Thursday, July 28, 2016

Motivation Muscle podcast by Eric Fiorello

In this episode we talk about running a small gym and all that goes along with it.

If you like the podcast be sure to check out more of Eric's great interviews with a variety of top men of strength.

If you'd like to learn more about starting a small gym yourself be sure to grab a copy of my ebook

Own your Day,

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Neck training for MMA, Mixed Martial Arts.

The Workout:
Simply set your timer to the desired time and than train your neck in all 3 positions for that set time.

Example set the timer to 5:00 minutes and then train your neck with the front neck curl for 5 minutes, then take a short break...say :30 seconds and now train the rear of the neck and then do each side of the neck.

That equals 5 minutes of work in each position.

Here is a video of a workout for example:

This type of training is very tough but a great way to help prepare you for your specific combative sport.

Neck Flex Sponsored athlete
Mike "The Machine" Bruce

Neck workout for Wrestling

A strong neck is essential for all combat sports.

It is often said that "where the head goes the body follows" and this is never more true than on the wrestling mat or in the ring.

If you do not have a strong neck the chance of you being manhandled and dominated by your opponent is very likely.

In wrestling it is common to have your head pulled and pushed in all directions, if your neck is weak you will surely be at a disadvantage.

A strong neck also helps in defending against being pinned.
One of the most common neck exercises trained in wrestling is the  Wrestler's bridge also known as the neck bridge.

I believe we must train our neck for wrestling with a different approach than if we were simply training for aesthetics.

On the mat the neck is put under intense stress via pulling, pushing and impact from being slammed.

With this in mind I believe in training at a fast pace in each of the 3 ranges of motion front/back and sides for 2-3:00 minutes of each position. This is a great way to prepare the neck for the rigors of what it will be faced against during the match.

The reason I suggest a fast pace is to replicate the motions that the Neck will experience such as powerful snap downs and palms to the forehead.

I find this to be the best method of training the neck for Combative situations.

If you are tired of that old neck harness and want to take your neck training to the next level
I highly suggest you order yourself a neck flex at this link here: The Neck Flex Machine

"Own your Day"
Neck Flex sponsored athlete,
Mike "The Machine" Bruce

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What is The Neck Flex head harness?

I want to introduce you to what I believe is the #1 neck harness on the market. It was developed by Zachary Elam, a disabled combat veteran with a background in engineering and design. In 2011 Mr. Elam teamed up with Thomas Hunt, a high school coach and businessman, and before long The Neck Flex was born. 

The pair’s intention was to develop a quality head harness that could be used to adequately strengthen the neck to prevent injury and concussions. However, the chiropractic community immediately picked it up, finding it extremely effective for rehab situations as well. That’s because of the Patent Pending design, which allows for greater range of movement over the traditional head harness.

The harness is composed of the highest quality materials. The heavy-duty poly pro webbing is double stitched, and features comfortable neoprene padding on the underside and chinstrap. The simplistic nature of the design is its strength, and the implementation of resistance bands revolutionizes the effectiveness of this innovative product.

What makes The Neck Flex different than other neck harnesses?

The Neck Flex uses heavy duty resistance bands instead of the typical chain that a regular neck harness uses.

It has been my experience when using a chain that the exercise is not always fluid and smooth.  Many times during the exercise the chain will occasionally "hitch", also known as "bucking". This is a jarring type move that can possibly cause injury or irritation.  This usually happens when working with a heavy weight and giving an all out effort or when using a lighter weight and increasing rep speed.

Another common issue with a regular neck harness is that over time the rivets come loose or completely out of the stitching on the harness. Some of the harnesses I have used literally just broke in half under heavy loads, this is even after putting coats of oil on the leather harness to make it pliable and supple.

This varies depending on what harness you are using, some are made better than others.

With The Neck Flex we don't have these same problems.
The bands are very heavy duty and provide ample resistance for even the strongest trainee. Each band has a carabiner built into it making attachment/detachment to the d-rings of the harness a breeze.

The Neck Flex does something no other neck harness does, and that is it gives us the ability to work our neck in all 3 ranges of motion. A regular neck harness only allows us to work our front and rear of the neck.
 Before the neck flex I had to work the sides of my neck by laying on a bench and holding plate on the side of my head using the side neck raise.

Using The Neck Flex I can simply attach the band to the d-rings and now work my sides of the neck
or I can even use just the band and work my jaw muscles and side of my neck at the same time like this: side jaw work

Another benefit of the neck flex is the endless ways we can train our neck.
In this video I show you some of my favorite exercises using the neck flex: neck flex exercises

I have been training my neck for 20+ years and have used just about all of the top neck harnesses available.  By far The Neck Flex is the most versatile and best neck harness around.

If you don't have a Neck Flex and want to learn how to train your neck have a look here Neck Workout

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