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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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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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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Training Velocity in the Weight Room with VBT

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

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Athletes who are able to recruit higher ratios of Type II “fast twitch” muscle fibers have shown to be able to produce more power.  For ballplayers, this means that they are more likely to throw harder off the mound or have a higher exit velo at the plate.  Genetics do come into play, but many times they only give us a better “starting point”.  By no means should they dictate a definitive “end-point”.  After reading a copy of Dr. Bryan Mann’s book on velocity-based training (VBT) a light went off in my head as to how elements of VBT could be implemented here at RPP.    [Read more…]

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RPP Baseball Off-Season Offerings

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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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Improving Lead Leg Strength – Force Development

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

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While getting strong is a given in any sport, how quickly we can apply that strength (power) is what separates good from great. In a nutshell, the quicker you can produce force the harder you’ll throw.  [Read more…]

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Interview with Hockey Player Anthony Firriolo

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

Anthony Firriolo PictureToday my interview is with Anthony Firriolo.  An excellent hockey player I had the pleasure of training last summer.  Anthony is a graduate of Don Bosco High School and the NJ Hitmen program and will be joining the Colorado College hockey program this coming September.  He is back for the summer continuing with his off-ice training.

Anthony came to RPP last March and trained with us for nearly five months until his departure in August to join the Kingston Voyageurs in Canada’s Ontario Junior Hockey League.   Upon Arrival in Canada he made a smooth transition and an immediate impact on Kingston’s blueline, recording 4 goals and 22 points in 51 games, as a defensemen.  The 18-year old earned the eyes of the scouting community, which ultimately ended up in him being picked-up by Colorado College’s hockey program.

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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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The Need for Speed… Lateral Change-of-Direction – Part 5

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

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In Part 5 of this 6 part series I am going cover later change-of-direction speed (click here Part 4).  This is an area where I find many athletes make the most mistakes. It’s also an area where top-end speed is not a factor, making athletes who are great movers in a short area (such as baseball players) excel. [Read more…]

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