Why I Quit The Emily Skye Plan
At the beginning of April, I started the Emily Skye plan. For those of you who don’t know who she is, Emily is an Australian PT who, through sharing fitness and healthy lifestyle tips via social, has gained over three million followers on her channels. As her following grew, she shared more tips and advice and ultimately created the Emily Skye F.I.T plans, for those who wanted to get serious about losing weight, toning and eating healthily.
When I started the Emily Skye plan, I didn’t want to lose any weight, my focus was on toning, so when I saw on Facebook that her plans were currently 50% off, I decided to invest in the first phase, to see if I liked it.
The plans are designed (according to the website):
- To trim, tone and shape your entire body
- For women of all ages and body types
- To be completed at home or in the gym
- To include quick & delicious healthy eating plan to suit any need (full vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and lactose free options)
Once you put in your payment details, you are given a log in and password for the online ‘members’ area, which is the same log in for use with the app. On the app, you can peruse recipes, ‘how to’ workout videos, your daily plan, motivational videos as well as additional daily challenges. Online you are able to view the how-to videos, motivational videos as well as downloading your plan. You can also submit your story online and connect with the ‘Emily Skye Community’ on social channels.
I’m going to split this next bit into a mini review of the ‘app’ and then review the ‘workouts’ and my thoughts on Phase one overall.
First thing that is annoying about the app is that you have to log in every single time. It won’t save your log in details, you have to manually enter them in. Secondly, it then automatically takes you to a front facing camera so you can add an image to your online profile. If you don’t do this, it’s a massive ballache (and sometimes frightening) to see your pre/post workout face glaring back at you.
It’s easy to navigate, the ‘workout’ section shows the days, and you can select whether you want to do an ‘at home’ or ‘gym’, the app then shows the exercises you’re going to be completing and when you click through, it provides information on the ‘set’ as well as a timer for the exercise and a rest timer. Third annoying thing about the app, it rarely just continues onto the next set or exercise, you have to click through in order to progress, which is difficult if you’re lying under a heavy barbell on your back!
Once you’ve completed your workout, you get a little ‘completed’ stamp next to your day.
I loved the workouts on phase one. They’re split up between lower body, upper body, abs & core and HIIT.
I’m not even joking, some of these days are BRUTAL, but whenever I completed one I felt such a sense of achievement, it was great. They’re easy to follow, they never take longer than 45 mins and, if you’re not a fan of cardio, you can literally just do the HIIT session when it says too and that’s it, you don’t have to do additional cardio with this plan.
I completed both the at home and at gym versions on different days when I couldn’t get to the gym and they were all just as intense at home as they were in a gym setting. I need to mention here that the at home workouts do require basic gym kit at home – a kettlebell, dumbbells, mats – in order to complete.
Overall Phase One
I loved it, I didn’t see massive results, but 1) the plan is only four weeks long, I don’t know how much difference I was expecting to see and 2) I didn’t have a lot to lose, so it’s not like the weight would’ve been dropping off of me. I did see more definition in my stomach, legs and arms, in particular biceps and thighs, upon completion and it made me unbelievably excited for the next phase. Unfortunately, as I’m pretty happy with my diet, I didn’t follow the suggested food plan, but I did take inspiration from some of the recipes. Her broccoli and steak stir fry is amazing!
Unfortunately, this is when it started to go wrong. The majority of the plan stays in the same format as phase one; recipes, meal plans, daily challenges, it’s literally just the workouts that change for phase two.
Instead of upper/lower/abs, it’s split into glutes/hamstrings, HIIT, quad focused and upper body and the exercises become more complicated. Emily introduces dropsets, supersets, weighted circuits, which are all fine if you have a giant at home gym with everything you need, but at a busy, standard gym in the UK, it’s not possible to have all the equipment she requires.
On one of the days, she says you need to do a barbell and dumbbell drop set – that means three different weights for completion – which decrease in weights each set. Therefore, I would have had to have shotgunned two x 6kg, two x 4kg and two x 2kg dumbbells, along with one x 17.5kg barbell, one x 15kg barbell and one x 12.5kg barbell. Due to the fact this was also a superset, I couldn’t actually let anyone else use the equipment, as I needed it throughout the 45 minute day plan. It just wasn’t possible.
This complication, teamed with, what I think, were actually quite boring day plans as you were focused on one specific muscle group, meant I fell out of love with the plan. For me, falling out of love with your workout plan means you become demotivated and in turn, you don’t want to go to the gym.
This isn’t acceptable for me. I like going to the gym, it makes me feel good and I like pushing myself, feeling like I was forcing myself to go to the gym to complete a plan I didn’t want to do meant I had to quit, otherwise I knew I would end up not going to the gym.I was gutted, I was so motivated throughout the first phase and I liked the results I was seeing, but I didn’t enjoy it. Since then, I have researched into a new plan and I’m back on track.
I’ve just started the Jamie Eason’s LifeFit Trainer plan on Bodybuilding.com, I’ve downloaded the app which also provides recipes, how to videos for each plan and allows you to document when the days are completed, all for free.
If you’re interested in the Emily Skye plan, or any other plan that you have to fork out money for, I can’t stress enough that you need to do your research. What might be suitable for me, may not be suitable for you, you need to take into consideration diet, the amount of days/ hours you can workout, what your body type is, what you enjoy doing and then pick a plan based on these.
If you have any other questions regarding the Emily Skye plan, please feel free to tweet me or leave a comment and I’ll answer what I can.
Thanks for reading,