I was re-reading Starting Strength and Rippetoe comments on how benching will cause you to grow a thick neck as well the other muscles commonly worked. Is this why you a lot of the football players guys so thick (because of all the benching they do?). never thought of the BP as a neck builder until i read this.
Everyone who lifts benches. Not everyone who lifts has a big neck. If you want traps that touch your ears, you gotta do heavy, heavy shrugs. I actually think a lot of people don't do shrugs because there's not a lot of movement involved.
Olympic Lifts and Deadlifts are without a doubt better all-around lifts but if you want your neck to be nonexistent you got to do Shrugs.
I guess I can't take much meaning out of that as I have no idea how power shrugs compare and correlate to normal shrugs (if they do at all). Today I was shrugging 100 lbs dumbells 10 reps x 3 sets. My numbers have been going up, but I don't see much growth.
I have heard of people trying alternating shoulders while shrugging to increase range of motion. Perhaps this helps.
neck exercises and weight gain makes a big neck. Proportionately even people who clean or shrug all the time dont' have huge necks. Now if your talking about traps thats something different I thought this was a neck thread. A person can have big traps and not a huge neck. Or a big neck with small traps.
Rep Ranges for thick traps and nonexistent necks should be high. I mean, it's a shrug. You move like 3 or 4 inches max if you have full ROM. Unless you're doing shrugs for your grip strength (which is cool) you should just go ahead and use straps. Theres a lot of disagreement as to whether high blood volume or heavy weights will give you the best size results.
Why fuck around? Use massive weights and reps between 15 and 20. Go ahead and start with 85% or 90% of your max squat. Then just keep adding weight every time you do them. Warm up appropriately but only do one or two working sets.