The Re-Conditioning Phase (Hypertrophy)… Training in the Fall – Part 1

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

Training in the Fall - Top 2

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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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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Why Certain Pitchers Can “Deal” all Season Long

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

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I have been getting numerous calls the last week or two about pitchers’ velocities dropping as much as 10 mph (one athlete was down from 90 mph to 79-80mph).   [Read more…]

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Interview with Jack Scanlon Pitcher / Catcher at Suffern High School

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

Jack Scanlon Joint

We are here with Jack Scanlon, who will be entering his junior year at Suffern High School this September.  Jack has been training with us at RPP since he was 13 years old.  He is a multi-sport athlete playing both basketball and baseball. Jack was recently invited to play at the PG Underclass Games in San Diego later this summer, which is a great honor.  Invites to this event from PG only go out to the best players in the country.

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RPP Baseball Off-Season Offerings

Off-Season Baseball Summary Chart

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured

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

Leading Causes of Pitching Injuries

It’s no secret that the numbers of youth injuries in baseball are staggering. Even with the implementation of pitch counts, youth injuries not only continue to rise but account for many of the injuries ball players eventually suffer later in their careers.  Here we go we my Top 9 Reason Why I believe pitchers are getting injured… [Read more…]

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Inconsistent Velocity and the Killer Trifecta

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

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If you haven’t noticed by now, we spend a lot of time getting our athletes to be more powerful. When it comes to pitchers this brings up the obvious topic of velocity.  While we don’t hang our hats on the “V” word exclusively, we do realize whether we like it or not, throwing gas is what gets the attention of most high school players searching for a great learning institution (education), fame and/or fortune.

A big part of our job here at RPP in addition to helping an athlete get to “X” mph is helping them to stay there through the course of a game, season and/or year.  Strength coach Eric Cressey put it best when he said, “erratic radar gun readings are as much a problem as insufficient radar gun readings”. Today I’m going to go over three points which I call the “killer trifecta” that I believe contribute to inconsistent velocity during the season.  They are as follows: [Read more…]

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Interview with Dominic Cancellieri Pitcher / Player at Bergen Catholic High School

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

Dom Cancellieri Picture

We are here with Dominic Cancellieri, who just finished his sophomore year at Bergen Catholic.  Dom is an awesome athlete playing both basketball and baseball at Bergen.  He is also an excellent student.  But I have to say that if anyone understands that strength training is integral part of an athlete’s success it’s Dom. [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)

Top Injury 2 1

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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