirl competition for the Australian Oxygen Magazine & made it to the top 5. I was thrilled as I was only fairly new to training. I then made it one of my main goals to be on a future cover (I’ll hopefully be shooting it this year). I decided to compete in my first Figure and Fit Body competition in September 2011. I won both comps & was very proud of myself & the dedication I had made with my training and diet. A lot of people said I couldn’t do it and I proved them wrong.
How do you stay motivated?– I have a clear picture of my goal – it’s nearly impossible to achieve something if you don’t even know what it is you actually want.
– I look at photos of the body I want every day, every time I feel unmotivated I look at the photos and remind myself of what I want & why I want it! If I feel like eating something naughty I look at the photos. I do allow myself some cheat meals every now and then though.
This is the MOST important thing to remember:
STAYING MOTIVATED IS A CONSTANT DAY TO DAY THING!
You don’t just become motivated & that’s it you are forever motivated! You have to work on it every day. It’s the same with everything in life. If you want to change something that you’re unhappy about you have to make an effort everyday. Whether it’s smoking, drinking, eating unhealthy food, being a doormat – whatever it is – the same rule applies! You’re reprogramming yourself to think & act differently to how you were previously.
It takes time & it won’t happen instantly & the beginning is the hardest part, but if you keep at it, it will get easier every day & eventually it will become part of who you are. The good news is, if you stick to it you will never have to go back to where you started ever again!
If you want something bad enough you will work hard to get it.
What is your current workout routine?I always mix it up & do different exercises so my body doesn’t get used to them.
It goes something like this;
Day 1: Legs (heavy) – Squats, lunges, leg extension, leg press, leg curls.
Day 2: Shoulders using dumbbells & the cable machine.
Day 3: Bis & Tris using dumbbells & cables.
Day 4: Legs (light) – Usually 10 sets of 20 lunges with a bar on my shoulders & squats against the wall with a ball to support my lower back.
Day 5: Back – Dead lifts, bent over rows, heaves, lat pull downs, seated row cable machine.
Day 6: Circuit/sprints/tabata/intervals
Day 7: REST!
I do abs every 3 days & calves twice a week.
What is your diet like?Clean but not too strict at the moment. When you deprive yourself of certain foods when competing you risk damaging your metabolism so I still include carbs & all the food groups to stay nutritionally balanced and to keep my metabolism working well. I have been eating clean for the past few weeks & I’m already getting great results.
I never weigh my food or count calories. I don’t like diets unless you are competing in a figure/body building comp. I wanted a clean eating plan that was easy to maintain & I’m still able to go out for dinner etc.
Basically my diet consists of lean meats, fish, complex carbs like brown or basmati rice, sweet potato and rolled oats, 6 eggs (4 with the yokes removed & 2 full eggs) with chopped asparagus, tomatoes & mushrooms. I eat lots of green vegetables such as asparagus & green beans. I don’t eat much fruit but occasionally have a slightly green banana (as it contains less sugar) & blueberries. I snack on rice cakes & almonds throughout the day. I very rarely eat sugar! My cheat meal is usually something with a lot of carbs & good fats not something that is particularly high in sugar!
What gives you the best results when trying to get lean?Training with less rest in between sets, circuit/tabata training & eating smaller portioned meals, I eat less or no carbs at night, I cut out sugar including fructose, cut back on dairy & keep active throughout the day! If there are stairs I run up them, if I’m working on the computer I get up every hour or so & do some air squats – all these extra little things make a difference! Drinks lots of water, green and white tea.
What 3 exercises have contributed the most to building your physique?Heavy squats (10-12 reps), shoulder press & heavy bicep curls.
What supplements do you use?L-Glutamine a few times a day & L-Carnitine before training or in the morning on the days I don’t train. At the moment I’m not having any protein shakes but before my competition I was having WPI shakes 3 times a day.
What is the most common training question that people ask you?Women always ask me: “Won’t I get bulky if I lift weights?”
My answer is: “No you wont, it’s actually quite hard for a woman to get bulky. If you want to get toned, you have to do strength training! Being toned is having more muscle & less fat!”
What is your greatest achievement so far?Becoming content with myself! I used to be very insecure and unhappy and I decided to change it! I wasn’t happy with the way I was and knew that I was the only person who could change it and make myself happy. Being truly content is my biggest achievement!
What is your favorite quotes?Gosh, I love so many! My faves would have to be;
“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.”
“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–which is:
Try to please everybody.”
“There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”
Here are 2 of my own quotes:
“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
What are your plans for the future?
I have a lot of plans within the health and fitness industry. My goals at the moment are to be on the cover of the Australian Oxygen Magazine & compete overseas! I’d love to represent a company & travel around the globe promoting them. I also love writing & helping to inspire people to make positive changes in their life.
I’m working on a few very exciting things at the moment which are a secret for now.