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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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 Velocity in the Weight Room with VBT

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

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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)

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

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

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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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Creating Power in the Swing – Part 1

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

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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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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 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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