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

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

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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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Training Velocity in the Weight Room with VBT

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

VBT Top 1

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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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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Exit Velo Program, the Hitting Side of Things – Part 2

By Mike Rozema (Rozema Baseball, Director of Hitting at RPP)

Sweet spot

Today, we’ll continue with Part 2 (click here for Part 1) of the hitting side of things in our Exit Velo Program.   Everyone knows what you need to be able to deliver high exit velo…. strength, power / explosiveness, mobility and the ability to square up and barrel the ball.  So let’s talk about how we deliver on this by turning strength gains in the weight room and apply it specifically to the movement of a swing. [Read more…]

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Why Certain Pitchers Can “Deal” all Season Long

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

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I have been getting numerous calls the last week or two about pitchers’ velocities dropping as much as 10 mph (one athlete was down from 90 mph to 79-80mph).   [Read more…]

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Creating Power in the Swing – Part 2

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

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In Part 1 of this article (click here) we discussed different phases of the swing and how they need to be trained with different methods in the weight room. Today, we’ll take a brief look at how we do that. This is an integral part of our Exit Velo Program starting this fall. [Read more…]

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Interview with Jack Scanlon Pitcher / Catcher at Suffern High School

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

Jack Scanlon Joint

We are here with Jack Scanlon, who will be entering his junior year at Suffern High School this September.  Jack has been training with us at RPP since he was 13 years old.  He is a multi-sport athlete playing both basketball and baseball. Jack was recently invited to play at the PG Underclass Games in San Diego later this summer, which is a great honor.  Invites to this event from PG only go out to the best players in the country.

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Exit Velo Program, the Hitting Side of Things – Part 1

By Mike Rozema (Rozema Baseball, Director of Hitting at RPP)

Aaron Judge Exit Velo

The Exit Velocity Program is great for players looking to increase power and explosiveness in driving the ball.  The program and all its many components have several benefits but I would like to provide a summary from the hitting side of things and cover several topics, including: [Read more…]

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RPP Baseball Off-Season Offerings

Off-Season Baseball Summary Chart

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Creating Power in the Swing – Part 1

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

Albert Pujols

My partner and I are polar opposites. This happens to work perfectly in our business, as he is more of a “data geek”, crunching numbers and watching trends while I, from spending many years in the trenches (the weight room), approach things from a much more “strength-based” direction.  I think this is a great marriage when it comes to the success we’ve attained in helping athletes become stronger and more explosive.

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I attribute a large part of this success to the fact that we both have a mutual respect for science and sport but also understand that the underlying factor in all things powerful and explosive when it comes to performance is “STRENGTH”. It’s the foundation that athleticism is built on and there can be no better example of this than hitting a baseball and I don’t mean just making contact, I mean hitting the ball… HARD!! [Read more…]

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