Is Your Exit Velo Too Low?

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

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With all the data continuously coming out of the MLB Statcast system, there are a lot of discussions about what’s useful and what’s not.  But no matter how you look at it, Exit Velo is king.  Don’t misunderstand me Launch Angle (and other metrics) are extremely relevant metrics.  However, Exit Velo reigns supreme.  Let me explain… [Read more…]

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Interview with Dominic Cancellieri Pitcher / Player at Bergen Catholic High School

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

Dom Cancellieri Picture

We are here with Dominic Cancellieri, who just finished his sophomore year at Bergen Catholic.  Dom is an awesome athlete playing both basketball and baseball at Bergen.  He is also an excellent student.  But I have to say that if anyone understands that strength training is integral part of an athlete’s success it’s Dom. [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 3

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

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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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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 2

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

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In Part 2 of this 3 Part series (click here of part 1), we’re continuing down the path of injuries and what I believe to be many of the main perpetrators…

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Interview with Andrew Olsen Catcher at Don Bosco Prep High School

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

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We are here with Andrew Olsen, junior catcher at Don Bosco Prep.  Andrew is the ultimate student-athlete, top of his class academically and playing baseball at such a high level.  And frankly having improved his Exit Velo from 73 to 88 mph (this spring) there aren’t many that work as hard as he does in the gym. [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 1

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

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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. Below is a chart of my top 9 leading causes of pitching injuries:

Leading Causes of Pitching Injuries

In Part 1 of this 3 Part series we’ll start to look at what I believe to be some of the main reasons why. [Read more…]

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What Happened to Noah?

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

On April 30th in the bottom of the 2nd inning, just 38 pitches into his fifth start of the year, Noah Syndergaard threw a 2-1 pitch to the National’s Bryce Harper then proceeded to clutch under his arm. Something was obviously not right. The latissimus dorsi (lat) is one of the major players for stability and throwing gas, and Syndergaard just tore his.

(Noah Syndergaard Injury)

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10 Musts for a Great Throwing Program

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

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Velocity is the one thing that seems to be the most sought after, yet few know how to deliver it effectively.  Everyone thinks they know how to do it.  But, not so fast guys…. There are many different threads that need to be weaved into a safe and effective throwing program.  Today, we’re going to go over what I believe to be some of the key points to look for in an effective throwing program and honestly, they should ALL be present. Here we go… [Read more…]

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Not All Calories Are Created Equal

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

Healthy Options

I listen to my adult clientele talk weight loss EVERY DAY. It’s great to listen in on what new fad diet or cleanse so-and-so is working on this week.  The jest of many of the methods they seem to be employing has to do with “calories-in, calories-out”.

There has been a lot of debate lately about the energy balance equation in the fitness industry. For long-term health, body composition, performance and quality of life, perhaps calories-in vs. calories-out is not the best way to lose weight long-term. Now many things must be taken into consideration when it comes to losing weight via body fat (gut health, inflammation, gluten tolerance etc.) but for the sake of this blog I will be only addressing the common myth of “just burn more calories than you consume”.  Let me explain. [Read more…]

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Three Big Things That Create Hard Throwers

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

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This off-season we had the privilege of working with nearly 100 pitchers between October and March. While these athletes came in many different shapes and sizes, all requiring their own individual strength and mobility programming, this wasn’t the case when it came to analyzing mechanics on the mound. Let me explain. [Read more…]

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