Blast from the Past : Neck Training Methods

For strength, safety or simply to look great in a suit.


Over the past seven years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking an occasional wander through the archives.

Whether it's for strength, safety or simply to look great in a suit - there's nothing quite like a spot of neck work. Here are just a few of the Neck Training Methods we've looked at over the years :

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Getting a Few Zs.After doing a few Zercher squats the other day I decided to do them again as a max exercise, starting with the bar a little lower this time - about knee height. This also gave me an opportunity to test out a few different ways of holding the bar after seeing a little variation recently.
Back to the Front.After several weeks of box squatting it was time to bring the bar around to the front for a Zercher-style attack. Despite generating red elbows - mostly as a result of widening the grip beyond the smooth sections of the bar - these were a lot of fun. I'll certainly be including them more often. Next came the hanging knee raises, which made it clear that the recent flu had taken a bit more of a toll than I realised. Finished the sets OK, but I was quite glad that there were no more scheduled. Closed the session with some standing calf raises, and I lowered the weight slightly as a trade-off for doing them extremely slowly, with a static hold on the first rep of each set. A brief session, but quite enough following this morning's fun with a stability ball. Time to bring that (or at least a burst-proof version) back to the weight room.
70 of the Best : 7 Years of Straight to the Bar.

This site - Straight to the Bar - has been around for an incredible 7 years (the first post was on Jan 17th, 2004), and to say I'm grateful is a gross understatement.

Thank you.

Wall Squat.The wall squat is a bodyweight exercise that I'd laregely overlooked until I noticed Marc Bartley recommending it to someone trying to improve his wide stance squat depth. If you're in the same boat, here's a look at this deceptively...


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