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What do y'all think of neck training? I mean neck isolation exercises. Do you think it's too dangerous? I saw this guy on Youtube talking about it and I really wanna try it out. I was thinking about doing it on one of my off days. I'm gonna keep doing a 3 day split for a few months and I suppose either on Tuesdays or Thursdays I'll try some neck training if it's safe. I don't wanna snap some shit up.
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Tried them a few times and got a headache coupled with nausea. My neck and traps are tight enough as they are and get worked just fine doing deadlifts etc. If you do start, do it VERY light and GRADUALLY build up the intensity over time. In fact, I would probably go nowhere near failure and just throw in a couple of pump sets after a workout.
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Don't do bridges like football players and wrestlers do. Those are not good for you and could cause serious problems.
Don't bother training the back of your neck, that will get plenty of work with deadlifts and the like.
I sometimes do neck curls where you lie on a bench with your head hanging off and rest a plate on a towel across your forehead and curl up (stabilizing the weight with your hands). If you're going to do something I would recommend those, since the front of the neck is almost always under-developed compared to the back. There's no shear force like with bridges and it should be very safe and healthy as long as you aren't a dumbass. Go for high reps, low weight, no failure. I've done them enough to get a noticeable change in my neck thickness and plan to do them consistently again once I gain some lost strength back.
Unless you're a intermediate or beyond lifter, have a long or skinny neck, or are some kind of contact sport athlete it might not be the best use of your time, however, if you do fit the first qualifier plus one or both of the latter two I would recommend giving that exercise a shot. Start extremely slow, those muscles hardly get any work and you will be seriously sore for awhile if you don't and may even cause a strain.
You can also train the sides of your neck but I have no experience with that and know nothing about it. The neck curls I'm talking about will add width on their own and I think anything else is a waste for the majority of people.
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I used to do wrestler's bridges and similar exercises but no matter how good my form was I would end up with some very undesirable pain. Using a neck chain harness works a little better but use very light weights. Or just as mentioned do heavy barbell lifts like deadlifts. My neck got a lot thicker, I am sure yours will too!
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I've always seen neck girth as more of a biproduct of shrugs, raises and shit. I've heard from girls that the "no neck" syndrome where your neck is wide as your face or your traps are so big your head looks more like a blob than a separate entity is the point where you lose looks points with gains
The neck and back plagues people including myself as you get older so I would just keep shit safe and don't isolate it. The traps are a safer way to get that strong looking crown. If anything a strong jawline is better aesthetically and that comes from just solid compounds
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