Archives for June 2015

Interview with Hockey Player Mike Gillespie (Future Buckeye)

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

Gillespie Picture 2The following is the first of many interviews I will be conducting from time to time with aspiring young athletes that train at RPP.  I believe their experience can be invaluable for other young athletes that train with us. 

Today my interview is with Michael Gillespie, a graduate of the Clarkstown High School Hockey program who has been training at RPP this summer getting ready for playing hockey at Ohio State this coming fall.  He has been playing with the Lincoln Stars in the USHL since graduation.   I think it’s a great read for aspiring hockey players.

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One Leg at a Time… The SLDL for Hip, Ankle and Core Strength and Stability

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

Here at RPP we train a number of hockey players in the off-season looking to get bigger, faster and stronger. With life being as hectic as it is we need to pack a ton in a single hour of training, so we sometimes look for exercises in our programming that train more than one body part [Read more…]


Training for Three Key Elements…Through the Eyes of a Hockey Player

By Andrew Ojeda (BS, NASM)

Microsoft PowerPoint - Presentation1This week I’m going to kick off the series with an article written by RPP coach Andrew Ojeda. Andrew played hockey at Suffern High School and at the collegiate level.  He continues to play today.

Hockey is said to be the fastest sport played on two feet, with athletes skating 15 to 20 miles per hour, taking slap shots topping out at 100 miles per hour and sacrificing their bodies into the boards without second guessing themselves. How are these athletes capable of safely performing at this high level?   [Read more…]


The Spartan Experience

By Ed Howard (CPT, NASM, FMS)

Spartan LogoToday I am going to post a brief blog by Ed Howard (CPT, NASM, FMS) one of our adult trainers at RPP.  Ed recently completed his fourth Spartan Race and I thought it would be a great read to see how training at RPP helped him complete the course in record time.

Whenever I tell someone that I’m going to do an obstacle course race like the Spartan Race the first question they often ask is “Why?”  Running a Spartan requires strength, agility, endurance and just a touch of crazy (well maybe more than a touch in my case, especially at the age of 61).  [Read more…]


My Favorite Upper Body Strength Exercise… Push-up Progressions

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

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People often ask me what my favorite exercise is for building upper body strength.  Well, I love push-ups.  They are good for everyone, adults and athletes of all kinds including baseball, softball, lacrosse and hockey players among others.  [Read more…]