The Top Secret Part I Left out from the Secret Sauce

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-owner RPP)

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My prior article on our Secret Sauce at RPP (click here) ended with this “Oh, and making our pitchers as strong and explosive as we can, in all the right places”.  In this article, I would like to go a little further and review why and how we have been successful in training high performance athletes. The truth is, it’s all about mass customization.  Strength training is science but it’s also art. I have heard my partner, Nunzio Signore, say to clients a million times “the body is connected in all parts and ways, a potential issue in one location may very well be due to an issue somewhere else”.  The reality is that every athlete that walks into our facility needs a different road-map to be the best they can be.  So here we go with the Top Secret stuff… [Read more…]

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Training Velocity in the Weight Room with VBT

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

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Athletes who are able to recruit higher ratios of Type II “fast twitch” muscle fibers have shown to be able to produce more power.  For ballplayers, this means that they are more likely to throw harder off the mound or have a higher exit velo at the plate.  Genetics do come into play, but many times they only give us a better “starting point”.  By no means should they dictate a definitive “end-point”.  After reading a copy of Dr. Bryan Mann’s book on velocity-based training (VBT) a light went off in my head as to how elements of VBT could be implemented here at RPP.    [Read more…]

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Training Explosiveness through Strength Training

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

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For parents of some young athletes (for the scope of this article I’m talking about athletes ages 13-16), lifting heavy weights seems to get a bad rap. Years ago players were told not to lift weights because it would make them too “big”.  You could even hear words like “stiff” or “tight” getting thrown around at the drop of a hat.

While I whole heartedly believe in the phrase that “age is wisdom”, this would be one of those times that I beg to differ.  Being strong is a good thing.  And if you want to be explosive you have to be strong first.  Performance, speed (have I got your attention now?) and injury prevention all are built on a foundation of strength. But exactly what type of strength training and at what age seems to be where parents (and strength and conditioning coaches for that matter) get tripped up.

Most of you who read my blogs know that I spend a great deal of time emphasizing training according to where the athlete is during the season. Let’s take a look… [Read more…]

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Improving Lead Leg Strength – Force Development

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

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While getting strong is a given in any sport, how quickly we can apply that strength (power) is what separates good from great. In a nutshell, the quicker you can produce force the harder you’ll throw.  [Read more…]

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Interview with Hockey Player Anthony Firriolo

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

Anthony Firriolo PictureToday my interview is with Anthony Firriolo.  An excellent hockey player I had the pleasure of training last summer.  Anthony is a graduate of Don Bosco High School and the NJ Hitmen program and will be joining the Colorado College hockey program this coming September.  He is back for the summer continuing with his off-ice training.

Anthony came to RPP last March and trained with us for nearly five months until his departure in August to join the Kingston Voyageurs in Canada’s Ontario Junior Hockey League.   Upon Arrival in Canada he made a smooth transition and an immediate impact on Kingston’s blueline, recording 4 goals and 22 points in 51 games, as a defensemen.  The 18-year old earned the eyes of the scouting community, which ultimately ended up in him being picked-up by Colorado College’s hockey program.

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Growth Doesn’t Happen Without….

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Dad and Co-owner at RPP)

Today my guest post is by my business partner, Bahram Shirazi, who will talk about the growth of our business here at RPP, and the how and the why.

RPP Growth 2012 - 2016

As we look forward to hopefully another great year here at RPP, it’s a good time to review where we have come from and how we got here.  RPP’s youth clientele has increased nearly 6-fold since 2012. By any measure, that’s great and we are very proud of what we have accomplished.  But explosive growth doesn’t happen for NO apparent reason; it certainly doesn’t happen overnight, and it definitely doesn’t happen without sleepless nights. [Read more…]

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Doing it all with the Alternating DB Bench Bridge

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

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Sometimes we use an exercise to develop strength, sometimes to increases mobility and sometimes we want to activate specific muscles or develop core strength. Well, every once in a while we get lucky and find one that hits all of the above in one shot. That’s the alternating DB bench bridge. [Read more…]

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Work Hard, Recover Harder

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

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When talking about a complete or comprehensive training or throwing program, the conversation has to begin and end with “recovery”.

Fatigue is the Enemy of Mechanics

 

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Interview with Coach Mike Rozema

top-imageBy Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, NASM, CPT, PES, FMS)

Today my interview is with Mike Rozema with Rozema Baseball and Director of Hitting at RPP.  Mike joined us earlier this fall to work with our players and has helped expand our operations from strictly strength training and pitching to hitting as well.  I am really excited about this interview.

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What Separates Good from Great?

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

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Today I sat here reflecting on what a great year it has been and how thankful I am for everything that has come my way. [Read more…]

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