About Us


Fitness From Africa was  founded in 1998 by Marcél, a very competent runner with local and international racing experience at that stage. The  vision was to build and develop runners at all levels and take their fitness onto the tracks, roads and trail arenas of the world.


Since then we have had athletes participate in their multitudes not only in South Africa, but also most of the other continents, including the big city marathons like New York, Chicago, Boston, London, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Dublin, Berlin, Frankfurt, and also at the World Masters Athletics Championships in France, the Pasatore 100km, Great Wall of China marathon, and many, many more.


Fitness From Africa now has a highly qualified and experienced coaching staff that pride themselves on being a people orientate business that helps guides runners to their training goals.

Team FFA


Marcel Viljoen

Running Coach &​ Exercise Specialist


Marcel  is the founder of Fitness From Africa with over 25 years of coaching experience with success stories from 100m to the Comrades marathon! He has a best time for 10 km of 31min and completed nearly 40 standard marathons. He is also an authorised IAAF athlete representative.

Brendan McBirnie

B.Sc (hons) Sport Science


Brendan started his running career in Primary School as a cross country and track runner. In high school he was coached by Marcel before studying sport science at varsity. He went on to racing 10 km and 21 km with a 36min 10 km time before turning his attention to trail and stage races.

Marko Bucarizza

Running Coach


  • SA 4 km cross-country champion 2016/2018
  • SA 5000m Bronze medalist 2018
  • 10 km PB - 29min47sec

Cian Oldknow

Biokineticst


  • Silver team medal SA cross-country
  • Ran SA 10 km & 21 km SA Champs
  • Ran World Student cross-country Champs

Lindo Nkwana

B.Sc Sport Scientist


  • Sport scientist
  • Speed & agility specialist
  • Triathlete

Tracy Heinrich

Running Coach




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Tamlyn Stevens

B.Sc (Hons) Sport Science


  • Sport scientist
  • Sprint & middle distance coach
  • Long jump & high jump coach

James Lang

Running Coach


  • 10 km PB - 46min
  • Iron Man finisher
  • Comrades finisher

Precious Hlaka

Running Coach


  • Provincial track athlete 10000m
  • Provincial cross-country athlete
  • Sports management

Ronaldo van Wyk

Running Coach


  • 10 km PB - 32minSport scientist
  • Provincial cross-country athlete
  • Sports management