Full name: Franky Spencer
Position: Head Coach Fit & Furious / X-Rig Creator
Come and Experience some Military Style demo’s with Franky at the festival!
Franky’s fitness story:
Franky joined the British Army in 1990 at the age of 16 and served for a total of 15 years. After 1 year he volenteered to join a specialised Commando unit by completing the Royal Marines All Arms Commando course. Franky at 17 was the youngest of 96 trained soldiers aiming to earn the coverted Green Beret, only 31 passed the 10 week arduous course. For the curious ones…Try camping out it the cold and rain fuelled only on ration packs with a rough 3 hours sleep to get up in the morning and run with wet heavy clothes carrying a rifle and a lovely 120llb pack on your back.
Final test being is 48km (more if you cant read a map in the fog) across moorland carring rifle and 30llbs of kit completed in under 7 hours.
In 1996 Franky passed his PTI ( Physical Training Instructor) class 3 course in order to take his fellow soldiers for training every morning which mainly comprised of heavy endurence marches / calisthenics / running.
In 1999 after passing his class 2 PTI course he was selected to be an Instructor at the Army Recruit Training Regiment Pirbright.
In 2001 after passing his PTI class 1 course Franky transferred to the Army Physical Training Corps – a 7 month intense course of qualifying to co-ordinate and instruct all fitness training systems for a regimental Battle Group. This also included outdoor activities instructor qualifications such as Mounteering, Rock Climbing, Kayaking. All students were trained on how to organise large scale high profile sporting events, including officiating qualifications as judges and referees in Boxing / Athletics.
All students of the Class 1 course had to pass a certificate of Higher Education – Sports Science.
Franky’s first posting as a Sergeant Instructor was at The Queens Guards in Windsor, London. Whilst residing in London Franky had the opportunity to Personal Train some celebrities – Mathew Perry / Mini Driver / Daniel Macherson (Neighbours) / Kim Tiddy (The Bill).
After a very eventful global career Franky left the Military and moved to Dubai in 2005 for a new challenge. In the last decade he has kept himself busy as a Freelance Personal Trainer. He is the head Strength & Conditioning coach for TK MMA & Fitness. He organises charity Fitness events raising money for children with special needs.
Royal Marines All Arms Commando Course
3 summits of Mount Kenya in 12 days
Plymouth Marathon 2h.57mins
Great North Run Half Marathon 1h.12mins
Coaching Staff of Guiness World Records:
Military Marathon – 4 h 18 mins by 29 Commando Regiment (8 men carrying 40 llb pack wearing boots and combats)
1 mile Treadmill Guinness World Record – 5.03 mins by Damian Isherwood of 29 Commando
Raised 50,000 AED from Emirates NBD to the Dubai Autism Centre by Run Swim Cycle Paddle endurance event.
Raised 20,000 AED from DeVere Acuma to the Manzil Special Needs Centre by the event Fit & Furious.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
As a kid growing up I was just naturally very competitive. Sport at school for me was Rugby and Cross Country running. I excelled more in PE than in the classroom I felt so comfortable challenging my self so I guess it was meant to be my destiny.
What’s your key to your success?
Simple – Work hard, believe in yourself and never give up. Some days, things go wrong, dust yourself off and crack on.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
When things don’t go right, implement Plan B and keep going.
Do you have a phrase or motto you live your life by?
Set some goals, go get them and enjoy the ride!
Favourite inspirational quote:
‘You cant climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets’