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REGAIN FUNCTIOnality, Optimise Performance

Holistic lifestyle 

Functional Training

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Optimizing human potential all the way from its roots

At FPL we aim to enhance the function of the human body based on the principles on which we are designed. We holistically create connections through the entire body in order to distribute tensions evenly, align our joints during movement, and optimally transfer force through the body. Operating from such foundation is going to make you stronger, more mobile, more agile, more efficient, and is going to increase performance in sport or fitness activity. We completely stay away from conventional training modalities focused on isolated movements or lifting objects up and down. Although we have performed lifting movements during our evolution, it represented a proportion in comparison to how much time we have spent walking and running. Our bodies have therefore adapted to, and are designed to walk and run as efficiently as possible, and this is clearly evident while observing how our fascia, and in particular our oblique slings, connect our bodies contralaterally so our trunk can rotate and propel us forward. By neglecting these essential components, you wire in inefficient neurological patters that disrupt natural movement. Our approach is tailored towards each individuals unique needs, and by training according to our biology, our modalities are safe and sustainable and can be suited towards any age or level of ability.


What we do

body in which all biological systems work in synergy  leading to an optimal feeling of well-being.  

  • optimise Sport Performance 

A functional body will create an ideal length tension relationship between muscles, allowing the optimal alignment of joints during movement, and maximising the reciprocal stretch reflexes of the fascia. With such foundation, integrating our sport specific training will sharpen the edge in terms of performance. 

  • Manage physical pain

Address pain by balancing the body on a global level. In most cases chronic pain stems from altered movement patterns which place excessive strain on certain regions. Instead of treating a specific area, we address the underlying cause by learning how to move functionally. 

  • Loose weight and build muscle

Weight gain is a result of poor health on a global level in which the nervous system prioritises fat storing hormones. With the combination of training with diet and lifestyle guidance, we aim to achieve the right metabolic effect as well as the anabolic/catabolic that would yield the desired results.

  • Improve energy and mental focus 

The lack of energy or mental focus is an inefficient body, and in most cases this is combined with high amounts of inflammation and toxicity, The right training and lifestyle regimen will improve important biological processes, will optimise mitochondrial function and will train the nervous system to stimulate the right hormones at the right time. 

  • Improve resilience to stress

Shallow breathing and an uneven distribution of tensions through the body stimulates the stress response through the activation of the sympathetic nervous system. Addressing this must bee the baseline to manage stress.  

About Us

FPL is driven by a passion and a deep obsession to figure of how the human body is designed to function.  This has its roots in our desire to overcome our own dysfunctions and  injuries we have developed following conventional approaches. Through our experience, we have realised  that the health and fitness industry is currently based on certain dogmas. Most gyms and fitness professional all over the world still base their training on isolating  areas instead of viewing the body as a whole, on treating symptoms instead of addressing the underlying cause, and on  using standard exercises and programs without any purpose or without taking into account individual and sport specific needs. But in the last decade their have been scientific discoveries which have completely changed the way we view the body, and pioneers in the field have done a great job creating systems which are showcasing incredible results previously unheard of.  We have been fortunate to be able to spend time and learn from some of the best minds in the field, and combine this with our own experience and obsessive research to provide this approach. At FPL, we are never fixated on a certain view of how things should work, but we are always challenging our beliefs with the goal of continually evolving. 



General manager, Trainer and Holistic Lifestyle Practitioner.


Head of Performance and athletic development


Trainer and Head of Mountain biking programs

Contact Us for more info


Unit 006 & 007

Portswood sqaure

V&A Waterfront

Cape Town


Oude Necktar Farm,

Jonkershoek RD


Cape Town


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V&A Waterfront 

Stellenbosch (Training in nature)

Additional In-House Services 


Jill Sindle

Recreational cyclist and runner

Ive been a recreational athlete for many years but often setback by injuries and no matter how hard I trained never seemed to get faster and stronger. With 3 months of training with Javier at FPL I saw results I never thought possible. My running pace has increased significantly and I've seen huge gains in mountain biking. With a strong core and more stability, the speed of both my climbing and confidence in descending has improved. Javier meets you at your level and works with such knowledge and attention to detail to ensure the correct muscles are activating in every movement. Each session is different and builds on your progress to ensure that you are continuously challenged. 

Jasper Barret


South African Junior Downhill Champion

The training methods and equipment used at FPL allow me to meet all the demands I face as a Downhill Mountain Bike rider in a very safe way. We have been working a lot on improving my focus and eye-hand coordination, balance, agility,  conditioning,  as well as general movement mechanics, which I feel has helped me a lot on the bike.

What really separates FPL from any other gym is that the staff make the training fun and enjoyable, and that they always have their best interests in you. If you want to improve your fitness in any way, I would definitely say that FPL is the place to go.

Don Wewege

African Canoe Slalom Champion and national U21 Canoe Polo team head Coach

The facilities and training provided at FPL are world class! I have felt large improvements in my performance while utilizing the training. FPL is now the home of our Cape Town based national canoe polo squad members, and all the players are seeing great improvements in their games. The staff are professional, knowledgeable, and were able to identify the perfect program for each athlete to achieve their individual goals.