Throwing 1x per Week Simply Doesn’t Cut it

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

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The pitching police tend to fall into one of 2 categories. You have those that believe:

  • there are only so many bullets in the gun “crowd”, and then,
  • there are those who believe you can load as many bullets as you need.

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Parents… Stop Wasting Your Money – Part 3 (Catchers and Position Players)

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

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Here we go with Part 3 of this series on “Stop Wasting Your Money”.  This one is for catchers and position players (please click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2, related to pitchers).

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Hitters Rx… Inside the Nets

By Mike Rozema (Power 5 Baseball, Director of Hitting at RPP)

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Hitters Rx is a comprehensive hitting and strength and conditioning program designed to cover just about every aspect of a player’s off-season training as well as teaching them the necessary skills to play at any competitive level.  It is divided into several pieces, including Day 1 Assessment, Mobility, Absolute Strength (November/December), Strength/Speed (January) and Speed/Explosiveness (February) and of course a completely well thought-out and pre-programmed hitting program inside the hitting nets.  [Read more…]

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Parents… Stop Wasting Your Money – Part 2

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

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When I wrote this article on ball players wasting their money, I didn’t think that there would be a Part 2 (click here for Part 1) or a Part 3.  But then we were provided with several years of showcase results and data by a showcase operator.  So, here we go with “Stop Wasting Your Money – Part 2” related specifically to pitchers (Part 3 will cover position players).

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Pitching Lab… How We Merge Pitching and Strength Training

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

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The Pitching Lab is a unique training program specifically designed to produce the “complete pitcher”. It is truly a merger of strength training (in the weight room) and pitching (inside the nets).  Most players that haven’t trained with us probably don’t appreciate how intertwined our strength training is with our pitching / throwing program.

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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 hitting programs. [Read more…]

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Training Explosiveness with Plyometrics

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

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When most of us think of what comprises a great strength training program, we think of training force production.  While this is crucial to enhance performance, the dissipation (absorption) of force is vital not only to performance, but for reducing the risk of injury as well.  We can’t talk about either force production or dissipation without talking about plyometrics. Numerous studies have shown that performing plyometric training:

  • Improves soft tissue quality
  • Helps reduce the risk of injury
  • Increases throwing velocity

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Please Stop Wasting Your Money

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

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Someone has to say it…  Please stop wasting your money.  I am telling you this, because unfortunately, as a parent I wasted plenty. [Read more…]

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Training Athleticism in Pitchers – Part 2

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

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In Part 1 of this series on training athleticism in pitchers (click here for Part 1), we talked about some key points in the delivery as well as the importance of being able to identify some lower half and rotational issues I see in many young throwers.  Today, we’ll dive in a little further and look at some physical factors that come into play when designing a throwing/strength training program. [Read more…]

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Training Athleticism in Pitchers – Part 1

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

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In order to effectively train a pitcher as a complete athlete we first need to:

  1. Understand the key points in the delivery and how to develop effective power by training it in the weight room
  2. Identify and fix energy leaks (mechanics / disconnects)
  3. Be able to assess what “type” of pitcher we are dealing with in order to effectively train them to produce optimum power to throw a baseball

In the next two articles, we’ll review each of these independently. Let’s get started. [Read more…]

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