Athletes & Celebrities

Get to Know Fitness Expert Emily Skye

Learn more about cover model Emily Skye in our exclusive interview with this Aussie beauty.

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Q: How did you get into fitness?

A: For a long time, I struggled with body-image issues and was extremely depressed and insecure. I was a model for a while, too, but that was feeding my unhealthy obsession with perfection. So I turned to magazines like M&F Hers—I loved the look of strong women. By 25, I discovered fitness and started training, gaining 22 pounds, and started to feel healthier and happier. I even entered fitness competitions in Australia, winning three and placing second in two. Ultimately I decided that lifestyle was a little too strict for me, but I still wanted to keep fit and stay in top shape.

Q: When did your goals for being in fitness start to gain traction?

A: I started posting on a blog and on Facebook and was getting messages from girls with similar experiences or their own stories who said I’d helped change their lives. I started designing workout programs, and then a full online diet and fitness program. So that, plus my social forums on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter [with more than 4.4 million followers across those], provides a community of support and encouragement. My latest program is called F.I.T., or Fitness Inspiration Transformation, which is an online diet, fitness, and lifestyle program with an incredible support network of nutritionists, exercise scientists, and yogis. The idea is that those doing F.I.T. are never, ever alone in their fitness goals.

Q: What is your approach to fitness?

A: Fitness and health are a lifestyle, not a quick fix. I mix both longer sessions with faster high-intensity sessions and weights. I also never ever focus on weight loss. I focus on fat loss to build strength while also maintaining a healthy relationship with food. Everyone deserves to feel strong and healthy.

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Q: How often do you train?

A: It changes because I have to be flexible because I travel a lot, so usually it’s about three times a week. When I train, I get in the gym, park, or even hotel room and just get it done really well. I get myself out of my comfort zone, train really hard, and then it’s done. It might even take just 15 or 20 minutes, ass long as I’m getting out of my comfort zone and challenging myself.

Q: Fave body part to train:

A: Glutes. I actually like having sore glutes, and it’s a challenge!

Q: What is your favorite leg day exercise?

A: One thing I’ll say first is that whether you chose to do low weight, high reps or high weight, low reps, you have to challenge yourself. If the last few reps aren’t nearly impossible, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. It’s really about getting out of your comfort zone. But with leg day, I usually start with front squat. I usually do three seconds down, one second up, making sure my form is right, my core is tight, and I’m pushing through my glutes. Then, I’ll do a wide-leg sumo squat. I put two blocks or steps down and I stand on it with my legs wide. I use a bar or a kettle bell, something around 40 or 50 kilos, to do really low squats. I love doing glute bridges. They’re one of my favorite glute-strengthening exercises. Using heavy weight is really good for your glutes.

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