6 Musts for a High Bat Speed… Core Strength, Stability and Power (Part 4)

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

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Contrary to popular belief, the core does not create force during the swing. Its primary responsibility (much like a pitcher) is to transfer force from the lower half to the upper body as well as create a great stable platform to swing from. In today’s final part of this series on batting, (click here for Part 3, Part 2 or Part 1) we’re going to look at a few key ways to train the core and better “groove” these patterns. [Read more…]

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Bergen Catholic’s David LaManna “96 to 101 in 12 weeks”…

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

lamanna-top-image-2When Bergen Catholic catcher David LaManna walked into my facility, athleticism was oozing off of him. The data after his assessment showed us a bat speed of 96 mph, already very respectable for any high school senior. What transpired in the next 12 weeks is a testament to both David’s work ethic and the power of strength training. Last week he walked in and informed us that his bat speed was clocked at 101 mph the previous weekend. He also said he’s never felt stronger. This is no coincidence. Let’s take a look at why. [Read more…]

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1st Annual RPP Pitching Seminar (FREE)

Improving All Aspects of Performance on the Mound

While Reducing the Risk of Injury

Sunday, January 8th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

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Appropriate For – College and High School Coaches, Travel Coaches, Parents and Players

We’re very excited to announce our 1st Annual winter seminar covering all aspects of training for the OH athlete on Sunday, January 8th, 2016 at our facility in Sloatsburg, New York. [Read more…]

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6 Musts for a High Bat Speed… Increasing Hip Mobility (Part 3)

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

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It’s paramount for hitters to have great hip mobility. I asked our Director of hitting Mike Rozema, what are a few of the big things he looks for in a great swing. He said, “Make sure the hips are back, during the pre-loading phase, in order to get into a strong explosive position, the hips need to be back.” Just take a look at Bryce Harper above. [Read more…]

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6 Musts for a High Bat Speed… Lower Half Strength and Power (Part 2)

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

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Today in Part 2 of this series on improving hitting in the weight room (if you haven’t read Part 1 please click here), we’re going to look further into some key factors in swing mechanics as well as some things we can do in the weight room to increase your strength and power (explosiveness) at the plate. [Read more…]

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6 Musts for a High Bat Speed – T-spine Mobility (Part 1)

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

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A few months back I sat down and watched Mike Rozema (of Rozema Baseball and Director of Hitting at RPP) give a hitting lesson.  While listening to his cue-ing, I tried to pinpoint some physical limitations that could prevent a player from getting into the best position to succeed while stepping up to the plate. I thought of some things we could do to help correct them in the weight room.  The results were eye opening and prompted us to start our Hitter’s Rx program. In this four part series, I’ll go over 6 topics that I consider paramount for generating a high bat speed to help players at the plate. [Read more…]

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The Need for Speed… Lateral Change-of-Direction – Part 5

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

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In Part 5 of this 6 part series I am going cover later change-of-direction speed (click here Part 4).  This is an area where I find many athletes make the most mistakes. It’s also an area where top-end speed is not a factor, making athletes who are great movers in a short area (such as baseball players) excel. [Read more…]

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Fixing Mechanical Issues and Increasing Velocity… There Are No Absolutes

pitching-rx-top-croppedBy Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, NASM, CPT, FMS)

One of the things we pride ourselves on here at RPP is constantly studying, collecting data and trying to figure out better and more efficient ways to help our athletes achieve the greatest amount of success, both on and off the field. I feel it’s a big part of what separates us from many of the training facilities in our area, and the country for that matter.

This off-season we continued our research into achieving speed and power by building individual athletic profiles on all of our athletes (I’ll get into this more in a future blog). Our biggest “ah-ha” moment though came in the area of video analysis, analyzing pitching mechanics, correctives and velocity. It was the catalyst in forming our Pitching Rx program. [Read more…]

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The Need for Speed… Lateral Acceleration – Part 4

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

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In Part 4 of this series on Need for Speed (click here for Part 3, Part 2, Part 1), we’re going to talk about lateral acceleration. As far as court and field sports go, lateral acceleration is where the athlete can separate himself among the pack. The ability to accelerate or change direction quickly while maintaining an athletic posture sets an athlete up, not only from a performance standpoint, but also visually speaks volumes about their athleticism during any recruiting process as well. [Read more…]

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Six Great Ways to Help Improve Power and Bat Speed

By Nunzio Signore (B.A., CPT, CSCS, NASM, PES, FMS)

bat-speed-blog-image-1Creating power and great bat speed involves many things.  Electromyography testing (a technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles) regarding “the baseball swing” and upper body involvement shows that the role it plays is minor compared to that of the lower body. Studies by Shaffer et al. (click here for report summary) stated “an emphasis should be placed on the trunk and hip muscles for a batter’s strengthening program.” [Read more…]

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