Super-heavyweight bodybuilder Luke Sandoe competes at the highest amateur level of the sport. Currently in training to become an IFBB Pro his gruelling gym regimes demand that he makes the most of his rest and recovery time. We caught up with Luke to talk training, sleep and Morgan Freeman.
Hi Luke, can you tell us a little bit about the kind of training that goes into preparing for a competition? What would be involved in your working week?
My training regime depends on whether I’m in prep for a competition or in the middle of a training block. In the lead up to a competition I always increase the volume of workouts and add in extra cardio to get in optimum condition. I also run Elite Body and Fitness (coaching and PT) with my other half, Carly Thornton, so I train, eat, train, eat . . . rarely out of the gym.
What would class as your proudest moment – either in sport or outside of it
Becoming a sponsored Gaspari Nutrition athlete was a huge thing for me as I always used the products and looked up their values as a company. This year I’m also featured in the advertising campaign for the new SuperPump 3.0 which is pretty cool! And of course being a Mammoth ambassador.
Who is the greatest competitor you’ve ever come up against?
I always aim to be my best and not worry too much about the others.
Do you ever get star-struck – if so, who has left the greatest impression on you?
I can’t say I’ve ever been starstruck but meeting people you look up and aspire too is extremely motivating.
Can you tell us what you’ve got coming up over the next 12 months?
I’ve got the UKBFF British Finals and the Arnold Classic on the horizon at the moment.
Mammoth mattresses are known for their health benefits, particularly for people recovering from injury or taking preventative steps to maintain condition. What injuries have you suffered during your career and do any of them still hinder you today?
Being 20 stone at 5ft 8, I toss and turn a lot at night. A conventional mattress does nothing to keep me comfortable and I often have neck issues from moving so much in my sleep. That’s what led me to the Mammoth, which is capable of supporting up to 40st per person.
How important do you think recovery has become as part of the modern athlete’s training regime?
HUGELY important! You grow and recover during sleep so the better your sleep the greater your improvements as an athlete.
How many hours sleep do you like to get a night, and do you usually reach your target?
Between 6-8 hours is perfect for me.
What kind of environment do you sleep best in – e.g. warm and cosy, cool and clean?
I like it cold and crisp in my room. It’s easy to get warm and snug easily, but you can never cool down if the bed gets too hot. After all, you can only turn your pillow over to the cold side so many times.
Can you tell us any details of your bedtime routine! Is it brush teeth, lights off and bed? Half an hour reading? Or a bit of TV?
Laptop, teeth, shower, bed is how it works for me. I try and read but I can generally only manage 2-3 pages before I pass out.
How would you characterise yourself as a sleeper? Are you an “asleep before the head hits the pillow” type or a “restless sleeper” type perhaps?
I either have a perfect night’s sleep or absolutely awful! There’s no middle ground for me.
Would you say you deal well with a lack of sleep?
Absolutely not! My cerebral functions dip by around 80%, I’d imagine.
How did you find out about Mammoth mattresses?
Initially I read about Mammoth in Flex magazine and I first tried out a mattress in a local bed superstore. I actually nearly fell asleep on the bed right there in the shop.
What attracted you to Mammoth in the first place?
I’m a high level athlete and I love my sleep! Mammoth make awesome mattresses for athletes… perfect!
If you could have a (purely platonic) late night chat with anyone, dead or alive, who’d be worth losing sleep over – and why?
I’d have Morgan Freeman read me a bedtime story!
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