Today my interview is with Robbie Aviles pitcher with the Cleveland Indians. I had the pleasure training Robbie this past off-season here at RPP.
Nunzio: Good morning Robbie. As you know I have been training you here since last December and I have to tell you that I have had a great time. I am really looking forward to coming out to Arizona to watch you pitch during spring training in a couple of weeks. Before you leave I just wanted to ask you a couple of questions.
So, what did you find different about training at RPP compared to some of the other facilities you had trained in the past?
Robbie: First and foremost I have to say that it’s the most sports-specific workout and training I have ever taken part in. Your ability, with the initial assessment, to find all my weaknesses and imbalances just put this program over the top.
Nunzio: And how does the training you received here compare to the training you have received in pro ball?
Robbie: It’s very similar to pro ball but there is much more attention to detail here. The athlete-to-trainer ratio that you have here is amazing. Other than that, it’s just like being in the professional baseball training environment.
Nunzio: What is the best advice you can give a young high school athlete in regards to strength training?
Robbie: Well the game has definitely changed today. It’s almost impossible to succeed at a high level without strength training and you just would be foolish not to take advantage of a place like this if it’s available to you.
Nunzio: Ok great, what is the most noticeable change in you and your mechanics since you started training here at RPP?
Robbie: I would have to say the power that I seem to able to produce feels a lot more effortless because of the strength and mobility I have gained here. I was not able to get this before. For the past couple of years I would leave for pro ball around this time throwing in the upper 80s and my velocity would creep back up to my regular velo of 93-94 mph. This year I am leaving here already sitting 91-92 mph and touching 93 mph in February. I am also not as tired as I used to be at the conclusion of my bullpen. Basically I feel more athletic throughout my entire wind-up which feels great.
Nunzio: One last question, who is the funniest guy you know?
Robbie: You Nunz, of course.
Nunzio: Thanks Robbie. I am definitely going to miss seeing you are around the gym. Best of luck in pro ball and l am looking forward to seeing you again next year.
By Nunzio Signore (BA, NASM, CPT, PES, FMS)