Guys who skip leg days have gotten all the attention over the past few years, but there is another body part that deserves almost equal attention yet (almost) nobody is talking about it..
Neckglection: (noun) Failure to stimulate or build the muscles of the neck at all because of a fixation on the entire rest of the body; often resulting in a condition known as “pencil neck”, similar to “pencil legs”. *See underdeveloped body parts
FACT: Tall people usually have long necks. Actually, taller people have long everything for that matter.. femurs, arms, torsos.
Of course this is generally speaking, people do come in all shapes and sizes and different proportions. Some shorter people also have longer necks and some tall people don’t have any necks at all.
Correct an Inherent Ectomorphic Disadvantage
Generally speaking however, many ectomorphic individuals with a narrow build often have or appear to have longer necks. If they don’t then they’re probably rocking a wider skeletal structure and most likely fall into the large mesomorph or endomorph category.
Regardless of your “morphic” type, the neck, which is one of the thickest muscles in the body, can have huge impact on the overall aesthetic appearance of any individual and make or break a physique.
If you’re into lifting weights not just for the release of feel-good chemicals but also for the aesthetic benefits then it pays to pay attention to your neck.
The Functional Importance of Having a Strong Neck:
“Bro, do you even workout your neck?”
Why should I work out my neck you may ask. I don’t lift anything with it. While it is true you don’t use mechanical leverage to move weight around like you do with your arms and legs, your neck does however fulfill the pretty crucial task of holding your head to your body.
This might not seem like a big deal but when taking into consideration the overall importance of the brain and the mind contained within and how easily it can be damaged from impact and trauma, then one begins to understand the importance of having a strong a** neck to keep that puppy safe and sturdy.
A strong neck is the literal physical link between a solid mind-muscle connection; protecting and holding the brain in which all physical manifestations of biological muscle growth are first created in the form of thought and will.
Biologically speaking, having a strong neck to support the head, brain and spinal cord is critical in building an overall powerful physique.
Scooby, god bless him and his amazing home-grown physique, would look all the better if he beasted that neck out a bit.
For any motor-heads out there, or anyone even slightly mechanically inclined, think of the neck as the transmission in a vehicle, connecting the engine to the rest of the drive train, ultimately facilitating the movement of power from the engine to the wheels.
The head, neck and body run in a similar way, and without a good transmission, even the mightiest of sports cars will have potentially fatal weaknesses.
A Weak Neck Causes Poor Posture
Nothing makes you look more beta than a hunched over, rounded shoulders look with your neck sticking out and forward instead of straight up. A strong, well-developed neck will tie seamlessly into the traps and upper back, making a “spearhead” shape when viewed from behind.
If you neglect your neck, even if you train back, it will still be a weak bean sprout sticking out an otherwise impressive ass of muscle.
A bean sprout growing out of a strong rock is still a weak thing, vulnerable to destruction at the slightest of breezes.
Factor in the negative effects constantly staring down at smartphones has, since it makes you stick your heck out down and low, which results in an even more pronounced “hunch”, and you start to realize just how important neck maintenance really is.
Consider all the big falls we’ve taken, whether on ice or on a skateboard ramp, you know, the nasty slips where your feet shoot out from under you and you crash down on your shoulders.
With a pencil neck your odds of cracking your head or sustaining permanent injuries are increased.
This doesn’t even include voluntary dangers like playing football or participating in mixed martial arts. Being hit in the head is different for a person with a strong, well trained neck and someone with a thin, weak neck.
Training and building neck muscles helps to protect from accidental injury and better prepare the body for a healthy, active lifestyle that may include contact sports and/or physical violence (self-defense).
Don’t just take it from us. Take it from Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell: