One Exercise to Become UNSTOPPABLE (WITH SCIENCE!)

I want to start by saying that this exercise science video is designed primarily with athletes from contact sports in mind.

In other words: wrestlers, fighters, American football players, etc.

People who get hit… a LOT… and need to prepare for it.

But, really, anyone can benefit from this advice. Why? Because it will make you more resilient!

Follow this advice correctly, and you can become less prone to both injury and knockout.

I am talking about DIRECT neck training. Such as seen here. Neck extensions using a weighted head harness.

Sure, it looks like some sort of BDSM device, and people will stare at you when you use it, but it’s incredibly effective!

And I’ve linked one example in the description below of a head harness sold on Amazon, that you can purchase if you like, which currently has the highest customer reviews.

At this point you may be asking, “why?”

According to research, for every one pound increase in your neck strength, your odds of concussion are decreased by 5%!

Think about that. Let’s say you start off handling 15 lbs. for 10 reps, and eventually work your way to 35 lbs. for 10.

That’s a 100% decrease in concussion risk.

And there were similar findings in another study from the same year on male and female athletes. They found that a combination of greater neck strength AS WELL AS impact anticipation can reduce the magnitude of head movement in response to an external force — for instance, a punch. And in doing so, lowering one’s risk of concussion.

Furthermore, it is believed that a stronger neck makes you less susceptible to being knocked out from powerful blows to the head.

Now, there isn’t any research that I know of to support that specific sentiment, but it seems logical. Especially given what research does exist regarding neck training as a preventative measure for contact sport injuries.

I’ve personally sustained a number of hard blows to the head over the years in Karate, very often from kicks. I’ve definitely stumbled around dazed a number of times because of it, but I’ve never gone down from one.

It may be anecdote, but I feel that my weight training has played a big role in my own resilience during full-contact fights.

In any case. Many might argue: “why not just perform heavy deadlifts and other shit?”

And that’s a valid question. Luckily, it’s one with an answer!

In one controlled study, they had a group of men perform big exercises like the squat, deadlift, push press, bent row and mid-thigh pull three times per week. While another group performed the same exercises, but also included 3 sets with their 10-rep-max of head extensions during each session, which I demonstrated earlier. Finally, another group of men trained nothing — they were the control group. This study lasted 12 weeks.

Only the group that had performed the extensions increased both their neck strength and size! An increase in neck strength of 33.52% and neck size of 12.82% to be precise. All in just 12 weeks!

So, if you’d like to reap these benefits yourself, I recommend you add in just 3 sets of neck extensions using your 10-rep-max 3-times-per-week. Perhaps Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Just be sure to train smart; use good form with a weight that you can control. No egos. Keep in mind, you’re dangling fucking weight from your neck!

And while you may never reach Dwayne Johnson’s or Jeff King’s epic neck proportions, you can still become a “rock” of your own making if you dedicate yourself to correct, consistent training.

So, go get yoked!

Anyway, let me know what you all think in the comments below.

REFERENCES

Head Harness (Amazon) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072FVJYT1?ie=UTF8&tag=cormcc01-20&camp=1789&linkCode=xm2&creativeASIN=B072FVJYT1

Neck strength: a protective factor reducing risk for concussion in high school sports. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24930131

Effect of neck muscle strength and anticipatory cervical muscle activation on the kinematic response of the head to impulsive loads. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24488820

Doctor Explains Why Roy Nelson Doesn’t Get Knocked Out By Big Punches http://www.bjpenn.com/mmanews/doctor-explains-why-roy-nelson-doesnt-get-knocked-out-by-big-punches/

Specificity of resistance training responses in neck muscle size and strength http://www.springerlink.com/content/bw7w8al4fuktqb8d/

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