The Art of Training In-Season

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

At this time of the year, after a full off-season of strength training, upcoming tryouts and practices, erratic throwing schedules, sitting on the bench in a kyphotic posture, waiting to get your reps on the mound are a few of the variables that can wreak havoc on an athlete’s body and more importantly his arm. [Read more…]

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Single Most “Over-Looked” Factor to Increase Performance

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

Let’s face it, baseball is all about being explosive. To excel in this sport, remain healthy and stay at the top of your game, you must be able to move explosively through space. To do that requires an optimal level of power (a solid amount of muscle) and a minimal level of dead weight (fat). This muscle to fat ratio is known as Lean Body Mass (LBM) and it is today’s topic. [Read more…]

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RPP Baseball Off-Season Offerings

Off-Season Baseball Summary Chart

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Training Explosiveness through Strength Training

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

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For parents of some young athletes (for the scope of this article I’m talking about athletes ages 13-16), lifting heavy weights seems to get a bad rap. Years ago players were told not to lift weights because it would make them too “big”.  You could even hear words like “stiff” or “tight” getting thrown around at the drop of a hat.

While I whole heartedly believe in the phrase that “age is wisdom”, this would be one of those times that I beg to differ.  Being strong is a good thing.  And if you want to be explosive you have to be strong first.  Performance, speed (have I got your attention now?) and injury prevention all are built on a foundation of strength. But exactly what type of strength training and at what age seems to be where parents (and strength and conditioning coaches for that matter) get tripped up.

Most of you who read my blogs know that I spend a great deal of time emphasizing training according to where the athlete is during the season. Let’s take a look… [Read more…]

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Spring 2017 Sports Recognition Awards

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Pitcher of the Year
  • Chris Gerard – NorthJersey.com / The Record
  • Cooper Meldrim – Lohud.com / Journal News
Player of the Year
  • Nick Cimillo – Lohud.com / Journal News Top 5 Finalist for Player of the Year w/ final announcement coming on July 2nd
  • Aljo Sujak – NorthJersey.com / The Record
News 12 Varsity (MSG)

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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.

RPP Growth 2012 - 2016

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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Work Hard, Recover Harder

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

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When talking about a complete or comprehensive training or throwing program, the conversation has to begin and end with “recovery”.

Fatigue is the Enemy of Mechanics

 

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Interview with Coach Mike Rozema

top-imageBy Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, NASM, CPT, PES, FMS)

Today my interview is with Mike Rozema with Rozema Baseball and Director of Hitting at RPP.  Mike joined us earlier this fall to work with our players and has helped expand our operations from strictly strength training and pitching to hitting as well.  I am really excited about this interview.

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The Need for Speed… Lateral Acceleration – Part 4

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

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In Part 4 of this series on Need for Speed (click here for Part 3, Part 2, Part 1), we’re going to talk about lateral acceleration. As far as court and field sports go, lateral acceleration is where the athlete can separate himself among the pack. The ability to accelerate or change direction quickly while maintaining an athletic posture sets an athlete up, not only from a performance standpoint, but also visually speaks volumes about their athleticism during any recruiting process as well. [Read more…]

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Six Great Ways to Help Improve Power and Bat Speed

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

bat-speed-blog-image-1Creating power and great bat speed involves many things.  Electromyography testing (a technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles) regarding “the baseball swing” and upper body involvement shows that the role it plays is minor compared to that of the lower body. Studies by Shaffer et al. (click here for report summary) stated “an emphasis should be placed on the trunk and hip muscles for a batter’s strengthening program.” [Read more…]

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