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 Post subject: Best way(s) to build the neck
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:27 pm 

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Strongman Mike Bruce, recommends, if I am quoting him correctly, that beginners perform 3 to 5 sets of 20-30 reps for the following exercises: neck curls, neck lifts, neck lateral raises. He says, once you can do 100 straight reps, move up in weight.

I have been training my neck twice per week and will aim for 3 to 4 times per week beginning ASAP. I only perform neck curls (with the neck harness in a standing position) 3 sets of 15-30 reps. My question is this, with the recommendation given by Mike Bruce, can I train the neck 3 to 4 times per week without overtraining?


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 Post subject: Re: Best way(s) to build the neck
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:34 pm 
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im sure he will chime in at sometime, but i highly recommend doing all directions, you don't want to cause an imbalance :naughty: , also he believes the neck can be trained everyday in this fashion...you just need to build up to it, don't just jump into this everyday

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 Post subject: Re: Best way(s) to build the neck
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:00 am 

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guys I read a lot about neck training but I still cant find a good way to train the front. I made a neck harness from the blog an I tried to use it to curl in the opposite direction even though I cant find a good position to do it. Should I be laying on my back with the weight hanging behind my head?


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 Post subject: Re: Best way(s) to build the neck
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:45 am 
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Should I be laying on my back with the weight hanging behind my head?

Hold the weight on your forehead and don't use the harness.

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 Post subject: Re: Best way(s) to build the neck
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:44 am 

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MacCharles wrote:
Hold the weight on your forehead and don't use the harness.


The NOT funny part is that remembering how helpful your posts usually are I read it as a serious piece of advice :mozilla_tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Best way(s) to build the neck
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:57 am 

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@precisionxy:

In my opinion yes you can work the neck 3-4 days a week without overtraining. It depends on what your goals are.

If for example you are a wrestler, well we used to do neck work everyday, pulling and pushing on the neck against our training partners and this is along with our gymnasium weight work;

I train my neck everytime I'm in the gym, find what works for you and work the neck from all angles

flexion; chin to chest= plate neck curl
extension; chin away from chest=neck harness lift
lateral; ear to shoulder

Hope this helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Best way(s) to build the neck
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:25 am 
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inverted neck bridges could work the front. I don't have a harness so I use a resistance band instead. Just knot it to something rigid, apply to your head and do reps.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way(s) to build the neck
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 Post subject: Re: Best way(s) to build the neck
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:31 pm 

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@macCharles,
the video you posted is a great example of a plate neck curl. Perfect, using the hands as merely handles and letting the head/neck do the work.

I was going to post my video of the same movement but you beat me to it.
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 Post subject: Re: Best way(s) to build the neck
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:33 pm 
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And to think someone actually thought that post wasn't serious.

I may write some more for chaos and pain if I can bother thinking of anything worth writing about. Everything is so well received over there.

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