I saw a workout by Emily Skye today, but it left me thinking about how a lot of people would think and act having seen this video.
Many people are looking for a quick fix so I questioned whether they would they understand that this video was just a tiny part of the whole picture.
It was squats to a chair, dips on a chair, mountain climbers on a chair and a few other bits and bobs. Nice little workout!
If met so many people who have done this kind of workout for a few weeks or even months and don’t seem to make any progress in their quest to get the body they really want. They get frustrated or end up giving up and moving to the next thing.
This aim of this post is to help you understand why you’re not making the progress that you hoped for.
First, though, let me be crystal clear on three important things:
- It was a decent workout from Emily Skye.
- This post is about why you DON’T look like Emily, not why you CAN’T!
- This post is designed to help you make progress, not de-motivate you!
So, having clarified where I stand, let me get straight to the point. I’m not going to beat about the bush, I just want to be honest and hopefully help you to get closer to your goals. These are the main reasons why you’re not making progress.
- Your diet sucks! No amount of squats and dips are going to compensate for a poorly designed (if it is designed at all) diet.
- Many people would probably give their left arm to have a body like Emily’s “before” picture. Emily was a model from the age of 15 and was slim already. Her starting point was probably a million miles away from the average 30-odd year old mum of two. You’ve got a lot further to go than Emily did.
- Emily has been training since 2009/2010 so she probably has a good few years’ experience and dedication on you.
- Your diet sucks!!
- A workout where she’s doing mountain climbers on a chair is probably about 5% of Emily’s weekly training regime. Check out her Instagram – she’s doing heavy squats, kettlebells, 70kg deadlifts for 12 reps with ease, a 100kg+ max deadlift and loads more. You get out what you put in, so if you want more, you have to do more.
- Oh, yeah, your diet sucks!
OK, so not all of these points might apply to you, but I’m guessing that a lot of them will apply to a lot of people. So, what can you do to get closer to your goals?
- Get a coach or research online to find a decent nutrition plan.
- Get a coach or research online to find a progressive resistance training programme.
- Optional – Do some high intensity training (bodyweight exercises, sprints, skipping, rowing, spinning, boxing etc) 3-5 days a week.
If you sort out your nutrition and move from the occasional token low-intensity 20 min workout, to a serious training programme that’s a part of your everyday life then, given a reasonable timescale, 100% no question you CAN look like Emily Skye!