OWNER OF ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE GYMS
As are all the team at Ultimate Performance, Phil is what one might call a “serious personal trainer”, however this applies doubly to a man in as much demand as him. You can be an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, he enjoys working with many different types of client, but you must be serious about improving and you must listen to his advice. This is exactly what he tells to everyone who comes to him. He may say it with a smile but make no mistake, he means it. But the proof of the pudding is in his track record, and if you listen to Phil your results are guaranteed.
A few words from Nick Mitchell:
“Having a man of Phil Learney’s stature and calibre join the UP team has been one of my more gratify professional moments in the past couple of years. Phil is just about the only PT in London external to UP that I ever heard good things about from clients. Nor was it one or two people singing his praises, rather it was a large handful who had seen him operate at his former gym and would always exhort me that he would be the ideal trainer to have on board. This prompted me to start following some of his writing and I can honestly say that I was blown away by his knowledge, commitment, and an enthusiasm for Strength & Conditioning that just bounced right off the page! He lives the life as all great trainers must do, and gives nothing less than 100% to every aspect of personal training. Indeed, his knowledge is such that I can imagine no one better than Phil to work alongside me in creating our new UP Education business that will bring the moribund world of UK personal training certifications kicking and screaming into finally producing well trained, knowledgeable personal training graduates.”
BRITISH AND WORLD STRONGMAN COMPETITOR, WINNER OR ENGLAND AND BRITAINS STRONGEST MAN
“I have been working with Phil for the last year and in that time his knowledge of nutrition and strength conditioning has helped propel me into the top 4 strength athletes in the world. Phil’s diet logs and support materials are invaluable in keeping me on track and allow me to maintain focus and closely monitor my nutrition whilst keeping up with a hectic training schedule. With Phil’s continued support I hope to progress further in my chosen sport.”
PROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYER, ENGLAND 7’s CAPTAIN, IRB 7’s PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2009
“Phil is the consummate professional and knows his profession better than any individual I have come across. I have progressed in most areas of my training and it is thanks to Phil’s ideas, insights and suggestions that I feel I will be returning to the world of rugby following injury a better athlete and player. Thank you for all your hard work and effort Phil.”
DAVE “BULLDOG” BEATTIE
5X WORLD POWERLIFTING CHAMPION AND WORLD RECORD HOLDER
“Phil Learney has been a member of the Bulldog powerlifting team for just over three years, in this time he has gained a great deal of strength, putting over 80 kg on his squat, 40 kg on his deadlift and over 50 kg on his bench press, whilst becoming stronger in all aspects of his training, he has managed to stay in excellent lean condition and gain very little in way of body fat, but gain pure lean muscle.
Phil soon became an integral part of the team and was able to offer many team members advice on weight gain / weight loss and how to cut weight and re hydrate for competitions. Phil also was a good sounding board for new ideas and techniques and was always able to help with his huge scope of knowledge. Phil helped many of my olympic lifters stay on track with their diets and make specific weight classes, and his special brand of putting it across in a “take no prisoners”kind of way made even the weakest willed too scared to deviate from his plan, or face the consequences. Phil has a huge array of knowledge gained from a complex variety of sources and is always searching out new information and travelling all over the world to gain knowledge.
On a personal level Phil has helped me retain my world title and set the world squat record in squat of 462.5 kg at 47 years of age, and the British and European bench record of 305kg ,Phil also helped me drop from the 140kg class to the 125kg class and win the British open class title and World Masters title. At all times and in a variety of situations I have seen Phil train and coach a wide range of clients for a variety of goals in many interesting and innovative ways. Phil’s clients all achieve their goals if they stick to his plan, and he is without doubt the best personal trainer and coach I know.
If you need a personal trainer who is from the real world with no”weak” qualifications and who is able to “talk the talk” and” walk the walk” Phil Learney is your man ! If you are able to get into his personal training diary you are a very fortunate person and 75%of the way to achieving your goals, Phil is in my opinion the best trainer in a highly competitive market.”
WBFF PRO AND 2012 CHAMPION
“I got in touch with Phil at the start of my prep for The WBFF World Champs, and his advice on both my training and diet has been invaluable! The changes to my diet in particular have been
mind blowing and I feel myself getting in better and better shape as the weeks go on… With Phil in my corner, I feel confident of stepping on The World Stage in the best shape of my life!”
SIX TIMES MENS HEALTH COVER MODEL AND PERSONAL TRAINER
“Phil Learney has been my coach / trainer now, full time for the last 12 months. You may think it strange a Personal Trainer seeking advice from another but I approached Phil from an athletes point of view and not a trainer, and I’m glad I did. His knowledge, experience and diversity when it comes to adapting training programs and diets is mind blowing and unique. Not only has my physique changed for the better but he has been able to allow my body to look consistently sharpe and at a shoot standard, something I was unable to achieve myself.
I actually first met Phil back in 2005 and it was his words of wisdom that gave me the extra silver bullet needed for my last week prior to winning the 2005 Menshealth cover model competition. I have worked within the Health and Fitness industry for over 10years, and across many countries, and I have come across no-one better in this field. He has had a significant influence in the future of my now ever expanding career as a fitness model, but not only this, as a trainer I have gained invaluable teaching methods and knowledge that I can pass onto my clients with successful results.”
BUSINESSMAN AND ENTREPRENEUR
“How did I lose 8 Stone in 15 months? Simple! I hired one of the most knowledgeable, respected and committed trainers I have ever met. A trainer equally dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and dreams as you are.
His knowledge of nutrition, body mechanics and training techniques still fascinates me. All this, complimented by his motivational skills and presence made it easy to sustain the necessary commitment and momentum required to achieve what I have tried to achieve my entire adult life. Equally as important, he keeps the sessions interesting, we have to date never repeated the exact same session (Approx. 250 sessions!).
As a result of this new lifestyle, I keep moving the goal posts and set myself once unrealistic goals now that I know anything is possible. Phil changed my life and helped me achieve my dream. I now eat more, have more energy, feel good and look great. I turned up for my wedding day in the best physical and aesthetic condition of my life. I will forever be indebted to him.”
NATURAL PHYSIQUE COMPETITOR
“Before meeting Phil I was extremely out of shape, looking back now I can’t believe how out of shape I was, I didn’t train or eat well. Late 2005 I joined a local gym, where my activities were mainly cardio work, spinning classes and only a token amount of resistance training.
In May 2006 Phil held a Fat Loss Seminar at my gym and I thought I’d go along – the information he presented turned everything I thought about dieting for fat loss on its head, I’d been firmly in the low calorie, low fat brigade. Everything Phil told us at that seminar made perfect sense and it was backed up with evidence of why it works. I made changes immediately – food types, meal frequency etc – and dropped 4lb in the first week.
A week later I booked my first of many training sessions with Phil, and with his expert help I managed to drop 18lb within five months, got to a body weight I was happy with, lost body fat and gained lean muscle. My new diet had lots more food in it than I used to eat and I left the cardio behind and hit the weights which I now love with a passion. My success was remarkable, to me and to those around me – a good feeling! Even Phil must have been impressed as, unbelievably to me, in October 2006 he asked me if I’d ever considered natural bodybuilding competition! No way!! I was flattered by this but never thought it was something I could do, I’m not that confident (although I am more so now that I’m happy in my own skin), so to take to the stage in a bikini was never on the agenda.
Well I went away and thought about this for a few months, went to watch a show to see what went on, didn’t think it was really a possibility and went off on holiday early summer 2007. I met up with Phil shortly after my holiday (where I’d definitely relaxed on the diet and training), but at that meeting I decided I’d have a go, see if I could be good enough to get up there. Phil helped me with all my competition preparation – diet, training and even the posing. I did my first competition in September 2007, placed second and qualified for the British Finals, placing 6th.
I’m still competing and working hard. I don’t get to see Phil as much these days, but he still helps me out when he can – when we do get a chance to train I still find something new to learn even after all these years.
Phil has been such an inspiration, especially in nutrition, I find it all so interesting, so much so that I’ve even taken a nutrition specialist diploma course myself so that I can also help others, I’ll never know as much as Phil does, but it’s a good feeling to be able to help ‘spread the word’ so to speak.
As the years have passed, and I’ve never once considered going back to my old life, I often wonder what I’d look like now if I hadn’t met Phil – he has certainly changed my life – I’m fitter, leaner, stronger and healthier than I’ve ever been.
Phil is one of the most knowledgeable and respected people in his field, and if you are prepared to put in the work you will get amazing results. He also helps keep you motivated and gives you a boost if you’re having a bad day. He is also one of life’s truly nice people, one of the best and I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.”
INTERNATIONAL LEVEL FIGURE COMPETITOR
I first met Phil when I began working at The Third Space in the summer of 2010. I instantly knew that he was something special as I saw the respect he received from the other trainers. Getting to know Phil over the following few months, I realised why. He was always willing to help and advise other trainers, as well as being fully committed to his clients who achieved fantastic results. If I had any questions I would always seek Phil out and he was always more that happy to help and advise.
Seeing how hard I trained, Phil encouraged me to take up powerlifting and with the support from him and Dave Beattie, and with less than a year in the sport of powerlifting, I won the WPC World Powerlifting Championships in 2011. I then decided to make the switch to bodybuilding. It was then that I really sought Phil’s advice regarding both training and nutrition, as this was something completely new to me. Phil’s support over the last nine months since deciding to take up bodybuilding has been invaluable and I cannot thank him enough. In June I won the UKBFF MuscleTalk Championships and qualified for the UKBFF British Finals where I competed in the best possible shape I could have hoped for. Both Phil and I couldn’t have been happier with my physique on the day and are already making new plans for 2013! He is not only a great Coach but a fantastic man and I feel very lucky and blessed to have met him.
LE CHARLES BENTLEY
FORMER NFL PLAYER WITH THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AND CLEVELAND BROWNS. SELECTED AS AN ALL AMERICAN AND TWO TIME PRO BOWL SELECTION.
“It’s obvious Phil is passionate about his craft as he’s extremely knowledgeable on an array of issues concerning performance enhancement. It was a true pleasure to hear him speak, looking forward to the next opportunity”