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!
Challenge yourself against the clock and with the assistance of a heart rate monitor, you’ll see your stats on the leaderboard for accurate performance zone, performance IQ and caloric burn. 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.
Register for PIQ here. It’s FREE and takes 15 seconds.
All Power Playground classes offer complimentary use of our PIQ power metrics system.see your stats on the leaderboard for accurate performance zone, performance IQ and calorie-torching!
“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
Intensity Program DirectorHIIT (PP, TRX, CORE, BOOTCAMP), Master Trainer
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 ten 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 teaching boxing, and kick-boxing classes, as well as one-on-one self-defense instruction. Rasean is a NASM certified personal trainer, 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.
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.
Anna Hodges hails from Chicago, IL. She was a collegiate lacrosse athlete at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and after graduating she coached volleyball and lacrosse. She now works as a Senior Writer of Content Development for a Literacy non-profit. When she isn’t working or training, you can find her hopelessly attempting to teach her dog in the intricacies of “fetch,” reading a cookbook from cover to cover, or getting in a good hike.
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.