Rob Rabena on Arm Care and Building Better Baseball Players

Rob Rabena is the Director of Sports Performance at Maplezone Sports Institute, located in Garnet Valley PA. At MSI, Rob and his team of strength coaches work with all levels of the baseball athlete from middle school up to the professional ranks.

Prior to MSI, he was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and an intern at the infamous Cressey Performance (which I tried not to hold against him).

In this show, Rob and I talk about his evaluation process for incoming athletes, how he describes his training philosophy, and we go deep on the topic of arm care, including his thoughts on how to maximize the effectiveness of your program.

Show Outline

Here’s a brief overview of what we covered in this week’s show:

  • MR’s Monologue: On Authority, Absolutes, and Authenticity.
  • Rob’s random start in the fitness industry, and his path to working at Maplezone Sports Institute
  • His eval process when training baseball players, and what he tends to spend the most time working on.
  • How he takes the results of that evaluation process and plugs it into his first program.
  • The major differences between a program for a young athlete, and a more seasoned vet or professional.
  • Rob’s over-aching training philosophy, and how that comes through in the programming he writes, and the environment he’s worked to create.
  • Arm Care: What is it, why it’s important, and his thoughts and viewpoints on it.
  • How his use of “big-bang” exercises in his arm care program allow him to check a lot of boxes, while still making his workouts efficient and time effective.
  • The BIG Question.
  • The always popular lightning round, where we discuss his career highlight, what it’s like being a new dad, and what’s up next for Rob Rabena.

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