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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What’s Your Secret Sauce?

Today’s article is by Bahram Shirazi on what makes RPP different.  It’s a great read from a non-coach’s perspective…  I highly recommend it.

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

Secret Sauce

Many pitchers who haven’t been to our facility often ask “What’s your secret sauce?”  Now, please remember I am not a strength or pitching coach.  I am just a guy with an Electrical Engineering degree, an MBA, 30 years of business experience and a dad.  So, much of my commentary is based on what I observe up close in our facility and as a parent of 2 boys growing up playing ball.  Frankly, over the years I have seen it all, from the straight up hitting and pitching facility to the strength and conditioning place.  RPP is different in every way.  And here’s why… [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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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)

Alex Mack Top

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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