Cleveland Sporting Goods [www.csg.com] (I think) offers
all levels of hockey helmets. Do a search under
"hockey equipment" and you should find their link.
Cleveland Sporting Goods [www.csg.com] (I think) offers
Use your hands to support your bridge if you are just starting. The exercise with the towel and plate is the same movement as what you were thinking of with the leg curl, but the resistance will move with your natural range of motion instead of the set angle of the leg curl.
Plus you would look like a moron with your head hooked in a leg curl machine.
What the heck, I vote Buddhadev for moderator of the year too!
(Unless there's prize money, then I vote for me).
Thanks bringiton! :) Honestly though, I don't compare to Ali's or SCRAPPER's level of authority/expertise on the subject. I'm really just a passionate student of the whole thing.
Posts like this are the only reason i continue to wade through all the bullshit around here.. Great post Ryan
There are some people who are just terrible at building things. I have a hard time drilling screws into wood, either the screws end up crooked or don't go in all the way.
Seriously, have you ever thought of mass producing and marketing your helmet, it sounds like a great product that would have appeal for anyone that's involved in a sport that requires having a strong neck. I would be the first to buy one.
someone should archive this... i think the helmet is the best way to go... better than neck machines and bridging.... this info is invaluable
Two things: As far as I know, there is no source for
buying a neck helmet. Second, Bob Henry is only
partially correct about the versatility of neck
harnesses. I own the Ironmind harness, as well as
other leather models available at sporting goods stores
for less money. The harness is great for working the
back of your neck, but is not as good as the helmet for
the sides and front of your neck.
The helmet is not especially hard to build, you simply
mount a threaded pipe on top of a football/hockey style
helmet and put weight plates on the pipe. You are then
free to move your head in any direction with the added
resistance firmly in place. Using a harness, the
weight plates can swing, and the harness itself can
interfere with movement. I've tried it all. If you
want instructions, I'll be glad to walk you through the
construction. All you need is a drill and a wrench.
My neck is now 18" and I gained more of it once I began
to use my helmet in combination with the harness.
LMAO, Please do not use the leg curl for your neck!
Buy a neck harness. Bridge everynight. I also use a plate off the end of a bench, with a towel on my face.
The bridging is the most effective part for training, if you do anything at least bridge.
thanks, i'm not sure i'll be able to build one, i'm not to good at stuff like that :)
i do know they're available to buy though and not that expensive.
Lee, what's your exerpiences using one? do you think it's a good asset to neck training? have you had good results with yours?
is it possible to actually add any noticable mass to the neck or is it mainly building strength to it? (this questions goes for all neck exercises)
You can also buy a neck harness which functions
like the neck helmet. You can purchase one at www.ironmind.com or try a fitness store in your area.
why don't you tell us how to build the helmet?
I just built a neck helmet using instructions Lee posted in an earlier post (Thanks, Lee!) - I've just started and can't tell the results yet, but I've noticed how well it works the sides of the neck - I'm very strong back and forth from using the neck harness and bridging, but I never felt anything really give me effective resistance to the side (even the Nautilus 4-way neck machine) like the helmet. I likes it!
I bought a used football helmet at "Play it Again Sports", an Arizona-based used sporting goods store, for about $20. The pipe fittings cost me less than $5 at the local home depot. The only helmet I could find was a youth helmet which fits VERY tightly on my big, meaty Irish skull, which is a good thing - it doesn't slip around easily.
To build the helmet, get a hockey or football helmet
which fits very tightly. Be sure it has a good chin
strap/cup assembly. You can find a helmet at a used
sporting goods store. Next, go to the local home
improvement store and buy a 1" pipe floor flange, a
piece of 1" threaded pipe about 8" long, and nuts and
bolts to fit the flange. Remember that the bolts must
go through the top of the helmet as well as the flange,
so make sure they are the correct length!
Position the flange on top of the helmet so that it
tilts forward slightly ( about 10-15 degrees ). Mark
the spots for the holes to be drilled in the helmet top
by using a pencil through the flange's holes. Drill
the holes in the helmet and mount the pipe flange on
the top. Thread in the piece of pipe, put a weight
plate on the pipe, and secure it with a dumbbell
collar. Start out light, because the leverage with the
weight over your head is pretty strong.
Good luck. If anything is unclear, I'll try to help.
to get back to the original question though, has anyone used the legcurl for neck or would you say that is potentially dangerous?
some people say they have injured themselves doing bridging, can anyone comment on that?
with the neck being weak (at least originally before you strengthen it) and with a lot of potentially dangerous excercises it's not easy to train...
bringiton: Youv'e got it bro. This thread has been archived.
Buddhadev for "moderator of the year".
Here is a suggestion, the guy who teaches the take down class at my old school is a wrestler from Iran, his workouts are killer and for the neck the workout is simple aside from bridging. Simply lie on your back and lift your head off the floor tucking your chin to your chest, then back down, however never let your head actually touch the floor. Do about 100 of these then do 100 moving your head from side to side again keeping your head off the floor at all times.
Give it a try it is not as easy as it sounds, next step after you are up to about 200 of each would be to take an ankle weight of whatever weight you can handle and place this on your head then do the exercise.
please please please archive this thread
To use the helmet is really very simple ( once you have
one!). For the front of the neck, start with about 5
lbs. on the helmet. Lay back on a bench so that your
head hangs off the end free. You may now go through
the entire range of motion (chin-to-chest and leaning
head back as far as comfortable for you).
For the sides of the neck, lay on the ground on one
side and prop yourself up on the bottom elbow. You can
now work the entire range of motion from side to side.
Try to touch each ear to your shoulder on that side,
and pause in the completely contracted position for a
second before returning to motion. You may also lay on
your side on a bench for this if you prefer. You may
not need to prop yourself on your elbow if a bench is
For the back of the neck, get on all fours and work the
range of motion. It's easy, until the weight goes up a
As a bonus, you can strengthen your neck while doing
motions where neck "stabilization" is required. Try
doing ab crunches, incline situps, etc. while wearing
the helmet. The great thing about the helmet is that
it won't get in the way during a lot of moves where
other devices would make it impossible!
I'm currently considering your suggestion about
producing helmets for interested parties. If I decide
to go ahead with manufacturing them, I'll post a
thread informing everyone that they will be available.
If you have any more questions, you may e-mail me at