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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.
Are you curious about how MMA neck exercises can help improve your training? You've come to the right place. The neck isn't usually the first area people think of when they think of MMA training. Instead, you might picture professional fighters running up flights of stairs or doing burpees or kettlebell swings in a crowded gym. Or, maybe you're envisioning sparring or heavy bag work.
For wrestlers, a strong neck can mean the difference between triumphant victory and painful defeat. During a wrestling match, weight is frequently placed on the head and neck, and the body can be aggressively pulled in different directions.

Are you suffering from neck pain after wrestling? Unfortunately, pain and soreness comes with the territory of this sport. Anyone who spends enough time wrestling will deal with some sort of pain in the neck.

Are you suffering from boxing neck pain? Boxing is a fun, challenging workout and a great way to stay in shape. For some of us, this is a sport we’ve dedicated our lives to. However, it’s no secret that combat sports like boxing can lead to injury. 

If your head is feeling a bit heavy, you get frequent headaches, and you're feeling tons of neck pain, then you probably have a weak neck. In fact, most people do have weak necks. This is one of the most neglected muscle groups in the human body.

Your head may be smaller than the rest of your body parts, but it packs a lot of weight. An adult head weighs around 8 to 12 pounds, and your neck is responsible for supporting all that weight. It's also responsible for absorbing any impact that your head takes. Without enough neck strength, you'll experience more neck pain, develop poor posture, and be more susceptible to serious neck injuries. The only way to strengthen your neck is if you make an effort to train it. Fortunately, we're the pros when it comes to neck training. And today, we're going to help you build those muscles in your neck and upper back. But first, let's talk about what's causing your weak neck.

Whether you're an experienced grappler or a total newbie, there's no question about it - jiu-jitsu neck pain is more common than we'd like to admit. Is pain and soreness inevitable when taking on this sport? 

Ask any bodybuilder or fitness enthusiast what they think the least trained part of our bodies is. While some will probably tell you it's the calves, many are beginning to recognize that it's actually the neck. Not many people take training the neck seriously. Those who do are usually involved in a sport where the neck is constantly slammed, hit, or bent in unusual ways.
If you’re like most adults, you probably view turkey neck and loose skin as an inevitable byproduct of aging. However, did you know that there are actually neck tightening exercises you can do that can slow or even reverse these unpleasant side effects of father time?

If you're suffering from golf-related neck pain, it can prevent you from fully enjoying something you love.

Whether your pain is persistent throughout the round or you feel it later that night when you get home, you'll not be able to really play your best or have as much fun. Is this pain preventable, or is a sore neck or upper back just an inevitability from swinging the golf club? We're here to tell you that you can in fact enjoy one of your favorite pastimes without stressing about injuring yourself or feeling sore.

Don't let a weak pencil neck be the reason you lose a fight you've been training for, or worse, be the reason you have to sit out of training for a few months with an injury. Instead, strengthen your neck & protect yourself in combat sports by reading this guide on the importance of neck exercises for boxing. Having a thick neck will decrease your likelihood of experiencing whiplash. This can result in a concussion, not only keeping you on the sidelines for an extended period of time but also increasing your risk of long-term brain damage.

Neck training is an often underutilized aspect of physical fitness. Make no mistake though - it is just as important, if not more important, as the rest of your training. Particularly in combat & contact sports, training the neck protects you while actively enhancing your athletic abilities - making the benefits two pronged.