Training the Neck

Training the Neck


“In all of your articles interviews
podcasts etc I don’t see where you discuss direct necklace.” Right. Try to
make it work like every coach I’ve ever worked with. We all try to make neck work
work. We see that Nautilus four way neck machine. I’ve done the weighted helmets, I’ve done the straps and all it seems to do for most of us is give us neck
problems. I just think that the neck is a little bit… You
got a lot of vertebrae an area that big and, so when we’ve wrestled, we used
to do the neck bridge and I thought there was value to it but really direct
neck work, I just, if I, if you can’t come up with a way, Matt, doing the movements,
finding movements that helped without hurting, that would be the million-dollar
key. One thing I haven’t worked on in the last few years, and this is for my own
posture, is doing loaded carries. It has to be very light. 10 to 25 pounds so we’re
looking at just a few kilos to 10 kilos and dragging weights so I put the strap
here and the sleds over there dragging weights this way dragging weights
this way. For whatever reason it seems to clear up posture issues without the
damage of all this. Now you follow it up with you know like Aikido and the
martial arts but the best thing you learn from martial arts is how to fall
so if you’re doing direct neck work, it gives you a stiff neck and you fall you
might be dead. But if you learn to fall correctly you don’t really need to worry
about the neck so much. Yeah Matt you will notice that very few experienced strength
coaches are comfortable talking about neck work.
It’s just direct neck work. Certainly heavy shrugs, I get it. I’ve seen it work. It’s fine.
I do like the sled pulls, the light ones. Don’t go crazy. It’s just it’s that
cost / benefit thing. It’s just really hard to make it work. Just really hard to
make it work. You know the benefit you get from strengthening the neck,
you might lose from six weeks with the you know being you know trying to do
this. Now it is interesting, nearly every friend I have is my age, when you tap
them on the shoulder they’ll go like this because we all have bad necks from
American football back in the 70s. We were taught to use our heads as a weapon
so every friend I have has one side they can turn to easily and the other they
can’t turn to hardly at all as you can see with me. So the neck is, the neck
is a fragile item and you know if we were working with, if you were a boxer
and we’re trying to get rid of a glass jaw I mean maybe neck work would work
but it might be just as good is for you to duck a little better you know, so
there you go wish I could do better than that okay. Thank you.

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