the NECK

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 15, 2007 6:25 PM GMT
    I rarely hear or read about workouts for the neck, if there are any. Often when I see myself in the mirror I think my neck is a little too skinny. Does anyone have any input on how to increase the circumference of my neck?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 16, 2007 9:01 PM GMT
    it consist on how hot your neck would look
    if you have a strong adams apple then thats hot already.
  • jc_online

    Posts: 487

    Apr 16, 2007 9:56 PM GMT
    Looking at your pics, I don't think it looks too skinny; however, I understand the importance of self-perception when looking in the mirror. I like the results I've gotten from shoulder shrugs. It's possible to lift a good amount of weight and build that area between the base of the neck and the shoulder cap. Be sure to follow perfect form because injury can happen easily. Good luck bud!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 17, 2007 1:00 AM GMT
    Use a neck machine.

    Do bridging on the floor (like a football player or wrestler.)

    Do shoulder shrugs, straight up and straight down, as they should be properly done (without rolling).

    Don't do stupid movements like putting a weight plate on your forehead.

    Many guys overdevelop their neck and traps. Unless you're very thick and wide through your upper body, doing so will wreck your upper body symmetry.

    Before you bust balls on your neck, take a good look at your symmetry and decide if it's what's right for the best look. Sagi Kalev, a personal friend of mine, one of my trainers, and the man who has appeared on Muscle and Fitness more than any other person in the world, only weighs about 205, but, spends lots of time on his symmetry. Sagi had me back off my traps and neck. See him at: http://www.sagikalev.com. Nearly everyone agrees that Sagi is gorgeous.

    It's all about how you package it. If you have great abs, but, otherwise look like you come from the middle of a dessert that's not a good look, or, if you're very fat and only look "big" in winter clothes, that's the other extreme. If you have low esteem, run pictureless, or are icky of personality, but, have a great bod, what good are you?

    All good things in balance generally works best...even your NECK.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 17, 2007 7:16 PM GMT
    I know that NFL players do train their necks, but this is not medically recommended AT ALL...

    All strength training of the shoudlers and arms will induce all cervical muscle groups, agonists and antagonists, to co-contract. This is to stabilize the highly mobile cervical facet joints. That is why you see big body builders necks so thick and bulging with veins when they lift heavy with their arms.

    There is a reason why people with neck injuries, like the ones on Halo fixtures, are not allowed to even raise only one arm up, because this will cause asymetrical co-contration of cervical muscle groups on one side, causing side bending and rotation of the neck.

    The cervical spine is very mobile and inbedded not only with peripheral nerve roots like the rest of the spine, but also unique in the sense that major blood vessles are also inbedded in the joints. There has been a study of chiropractic adjustments of the neck causing micro trauma to these blood vessels in the neck, resulting in blood clots, and eventually strokes...

    If you work with your neck with resistive exercises, dont be suprised if one day you have radiating pain, burining sensation, numbness, or pins and needles sensation down your arms..
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 17, 2007 9:55 PM GMT
    A real simple one that should not get you into too much trouble. Simple necks rolls...very slow and somewhat isometrically forceful. 7 clockwise and 7 counter clock wise.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 17, 2007 11:51 PM GMT
    Oh yeah that is just neck rolls, no harm done.

    I was referring to the inital post about gaining size of your neck circumference and the idea of doing high load resistive weaight training on the cervical musculature...
  • GQjock

    Posts: 11649

    Apr 19, 2007 1:07 AM GMT
    weighted neck exercises are VERY dangerous and should never be done without supervision by someone with a physical therapy background
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 08, 2011 6:48 AM GMT
    hate to bump such an old thread, but i was curious and didnt really want to start another thread when some of these existed already, ive had a horrible time trying to get my traps bigger. besides the workouts that have already been posted what else would be best to develop bigger traps/delts?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 08, 2011 6:49 AM GMT
    a very cute boy with a very nice collection of shoes will be commenting on this thread very soon.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 08, 2011 6:52 AM GMT
    dekiruman saida very cute boy with a very nice collection of shoes will be commenting on this thread very soon.


    yay i cant wait.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 08, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    a bit curious still, has anyone had lots of success with the above workouts in gaining size with them?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 08, 2011 8:36 PM GMT
    You don't TRAIN neck muscles to gain bulk or for cosmetic reasons. You strengthen neck muscles to stabilize the cervical spine. There are various isometric strengthening exercises for the cervical spine that can accomplish this. When working to stabilize the cervical spine, however, it is advisable to strengthen the muscles of the shoulder region and scapular musculature as well.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 09, 2011 7:27 AM GMT
    I love the 4-way neck machine at my gym, which is very similar to this one:



    I think the stability of this machine minimizes any chance of injury and hopefully I'm not doing myself any damage since I limit the weight to 15-20lbs (rather than starting off with 45lb plates like I've seen some do) and am careful to not rely on momentum or excessive range of motion.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 09, 2011 8:04 AM GMT
    odd question though, when it comes down to the Traps, wont them becoming bigger make it look like your neck is "thickening"? when it comes down to muscle groups im at a loss..
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 09, 2011 8:05 AM GMT
    dekiruman saida very cute boy with a very nice collection of shoes will be commenting on this thread very soon.


    Have you been snooping in my closet boy icon_neutral.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 09, 2011 8:46 AM GMT
    think about this..ok
    I am assuming that you are of meidum height,on the slender size body frame..

    A nice looking body i must say.Don't you think a fat/over worked neck on a slender frame is going to look silly and gross.

    If you were a short stocky frame man,with a skinny neck,then i would say yes you need to look equal all over..

    Please re think your problem,and dont do anything that is going to alter what you already have and looks good on you anyway's..

    Maybe you need to quit looking in the mirrow so much,and ask others,friends,maybe a sport doctor/traniner what they think.Ask some one who will tell you the truth,and not just tell you what you want too hear..OK