Phil Learney - Conditioning Expert

January 1st, 0001

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Phil Learney has been a prominent figure when it comes to strength and conditioning for close to 20 years. Not only a successful coach, he is one of the foremost experts in his field, writing extensively for a variety of leading health and fitness publications, as well as on his own influential blog. Not only that, but he also hosts lectures and seminars across both the UK and the world.

This means Phil knows what it takes to be the very best and he certainly practices what he preaches when it comes to his own training regime – sleep forms an important part of this.

We caught up with Phil to find out how just how he’s managing to juggle his many business ventures, family life, and his fitness regime – as well as the role sleep and his new Sealy Hybrid Regency 3600 plays in all of this!

What have you been up to recently?
I have a few projects on the go right now, but most of my focus at the moment is around building the Advanced Coaching Academy. Alongside that I'm currently teaching a mastermind to ten coaches and business owners, there’s the fitness industry’s largest UK convention around the corner and over the coming month I'm also teaching two seminars.

What is your training regime/daily routine?
I actually sleep more than I've ever done but my routine is a lot different from the days when I was doing Personal Training. I used to get up around 4:30 am most mornings, now I get up just before 6am and get stuck straight into some work. Most of my day is spent on a computer or putting together business strategies, writing new content or webinars with other industry professionals. I work long hours, and as it's my own business it never really stops, just occasionally slows down!

When it comes to training, we're fortunate that the gym is only a 3-4 minute walk from us and we have a great set up in the garden as well, should we want to train at home. My wife and I train together and our routine means we hit the weights most days for around 40-45 minutes.

We're very active as a family - our last weekend away we walked 26 miles in a couple of days. We both walk and stay active the best we can (we enjoy food you see!).

How have you slept in the past?
I never used to invest properly in my mattress – I was never really concerned about its quality. My mentality was: it's only a mattress, how different can they be? I used to sleep for around five hours a night. I got used to it and accepted that maybe I just didn't need much sleep.

It all changed many years ago when I stayed at a plush 5-star hotel in New York. I remember sleeping for hours and getting the most amazing sleep whilst I was there. The mattress and the bed linen were so comfortable and they had the most amazing black out blinds in the bedroom. I’d never experienced anything like it - I was in one of the greatest cities in the world and was struggling to get out of bed!

After that trip, my whole mentality changed. I came home, got myself a new set of bed linen with some ridiculous thread count and now I sleep on a Sealy mattress. I'm from Cumbria so I felt I had an allegiance there and it was the only company I knew with any type of history.

Due to my work, the number of hours I slept each night didn't drastically improve but the quality of sleep definitely did and, when opportunity arose, I would stay in bed for a bit longer.

Has your sleep quality altered at all since receiving your new Sealy?
I've always been a big guy so previously, after six months of owning a mattress I would be sinking into a big hole in the middle of it. I would flip, turn and do whatever I could to it, but always ended up with a stiff back or feeling like I needed an hour of yoga every morning.

We love our new Sealy mattress. We both sleep so well on it, and despite the effort to leave it in a morning, we know we're set up nicely for the day ahead.

How has your Sealy added to your fitness lifestyle?
Mechanically it keeps me sound. For many years I used to wake up if a pin dropped and never actually had dreams! Now, I sleep so well and get a much deeper sleep than ever before.

Why is sleep so important to training – does a bad night/good night sleep affect how you perform?
Absolutely. Sleep tends to be one of the things people neglect when it comes to their training regime. I used to disregard it so much and would only talk about it as something of value to other people - I never used to practice what I preached.

Anyone who trains with any physical goal is breaking their body down and asking it to adapt – most of this occurs when we sleep. Being rested and having good sleep makes so much difference to people’s ability to recover from heavy training and to mentally stay in the zone, be it for business or performance.

My bed is one of the best investments I have ever made and the foundations of that is my Sealy mattress.

You can find out more about Phil and his strength & conditioning programmes here.