Meet Our Trainers & Instructors

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MAC Trainers

Sam Butts MAC trainer

Sam Butts

Director of Fitness and Sports Performance Training

Sam graduated from Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) and St. Joseph’s College (SJC) of Maine (Standish, ME) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science (2009-2013). A 4-year Varsity hockey player and Travis Roy award finalist, he moved on to be a 4-year starter and captain of the SJC baseball team. Sam has over a decade of measurable success in sport performance training, yoga, and extensive knowledge and practice in health, wellness, and nutrition. He completed an internship with the vaunted Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning program where he worked with athletes at all levels. The Boyle program is regarded as the best strength and conditioning program in the country.

Sam has developed a lifelong passion for movement, sports and performance training through his own experiences as an athlete. He aspires to build this same passion in every athlete he works with and, as a coach, he hopes to have the same positive impact on others that so many of his coaches had on him.

Sam believes in building the basics and takes pride in consistently doing the common things uncommonly well. He focuses on creating an athletic foundation to support injury prevention and increased performance in sport. Most importantly, he hopes to instill self-confidence and build high-character individuals who appreciate and love the process of striving to get better each day- physically, mentally, and in every other way- through taking ownership of their own journey.

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Lindsay Mzaouakk

Master Trainer

Lindsay began personal training and teaching group fitness classes after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Psychology. She holds certifications in ACE Personal Training, Functional Movement Screening, Stott Pilates, Les Mills Body Pump, Zumba, PiYo, TRX, Total Barre, Barre Above, and Bolly X and is a graduate of Dance Teachers Club of Boston.

Lindsay’s passion for fitness developed at a young age after studying various styles of dance, and teaching dance to children, teens and adults. She currently teaches Mat Pilates, Zumba, PlyoJam and Barre at Manchester Athletic Club and was the Group Fitness Director for 14 years.

Lindsay enjoys teaching and motivating people of all ages and fitness levels to reach their goals. She likes to teach her class participants and clients about proper body alignment, posture and educate about general fitness and muscle actions. Lindsay was an Amateur and Professional Ballroom Dance Competitor for over 15 years in the Latin Ballroom and American Rhythm Style, competing and performing nationally. Now Lindsay spends her free time being a mom to her 2 young children and salsa dancing.

Nikki Parisi

Nikki Parisi

Director of Group Fitness, Master Trainer

Nikki earned her Associates Degree at Burdett Business School in 1989. After having her first child she knew that she had to fight genetics and got involved in group fitness. She has been in the industry for almost 3 decades, and working at Manchester Athletic Club for the past 23 years as a Master Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. From beginner, elderly or athlete,

Nikki loves helping people set and reach their fitness goals, and enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes including SPIN, Muscle Conditioning, and TRX. She was responsible for the launching of our Fit-At-Any-Age Class, and helped with the Start up of the American Cancer Society’s Spin for Hope. When it comes to Personal Training, Nikki emphasizes the importance of combining cardiovascular, functional, strength training and fun into her clients programs.

Nikki’s certifications include: NETA and AFAA Personal Trainer, Madd Dog SPIN Instructor, Kickboxing, Step, TRX, INDO ROW, Functional Movement Specialist, and Senior Fitness. When not teaching a class or Personal Training, enjoys fitness conferences, the beach, gardening, travel, and spending time with her family and friends. Her passion is rowing, and spends as much time as possible on the water.

Eric Dunstan

Eric Dunstan

Fitness Operations Coordinator, Personal trainer

Eric graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a degree in Sociology. He was a member of the varsity polo team all four years. After recovering from a fall while riding, he found his passion for fitness. He enjoys coaching clients of all ages and abilities, as well as instructing classes and groups. He employs a range of fitness techniques, from strength and power, to endurance and stability. Working out should not just be a self challenge, but also fun. He is NASM certified.

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Tristen Howard

Sports Performance Coach, Personal Trainer

Tristen recently earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology while competing as a Student-Athlete on the Track and Field Team at the University of Rhode Island. He is a 2x consecutive Atlantic 10 (A10) Conference 100m Champion, has contributed to six consecutive A10 Conference Team Championships, and holds both the School and A10 Conference Records in the 60m dash. Additionally, he set a School Record and made an NCAA preliminary appearance with his 4x100m relay team in the 2024 Outdoor season.

Tristen knows firsthand the challenges of returning to play post-injury. Over five years, he has endured and recovered from 13 hamstring strains, and has not let that stop him. Since winning is the only option for him, he has taken an interest in many modalities to maximize recovery and rehabilitation.

With a particular interest in strength and conditioning and athletic performance, Tristen interned at Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning (MBSC), working with Coach Sam and Coach Alex. During Spring ‘24, he also interned at the University of Rhode Island’s Strength and Conditioning facility with Coach Collin, where he was able to merge his knowledge between the private and collegiate sectors.

Collin Engley

Collin Engley

Sports Performance Coach, Personal Trainer

Collin is a graduate (‘24) of the University of Rhode Island’s kinesiology program. Diving into the strength and conditioning industry from day 1 of his collegiate career, Collin completed an internship at Full Plate S&C in his hometown of Westfield, Massachusetts during his first semester that was prematurely ended by COVID. From there, Collin obtained his NSCA Certification in Personal Training in order to further develop his coaching abilities and help people in the URI community along their fitness journeys. After a year of this pursuit, Collin was awarded an additional ISSA CPT scholarship and later promoted to become URI Recreation Department’s Personal Training Program Assistant, the highest position an undergraduate is able to hold within the department.

Collin’s primary interest is in long term athletic development stemming from his interest in athletics from a young age in an unorthodox order, starting with weightlifting pursuits in middle school and joining local lacrosse, wrestling and basketball teams for the first time in high school. Collin’s philosophy is that of creating competent and confident movers from a young age so that athletes can be creative, be themselves and express control on and off the field or court.

Haley Allison

Haley Allison

Pilates Instructor

What began as a love for fitness blossomed into a passion to help others enjoy a more active lifestyle. In the industry since 2004 Haley has acquired many different fitness certifications. As the Pilates Reformer Studio Coordinator, Haley is fully trained in Stott Reformer, an equipment based Pilates repertoire, as well as Essential and Intermediate Pilates Mat Work. You can also find Haley teaching in our barre studio and other group ex classes as well. Due to her extensive education in the fitness industry, Haley has acquired a deep knowledge of fitness, and as a result her clients reap those rewards.

Susan Palmero

Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer

Susan has been working as a fitness professional on the North Shore for 25 years. She holds certifications in AFFA/ Personal Training, AFFA/ Group Exercise, BBU/ Reformer, TRX, Madd Dog Athletics/ Spin, Pilates, Kickboxing, Strength Training, along with teaching various group fitness classes. She has directed group exercise programs and operates a small business for women’s fitness.

Susan’s passion for strength training developed in her young adult years realizing along with a strong, fit, healthy body, came a strong mind. This motivated her to design programs and classes for women to build long, lean, muscles. Infusing her personal training experience with group training she advocates form, technique and body function/movement into her group fitness classes.

Living on the North Shore she enjoys being outdoors and staying active with biking, hiking, or exercising on the beach. Susan believes keeping her body moving is a great strategy on fighting the aging process. To create a happy, healthy lifestyle she spends her free time with family and friends.

Class Instructors

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Lindsay Mzaouakk

Master Trainer, Pilates, Zumba, Barre, and Plyojam instructor

Nikki Parisi

Nikki Parisi

Director of Group Fitness, Master Trainer, Indoor Cycling, Chisel, TRX, Barre, and Guts+Butts Instructor

Haley Allison

Haley Allison

Pilates Reformer Coordinator, Pilates, Barre, Indoor Cycling, Plyojam

Wendy Brady

Pilates Inferno

James D’Ambrosio

Zumba, Aqua Zumba

Tobin Dominick

Indoor Cycling, MAC Circuit

Eric Dunstan

Fitness Operations Coordinator, Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Instructor

Carol Figurido

Fit At Any Age, Barre, Pilates

Alyssa Flynn

Yoga

Karen Garrett

Yoga

Klara Gregory

Aquatics

Wendy Hashley

Barre, Indoor Cycling

Susan Himml

Yoga

Kathy Iatrou-Matrundola

FAAA, Step and Sculpt, The Works, Muscle

Lynee Lance

Plyojam, Barre

Mary Lenhardt

Yoga, Pilates

Heather McClelland

Barre, Sculpt

Kara Mirak

Indoor Cycling, HIIT, Boot Camp

Annie O’Flynn

Indoor Cycling

Susan Palermo

TRX, Barre, Indoor Cycle

Lisa Rigsby

Indoor Cycling

Susan Rose

MAC Attack, Power Hour