Meet the Team
Kevin Cronin | Head Coach and Owner
Started Coaching: June 2012At the age of 19 I moved out to the Rockies to chase and pursue Snowboarding. I quickly learned that one sport was not enough for me. I would find myself snowboarding in avalanche chutes or ice climbing frozen waterfalls in the winter. As the snow and ice melted, I would find myself rock climbing or mountain biking. That wasn’t enough either. You could find me kayaking on the Colorado River, surfing in North Shore Hawaii and Windsurfing in Cape Hatteras NC. If it was fast and active, I did it regardless of how dangerous it was. What do all these things have in common? You MUST be fit. You rely on your body and you need it running at peak performance. Fast forward 10 plus years, I got married and had kids on the way. The adventure thing had to take a back seat. So, I was back to the Globo gym to try and stay fit, but it just wasn’t the same. Still riding, lifting and thinking I was in great shape, I was challenged by a friend to try CrossFit. January 27, 2012 I walked into CrossFit High Power and got my butt kicked by a 14 pound medicine ball and didn’t look back. Sure it’s not the same as Mountain biking 50 mph in the dirt , or finding yourself 500 feet up on a rock face, but it does require skill, power, strength, stamina, balance, and endurance. It demands body awareness and is always changing. I take great pride in being able to physically and mentally handle anything that comes my way. I am passionate not only for CrossFit, but teaching others as well. I want to coach you through your CrossFit journey, but more importantly I want to help prepare you for every challenge that comes your way.
- CrossFit Level 1
- Coaches Preparatory Certification
- CrossFit Gymnastics
Brittany Dodd | Coach
Started Coaching: May 2015Throughout high school and college I was a competitive athlete: soccer, gymnastics, rugby, track and field, and anything else I could find time for. Once I graduated from college I was looking for something else to fulfill that competitive spirit I have always felt. A friend and fellow track athlete convinced me to come over and give CrossFit a try. I would like to say I immediately fell in love, but for me it took a little while to help me to see that all these people that dragged their butts into the gym every day were not crazy cult members. Ultimately it was the awesome team and family atmosphere that truly turned me into a CrossFitter. I was a member at a local gym back at home in upstate New York for about a year and a half before I moved to New England. I walked into CrossFit High Power and knew I had found my new home. Between Kevin’s outgoing, loud and hilarious personality and Dan’s immediate assurance of great programming, I was sold. After being a gymnastics coach for 10 years, moving on to become a CrossFit coach just seemed like a normal progression for me. I love the sport and I love to teach. What better way to share what I love with others than to teach them how to do what I love? The true beauty of CrossFit is that it can bridge any gap, no matter whether it’s age, injury, or fitness level; you will always have a home and a family at CrossFit.
- CrossFit Level 1
Kristine Laing | Coach
Started Coaching: May 2015For many years my daily workouts consisted of the typical workout you see so many people do at the gym… jump from cardio machine to cardio machine, lift a few weights and end with an ab workout. A few years ago, I found myself slipping out of my fitness routine because I was bored and not seeing the results I was looking for. I took the plunge and signed up with a personal trainer to do some boxing workouts a couple times a week to switch up my routine. It was great for about 6 months until I found myself bored again. In the summer of 2013, a few mutual friends dragged me to my first CrossFit class. From that point, CrossFit became a passion of mine. I grew to love the consistently varied workouts and I have been using CrossFit as my primary form of exercise ever since. CrossFit allows you to see struggles, progress and results. It keeps you motivated and always wanting more. I found that the CrossFit community is very welcoming and I have quickly gained many new friends with the same drive and passion I have. I love the results and the camaraderie so much I want to pass on the knowledge that I have gained. I enjoy helping others to learn movements while challenging them to push themselves. I find it inspiring watching people progress in their development as an athlete, regardless of where they start and where they want to end up. CrossFit has changed my life in every way and I am happy to be part of such a great community at CrossFit High Power.
- CrossFit Level 1
Sammy Barrios | Assistant Coach
Started Coaching: March 2016Bio Coming Soon!
What is CrossFit?
What Should I Eat?In plain language, base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. That’s about as simple as we can get. Many have observed that keeping your grocery cart to the perimeter of the grocery store while avoiding the aisles is a great way to protect your health. Food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is all suspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition.
The Caveman or Paleolithic Model for NutritionModern diets are ill suited for our genetic composition. Evolution has not kept pace with advances in agriculture and food processing resulting in a plague of health problems for modern man. Coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and psychological dysfunction have all been scientifically linked to a diet too high in refined or processed carbohydrate. Search “Google” for Paleolithic nutrition, or diet. The return is extensive, compelling, and fascinating. The Caveman model is perfectly consistent with the CrossFit prescription.
What Foods Should I Avoid?Excessive consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates is the primary culprit in nutritionally caused health problems. High glycemic carbohydrates are those that raise blood sugar too rapidly. They include rice, bread, candy, potato, sweets, sodas, and most processed carbohydrates. Processing can include bleaching, baking, grinding, and refining. Processing of carbohydrates greatly increases their glycemic index, a measure of their propensity to elevate blood sugar.
What is the Problem with High-Glycemic Carbohydrates?The problem with high-glycemic carbohydrates is that they give an inordinate insulin response. Insulin is an essential hormone for life, yet acute, chronic elevation of insulin leads to hyperinsulinism, which has been positively linked to obesity, elevated cholesterol levels, blood pressure, mood dysfunction and a Pandora’s box of disease and disability. Research “hyperinsulinism” on the Internet. There’s a gold mine of information pertinent to your health available there. The CrossFit prescription is a low-glycemic diet and consequently severely blunts the insulin response.
Caloric Restriction and LongevityCurrent research strongly supports the link between caloric restriction and an increased life expectancy. The incidence of cancers and heart disease sharply decline with a diet that is carefully limited in controlling caloric intake. “Caloric Restriction” is another fruitful area for Internet search. The CrossFit prescription is consistent with this research. The CrossFit prescription allows a reduced caloric intake and yet still provides ample nutrition for rigorous activity. Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
What am I paying for? What is the value of CrossFit?
If you are a member at our gym, attending class 5 times per week, you are paying $8 or less per class to work out for an hour under the supervision of a dedicated coach. You will also achieve goals you never thought possible, become a part of the CrossFit community who motivates you to come to the gym daily, continuously surprise yourself with improvements through benchmarks we have set for you, and participate in events. Get in the best shape of your life (no matter how fit you currently are).
What is CrossFit?
Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program that chases the improvement and limitations of GPP (General Physical Preparedness). For more information, please read our “What is CrossFit” section.
Why don’t you do leg extensions or bicep curls?
Everything we do at CrossFit is functional movement. We are advocates of jumping, running, pushing, pulling, lifting, squatting etc. In the real world, you will never have to “leg extend” or “bicep curl” anything. However, what you will encounter is the need to lift the dog food on your shoulder to carry it, pick up furniture to move it, and climb the ladder onto your roof.
How many days a week should I come to CrossFit? Is one day a week enough?
If you come 1 day a week you will certainly not see the results you are looking for. We recommend a minimum of three days a week to maintain your fitness. To see the best results, 2-3 days on, then one day rest is optimal. Yes, true fitness is a lifestyle that requires hard work.
I’m a girl. Will this make me look manly?
No way. Unless you take steroids.
Will this help me become a better athlete for my sport?
This is one of the best strength and conditioning programs available. The workouts can be manipulated to fit your sport specific needs.
Are these short workouts enough to lose weight? What about 45 mins of cardio?
At CrossFit, we are mainly Anaerobic athletes rather than Aerobic. These are two completely different systems that work independently from one another. To make it simple, if you are a long distance runner and run for 60 mins, you will mainly burn calories and use oxygen as your main fuel for that 60 mins. If you are an Anaerobic athlete doing intervals or weight training, you will get your energy from ATP and Creatine Phosphate. You’ll be burning calories for many hours or even days after.
How long should I do CrossFit?
As long as you want to stay fit and healthy. Reaching optimal health and fitness is a life-long journey, it’s not something you can achieve in a few months.
I see that you eat meats, vegetables, some fruit, nuts, and seeds. What do you eat for carbs?
Vegetables and fruit ARE carbs. These are the carbohydrates that we were meant to ingest! Just because it doesn’t look like a loaf of bread or a pizza, doesn’t mean it’s not a carbohydrate. Please read our “Nutrition” section.
I want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Will this make me look like him?
No. He was a bodybuilder, not an athlete.
We are looking for a part-time coach to help teach afternoon classes. You must have experience coaching CrossFit and be a valid CrossFit Level 1 Trainer whom has passed the Level 1 course. If you are interested in applying please send an email to email@example.com and attach your resume.