Interview with the Cleveland Indians’ Robbie Aviles

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

Robbie AvilesToday my interview is with Robbie Aviles pitcher with the Cleveland Indians.  I had the pleasure training Robbie this past off-season here at RPP.

Nunzio:  Good morning Robbie.  As you know I have been training you here since last December and I have to tell you that I have had a great time.  I am really looking forward to coming out to Arizona to watch you pitch during spring training in a couple of weeks.  Before you leave I just wanted to ask you a couple of questions.

So, what did you find different about training at RPP compared to some of the other facilities you had trained in the past?

Robbie: First and foremost I have to say that it’s the most sports-specific workout and training I have ever taken part in.  Your ability, with the initial assessment, to find all my weaknesses and imbalances just put this program over the top.

Nunzio:  And how does the training you received here compare to the training you have received in pro ball?

Robbie: It’s very similar to pro ball but there is much more attention to detail here.  The athlete-to-trainer ratio that you have here is amazing.  Other than that, it’s just like being in the professional baseball training environment.

Nunzio:  What is the best advice you can give a young high school athlete in regards to strength training?

Robbie: Well the game has definitely changed today.  It’s almost impossible to succeed at a high level without strength training and you just would be foolish not to take advantage of a place like this if it’s available to you.

Nunzio:  Ok great, what is the most noticeable change in you and your mechanics since you started training here at RPP?

Robbie: I would have to say the power that I seem to able to produce feels a lot more effortless because of the strength and mobility I have gained here.  I was not able to get this before.  For the past couple of years I would leave for pro ball around this time throwing in the upper 80s and my velocity would creep back up to my regular velo of 93-94 mph.  This year I am leaving here already sitting 91-92 mph and touching 93 mph in February.  I am also not as tired as I used to be at the conclusion of my bullpen.  Basically I feel more athletic throughout my entire wind-up which feels great.

Nunzio:  One last question, who is the funniest guy you know?

Robbie: You Nunz, of course.

Nunzio:  Thanks Robbie.  I am definitely going to miss seeing you are around the gym.  Best of luck in pro ball and l am looking forward to seeing you again next year.

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