: Trying to increase neck size...


intro_vert13
02-26-2004, 08:39 PM
I wanna do some exercises to thicken up my neck, but I'm unsure as to how often these should be performed. Does working neck muscles follow with the standards of working the other muscle groups of the body once to twice a week?

oldgixxer
02-27-2004, 12:27 AM
Start at once/twice per week,and see how you respond.When gains start to cease,increase sets/intensity/or excersises.

1qwik6
02-27-2004, 12:52 AM
One of my old gyms I belonged to actually had a "neck" machine...it was weird...but as far as building up the neck...I would probly just try to increase the size of your traps...the surrounding muscles will naturally build around it...

Also when stretching neck muscles I read somewhere it's bad to push the head backwards...stick to side to side and downward...for the life of me I can't remember why they mentioned this...

SicShift
02-27-2004, 04:18 AM
1qwik6? said:
One of my old gyms I belonged to actually had a "neck" machine...it was weird...but as far as building up the neck...I would probly just try to increase the size of your traps...the surrounding muscles will naturally build around it...

Also when stretching neck muscles I read somewhere it's bad to push the head backwards...stick to side to side and downward...for the life of me I can't remember why they mentioned this...



Yeah, I was taught this as well.

I'd say do some shrugs too. It's not necessarily the neck but builds the traps at the base of the neck and probably uses your neck muscles as stabilizers. it may help give you the look you want. When you do shrugs, make sure they're straight up and straight down, not circular.

Fiddy_Ryder
02-27-2004, 04:25 AM
SicShift said:
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1qwik6? said:
When you do shrugs, make sure they're straight up and straight down, not circular.



i see soooo many people doing rolling shrugs.. i guess they have no clue how bad it is on their shoulder and rotator cuffs.. http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/plthumbsdown.gif

SicShift
02-27-2004, 04:35 AM
Fiddy_Ryder said:

SicShift said:
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1qwik6? said:
When you do shrugs, make sure they're straight up and straight down, not circular.



i see soooo many people doing rolling shrugs.. i guess they have no clue how bad it is on their shoulder and rotator cuffs.. http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/plthumbsdown.gif



yeah, I see it more often than not. sad to see.

GdSaXnR
02-27-2004, 04:43 AM
Wrestlers will do bridges for increasing strength and flexibility in their necks. Kind of hard to explain without pictures, basically you make a tripod with your feet and head (stomach facing down). The other bridge would be lying on your back. Bend your legs (crunch position) and roll back so once again you are resting on your feet and head. From these positions you can roll your head side to side, and back and forth (kiss the floor.)

bmfgsxr
02-27-2004, 08:41 AM
ill go along with everyone on this. just do shrugs and do not roll them. i see so many squids (lifting squids) rolling the weight.. its the way to destroy your rotator cuff. i use dumbells held at my side and shrug away. be very careful if your doing any specific neck exercises as its pretty easy to wax your self.

SicShift
02-27-2004, 09:05 AM
While we're on the subject. At the main gold's here in town they have a shrug bar. It's a square basically that you step into and allows you to put some serious weight on the sides. No other gym has this and I love it.

Anyone else use those?

To intovert, definitely listen to BMF. He has, like, no neck at all. It's just an extension of his shoulders. When he has to look to the side, his whole body moves just like batman I bet.. http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/flipa.gif

1qwik6
02-27-2004, 09:32 AM
SicShift said:
Anyone else use those?



Ehh...I know exactly what your talking about and for me I never been a big fan of it...I dunno why...I'm all about the dumbells...strap onto a set of 150's and shrug away http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/punk.gif

No seriously though...for those who are looking for a good form for shrugs with dumbells...like everyone said do not roll the shoulders...also...I never keep them directly at my sides I kinda bring them forward a tad so that my wrists are more by my hip flexors...and I keep the elbows slightly bent and pause for a 1/2 second up top...

Moss
02-27-2004, 09:40 AM
I use to see this HUGE Mofo at an old gym I went using the Ham Curls Machine to Curl weight with the back of his Neck. I don't really Suggest you do it tho, the guy was massive, I think he was a Football player actually. But I only do Shrugs, same as BMF, with Dumbbells, and I don't roll, just Shrug em. A good set of Wraps acn help you get the weights up for that.

Fiddy_Ryder
02-27-2004, 10:24 AM
1qwik6? said:

SicShift said:
Anyone else use those?



Ehh...I know exactly what your talking about and for me I never been a big fan of it...I dunno why...I'm all about the dumbells...strap onto a set of 150's and shrug away http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/punk.gif

No seriously though...for those who are looking for a good form for shrugs with dumbells...like everyone said do not roll the shoulders...also...I never keep them directly at my sides I kinda bring them forward a tad so that my wrists are more by my hip flexors...and I keep the elbows slightly bent and pause for a 1/2 second up top...



we got the same diamond shape thing at my golds also.. never tried it out.. i also prefer to strap into some db's same position as qwik chin down a bit and pound out shrugs with the 100's.. hits my whole trap and some upper back too.. http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

Boston750
02-27-2004, 06:14 PM
ya im cheap and broke and dont have straps so when im shruggin i dont wanna go above 100's but shrugs are great, the gym i go to back home has that diamond/square thing you guys are talkin about, but the wicked small gym i go to down here, which is TINY but has everything i need, and most people need, has a 4way neck machine that i guess is the only one around and most of the big guys love it, ive never used it myself i already got a 17 inch neck so i dont need to get it any bigger

a4srad
02-27-2004, 09:14 PM
GdSaXnR said:
Wrestlers will do bridges for increasing strength and flexibility in their necks. Kind of hard to explain without pictures, basically you make a tripod with your feet and head (stomach facing down). The other bridge would be lying on your back. Bend your legs (crunch position) and roll back so once again you are resting on your feet and head. From these positions you can roll your head side to side, and back and forth (kiss the floor.)



on a show about Mike Tyson he was doing those. it looked like it hurt like hell. http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

1qwik6
02-27-2004, 11:45 PM
GixxerXI said:
ya im cheap and broke and dont have straps



Dude, go to a Champs or a Sports Autority and pick up a pair...they're $10...so worth it...

Gixkid600
02-28-2004, 05:55 AM
GixxerXI said:
ya im cheap and broke and dont have straps



You could probobly make your own http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Matthew750
02-28-2004, 06:56 AM
In submission wrestling we do lots of bridging. We also use a harness that goes around your head thats attached to weights. You can also have a friend pull your head down and you then use your neck muscles to pull your head back.

Another thing we do is have a rope that has a little piece of rubber hose, and that is also attached to weights. You actually bite down on the piece of rubber hose so you dont ruin your teeth. Curl the weight that way too.

We do alot of "functional" strength exercises and some weight lifting at the gym.

If ya have any questions, just ask and i will do my best to answer.

Boston750
02-28-2004, 07:34 AM
ya ill be pickin up some straps next time i make it home, i know theres an outdoor store that has them for 3 bucks there and im goin home at the end of this week to fly to scotland so ill grab them then

oldgixxer
02-28-2004, 08:41 AM
intro_vert13 said:
I wanna do some exercises to thicken up my neck, but I'm unsure as to how often these should be performed. Does working neck muscles follow with the standards of working the other muscle groups of the body once to twice a week?



Guy's,wasn't he just asking how many times to work the neck?? http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

intro_vert13
02-28-2004, 11:25 AM
oldgixxer said:

intro_vert13 said:
I wanna do some exercises to thicken up my neck, but I'm unsure as to how often these should be performed. Does working neck muscles follow with the standards of working the other muscle groups of the body once to twice a week?



Guy's,wasn't he just asking how many times to work the neck?? http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif


Yeah I was actually, but I was shrugging improperly all this time so it's a good thing everyone chimed in.
You guys are the best http://www.gixxer.com/forums/images/graemlins/punk.gif

hayez
02-28-2004, 11:58 AM
hows your weight loss ogin intro>?

intro_vert13
02-28-2004, 01:03 PM
hayez check your PM