• We talk to fitness model Emily Skye

Does Emily look familiar? It's because you've probably already seen her in magazines, had your photo taken by her or know somebody who is represented by her very own talent agency, ES Talent Management.

Yes, she's a busy girl! And yet she still finds the time to stay in shape.

What inspired you to start training?

I have always been athletic & enjoyed being active but I never really understood how to train properly for my body type. I was flicking through some fitness magazines & loved what I saw. The women weren't your typical "skinny" models like you see in many magazines these days - they were fit, healthy & strong & had muscles! I wanted to be like that too!

Do you remember how you felt after your first workout?

I actually felt sick & exhausted! My body wasn't used to it! The next few times I felt great though, I felt like it gave me energy & made me feel happy!

What motivates you go to keep going to the gym?

I feel amazing, fit, strong, healthy, happy & I have more energy to do the things I enjoy in life. Before I started training I was a very insecure & depressed & I found that training & eating healthy made me feel happier, I love the changes with my body & I'm finally confident & happy with myself! I recommend it to anyone who wants to better themselves & live a happier & healthier life.

What are your fitness goals?

I would love to compete overseas & be an Oxygen cover girl! I have a couple of things I'm working on at the moment but they're a secret for now. :)

What does your current weekly training routine look like?

Here is a sample of what I would usually do in a week:

Legs
Squats, lunges, leg extension, leg press, leg curls. (4 x 10-12 reps)

Shoulders / Abs
Shoulder press, lateral flys, front flys (4 x 10-12 reps)
Hanging leg raises 4 x 15, windscreen wipers 4 x 10, scissors 4 x 10, reverse abs leg raises on a bench 4 x 20reps

Bicep / Triceps
Bis & Tris using dumbbells & cables. (4 x 10-12reps)

Legs / Abs
Lunges 10 x 20 reps & squats against the wall with a ball to support my lower back 4 x 25 reps
Ball crunches 4 x 30reps, L sits 10 x 10-20 second holds

Back & Chest
Deadlifts 4 x 15reps, bent over rows 4 x 12reps, heaves 4 x 8reps, lat pull downs 4 x 12reps, seated row cable machine 4 x 12reps.
Chest press & flys 4 x 12 reps each

Miscellaneous Training
Circuit/sprints/tabata/intervals/boxing

Do you follow a specific diet?

I don't ever get too strict, I maintain a relatively lean physique throughout the year so I don't have to do much to lean down for a competition or a shoot. I have oats for breakfast or 2 whole eggs & 2-3 egg whites, sweet potato & green veggies, for lunch I have either grilled chicken, lean red meat or fish & salad with balsamic or green veggies & sweet potato & dinner is usually the same as lunch. I have cut out sugar, I am having less carbs & fats except for avocado & almonds. For a snack I have rice cakes with almond spread.

What is your favourite cheat meal?

Brazilian BBQ, Mexican or home made pizza.

Do you take any supplements?

I have a protein shake about an hour before training, L-Carnitine first thing in the morning, BCAAS before & after training, Creatine before training & L-Glutamine 3-4 times a day.

How do you feel is the best way to maintain a social life without hampering your results in the gym?

Surround yourself with people with similar fitness & health interests as you. If you're going to eat out, choose somewhere that has a healthy option. Be specific when ordering & ask for your food to be cooked with no butter, oils, fats & salts etc.

If you're going to drink alcohol choose vodka lime sodas so you're skipping all the sugar that is in a lot of alcoholic drinks. Drinking can not only make you fat but you also lose muscle which is reversing all your hard work in the gym. Sometimes your friends & family may give you heaps about the way you're eating, you just need to explain to them why you're doing this & this is what you want to do.

What do you know now that you wish somebody had told you when you first started training?

To listen to your body & not over do it! It's not about how long you train, it's what you do that's important & giving your body enough rest! Last year I got quite sick due to overdoing it in the gym & pushing myself when my body was telling me to stop. I got a virus that affected my heart & I had fluid around my heart.

I was told I couldn't train for a couple of months, I was basically restricted to my bed & lounge because I couldn't do anything that made my heart go much above resting heart rate. To me this was the worst thing I could possibly be told! I listened to the Doctor & I rested & it only took a few weeks & I was recovered & could return to training. I now have learnt to listen to my body & if I'm too tired to train then I don't!

Another important thing I learnt is that it's not how heavy you lift, it's your technique. You get much better results when you do things properly rather than throwing heavy weights around using inertia & gravity to help!

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