The 6AM Morning workouts were initially designed as an opportunity for a small group of faculty to train. Since its inception, this training time has grown in popularity and is now open to all members of the St. Benedict's Prep community.
The training regimen rotates on a weekly basis to improve your aerobic and strength abilities.
Because technique is such an important part of what we do athletically, we initially encourage newcomers to train during the afternoon sessions, when there is more time for you to learn:
- technique for olympic lifts,
- proper erg technique, and
- the proper mechanics of other crossfit motions.
The Wolf Pack is a unique group of individuals who have committed themselves to training initially for 28 consecutive days in the crossfit box.
Both morning and/or afternoon sessions, can count towards your consecutive total.
As a member of the Pack, students, faculty members, and friends of the Hive are acknowledged for their commitment during Convocation, where they are presented with a token which represents their membership.
The only price for joining the pack is commitment to yourself and your training throughout the academic year.
As our program has grown in recognition, so has the demand for the facility. Athletic teams throughout the community have also begun to train during the afternoon sessions to improve their overall strength and conditioning.
The wrestling, soccer, and rowing teams at St. Benedict's are frequent additions to the crossfit programming that is provided after school.
In time, it is our hope that we will gain access to a larger facility which will provide more crossfit training opportunities to our community at large.
Monday - Friday | 6:15 am - 7:30 am | Crossfit Box
Supplemental Strength Training
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday | 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Crossfit Box
Wednesday: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm | Crossfit Box
6 a.m. workouts
- Tom Leahy, Athletic Director | Level 1 Crossfit Trainer
- Brian Delaney, English Teacher | Level 1 Crossfit Trainer
- Our Beginning:
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is having a big impact on the overall health of St. Benedict’s Prep's community.
Support from the foundation has enabled the school to acquire the necessary equipment to establish Newark’s only crossfit training center, transform the school’s physical education classes, upgrade its weight room and make the school’s urban farm a year-round activity.
More than 200 students and staff members are regularly using the “Crossfit St. Benedict’s” center and weight room, while the portable equipment provided by the foundation has transformed the school’s gym classes into challenging fitness sessions which introduce the school’s 150 freshmen to crossfit training techniques.
Crossfit, which has 11,000 affiliates worldwide and is a sponsor of the popular Reebok CrossFit Games, advances health and athletic performance, two areas of particular interest at the well-known Newark institution that has produced so many college and professional athletes – two starters for the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers – J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson – are former St. Benedict’s players.
The training regimen features intense group workouts based on common functional body movements, and it incorporates gymnastics, weight lifting, running, rowing and other activities. Its goal is to promote wellness and fitness as indicated by parameters that are measurable, observable and repeatable.
St. Benedict’s students and staff members who participate in crossfit training for 28 straight days are inducted into the school’s Wolfpack organization. This elite group includes Fr. Edwin Leahy, O.S.B., ’63, St. Benedict’s 71-year-old headmaster.
“Thanks to the generosity of The Horizon Foundation, we now have first-rate equipment, and many more of our students, faculty and staff are participating in our organized physical-fitness programs that start early in the morning and continue throughout the day,” said Tom Leahy, St. Benedict’s athletic director, who doubles as Crossfit St. Benedict’s trainer. “This is particularly important for an inner-city school which enrolls 560 boys many of whom are pursuing college athletic scholarships.”