Top 10 Things to Look (or look out) for in Selecting an Athletic Training Facility

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

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I work with athletes and train guys who are really serious about getting bigger, stronger and faster. That’s what I am passionate about. Granted, there are five million strength coaches who flip tires, train with CrossFit and run boot camps with ladder drills and cone drills and call it strength training. Well, I’m here to tell you that it needs to be better than that if athletes are to get to the next level. [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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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 3

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

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In the final piece of this three part series (click here for Part 2, here for Part 1) on injury and its mechanisms, we’ll look at shutting down, ramping-up and poor strength training programs. [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 2

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

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In Part 2 of this 3 Part series (click here of part 1), we’re continuing down the path of injuries and what I believe to be many of the main perpetrators…

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4 Simple Ways to Maintain Lower Half Power In-Season

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

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The reality is that between practice and homework many high school kids can’t get to the gym more than 1-2 x’s per week. So here at RPP, we recommend supplementing your in-season training with some strength / mobility work that can be done at home or at the field. These exercises are designed to maintain your strength and mobility without creating any residual soreness that could effect on-field performance. It’s not as efficient as coming into the gym and getting your reps done but it’s better than not doing anything at all… much better. [Read more…]

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In-Season Training… Managing a Controlled Fall

Managing a Controlled Fall - TopBy Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, CSCS, NASM, PES, FMS)

At this time of the year, after a full off-season of strength training, and with upcoming tryouts and practices, erratic throwing schedules are a few of the variables that can wreak havoc on an athlete’s body and more importantly his arm. If quality weight room work (needed to maintain strength and mobility) trails off, so will power on the mound and/or on the field.  It will likely leave an athlete vulnerable to a cavalcade of maladies including a gradual drop in velocity (have I got your attention now?), mobility, and possibly injury as the season moves onward.
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Baseball in March – Let’s Not Get ahead of Ourselves

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

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The beginning of baseball season is an exciting time. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when many ball players shoot themselves in the foot.  Let me explain.  Once we get to March and tryouts begin, many players view this as the beginning of the baseball season, and unfortunately, also see it as a cue to stop strength training. [Read more…]

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Growth Doesn’t Happen Without….

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

Today my guest post is by my business partner, Bahram Shirazi, who will talk about the growth of our business here at RPP, and the how and the why.

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As we look forward to hopefully another great year here at RPP, it’s a good time to review where we have come from and how we got here.  RPP’s youth clientele has increased nearly 6-fold since 2012. By any measure, that’s great and we are very proud of what we have accomplished.  But explosive growth doesn’t happen for NO apparent reason; it certainly doesn’t happen overnight, and it definitely doesn’t happen without sleepless nights. [Read more…]

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Why Most Athletes Never Reach their Maximum Potential

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

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The path to greatness isn’t a great mystery, it’s been documented by countless of great athletes since the beginning of time. Some people just seem to conveniently look the other way. Here at RPP, I see it all the time in regards to athletic training.

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Strength Training / Physical Therapy… Making Our Athletes and Each Other Better

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I heard P.T. Mike Reinhold once say that he was a “much better physical therapist because of his knowledge in the strength and conditioning field”.  I feel the same way in regards to the education I’ve received from the physical therapy / rehab community.  I can’t overstate how much better of a strength and conditioning coach it has made me. The bottom line is together we make each other better. [Read more…]

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