My Thoughts on Neck Packing

Theres been a bit of talk lately on packing the neck.  I will get to what neck packing is, but first the reason people say neck packing is important is to increase safety, by putting your entire posterior chain into a better position.  There are some very smart people who will only let clients do exercises with a packed neck.  Other coaches don't care, other powerlifter and olympic lifters (to some degree) do pack the neck, and others don't.  Anyways, let's go on.   Neck packing is simply keeping the neck in a neutral position.  If you stand up straight, and extend your neck you are in the "traditional" heads up squat/deadlift powerlifting neck position.  Pretty much nobody has their neck completely flexed while lifting (which would be looking down…
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Putting That Hardgainer Bull#%& To Rest

[caption id="attachment_1100" align="alignleft" width="300"] Me @ 18, after a few months of hard training.[/caption]   Quick disclaimer.  This is meant only for people looking to gain weight at all costs.  If that isn't your goal, you won't get much out of this.  Also, this is pretty much a rant. Enjoy.   I was thinking about this the other day and decided I'd may as well put my two cents into what I feel about 'hardgainers.'  For those of you who don't know what a hardgainer is, it's an individual who apparently can't gain weight even though they eat like a sumo wrestler.  It's complete and utter nonsense propagated by skinny boys who need something to blame for the fact that their girlfriends are more jacked than they are despite the…
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