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Trail Running


You don't believe in life changing moments? Then you haven't run a trail run! Make that life changing choice and let us help guide you to your ultimate trail challenge!

[ What Our Programs Include ]

Structure Program

Plan to achieve! Start with a clear picture of you training. We plan the different phases of your program so you can see the big picture and progress towards your goals by following proven, scientific training principles.

Heart Rate & Pace

Train according to your own abilities! Your heart rate or pace zones will be calculated so that you can get the best out of each training session and keep improving!

Group Training

All runners have access to our group speed sessions that occur twice a week at various venues in Johannesburg. If you can't attend the sessions, the relevant session will be included in your program with times, distances and intensities so you can will get the benefits of interval and tempo sessions.

Feedback & Support

Our programs are personal and if you are not seeing us regularly then we will be in regular contact with you. Your training feedback will be analyzed and your program regularly updated to ensure ongoing success.

[ Training with Science & Technology ]

  • Daily training sessions on your phone
  • Heart rate, pace or power training guidelines for every session
  • Detailed speed and tempo sessions
  • Automatically download completed training to app
  • Detailed feedback on each session
  • Time in training zones, pace, elevation, and splits
  • Access to the group speed sessions
  • Injury management report
  • Coaching feedback within app

[ Training with Science & Technology ]

  • Daily training sessions on your phone
  • Heart rate, pace or power training guidelines for every session
  • Detailed speed and tempo sessions
  • Automatically download completed training to app
  • Detailed feedback on each session
  • Time in training zones, pace, elevation, and splits
  • Access to the group speed sessions
  • Injury management report
  • Coaching feedback within app

How To Start Training ]

1.

Get Free 4 Week Program

Click on one of the Free 4 Week Program buttons and start getting ready to get personal with your running coaching!

2.

Race Goals & Training History

Complete the quick drop down form with your current training and race goals so we can create your free personalized program.

3.

Get Linked To Our Training Platform

Marcel or Brendan will create you program according to your goals and training history. You will receive a link to the training platform where all your sessions will appear along with the heart rate zone and pace zone guidelines.

4.

Join Group Speed Sessions

Join one of group speed sessions that occur twice a week at various locations in Johannesburg or get the speed session directly on your app.

5.

Support & Training Advice

Link your heart rate monitor or Strava to the app. This will automatically upload each of your completed sessions so Marcel and Brendan can monitor your training and give you feedback. We will also be in constant contact to provide training advice or answer any questions that you have.

Get The Results!!!!

[ Packages ]

Standard Package


Perfect for recreational athlete looking to improve their running!


R650 pm


  • Personal training program
  • Persiodization & goal setting
  • Access to training app
  • Structured speed & tempo sessions
  • Heart rate & pace zones
  • Access to group training
  • Coaching feedback
  • Access to training resources

Secure Payment.

Premium package


Results driven athlete looking for the complete training solution


R950 pm


  • Personal training program
  • Periodization & goal setting
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    Access to training app
  • Structured speed & tempo sessions
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    Heart rate & pace zones
  • Access to group training
  • Coaching feedback
  • Access to training resources
  • Personalized running strength

Secure Payment.

[ About Us ]

FFA has over 20​ years of experience coaching athletes of all levels​

Exercise Specialist

Marcel Viljoen

Marcel is an exercise specialist with a running career that has spanned decades. He has participated at National Championships for track, cross-country and road. He was also a full time athlete in Europe and U.S.A and achieved podium finishes in events that span 5 continents.

Sport Scientist

Brendan McBirnie

Brendan received his honors in B.Sc (Sport Science) at RAU. During his school years Brendan competed in track and cross-country with Marcel being his coach and mentor. He has a special interest and love for trail running and strength training.

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