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.
“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
Strength & Intensity Program Director
Roger Mack is certified with NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). He has worked with multiple celebrity figures, has been on Major Television network, and acted as the motivational speaker and fitness consultant. His career path started back in early 2000’s when Mack qualified for the 2003 and 2004 USA Indoor Championship in the 60m high hurdles. Later that year, he qualified for 2004 Olympic Games Trails in the 110m high hurdles. Although his drive, motivation and passion led him thus far, an Achilles injury halted his Olympic career. He now completes as a competitive USA Track and Field Masters Sprinter. Mack has worked with NBC’s Biggest Loser Season 6 “Green Team” Adam and Stacey Capers, whom he led to the Finals. In his recent works, Mack trained two CEO’s – Basim Mansour or Michael & Son and Fouad Qreitem of Paisono’s Pizza – for a “2011 CEO Challenge.”
Liz Harvey studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a degree in vocal performance. She later went on to travel nationwide performing at colleges, universities, music tradeshows and with other local opera companies. Throughout her collegiate years, Liz maintained a healthy lifestyle that is required as a performer. Her focus was on stamina, endurance, and her keen attention to detail. As her career as an opera singer developed so did her passion for fitness. She was able to master true discipline.
After years of singing, Liz decided to put her opera career on hold and pursue her passion for fitness. Within 12 weeks she was competing on stage in her first National Physique Committee (NPC) bodybuilding show, where she placed 7th. Her commitment and determination inspired her to continue training to enter another competition. The following year she placed 2nd in an NPC show.
Liz soon became a certified trainer and nutrition coach in Greensboro where she honed her skills. She specializes in transformation, weight loss, bodybuilding, women’s health, nutrition, sports conditioning, rehabilitation and injury recovery as well as group training speciality classes.
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.
Since she began dancing at age four, Meaghan has always made movement a part of her life. She began running track at a young age and developed her competitive spirit and a passion for achieving excellence via physical fitness. It was through dance that Meaghan found yoga over eight years ago; beginning with Bikram classes, she eventually found her groove in Vinyasa. Meaghan has been teaching cardio, strength training, and yoga classes for over 5 years and incorporates CrossFit, weightlifting, and yoga into her own fitness regimen. Expect to be challenged and educated in Meaghan’s classes. Whether it’s yoga or an intensity class, you will leave energized and with new knowledge about your body and its abilities.
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.
Anni’s dedication to physical fitness began in 2006 when she joined a competitive dance company and has since expanded to include long-distance running, fast-paced and dynamic yoga classes, weight training, and MINT’s signature intensity classes. She believes that the best work outs should leave you exhilarated, clear-headed, and appreciative of your body and all of her classes are planned with this goal in mind. She is an ACE-certified group fitness instructor as well as a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher. In addition to teaching at MINT and running with her dog on the national mall she is also a law student at Georgetown University.
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.