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Hey, Spike! finds two determined women in the gym

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

Welcome to a Hey, Spike! doubleheader, two weeks of telling the stories of two motivated athletic women — a coach and student.

First up is Skye Dayne, the multi-faceted coach whose tagline is "Skye's the Limit." Very apropos. Next week, it will be the student, Jillian Turner, a real estate associate broker with Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties office in Frisco.

Their shared passion for bodybuilding has produced a strong bond of friendship between the two women, who are both in their 40s.

Skye moved to Frisco two and a half years ago, having lived in Canada, South America, the Dominican Republic and South Beach, Florida.

"I have been visiting Vail for 20 years and felt I was leaving my home every time I left," Skye explains. "The mountains called to me, and I have skied all my life, so it was a natural selection."

She adds: "I came here to find a home after traveling for so long, a partner, to grow my business and to be a productive citizen, and avid volunteer in my community."

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Being a professional coach, athlete, counselor and mentor for those recovering from domestic abuse, wherever Skye goes, so goes her business, Skye's the Limit.

She has a bachelor's degree in interior design, architecture, and as an integrative health coach, she's a certified personal trainer. Her coaching and counseling cover the mind and the body.

"I coach persons diagnosed with mental illness, depression and addiction to reduce their medication through fitness, nutrition and life-coaching," says Skye, who is a founding board member of National Alliance on Mental Illness of High Country Colorado.

"We have free programs and support groups for those living with mental illness, depression and addiction," she says. "I am a trained facilitator for Connections support group and Peer-to-Peer 10-week program for those living with mental illness and would like to learn about recovery. My passion is to help those who are over-medicated and overwhelmed with their treatment."

That's Skye the counselor. Here's Skye the competitive athlete: She's been a "high level soccer player" all her life and Level B soccer coach.

At age 42 — she'll be 50 in August — she became a competitive bodybuilder; she's competed in the Spartan and Tough Mudder events.

Skye also lists strong aptitudes in kiteboarding, sailboat racing (50-footers down to Lasers and working on earning a captain's license), windsurfing, scuba diving, ocean surfing, rock climbing, skiing for 45 years, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, SUP-ing, and rollerblading with a background as a rollerskate dancer in the '70s and '80s.

Bodybuilding — training, competing and coaching — provides the basis for Skye to excel.

Skye says she only trains "natural" competitors and follows the same regime herself in competition mode. She's also been a vegetarian for 22 years.

"The training and food and lifestyle is extremely difficult," she says, "and you need discipline — and a good trainer who will be there every step of the way from the gym to the stage."

For Skye, this is her passion, and each one of her clients is family.

"I am not dedicated to a gym's bottomline," she says. "I am dedicated to change someone's life and watch them blossom. I just provide the platform to fly; they build their own wings."

She prefers the term "lean muscular" in developing symmetrical muscles with resistance routines. For cardio training, Skye stresses high intensity interval training running sprints.

Working out is combined with calculated caloric intake. According to Skye, the bodybuilding diet is high in protein with low carbohydrate intake.

"It is not a diet I would recommend to anyone wanting to just lose weight," she says. "Each competitor has a diet geared to his or her lifestyle and available food."

Skye is practicing what she preaches, as she's back in the Peak One Fitness gym, training with student Jillian, preparing for an Aug. 19 contest in Denver staged by the National Physique Committee, the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States.

Not long ago, with Skye's coaching, Jillian earned second places in the NPC Colorado figure and bikini contests, her competitive debut.

"I have never met anyone quite like Skye," says Jillian. "She is larger than life."

Skye's intensive lifestyle is made somewhat easier as she's now an "empty-nester" with three grown children "who live all over the world."

Her youngest, Myles, 22, just graduated college with a media and communications degree and is now looking for a place in the world to explore. The oldest, Matthew, 29, lives in Berlin, working as a software engineer, and Skye's daughter, Margaux, 25, is in med school and will graduate in four years.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com