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. 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. 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…
We’re gearing up for another summer of strength training and motivating athletes to push themselves and each other to optimize athleticism come the fall.
Every summer I 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”
For hard-copy print version of this guide on VBT please click here.
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). If you’d like you can get a hard copy by clicking here.
There is tremendous mis-information in the market place about weighted balls 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 When Training with Weighted Balls”
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”
The back leg is the initial power source in pitching and when pitching from the stretch, the ability to load and the unload the back leg gives a pitcher the greater advantage with runners on.
Faster more elastic athletes can stretch their tendons quickly and better harness energy while loading without requiring high levels of strength. But for more “strength-based” athletes who like to load slower in order to maximize power mostly from their muscles contracting, the stretch can be a nemesis, especially you have runners on base. So, training to get more elastic can go a long way in putting another essential tool such as getting quicker in the stretch into their toolbox, which brings us to the concept of Reactive Strength and how you test it. Continue reading “Improving Speed and Power from the Stretch”
Every off-season I see dedicated athletes basically spinning their wheels and settling for thrown-together ineffective off-season programming, simply because the location is convenient, or they’re feeling pressure from the travel team they play with to train with them. The reality is that often they’re experiencing mediocre gains or no gains at all when they should be improving dramatically. They’re settling for acceptable when they should be expecting optimal. Bottom line is if your velo has stayed the same year-over-year your training probably SUCKS! Continue reading “An In-depth Look into Customized Strength Training at RPP; The Why and How it Works”