|20 Inches at 198 pound bodyweight.|
I built my 20″ Neck with 2 easy steps.
- I did the neck curl for 3 sets of 100 REPS!
- I did the seated neck extension/raise for 3 sets of 100 REPS!
Build a neck so thick and strong that I would not get manhandled, rag-dolled and folded up like dirty laundry on the wrestling mat anymore.
I ignored the opinions, constant negative comments and kept my mind on my goal.
Around this time (year 1987) Mike Tyson was a force in the Heavyweight division of Boxing.
He was destroying all of his opponents in quick fashion.
I remember seeing a picture of Mike Tyson on a boxing magazine and became obsessed with his neck development.
I thought to myself if I had a neck that looked like that I’d stand a better chance on the wrestling mat.
This particular boxing magazine had a section about Tyson’s training.
It said he did neck bridges, ran 8 miles, did 8 rounds on the heavy bag and plenty of push-ups and sit-ups on the slant board.
I was already doing Neck Bridges in the practice room along with most of the other exercises listed in the article.
Here is a pic-
|Holding a 100 pound plate
My other favorite fighter during this time was Marvelous Marvin Hagler, the Middleweight Champion of the World.
In one of my boxing magazines it listed how he trained using rounds. He worked out for 3 minutes straight with a 30 second break. This training could be for 12 or 15 rounds depending on what his upcoming fight would be.
This is where I came up with my idea of the 3 sets of 100 reps.
What made me pick 100 reps?
No reason other than the number stood out to me and 3 sets of 100 equals 300.
Listen there is all types of supposed experts pushing information about stuff they have absolutely no idea about.
You do what you want but for me I only listen to the person that has actually been there and done that.
Everyone else is just playing a guessing game.
What the 300 did for me:
Training 3 sets of 100 reps gave me insane endurance to the point that back in 1997 Manny Neves of Elite Martial Arts, Pawtucket RI called me the Man with gills in his neck.
It was after this specific grappling match that he was refereeing. I was in a terrible choke but refused to tap out. My neck and a little gusto won the fight for me that day.
This type of training also helped me to become very, very strong in feats of strength with my neck.
For many years I claimed to have the worlds strongest neck in the seated neck raise.
I picked up 300 pounds for 2 reps in Lakeland Florida 2008. I weighed 202 pounds.
This was done at Strongman Bud Jeffries home and published in MUSLEMAG International.
Another feat of strength my high volume neck training gave me the ability to do was have steel bars bent across the front of my throat like this:
I set a World record in Somerset Ky 2012 by having 7 5/8 pieces of steel bent across the front of my throat under 58 seconds.
WARNING, this video is not for the squeamish and should never be tried.
I ask you, if such high reps are supposedly useless what is the reason for my neck training success?
Own your Day!
Mike The Machine