Our brains are powerful yet delicate, and there are few things that can change your life for the worse like brain damage. While our skulls are strong, they can only do so much when it comes to protecting the sensitive organ within. These days there is growing awareness of the danger posed by concussions, especially for athletes who tend to experience numerous concussions, which can be devastating to the brain.
If impacts to the head were the only cause of concussion, advances in helmet technology would have taken a larger bite out of the concussion rate in football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and other contact sports. But hits to the body also cause concussions, and while pads protect the impact sites, they cannot protect the brain.
Frank Wintrich relied on bodyweight training and general physical preparation to deliver a new stimulus to UCLA’s football players during the COVID-19 lock-out. Upon returning to the weight room, Wintrich went straight to the one thing the players missed the most while at home: building neck strength with the Iron Neck.
As Master Kettlebell trainer for Kettlebell Kings, Marcus has developed extensive kettlebell programming and, as you can see from our workout, loves to play around and discover new ways to test the body. Building off our Six Foundational Movements, we looked at our time as a way to add another dimension to kettlebell and medicine ball training and bounce ideas off of one another. The result is some of the most innovative exercises we have ever seen using the Iron Neck.
At St. Vincent Sports Performance, Jeff Richter is better preparing IndyCar drivers for the challenges on the track.Anyone who thinks IndyCar drivers aren't top level athletes, doesn’t understand the extreme challenges the body is exposed to in a racecar. Traveling at 200+ mph, banking into turns at 4-5 Gs, in a cockpit that reaches upwards of 130°, racecar drivers require a unique (high level, advanced) approach to their strength training and endurance conditioning.
A black belt out of Gracie Humaita Austin, Ash Warren has been practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for nearly two decades. As his passion for the sport has grown, he’s developed a perspective that places value on respect, hard work and community.
Mike Jolly, Founder and CEO of Iron Neck sits down with UCLA's Strength and Conditioning Coach to talk about concussion prevention, player safety, and other innovations in their football program to keep players on the field.
Resurrecting a football program is no small task. For University of Alabama at Birmingham's Director of Sports Performance, Lyle Henley, it begins with a commitment to hard work and exploring new ways to challenge his athletes in the weight room.
Having a thick neck isn’t just for looks - pro athletes, bodybuilders and everyday gym-goers alike can benefit from thick neck muscles. Adding neck exercises to your daily workout can yield life-changing results.