Bringing Mocap into the Trenches… Sometimes It’s What You CAN’T See

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

Most people who have observed our movement assessment and 4-camera video analysis believe it’s about as good as you can get. Now, with the addition of our Qualisys motion capture system it’s even better.  The results speak for themselves. Continue reading “Bringing Mocap into the Trenches… Sometimes It’s What You CAN’T See”

Protecting the UCL

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

UCL injury

A recent study in The Physician and Sports Medicine showed that 29% of youth baseball players up to the age of 12 reported episodes of shoulder or elbow pain.  Another report in the Journal of Arthroscopy noted 31% of pitchers up to the age of 22 have experienced an arm injury as well.  Over a third of Tommy John procedures performed are done on youth pitchers.

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8-Week Throwing Program – Maintenance

8-Week Throwing Program

The following 8-week throwing programs are intended for pitchers who are physically mature, physically healthy and pain free with a good base foundation of strength:

    • Ages 17 and older
    • Ages 14-16

Please note, this is NOT a ramp-up, on-ramping or customized program.  Assuming that you were already prepared after a full off-season for spring, the programs are for maintaining your arm health and capacity. Continue reading “8-Week Throwing Program — Maintenance”

6 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Pitching Program

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS) and Bahram Shirazi (MBA, BSEE)

A few years ago, all you could expect from your pitching program was to help you with your mechanics. That’s just about what most people expected and looked for in a pitching program.

Fortunately, times have changed. Today, pitching mechanics are only a piece of the overall puzzle.  There is much more to training pitchers than simply teaching them proper mechanics.  Whether you’re looking for an off-season or a summer throwing program, in this two part article, we will review topics you should consider asking coaches before making a commitment to a program.

Here we go with six questions you can ask pitching coaches and some guidance on what to look for… Continue reading “6 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Pitching Program”

The Best of 2019 – Strength Training Articles

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

As we get closer to a new year I would like to look back and get a bit reflective. A few years ago, I started a series in which I posted the most popular blogs of the year. These are the articles that received the most traffic, according to our hosting statistics. It seems to be a favorite of everyone, so here we go again with the most popular of our strength training articles for 2019. Continue reading “The Best of 2019 – Strength Training Articles”

Training Athleticism in Pitchers

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

Training Athleticism in Pitchers - Part 1 Top

In order to effectively train a pitcher as a complete athlete we first need to:

    1. Understand Key Points in the Delivery – Understand the key points in the delivery and how to develop effective power by training it in the weight room
    2. Addressing Energy Leaks – Identify and fix energy leaks (mechanics / disconnects)
    3. Customizing Throwing and Strength Training Programs – Be able to assess what “type” of pitcher we are dealing with in order to effectively train them to produce optimum power to throw a baseball

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NJ’s Most Comprehensive Training for Pitchers and Players

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

baseball facility

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.

Just in case you’ve never been to RPP beforeContinue reading “NJ’s Most Comprehensive Training for Pitchers and Players”

Pitching Lab… Inside the Nets

By Robbie Aviles (Pitching Lab Coach, MiLB Orioles Pitching Coach)

As we get close to the start of the Pitching Lab, I am getting really excited to put to work what we have mapped out for our pitchers. In addition to the strength training program, the Pitching Lab includes 19-20 sessions inside the nets. It will encompass everything from re-mapping faulty mechanical issues, simulated long toss, working on command and control as well as extensive instruction on how to throw different types of pitches in different situations.   Here is an expanded summary… Continue reading “Pitching Lab… Inside the Nets”

Letting Go of the Obligations… This is Going to Piss Some People Off

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-owner RPP)

This article is going to piss some people off, but I can’t keep it to myself any longer.  I can’t tell you how many times, young pitchers (and/or their parents) come to us and say they have been throwing 79-81 mph for the past three years.   NOW, in their junior year of high school, they’re asking us “what can you do?”

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