The Best of 2017 – Strength and Conditioning Articles

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

Here in Part 3 of this 2017 “Best of” series, are this year’s most popular articles on strength and conditioning… [Read more…]

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How to Maximize Your Training… The System is Flawed

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

As coaches and trainers, we have a big responsibility to fully develop our athletes, so they can perform at their best.  At the same time, we are expected to keep them healthy to give them the best chance to play at the highest level. But, while arm injuries continue to rise in baseball players (specifically pitchers), we’ve come to realize that pitchers are the worst prepared athletes to step on an athletic field. Take note I didn’t say worst athletes, I said worst prepared. Bottom line, the system is flawed. [Read more…]

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Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

By Nunzio Signore and Bahram Shirazi

As we get closer to the end of another year here at RPP, it seems like a good time to reflect back on 2017, and provide you with a glimpse of where we might be headed in 2018. [Read more…]

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How We Improved Exit Velo in Our EV Program (Fall 2017 Results)

By Nunzio Signore, Mike Rozema and Bahram Shirazi

Earlier this fall we started a new program to help players improve their exit velos.  We are very excited to report that the program has been a huge success with an average increase of 6.2 mph (or 8.9%) in exit velo among the participants.  This may not seem like a big increase, but when your exit velo goes from 79 to 85 mph or 86 to 92 mph, whether it’s your high school or travel ball coach or a college scout, it gets noticed. [Read more…]

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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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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)

Projectable Player

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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