The Importance of Training the Neck for Health and Aesthetics: A forgotten necessity


Every person should train their neck for multiple reasons but men should absolutely never skip neck work!

Neck Training: a Forgotten Necessity

I am not sure why neck training isn’t too well known or popular among people/fitness enthusiasts of today but it is very important and was a movement many old school bodybuilders such as Steve Reeves, John Grimek, Clarence Ross, Reg Park, Alan Stephan would perform.

Why you Should Train your Neck

The two main reasons you should look into training your neck are from a physique perspective, and a health and safety measure.

Strong Neck for Health and Safety

Having a strong neck assists in the protection of whiplash and can help prevent concussions and gives you a greater ability to resist head and neck injuries.

On top of preventing head injuries, a strong neck can help eliminate headaches.

Work the Neck for Aesthetic Beauty, Strength and Power

A thick strong neck represents power and strength among the whole physique. Too skinny a neck can really ruin the overall appearance and lessen the impact of the physique which is something that isn’t desirable when the purpose of sculpting the physique is through the importance of ratios, proportions, balance and symmetry. Each muscle is important to sculpt and develop.

John Grimek performing Supine Neck Flexion
Image: John Grimek performing Supine Neck Flexion
John Grimek performing Upright Seated Neck Flexion
Image: John Grimek performing Upright Seated Neck Flexion
John Grimek performing Standing Bent Knee Neck Extension
Image: John Grimek performing Standing Bent Knee Neck Extension
John Grimek performing Lateral Neck Movement
Image: John Grimek performing Self Resistance Lateral Neck Flexion
John Grimek Neck Bridge with Barbell
Image: John Grimek performing Supine Neck Bridge with Barbell
John Grimek Neck Bridge
Image: John Grimek performing Prone Neck Bridge
Alan Stephan performing Neck Supine Curl
Image: Alan Stephan performing Supine Neck Curl
Alan Stephan performing Neck Extension
Image: Alan Stephan performing Neck Extension
Alan Stephan performing Neck Bridge
Image: Alan Stephan performing Prone Neck Bridge
Alan Stephan performing Neck Barbell Bridge
Image: Alan Stephan performing Supine Neck Barbell Bridge
Steve Reeves Neck Strength
Image: Steve Reeves demonstrating Neck and Teeth Strength
Reg Park Neck part 1
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Reg Park Neck part 2
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Reg Park Neck part 3
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Reg Park Neck part 4
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Reg Park Neck part 5
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Reg Park Neck part 6
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Reg Park Neck part 7
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Reg Park Neck part 8
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Reg Park Neck part 9
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Reg Park Neck part 10
Image: Reg Park Neck Development
Marvin Eder Neck
Image: Marvin Eder Neck Development

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