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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The Top Secret Part I Left out from the Secret Sauce

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

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My prior article on our Secret Sauce at RPP (click here) ended with this “Oh, and making our pitchers as strong and explosive as we can, in all the right places”.  In this article, I would like to go a little further and review why and how we have been successful in training high performance athletes. The truth is, it’s all about mass customization.  Strength training is science but it’s also art. I have heard my partner, Nunzio Signore, say to clients a million times “the body is connected in all parts and ways, a potential issue in one location may very well be due to an issue somewhere else”.  The reality is that every athlete that walks into our facility needs a different road-map to be the best they can be.  So here we go with the Top Secret stuff… [Read more…]

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You’re Projectable… But What’s Your Trajectory?

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

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Projectable…  How many times have we heard this term from coaches, showcase operators and scouts. Let’s be blunt, it means you are a player with potential but you are expected to grow and you are expected to fill out.  But here is a simple question… What’s your trajectory?  Imagine, two 14 year-old players with equal talent, equal height, equal weight and equal metrics, do they have the same trajectory? [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)

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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)

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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)

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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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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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RPP Baseball Off-Season Offerings

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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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