Interview with Andrew Eng, Ridgewood Grad and Binghamton University Outfielder

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

We are here with Andrew Eng, Ridgewood high school grad and currently a freshman at Binghamton University.  Andrew started training with us during his senior year at Ridgewood and I have to say that there aren’t many like Andrew Eng.  He is one of the most athletic and explosive athletes to ever train at RPP.  He still holds the triple jump record here.  Last winter, he was also the Most Improved Athlete at our gym.  Andrew joined me for a brief interview this holiday season when he was home for the break.

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The Best of 2017 – Strength and Conditioning Articles

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

Here in Part 3 of this 2017 “Best of” series, are this year’s most popular articles on strength and conditioning… [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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How We Improved Exit Velo in Our EV Program (Fall 2017 Results)

By Nunzio Signore, Mike Rozema and Bahram Shirazi

Earlier this fall we started a new program to help players improve their exit velos.  We are very excited to report that the program has been a huge success with an average increase of 6.2 mph (or 8.9%) in exit velo among the participants.  This may not seem like a big increase, but when your exit velo goes from 79 to 85 mph or 86 to 92 mph, whether it’s your high school or travel ball coach or a college scout, it gets noticed. [Read more…]

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Hitters Rx… Inside the Nets

By Mike Rozema (Power 5 Baseball, Director of Hitting at RPP)

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Hitters Rx is a comprehensive hitting and strength and conditioning program designed to cover just about every aspect of a player’s off-season training as well as teaching them the necessary skills to play at any competitive level.  It is divided into several pieces, including Day 1 Assessment, Mobility, Absolute Strength (November/December), Strength/Speed (January) and Speed/Explosiveness (February) and of course a completely well thought-out and pre-programmed hitting program inside the hitting nets.  [Read more…]

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Pitching Lab… How We Merge Pitching and Strength Training

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

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The Pitching Lab is a unique training program specifically designed to produce the “complete pitcher”. It is truly a merger of strength training (in the weight room) and pitching (inside the nets).  Most players that haven’t trained with us probably don’t appreciate how intertwined our strength training is with our pitching / throwing program.

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Training Strength / Throwing… It’s All About the Right Place Right Time

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

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The increases in pitching velocity and the distance guys are covering when they go yard tells one thing for sure… Guys are getting in the gym and getting bigger, faster and stronger. Period.

That’s great. As a matter of fact, nothing could make me happier as a strength and conditioning coach. But let it be said, with training comes a responsibility on educating athletes as to how and when is the best way and time to incorporate it. This gets especially tricky when it needs to be integrated with a throwing program. What I’m really saying is that a great program should incorporate throwing and strength training as ONE program and not viewed as two separate entities. This is the premise of the closed loop training which we provide at the Pitching Lab here at RPP. Let me try and briefly explain why one hand washes the other. [Read more…]

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10 Great Ways to Help Increase Velocity in the Weight Room

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

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In the pitching world the word “velocity” has become how most pitchers are initially judged. Unfortunately, there is no single thing I could tell you to do to increase velocity as every pitcher is different.  What may work for one athlete may not work for another.  Every athlete is built differently and trying to get there from a different starting point. This leaves no single way to map out a game plan.  However, in this blog I would like to touch briefly on 10 different topics I think are important and very relevant to every pitcher looking to improve their velocity.

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