What to do for a thick neck?

  • Expat22

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    Dec 26, 2014 10:06 PM GMT
    Always had an issue of my neck seeming small, giving my body a smaller and less "in shape" look than I want. Any tips as to what to do to fix it?
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    Dec 27, 2014 1:19 AM GMT
    A friend of mine once told me that even when the guy doesn't show his body, you can still tell his body type just by looking at his neck.

    You are not short but you are not very tall either. If your neck gets too thick you will look shorter -- is this your intention?
  • Expat22

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    Dec 27, 2014 2:44 AM GMT
    No, but as your friend was saying, a thicker neck indicates better general physique. Thats the goal.
  • lgg5819

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    Dec 27, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    Shrugs. Anything that builds up the traps/shoulders will improve the neck.
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    Dec 28, 2014 5:29 AM GMT
    I LOVE the four way neck machine. But they're hard to find. Only my local Powerhouse Gym has one:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOgW7HrSBfo
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 28, 2014 6:28 PM GMT
    My neck is actually one of the areas I'm most focused on. I've always felt that my neck looked too skinny for my head.icon_evil.gif
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    Dec 29, 2014 12:06 AM GMT
    Deadlifts and shoulders work for me, but honestly I think it is something that just comes with working out for a while with a touch of genetics.
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    Dec 29, 2014 12:23 AM GMT
    Expat22 saidAlways had an issue of my neck seeming small, giving my body a smaller and less "in shape" look than I want. Any tips as to what to do to fix it?

    Have you measured your neck? What size is it? What closed shirt collar do you wear with a tie?

    We often have a distorted view of our own body dimensions. I see my own wrists as thin & spindly. They are actually so thick that many wristwatches will not fit them.

    So measure yourself, and tell us. We can better advise you from there.
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 29, 2014 8:35 PM GMT
    Adam228 saidDeadlifts and shoulders work for me, but honestly I think it is something that just comes with working out for a while with a touch of genetics.

    Yeah, I think deadlifts and shoulders make a big difference. You can also just hold your head up while you're lying on your back, and move it around until the muscles really start to burn... I think the genetic component in my case is having an enormous head, which makes me think my neck appears out of proportion. However, whenever I complain to my husband about it, he tells me I'm insane.icon_lol.gif
  • Orland23

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    Dec 30, 2014 10:50 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Adam228 saidDeadlifts and shoulders work for me, but honestly I think it is something that just comes with working out for a while with a touch of genetics.

    Yeah, I think deadlifts and shoulders make a big difference. You can also just hold your head up while you're lying on your back, and move it around until the muscles really start to burn... I think the genetic component in my case is having an enormous head, which makes me think my neck appears out of proportion. However, whenever I complain to my husband about it, he tells me I'm insane.icon_lol.gif


    I agree with your husband, your neck looks proportional to your head. A person's neck can look skinner if you stick your head out. Neck thickness is mostly genetics, as long is it hold your head up fine, its good to go.icon_lol.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 30, 2014 3:41 PM GMT
    Do upward rows. Form is everything elbows up. Google it. Also shrugs as mentioned. Traps and triceps get big fast. I have a 16.5" neck. In highschool it was 15.
    Now I like in the summer I can hang my sunglasses on my neck and they stay. No strap needed unless I'm in the watericon_cool.gif
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    Dec 30, 2014 9:39 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidDo upward rows. Form is everything elbows up. Google it. Also shrugs as mentioned. Traps and triceps get big fast. I have a 16.5" neck. In highschool it was 15.
    Now I like in the summer I can hang my sunglasses on my neck and they stay. No strap needed unless I'm in the watericon_cool.gif



    I personally love this exercise but it can be quite dangerous for a lot of people. It puts the shoulder in a very compromised position. If you're going to do this exercise, stay very light with the weight, even though it may feel like you can go a lot heavier.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jan 02, 2015 8:47 AM GMT
    Radd said
    MikemikeMike saidDo upward rows. Form is everything elbows up. Google it. Also shrugs as mentioned. Traps and triceps get big fast. I have a 16.5" neck. In highschool it was 15.
    Now I like in the summer I can hang my sunglasses on my neck and they stay. No strap needed unless I'm in the watericon_cool.gif



    I personally love this exercise but it can be quite dangerous for a lot of people. It puts the shoulder in a very compromised position. If you're going to do this exercise, stay very light with the weight, even though it may feel like you can go a lot heavier.


    Radd I moved up to heavy weight, BUT you should use a French bar, not a straight barbellicon_idea.gificon_idea.gificon_idea.gif
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    Jan 04, 2015 9:30 PM GMT
    You could try a head harness (but start light). I've just ordered one for my home gym (not sure I'd want to use one in a public gym).

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/seated-head-harness-neck-resistance