Professional, meet professional.
Just as you would be choosy over hiring any professional, a trainer is no different. MINT has the most rigorous hiring standards of any gym or studio in the DC metro area. Our trainers have four-year degrees or 10 years minimum experience, and all hold advanced nationally-recognized certifications. No weekend certifications here.
Kathryn is a professional modern dancer and actor who has performed all across the country. She is a company member with internationally-acclaimed Synetic Theater (2010-present) as well as a company member with the award-winning Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (2011-present). Kathryn has been relying on Barre exercises to compliment her dance training for the past 10 years, and she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to share this incredibly effective fitness method with her students. In addition to Barre instruction, Kathryn works as a professional coach, guiding and supporting individuals working to achieve their goals and find balance in all aspects of their lives.
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.
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
Timea Presley is a Washington DC based Pilates Teacher Trainer and Advanced Level Instructor (STOTT) with more than 17 years experience teaching and managing Pilates programs and studios across Europe and the US. She specializes in post rehabilitation conditioning and Pilates for former dancers. Her extensive experience with Pilates, dance and yoga creates a dynamicly flowing style with attention to balance between strength and flexibility.
Timea leads her Comprehensive 500 hour Teacher Training Program that is included in the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) registry of schools.
She is also a fully certified advanced level STOTT Pilates Instructor, Post Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist, Yoga Teacher in the Shivananda tradition and Barre Instructor. She has taught more than 20,000 hours of private and group classes in the studio environment, luxury health clubs, dance schools and corporate facilities.
Washington Ballet’s Senior Faculty Member, Kristy Windom called her “a creative teacher, who provides a safe place to explore a side of Pilates that few understand.”
Timea studied at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, Dance Academie Balance 1 Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. As a professional Modern and Contemporary Dancer her physical training included amongst others Ballet, Pilates, Jazz, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Graham Technic, Cunningham Technic, Limon Technic, Folklore Dance, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinsesis and Alexander Technic.
Timea’s involvement in managing studios and Pilates programs started with founding and operating her own Soma Pilates Studio in Berlin. After her move to the US she has held roles as Studio Direktor at DC Yoga, Pilates Studio & Program Director, Head Pilates Instructor and Mind Body Program Director at MINT Health Club & Studio in DC.
Timea taught as guest faculty at the Washington School of Ballet and has been guest teacher at the Smithsonian, World Bank, IMF, FBI, government organizations, health clubs, studios and conferences.
Timea’s training through STOTT Pilates has included courses such as Pilates programming for managing osteoporosis and scoliosis, breast cancer rehab, athletic conditioning, stabilization and Function of the knee, Prenatal Pilates on Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair, Optimization of the Lumbopelvic Region, Optimization of the Shoulder Complex, Principles of Stabilization, Postural Analysis, The 5 Pilates Basic Principles Explained, Athletic Conditioning on Stability Coushions, Jumpboard Intervals, V2 Max Plus Programming, The Reformer and the Padded Platform Extender.
To study the mind body connection and yogic diet Timea lived in a Bhakti Yoga Ashram in Colorado and enjoys incorporating the practices she learned into her daily life in Washington DC.
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.
Mary has been training at MINT since 2014, and she trains clients at both DuPont and downtown locations. She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and focuses on creating individualized programs for clients based on their unique needs and fitness goals. She enjoys helping people push past their self-imposed limits and inspiring them to be the best version of themselves. She motivates clients to challenge themselves, concurrently remaining attentive to any limitations or muscular imbalances that need to be considered. As a personal trainer with a passion for motivating people to stay active, Mary strives to change people’s perspective on fitness. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking, weightlifting, or furthering her education.
Suzanne Schuerman is a Stott-Certified Pilates instructor trained in mat, reformer, cadillac, chair, and barrel work through the advanced level. Suzanne takes tremendous joy in sharing the benefits of Pilates – improved fitness, strength, flexibility, and posture – with a fun, encouraging, and challenging teaching style.
James has studied and trained in capoeira, the African Brazilian martial art for the past decade, and has been a student of health and fitness for a lifetime. He has been leading people through dynamic and innovative exercise regimens for more than 12 years, and is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His practice centers around expanding efficiency and mobility along the body’s kinetic chain, allowing for the optimum movement, stability, and flexibility integral to any wellness plan.
James develops individualized workout programs to meet the needs of diverse clientele. He has an extensive understanding of the body’s interdependent systems, and how consistent physical activity, proper nutrition, and positive attitudes facilitate excellent health. His attentiveness to each client’s specific strengths and challenges have proven successful in improving joint and muscle issues, correcting posture and alignment, and increasing overall self-confidence in one’s physical abilities. As a martial arts practitioner he has devised a resourceful toolbox of holistic exercises, stretching techniques, and simple methods for injury reduction.
James is also the co-owner of TheFamily Dances, a creative practice boutique that designs dance and capoeira programs for youth, families, and organizations. He is the father of three awesome little folks.
Classes: Power Playground, Personal Trainer
Amanda started working in the fitness industry in 2010 while pursuing her BA in International Affairs at GWU. With a background in golf and dance, she has always appreciated an active lifestyle. Currently, Amanda teaches 12 different group fitness formats (ranging from PiYo Strength to Spin), while also working privately with clients and athletes across the Northeast region. She is a USAW Sports Performance Coach and focuses on Olympic lifting for her own training.
Sam has been training with MINT beginning in 2018 at the DuPont location. He is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and enjoys creating targeted programs to help clients achieve their individual goals. Growing up in the Washington DC area, Sam started competing athletically at a young age and continuing through adulthood in many sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball. He fell in love with weightlifting and strength training while studying at the University of Maryland and continues to bring the same focus and passion into the gym today.
Sam firmly believes that health and fitness is a lifestyle that must be lived day in and day out and not something to just be focused on for a few sessions per week. He enjoys helping clients achieve new levels of success in the gym while making each workout unique and fun. When not working Sam enjoys exercising, spending time with friends and family and watching sports.
Agnieszka grew up in Poland and moved to the US in 2001. She has masters degrees in music and performing arts, specializing in viola, and teaching violin and piano. She also holds a BA in music therapy and was originally interested in stretching movements to release tension from hours of practicing instruments. Her first Pilates experience came more than a decade ago when Agnieszka sought out a physical training program with movement. After a break to take care of her new-born twins she continued with Yoga training in 2009, becoming a certified Yoga instructor. About four years ago she began investigating Pilates because she began discovering how the body works and realized Yoga was not enough for her. She completed a Power Pilates course and in 2014 found out about the Boulder, Colorado world-renowned Pilates Center, enrolling in the official certification program. Agnieszka likes to apply the skills she acquired as a music specialist – focus, persistence, dedication, willingness to embrace daily practice and giving oneself the time to grow towards mastery, consistency, coordination and engaging the full body in learning. ‘The benefits of Pilates are indescribable – it is really about learning how a healthy body moves and as we get older it gives the energy to take on life’s daily challenges, in work, family and home life,’ she says.
Galen is a motivated fitness professional and personal trainer who has experience working with a wide variety of clients. He is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Hailing from Burlington, Vermont, Galen leads an active lifestyle emphasizing continuous improvement and education. His adaptive training knowledge is second-to-none. Galen is a capable, charismatic, and attentive professional with a strong background in traditional and functional weight training, economic running, swimming, and kickboxing. By focusing on the development of flexibility, mobility, and postural improvements through proper exercise technique, Galen hopes to redefine YOUR relationship with fitness and exercise. Galen can tailor programs in an individualized manner enabling success for clients of all levels. From novices looking to build a comprehensive foundation in the gym, to advanced gym-goers looking to crush plateaus and take their fitness to the next level, Galen helps clients reach their goals.
Mark is a dedicated personal trainer and fitness professional with over a 12 years of experience working with clients of all ages and levels of fitness. He has a degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Health Promotion, and is certified through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA). Mark has years of experience working with clients suffering from various chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, he has also worked with numerous athletes and has helped them reach their fitness goals. Weather you are new to the gym, or have been exercising for years Mark will help you reach your fitness goals. Mark believes in being client-centered with regard to personal training. He develops a program specific to the individuals goals and any health or orthopedic issues they may have.