Rediscover the fun of recess as an adult.
Power Playground, a MINT signature offering, takes two formats: HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) and BURN. Whether you’re just interested in starting a new routine or looking for a greater athletic challenge, we have a program right for you.
Power Playground HIIT (All levels)
This workout is anything but routine. This class is designed to increase cardiovascular endurance with a variety of total body circuits ranging from 10 – 15 different intervals. Not only will you experience workout creativity at its finest with our specially trained instructors, participants will also experience a dynamic and cardio-pumping workout using the “power” of kettlebells, resistance bands, weights, ropes and more. Circuits are uniquely designed to emulate a “playground,” but for big kids!
HIIT is for all athletic abilities and ages 18+. No prior fitness experience is needed, just water and a towel.
Avg. Caloric Burn 400-800 Calories.
Power Playground BURN (Advanced)
The BURN format combines the elements of traditional Power Playground circuits with ballistic movements of strength and power to give you the ultimate muscle-burning workout. Designed to bring out your inner beast mode, these circuits are weight bearing and resistance training (aka HIRT “High Intensity Resistance Training”). If you’re ready to unleash your inner athlete, then this is the heart-pumping, strength-training program for you.
Note: This class is not appropriate for beginners. You must be able to lift more than 20 pounds overhead for reps, jump onto an elevated surface, and push/pull a 50+ pound sled. Being able to flip the big tire is a plus! Due to extreme intervals with weights, a heart rate monitor is highly encouraged for safety reasons.
Avg. Caloric Burn 600-1200 Calories.
Designed for the sports athlete in you! Performance, technique and agility are incorporated in these workouts. A slower methodical approach to calisthenics is used to ensure optimal conditioning.
This boot-camp style class features bodyweight suspension training alongside weighted elements like medicine balls, kettlebells, and free weights. These block formation classes include reps and sets that are timed.
“Power Playground BURN is so tough but I love it! I’ve been a big fan of Power Playground since I joined MINT so I love that you guys are innovating and stepping it up a notch. Liz is such a fantastic instructor. Her energy and toughness make me want to try my hardest and make progress. And the variety of exercises is awesome. This class is NOT for beginners but great for those looking to step it up a notch.”
Meet our Instructors
Brooke Auxier is an ACE certified group fitness instructor, who teaches strength-training and high-intensity classes. Her Power Playground classes integrate weight-training exercises, body weight exercises, core work and cardio bursts! Prepare to sweat, be challenged and have some fun! You can connect with her on Instagram (@bodybybrookea) for tips, exercises and motivation!
Rasean has been training in the DC area for twelve years. Before starting a career as a personal trainer, he spent over 10 years training in the martial arts. Prior to coming to Mint, Rasean worked for other fitness companies training clients, and teaching boxing, and kick-boxing classes, as well as one-on-one self-defense instruction. Rasean is a NASM certified personal trainer, and Cancer Exercise Specialist , who believes that form and technique is far more important than how much weight you’re pressing. He also believes that your workout should be functional and help you in your everyday routine, and in the power of healthy living for a good life.
The Cancer Exercise Specialist is a professional qualified to assess, design, and implement individual, and group exercise programs for individuals diagnosed with cancer. The CES evaluates health behaviors, and risk factors, and modify negative health habits, in order for the client to reach more robust health with positive lifestyle management. The CES has a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis to treatment, recovery, and prevention of lymphedema, and contraindications.
Michael has a degree in Exercise Science from Montgomery college and is certified with the American College of Sport Medicine. He also has training in functional rehabilitation, massage therapy , an exercise training method for stopping chronic pain. He has worked for several years with Sports & Physical Therapist in Washington DC Area.
Nicole received her BS in exercise science at East Carolina University and relocated after graduation to work in the corporate fitness industry. Here she gained experience and developed a passion for educating others on the benefits of safe and effective exercise. She has lived and worked in DC for over 2 years and is excited to delivery fun workouts to the MINT DC community!
My love for fitness began at a young age. More likely than not I was one of the only kids in the state of North Carolina that asked for a weight lifting set for his 10th birthday. Throughout my life I’ve always been an active person and having a strong interest in playing several different sports such as soccer, football and basketball. Over the years I’ve even began to pick up tennis both competitively and leisurely. I will always be an athlete at heart.I’ve been in the fitness industry for the past 3 years and have loved every minute of it. I enjoy using the the kinesiology degree I earned from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to improve every life that I come across. I have had experience working with clients from ages 7-93. My goal is to live a life where I am able to show people what they are truly capable of and to encourage them to be the person they didn’t even know they could become.
Certifications: Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology, ACSM-CPT
Specializations: Strength and conditioning, weight loss, core strength development, balance and coordination, flexibility, athletic training
Gabe has been with MINT since 2011 where he started training, and teaching Group exercise classes. He was promoted to Master Trainer and then moved in to management taking over the Group Exercise Programming. Since then Gabe has settled in as the Program/Fitness director managing all trainers and programs at MINT.Gabe has always kept training for his love of helping people with their fitness routine. His style adapts to each clients needs. He is always looking to better himself and help each of his clients reach their fitness goals.
With 12 years of experience, Jen firmly believes that as a personal trainer, she is a vital part of the health industry and knows the importance of promoting and teaching health and wellness. She has a strong background in exercise rehab and enjoys a more functional approach to exercise, incorporating balance, strength, stability, and mobility. In her spare time, she really enjoys team sports and spending time with friends and family. Jen is nationally certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) since 2006. She also has specialties in Gray Cook’s Movement Screen working with movement patterns in rehabilitative training, MS and Exercise, Prenatal/Postpardum Exercise, and TRX certified.
Classes: Power Playground Athlete, MINT Fuze
Mike describes himself as an athletic artist who enjoys challenging his body and mind in creative ways. He enjoys guiding his clients to grow in the same way. He believes that the human body thrives off of overcoming stress. His training style includes a combination of strongman/mma and yoga/flow. He is a force amplifier and enjoys helping others rise above their current level even I it is just one percent more every day.
Lane Fahy has been passionate about exercise, and particularly group exercise, since she began taking group exercise classes in college. She was amazed at how exercise made her feel better, gave her more energy, and lowered stress. Sparked by her own love of working out in a group setting, she decided to become certified in group exercise instruction. Since then, she has taught all sorts of classes – spinning, strength training, HIIT, and sports conditioning. For her, it’s all about the group atmosphere. She loves teaching (and taking!) group classes because of the energy and motivation that only comes from working out together, as a team. Together, we work harder, and push past limits we didn’t know we could. When she’s not in the studio, she’s a doctoral student in clinical psychology. Her research revolves around the mental health benefits of exercise, and particularly how exercise can benefit those with severe and chronic mental illness. The mind-body connection, and the tremendous impact that exercise can have on one’s mental health, will always amaze her.
Lindsay Grunwald, no stranger to fitness, she’s been a HIIT/ Bootcamp Style instructor for 3+ years with certifications in a plethora of intensity genres. She brings a delightful energy and enthusiasm with her.