On any given day you can log into your daily feed on Twitter and scroll through a plethora of verbal grudge matches between strength coaches, pitching/hitting coaches and movement gurus arguing. Yes, arguing and criticizing each other’s ideology about athletic performance and how to improve it. These verbal assaults are usually fueled by the fact that one individual’s concept, theory, protocol or whatever you choose to call it may not line up with another’s. In other words, “it’s different”. For those of you that have the insight to be able to “discuss” and not argue, this blog is not targeting you, however you may want to come along for the ride. Continue reading “How to Increase Athleticism… Develop Efficient Movement”
Those of you that have trained with us previously already know the breadth and depth of our training programs. Given our recent move to Paramus, NJ, for all of our new friends and neighbors in north New Jersey, I would like to personally give you a welcome to one of the most comprehensive facilities for training and developing pitchers and baseball players.
This off-season is already off to a fast start. With athletes from middle and high schools all over, and professional ball players from various MLB teams (including the Twins, Padres, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Rockies, Reds and Devil Rays) already having joined us, I would have to say this is going to be our best off-season yet.
I feel lucky to do what I get to do. Some of my most rewarding experiences have come from watching young athletes get stronger, more athletic and honestly just crush it on the field. Strength is still the foundation of most athletic qualities; the best part is, it’s also the most trainable in youth. And let me start this article by saying this:
Velocity… It’s the one thing that seems to be the most sought after, yet few know how to deliver it effectively. Everyone thinks they know how to do it. But there are many different threads that need to be weaved into a safe and effective velo program to help you throw a baseball harder. Today, we’re going to go over what I believe to be some of the key points to look for in an effective velo program and honestly, they should ALL be present. Here we go… Continue reading “10 Musts to Help You Throw a Baseball Harder”
We’re gearing up for another summer of fully customized strength training for our athletes interested in pushing themselves to optimize their craft. Every summer we see dedicated athletes torn between pleasing their coach and joining some random summer team to “work their stuff” or taking what is possibly they’re last chance to spend an entire summer gaining a much needed 10-20 lbs, get stronger, improve their velocity or learn a new pitch. The reality is that often they’re experiencing no gains at all or even drops in weight/velo when they return to school in the fall. Bottom line is if your velo has stayed the same year-over-year your training SUCKS! Continue reading “Customized Summer Strength Training at RPP”
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Baseball is an explosive sport where things happen fast and hard. This requires massive amounts of power and finding the best methods to get our athletes there is our number one priority. In this article, I will be reviewing force-velocity profiling in athletes which I believe to be a “game changer” in programming. I will also highlight how you can pinpoint and train the specific strength zones needed with Velocity-Based Training to help maximize the potential in not only baseball players but all athletes to create power/explosiveness. Continue reading “Velocity-Based Training for Pitchers and Baseball Players”
Note: This article was recently published by Inside Pitch Magazine (Official Magazine of ABCA, November/December 2018 issue).
There is tremendous mis-information in the market place about weighted baseball training and I certainly don’t want to create a frenzy so let me start by saying this. This article isn’t about the pros and cons of weighted ball programs. It’s about the importance and reasons why you should consider (a) including and implementing a thorough assessment, (b) monitoring the dosage and (c) participating in an individualized strength and conditioning program alongside the weighted ball program. Continue reading “7 Crucial Considerations for Weighted Baseball Training”
Generally, when players start to struggle with throwing strikes, they’ve been conditioned to modify their mechanics. Many times, this is completely unnecessary. Anatomy often tells us that in order to fix a “control” issue, strength and stability may need to be addressed before looking deeper into the situation. Continue reading “4 Ways to Improve Command and Control in the Weight Room”