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How Music Takes Training To The Next Level For Seth “The Foot Doctor” Minter

The self-described “Foot Doctor” loves working out to trap songs.

Seth Minter is the perfect example of the proverb that says, “when one door closes, another opens.”

After the Bowie State University wide receiver suffered a torn ACL in high school that derailed his plans to go to the NFL, the Baltimore native decided to find another field of work that would make use of his athletic prowess.

“I started to focus on footwork because I still wanted to be effective,” Minter says. Influenced by Chad Ocho Cinco and his saying “they don’t pay me for my hands, they pay me for my feet,” the former wide receiver created a unique brand of training that incorporated footwork and agility drills.

With his peers heading to the NFL, Minter put his dynamic body motion training to work. Initially, people didn’t quite understand what Minter was doing. However, it started to catch on. A phone call from former Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon was made to Minter in an effort to help his cousin Brandon Driver with a tryout for the Baltimore Ravens.

During the tryout, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had his curiosity piqued by the methods that Driver used to prepare, which led to Lewis seeking out Minter to train his children. Soon enough, word got around about The Foot Doctor. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, Minter has had a hand in training the likes of Antonio Brown, Sammy Watkins, Jordan Reed, Torrey Smith, Dwight Howard, Draymond Green, Steph Curry, Ryan Babel, and a host of others. The demand is so high for his services that Under Armour sought him out for their new “Soundtrack to the Game” series on YouTube.

What makes the series fitting for Minter is the incorporation of emerging hip-hop artists who pair their music with Minter’s fresh take on working out. Otown Marco’s “Cheatcodes” scores the series’ premiere, while other emerging artists like KDC and Tye Henney provide the backing track for other episodes.

“Music helps with keeping the flow,” Minter explains. His Instagram page is littered with various songs ranging from Lor Scoota’s “Style For Free” and Future’s “March Madness” to 21 Savage’s “Numb” and “7 Min Freestyle” that go along with his rigorous training.

Although there’s a healthy helping of trap music in his training playlist, Minter certainly mixes it up depending on who he is working with and what he’s looking to bring out of the athlete during a given session.

“I might play something calm if someone is trying to tap into their metaphysical,” Minter says. “If I’m out there skill training, I want them more upbeat so I’ll play some trap music. It depends on who the contact is and what I’m trying to deliver at that moment.”

No matter what, there’s always music involved when Minter is helping athletes avoid surgery or shaving full seconds off of their 40-yard time.

“Music is part of the vibration. It is geometry and harmonics. It helps with the whole flow of training. Music helps release endorphins. I’m a big fan of music while training,” he says.

There’s a misconception that Minter’s work is only relegated to football players. Although it began there, it certainly hasn’t ended with in that field. Instead, you can catch Minter on his social media working with Lacross players (Jack Brennan) to the tunes of JAY-Z and Linkin Park’s “Numb/Encore,” Beşiktaş striker Ryan Babel and even wardrobe stylist Shanu Surina.

Music is part of the vibration. It is geometry and harmonics. It helps with the whole flow of training.
— Seth Minter

It is rare, if ever, silent when The Foot Doctor is at work. Even in those more somber moments of relaxation between workouts, Minter deploys something to listen to.

“The ‘Om Mantra’,” he says with a laugh. "It’s a Hindu chant that is considered to have high spiritual and creative power. It may sound ridiculous but that’s what I use for athletes to relax and get into this metaphysical state to begin the healing process.”

As The Foot Doctor’s client base expands, the 33-year-old will continue to spread his brand of training into the far reaches of the universe. And, as always, there will be a tune in the background to keep the blood pumping.

“I like catchy music that will get an athlete to feel the vibe. People like to move and a lot of everything has to do with the rhythm. It makes the process of delivering the lessons a lot easier.”


Check out our Music To Train To: Seth Minter playlist brought to you by Under Armour below.