It seems like neck training can be pretty helpful even to people who don’t participate in a contact sport. However, I know very little about neck training aside from what’s written in the article Stick Your Neck Out by Nick Tumminello.
Is anyone currently doing neck training? What exercises and methods do you use, when do you train your neck (eg. at end of training, on off days, etc.), and how often?[/quote]
I started training my neck seriously about 6 months ago. I started with bridges, but I don’t do them anymore because it seemed like I was always hurting myself. I’ve tried basically every method in that article, but the best results I’ve gotten have been from just hanging my head off the end of a bench and putting a plate on my forehead. I started with no weight and have worked my way up to a 35lb plate. I just fit them in any time I can. I kept a few plates under my bed and just did them every night. I try to get 100 reps every other day, usually 5 sets of 20. When I first started, I tried to get 100 reps every day. You will progress very quickly in both strength and size. I’ve put about 2 inches on my neck in 6 months. The problem I’m having is that it’s hard to hold much more than a 35 lb plate on your forehead. Shrugs on a standing calf machine also worked well.