The Iron Neck is a fantastic machine for building up the muscles in the neck.
The iron neck is effectively a ‘halo’ that attaches to your head and chin via straps/bands.
The Iron Neck also has a pump – which inflates to get the apparatus to fit perfectly to your head.
Iron neck Training
As shown below, at the front of the Iron Neck is the attachment-area, where you link onto a cable to provide resistance:
You can choose from 3 resistance settings using bands that come with the Iron Neck – start off with the lowest resistance until you get the hang of it.
Used for football, grappling, MMA and rehab-specialists, in can help to improve performance, prevent injury and accelerate recovery from specific injuries.
As a (very poor) grappler and an office worker, my neck has mobility and postural issues and I’ll give anything a try to prevent the headaches that I get.
Joe Rogan Iron Neck Testimonials & Clips
And here’s another clip of Joe Rogan & Chris Bell discussing the Iron Neck
Benefits of the Iron Neck:
- Builds neck-strength in every possible position
- Improves mobility/range of motion
- Reduces risk of concussion
Neck strength is really important for wrestling – as you will normally ‘lead with the head’ when completing a double leg takedown.
Building neck strength is also important in Muay Thai – as the best way to defend a Muay Thai clinch is to ‘posture up’, tense your traps (bring them up to your ears as if doing a shrug) and tense your neck so that your head cannot be pulled dowarnds towards a knee.
Academic Research – Neck Strength & KO Resistance
More and more research is showing that neck strength is related to an athletes likelihood of suffering a concussion. This paper theorises that a stronger neck may prevent knock outs, by decreasing the ‘rapid acceleration’ caused by a blow to the head.
Another study in the Journal of Primary Prevention, found that having a stronger neck, reduced the risk of concussion in high school athletes.
The iron neck is certainly a better alternative than the traditional neck bridges which compress the discs in the cervical area of the spine.
This is my affiliate link – I get a small % commission if you click and then buy