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.
Former Us Marine who once competed as a Power Lifter sanctioned under the International Powerlifting Federation.Possessing certification with (NPTI) National Personal Training Institute (NASM) National Academy of Sports Medicine. Very passionate about fitness, while ensuring clients understand fitness is a (lifestyle) not just for a season.”Human anatomy musculature system is an independent system, which performs better when trained together as a unified whole”
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.
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.
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
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.
Timea Presley is the Pilates Program Director of MINT’s Pilates Studios in Washington DC. She is a former professional dancer and Pilates studio owner born in Budapest, Hungary, with over 15 years of teaching and managing experience. Washington Ballet Faculty member Kristy Windom called her “”a creative teacher, who provides a safe place to explore a side of Pilates that few understand””.
Having achieved certifications from STOTT PILATES (Post-Rehabilitation Specialist, Injuries and Special Populations, Mat, Reformer, Caddillac, Chair, Barrels, Advanced Mat & Apparatus certified), Polestar Pilates (Mat certified) Yoga in the Shivananda tradition (200hr Yoga Alliance certified) and Spinning (certified), she has a wide arrey of knowledge and is dedicated to helping her clients with their health and fitness goals.
Timea Presley founded and operated Soma Pilates Studio in Berlin, Germany, which she succesfully sold before her move to her husband’s home country, the US.
Ms Presley studied at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy and Dance Academie Balance 1 in Berlin in combination with courses in Functinal Anatomy and Performance Analisys at the Freie University Berlin. To deepen her talents as a performer and movement instructor, she explored the practice of the Gyrotonic Expansion System, Gyrokinesis, Alexander Technic, Feldenkreis, Authentic Movement, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Contact Improvisation and Release Technique. To gain better understanding of the mind – body – soul connection, she lived in a yoga ashram, where she focused on the study of bhakti yoga and yogic diet.
Currently Washington DC is Timea Presley’s home. She served as Yoga Studio Director at DC Yoga and as an independent instructor at the Washington Ballet, IMF, World Bank, FBI, Smithsonian and the DC Recreation Department. She has been with MINT Health Club & Spa for many years now in different roles, like Pilates Program Director, Head Pilates Instructor and Mind Body Program Director. Alongside the traditional STOTT PILATES programming, she focuses on specialized instruction (pre- and post- natal, challenging the athlete, post rehab) as well as new ways to move on the Pilates equippment.
To stay current in her field, Ms. Presley completed following continuing education and specialized courses with STOTT Pilates: Pilates Programming for Osteoporosis Management, Pilates Equipment Programming for Breast Cancer Rehab, Programming for Scoliosis Management, 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.
With 10 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.
“Before becoming a trainer, Jim pursued a broad array of athletic and academic disciplines. Through high school, he played football, baseball, and threw shot put, discuss, and javelin. During his years as an undergraduate, he played Division III football and Division I rugby. Jim graduated with a degree in Psychology and attended law school post-grad. It was after his freshman season that he became fiercely aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, not just training for sport. Having gone from 250 pounds to over 305 pounds in a letter of months, his performance on and off the field deteriorated rapidly. After much soul searching and some choice words from his incredibly inspiring girlfriend, Jim committed himself to getting in the best shape of his life. Over the next year, he lost over 100 pounds and was in condition to play rugby for a top ranked university.
During law school, Jim discovered the importance of training the mind, in conjunction with the body, and began incorporating meditation, yoga, and qi gong into his routine. In addition to training, Jim has volunteered extensively with Special Olympic athletes and is currently coaching rugby at a local high school.
Nariman has extensive experience in Fitness and is an all around Athlete. Specializing in Calisthenics along with mobility, biomechanics, rehabilitation, bodybuilding, weight loss and nutrition. He places a huge emphasis on proper body movement, strength, mobility, and endurance in all of his programming.
Nariman’s mentality is all about having the most well rounded physique possible. He loves meeting new people and sharing experiences along with helping others develop themselves on their own fitness journey. You can find him on his Instagram @NV__FIT doing all sorts of things from motivational clips to tricks and stunts!
I’m originally from Long Island, New York, but moved to Maryland when I was young. I’ve been very athletic my whole life – playing soccer in the fall, then swimming during the winters and playing lacrosse in the spring/summer. I played lacrosse at the University of Maryland prior to enlisting in the Army.
Being very competitive by nature, when I choose the Army I went to the hardest school they had: Ranger School! I was active duty for eight years, then joined the reserves and began my career in fitness. Being a trainer is great because I love being active, and love helping people achieve their fitness goals and improve themselves.
I have enjoyed competing in many crossfit competitions in the local metro area – but my most major competition took place overseas while in Kuwait, “Battle of the Middle East”.
Olympic lifting is my passion. I specialize in Mobility, high intensity workouts, OLY, cardiovascular specific drills, sports performance.
I am certified through ACE, Crossfit LVL 1&2, USAW ( United States Weightlifting) Performance coach and Trigger Point Therapy.
A quote I like to tell my athletes: “Treat your body like you would your car. If you don’t take care of it, it’ll break down on you”