Here’s one you probably havent seen before: The Super Neck Developer from World Sporting Goods, circa the mid-1970’s. This device did not use a weight stack or any kind of weight at all, a friction brake provided the resistance. As such, given the angles, and the fact that gravity was no longer a limitation, this provided some interesting possibilities, as you can see. This machine was marketed to football coaches for the purpose of having their players strengthen their necks to lower the frequency and severity of concussions. Amazingly, over four decades later, neck machines are seldom found in many college weight rooms.
The Nautilus Rotary Neck Machine contains no weight stack, no built in source of resistance of any kind … instead, the resistance is provided by the user through the use of hand levers that enable you to exactly control the resistance during both the positive and negative parts of the exercise. There aren’t many Rotary Neck Machines around but we happen to have one in our private gym and when used correctly, it is excellent. We may do a feature on it at some point.
Everyone should train their neck, but neck strength is especially important if you play football. The Hammer Strength neck machine is the best one I have ever used — and I’ve tried ’em all.
Use this machine strictly with no monkey business and you’ll go up a few collar sizes in no time. I recently got one from a local high school who said they were getting rid of it because “they didn’t need it any more” ~ oh brother.