Fitness

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.

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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.

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The App

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.

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The Workouts

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.

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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!

Phase Two

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,

S x

15 Comments

  1. Carol

    September 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Hi! Great article! I also bought Emily Skye’s workout and am having so many issues with the app.

    Can you tell me what Jamie Eason’s app is called? I looked it up on the app store but am unable to find it. Thank you!

    1. Sophie

      September 22, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Carol, it’s actually just the ‘bodybuilding’ app and if you search for Jamie Eason you can save it to your dashboard, and the full workout can be viewed online as well, here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-eason-livefit-trainer.html x

  2. Chiara

    November 3, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Hi! I just moved to London and I have joined a gym. Reading your article I became interested in Jamie Eason’s LifeFit Trainer plan but unfortunately I haven’t find many reviews of this. Are you still following this program? Have you noticed any result? Thank you!! 🙂

    1. Sophie

      November 8, 2016 at 11:07 am

      I’m currently not following because I’ve started a Results with Lucy plan, but I enjoyed it for the month and a bit that I did it! My only criticisms was that some of the exercises were her own exercises, so there wasn’t an explanation on how to do them xx

  3. Eledie

    December 10, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Hi Sophie, great review thank you! I’ve been researching these workout apps for a while now as I am desperate to find one I love & get me motivated back into working out. I’ve had a look at Kayla Itsines app but have been put off with the amount of equipment needed to do it. I think I’ve now decided to go with the results with Lucy, probably the wobble to model as I just want to tone up. Just wondered how you were getting on with her workouts & if you’d recommend it? Thanks!! X

    1. Sophie

      December 12, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Hey Eledie, thank you! If you’re new to the fitness world I would highly recommend the Results with Lucy platform. If you email their support team they’ll be able to help you pick the right guide depending on what your fitness level is, the videos make the exercises easy to follow and it’s great to do at home or at the gym. I’ve got a post going live next week with my final thoughts but I did enjoy it and would recommend. I hope this helps! xx

      1. Margaret

        March 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        Hi Sophie
        Is there an app for Results with Lucy or just desktop based? I want to start a routine and get semi ready for summer 🙂
        Thanks for the Emily review. Good to know!

        1. Sophie

          March 13, 2017 at 8:16 am

          Hi Margaret, It doesn’t unfortunately, although I did suggest an app to the PR woman so hopefully it’ll be developed! If you want to start shaping up make sure you give yourself 12 weeks to see the results properly! xx

  4. Millie TeoRobles

    February 20, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Thanks for this article! I’ve always been curious about her plan but was hesitant.

  5. Luc

    March 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    I personally love Emily Skye Fit. I have never found a program that I have stuck to before now. I never have a single problem with the app. Emily’s plan is worth the little money it costs. I have spent hundreds of dollars on other fitness dvd’s only to let them sit on a shelf because they did not work for me. Good luck on your new adventure.

    1. Sophie

      March 27, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Hi Luc,

      Thanks for your comment! I’m not saying the Emily Skye plan isn’t worth doing at all, it just wasn’t something for me! If it works for you then that’s great 🙂 x

  6. Rachel

    April 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Hi. I was just wondering what the food plan was like? Did it tell you what type of right foods to eat when training ? My problem isn’t with the gym it’s my food haha xx

    1. Sophie

      April 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      It has a pretty intense food plan which caters for meat eaters, veggies and vegans, but I found that alot of it was meal prepped (which I often didn’t have time for) and I also didn’t have a lot of the needed ingredients! x

  7. Naymar

    May 31, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Hi,
    How to get only nutritious plan guide? Please advise. Thanks

    1. Sophie

      June 5, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Hi, as far as I’m aware the only way to get the meal plan is to purchase the whole guide or inquire as to whether you can buy it separately.

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