Ramsey’s Ryan Vatcher… Doing What it Takes to be Exceptional

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

Ramsey's Vatcher

Most highly motivated and highly skilled athletes are generally also very bright. So, when it comes to learning and “buying in” to their training regimen, they’re all ears. This is called “athlete education” and nothing can be more rewarding than watching them “do what it takes to be exceptional”, while reaping great results at the same time. [Read more…]

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Interview with Kinnelon’s RHP Paul Cannarella (coming off Tommy John Surgery)

FullSizeRenderWe are here with Kinnelon’s Paul Cannarella.  Paul came to us in the fall of his senior year and has been training with us for almost a year.  He graduated from Kinnelon High School this year and unfortunately during this spring season he hurt his elbow.  He had Tommy John surgery and he is now on his path to recovery.  I thought it could be a great interview and learning experience to hear Paul tell his story first hand.

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Training Velocity Down the Mound with VBT – Part 1

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

Top Joint Image 4-Speed

Pitchers must generate power from a complete stand still, then hit all the other gears along the way through to their finish in order to achieve max speed (velocity) in under two seconds. I like Graeme Lehman’s comparison to a dragster where both must shift gears throughout their entire movement. [Read more…]

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The Re-Conditioning Phase (Hypertrophy)… Training in the Fall – Part 2

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

Muscle Mass and Throwing Gas - Image 2

Today, I am going to continue with Part 2 of this article on the importance of early off-season training, what I call the “Re-conditioning Phase” (if you haven’t read Part 1 you can do so by clicking here).  In Part 2, we’re going to make our way into the weight room, discuss core work and conditioning and talk a little bit about the very often under-looked nutrition part.

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The Re-Conditioning Phase (Hypertrophy)… Training in the Fall – Part 1

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

Training in the Fall - Top 2

With the fall season right around the corner, I thought this would be a great time for me to talk a little bit about the importance of early off-season training, what I call the “re-conditioning phase”.

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Interview with Tenafly’s LHP Aljo Sujak… Bergen County Player of the Year

FullSizeRender (1)By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, NASM, CPT, PES, FMS)

We are here with Tenafly’s LHP Aljo Sujak, who will be entering his freshman year at William and Mary this coming September.  Aljo was selected as Baseball Player of the Year this past spring by NorthJersey.com (The Record), which is obviously a significant honor. He started training with us about a year ago and spent the better part of last fall training 3-5 times per week.  He continued throughout the winter with the Pitching Lab and also trained all in-season throughout the spring.  Needless to say, as POY in Bergen county, he had a phenomenal spring season. As a primary pitcher, he blasted 11 home runs and during 56 innings of work he struck out 72 players.  He finished 5-2 with a 2.25 earned-run average.

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RPP Baseball Off-Season Offerings

Off-Season Baseball Summary Chart

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured

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

Leading Causes of Pitching Injuries

It’s no secret that the numbers of youth injuries in baseball are staggering. Even with the implementation of pitch counts, youth injuries not only continue to rise but account for many of the injuries ball players eventually suffer later in their careers.  Here we go we my Top 9 Reason Why I believe pitchers are getting injured… [Read more…]

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Inconsistent Velocity and the Killer Trifecta

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

Inconsistent Velo 1

If you haven’t noticed by now, we spend a lot of time getting our athletes to be more powerful. When it comes to pitchers this brings up the obvious topic of velocity.  While we don’t hang our hats on the “V” word exclusively, we do realize whether we like it or not, throwing gas is what gets the attention of most high school players searching for a great learning institution (education), fame and/or fortune.

A big part of our job here at RPP in addition to helping an athlete get to “X” mph is helping them to stay there through the course of a game, season and/or year.  Strength coach Eric Cressey put it best when he said, “erratic radar gun readings are as much a problem as insufficient radar gun readings”. Today I’m going to go over three points which I call the “killer trifecta” that I believe contribute to inconsistent velocity during the season.  They are as follows: [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 3

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

Top Injury 3 1

In the final piece of this three part series (click here for Part 2, here for Part 1) on injury and its mechanisms, we’ll look at shutting down, ramping-up and poor strength training programs. [Read more…]

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