How to Increase Athleticism… Develop Efficient Movement

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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”

7 Crucial Considerations for Weighted Baseball Training

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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”

Customized Strength Training at RPP; The Why and How it Works

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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 “Customized Strength Training at RPP; The Why and How it Works”

Training Force- vs. Velocity-Deficient Athletes… Giving Them What They Need

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Knowing the adaptation that needs to occur and knowing what adaptation will occur are powerful decision-making tools when designing a program for an athlete. You need to first decide what effect you want the body to produce and then match it with an appropriate stimulus.  This is referred to as the “SAID” principle. It stands for “Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands” and is the blueprint that we build off of when programming for our athletes here at RPP.

The first question that needs to be answered is “what does the athlete need?”.   Continue reading “Training Force- vs. Velocity-Deficient Athletes… Giving Them What They Need”

Assessments… Without One You’re Flying Blind

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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Command and Control – Case Study: Butler’s Josh Loeschorn

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

As strength coaches, our goal is to not only improve an athlete’s performance but also keeping our athletes healthy during the season. This is not unlike a race car that comes out of the gate blazing and after 100 laps requires a “pit stop” to try to address wear and tear. Continue reading “Command and Control — Case Study: Butler’s Josh Loeschorn”