ON A MISSION: Trainer wants to help the people of Preston get fit

Personal Trainer, Shaun Spencer, who has trained and coached professional football players.
Personal Trainer, Shaun Spencer, who has trained and coached professional football players.
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More used to training elite footballers such as Joleon Lescott, Tom Ince, and ex-Preston North End striker Ricardo Fuller, trainer Shaun Spencer is now turning his hand to helping the people of Preston work on their fitness.

Shaun, who became one of the youngest UEFA A coaches in England when he qualified at 28, has travelled across the world, and has even been invited to watch Barcelona FC train, under Pep Guardiola.

Personal Trainer, Shaun Spencer, who has trained and coached professional football players

Personal Trainer, Shaun Spencer, who has trained and coached professional football players

But now, the former UCLan student is concentrating on using all of his knowledge to start his own fitness business.

Shaun, now 31, said: “I have always been fit and enjoyed going to the gym.

“My uncle was a bodybuilder and his best friend owned a gym in Ormskirk near where I lived so I started working on the weekends for him whilst studying at Preston College.

“It taught me that you may have a limit on how talented you are but you don’t have a limit on how fit, strong, flexible you can be.”

“My uncle was a bodybuilder and his best friend owned a gym in Ormskirk near where I lived so I started working on the weekends for him whilst studying at Preston College.

Shaun Spencer

While he was studying at UCLan, Shaun was invited to study at Manchester United’s Academy, and during his time on the UEFA A course, met Paul Ince who later offered him a job with Blackpool FC.

“I’m proud to have been part of Blackpool’s best start to a season in the club’s history, under difficult conditions,” said Shaun. “At pre-season training with Blackpool out in Portugal, I trained Joeleon Lescott.

“He’s a tremendous athlete and it was great to work with a player of that calibre.”

But elite athletes aside, Shaun said working with the public will allow him to transform people’s lives.

Personal Trainer, Shaun Spencer, who has trained and coached professional football players.  With Paul Ince at Blackpool

Personal Trainer, Shaun Spencer, who has trained and coached professional football players. With Paul Ince at Blackpool

Shaun said his best tip is “if you’re going to train, train.

“Don’t let your brain trick you into staying within your comfort zone.”

If you would like to train with Shaun or would like more information, contact him at gymspencer@gmail.com or @TheSpencer