Neck Training

by Roger LaPointe

A head harness can be used to lift ANYTHING, as demonstrated by Pat Povilaitis at a recent Atomic Athletic Picnic lifting this engine block, for good neck training!

Neck training could be YOUR missing link.

When I spoke at Ohio State’s NSCA Clinic last year, the speaker who was up right after me was Mike Gittleson. For those of you who do not know anything about Mike Gittleson, he was the Strength Coach at the University of Michigan for 30 years. He started under Bo Schembechler. Mike has been on the forefront of research into the football and concussion issue, which has led to his research into very serious neck training.

Try this on for size. Mike convinced a fellow strength coach, who still occasionally competes in strongman competitions, on a very competitive level, to put several neck exercises into his program. Aside from getting an even bigger and stronger neck, he put 60 pounds on his Press! How would you like to add 60 pounds to your standing press?

You want a good place to start your education into neck training? Now is your chance to ask some of the best neck lifters in the world about their secrets. The Heavy Lifts Championships are taking place at the Atomic Athletic Great Black Swamp Olde Time Strongman Picnic this year. This year, the lifts will be: the Hand & Thigh Lift, the Hip Lift and the Neck Lift!

Live strong,
Roger LaPointe

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Paul Anderson’s Neck Training

by Dale Friesz

Paul Anderson training the Neck (photo courtesy of Glenda Anderson, Paul Anderson Youth Home, Vidalia, Georgia)

“This is a picture of Paul Anderson doing a Neck Lift with a side to side swinging motion. I find this very interesting. I also have an old VHS video tape that shows him do a Neck Lift with a 360 degree continuous swing.” – Dale Friesz

(Webmaster’s comment – I sure would like to see that tape!!)