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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