While several options exist for neck training, a weighted harness is considered by many to be an integral component. Working with a heavy harness is one of the most effective ways to strengthen the neck. Unfortunately, many commercial harnesses cannot hold considerable amounts of weight. I’ve seen one fighter break three harnesses in less than a year. I’ve heard similar stories from others within my message board.
One of the only quality models that I’ve seen comes from IronMind. It is well made but costs close to $80. If you are looking for a less expensive option, you may wish to consider the homemade model below. It isn’t perfect, but it is strong and easy to construct.
To build the harness, I began by connecting a piece of chain with a quick-link connector (to form a circle that is slightly larger than my head). It is important that the chain loop is larger than the head as you’ll be adding pipe insulation around the chain.
Next, I tied a short lashing strap to opposing links on the chain. The lashing straps hang from the chain to hold the weight plates. I also used a short piece of lashing strap as a head strap on the top of the harness. Once the lashing straps were in place, I wrapped pipe insulation around the chain. I made small slits in the insulation for the lashing straps to fit through. I then wrapped duct tape around the pipe insulation.
Below, you can see how the lashing straps feed out of the harness.
When cutting the lashing straps, I cut one side longer so the spring clip and quick-link connector could connect off center. This gives me enough room to feed the straps through multiple weight plates.
When using the harness, I opted to place a small automobile polishing cloth over my head. The soft material provides a more comfortable fit. It feels much better than duct tape.
I tested the harness with 90 pounds and it felt comfortable all around my head. There wasn’t any discomfort.
The materials for this project only cost me a few dollars. I already own a considerable amount of chain so I simply cut off a small piece to wrap around my head. I purchased the lashing straps at Harbor Freight for $3.99. The only other materials were the spring clip, quick-link connector, and a small piece of pipe insulation. I had all three on hand. If you were to purchase these materials new, I’m guessing the price tag would be in the $10 to $15 range.
To summarize the project, I’m not claiming that this is the best DIY option. Yes, it may look a little odd, but it only took a few minutes to build and is stronger than anything I’ll ever need.
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