Making Your Crossover More Explosive

Crossover - TopBy Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Crossovers are a very important part of a hockey player’s game. They’re also one of the most difficult skating skills to master. Without proper crossover abilities, turning quickly becomes very difficult. They are also one of the key moves that allow players to accelerate on curves and in corners. Today we’re going to look at a few key points of the crossover and some exercises we can do on the strength and conditioning side to help give you the best chance at success. [Read more…]

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Warming Up the Overhead Athlete

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Warming Up - TopThe provocative arm movements in overhead sports (i.e. pitching, swimming, tennis, volleyball, etc…) if not taken care of, can cause the muscles around the shoulder to tighten, inhibiting the motion of the arm (humerus) in the socket (glenoid). Not addressing this tightness can cause it to accumulate over the course of a season, eventually leading to shoulder, elbow or neck pain and affecting velocity, strokes, and speed. [Read more…]

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Training with an Injury

Training with an Injury - 1By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

No one is immune from the risk of injury, especially athletes. It’s how we deal with these injuries during our recovery that allows us to continue to train effectively. [Read more…]

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Back Pain… Minimize Bad Days and Replace Them with Good – Part 3

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Back Pain 3 - 1In today’s post we are covering Part 3 of “Back Pain”. In case you missed Part 1 please click here (Common Myths), Part 2 please click here (Identify Your Group).

There are many reasons why 80% of us will walk around with back pain at some point in our lives and trying to address them all in this blog would not only be lengthy, but impossible considering the fact that I don’t know them all!  What I do know from years of being in the business is that 90% of my clients (adults and young athletes alike) suffer with back pain, mostly in the same area and for what I believe to be for many of the same reasons. [Read more…]

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Putting More Slap in Your Shot… Cable Ext Rotation @ 90 degrees

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

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Much Like the cocking phase for a pitcher, the wind-up in a slap shot is where the power starts. Both these movements rely heavily on “external rotation”.  This is where the scapula upwardly rotates to allow the arm (humerus) to elevate freely without impinging. [Read more…]

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In-Season Training… Making the Best Use of an Hour

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)Best Use of Hour - Top

I’m starting to get asked everyday by parents about in-season training. It took a bit of work to make this happen, but what a labor of love it has been. This means that people are finally realizing that in-season training is absolutely necessary!

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Man, I Love My Job!

Man I love My Job - 1By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Every once in a while I would like to highlight some of the athletes that train with us at RPP, partly because they have outperformed their peer group but more importantly because I am very proud of what they and we have accomplished together. I certainly am not taking any credit away from the coaches that work with these athletes, but performance testing pre- and post-RPP lets us know that we play a big part in preparing them for the road ahead. [Read more…]

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Is Your Training #Complete? (Part 2)

Part 2 - TopBy Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

A few weeks back I wrote about the goals that I see most, if not all, of my clientele coming in to the gym are looking to accomplish with regards to their workouts. Today, we’re going to talk about what goes into the Adult Metabolic Strength Programs here at RPP. [Read more…]

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Getting Explosive on the Ice with Off-Ice Plyometric Training

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Getting Explosive - 1Increasing your stride length is the first step in the process of acquiring greater speed on the ice. In today’s post we’ll cover the second. Here’s how. [Read more…]

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Softball – Here Come the Injuries… No Joke!

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

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March and April are always an exciting time of year because it’s almost time to “Play Ball!”.  It’s also the time of year when players are 10x’s more likely to get injured than any other period during the year (including August and September). [Read more…]

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