It’s always the little things in life that we tend to overlook, those minute details that tend to make all the difference in the long run. Training in the gym is no exception. Think about your standard week in the gym. You have a chest day, a back day, a shoulder day, an arm day and a leg day. You train with heavy compound movements, focusing your energies upon such exercises as bench press, leg press, squats, deadlifts, rows, curls, and more. You train to build big muscles, and as a result you tend to focus your time and energy in the gym upon the bigger muscle groups. It makes sense, right?
The neck is one muscle group which isn’t included in most bodybuilding training protocols. This may seem odd, as the muscles of the neck connect to the traps, shoulders, chest, and back. However, they are neglected almost universally in bodybuilding literature. Most gyms are devoid of neck training devices. Does the thickness of the neck matter in bodybuilding contests? Yes and no. It is true that the neck isn’t considered a meaningful body part. However, a very weak neck can – either consciously or subconsciously – cause judges to mark a competitor down. Let’s learn more about neck training.
Something that you won’t find often mentioned in nearly every bodybuilding periodical and website is neck training. A lot of beginners will usually only concentrate on their chest, arms, and back, this is because these groups are the most popular to show off. When bodybuilders finally become more advanced and start training other muscle areas, some trends emerge which allow the desire for specialized neck training. Using heavier weights can help put on more muscle mass, but can also lead to injuries in areas that haven’t been trained; these areas will have pressure while moving. Some exercises that can put unbearable pressure on the neck are dead lifts, rows, and shrugs. One of the primary goals of bodybuilding is symmetry, so a bodybuilder with a muscular and balanced physique will not look as good on stage if they have an untrained and skinny neck. As a bodybuilder reaches the higher levels of competitive training, symmetry and proportion of every muscle group is very important, so the group of muscles that are usually neglected or seen as unimportant are suddenly vital to have tone and trained.
The neck is a body part which is viewed constantly, and a key to support strength for many popular compound movements. Despite this importance, it’s often overlooked even by experienced bodybuilders, who either aren’t aware of its significance or don’t know how to train it. Let’s address a few frequently asked questions regarding the neck and neck training.