| Ep 453 – Trap Training Tips for Pencil Necks

Author / John

30 Min Listen

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

Hey crew, this is Fig from Newton, MA calling. I was on a zoom today and I noticed that my traps and neck were looking smaller than Tom Brady’s and I can’t have that. I have a couple questions about trapping next training. Why don’t we roll the shoulders when we shrug? Why do my anatomy profs say wrestling bridges or neck bridges are terrible for you and more importantly, how do you get big juicy traps and neck? Byyeee!

If you let your head get too big, it will break your neck

Traps are the “shock absorbers” and “buttresses” for the neck. As the traps grown thick in the upper back they act like a natural neck roll that prevents your head from snapping back. You attach those thick traps to a some strong shoulders and a back that looks like it was constructed with steel cables and you have makings of an upper body that will survive the day in, day out punishment of the NFL or an internship at Power Athlete HQ.

Former PAHQ intern leaves a hotline voicemail inquiring how one would go about constructing big traps and growing his pencil neck. John and Tex draw connections across movement selection, rep schemes, and points of performance to ensure no one following a Power Athlete program has a pencil neck for long.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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