The Iron Neck Varsity is perfect for fitness enthusiasts and amateur athletes with a history of neck strengthening, particularly wrestlers and bjj/mma athletes. What makes this model unique is the low, steady friction applied to the slider as you turn your body or rotate your head. This introduces concentric strength training and will turbo-charge your workout as you’re incorporating multiple forms of resistance at once in nearly every exercise. The Varsity is ideal for increasing neck size, improving stability and core strength, resisting chokes and head rotation, and reducing risk of concussions in contact sports. We don’t generally recommend this model for early-stage rehabilitation.
Rotational resistance is most important for athletes due to how rotational head acceleration can affect the brain. 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.
How Do I Set Up the Iron Neck?
Iron Neck can be used in any of the following three ways:
- Connecting to a secured vertical post using a resistance band and a cinch anchor
- Connecting to door using door belt or door anchor
- Clipping into an adjustable cable pulley system
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.