The video below includes a brief tutorial about neck training with a resistance band. All that is needed is a band and a strip of velcro. With these simple supplies, you’ll be able to effectively train the neck in multiple directions.
As mentioned within the video, I use 2 inch wide, industrial strength velcro. I also suggest wearing a beanie hat when performing the exercise as the velcro needs to be secured tightly. Without the hat, the velcro could potentially scrape your forehead.
As for comparing this exercise to others such as harness work, there are pros and cons to each. If you enjoy a heavy harness like myself, you certainly don’t need to abandon it for resistance bands. I use of both. I typically train my neck 2 or 3 days per week and never limit myself to a single exercise.
Unfortunately, neck training is everything but common. I have visited boxing gyms in different states and countries and rarely see anyone training the neck. Such neglect is a huge mistake for any combat athlete.
I realize that fighters have many objectives to train throughout the week, but the neck must be included on the list. If you’ve slacked on your neck training before, consider purchasing a piece of velcro and a band. You’ll have more than enough to start. It’s also nice that these exercises can be performed at home and will only require a few minutes. You don’t need to rearrange your weekly schedule to make time for neck training. Small additions will often accumulate into something much more significant if you remain consistent.
“The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials.” – Confucius