Neck Bridge

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How to do the Neck Bridge:

Muscles Worked

Abs secondary Hip flexors secondary Neck primary Muscles diagram

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The neck bridge is a calisthenics and martial arts exercise that primarily targets the neck and to a lesser degree also targets the abs and hip flexors ...more

The neck bridge is a calisthenics and martial arts exercise that primarily targets the neck and to a lesser degree also targets the abs and hip flexors.

The only neck bridge equipment that you really need is the following: exercise mat. There are however many different neck bridge variations that you can try out that may require different types of neck bridge equipment or maye even require no equipment at all.

Learning proper neck bridge form is easy with the step by step neck bridge instructions, neck bridge tips, and the instructional neck bridge technique video on this page. The neck bridge is a n/a exercise for those with a expert level of physical fitness and exercise experience. Watch the neck bridge video, learn how to do the neck bridge, and then be sure and browse through the neck bridge workouts on our workout plans page!

Tips

  1. Use arms above head for initial positioning.
  2. Place an exercise mat or two underneath head for padding.

Variations

  1. Advanced users can move shoulders up and down to complete reps rather than just neck bridge holds.

Types

  • Force Type: N/A
  • Mechanics Type: Compound

1 Review

  • JoelJonathan
    almost 2 years ago
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    Neck bridges are awesome for increasing neck strength and for improving shoulder health (especially as a way to combat the typical hunched over "computer worker/office worker" bad posture). These really could be called "wrestler neck bridges" since they are primarily a move taught to wrestlers, grapplers, and other martial artists.

    To be honest, these were very painful and difficult for me to do at first. I could only hold a neck bridge for about 5-10 seconds at first but now I can hold it for 30 seconds or more while rocking up and down using my neck to bridge up and then down. You may want to try a neck bridge progression series of first using your hands to get into place, then removing your hands for seconds at a time, then eventually using just your head to rock back into place and rock up and down using your neck muscles.

    The neck bridge exercise has a lot of benefits but it can look a little weird if you just start busting them out in the middle of the gym so be forewarned lol. They are a great exercise though so give them a try!

Equipment Needed

Tips

  1. Use arms above head for initial positioning.
  2. Place an exercise mat or two underneath head for padding.

Variations

  1. Advanced users can move shoulders up and down to complete reps rather than just neck bridge holds.

Types

  • Force Type: N/A
  • Mechanics Type: Compound