Solid lift man! Just a comment on the neck position and I’ll add too strongmangoals… When it comes to neck position, everyone will be different. Some people may prefer a more flexed neck, some neutral and packed or some a bit extended. The rationale comes from work looking at nerve conduction velocity which seems to favor a more neutral or extended neck (as in your neck) when compared to a flexed neck.
For example, when you flex the neck forward, you create neural tension, stretch/lengthen the nerves. When you stretch/lengthen the nerves, their conduction velocity ‘may’ decrease since their may be more resistance or a smaller passageway to travel along. This may impact muscle activation to some small extent possibly… On the other hand, when you think of a more neutral or extended neck, the nerves won’t be pulled on or stretched out, which may provide less resistance for the impulses to travel down to the muscles. (e.g., Greater volume along the nerves since their not stretched out). However, with that being said ‘some’ of the best lifters seem to lift with a flexed neck, which is interesting and I believe the mechanics of their body has a big influence on this. People with a shorter neck may benefit from a more packed necked, whereas longer neck individual’s possibly a more neutral or slightly extended neck. Something I just thought I’d share as I heard Dr. McGill specifically talk about this recently in a podcast
With that being said, I think it may best to experiment with each of the neck positions and see what works best for you. Everyone will be different and I wouldn’t say their is one ‘exactly’ right way
Side note: If you have existing neck issues probably would be best to stick to neutral, but overall solid lift buddy