Keep Your Neck Strong with the G3 4-Way Neck (Side) Machine
Machine of the Month - G3 4-Way Neck (Side) Machine
The G3, or 4-way neck (side), isolates and strengthens your sternocleidomastoid muscles and the upper section of the trapezius of the neck.
The sternocleidomastoid muscles are the two large muscles located at the front of the neck. These are the muscles most often injured during whiplash and as such can cause a number of symptoms and refer pain to many areas of the upper body. Strengthening the sternocleidomastoid muscles can also help to reduce pain in the head and neck area.
Strengthening the sternocleidomastoid and upper trapezius muscles helps in a number of activities such as, turning your head when driving, working on a computer or protecting the neck for contact sports. The movement on the G3 is lateral flexion of the cervical spine and thus exercising on this machine also help to support your spine and can improve overall posture.
Important Technique Points
- Keep your back straight and torso in contact with the pad
- Remember to keep the shoulders relaxed and do not move the upper body from side to side
- Tolerance of this exercise is particularly good if you use the super-slow method (10-1-4 tempo)
If you would like to add the G3 to your training program, be sure to talk to an instructor.