FAQ

A) Training at RPP

At typical day of training at RPP generally requires 2-3 hours at the facility.  You can think of it in four distinct parts:

    • Warm-up / Soft Tissue Work – The initial portion of your day could take 20-30 minutes
    • Hitting / Throwing – Working on your craft whether it’s hitting / throwing / pitching or doing related drill work could generally last around 60-75 minutes
    • Strength Training – Weight lifting portion of your day will take approximately 60-75 minutes
    • Recovery Work – Finishing your workout with recovery work will require approximately 15-20 minutes

Training with other high performance athletes in a culture that breeds excellence can also lend itself to hours of conversation and learning outside your specific training sessions.  Given the setting and culture, it would not be unusual for athletes to remain at the facility for many more hours than highlighted above.

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In order to train at RPP, you would need to be at least 13 years old.  However, we have a very specific program for 10-12 year-olds at various times during the year.

Yes they do.  Our strength programs fall into three different types:

    • Program Design athletes train in a somewhat independent, yet supervised setting.  You would need to be eligible and pre-approved for this program (requires complete upfront assessment)
    • Group setting of various sizes with strength coach at all times
    • Private one-on-one sessions (requires complete upfront assessment)

Here is also a summary by age group:

    • Ages 16 and older: Strength training with “Program Design” or private sessions
    • Ages 13-16: Strength training with strength coach coach, in private sessions or groups of no larger than 8 participants
    • Ages 10-12: Resistance training with strength coach, in private sessions or groups of no larger than 6 participants

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Yes we do.  We have more than a dozen VBT Push Band units in the facility which are utilized by our athletes all the time during strength training.  All of our programs have VBT metrics incorporated into the training.  We are big believers in VBT.

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We use a variety of tech in assessing and training our athletes.  Here is a brief summary:

In addition, we have developed several in-house proprietary software programs which fully integrate the various tech platforms into “one” which we use for programming purposes.

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Our prices vary based on the specific program and time of year.   Please feel free to reach us at the front desk at (201) 308-3633 if you have any questions.

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B) Strength Training

Our strength programs for older athletes (ages 16 and older) are highly customized and 100% based on an athlete’s strengths and weaknesses specific to his position on the field.  The programming is:

    • Based on a thorough head-to-toe assessment
    • 100% designed around the individual’s strengths and weakness
    • Unlimited training sessions (3, 4 or 5x per week)
    • Flex time (you can basically come and go as you wish)

Here is the 5-step process we use:

    • Physical Movement Screen
    • Force-Velocity Profiling
    • Monthly Program Design
    • Training
    • Periodic Re-testing

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Yes they do.  Our strength programs fall into three different types:

    • Program Design athletes train in a somewhat independent, yet supervised setting.  You would need to be eligible and pre-approved for this program (requires complete upfront assessment)
    • Group setting of various sizes with strength coach at all times
    • Private one-on-one sessions (requires complete upfront assessment)

Here is also a summary by age group:

    • Ages 16 and older: Strength training with “Program Design” or private sessions
    • Ages 13-16: Strength training with strength coach coach, in private sessions or groups of no larger than 8 participants
    • Ages 10-12: Resistance training with strength coach, in private sessions or groups of no larger than 6 participants

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Yes we do.  We have more than a dozen VBT Push Band units in the facility which are utilized by our athletes all the time during strength training.  All of our programs have VBT metrics incorporated into the training.  We are big believers in VBT.

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We use a variety of tech in assessing and training our athletes.  Here is a brief summary:

In addition, we have developed several in-house proprietary software programs which fully integrate the various tech platforms into “one” which we use for programming purposes.

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C) Pitching Programs

Yes, we do!  Our 12-week Summer Throwing Program is specifically designed for pitchers whose main priority is to improve their velocity and overall performance.

Upon starting the program, each athlete will receive a thorough assessment that will provide us with the necessary info to provide each with a customized blueprint and a plan. All athletes in the program will also receive nutritional guidelines as well as the opportunity to receive manual therapy. The following is a summary of the various components of the program which would be included in each athlete’s programming:

    • Movement Physical Assessment
    • Video Analysis
    • Pitch Design (data and video)
    • Throwing Program
    • Strength and Conditioning Program
    • Recovery

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Assessments are an integral part of how we evaluate and train pitchers and ball players… Without them, you’re basically flying blind and NOT maximizing your potential. Whether it’s a lack of strength, mobility or leakage in your pitching mechanics, an assessment should be the beginning of your journey… Here is a brief video

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The introduction of new tech like Rapsodo cameras is changing the landscape for pitchers at all levels.  Working with our pitchers here at RPP, the first thing we do in Pitch Design work is get what we refer to as the pitcher’s DNA, which generally requires a full bullpen on the Rapsodo camera with at least a dozen pitches by pitch-type.

From there, we break it down into several components and review each piece of information in-depth. It’s basically like preparing a game plan.  Let’s go over step-by-step what we look for and how we assess the results:

    • Spin Efficiency %s
    • Movement Patterns
    • Differentiation and Relative Movement
    • Holes in the Movement Pattern
    • Consistency of Pitch Axis by Pitch Type
    • True Spin Rates
    • Arm Slot (Release Height and Side)

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Absolutely.  RPP is one of the first facilities nationwide to incorporate pitch design into our training programs.  We run pitch design programs on a regular basis.  All of our pitching coaches are extremely knowledgeable and well versed on the topic.

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We use a variety of tech in assessing and training our athletes.  Here is a brief summary:

In addition, we have developed several in-house proprietary software programs which fully integrate the various tech platforms into “one” which we use for programming purposes.

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Yes we do. We use both plyocare and weighted balls in our throwing programs.

There is tremendous mis-information in the market place about WBs, however, we believe that  the athlete should be:

    • At least 16 years of age
    • Anatomically mature (growth plates)
    • At an adequate weight to be able to disperse the stress of throwing weighted balls
    • Pain free

And has:

    • A decent foundation of strength (training age)
    • The movement quality of an athlete (assessment)
    • Not participated in any other velocity programs in the last 3 months (90 days)

In addition, you would also be required to participate in our strength training program along with any weighted ball program that we offer.  You can also read further here in this article “Seven Considerations When Training with WBs“.

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D) Hitting Programs

Yes we do!

The Hitting Development Program is a comprehensive 12-week protocol and it’s heavily reliant on data analytics to assess and develop players.  It includes an extensive upfront assessment covering various hitting metrics, and the athlete’s strength and mobility profile.  The information allows us to prepare a customized hitting program and individualized strength training specific to each player’s needs.  The following is a brief summary of the initial evaluation:

    • Movement Assessment
    • Strength and Power Assessment
    • Kinematic Sequence Patterns
    • Swing Path Metrics
    • Batted Ball Results

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As an athlete, you are not able to move efficiently if your body isn’t in a position to do so. Incorporating assessments, strength training and data analytics into how we train players is a bit of an art. Since each and every player is different in every way, the key is to parse through the information and determine which pieces are relevant for each player. Below is a typical testing day for position players at our facility and it’s broken up into several sections:

    • Movement and Strength Assessment
    • Video Review and Analysis
    • Kinematic Sequence Analysis
    • Swing Metrics
    • Batted Ball Results

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We use a variety of tech in assessing and training our athletes.  Here is a brief summary:

In addition, we have developed several in-house proprietary software programs which fully integrate the various tech platforms into “one” which we use for programming purposes.

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E) Remote Training

Yes we do.   Our remote program is designed to bring our advanced level of training to those who can’t train with us at the facility. It is geared towards high performance athletes in high school, college and professional levels and has everything you need to take advantage of our expert coaching and programming from anywhere.

The remote programs areas follows:

    • Strength Training
    • Strength Training and Hitting
    • Strength Training and Pitching

They cover 4-week periods with a training frequency of either 3x or 5x per week with each day addressing different components of your training and development.

You would need an initial assessment which is preferably done at RPP (although we can perform a remote assessment).  After your assessment and registering for a remote account you will be able to access your programming online via your phone.

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Remote training is generally for older athletes, including high school, college and pro-level players.  In order to train on a remote basis with RPP you must:

    • Be at least 16 years old (those younger than 16 years of age can only participate in our remote training programs in conjunction with a local strength coach that can assist during the training process)
    • Have significant prior weight room experience
    • Exhibit proper “movement” during your assessment to safely perform the programming
    • Reside at least 60 miles away from our facility in NJ

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To train on a remote basis with us, you will need access to the following:

Strength Training – A gym with the following additional equipment would be optimal: barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, slide boards and sleds. However, we can modify programs to accommodate a more limited equipment range.

For those interested in training with VBT to measure bar speed during your training, you will need a PUSH band or similar device.

Throwing Program – You will need access to some or all of the following equipment:

    • Plyo Ball Set (3.5 oz, 5 oz, 7oz, 14oz, 21oz, 2lb)
    • Weighted Baseballs – (3oz, 4oz, 6oz, 7oz, 9oz, 11oz)
    • Bands
    • Mini Trampoline (optional)

It is recommended that you also have access to the following items, though purchase is not necessary.

Hitting Program – You will need access to some or all of the following equipment:

    • Batting cage
    • Tee
    • 4 ft. PVC pipe
    • Blast Motion sensor (optional)

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Every single exercise and drill in all of our programs has a video link associated with it, which thoroughly demonstrates how to perform it.  Here is an example.

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We recommend two different methods to help you calculate how much weight to put on the bar:

    1. 1 RM
    2. VBT

1. One Rep Maximum (1RM) – Be sure to properly warm up, (including foam rolling or some other form of myofascial release) to get the muscles primed and ready to work. Then choose a repetition range (we recommend 5) and work to the heaviest possible weight at this given number of reps with solid form.   Be sure to allow two to three minutes rest between each set before adding more weight to the bar. When you feel like you have arrived at a number, then use this 1RM calculator link to calculate your estimated 1-Rep Max.

You can then follow the prescribed intensities on your program in the “Comments” section to work at the accurate percentage of that 1RM. For example, if you reach a weight of 200 lbs. for 5 reps on your deadlift, according to the calculator, your 1RM would be 225. If the program calls for 5 reps @ 75-80% of 1RM, that would be 168-180 lbs.

2. Velocity-based Training (VBT) – More recently, a different strength training concept has emerged called VBT. This concept is based upon measurements of bar speed during training. Research in Spain revealed that velocity (bar speed) is closely related to %1RM. While measuring velocity during resistance training is not new, it was previously only available to elite athletes.  It could only be calculated by using expensive equipment such as the Tendo units. But now, with the introduction of linear transducers, anyone can calculate percentages of 1RM at a fraction of the cost. Here at RPP we use and highly recommend the PUSH band.

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Your point of contact in your remote program is your strength coach, and hitting or pitching coach.  You will have direct access to both during your remote training.  It wouldn’t be unusual to speak with your coaches 2-3 times per month.

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Yes we do.  All of our programs have VBT metrics incorporated into the training.  We use PUSH bands at the facility, but you would need to purchase your own VBT device.  We are big believers in VBT.

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Yes we do. We use both plyocare and weighted balls in our throwing programs.

There is tremendous mis-information in the market place about WBs, however, we believe that  the athlete should be:

    • At least 16 years of age
    • Anatomically mature (growth plates)
    • At an adequate weight to be able to disperse the stress of throwing weighted balls
    • Pain free

And has:

    • A decent foundation of strength (training age)
    • The movement quality of an athlete (assessment)
    • Not participated in any other velocity programs in the last 3 months (90 days)

In addition, you would also be required to participate in our strength training program along with any weighted ball program that we offer.  You can also read further here in this article “Seven Considerations When Training with WBs“.

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F) Youth Training

Yes we do.  We have a program for 10-12 year olds which meets once per week during various times of the year.  You can click here for additional details.

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Yes they do.  Our strength programs fall into three different types:

    • Program Design athletes train in a somewhat independent, yet supervised setting.  You would need to be eligible and pre-approved for this program (requires complete upfront assessment)
    • Group setting of various sizes with strength coach at all times
    • Private one-on-one sessions (requires complete upfront assessment)

Here is also a summary by age group:

    • Ages 16 and older: Strength training with “Program Design” or private sessions
    • Ages 13-16: Strength training with strength coach coach, in private sessions or groups of no larger than 8 participants
    • Ages 10-12: Resistance training with strength coach, in private sessions or groups of no larger than 6 participants

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G) From Out of Town

If you’re coming from out of town, scheduling a visit is very simple.

Please complete the contact form”Scheduling a VISIT” and we will be in touch shortly.

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As our business has evolved and grown during the past couple of years, many athletes have been asking us about visiting on a short-term basis and then continue with their training closer to home.  So, the topic of how long you need to visit with us at RPP, when traveling a distance, is a great topic to go over.

You CAN visit with us for a short-stay and then train on a remote basis, or choose to stay longer altogether.  Your options are as follows:

    • 2-days (initial assessment)
    • 5-days (assessment and introduction to programming)
    • Longer Stays (assessment and training)

You can complete this form “scheduling a visit” or click here for additional details.

At typical day of training at RPP generally requires 2-3 hours at the facility.  You can think of it in four distinct parts:

    • Warm-up / Soft Tissue Work – The initial portion of your day could take 20-30 minutes
    • Hitting / Throwing – Working on your craft whether it’s hitting / throwing / pitching or doing related drill work could generally last around 60-75 minutes
    • Strength Training – Weight lifting portion of your day will take approximately 60-75 minutes
    • Recovery Work – Finishing your workout with recovery work will require approximately 15-20 minutes

Training with other high performance athletes in a culture that breeds excellence can also lend itself to hours of conversation and learning outside your specific training sessions.  Given the setting and culture, it would not be unusual for athletes to remain at the facility for many more hours than highlighted above.

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RPP is located in northern New Jersey in the town of Paramus, in Bergen county.  We are within 20 minutes of New York City, and accessible via three local airports, including Newark (NJ), and LaGuardia and JFK (NY).

Paramus and its neighboring towns are highly dense areas with no shortage of potential hotel or housing options.  We suggest that you evaluate each option and make your decision based on your desired levels of pricing, accommodations, potential length of stay and distance from the facility.

Nearby Hotels (within 5 minutes) – Below is a list of several nearby hotels at various price levels.

Feel free to reach us at the front desk at (201) 308-3633 if you have any questions.

**** Please note that RPP has NO relations with any of these facilities and / or websites.  We bear no responsibility or liability of any kind by listing these options here.  They are listed here as guidance for you.  Please make sure to do your own research to find appropriate housing that meets your specific needs.

RPP is located in northern New Jersey in the town of Paramus, in Bergen county.  We are within 20 minutes of New York City, and accessible via three local airports, including Newark (NJ), and LaGuardia and JFK (NY).

Paramus and its neighboring towns are highly dense areas with no shortage of potential hotel or housing options.  We suggest that you evaluate each option and make your decision based on your desired levels of pricing, accommodations, potential length of stay and distance from the facility.

Rooms for Rent – Below is a list of websites that offer room rentals for medium-longer term stays.  There is no shortage of housing available for those looking to rent nearby housing.  We are located in Bergen county (NJ), with Essex county (NJ) to the south and Rockland county (NY) to the north.  You can search these sites by county if you’d like.

Feel free to reach us at the front desk at (201) 308-3633 if you have any questions.

**** Please note that RPP has NO relations with any of these facilities and / or websites.  We bear no responsibility or liability of any kind by listing these options here.  They are listed here as guidance for you.  Please make sure to do your own research to find appropriate housing that meets your specific needs.

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