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Samantha banister

I started CrossFit in June 2013 initially to support my husband who was also joining, even though I didn’t want to at first because I was too intimidated.  Growing up active playing soccer, doing dance, running, and a deep passion for competitive swimming, free weights and barbell work was completely new to me. Despite this, I quickly picked up the movements and fell in love with the CFD community so much that I started training for my first scaled competition only two months after doing my very first WOD and eventually ended up changing my college major from education to exercise science. I am currently a senior at Columbus State University, majoring in Exercise Science with a strong focus in exercise physiology, kinesiology, and strength & conditioning.  I have an immense passion for coaching, the science behind movement, and getting our athletes to realize the potential they have within themselves, both in and outside of the gym. 


  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

  • MWOD Institute Level 2 Certified Mobility Coach

  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science

  • CrossFit Masters Course

  • CrossFit Scaling Course

  • CrossFit Judging Course

  • Military Athlete Advanced Programming Course

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Member

  • American Heart Association CPR