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Strength and Conditioning

The Fitness Centre is a fully equipped facility with strength training and cardiovascular equipment. There is no additional fee for facility access. Students may access this facility during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday: Flex Block, Lunch break
  • Monday to Thursday (Full Day Schedule) after school: 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Friday after school (Adjusted Day Schedule): 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Fitness.jpgSt. Francis Xavier's Strength and Conditioning program is a key element to the success of Xavier's Athletic Department and our Sports Academies. In the training center or on the track or field FX students gain valuable education while preparing for competition and fitness for life.

The fitness center is open to all FX students; the students can access the facility at no additional fee. Athletes can train with their teams, sports academies can access the center during scheduled academy sessions and other students can exercise and train individually or in groups at lunch break or after school. There is limited access during school hours, students must have a spare and workout does not conflict with class or sport academy fitness center use. The fitness instructor will grant permission.

All students must receive a fitness center orientation and adhere to all the facilities policies. The fitness center includes resistance training equipment; squat racks, one platform, benches, barbells, free weights, cardiovascular equipment; treadmills, spin bikes, elliptical trainers and miscellaneous; foam rollers, medicine balls etc.

Zack Skrepnyk, the Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA CSCS), graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree with a major in Physical Education and Sport Performance. His main goal is to deliver a superlative experience, educating students about physiological principles relating to health, fitness and athletic performance. He also aims to introduce school wide initiates to promote health, fitness, and living an active lifestyle. He's responsible for developing student's competence and confidence within a training setting. Zack is passionate about his career and loves to see students succeed on and off the "field". He has worked with a variety of athletes and groups at many different levels of development including:

Strength and Conditioning Overview

  • Provincial, National Development (Representing Canada)
  • Alpine Skiing (Provincial, National, Paralympic-National)
  • Diving (Provincial, National)
  • Figure Skating (Provincial)
  • Rugby (Provincial, National: Olympic)
  • Speed Skating (Provincial)
  • Cross Country Skiing (Provincial)
  • Swimming (Olympian Swim Club) (Provincial, National)
  • Synchronized Swimming (Provincial)
  • Volleyball (Provincial Development Camp)

University Athletics

  • University of Alberta Pandas Women's Soccer
  • University of Alberta Men's and Women's Bears and Pandas Golf

Academies and Team Training

  • Edge School Skill Academy: Hockey (Grande Prairie)
  • St. Joseph Catholic High School Athletic Development Program (Grande Prairie)
  • St. Francis Xavier High School Academies: Baseball, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer (Edmonton)
  • Hockey Alberta (Grande Prairie: Dryland Training)
  • South Peace Volleyball Club


  • Bachelor of Physical Education – Sport Performance
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NCCP Weightlifting Level I (Trained)
  • First Aid + CPR Level C (AED)

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