Our Trainers

Chris Banks

Owner, CF-L2 Trainer

Coach and Owner Chris Banks 

Chris is the co-owner, head coach, and programmer for CrossFit Mystic. Chris has been involved with CrossFit since 2011 and competes in local competitions. Chris is a Police Officer who understands physical preparedness is necessary for himself and all walks of life. Chris has completed the CrossFit Level 1 and 2 Trainers courses as well as the USA Weightlifting Trainers course and the CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer course.

“My goal is to provide the best environment for our clients to achieve their fitness goals, whether it’s competing in the CrossFit Games or simply living a healthier lifestyle. I want to pass on to as many people as possible the amazing changes that I have experienced physically and mentally since beginning CrossFit.”

Mary Banks

Owner, CF-L1 Trainer, Specialist Fitness Nutrition

Coach and Owner Mary Banks 

Mary is a co-owner and coach for CrossFit Mystic. Mary has been involved in CrossFit since 2011 and also competes in local competitions. Mary has completed her CrossFit Level 1 Trainers course and is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. She’s educated herself on the various nutrition strategies needed for people in different stages of their athleticism, as well as implemented those strategies on herself and many clients.

“I’ve never been a natural athlete, but CrossFit showed me it didn’t matter. I want to help people realize that regardless of where they are in life, what they’re doing or what they’ve done, they can still become an athlete. Get strong, get fast (or both!) or just come in to get moving; there’s options for everyone. I take such pride in watching someone get their first pull-up or finally connecting the steps in the snatch, or maybe most importantly, finally executing a near-perfect air squat. Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new and grow in a new element. I’m happy to be here as a part of that process for our clients.”

Chris and Mary have both been trained by elite crossfitters from across the country. Anytime they travel, they head to the local box, especially if they can find someone new to learn from. The people they have been trained by includes 2014 CrossFit Games Champion Camille LeBlanc Bazinet, CrossFit Games athlete and multi-time top 10 finisher Michelle Kinney, regionals and Games athlete trainer Logan Gelbrich, regional and Games athlete Lauren Gravatt, Games athlete Austin Malleolo, and Games athlete and podium finisher Lindsey Valenzuela.

AJ Lizotte

CF-L1 Trainer

Coach AJ Lizotte

AJ is a coach at CrossFit Mystic. He has been involved in CrossFit since 2013 and also competes in local competitions. AJ has completed his CrossFit Level 1 Trainers course and is CPR certified. Working in Physical Therapy has given AJ the experience in treating sports related injuries, as well as teaching ways to help avoid them.

“What keeps me intrigued with CrossFit is that it provides such a broad element of movements keeping me constantly challenged. I love knowing that there is always something to improve on, no matter how fit you are; there is always a way to get better. My persistence for striving for perfection not only applies to myself, but I take it as a challenge working with others to help them achieve optimal results. I am very particular when breaking down movement patterns, body mechanics, and kinematics. My experience with Physical Therapy has given me the opportunity to identify ways to scale and avoid exacerbating dysfunction.”

Amber Chalifoux

CF-L1 Trainer

Coach Amber Chalifoux

Amber is a coach at CrossFit Mystic. She has been involved in CrossFit since 2013 and has gained knowledge both through her own research and through completing her CrossFit Level 1 course.

“I love what CrossFit does for people, both physically and emotionally. It does not matter if you started CrossFit yesterday, or you have been doing it for ten years, there is always something to improve on, which I think is extremely intriguing about the sport. But my favorite aspect of CrossFit is the community. I love that CrossFit brings people together in a way that nothing else can; turning complete strangers into family.”

Nick Cyr

CF-L1 Trainer

Nick Cyr, CFM Coach

Nick is a coach at CrossFit Mystic. He has been training in CrossFit for two years and competes in local competitions. He has completed the CrossFit Level 1 course, the CFM coach’s prep, and is CPR certified.

“For me, CrossFit keeps bringing me back because of its broad range of movements – from simple to highly complex – and that anybody, at any level, has something to improve on. In my life as an athlete, training has always been more fun to me than a chore, and that is an enthusiasm that I strive to push forward to other like-minded people. I love having the opportunity to meet and come close to people that I otherwise would never know, and being a part of the camaraderie  formed with everyone in the gym.

As a coach, I find a joy in the never-ending education to create the fittest and healthiest people possible.”

Tristan Maiorano

CF-L1 Trainer

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Tristan is a seasonal coach at CrossFit Mystic. He has been involved in the sport of CrossFit since 2011. In the past several years, he has taken the CF-L1 course, along with CrossFit mobility, Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Strongman courses. During his time not in the gym coaching or working out, he is full-time student at Bryant university studying Entrepreneurship with a minor in communications.

“For me, CrossFit has always been my outlet, that thing that just felt right. I quit football and baseball to pursue functional movements at high intensity while constantly being varied because it makes more sense in the long run than being able to hit a 80-90mph fastball. I also love being apart of a community that comes together around the common goal of working hard and suffering through whatever mess is on the board on any given day. Whether your goal is to go to the Games or to lose some weight and get back in shape, I want to coach you and pass on the knowledge I’ve built up over the past 5 years.”