Since 2002, Eric Minkwitz has operated Mink Training Systems, a sports performance, workplace wellness, and nutritional consulting business geared towards student-athletes, active individuals, and busy professionals. Minkwitz works with people of all levels, to educate and empower his clients to reach their potential in team sports, personal endeavors, and physical competitions of all types. Minkwitz uses his own sports-specific methodology which focuses on Functional Movement Screens, building technique, teaching Olympic Lifts for power, instructing injury prevention and durability training for multi-sport athletes, and providing nutritional recommendations to fuel workdays and training schedules. In the workplace, he has created and conducted Wellness Seminars to help empower your workday, maximize focus and productivity through daily self-health choices, nutritional education, and movement techniques to enhance total body balance.
Additionally, Minkwitz has worked as Director of Operations for a sports medicine surgical device company, consulted to healthcare and fitness companies, written curriculum for human enhancement centers, and is a published author with Decision Resources, Outside Magazine and Skiing. Minkwitz also played professional football for the Hamburg Blue Devils in Germany, tested skis for Skiing Magazine, and played semi-pro football late in his thirties to test his own durability theories.
Pivotal life experiences help create a niche service for aspiring athletes: Minkwitz holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Science from Williams College, MA, where he captained the football team. Mink earned a starting varsity position as a freshman. As a pre-season All-American, his sophomore season was cut short when he fractured and dislocated his ankle as a result of an illegal hit. Following the first of four reconstructive surgeries, and some doomsday prognoses from doctors, Eric found Charles River Sports Therapy’s Carl Gustafson to be the lead physical therapist in this rigorous 2 year recovery. His rehab was a seven day a week affair which required Mink to transform his dorm room to accommodate ankle strengthening and mobility exercises. The process was very transformative to Mink since it illustrated the resiliency of the human body and mind, and with equal parts determination, knowledge, and grit, you can recover from adversity.
The fire to return to football, skiing, and basketball at an even higher level burned bright for Minkwitz, and thus he devoted himself not only to his regimen in the PT clinic, but also to learning the science behind these three fields:
Mink returned to complete his degree at Williams and was awarded captain of the football team, as well as the Coughlin Award for Perseverance following an Injury. During a three year stint as a medical writer and pharmaceutical market consultant at Decision Resources, Inc., Mink gained valuable insight on western style clinical trials and medicine, as well as non-traditional treatment paradigms including food nutrients and supplements and their affect on disease processes. Minkwitz then went on to play two seasons of pro football with the Hamburg Blue Devils, prior to launching Mink Training Systems in Southern California in 2002. Today, he sees clients in both New England and Southern California.