| Ep 453 – Trap Training Tips for Pencil Necks

Author / Cali Hinzman

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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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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