Use & Setup Questions:

How Do I Setup The Iron Neck?

Iron Neck can be used in any of the following four ways:

  1. Clipping into an adjustable cable pulley system (weight stack or pneumatic resistance)

  2. Connecting to a secured vertical post (like a squat rack) using a resistance band and a cinch anchor

  3. Connecting to door using door belt or door anchor

  4. Manually by securely holding the opposite end of the resistance band and applying manual resistance

If connecting to a cable pulley weight stack, you will only need the Iron Neck. Every Iron Neck purchase comes with a resistance band, connection anchor and skull cap. Teams often work Iron Neck into their lift rotation by connecting them to their squat racks using the resistance band and cinch anchor. The resistance band gives you the portability to use the Iron Neck almost anywhere.

How Many Iron Necks Do I Need?

For individuals, one Iron Neck is perfect. For teams and facilities, as a general rule of thumb, we recommend that you buy one Iron Neck per squat rack. For physical therapists and rehab professionals, we recommend that you consider how many patients you usually work with at one time; 1-2 Iron Necks are sufficient.

 

Where Does The Resistance Come From? 

There are two potential forms of resistance training with Iron Neck: horizontal and rotational.

The horizontal resistance comes from connecting the Iron Neck to a resistance band or cable pulley machine, pulling you from a very high lever point on the body, requiring muscle activation throughout the entire kinetic chain.

Rotational resistance, available in our Varsity and Pro models, is applied using a tension brake as the slider moves around the guide track. Fixed resistance with the Varsity model. Adjustable resistance with the Pro model.

Why Is Rotational Resistance Important?

Rotational resistance is most important for athletes due to how rotational head acceleration can affect the brain. Rotational forces are believed to be even more injurious to the brain than linear forces because it can cause twisting and tearing at the brain stem. Part of the neck’s job is to slow head acceleration after impact or a fall to the ground to reduce the amount of force/energy transferred from the body to the brain. Building rotational neck strength adds another layer of protection against concussion risk.

Rotational resistance is a great way to increase the level of concentric contractions in your neck muscles, which further supports hypertrophy.

Is This Safe For Me?

Short answer, Yes. Long answer, if you are seeing a physical therapist, chiropractor or medical doctor, you should speak to them as they can share more on your condition. The type of training that you get with Iron Neck can be as subtle or advanced as intended. Overall, Iron Neck is a safe and progressive way to improve neck strength and range of motion. Ask qualifier questions to get them to provide more information on their source of pain/discomfort, limitations on strength or mobility, frequency, how long it’s been going on, what types of treatment have been attempted, etc.

How Often Should I Be Exercising?  

We recommend 2 to 3 times a week for maximum strength gain. If it’s being used for rehabilitation, more frequently, for shorter durations, at lower weight, is recommended.

Models & Fit Questions: 

What Model Should I Get?

For most individuals, the Home model is sufficient for improving strength and mobility and reducing neck and back pain. For contact/combat sport athletes and first responders (police, firefighters, military), the Varsity model is a good starting point. The Variable Friction in the Pro model offers an additional form of resistance to increase the level of concentric contractions in the neck muscles, which are beneficial over time as you continue to improve neck strength.

    • For group settings, the following models are most appropriate for these demographics.
    • Youth athletes (under 13 yo): Home
    • Amateur athletes (high school, college): Varsity or Pro
    • Professional athletes (college, pro): Pro
    • Physical Therapist / Chiropractor / Gym Owner: Pro

HOW DO THE 3 FRONT PAD SIZES WORK?

Have a wide range of head sizes using your Iron Neck? Or, maybe you just want to share with a friend or family member?

Iron Neck front pads are interchangeable to ensure the perfect fit for everyone. With each Iron Neck purchase, you'll receive all three of our front pads (Small, Medium, and Large sizes). If you'd like to add an additional pad or a 3-piece replacement set, you can do so here

  • The Small front pad is 1 1/2" thick and intended for small sized heads (cap sizes 6.5" - 7", or head circumference 20.5" - 22").
  • The Medium front pad is 1" thick and intended for medium sized heads (cap sizes 7" - 7.5", or head circumference 22" - 23.5").
  • The Large front pad is 1/2" thick and intended for larger heads (cap sizes 7.5" - 8", or head circumference 23.5" - 25").

Learn more about Iron Neck sizing and fitting instructions.

HOW DO I CHANGE THE FRONT PAD?

When removing/interchanging a velcro-backed front pad from your Iron Neck, always peel from the velcro. Do not pull the foam material of the pad.

New Velcro Pad Installation (Legacy Iron Neck)
1. Peel existing pad off

2. Clear surface of any debris from pad

3. Remove adhesive backing of male velcro strip and firmly apply, evenly and centered, along inside front of inner ring.

4. Center and align pad and press firmly into front inner ring.

Do I Need A Pro Model?

Iron Neck Pro has the most versatility of all Iron Neck models. It will allow the user to start without rotational friction and enable them to increase difficulty over time. For schools/athletes, there are three good reasons to have at least one Pro on hand:

    1. For athletic trainers working with athletes going through rehab / post-injury, it's helpful to reduce rotational friction during early recovery.
    2. For younger/female athletes to initially use without any rotational friction and then incorporate it later in their programming.
    3. For stronger athletes to increase the rotational friction above the Varsity capabilities, for a more intense workout.

Is The Iron Neck Clean?

Iron Neck is made with germ and bacteria resistant materials and can easily be wiped down with disinfectant. As an added layer of protection, we recommend one skull cap per user.

Order Questions:

What Is Covered Under Warranty?

  • Iron Neck is fully warranted against manufacturing defects for a period of one year after purchase. Costs for shipping, material and labor are covered under first year warranty. After 1 year, Iron Neck will repair damage to Iron Neck at customer's expense. If for any reason you experience mechanical failure during intended use, reach out to us at support@iron-neck.com.

Do You Ship Internationally? 

  • Yes! Iron Neck ships to most countries internationally. For rates, simply enter your shipping info at checkout.

AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMS/duties?

The customer is responsible for paying any import taxes or customs duties imposed by international governments.

Use & Setup Questions:

How Do I Setup The Iron Neck?

Iron Neck can be used in any of the following four ways:

  1. Clipping into an adjustable cable pulley system (weight stack or pneumatic resistance)

  2. Connecting to a secured vertical post (like a squat rack) using a resistance band and a cinch anchor

  3. Connecting to door using door belt or door anchor

  4. Manually by securely holding the opposite end of the resistance band and applying manual resistance

If connecting to a cable pulley weight stack, you will only need the Iron Neck. Every Iron Neck purchase comes with a resistance band, connection anchor, and skull cap. Teams often work Iron Neck into their lift rotation by connecting them to their squat racks using the resistance band and cinch anchor. The resistance band gives you the portability to use the Iron Neck almost anywhere.

How Many Iron Necks Do I Need?

For individuals, one Iron Neck is perfect. For teams and facilities, as a general rule of thumb, we recommend that you buy one Iron Neck per squat rack. For physical therapists and rehab professionals, we recommend that you consider how many patients you usually work with at one time; 1-2 Iron Necks are sufficient.

 

Where Does The Resistance Come From? 

There are two potential forms of resistance training with Iron Neck: horizontal and rotational.

The horizontal resistance comes from connecting the Iron Neck to a resistance band or cable pulley machine, pulling you from a very high lever point on the body, requiring muscle activation throughout the entire kinetic chain.

Rotational resistance, available in our Varsity and Pro models, is applied using a tension brake as the slider moves around the guide track. Fixed resistance with the Varsity model. Adjustable resistance with the Pro model.

Why Is Rotational Resistance Important?

Rotational resistance is most important for athletes due to how rotational head acceleration can affect the brain. Rotational forces are believed to be even more injurious to the brain than linear forces because it can cause twisting and tearing at the brain stem. Part of the neck’s job is to slow head acceleration after impact or a fall to the ground to reduce the amount of force/energy transferred from the body to the brain. Building rotational neck strength adds another layer of protection against concussion risk.

Rotational resistance is a great way to increase the level of concentric contractions in your neck muscles, which further supports hypertrophy.

Is This Safe For Me?

Short answer, Yes. Long answer, if you are seeing a physical therapist, chiropractor or medical doctor, you should speak to them as they can share more on your condition. The type of training that you get with Iron Neck can be as subtle or advanced as intended. Overall, Iron Neck is a safe and progressive way to improve neck strength and range of motion. Ask qualifier questions to get them to provide more information on their source of pain/discomfort, limitations on strength or mobility, frequency, how long it’s been going on, what types of treatment have been attempted, etc.

How Often Should I Be Exercising?  

We recommend 2 to 3 times a week for maximum strength gain. If it’s being used for rehabilitation, more frequently, for shorter durations, at lower weight, is recommended.

Models & Fit Questions: 

What Model Should I Get?

For most individuals, the Home model is sufficient for improving strength and mobility and reducing neck and back pain. For contact/combat sport athletes and first responders (police, firefighters, military), the Varsity model is a good starting point. The Variable Friction in the Pro model offers an additional form of resistance to increase the level of concentric contractions in the neck muscles, which are beneficial over time as you continue to improve neck strength.

    • For group settings, the following models are most appropriate for these demographics.
    • Youth athletes (under 13 yo): Home
    • Amateur athletes (high school, college): Varsity or Pro
    • Professional athletes (college, pro): Pro
    • Physical Therapist / Chiropractor / Gym Owner: Pro

HOW DO THE 3 FRONT PAD SIZES WORK?

Have a wide range of head sizes using your Iron Neck? Or, maybe you just want to share with a friend or family member?

Iron Neck front pads are interchangeable to ensure the perfect fit for everyone. With each Iron Neck purchase, you'll receive all three of our front pads (Small, Medium, and Large sizes). If you'd like to add an additional pad or a 3-piece replacement set, you can do so here

  • The Small front pad is 1 1/2" thick and intended for small sized heads (cap sizes 6.5" - 7", or head circumference 20.5" - 22").
  • The Medium front pad is 1" thick and intended for medium sized heads (cap sizes 7" - 7.5", or head circumference 22" - 23.5").
  • The Large front pad is 1/2" thick and intended for larger heads (cap sizes 7.5" - 8", or head circumference 23.5" - 25").

Learn more about Iron Neck sizing and fitting instructions.

HOW DO I CHANGE THE FRONT PAD?

When removing/interchanging a velcro-backed front pad from your Iron Neck, always peel from the velcro. Do not pull the foam material of the pad.

New Velcro Pad Installation (Legacy Iron Neck)
1. Peel existing pad off

2. Clear surface of any debris from pad

3. Remove adhesive backing of male velcro strip and firmly apply, evenly and centered, along inside front of inner ring.

4. Center and align pad and press firmly into front inner ring.

Do I Need A Pro Model?

Iron Neck Pro has the most versatility of all Iron Neck models. It will allow the user to start without rotational friction and enable them to increase difficulty over time. For schools/athletes, there are three good reasons to have at least one Pro on hand:

    1. For athletic trainers working with athletes going through rehab / post-injury, it's helpful to reduce rotational friction during early recovery.
    2. For younger/female athletes to initially use without any rotational friction and then incorporate it later in their programming.
    3. For stronger athletes to increase the rotational friction above the Varsity capabilities, for a more intense workout.

Is The Iron Neck Clean?

Iron Neck is made with germ and bacteria resistant materials and can easily be wiped down with disinfectant. As an added layer of protection, we recommend one skull cap per user.

Order Questions:

What Is Covered Under Warranty?

Iron Neck is fully warranted against manufacturing defects for a period of one year after purchase. Costs for shipping, material and labor are covered under first year warranty. After 1 year, Iron Neck will repair damage to Iron Neck at customer's expense. If for any reason you experience mechanical failure during intended use, reach out to us at support@iron-neck.com.

Do You Ship Internationally? 

Yes! Iron Neck ships to most countries internationally. For rates, simply enter your shipping info at checkout.

AM I responsible for international customs/duties?

The customer is responsible for paying any import taxes or customs duties imposed by international governments.

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